Ascension is a fast paced deckbuilding game designed by Magic Pro Tour champions Justin Gary, Rob Dougherty, and Brian Kibler, with artwork by Eric Sabee. It’s a dynamic experience where players have to react and adjust their strategy accordingly. It’s a beloved game, and this is the tenth anniversary edition.
The myFirst 3DPen essentially functions a lot like a glue gun, only it doesn’t get nearly as hot because instead of activating glue, it’s melting plastic filament so they can be drawn into colorful patterns. This is a clever way to make the art of 3D design accessible to almost anyone, even very young kids just starting out as budding artists.
The myFirst Sketch Book from Oaxis is an interactive drawing pad designed for children so they can design and doodle a masterpiece without needing their parent’s phone or tablet. Drawings can then be exported to a smartphone for final touch-up work.
Scarcity issues aside, the Sony PlayStation 5 is one of the most amazing game consoles released in years. Not only are native PS5 games incredible, but many older PlayStation 4 titles get a huge upgrade when running on them on the new hardware.
Here at GiN we don’t just play video games. We celebrate games and toys of all kinds. This week, we review the magnetic stacking block system called Magicube from Swedish developer Geomag, which is designed to unlock the creative energy of young players.
My First Camera 3 is a big upgrade from the older model we reviewed last year. Like that camera, this one is designed for kids, but is packed with enough features to keep adults happy too. We took the new model out for a shutterbug party around the block.
We dive into the Xbox Series X to find out what’s new in Microsoft’s NextGen console, and some of the amazing features that help to drive and support the next generation of games. Find out if you should put an Xbox Series X console into your future gaming plans.
Wingspan is a deeply strategic card game about helping wild birds survive and thrive in different habitats. The subject matter should help it appeal to a wide audience of players, while the strategic depth will keep everyone playing and competing.
This week our modern gamer tries out the Valve Virtual Reality gear with a few great games like Half-Life Alyx and Beat Saber, as well as some drawing programs. It was great fun, but we don’t know if we will ever get her back to real life.
Modern Gamer Melissa is off on a holiday road trip this week, keeping safe from COVID-19 as she goes of course. Before she left, she picked up the ultimate road trip plaything, a Nintendo Switch Lite. She reviews it this week, playing with Mario and friends from the road.