Holiday Gift Guide: Kids of All Ages


In today’s installment of the PopCap Holiday Gift Guide we take a look at a few gift ideas for the kids in your life, be they actual kids or just your immature middle-aged brother.

Please note: all the links in this post will take you over to Amazon.com. Now you know.

First up is our perennial (pun probably intended) favorite:

Plants vs. Zombies for Xbox 360

This version includes all the zombie-thumping fun you’ve come to expect, plus a Co-op mode that lets players team up to fight the shambling horde and a Versus mode that allows someone to play as the zombies! Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds. Plus also too as well, the Xbox 360 edition comes loaded with Zuma and Peggle, so it’s like getting three games for the price of one. Exactly like.

The ESRB rating for this one is 10+ for “Cartoon Violence.” As someone who grew up on cartoon violence, I have to say that this is less a parental advisory and more the single greatest endorsement of any video game ever. And as an aside, my kid is 4-1/2 and is koo-koo for the Wall-Nut Bowling mini-game. Father of the Year? Me.

Next up is a little something for the more erudite child (or man-child) in your life:

Bookworm for Nintendo DS

From the game description: (Which my boss wrote so, yes, I am both lazy and totally sucking up. Employee of the Year? Me.):

Feed your appetite for words in the hit word-puzzle game! Link letter tiles left, right, up and down to build words and keep Lex the bookworm smiling. Spell words to fill your bookshelves, unlock 20 themed books and build out 18 unique library rooms. Boost your score using bonus words and Word of the Day. Work wordy wonders in three game modes: Classic, fast-paced Action, and Multiplayer. No matter which mode you like best, you can take the brain-boosting fun anywhere you go!

Finally, we have something of a combination gift:

Zuma’s Revenge! Limited Edition

That’s right, it’s a game in a lunch box. What’s not to love? Nothing, that’s what. You get all the frog-firing, ball-blasting action of Zuma’s Revenge! and a nifty metal lunch box for holding a lunch, your prize baseball cards, your D&D miniatures, your favorite action figures… whatever! Or it will look swell on a collector shelf in between The Bionic Woman and Peanuts. Unless you sort them alphabetically, in which case I just messed you up.

You’re welcome. TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year? Me. (Or probably Oprah. Sigh. It’s such a popularity contest.)


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