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Starlink Battle For Atlas review: Toys to space
4.0 stars Starlink Battle For Atlas review: Toys to space By Andy Robertson

A surprising and welcome return to toys-for-life. Starlink doesn't try to rip you off, while its space theme is a lot of fun. Read more

Starlink Battle for Atlas: Playing toys to life with a real-life astronaut
Starlink Battle for Atlas: Playing toys to life with a real-life astronaut By Andy Robertson

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a rip-roaring space adventure game for all ages. We play it with a real-life astronaut to see what it's all about Read more

8 things you need to know before playing Fortnite
8 things you need to know before playing Fortnite By Andy Robertson

Fortnite Battle Royale is the game of the moment. The bedrooms and living rooms of homes up and down the country are resonating with the sound of automatic Read more

What parents need to know about Fortnite
What parents need to know about Fortnite By Andy Robertson

If you’ve not heard of Fortnite you likely don’t have children of-a-certain-age.It’s the latest super popular shooting game for kids that is drawing Read more

How to help your child watch YouTube Kids shows and videos safely
How to help your child watch YouTube Kids shows and videos safely By Andy Robertson

When children ask to go on the internet they usually mean "watch YouTube videos" and since YouTube Kids app launched a couple of years ago, there has been Read more

What is Circle with Disney, how can it moderate kids' internet usage and how do you set it up?
What is Circle with Disney, how can it moderate kids' internet usage and how do you set it up? By Andy Robertson

No matter how responsible or communicative your children are, ensuring their online activity is safe and healthy is no easy matter. For parents this is Read more

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last
Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last By Andy Robertson

Anki’s Cozmo robot has been a double-edged sword for UK families. It offers some exciting features, has huge buzz online and is peerless in terms of Read more

Is the Nintendo Switch good for all the family? Parental controls, motion gaming and more explored
Is the Nintendo Switch good for all the family? Parental controls, motion gaming and more explored By Andy Robertson

While the internet groans under the weight of umpteen Nintendo Switch reviews, including our own here, here’s an assessment of Nintendo’s new console Read more

Skylanders Imaginators review: Create your own Skylanders at last
4.0 stars Skylanders Imaginators review: Create your own Skylanders at last By Andy Robertson

Rather than introduce another pre-packaged figurine novelty for this year's Skylanders game, Imaginators puts character creation in the hands of its young Read more

PlayFusion Lightseekers for iOS and Android: Toys to life is not dead, it's only just beginning
PlayFusion Lightseekers for iOS and Android: Toys to life is not dead, it's only just beginning By Andy Robertson

With Disney's withdrawal from the toys-to-life game genre questions were asked on whether the bubble had burst for videogames that interact with physical Read more

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans
Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans By Andy Robertson

Infinite Arms is a toy-game cross over aimed at fans of Gears of War, Halo and big Transformers style mechs. It’s a sophisticated RPG for iPad and iOS Read more

Skylanders Imaginators at E3 2016: Crash Bandicoot joins the fun
Skylanders Imaginators at E3 2016: Crash Bandicoot joins the fun By Andy Robertson

We've previously previewed Skylanders Imaginators after having its basic theme and gameplay demoed to us at an event in London prior to E3 2016, but during Read more

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs
Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs By Andy Robertson

Anki has steadily improved its Overdrive AI racing system since it launched last year. Software enhancements have added extra modes, like One Shot Kill Read more

Cyberbullying facts: 5 things to spot and how to help your child online
Cyberbullying facts: 5 things to spot and how to help your child online By Andy Robertson

The internet can be an incredible resource for adults and children, for both entertainment and learning, but it can also be a scary place at times. This Read more

5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids
5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids By Andy Robertson

Like the BBC Micro in its day, the Raspberry Pi mini-computer is an accessible way to get children and families into the world of computer hardware and coding/programming.It Read more

Parents guide to games consoles: How to make Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U safe and secure
Parents guide to games consoles: How to make Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U safe and secure By Andy Robertson

As entertainment technology offers children more ways to connect, it is important parents understand the risks and how to safely get the most out of these Read more

Parents should not let their kids play Hitman and here's why
Parents should not let their kids play Hitman and here's why By Andy Robertson

Getting the most from videogames with your family is no easy matter. Games are complex, long and offer a range of experiences not always evident from Read more

Anki Overdrive v1.3 update makes it better for families, here's why
Anki Overdrive v1.3 update makes it better for families, here's why By Andy Robertson

Anki Overdrive launched last year and freed slot car racing from its slots. At the same time it turned simple racing into augmented video game battles.Its premise Read more

Best Apple Watch apps to streamline your family life
Best Apple Watch apps to streamline your family life By Andy Robertson

With plenty of apps available on iTunes these days, the Apple Watch can potentially revolutionise interactions by extending phone features to our wrist Read more

Virtuali-Tee AR t-shirts not for the squeamish, will take your kids on a fun, bloody ride
Virtuali-Tee AR t-shirts not for the squeamish, will take your kids on a fun, bloody ride By Andy Robertson

Engaging children in educational pursuits is a fickle old game. A popular route to success has been with edgy content from shows like Horrible Histories. Read more

Don't just watch BBC's Robot Wars, fight your own Hexbug Battlebots at home
Don't just watch BBC's Robot Wars, fight your own Hexbug Battlebots at home By Andy Robertson

Robot Wars is no longer confined the the sentimental memories of parents. A new generation of British youngsters will be able to enjoy enjoy the carnage Read more

