Since video games first hit the mainstream, their technology has improved vastly. Along with compelling storylines, enhanced graphics and more fulfilling game play, many video games now include customisation options. Choose a game that lets your kids design their own character so they can express their creativity while playing video games.
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Drawn to Life
"Drawn to Life" is an action adventure game for the Nintendo DS. For the bulk of the game you'll spend your time working your way through a series of typical side-scrolling platformer levels. Visit the in-game village to unravel element's of the game's story, shop for supplies, meet new characters and enter the game's draw mode.
Draw mode is where Drawn to Life's character design elements come into play. You'll use the touch screen capabilities of the Nintendo DS to draw your very own character. Not only do you get to create the game's hero and use him or her throughout the game, but you can also design your hero's accessories. Design vehicles, weapons and other tools for use in the game's platformer levels.
LittleBigPlanet, originally released for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and later for the PlayStation Portable (PSP), focuses on basic platforming gameplay with an emphasis on user-created content. You'll have full customisation of the game's main character, Sackboy. Choose from a range of clothing, hairstyles and accessories for your Sackboy character.
In addition to designing Sackboy, you can use the game's level editor to design full-scale platforming levels or alter pre-existing levels. Once you've created characters and stages, you can upload them on the PlayStation Network for other users to download. Likewise, you're free to download content designed by other players on the network.
While you may be familiar with best-selling PC video game "The Sims" and its sequels, "MySims" for the Nintendo Wii is a new take on the series. MySims removes the game's dating and sexual elements, making it better suited for a younger audience. MySims features a graphical overhaul from the PC version, opting for a more cartoonish, kid-friendly style.
In MySims you'll design your own fully-customisable Sim character. Your Sim will have his or her own house, and throughout the game you'll collect (or design) new furniture and accessories to improve your Sim's house. Meet other Sims to form friendships, engage in mini-games and complete tasks for business owner Sims. MySims has a number of sequels with similar character creation modes, including "MySims Racing" and "MySims Kingdom."
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