In the hustle and bustle of life, we often forget to acknowledge the efforts of the woman who stands by us holding the reins of our happiness, love, sorrow, tears, pain and more. Mothers are embodiments of endearment and beauty. From my first spoken word to my journey of becoming somebody’s wife, my mother has always been a guiding force in my life.
While traversing the memory lane, I remembered when I got my first ever pocket video game as a gift from my mother on a summer holiday trip to Darjeeling. Throughout the journey through the valleys and mountain that pocket videogame had me occupied, transporting me to a world of my own. The only person whom I have shared that world with is my mother. As she would engage in a point-scoring game battle with me, my mother, I remember would intentionally lose to me, sacrificing her happiness for mine. Honestly, my journey with videogames started with my mother where the time and place are the only witnesses.
Reminiscing those days is always affirming of our bond since we stay far in different cities and rarely get a chance to play video games like before. But in the times when we do play, it’s always heartwarming and special. Although there is plenty of video games out there, here are a few games that you can play with your mother on this day to reinvigorate your special bond.
The Room Tribute or The Room is a point-and-click graphic adventure game released in 2010, which is an unofficial adaptation of the film of the same name directed by Tommy Wiseau. The game was designed in the style of 16-bit graphics. The player assumes the role of Johnny, a banker in San Francisco, as he goes about his daily life — showering, going to work and pleasing his future wife Lisa. The game is divided up into several levels, each of which takes the form of a new day. Apart from that, there are several side quests that the player can engage in when not on missions, such as reading Denny’s daily diary entries or finding ten hidden spoons, which unlocks an extended ending to the game. You can play this game with your mom because it has engrossing gameplay with challenging puzzles and a very intuitive interface. The game is web-based and easy to access.
Who loves ‘maa ke hath ka khana’(Food cooked by Mom). I guess everyone so in respect to that Overcooked 2 will be a very engaging game for mom and children. The game is available to play PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Macintosh operating systems. It is a sequel to one of the Switch’s best co-op and multiplayer games thrusts which into the role of a cartoony chef who’s tasked with cooking and serving food in various, hectic situations. When playing with friends, it turns into a bloodbath, as one struggle to figure out a viable pattern where one person chops lettuce, heats up the broth, and washes dishes while the other cuts tomatoes, cook steak, and serves customers or whatever one comes up with. Also sometimes one is doing all this on a moving vehicle, or on the moon. Sometimes one will do it while a flock of people walks right through their kitchen. If you’ve never experienced stress while gaming before, just cue this one up.
Guild Wars 2
For all the adventure lover mom and children duo Guild Wars 2 will be an absolute delight to play. It is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by ArenaNet and published by NCsoft and can be played on Window PCs and Macs. Set in the fantasy world of Tyria, the game follows the re-emergence of Destiny’s Edge, a disbanded guild dedicated to fighting the Elder Dragons, a Lovecraftian species that has seized control of Tyria in the time since the original Guild Wars. The game takes place in a persistent world with a story that progresses in instanced environments. This game has customisable characters, tons of content, ability to play with a group or solo. This includes an interesting story and quest lines which can be enjoyed for casual players.
Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defence video game developed and originally published by PopCap Games. The game involves homeowners who use a variety of different plants to prevent an army of zombies from entering their houses and “eating their brains”. The gameplay is simple to learn and complex to master. It can be played in short bursts so is ideal for a busy person with a few minutes here and there. No hardcore or challenge modes, just the simple joy of watching a zombie with a cone on his head face a watermelon catapult. The game is available to play Windows PC, Mac, Xbox Live Arcade, PS Network, Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, Blackberry.
Words with Friends
Who doesn’t like age-old board game Scrabble?Words with Friends is Scrabble word making a game on digital platform like on your phone, iPad or whatever another platform it is on. It is a multiplayer word game developed by Newtoy. Players take turns building words crossword puzzle style in a manner similar to the classic board game Scrabble. The rules of the two games are similar, but Words with Friends is not associated with the Scrabble brand. You can interact with your mom, but not have to respond instantly. It is a win for everyone.
Researchers say playing video games increases family bonding, engagement and helps to widen aspects of interactivity and much more. So celebrate the occasion with the aforementioned games and put a smile on your mother’s face!
Wishing all the mothers a very Happy Mother’s day!