Mattel ThingMaker preview: 3D printing for the Minecraft generation
Mattel ThingMaker preview: 3D printing for the Minecraft generation By Andy Robertson

The barrier to new technology for children is rarely that they don’t understand it. More often it’s that they don’t know how to access it, or that Read more

New Lego Star Wars sets in the flesh: Minecraft and Ninjago complete the line-up
New Lego Star Wars sets in the flesh: Minecraft and Ninjago complete the line-up By Andy Robertson

Having shown off a range of Lego at the London and Nuremberg Toy Fairs in the last few weeks, the brick brand let us take pics and video of the last entries Read more

Reasons why Realifex for iPhone and Apple Watch is the fitness tracker for the mind
Reasons why Realifex for iPhone and Apple Watch is the fitness tracker for the mind By Andy Robertson

The online world and devices in our pockets aren’t always conducive to mental wellbeing. The endless checking of social media and always present technology, Read more

These are the Lego sets you'll want in 2016: Nexo Knights, Angry Birds and more
These are the Lego sets you'll want in 2016: Nexo Knights, Angry Birds and more By Andy Robertson

Each year Lego unveils its new sets that combine top name franchises and in-house brands. For families though, there’s a tension between block building Read more

iOS 9.3 will be an essential update for families, here's why
iOS 9.3 will be an essential update for families, here's why By Andy Robertson

Apple is expected to release a major iOS update this spring, for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. It will bring several new features, including CarPlay Read more

We went through a tech detox by playing an iOS game, can you?
We went through a tech detox by playing an iOS game, can you? By Andy Robertson

Distractions are a problem in modern family life. It’s all too easy to let the weekend slip away spending more time staring at a screen rather than engaging Read more

Battle of the smart toy racers: Anki Overdrive vs Scalextric Arc vs Real FX Racing
Battle of the smart toy racers: Anki Overdrive vs Scalextric Arc vs Real FX Racing By Andy Robertson

Gadget toys can be like buses, nothing new for years then along come three at once. This year has seen the resurgence of slot-car racing, while a new twist Read more

How to make parental controls on consoles, phones and tablets work for you
How to make parental controls on consoles, phones and tablets work for you By Andy Robertson

Connected technology Read more

Should you stick to age ratings and scores when choosing games for the family? The answer is surprising
Should you stick to age ratings and scores when choosing games for the family? The answer is surprising By Andy Robertson

The Christmas holidays provide prime opportunity to sit down with your children to play videogames. You might also be inclined to pop on a game for them Read more

Is the iPad Pro suitable for family fun?
Is the iPad Pro suitable for family fun? By Andy Robertson

Although there has been much talk about Apple's new iPad, the 12-inch iPad Pro, being an ideal tablet for creatives, its extra screen size could be appealing Read more

How to enjoy toys to life games without spending a fortune
How to enjoy toys to life games without spending a fortune By Andy Robertson

The latest trend in children’s videogames is to combine them with collectable toy lines for a rapidly expanding genre dubbed "toys to life". The plastic Read more

Lego Dimensions review: Everything Is Awesome
4.5 stars Lego Dimensions review: Everything Is Awesome By Andy Robertson

Lego Dimensions joins the toys-to-life race this year in impressive form. Because from the very start the focus is as much on the toys as it is the screen Read more

Skylanders SuperChargers review: Turbocharging toys-to-life
4.5 stars Skylanders SuperChargers review: Turbocharging toys-to-life By Andy Robertson

When Skylanders launched in 2011 the novelty of unlocking in-game characters with physical toys piqued gamers' interest. And having sparked the toys-to-life Read more

Pokémon coming to iPhone and Android with Pokémon Go and a wearable smartband
Pokémon coming to iPhone and Android with Pokémon Go and a wearable smartband By Andy Robertson

Three gaming industry heavyweights are partnering for a new Pokémon Go game where players track, catch and battle miniature monsters in the real world Read more

Disney Infinity 3.0 review: The force is strong with this one
4.0 stars Disney Infinity 3.0 review: The force is strong with this one By Andy Robertson

Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Starter Pack ups the ante with triple-A gameplay and enhanced Toy Box creations tools for the well-established toys to life Read more

Scooby Doo trailer shows how Lego Dimensions is taking toys to life to a new level
Scooby Doo trailer shows how Lego Dimensions is taking toys to life to a new level By Andy Robertson

As momentum builds towards next month’s launch of Lego Dimensions, a new trailer focusing on Scooby-Doo underlines the multiple franchises available Read more

Skylanders Superchargers preview: Multiplayer online racing hands-on
Skylanders Superchargers preview: Multiplayer online racing hands-on By Andy Robertson

Skylanders Superchargers already looked strong this year, offering proper playable toy vehicles along with the usual on-foot figurines and on-screen antics.Ahead Read more

Top children's tablets: 8 devices your kids will love
Top children's tablets: 8 devices your kids will love By Andy Robertson

Finding the best tablet for your child isn’t simply a matter of comparing technical stats. Operating system features for safety and ease of use, as well Read more

Disney Infinity 3.0 preview: Not just a Star Wars sandbox
Disney Infinity 3.0 preview: Not just a Star Wars sandbox By Andy Robertson

Disney Infinity could have rested on its laurels this year. Star Wars would certainly have shifted enough units with only minor changes. But happily we Read more

View-Master hands-on: The VR reimagining of a 50s classic
View-Master hands-on: The VR reimagining of a 50s classic By Andy Robertson

As you have no doubt heard, Mattel wants to re-launch its classic View-Master toy with a fresh injection of virtual reality, Google Cardboard style.This Read more