Five Games For Mothers This Mother’s Day
Ah, Mother’s Day. The day where mums can relax and take their minds off keeping their spawnlings in check (for a while, at least). That day of the year where mums around the country are guaranteed presents from their young ones, breakfast in bed and a night out to their favourite restaurant – or a combination of all three if they’re lucky.
But what do you do to whittle away the time between these events? How do you fill the gap between the morning box of chocolates and the time your restaurant reservation is booked for? Never fret, there are plenty of games that are perfect to play on Mother’s Day. Here are five of the best.
Super Mario Galaxy
Everybody loves Mario. The plump Italian plumber has inspired and ignited the imagination of millions of gamers around the world since his first appearance in Donkey Kong nearly 30 years ago. While it’s undeniably always good fun to play as him, jumping all over the colourful worlds (where seemingly everything has eyes), watching doesn’t come anything close to the interactive experience. It’s a good thing then that Super Mario Galaxy allows a second player to aid the first, by using another Wiimote to shoot stars at enemies Mario may have been too busy to deal with otherwise. Hand your charge that second controller and have them be your stellar wingman.
If you can look at the faces of LittleBigPlanet’s sackpeople, no matter whether they’re smiling, sobbing, fuming mad or scared to death without cracking a smile, then all hope is gone for you. Media Molecule have created the cutest and most loveable characters of this generation (so far, at least) and placed them in one of its most charming platformers. With its playful design and floaty physics, it’s easy to pick up and hard to put down. The fact that four people can play simultaneously only helps to sweeten the deal. Playing this with your kids will ensure you’ll all have a great experience, filled with fun, laughter and the occasional frightened face.
Lego Rock Band
Lego has been entertaining millions of children (both toddlers and bigger ones) for decades, so it was only natural that it would gradually make its transition to the interactive medium. It’s proved a massive success, with some of the coolest franchises, such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman and, er, Harry Potter being translated into some respectful and briliiantly irreverent platformers. The announcement that Rock Band, an already awesome party game, would be joining with the world’s premier brick manufacturer only made it even more awesome. Knowing its target audience perfectly, Lego Rock Band is perfect for children, incorporating features such as super-easy difficulties and automatic kick drum modes, meaning you’ll be a family force akin to The Jackson 5 in no time at all.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
If you’d rather have a break from the kids, then you can’t go far wrong with DICE’s Battlefield Bad Company 2. Focusing on the ongoing struggle of Marlowe, Sweetwater, Haggard and Redford as they try to redeem themselves in the eyes of the U.S military, these four boys certainly swear like the troopers they are. With f-bombs being dropped casually throughout, along with its fine shooting action, Bad Company 2 is strictly a no-child zone. It’s also great fun online – its exquisite squad-based gameplay lending itself to one of the finest multiplayer experiences you can find today. Find three other like-minded mummies and you’ll be showing younger generations how it’s done in no time.
As you can imagine, the miracle of birth is integral to the foundations of Mother’s day, so this list would feel a little empty if it didn’t contain a title featuring one. However, perhaps unsurprisingly, precious few examples exist in the medium. In Fallout 3, the life of The Lone Wander begins at, well, the beginning. After being born, you’re told by your daddy what sex you are, what your name’s going to be and, through the marvel of futuristic technology, even shown what you’re going to look like when you’re all grown up. Although many mothers may happily remember the day of the children’s birth, events soon take a sobering and tragic turn for the worse, reminding us that unfortunately not everyone’s experience can be happy and that this is a day to remember the loving mothers in our lives we have lost.
What are your favourite games to play on Mother’s Day?