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‘Heroes Guard’: Magic, Cards, and Adventure

‘Heroes Guard’: Magic, Cards, and Adventure

I am always looking for games I can play together with my kids, so I was especially excited about ‘Heroes Guard’ because it strikes a fantastic balance between story and luck. It’s one thing to make a choice in a game. It’s quite another to make a choice and then have to roll a die to see if you’re successful. We all started holding our breath every time the die flashed on the screen. Read More

How Not to Install a MyQ Garage Door Opener

How Not to Install a MyQ Garage Door Opener

Last month, GeekDad posted an Amazon daily discount for the Chamberlain MyQ-Garage, and as my husband and I have been casually researching these, we bought one. A few weeks passed and finally, one warm-enough afternoon, we got to work. So now, generously, I offer you this essential guide of how NOT to install this product. Read More

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Miitomo’

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Miitomo’

I’ve been meaning to write about Nintendo’s new ‘Miitomo’ smartphone app ever since it became available here in North America late last month, but, the truth is, it’s taken me more than a week to get my head around the concept myself. With that said, enjoy the following GeekDad guide to ‘Miitomo’–in all its bizarre glory. Read More

Smalltalk: Building a Network for Parents Like You

Smalltalk: Building a Network for Parents Like You

Ours is a world of social networks. There’s Facebook and Twitter, sure, but it also seems as though we’re moving more toward smaller, more specialized services. While there are a myriad of options for everything from cultivating business contacts to online dating, Smalltalk, GeekDad’s newest sponsor, seeks to create a special place just for parents. Read More

‘A Sailor’s Dream’ Is Like Going on Vacation Through Your iPad

‘A Sailor’s Dream’ Is Like Going on Vacation Through Your iPad

I don’t really want to tell you any part of the story because part of the joy is finding each clue on your own, but I can tell you that if you can’t get to the beach, spending a half hour with ‘A Sailor’s Dream’ is the next best thing. It will make your heart ache while it simultaneously makes you hopeful that there are still gorgeous, unique games to be made. Read More

Hasbro Unveils Fan Built Combiner Poll

Hasbro Unveils Fan Built Combiner Poll

Yesterday Hasbro announced the theme for the 2015 Transformers Generations line, Combiner Wars, as well as a new related crowdsourced project. The official Transformers app–available for both Android and iOS–has been updated with the Fan Built Combiner Poll. Read More

Your Young Scientist Will Love Playing in This Sandbox (App)!

Your Young Scientist Will Love Playing in This Sandbox (App)!

If you’ve got a young and budding scientist like I do, you may find yourself having to hit the internet for all kinds of questions — Why is the sky blue? How does a battery work? Can we make a volcano? (Yes, that last one came as a surprise.) My problem is that while I often enjoy sitting down and investigating hows and whys with my 7-year-old, I often wish he’d do a little self-study and digging. That isn’t always easy, however, when I limit his Internet access or if we lack the book on the subject-of-the day. My son likes to discover things by himself, and while I’ve done my best to put small kits and experiments in his reach, often times I just can’t sit with him 24/7 and monitor both his safety and his progress. But a new app is helping me with this problem… Read More

New Apps for New Mathematicians

New Apps for New Mathematicians

An unusual set of apps just started rolling out at iTunes. At first blush, Gracie and Friends may look like many other math apps for little guys. But a look under the hood reveals a unique and multi-year endeavor to create a breakthrough in evidence-based, educationally rich digital games for preschoolers. I asked my colleague Christine Zanchi to walk me behind the scenes. Read More