GamerDad and family Welcome to GamerDad: Gaming with Children. My name is Andrew S. Bub - the GamerDad - and I've been writing about videogames, movies, and children for over 15 years now. After working as a magazine journalist, I switched gears to write about how media violence affects children, educating parents about them, and working closely with magazines, newspapers, major retailers and even politicians. GamerDad is an internationally recognized expert in this field. Games, movies and media are fun, kids and families love them, they aren't going away. So join me in cutting through the hype and lets have a real conversation about the things that matter: Video Games, Violent Media, and their supposed effect on children and families.
Hire GamerDad / Media Guide

Skylanders Imaginators (PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, 360)

SKYLAND_BOXSkylanders is super huge here at GamerDad.com, as it is the first of the ‘toys to life’ games to come out.  The game series is extremely popular, with a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon and now a new cartoon on Netflix.  And now they’ve released the sixth main game in the series!  Have you ever wanted to create your own Skylander?  Nah, me neither.  But when I was a kid, I doodled all sorts of Pac-Man mazes in my school notebook, and created all sorts of imaginary Mega Man bosses.  So I imagine kids today would definitely be into creating their own Skylanders.  And that’s just what you do in Skylanders Imaginators.  It’s available for nearly all the current home game consoles, but reviewed on PS3 here.

more…

Runbow Deluxe Edition (Wii U, 3DS)

RUNBOWDX_BOXLast year, one of the most popular (and fun) downloadable indie games on the Wii U eShop was Runbow.  Now you can get it in a physical disc form, with all the DLC and added extras included!   There’s also a version called Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition for the 3DS, but we’re reviewing the Wii U version here.  Runbow is a competitive 2-D platformer for up to nine players, and it has a colorful twist. Every second or so, the background will change to a different color, and any platforms or walls that are that same color will blend into the background and disappear, so you’ll have to stay on your toes!

more…

Two or More (iOS)

TWO_BOXYou’ve probably played a variation of this puzzler and not even realized it.  In Two or More, the field is full of colored squares.  You must drag your finger across as many adjacent same colored blocks as you can.  When you do, they’ll disappear and you’ll get points.  Only difference between this and the many others like it is that in this one, you must make a path with your finger, not just tap on the squares, so you may not be able to clear all the squares depending on how they are arranged.  So it’s a bit trickier.  Two or More is available free-to-play (two bucks will remove the ads, though) for download on iOS devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

more…

Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics (Book)

NINTENDO1The 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System was literally a game changer.  It helped bring the video game industry out of a slump in the mid-80’s.  And for many children at the time (myself included), the NES was a household name.  You didn’t just play video games, you played Nintendo.  To honor that excellent time in gaming, Prima Games has just released a new book: Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics.  It features games published by Nintendo for the NES, as well as strategies for select games, probably to coincide with the NES Classic Edition (a smaller NES shaped device with 30 games inside) which was recently released as well (sadly, as of this writing, I have not been able to find one of those).

more…

New Mario Series Amiibo

AMIIBO_LOGOHey folks.  Just got a new batch of Nintendo amiibo figures.  This time they’re of more Mario characters.  This set includes Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Boo.  Let’s check them out!

more…

Pokémon Visual Companion: 2nd Edition (Book)

POKEMON1With the popularity of the mobile game Pokémon Go, recently released Pokémon Sun and Moon on the 3DS, and a new series of the anime cartoon soon to be airing on Disney XD, Pokémon is bigger than ever.  So if you have a young fan of the Pokémon cartoon around the house, you may want to check out this nice hardcover book!  It chronicles the adventures of Ash and his friends in the cartoon, as well as which Pokémon they’ve caught and battled, what gear they use, who they’ve met and where they’ve been.

more…

Pathfinder RPG Fall 2016: Smaller and More Evil

pathfinder mini boxThe theme for all things Pathfinder this fall has been dark and deadly supplements to the game to bring a bit of horror to player’s games. Supplements have been released featuring the covert shenanigans and evil organizations found in Ultimate Intrigue and Villain Codex, the dank and dark setting found in Horror Adventures, and the dark ghostly burdens found in the Haunted Hero Handbook. It is as if the teenaged(1) Pathfinder RPG has entered its Goth stage. There is even a release of miniatures, Deadly Foes, designed to complement these dark tales of woe. Aside from the darker side, the Pathfinder rulebooks have taken a page from cell phone technology and have been shrunk into easier-to-carry paperback editions.

 

more…

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (3DS)

SONIC_BOXStrange fissures have appeared in the Sonic Boom world, and while trying to seal them up, Sonic and Amy discover that the radiation from the fissures has affected their armband communicators, and now allows the team to have fire and ice attacks.  Using their new abilities, Sonic and Co. must track down the source of the fissures (most likely Dr. Eggman), and save their world from strange weather anomalies in this 2-D platforming adventure based on the computer animated TV show.

more…

Dragon Quest Builders (PS4, Vita, PS3)

dragon_quest_builders_packshot_us-minDragon Quest Builders mixes the classic Japanese RPG game with the sandbox elements of Minecraft. Combined, they create a story-oriented game that focuses on exploration, combat, and world building. By harvesting resources through exploration and combat, you must use your unique “builder” abilities to save the kingdom. Along the way, you encounter new characters who will join you in your self-made expanding village. Dragon Quest Builders provides Dragon Quest fans a unique take on the Dragon Quest realm (known as Dragon Warriors in the U.S.) and it provides Minecraft (or Terraria) fans a more story focused game. Like combining peanut butter or chocolate, fans of either should find the combination pleasing to the palate.
more…

LEGO Dimensions Mission Impossible Level Pack

LEGOMI1The first Mission Impossible movie came out way back in 1996.  I remember watching it, and it was a decent action flick, but it didn’t compel me to watch any of the sequels.  Plus, even though the TV show it was based on was a little before my time, I seem to remember it focusing more on teamwork between the agents, while the movie was just “Tom Cruise Does Everything.”  But the movie was certainly popular enough to spawn sequels.  And now, your mission, if you choose to build it, is to check out the Mission Impossible Level Pack for LEGO Dimensions.  The game is available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.

more…