Design the Royal Gown in Princess Fashion Dress Up

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One of my favorite ways to have fun with my daughters is playing games. When my husband and I had our first child, there weren’t many free kids’ games available on the Web. These days, there’s a seemingly endless supply of titles in every genre. One of the most child-centric gaming spots, and my personal favorite, is Poki. They recently released Princess Fashion Dress Up, and that’s what I’m reviewing today.

If you haven’t played dress-up games before, I recommend you start with this one. Much like clothes in the real world, dress-up games come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Princess Fashion Dress Up from Poki is a straightforward game that’s easy to learn. Newbies to the genre and experienced fashionistas will feel right at home.

Instead of showcasing a disorganized closet filled with mismatched threads, this game lays out every clothing item very clearly. By pressing a button, you can view every dress, cape, or necklace. There are no menus to scroll through, no disappearing items, and not a single ugly item in the closet. Poki has streamlined the dress-up process, presenting only the 10 best choices in every category. If you want to really delve into the world of fashion design, you can modify nearly every item with custom colors.

Princess Fashion Dress Up is about a royal daughter, and she looks like one straight out of a fairy tale. Unlike other dress-up games, this one doesn’t include a host of different characters. There aren’t any celebrities from real-world pop culture, singing gals from Frozen, or students from Monster High. In this game, you get to dress one princess, and that’s really all you need. If you’re inclined to change her auburn hair, you can select a new style and color from a variety of chic looks. There are regal hairdos, straight hairstyles, and elegant buns. Even a slightly different hue of red or orange can be enough to complement a lovely dress perfectly.

In order to truly achieve perfection, the princess needs a one-of-a-kind set of jewelry. Thankfully, Princess Fashion Dress Up includes all types of headdresses, including glitzy tiaras and flowery headbands. Most of the headwear is available in dozens of colors, allowing you to be as creative as you wish when piecing everything together. There are also mix-and-match sets of earrings and necklaces, many of which are also customizable. If you want the princess to wear blue earrings and a purple necklace, you are free to tweak her jewelry accordingly. You can choose a pair of pretty slippers for the future queen, but a floor-length dress will cover her feet. Nonetheless, it’s nice to know that the princess is bedazzled from head to toe!

After completing the entire ensemble, it’s time to take a picture of the royal beauty on her balcony. A pink dragon will sneak into the frame, but thankfully, he’s friendly. Making last-minute changes to the outfit isn’t a problem, because every choice is saved until you start over. So, let your daughters play Princess Fashion Dress Up, and see if they like it as much as my family does!

Fighting is Fun in Tankwars.io

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If you liked playing Agar.io, you probably also enjoyed Slither.io. After those two, you might’ve tried Wings.io and Boattle.io. But, is that enough .io games? After playing Tankwars.io, I don’t think so.

Tankwars.io is a new type of .io game, one that provides a much deeper, more immersive experience. The current alpha stage includes one game mode—KingDM, an ongoing deathmatch between anyone brave enough to compete. The leader (i.e. the King) gets a strength boost to further dominate the desert. It sounds simple enough, but there’s much more to Tank Wars than meets the eye.

Special abilities are among the most important features of the game. In Tankwars.io, players mustn’t resort to firing the same supply of ammo in every direction. Instead, you can plant mines across the battlefield. Deadly explosives are effective, but they’re not the only special ability at your disposal. The Air Strafe calls a computer-controlled plane to decimate a certain section of the war zone. This is extremely useful when being cornered by multiple tanks (or if you simply want to wreak havoc on others). Other special abilities are defensive, like the Shield, which surrounds your tank with a glowing force field. Your bullets can get out, but no one else’s ammo can get in.

The gameplay in Tankwars.io feels different from similar titles. In games like Agar.io and Slither.io, any player can die instantly at any time, even from one small mistake. In Tank Wars, each tank has a fair amount of armor and health, so it takes longer to destroy each other. Longer life cycles tend to result in less frustration. In this matter, Tankwars.io feels more like a worthy RTS than a free browser game.

It is also important to note that the graphics in Tank Wars are rather exceptional. Compared to every other game in its class, Tank Wars is the clear winner for visuals. Every part of the terrain is highly detailed, from war-torn parts of the desert to 3D caves that double as barriers. When a tank blows up, the fiery destruction is beautiful. There are also colored markers to highlight your tank and outline enemy vehicles. These markers can be dramatically customized by size, color, and transparency. If you don’t like the way they look, you can tweak them until they’re perfect.

Even though it is still in a relatively early stage of development, Tank Wars is a very promising game. Yes, you might notice an occasional glitch during gameplay. But, all of these kinks are being ironed out, with under-the-hood improvements and bug fixes released every day. At this stage of the game, Tankwars.io surpasses many of its competitors. When fully developed, the additional modes will add to the already deeply satisfying gaming experience.

Some games are fads, exploding in popularity and disappearing after a brief amount of time in the limelight. Already, the buzz surrounding Tank Wars feels different. This is a good game today, and it’s only going to get better tomorrow.

