NEW PS4 Family Games for 2017 – Lego Worlds, Yooka-Laylee, Snake Pass, Lego City,

I’ve had a look through the just out and upcoming games on the PlayStation 4 to see which are best suited to families.

Lego Worlds (PEGI: 7+)
This is an open world version of the classic Lego video-games. Rather than follow a movie plot, here you explore different worlds to collect, build, create and share Lego inventions. Players of all ages make their own fun while following the loose storyline.

Yooka-Laylee (PEGI 7+)
The talent behind Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country bring us an amazing open world platform game crammed full of characters, secrets and things to collect. It’s ideal for youngsters because of the bright visuals and simple pick-up and play experience.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PEGI 3+)
Young players will enjoy the simple controls and immediate action while parents who remember the original are offered a new way to share gaming from their own childhood. If this sounds up your street then remember that you can also play as Crash Bandicoot in this year’s Skylanders Imaginators game on PlayStation 4.

Lego City Undercover (PEGI 7+)
Another Lego game set in an open world, but this time it’s back to the story driven form of more traditional Lego video-games. Players take the role of undercover cop, Chase McCain, to hunt down criminals. As they progress, a variety of moves and disguises slowly grant access to more and more of the city and with that the unfolding narrative.

Snake Pass (PEGI 3+)
This may look like any other brightly coloured puzzle game but Snake Pass has a twist in its tail. Rather than simply control the movement directly, players must use the game’s real time physics environment to really think like a snake.

If you have a PS4 Pro the game will also render in 4K Ultra High-Definition as well as offering enhanced HDR lighting on all PlayStation platforms — which means the colours should really pop off the screen.

Wipeout: Omega Collection
Wipeout: Omega Collection is a sci-fi racing video game coming later this year on PlayStation 4. It provides a visually remastered 4K version of Wipeout HD and Wipeout 2048. Players control futuristic craft around a super-fast track using turbo jets to stay on course.

Micro Machines World Series
The novelty here is the miniature vehicles and out-sized environments through which players race. Based on the classic games of the same name, this will pit mums, dads and children against each other in everyday locations around the home.

More Information on family gaming and the PEGI ratings: is the industry funding website for families.
Games Rating Authority ( is the statutory body who rates video-games.
FamilyGamerTV provides video game buying guides ( for parents.

2017 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (75184)

The brand-new Star Wars Advent Calendar 2017 with first footage from New York Toy Fair.

Der brandneue Star Wars Adventskalender des Jahres 2017 mit ersten Bildern von der New York Toy Fair.

In the set you can see a mixture of characters from modern Star Wars stories such as Rebels, Rogue One and The Force Awakens!
– Luggabeast
– Millennium Falcon
– First Order troop Transport
– Sleigh full gifts
– Snow Mobile
– Laser Cannon
– Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle
– Sabine Wren minifigure
– Poe Dameron minifigure
– Unkar’s Thug
– First Order Stormtrooper
– Imperial Stormtrooper
– First Order Snowtrooper
– First Order Officer
– Resistance Officer
– Holiday BB-8 on a snowboard

LEGO Star Wars 2017 Advent Calendar Rebels Sabine MinifigureFrom Star Wars Rebels fame, we’ve got a Sabine Wren minifigure (with no helmet, alas) flanked by a Mini Ghost ship and a Mini Phantom shuttle build. Yay for love for Rebels!

LEGO Star Wars 2017 Advent Calendar 75184 is scheduled to be released on August 1st 2017, and will retail for the usual MSRP of $39.99.

We also take a look back at the 2016 Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

More details here:

NEW! Lego Disney – 41146 Cinderella’s Enchanted Evening, 41145 Ariel and the Magical Spell

We take a longer look at this year’s LEGO Disney sets from New York Toy Fair 2017.

41143 Berry’s Kitchen
61 pieces Age 5+ 5.99 (USD) 7.99 (CAD)
Available in January

41144 Petite’s Royal Stable
75 pieces Age 5+ 9.99 (USD) 12.99 (CAD)
Available in January

41147 Anna’s Snow Adventure
153 pieces Age 5+ 19.99 (USD) 24.99 (CAD)
Available in January

41148 Elsa’s Magical Ice Palace
701 pieces Age 6+ 79.99 (USD) 99.99 (CAD)
Available in January

41149 Moana’s Island Adventure
205 pieces Age 5+ 24.99 (USD) 29.99 (CAD)
Available in December 2016

41150 Moana’s Ocean Voyage
307 pieces Age 6+ 39.99 (USD) 49.99 (CAD)
Available in December 2016

41145 Ariel and the Magical Spell
222 pieces Age 5+ 29.99 (USD) 39.99 (CAD)
Available in August

41146 Cinderella’s Enchanted Evening
350 Pieces Age 6+ 49.99 (CAD)
Available in August

New Lego Star Wars – Spring, Summer sets revealed at New York Toy Fair

We have a longer look at the LEGO Star Wars sets for Spring, Summer and Fall 2017 from New York Toy Fair.

