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Andy Robertson

Family Gaming Expert on TV, Radio and blogger

Andy Robertson is a videogame expert who specialises in family gaming. He edits the GeekDad blog, writes for national news papers and appears on BBC TV and BBC Radio as a gaming critic. He contributes reviews to the US GeekDad blog as well.
He also produces the Family Gamer TV YouTube channel and edits his own Family Gaming site.

High Tech Robot Needs Playground Power To Suceed

We try out a wide variety of robotic toys in our family which vary greatly in both cost and performance. Over the last few years we've enjoyed products like the Sphero remote controlled robot ball at one end of the price spectrum and simple wind up robots at the other.
14/10/2016 10:24 BST

What We Know About Skylanders Trap Team

First, the basics. Activision and Toys For Bob return with the fourth installment of the Skylanders franchise, Skylanders Trap Team. Trap Team features 16 brand new Trap Master Skylanders and 18 new core Skylanders who are on the hunt for escaped villains from Cloudcracker Prison.
29/04/2014 12:14 BST

Skylanders Trap Team Announced

The biggest change is the new portal that lets players trap enemies in special electronic Traps and then turn them into player characters - yes, even Chaos himself. There are also a new set of Trap Master characters with special upgradeable weapons.
24/04/2014 10:58 BST

Kinect Sports Rivals, More Like FIFA Than Wii-Sports

Some people love the Xbox One's Kinect controller, while others seem intent on using it as a big stick to punish Microsoft for its insistence that every Xbox One includes it. Kinect Sports Rivals promises to change all that.
17/03/2014 14:32 GMT

Guardians of the Galaxy Bristles With Tech Toys

The dividing line between toys and video-games has shifted back and forth over the years. Most recently though there has been a blurring of this distinction. Many toys come with technical functions and many video-games are now support by physical play-things -- take Disney Infinity for example.
27/02/2014 12:01 GMT

Christmas Day Travel Made Simple

We put a lot of effort into our festive celebrations. Food, drink, family, friends and presents all come together (hopefully) to make the big day a special occasion. But one thing I often leave until the last minute is planning how to get there.
18/12/2013 12:57 GMT

Disney Infinity Hands Game Development Tools to Families

Disney Infinity is one of a number of games that wants to change this by putting simple accessible game creation tools in the hands of everybody. Their new title is well known for using physical toys to access in-game characters in the Play Set adventures but less well known for its Toy Box game development mode.
17/12/2013 10:14 GMT

Testing PlayStation 3 Wonderbook in Real Family Life

Wonderbook is a new way to play video-games and experience stories that uses the PlayStation 3 camera in conjunction with a plush pop-up book. The twist here is that the book is blank until placed in front of the PlayStation 3, whereupon the pages are populated on the screen with all sorts of interactive stories and challenges.
02/12/2013 13:19 GMT

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Spans the Generations

If you've not played them before The Legend of Zelda series of games from Nintendo are held in high regard among gamers, and for good reason. They blend a creative mix of puzzle solving, action and exploration that appealed to me when I was younger, and now has my children hooked.
18/11/2013 14:35 GMT

Pokemon X/Y Gets Families Playing Together

Pokemon is one of the big game series that for one reason or another my family has been late to play. Happily then, the latest iteration, Pokemon X/Y on the 3DS, has offered us a great opportunity to get involved and catch up with the fun.
06/11/2013 13:43 GMT

Beyblade Evolution 3DS Combines the Real and the Virtual

One of the most popular developments in family video-games over the last few years is the cross-over between virtual and physical play. Games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity use real toys to access in game content and characters.
30/10/2013 15:01 GMT

Wii Party U Revolutionises Family Play

Wii Party U offers another strong reason why the Wii U's Gamepad controller makes sense for families. Although the second screen technological is readily available on other platforms, albeit not in exactly the same package, it's only in Nintendo's hands that we see this properly leveraged for family fun.
24/10/2013 14:30 BST

Legend of Zelda Wind Waker Spans Generations as It Returns on Wii U

Now my daughter is 10 and we have a fresh rendering of the GameCube classic in the form of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. It's a single player game so I had expected to play on my own. However, as soon as my kids discovered what I was doing they wanted to play as well.
04/10/2013 13:09 BST

Orbit Baby G2 Offers Intelligent Design

As a new parent I found my purchasing decisions have an added weight and importance to them. The big one for me was how to transport our new baby both in the car and along the pavement. Recently, I had the chance to try the Orbit Baby G2 pushchair system, and enlisted the help of some friends with newborn and youngster to see how it stacked up.
06/09/2013 12:32 BST

Mario and Luigi Dream Team Bros. 3DS Review

Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros. walks the tightrope between core and family gamers with finely tuned game-play and accessible controls. Although, as the family testing the game suggested, the amount of reading rules out pre-school gamers (even with its PEGI 3 rating), other family members will enjoy the story and progression.
12/07/2013 13:36 BST

Max and the Curse of Brotherhood Promises Serious Family Fun on Xbox

Max And The Curse of Brotherhood is an unusual game for a number of reasons. Firstly it addresses a family subject that is rarely touched upon by video-games, that of sibling rivalry. Secondly it features a play mechanic where the player uses a magic pencil to interact with the platforming world.
24/06/2013 13:15 BST