SmartGames for families

I was introduced to SmartGames recently. Designed in Belgium, they call themselves “multi-level logic games”. The variety of games and challenges are bewildering and addictive. We can challenge each other to see who can progress further through the stages.

Mention games and kids will instantly relate to online games or mobile apps. Will I be able to get the kids’ attention?

The games have universal appeal for those from 6 to 60s! Some require analysis or logic, and most require patience. It can be increasingly difficult (and frustrating haha) when something so simple turns out harder!

Personally, I like the idea of going Retro and back to board games (or pocket games). I grew up with the traditional Monopoly, Risk, but SmartGames have a “replay” element as we keep trying to reach the next level.

I had a chance to start with three games, I really admire the designers’ ingenuity! It is not easy to craft 80 stages to test the players!

Although game play is designed for one person, family members can take turns to compete. Promoting bonding opportunities.

We can see the competitive streaks and kiasu symptoms appear, playing together teaches us so much about our characters 🙂

1.Red Riding Hood

If you think this is childish, try the game yourself. Looks can be deceiving, although the play area is small, but game rules make it challenging :p

From amateur to expert, it is not so easy. Kids are eager to move up to the next stage. Imagine bringing these games to a cafe, and enjoying a slow 45 min cuppa with your darling.

Video of Little Red Riding Hood Game, credit SmartGames

It is not so easy to get Red Riding Hood home ok! (unless if you are mensa member)

I love the quality of the game pieces, well crafted and posh.
The 3D “pieces” really make our game more visual.

2.Asteroid Escape

Asteroid Escape has the same concept as Red Riding hood, but with increased complexity.

Drive Spaceship home, but the asteroids keep BLOCKING me!

I am impatient, and prefer visual games. This “logic game” really tested my patience. But the kids gamed me effortlessly!

Enough of warmup, proceed to Master or Wizard for more hair-splitting stages hee hee.

If you are really stuck, go the end of the menu for the solution. Even the solution makes me perspire.

Mind boggling solution
Mind boggling solution

3.IQ Puzzler Pro

2D was okay, but 3D was challenging. My brain is wired differently, it was hard for me to visualise the 3D final stack.

The menu will slowly guide you from Beginner to Expert level.

Looks easy not.

 

SmartGames promotes some of these skills and developments for the young ones. The Fun factor need not be mentioned 🙂

SmartGames benefits
SmartGames benefits

I love the SmartGames novelty and back-to-basic gaming feel.

I would love to bring these games to parties and gatherings for some bonding opportunities with families and friends. Perhaps some parents might be interested to introduce SmartGames to reduce their kids’ screen time.

Do follow SmartGames Singapore on their Facebook for the latest games and locations. You may Facebook message or email (admin@stationgo.sg) distributor for further enquiries.

SmartGames can be found at the following venues :
-Metro Causeway Point (full range of SmartGames products)
-Kinokuniya – Ngee Ann City and Raffles City
-Isetan – Scotts and Westgates
-Popular – Bras Basah,Causeway Point,Toa Payoh and Jubliee
-Science Centre shop – Curiosity
-Sports Elements outlets

ps.. Thank you SmartGames for the fun hours and interactions

First Family Karaoke session at Teo Heng KTV

First Family Karaoke session !

Family Karaok
Family Karaoke

Never mind if we cannot croon.
Never mind if our kids will fail Sing! China  (中国新歌声) auditions.
Everyone can still have Fun!

You need not sing like 向洋 Nathan Hartono or 董姿彦  Joanna Dong to enjoy Karaoke!

Ok, if you are the ones in our room, you better sing along (out of tune or whatever,we do not discriminate) or cover your ears haha :p

We were initially shy, so I had to be thick skin and led the way. As I croak along, the kids saw the Fun potential and started chirping in.

The rest of our 2 hour session is all laughter and memories.

Whether it is oldies or yuppies, or even Kpops. Songs from yesterday brought back so much LOVE 🙂

Choose the songs and sing to your delight. If you cannot understand lyrics, just follow the chorus.

