Gift Idea For The Tween Gamer In Your Life

This is a paid post with MomSelect on behalf of Ubisoft. All thoughts are my own as always.

Have a tween on your holiday shopping list this year? If so, I’ve found the perfect gift for them! Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a game that’s a good fit for the 7-12 year old gamer who is at an age between kiddy video games and older, teen video games which means it’s perfect for kids like my two boys who are nine and ten. This video game has the open world play that has become so popular lately but is in a contained environment that’s safer for kids which means it has all of the challenges and adventure that kid gamers are looking for without the unsafe interactions that are common in other open world games.

In the game, tweens can travel seamlessly through the exotic alien worlds of the Atlas star system and discover its seven unique planets, each with its own ecosystem, wildlife and secrets to uncover. The world evolves depending on the player’s actions and choices, and continues to evolve even when they aren’t around. The innovative modular toys that come with the game, and are available as add-ons, allow players to build unique starships which can be customized for a new way to play as players adapt to overcome any challenge they encounter in this epic open world adventure. After they build their starship combo they can see it come to life in the game.


The game is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. I decided to get the Switch version because I like the idea of being able to take this on the go when we travel. The Starlink: Battle for Atlas Starter Pack retails for $74.99 and includes the game, a controller mount (which allows you to connect your starship and pilot your controller), a starship, two weapon add-on’s, and two pilots. The box also contains a poster which they were excited about because they love covering the walls of their room with cool posters. 

The game components were simple enough for my ten year old to set up himself and he liked this unique way of playing his Switch. The game also offers the ability to invite a friend to join seamlessly at any time with the two-player split-screen option which is a nice feature. Jacob has recently developed a love of playing video games with his friends so I like that this game has that option and can see him using it often. Overall, he really enjoyed playing this game and I appreciated the fact that it has a storyline behind it and that it kept his interest for a while.

Would your tween gamer love this game? I’d love to hear your thoughts over on social! You can chat with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Minecraft City Champs Tournament Coming To Chicago And Other Cities

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Does your child love Minecraft as much as my boys do? If so, you’ll want to read on to learn more about Super League Gaming and their Minecraft City Champs tournament! Starting this weekend on Saturday morning, instead of just playing at home, they can enjoy the game while meeting new friends by being part of a local team representing Chicago in the Minecraft City Champs tournament. Run in partnership with Nickelodeon, City League Gaming is like little league for Minecraft players! Fun, positive and a special opportunity to get out and play with other kids their age.

And one skilled player will win a HUGE prize for their family – 4 tickets to Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2018, inclusive of round trip airfare to LA, 2 nights in a hotel and a $500 spending allowance. (I know my kids love watching the Kids Choice Awards so can you imagine their excitement if they actually got to go and be  there live to see all the slime-tastic fun?!) There will be other giveaways for all players, including an official Chicago Force team jersey.

While you may find it challenging to pull your little ones away from their iPad or Xbox, the truth is that playing Minecraft (and video games in general) can be beneficial for your kids on many levels, including problem solving, building self-confidence, enhancing creativity, understanding teamwork and improving academic performance.

Super League’s Minecraft City Champs tournament is in its 3rd season, so the company knows how to provide a well-organized experience for your Minecrafter. It’s ideal for kids 6-14, who will play alongside their peers and have the chance to compete against teams in cities across the country. The tournament takes place in a movie theater, which means they also get to see their favorite game on the big screen! Parents attend for free, although Super League provides full coverage if you need to drop off. Of course if you’re there, you can cheer on your Minecrafter to victory!

The Tournament comes to 12 different cities and, for those of us here in the Chicago area, the event is in the suburb of Woodridge. Day one is this Saturday, October 14th! On the first day players will meet their teammates and get a chance to practice the custom game modes designed by Super League. The tournament then begins on Sat. the 21st and continues on the following three Saturdays.

To learn more, and get tickets while spots are available, visit Super League’s Minecraft City Champs Chicago Event Details Page. (I’m pretty sure your Minecraft obsessed kids will think you are the best mom ever if you surprised them with tickets to this!)