Last year for Darius' 5th birthday, I bought Lego Star Wars for Wii. It was against my better judgment and I've regretted the day I caved in. Darius has been talking about how a boy in his class had the Wii game. Since he wouldn't be getting any gifts for his birthday (we held a pajama drive for a local battered women's shelter instead), I guilted myself into buying exactly what he wanted.
You see the game is clearly marked as a game for ages 10+. Darius was only five. Since he has to earn Wii time as a reward, the kid doesn't get to play much. And when he does play, the game is so far advanced that he needed a parent to play along. And since his parents aren't "gamers" either, Neville literally had to google YouTube videos of gamers who videotaped themselves playing the game. Instead of making fun of them, I felt like I needed to send them all flowers because without those videos we'd still be stuck on Level 1 a whole year later.
When Activision approached me about reviewing a copy of their new video game, How to Train Your Dragon, I was super hesitant because it was rated 10+. But I am a sucker for free stuff knew that Darius would want to try the game since he absolutely loved the movie. So I caved. Boy, am I glad that I did.
How to Train Your Dragon has bumped Lego Star Wars out of the coveted first place position for Wii games. And this is why:
- The game is organized simply so that you can easily navigate your way around the Island of Berk when in Adventure mode.
- The training sessions gave Darius confidence with his dragon. For younger players, this is where it's at. You can't die in a training session.
- There was a lot of reading, which Darius could do some of and I had to do the rest. I'll tell ya, reading the screen is a million times better than having to YouTube levels.
- Darius won his first tournament (I think it was 5 fights in a row) which gave him a tremendous amount of confidence in the game. Because, let's face it - who wants to lose?
- As you complete challenges, you get stuff. Stuff that can feed your dragon, or even cooler, customize your dragon. Darius had a blast changing the tail and wings of his dragon.
- As you win tournaments, you also can collect more dragons. I swear it took the kid 15 minutes to decide which new dragon to select. He was so excited you'd have thought Christmas came again in April.
- In Adventure mode, the game is one player. I realize that for some of you with lotsa kids, this may prove to be problematic. But since I always have to be the second player, I can't even begin to describe my excitement when I found out that I would never have to play again. After all, I'm a busy working mom - as much as I love the Wii, I don't want to have to be tied to it every time D earns his reward of play time.
NOTE: The game does have a 2-player option when two kids want to play against each other. And you can save your dragons on your Wii remote so that you could bring them along to a friends house. I thought that was really cool.
But you don't have to take my word for it. Activision is letting me give two copies of How Train a Dragon game for Wii (MSRP $49.99).
To enter the How to Train Your Dragon Giveaway:
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All entries must be made by 12:00am PST Monday, April 19th. Please read my contest rules page for more details.
UPDATE: Congrats to @thesmartmama for being our first winner! Email or DM me with your shipping address!
UPDATE#2: Congrats to @losangelista for being the second winner! Email or DM me with your shipping address!