Some of the songs we sang :
Kiddy (Baby Shark! haha or 拔萝卜!)  ( 萝卜radish song got 6 mil views!)
邓丽君 (月亮代表我的心)
One Direction (Story of my life , Best Song Ever, Live while We’re Young)
Ed Sheeran (Perfect)
Passenger (* Let Her Go)
Train ( Play That Song)
Charlie Puth (One Call Away)
Maroon 5 (Girls Like You,Sugar)
Lukas Graham (* Love Someone)
Boyzone Ronan Keating (When You Say Nothing At All)
Calum Scott (You Are The Reason, No Matter What)
James Arthur (Say You Won’t Let Go)
John Legend (All of Me)
A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera (*Say Something)
Halsey (Without Me)
Abba (I have a Dream)
The Carpenters (Top of the World)
Elton John (Sacrifice,Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,Your Song)
Extreme (More than words)
Survivor (* The Search Is Over)
Firehouse (Love of a Lifetime)
Surface (Shower Me With Your Love)
Bob Carlisle (Butterfly Kisses)
Collin Raye (Love, Me)
Eric Clapton (Tears In Heaven)

Hebe (小幸運) ♥
高明駿 王馨平(*今生註定)
周慧敏 & 邰正宵 (*知己)
周慧敏 & 林隆璇 (流言)
許志安 許慧欣 (戀愛頻率)
蘇永康 陳潔儀 (愛得正好)
林志炫&柯以敏 (愛我)
馮德倫&陳慧琳 (北极雪)
许茹芸熊天平 (你的眼晴)
關楚耀 & 湯寶如 (感冒)
卢巧音 & 王力宏 (好心分手)

Group (笨小孩) (别想不开,老天自有安排,老天爱笨小孩 wahaha)
张学友 (只想一生跟你走, 情書,祝福)
周华健 (爱相随, 朋友,孤枕難眠,讓我歡喜讓我憂)
梁靜茹 (暖暖, 勇氣 ,寧夏. 小手拉大手)
小潘潘,小峰峰 (學貓叫)
TANK (非妳莫屬)
劉若英 (後來, 成全)
王心凌 (當你)
林憶蓮 (至少還有你,傷痕)
周蕙 (約定,话题)
林依晨 (孤單北半球)
郭靜 (下一個天亮)
于文文 (体面)
林依晨 Ariel Lin 孤單北半球
張國榮 ()
李宗盛 (領悟)
苏永康 (*爱一个人好难,其實我很擔心,男人不该让女人流泪)
陳奕迅 (淘汰)
林隆璇 (你那麼愛她)
陶喆 (*愛很簡單)
吳佳明 (小人物的心声)
梁文福 (细水长流)
优客李林 (认错)
光良 (童話, 第一次,掌心)
胡夏(那些年,我們一起追的女孩)
李圣杰 Sam (痴心绝对)
庾澄慶 (情非得已)
王啟文 (老鼠爱大米)
張棟樑 (當你孤單你會想起誰, 寂寞邊界)
陳小春 (獨家記憶)
TFboys (左手右手) Young singers with catchy songs, no wonder 17 mil views!

Difficult songs, we just enjoy the lyrics 🙂
林俊杰 JJ (修煉愛情, 小酒窩, 她說 ,豆浆油条)
周杰倫 Jay Chou (屋顶 , 說了再見-海洋天堂 ,安靜,開不了口,告白氣球 ,說好的幸福呢)  ♥ (那个人不就是我梦里那模糊的人)

We had earlier sang at Teo Heng KTV (Ci Yuan) if you are itching to have some FUN, just go ahead and book a session.

The room packages are very affordable, we paid $30 for a 10-pax room two hours. Families can even bring their own lunch or dinner at no additional surcharge.

 

Two hours pass in a flash when we are having fun, we hope to do another round of Family Karaoke.

Additional Tips to enjoy your Family Karaoke Session

1)Book early as weekends are packed

2)Shortlist your songs beforehand, it is hard to use Teo Heng’s system to search by singer, before scrolling through his/her song list

Finally, special thanks to David (Instagram @Doting_Dad) and eccentric friends for reigniting our Singing passion haha. Click on this IG story to see how the Uncles Sing, Rock and Dance with wigs and props!)

 

Hope you will have FUN Singing along too 🙂