Gaming Party Tip of the Week – Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends Gaming Party TipGaming Party Tip of the Week – Rayman Legends

Got a gaming party coming up this weekend? Why not have a bash at Rayman Legends an absolute classic multiplayer game to test team skills and co-operation in a platformer.

Here are our top tips…

1) Slow and steady wins the race. In Rayman Legends the challenge levels vary and this is shown by skulls. One skull is the easiest and 5 is the hardest. It is important to start at level 1 to familiarise yourself with the game. This is key to get to know the challenges and controls as it will drastically speed up the game as the difficulty increases. It’s also a good idea to try out the tougher ones a few times just to make sure you get all the Lums or Teensies you missed. Remember that you will unlock characters in the early stages and this will help you complete the harder ones later.

2) Many hands make light work. This is a great game to play on your own in solo play, but this game really comes into its own in multiplay mode with up to 3 friends. You can tackle the challenges together and just like in solo play they will get harder as you progress. However, playing with friends is definitely the best way to complete your quest once you have the basics down in solo rounds. Playing with friends has the added bonus that there is someone to revive you rather than restarting the level, helping to keep the momentum of the game and allowing you to complete each stage quicker.

Happy playing, and remember gaming is better together.

Gaming Party Tip of the Week – Trackmania Turbo

Trackmania Turbo Gaming PartyAnyone got a big race coming up? Fancy some adrenaline fuelled drag races with your friends at this weekends gaming party? Here is our top tip to drive
circles around your buddies.

Try, try and try again – When driving on these maps for the first time don’t worry if you get lost, crash or jump off the track (it’s normal it would be strange if you didn’t). The key is to keep going until you know the maps and all the danger spots. Use the restart button as much as possible and jump back to the start of the race, this feature is a huge time saver.

Our Top Tip is – Play the game on single player and set the gold ghost car to race with you, (the gold ghost car is the computer driving on what it thinks is the best possible route slowing down and speeding up when it is most effective). Follow it closely and watch the line it takes through corners and once you know what it’s going to do you will know how to beat it. Then get ready to take home the gold. Drive safe out there.

Gaming Party Tip of the Week – FIFA 18

FIFA 18 gaming party tipHave you got a big match coming up at a gaming party this weekend?

Whether you’re a defending champion or an underdog looking for your first win,
here are our top tips to compete with your friends at a gaming party this weekend.

  • Never stop moving – When playing FIFA 18 always try to keep passing the
    ball. This technique makes it harder for your opponent to tackle you.
    Even if you are not quite sure where you are going, keep possession and
    keep passing, this will increase your chances of creating space in which
    you can attack. At your birthday parties it is the teams that work together and pass the ball that always come out on top.
  • The Danger of sprinting – There are a few times when you should sprint
    for example when you’re trying to catch up with an attacker. However, in
    most situations when you are sprinting you may lose some control over
    the ball and this leaves you vulnerable to defenders. You should never
    sprint into a crowd of opposing players as the ball will be knocked ahead
    and can easily be intercepted by one of the opponent’s players.

Our top Tip is, remember it’s a team game and it is very tempting to pass the ball quickly up
the pitch. This is not always the best move. If your striker receives the ball in midfield but the rest of your team is in defence, he becomes very vulnerable to attack. Always try to pass a few times before you go to far forward. This way your striker will always have some support and your chances of breaking your opponents defence increases and this gives you more options. Happy playing.

Gaming Party Tip of the Week – Rocket League

rocket league gaming party tipHave you got a big match coming up at a gaming party this weekend?

Here are some top tips to help you Rocket yourself to the top of the leader board at your gaming party or your friends!

The set up of a game can be key to winning. Being able to air roll and boost at the same time will give you an advantage against your opponents. To do this simple Change the ‘Air roll’ button to L1 or R1 from ‘O’ so you can air roll and boost at the same time.

Our other top tip is, pay attention to the whole pitch in order to anticipate where you should be and when. Turn off ‘camera shake’ to improve your game play and change the default camera settings so the POV is higher, this will make the screen wider and will make it easier to play.

Good luck!

Gaming Party Tip of the Week – Mario Kart

Gaming Party Mario KartIn Mario Kart, Defense is often your best form of attack during your gaming party

Got a gaming party coming up? Here is our top tip to help you get in the top rankings on the firm family favourite Mario Kart.

Nothing ruins your chances in a race as much as being hit in the rear by a variety of shells, but you’re not entirely defenceless. You can use certain items that you pick up as shields to block attacks coming from the rear – just hold down the ZL trigger and the item will appear behind your kart, ready to block any incoming attack from your mates or computer controller racers.

We also have one top tip. Beating the blue shell – if you have the Super Horn item you can use it just before the blue shell makes contact, and destroy it Now that is a real bonus.

February Half Term Holiday Code Camps Junior Game Creators Booking Now!

GAMEWAGON IS HOSTING A SERIES OF SUPER FUN AND EDUCATIONAL HOLIDAY CODING CAMPS THIS HALF TERM HOLIDAY. HELPING NURTURE AN INTEREST IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY.

February Half Term Code CampThe Game Wagon Junior Game Creator coding camps are being held during the February half term holidays at various locations. Do you know a budding junior game creator?

To find out more click here

Peak Birthday Parties Season Starting Soon!