75167 Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack
125 pieces Age 6+ 14.99 (USD) 16.99 (CAD)
Available in June

75173 Luke’s Landspeeder
149 pieces Age 7+ 19.99 (USD) 24.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75168 Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter
262 pieces Age 8+ 24.99 (USD) 29.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75169 Duel on Naboo
208 pieces Age 7+ 24.99 (USD) 29.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75182 Republic Fighter Tank
305 pieces Age 8+ 24.99 (USD) 29.99 (CAD)
Available in June

75183 Darth Vader Transformation
282 pieces Age 7+ 24.99 (USD) 29.99 (CAD)
Available in June

75174 Desert Ski-Escape
277 pieces Age 7+ 29.99 (USD) 39.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75175 A-Wing Starfighter
358 pieces Age 8+ 39.99 (USD) 49.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75184 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
309 pieces Age 6+ 39.99 (USD) 49.99 (CAD)
Available in September

75170 The Phantom
269 pieces Age 7+ 29.99 (USD) 39.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75185 Tracker I
557 pieces Age 8+ 69.99 (USD) 89.99 (CAD)
Available in June

75186 The Arrowhead
775 pieces Age 8+ 89.99 (USD) 109.99 (CAD)
Available in June

75160 U-WingTM Microfighter
109 pieces Age 6+ 9.99 (USD) 12.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75161 TIE StrikerTM Microfighter
88 pieces Age 6+ 9.99 (USD) 12.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75162 Y-WingTM Microfighter
90 pieces Age 6+ 9.99 (USD) 12.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75163 Krennic’s Imperial ShuttleTM Microfighter
78 pieces Age 6+ 9.99 (USD) 12.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75164 Rebel Trooper Battle Pack
120 pieces Age 6+ 14.99 (USD) 16.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75165 Imperial Trooper Battle Pack 112 pieces Age 6+
14.99 (USD) 16.99 (CAD) Available in March

75171 Battle on Scarif
419 pieces Age 8+ 49.99 (USD) 64.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75172 Y-Wing StarfighterTM
691 pieces Age 8+ 59.99 (USD) 74.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75166 First Order Transport Speeder Battle Pack
117 pieces Age 6+ 14.99 (USD) 16.99 (CAD)
Available in June

75178 Jakku QuadjumperTM
457 pieces Age 8+ 49.99 (USD) 64.99 (CAD)
Available in June

75180 Rathtar Escape
836 pieces Age 8+ 79.99 (USD) 99.99 (CAD)
Available in June

75531 Stormtrooper Commander
100 pieces Age 7+ 24.99 (USD) 29.99 (CAD)
Available in June

75532 Scout Trooper & Speeder BikeTM
452 pieces Age 10+ 54.99 (USD) 69.99 (CAD)
Available in June

75523 Scarif Stormtrooper
89 pieces Age 7+ 24.99 (USD) 29.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75524 Chirrutomwe
87 pieces Age 8+ 24.99 (USD) 29.99 (CAD)
Available in March

75525 Baze MalbusTM
148 pieces Age 9+ 24.99 (USD) 29.99 (CAD)
Available in March

Boys Play LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters Story Pack (Wave 6 & 7) Harry Potter, BA, Supergirl, Gremlins

We spend 10 minutes with the Lego Dimensions Ghostbusters Story Pack at Gamescom. Rather than play it myself I got the boys playing while I talked to James Burton, a producer on the game.

We played through the Ghostbusters Story Pack and the following characters:
– Ethan Hunt
– Abby Yates
– Harry Potter
– Voldemort
– Finn
– Gizmo
– Stripe
– Supergirl

We also take the chance during the video to turn the heads round to see their alternate expressions in the physical minifigure.

Hire-a-Hero is discussed again. The feature where you can try out the previous wave’s figures for some in game stud currency.

Lego Dimensions Complete Wave 7 – Gameplay, Minifigure, Ability Brickdown

We take a close look at what each of the Lego Dimension Wave 7 packs actually offer in terms of value, abilities, Lego Minifigures and Adventure Worlds.

– Sonic 71244
– Gremlins 71256
– E.T. Extra Terrestrial 71258
– Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 71253
– Adventure Time 71285

Official blurb:
“Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today at San Diego Comic-Con revealed details around six highly collectable expansion packs for LEGO Dimensions, the LEGO toy and videogame hybrid, that will be available in the Wave 7 product release on November 18, 2016. Led by the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack and the Sonic The Hedgehog Level Pack, the new packs broaden the selection of the world’s most popular entertainment brands allowing players to customize their experience by mixing and matching favorite characters and universes with full compatibility. LEGO minifigures included in all of the wave 6-9 expansion packs will come with special, golden Toy Tags which unlock a Battle Arena within the Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand. All-new Battle Arenas will offer first-to-LEGO videogames competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. Each Battle Arena has four gameplay modes and comes with its own traps, special powers and interactive environments that make every battle arena unique.”