All Your Favourite Car Games, and New Ones, Too

Satisfy your need for speed playing all your favourite car racing games in a virtual environment.

Devoted gamers believe that Steve Jobs invented the computer mouse so that computerized car racing games would become both easier and more exciting. Once the mouse empowered a user to turn the cursor at oblique angles and trace curves, the horizons of virtual car racing stretched all the way out to the end of the infinite…and beyond. Simple as they are, car racing games remain among the most popular both on the internet and on handheld wireless applications. Those same devoted gamers believe Steve Jobs invented the iPhone’s motion sensor strictly for the sake of improving car racing apps.

You probably know that car games are deceptively simple: Follow the race course going as fast as you possibly can. How hard can that be? You’ve been following the same basic principles since you played car racing games on your old Commodore 64 system. Except that now, with the advent of 3D and a few other high-tech complications, game developers can bank the turns, create more dramatic spin-outs, and make the steering both more demanding and more precise.

Build your skills with “Dune Buggy.”
You may have been the Jimmie Johnson of your game console circuit, but playing car games with your computer requires adapting your skills; instead of a joy stick and a couple of buttons, you have your mouse or touchpad, your arrow keys, and your space bar. Online car games require their own unique set of skills and multi-tasks. Expect to crash spectacularly and burn in great balls of fire your first few times around the track. Of course, everybody knows “the fails” are as much fun as the great races.

Try “Dune Buggy,” one of the most popular entry-level car games at the internet’s most popular virtual arcades. “Dune Buggy” teaches you to move with the arrow keys and jump with the space bar, challenging you to navigate over, under, around, and through a variety of jumps, dips, and obstacles as you make your way through an off-road race course. Purely a game of speed and dexterity, “Dune Buggy” gets you in shape for more sophisticated car games, and you will know you are prepared for greater challenges when the trustworthy old buggy grows tiresome.

Advance to “FMX Team.”

Okay, strictly speaking, it is not a “car” game, but it counts among the leaders in the larger genre of driving games. FMX Team tests just how well you can manoeuvre those arrow keys and the space bar as you take your motorcycle through a series of tricky motorcycle stunts. The screen shows you the dirt track; a box in the screen’s upper left corner shows your stunts. You may choose among three different bikes, each equipped for different performance characteristics. As you get more comfortable with the game, you naturally will select the bike best suited to your style and level. FMX Team takes you through fifteen progressively more difficult levels; and, by the time you reach level 15, your fingers will fly around your keys so fast your friends will see just a flesh-tone blur.

Enter The Magical World Of Lalaloopsy Online Gaming

Each Lalaloopsy doll in the online virtual world at lalaloopsy.com has a house that can be entered and in which you can play a game themed to the particular Lalaloopsy doll in question. These are incredibly fun little mini games for children to play that can occupy them for hours in a safe and engaging online environment.

Pillow Featherbed’s game is called Sleepy Sheep. In this game, the child must watch as a number of different objects float through Pillow’s mind as she’s trying to sleep. The child must click only on the sheep, and has a set amount of time to click on ten of them for each level.

Crumbs Sugar Cookie’s game is called Recipe Race. In this game, three conveyor belts of recipe ingredients are set in motion and the child must activate mechanical pushers that take the items that are needed off the belt and into bins so that Crumbs Sugar Cookie can use them to make cookies.

Peanut Big Top’s game is called Joyful Juggling. In this game, colored arrows are scrolled up the screen and children must select the proper ones as they pass in order to allow Peanut to continue juggling her balls.

Dot Starlight’s game is called Space Surprise. In this game, the child controls a space ship in 3 dimensions, and must pilot this ship through a course of loops, not missing too many, in order to complete the task successfully.

Spot Splatter Splash’s game is called Paint Park. In this game, the child must navigate a hedge maze in order to find all the objects that are missing their color, and then paint them within a certain amount of time allocated.

Bea Spells-a-lot’s game is called School Supply Search. In this game, the child plays a cute little old fashioned platform game in which she helps Bea’s pet owl find all of the school supplies and deliver them to Bea.

Mittens Fluff ‘n’ Stuff’s game is called Speedy Ski. In this game, the child must guide Mittens down a snowy mountain and get her to ski into colorful buttons placed around the slope. A certain number of buttons must be collected each round.