Over the past 4.5 years we have found September and October to be insanely busy delivering our birthday parties to families across the UK.

As a scientist and data lover I’ve never been satisfied with the thought that it was just the unpredictable weather that made us the perfect choice for kids party idea for that time of year. So, I got my research hat on. It turns out there are more babies born in late September and early October than at any other time of the year. Therefore, more parties!

There is obviously more to Xmas Spirit than first meets the eye. Dark nights combined with some festive spirits does bear its fruits: From mid-September to mid-October it is the peak time of birth in the UK  – nine months after Christmas Day! Where does everyone find the time!

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) clearly indicates the popularity of birth dates in this period.

Birthday Frequency UK

What does this mean for you as a parent? If your own child has a September or October birthday, then you better get organised ASAP as party venues and entertainers are likely to be booked up way in advance as they become aware of the increased competition for key dates and times.

So do not hang around and get in contact to book your party before the key dates disappear. Click on the following link and we will check the dates for you – Price your Party

What’s on 4 Junior Award Nomination for Gamewagon

Junior Game Creators and game wagon nominated for award.

The nominees for the prestigious 2017 What’s On 4 Kids Awards have just been announced – and Game wagon has been nominated for the 3rd year running by our amazing customers!

This exciting awards programme, which is now in its eleventh year and celebrates the best activities, classes, people and places throughout the country as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents, carers and the kids that experience them.

Gamewagon is a nominee in the best children’s independent kids party business category and will now go through to the national voting stage! Junior Game Creators has also been nominated which is a a super double whammy for business owner John Lilley.

Gamewagon has become the UK’s premier provider of video game parties using their fleet of 11 custom build video game party wagons. They also provide amazing code clubs teaching kids with an interest in video games valuable coding skills.

John Lilley from Gamewagon, said: “This is sensational and  testimony to the continual improvements we have made and in retaining a great team that listens and delivers for our customers. The game wagon and junior game creator team is the best in the business and continue to delight parents and their children every day. This nomination is for their dedication passion and expertise.”

Bev O’Sullivan  from What’s On 4 UK add: “We are so excited to once again be at the very crucial voting stage of the 11th annual ‘What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2017’ in the UK. These awards mean so much because they are voted on by real customers who want to show their respect for professional companies.”

XMAS SPECIAL JUNIOR GAME CREATORS CLUB 

This amazing present gives the gift of code to your kids at the right age (7-11) so they can become Junior Game Creators. Nurturing an interest in computer science will give your kids a great foundation for future learning opportunities and is our passion. Playing games is fun, making games is genius…

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Book your 2017 Birthday before 5.30pm on Monday, 19th December and we’ll sign you up to our annual online code club and you get an amazing gameJunior Game Creators Activity Pack creator activity pack sent you in the post ready for Xmas morning.

All this and you get an Annual subscription to Junior Game Creators Awesome Online Coding  Club;
– New plugged and unplugged projects every month.
– National curriculum linked activities.
– E-mail support to get unstuck.
– A3 sized activity pack with game recipes to follow that support online learning.
– Regular relevant product reviews to enhance learning.
– Research into all the latest tools to make learning code fun.
– Discounts to live workshops during school holidays.
– All plugged projects work on Mac and PC.

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New projects every month that encourage discovery through play, exploration and creativity.

Playing games is fun, making games is genius. Learning together as a family creates unforgettable magic moments. Learn more >>

Gamewagon’s Game Maker Summer Holiday Competition

Kids Summer Game Design Competition by Gamewagon

Junior Game Creators Video Game Design Canvas designed by Gamewagon

More than just code.

There is so much more to designing the games kids play than just code.  Some games end up as one play flops, whilst others deliver endless fun, challenges, and entertainment.
Like learning any language you learn by doing. Working on projects and using the language in situations that are important to you. Learning to code is no different but you have to start with a plan / design.
Kids love video games and when balanced with other activities provide great opportunity for problem solving, strategy, incremental process improvement, communication and team work. Learning to make their own games gives them the desire to learn to code on real projects that matter to them. We call it learning through play or guided discovery.

Gamewagon’s Summer Game Design Competition.

This summer we are encouraging your kids to have fun and take part in our game design competition. Every week will will award the best game design with a 12 Month Subscription to our online game design code club. Plus, for the game chosen for it’s creativity each week, we will actually record a video that will teach your kids how to make the game they designed in Scratch!

How to enter

1. Download our video game design canvas. Link Video Game Design Canvas and print out some copies.
2. Get some pens, pencils or crayons and fill out the canvas. Be creative, draw pictures, explain how it works, tell the story of your game.
3. Take a photo and email it to john.lilley@gamewagon.co.uk
4. Every Friday through the holidays a winner will be announced on our Facebook page and the following Friday the video released on our YouTube page.

Five chances to win

There are 5 chances to win during the summer as long as you submit your entries before midday on the following Fridays during the summer; 29th July, 5th August, 12th August, 19th August, and 26th August.
You can enter one entry per week and everyone will be able to build the games that are chosen themselves so they can have fun building and playing the games over the holidays.

Junior Game Creator Summer Camps (Surrey, Middlesex, Essex and Kent)

If you enjoy this activity then do not forget to check out our super fun game design workshops being help across London. For more info click here.