The Daily Jigsaw Puzzle

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In the morning, to get their brains to wake up, many people grab a cup of coffee or tea.  But this really just stimulates your body and revs up your brain with caffeine or hot liquids.  What if instead you could really rev up your mind with a new puzzle every day?  One such place to get your daily puzzle fix is JSPuzzles.com where you can work on a brand new jigsaw puzzle everyday, in addition to a plethora of other puzzles as well.

One of the coolest aspects of this site is the competitive puzzle solving, where if you get one of the top ten quickest times in solving the puzzle, your name will show up for all to see.  Each puzzle is available in 9 pieces, 16 pieces, and up to 144 pieces and 225 pieces as well.

Users can also upload their own pictures into the gallery for all to try.  Here is one made special for us here at Have Sippy.  Feel free to try and beat the times posted.  We also like how the gallery is family friendly and is moderated so nothing risque will show up be accident and kids can join in on the fun as well.

The best part of the daily puzzles is that it is free.  Every single day there is a new puzzle giving you another chance to hit the top ten.  Be ready- there are some very fast solvers out there, and the whole world can play.

You can also turn off the competitive portion of the puzzle and just enjoy your puzzle at a leisurely pace, even sipping your cup of coffee if you like.  I enjoy a nice puzzle in the morning as well, and the ability to do so while checking the news online and chatting on messenger is a multitaskers dream come true.

Frustration-Free, Cost-Free Soccer Gaming

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It seems that every year, our kids want the newest soccer game. To me, the new $60 FIFA title looks exactly the same as last year’s version. Even my husband, an avid football fan, often says that we don’t need to buy it. Usually we give in, shelling out too much money for what seems like the same game. This year, I might’ve found the perfect solution: a soccer video game that doesn’t cost any money!

Heads Arena: Euro Soccer is a kid-friendly, easy-to-play browser game. It works in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc. Because it is on Poki, there’s nothing to download—no apps, special permissions, or payment information required. All of these factors are what initially turned me on to the title. Can a free Internet game be as good as a best-selling console series? After playing, I really think so.

I must admit that I’m not a hardcore gamer. Even so, I was able to compete against the computer in Heads Arena: Euro Soccer within a minute. The menu is simple to navigate, with big buttons that let you choose between Tournament mode (more on that later), Party mode, and one- or two-player matchups. I opted for a solo game in Party mode, which is also called Normal mode. Then, it was time to choose teams and players. There are 12 teams in the game, all of which have two different athletes. The players look pretty silly, with funny expressions and exaggerated facial features. To me, each player looks like a cartoon. My husband insists that they’re based on real athletes, and I’m inclined to believe him. As the name of the game suggests, every team hails from Europe. There are pairs of caricatured superstars from Germany, Italy, Sweden, and the UK.

The controls in Heads Arena: Euro Soccer are simple enough for me, a casual adult gamer, as well as my youngest child. When playing a single-player match, the arrow keys guide your athlete left, right, and upwards. One other key is used for kicking the ball, although it’s not always necessary. In every game I played, goals were scored in all sorts of different ways. Yes, you can execute a perfectly aimed kick to score. However, many goals were actually caused by running or jumping into the ball. I experienced many goals worthy of the highlight reel, such as an accidental header from my defensive zone into the opposing team’s net.

Tournament mode offers a 3-round playoff series. This extra-competitive mode is available in solo and co-op variations, allowing you to team up with a friend. During the tournament, each round is harder than the last. You’ll have to keep improving to beat each team and eventually win the gold trophy.

Whether you’re looking for a quick sports game or want to win the World Cup, kick into Heads Arena: Euro Soccer. It’s accessible to just about everyone; young kids, teens, and adult gamers can glean great fun from my new favorite sports title.

Powerpuff Girls: Back and Better Than Ever

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The cartoon world’s most fearless female superheroes are back! Bubbles, Buttercup, and Blossom need your help fighting crime and keeping the city safe. Over at Poki.com, you can play brand-new and classic games featuring the heroes of Townsville, USA. Below, I’ve highlighted the best parts of Poki’s Powerpuff Girls game collection.

Before we had our first child, my husband and I used to watch a few cartoons. It was part of our pre-parenting process—a fun way to see what we’d be getting into. The Powerpuff Girls debuted on Cartoon Network in 1998. The lively animated series inspired and entertained young ladies (and future moms like me) with 6 seasons of thrilling episodes. Despite a couple of specials, the Powerpuff Girls television series was on hiatus for over a decade. Now it’s back, and with it comes a bunch of great games.

Blossom is the strong-willed leader of the female trio. Over at Poki, you can fly through Townsville and help Blossom defeat supervillains. You might need Buttercup’s help to strike down the hilariously evil Mojo Jojo. In Trail Blazer, you’ll team up with Bubbles to save an entire city. Many of the Powerpuff Girls games on Poki require teamwork and quick thinking. These titles are entertaining and educational, teaching the value of working together to be successful.

