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Top 5 Console Games For Family Bonding

How do you spend time with your family?

We’re guessing the answer is "I don't". But now that COVID-19 has us cooped up indoors, you're stuck with your kids whether you like it or not. Hey, if you can't beat them (as in defeat, not hit), might as well join them. Why not play console games with them?

Researchers believe that ‘games can become a point of conversation’ between children and their parents, leading to experiences that cultivate family bonding, learning and well-being. So before scolding your kids for playing on their console, jump on the bandwagon and see the difference it makes in your home.

Here are our top 5 picks for a fun family game night:

1. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)

Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best cooperative games out there because it is easy to learn, appropriate for all ages, and promotes good values. One player controls Mario while the other plays as Mario’s hat. The hat’s role is to help Mario finish his tasks by doing little things for him. This 2017 entry to the Super Mario series is unique for its open-ended and exploration-based gameplay. You will feel the adventure come alive in every movement of the control. While the co-op mode is often played by siblings, it is also fun to see a mother/father-child tandem play this game while taking turns in their roles.

2. Overcooked (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows)

This multiplayer game gathers the family in a virtual kitchen where everyone gets the role of a chef. The goal is to prepare meals the right way in the quickest possible time, which you can achieve through communication and cooperation. The more competitive families can opt to work on more hazardous kitchen set-ups and more complicated orders. Kids and adults alike will have fun cooking together while getting rewarded for their hard work.

3. Snipperclips (Nintendo Switch)

Play as pieces of paper and solve puzzles creatively in this fun and mind-boggling game. Each puzzle has a specific objective and the goal is to snip away, carry objects, or fit inside a shape template to succeed. The paper characters, Snip and Clip, will do the work as you control their movements. Want more challenge? Try the party and blitz mode where you can play competitive games like basketball, hockey, and snipping deathmatches. There are options for two players or four players depending on the game mode you choose.

4. Lego Worlds (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows)

Are your children fascinated with building and constructing? This game will allow you to be your child’s co-builder in an interactive Lego-inspired world. Choose among the thousands of pre-installed shapes or make use of the “brick-by-brick” tool to create unique Lego shapes for your structures. Don’t forget to consult your kids before building and see how wide their imagination can get! Another fun feature in this game allows players to customize their outfits and appearances. Build away and let your creativity flow!

5. Rayman Legends (PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One and 360, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Wii U)

Rayman Legends is a game you can save and continue playing every week. It features more than 120 levels which the players can unlock by doing various tasks like freeing captives known, obtaining lucky tickets, collecting lums (bug-like creatures), and defeating enemies. Four players can simultaneously move around on each level to help each other out. Your family can take also turns in facing the daily and weekly challenge stages. Rayman Legends is a console game originating from Rayman Origins and is highly praised for its enticing visuals, level design, soundtrack, and more!

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