Scott’s Toy Box: Holiday Picks
My, my, time does fly. Christmas is coming up so of course I went and found some great Christmas gifts for you to give. Here are just a few of my favorite toys to find under my tree. Check out last month’s edition of Parents & Kids for my complete Toy Gift Guide. Now on to this month’s toys.
Mice and Mystics
First we have Mice and Mystics. Last month I wrote about Dungeons and Dragons, which requires a lot of work to be done by the dungeon master to run the game. With Mice and Mystics the game acts as the dungeon master so you have all the fun of a role playing game without the homework. The adventurers in Mice and Mystics have all been turned into tiny mice and have to work their way through the now extremely large castle to save the day from the evil sorceress who is trying to take over the kingdom. As they journey they’ll encounter cockroaches, rats, spiders, etc. The game comes with an ever changing and interactive environment and a great storyline that players help create. This is a great way to get into roleplaying games, especially when the book games seem too daunting. You can find Mice and Mystics on Amazon for $54.
Next we have Schmovie. Schmovie is a great family/party game where the players get to make up the titles of their own movie. First, each person plays the Producer. They roll a die that decides the film’s genre then flip a “Who?” and “What?” card to decide the premise of the film. Then the other players make up the title to the movie. For example,if the producer ends up with a drama about smelly students, titles might be, The Tootin’ Tutor or Harry Pooter. Then the producer decides who has the best title and awards them with a schquid trophy. The first person to win 4 awards wins. This is a great game for people who love movies and a great exercise in creativity. You can find Schmovie on Amazon for $20.
Super Mario Maker for the WiiU
Lastly, Mario is back in Super Mario Maker for the WiiU. Super Mario Maker harkens back to the beginnings of Mario but stretches all the way to current Mario games. The game is a side-scroller where you can create any kind of level you want. There are four different styles to choose from, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3 (My favorite), Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros U. There are many tools that you can unlock to make each level as hard as you want. You can also play other people’s levels from all over the world, which have varying degrees of difficulty. All worlds must be completed by the person who created them before they are available for others to play. This is also a great game to play on the Wii U GamePad Controller while someone else is using the TV for something else. You can find Super Mario Maker on Amazon for $56.