Other action-packed Powerpuff games pit the heroes against Princess Morbucks, a greedy leader. Or, you can join the blue, pink, and green gals on a retro journey through Megaville. Zom-B-Gone sends brave players into a scary world filled with monsters. Even though these games vary in storyline, they share fast-paced gameplay for quick fun. And that’s my favorite part of this collection: hassle-free entertainment.

Every Powerpuff Girls title on Poki is 100% free. As a parent, it’s a relief to know that I don’t have to buy any mobile apps or worry about in-game purchases. On Poki, my kids can try Powerpuff Girls games for free, and keep playing for free. There’s nothing to purchase! Also, every game—from Fuzzy Lumpkins Kidnap to Pillow Fight—stays true to the cartoon series. When you play one of these games, you’ll feel like you’re in the cartoon. There are authentic graphics, sounds, and storylines from the original series and the 2016 reboot. Blossom speaks her mind, Bubbles is sweet, and Buttercup isn’t afraid to get dirty.

Overall, the selection of Powerpuff Girls games is broad enough to entertain for hours. However, one slight drawback is that not every game has the same replay value. For instance, I got tired of the repetition in one game after just a few minutes. Luckily, there were more than a dozen other games I could play instead. Another fun fact is that you can also play as characters from other series. In Snow Brawl, the Powerpuff Girls are alongside Ben 10, Dexter, and Finn. This crossover gameplay means everyone in the family can play as their favorite character. Join the Powerpuff Girls for unstoppable gaming fun!

Simple, Safe Multiplayer in Slither.io

Children love playing video games, but not every game provides a positively ideal experience. As parents, we want our kids to have fun, and we want to worry as little as possible. Slither.io is an easy-to-learn, simple multiplayer game that dodges the many pitfalls of other modern titles.

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Enter a nickname, and move your mouse to play. Within a few seconds, you can enter the competitive world of Slither.io. Loosely based on Agar.io game (which your children might already play), Slither.io puts all players together in one giant arena. Your snake, which starts out small, will follow the mouse cursor. Simply lead the reptile towards glowing pieces of food, and it will grow. Longer snakes are also bigger and move faster. Basically, the more you eat, the better you are.

Slither.io is a great option for both younger and older kids. There aren’t any complex controls to learn, key combos to memorize, or lengthy instructions to read. When the game begins, your snake will start moving. From there, you can choose to slither in a straight line towards food, or try to trap other players with your tail. Advanced players might use their snake’s length to perform quick moves and knock other players out of the game. Whether you choose to play offensively or defensively, you have an equal chance at earning a spot on the leaderboard.

Overall, the graphics in Slither.io game are quite pleasing. The vivid, glowing orbs in Slither.io are offset by a dark background. There aren’t any flashing lights, strobes, or other potentially eye-straining visuals. Unique skins and smooth gameplay keep the experience interesting and enjoyable for hours on end. Best of all, we don’t have to worry about gruesome violence, inappropriate chat room content, or paying for in-game upgrades.

These days, the uncensored Internet can be a very dangerous place with far-reaching consequences. Even seemingly innocent games have chat rooms that allow bullies and strangers to interact directly with others. Slither.io allows no such negativity, and it keeps the action simple. That’s why I recommend Slither.io for kids—and adults, if you’re interested in joining the fun.

OurPact – New App For Families

 

Access-GrantedIn the modern day and age, there are few technological gadgets which have permeated society so fully as the smart phone. Just about every man woman and child has one, and its a model newer then yours. But with smart phones and kids comes a big, scary prospect. The internet, Facebook, Twitter and every scumbag with a computer or smart phone now has a direct line of communication with your little one. What are some ways to properly keep your child safe with a smart phone?

  1. Be honest. Tell them a few horror stories, hit close to home. Talk about kids their age or younger. Make the characters in your story relatable to your little ones.
  2. Software- you need something to help keep your kids online habits in check and keep them from becoming those people who spend more time on their phone then in real life. One such app is OurPact which brings new dynamic to the parents – child smart phone discussion.

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Scholastic Interactive Apps

Scholastic have long been makers of much loved children’s books. Today we are looking at 2 new apps by Scholastic each of which is based on a classic line of educational fun. One The Magic School bus and the other I-Spy.

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The Magic School Bus: Field Trip Frenzy takes players on adventurous multiplayer games where they take trips into the human body, the Amazon rainforest, and outer space to name a few fun locations. Each game features competitive play and is mean to be played on a 10inch or bigger All in One or Two in One devices. The game gets kids interested in science and exploration. The game is set up in a game show type format with bright colors and seamless gameplay, which is both fun and exciting for kids of all ages. If you have a big screen tablet or touchscreen device, you owe it to yourself to grab this game for your little ones. Magic School Bus: Field Trip Frenzy retails on the Windows App Store for $1.49 and is available now.
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