With that, Miro and Kenji welcome you to the wonderful world of ESCAPE GAMES!
My boys have been hooked on this kind of online gaming for 2 years now. Specially Miro who finds great joy in squeezing out his brain juices on weekends. Sometimes they attack a game tag-team style --for when one of them needs to take a break and recharge his close to imploding central nervous system.
They have a long hit list of escapist favorites, and here are the top 3. These score the highest in their gaming meter because each game comes in a series. Each game ends a story with a glorious fanfare to freedom --and then leads to another story (a.k.a., the next game). If you remember the book Choose Your Own Adventure, these games are the high-tech, kickass versions of that.
Terminal House Games
Of course, strategizing needs to be done again. Tools are also given to achieve certain tasks and unlock secret doors. But logic is your strongest hardware so you better dive in with a lot of that. Your reward in the end: more visual pleasure at the exit, the kind that will send your mind a-whirl! Kinda like a carousel ride after a math test.
My own logic to this gaming phenomenon --if kids choose to be glued to the Mac for an hour or two, then at least allow them to be glued in a productive way. Not to just some random shooting bloodbath arcade game off the net. But to a game that would make them think, judge, rethink, decide, and really succeed.
I run a geek farm, don't I?