Top 3 Kids Games for Adults

I don’t like violence in video games. It usually makes me anxious and panicky, so I tend to gravitate towards kids games. The violence is more cartoony than gory, and something about it makes me feel like I’m playing a game rather than acting out a sci-fi thriller or steampunk adventure. (Don’t get me wrong, those are fun too! In doses.) It’s usually really difficult to find games that walk the line between “made for kids” and “enjoyable for adults.” Here’s a few that I really enjoyed playing:

The Puppeteer

In this kabuki play styled game, you’re a wooden puppet playing across a stage. And you’re in need of your head! Your puppet heads are your lives, and they each have powers. If you have the right head at the right spot in the game, you can use the power to gain access to bonus levels! You wield a pair of magic golden scissors and you use the scissors to cut through materials to move forward in the game. Plus you get a companion who is a playable Player 2 if you want to play with a buddy!

This game was fun, challenging, and genuinely beautiful. The levels and animation were playful and colourful, each world having its own theme. I’ve beaten the game but I still go back to play levels with low scores because it’s great to kick back with.

Little Big Planet

I swear, I am a grown up. The LBP franchise is big with kids and families, but I’ve played it in a group of fellow grown ups and we all have a great time. I will say this game is more fun when you play with 2+ players. Even my brother whose tastes run more towards Call of Duty and Need for Speed enjoyed creating his sackboy and making him run around with a dinosaur head on. There is no lack of whimsy! And in the third game, as you can see above, you get more characters to play with! (And yes, they all get costume options. My OddSock was usually an elephant). Each character has their own style of moving, so they all get their own style of puzzles and obstacles in the levels. My fav is Toggle, who can switch between a big or bitty body.

Like Puppeteer, this is a game you can re-play to find goodies you’ve missed!

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

I’m going to get one thing out in the open about this game. If you thought Donald was useless in Kingdom Hearts, you have not yet met Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. This game is definitely better played with a Player 2 because Oswald’s autopilot is an idiot. Aside from that, though, this game is a fun adventure to get the wholesome Disney town back in shape from being in shambles. I definitely beat the game but I’m not sure I beat it correctly because it was still in shambles when I was finished. I’ve played other Mickey Mouse games and they were mind-numbingly boring. The Epic Mickey games are challenging enough to keep me entertained. Though I will say the game takes very little time to run through!

Everyday Cosplay — Linkle (Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors)

Last week Nintendo announced that the new Hyrule Warriors game for the 3DS will include a playable female version of Link. I’m so happy this franchise is embracing the idea of playable females. For so long fans have complained that despite Zelda being named after a woman, we can only play as Link. Well, no more! Now we have Linkle and her costume design is friggin adorable.

This time around I tried to find pieces that are a bit more affordable (considering the item typically costs). I wanted to pick up on her earthy colours and layers, but toning down the bright saturated shades. In my everyday rendition, the skirt is a chocolate brown leather and the cloak is a beautiful dark green. The compass necklace from Nordstrom isn’t that large in real life, but wouldn’t that have been a cool accessory? Regardless, long-chained compass paired with the blue choker adds the layers that mimics Linkle’s jewelry choices. The blue pendant matches her weapons but Polyvore refuses to acknowledge crossbows as an accessory.

Everyday Linkle

White shirt
$34 CAD – amazon.co.uk

Topshop outerwear
$97 CAD – topshop.com

SPANX intimate
$24 CAD – 6pm.com

Brown skirt
30 CAD – newlook.com

Charlotte Russe flat boots
$68 CAD – charlotterusse.com

Pendants necklace
$27 CAD – ladyfanatics.com

Alex and Ani pendants necklace
$51 CAD – nordstrom.com

Brown glove
$60 CAD – amazon.com

Skip Combat Option Would Quell My Gaming Anxiety

I saw an interesting post floating around my Tumblr dashboard about introducing skippable combat in video games. There were understandably a lot of opposing viewpoints. Most people just think it’s lazy or defeats the purpose of playing a game. I mean, if you’re not going to play the game you should just watch a lets play, no?

Not necessarily.

I would love skippable combat, and acting like combat is the only important part of the game is fallacious. (Quests? Puzzles? Decision-making? Hm?) I haven’t touched Bioshock in over a year because last time I picked it up I got ambushed in the game and suffered a panic attack. I tried to play through it but I ended up losing most of my dexterity and wasted bullets until I turned off my Playstation and curled up into a ball and cried because my disease won’t let me play games. I think a lot of people like me would appreciate an option to enjoy a game without triggering a debilitating episode.

Big Daddy fight? FUCK THAT.

Typically when I play games I want a cool story and interesting character design, impressive graphics and to have fun. If a percent of gamers would have fun skipping combat, where is the harm in providing a way? All that does is create a more hospitable and customizable gaming experience. Nobody’s forcing you to skip combat, or to even play on easy mode. If you want to beat Fallout 4 playing upside-down on hard mode then more power to you but a “skip combat” button will not impede your dream of overachieving in video games.

I used to be a huge gamer, playing for hours every day (even combat ones, but low-level gore like Street Fighter). Eventually games and consoles got hella expensive and I stopped playing. When I was ready to return to the gaming world, most of the games catered towards my age group were violent and scary and made me uncomfortable. It’s not that I don’t want to play them; games these days have the most intricate story lines and well-written characters. Of course I want to play them! I have all the Bioshocks, all the Borderlands, The Last of Us, and Fallout 3, none of which I have completed because I can’t muster the courage to get through the combative game play. I’ve gotten kids games with fantasy violence for some low-stress options but let me tell you, a LBP sack person is not a replacement for Tiny Tina.

A skip combat option would be a dream to get me through some of the more triggering episodes in a game (lulz punny). And it’s not just great for mentally ill people; any gamer with a physical disability who may not be able to push all the buttons for successful combat could skip and continue on with the game. It would make gaming much more accessible without hindering or affecting regular game play at all.