While you might spend all year trying to get your kids to stop playing computer games, when it comes to Christmas you’re allowed to break the rules. Games can be educational as well as a lot of fun, not to mention giving you a spare half hour to get the turkey in the oven. The games in this top five can be enjoyed by all the family, guaranteeing smiles all-round on Christmas Day.
The LEGO Movie Videogame Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3 & 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
If your kids loved the LEGO movie out earlier this year, then this one’s a winner. Gameplay follows the plot of the movie as we step into the shoes of hero ‘Emmett’ and guide him on an epic quest through some seriously realistic LEGO worlds. One the kids (and dad) will find hard to put down.
Disney Frozen: Olaf’s Quest (3ds)
The songs from this Disney blockbuster may have been stuck in your head all year. Of all the 3ds games, if your family is a big fan of Frozen (and who isn’t?), this is one the kids are certain to love playing. Based on the snowman Olaf’s antics, you will help him across 60 imaginative levels, collecting hidden treasures and unlocking accessories to help him along the way.
Endless Ocean and Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (Nintendo Wii)
These classics for the Wii are sure to capture the imagination of mini marine-scientists in the making. Players dive, search for hidden treasure, discover ship wrecks and will also pick up a decent amount of knowledge about ocean life along the way. Aimed at kids aged 10 and up, the games feature a two-player game mode so you can play along too.
Super Mario 3D World U (Nintendo Wii)
The original andstill the best, this year join the Super Mario brothers with a fun, high energy racing game in full three-dimensional glory. Play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach or Toad and use the split screen to play multiplayer or compete against others to win the coveted crown.
LittleBigPlanet 3 (PlayStation 3 and 4)
Educational and heaps of fun, this third instalment of the LittleBigPlanet series is spilt into two parts; one with ready-made worlds to explore and another where gamers can make their own. Fairly challenging for younger kids, this is one to play as a family, but be warned – you will get completely sucked in.
Get involved with your kids game-playing this year – you will be surprised at how much fun and addictive they can be, and playing against each other is a great way to spend your holiday days in. They might even teach you a thing or two, too!