Jewel Sparkles’ game is called Jewel Jubilee. In this game, a child must control a paddle moving from side to side as a ball bounces off the walls, ceiling, and a group of suspended jewels. The ball must not fall to the floor, so it’s vital that the paddle be moved to bounce the ball back into play constantly. The jewels are collected and removed from play once the ball hits them, and a new level is generated when all the jewels have been collected.

There’s also a fun boat ride that can be accessed from docks throughout town. Children can use the boat to travel the river to different parts of town faster.

Lalaloopsy land online play is a fun and entertaining way for your child to interact with her imagination and engage in fun Lalaloopsy related activities.

Good Games For Toddlers

Toddlers want to have fun and the great thing is that you can pretty much make a game out of almost anything. The most important thing to remember is that toddlers do not need expensive games or toys to have fun. Good games are those that incorporate a little bit of learning with the fun. It is important to remember that learning should be fun and not forced.

You do not even need objects to play good games with toddlers. All young children love music so have fun dancing and singing with or without the radio or CD player. Nursery rhymes with actions and finger plays such as Incy Wincy Spider are a good starting point. I Spy is a great classic game and will help your toddler start to learn about words and the alphabet. Never put too much pressure on them, don’t scold for incorrect suggestions as you are trying to boost their confidence.

Toddlers have great imaginations – a cardboard box can be many things to a young child: a castle, house, shop, boat, car, train or plane. Guessing games are another fun activity. Start drawing a simple object (use a sketch board to save paper) and have your toddler guess what you are drawing. Fill a cloth bag with objects and have your toddler try to guess what they are by touch alone. Improve their memories by having objects on a tray or table, cover with a cloth after a minute and see how many they can remember. Try taking one object away and see if they can tell you what is missing.

Have fun outdoors with bubbles, see if your toddler can catch them and let them try themselves. A plastic fly-swat makes a great lightweight bat for hitting balloons. You can have lots of fun with balloons! Make playdough (lots of recipes online) and get creative. Jigsaws are another firm favourite with toddlers, not too difficult or too many pieces or they will get frustrated and bored. You could even make your own puzzles by cutting up old birthday or Christmas cards or a picture of their favourite cartoon character. Help your toddler learn colours by encouraging them to collect objects from around the house that are red, blue or green. Use paper plates to make masks and have fun pretending to be animals or pirates or whatever else you draw on them.

Board games are ever popular, there are literally hundreds to choose from but the classics will always be around such as snakes and ladders and home. Games teach children colours, counting and about taking turns. Play sink or float with different objects as an early science lesson. Make or buy a kite and have fun on a windy day.

There are so many good games you can play with toddlers, have fun coming up with some ideas of your own.

The iPhone and App Store, Defining New Terms

The iPhone was such a phenomenal technological tidal wave that is was named by Time magazine as the “Invention of the Year” for 2007. Even now it is easy to see the impact the device has made with all the companies coming out with their own version. Has anyone seen the Android? People surprised to see one would most likely be made fun of. For that reason what will not be found here is a description.

As with all new ideas there comes the ever-growing world of terms associated with said innovation. One new word that came with the iPhone: App.

What are Apps? This is where the fun begins. With the iPhone come the phenomena known as “Apps”, short for ‘applications’. These are software programs custom-made by a third-party for both the iPhone as well as the iPod Touch. A lot of these software devices may be quite practical, anywhere from paying bills online or to find the definition for a certain word. Then there are the fun ones, like Starblaster that includes a phaser-like weapon and something that looks much like a tricorder, as in Star Trek.

There are also Apps for many kinds of games or Apps geared toward finding out the latest on a particular celebrity. Some of these are available for free. Others are a few cents on up to a few dollars. These Apps can be acquired online through the web on a computer or directly through an iPhone by way of Apple’s iTunes through their “App Store”, appropriately enough.

Obviously, the most fun Apps are the games. With a little looking around one can find some pretty addicting games for no cost at all, like FallDown! For those games with a price tag, there’s a game called Spore Creatures where the player can create their own denizens and watch them evolve from primordial ooze and inhabit the environment for a few bucks.

Apps have become so popular there are now Apps to find Apps, like Appfinder and Chomp. These Apps help the user through what appeals to them. A few come with reviews of the Apps available. Just like what was true about the old board games is equally true about game Apps. Some may be uninspiring or just plain boring along with the truly fun ones. Either way there is a whole new take on how to occupy oneself.