My husband is a good father, protector of our three pre-school age daughters.
However, there are times when he’s alone with them, when I’m shopping or out with friends, where he and the Mac need adult supervision. Sadly, the girls are not into NFL, NBA, MLB, or NASCAR on TV. On their Mac, they’re also not into the same games as dad.
Boom! Shoot! Fight! On A Mac
Daddy can’t tell his little girls that he’d like one or two of them to be a little boy, but it shows sometimes in the games he gives them to play on the family Mac.
It’s one thing to sit with daddy on the sofa and watch TV to see grown men hurt each other or crash their cars into each other.
But it’s something else to have little girls play bang bang shoot ‘em up games on a Mac.
After lunch and shopping last weekend I came home and found daddy showing the girls how to play Food Fight! That one they seemed to enjoy, but they’ve had practice already. Digital food fights don’t require paper towels and Windex.
How hard is it for a daddy to figure out that any Mac game named Boom isn’t what mommy wants for her little princess wannabes?
Think Ms. Pac Man with loud sounds and an attitude.
Only the five-year-old understood the score. The little one was afraid of the noise. The middle one was waiting patiently for the ice cream that was promised if she played the whole game.
Food Fight! for the Mac is actually fun, so long as the girls know that the same antics are not allowed at breakfast, lunch or dinner, or anywhere else except the iPad. We already had Food Fight! for iPad; now we have it on the Mac.
Do men not check around to see what we have before exercising the primal urge to buy online?
Food Fight! is about an earthling, Tim, and Sammy, a sausage from some other planet or universe (maybe the same one as my husband). What’s fun about this game is that it deals with adult issues—prejudice, intolerance, and conflict resolution.
See? Food Fight! has official Mommy Approval™.
Shoot Blocks? Not so much.
This one is a brain teaser, a mind twister with multiple levels of, well, shooting blocks and multiple lives. Try explaining that to a five-year-old.
All those things we’ve been teaching about not breaking things gets tossed out the window in Shooting Blocks.
The idea is to break an empty box to get points. Break a box with a bottle and lose points. Lose enough points and you lose one of three lives.
Worse, some blocks can’t be destroyed. What a mess. Little boys might like this. But little girls just watch daddy getting into it a little too much and hope he falls asleep so they can raid the fridge.
The moral of the story? Daddy’s should buy their own games and not share them with little girls. And for every NASCAR event the girls are forced to watch with daddy, he should watch an episode of Sponge Bob Square Pants. Commercials, too.