LEGO Lord of the Rings
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
Nintendo Wii/3DS/DS, Xbox360, PlayStation3/Vita, PC
Lego takes a humorous spin on the classic fantasy trilogy with this video game. Players follow the original story of each motion picture film using reimaged versions of the characters as their guides. Collect and use a variety of magical tools and items, explore the secrets of Middle Earth, and solve puzzles and riddles on your quest to destroy the Ring! ($49.99) –Cameron Keady
Rise of the Guardians
Nintendo Wii U, Wii and DS/3DS, XBox 360 and PlayStation 3
In Rise of the Guardians, now in theaters, the Guardians–Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fair and Sandman–are the protectors of childhood and imagination. When their enemy, Pitch the Bogeyman, plans to use an army of nightmares to destroy belief in the Guardians and scare kids, the heroes must bring in a new Guardian to help save the day: Jack Frost. Now, in the Rise of the Guardians video game ($29.95 for Wii/3DS/DS or $39.95 for WiiU/Xbox 360/PS3), based on the movie, you can play as Jack or any of the other Guardians to fend off the nightmares.
To play, choose a Guardian and begin. You must visit each of the five worlds represented by the Guardians and complete missions to restore belief. Your friends can jump in the game at any time to help you out by playing as a different Guardian. Losing energy? Use Sandman's Dreamsand to recover. –Kelli Plasket
Toy Story Mania!
Disney Interactive Studios
Xbox 360 (Better with Kinect), PlayStation 3 (Better with Move), Nintendo Wii
Toy Story Mania!, based on the hit Toy Story films, is one of the most popular new attractions at Disney World and Disneyland. Can’t make it to the theme parks? Have fun at home with the Toy Story Mania! video game. Join Woody, Buzz and other characters as they stage their own zany carnival. Players can enjoy 30 carnival-inspired shooting galleries, mini-games and themed booths. Up to four people can play at one time. Go to infinity—and beyond! –Kelli Plasket
Nintendo Wii U/Wii/3DS/DS
Based on the hit animated television show, this game lets fans play as their favorite Transformers as they embark on an adventure to save the world from evil. Players can choose from 11 different characters and compete with friends in a series of different playing modes. ($39.99 Wii, $29.99 Nintendo 3DS, $29.99 Nintendo DS) –Cameron Keady
Victorious: Taking the Lead
Nintendo Wii and DS
Fans of Nickelodeon's hit series Victorious can take on the role of Tori Vega in Victorious: Taking the Lead ($29.95). It's a typical day at Hollywood Arts until Tori learns that Sikowitz is holding auditions for a school production of the play Romeo and Juliet. Tori wants the lead role, but so does her rival, Jade. Help Tori take the lead by interacting with the Hollywood Arts crew and completing challenges around school and other locations from the show.
In the Wii version, each mission involves talking to other characters and helping find missing objects or clues. At the end of each mission, you'll practice for auditions with a different character by playing a rhythm game. The game even features the voices from the cast. Are you ready for the role of a lifetime? –Kelli Plasket
Wreck It Ralph
Nintendo Wii and 3DS/DS
In Disney's Wreck-It Ralph film, Cy-bugs threatened to destroy Sugar Rush, and it was up to Wreck-It Ralph to save the day. Now, in the Wreck-It Ralph video game, the Cy-bugs are at it again. This time, they've infected all the games in Game Central Station, and Ralph must work with Fix It Felix Jr. to destroy the bugs before they can destroy the games.
In story-mode, take on the role of Ralph or Felix and venture through exciting worlds from the film, including Hero's Duty and Sugar Rush. During each level, you can swap between the two characters with the click of a button. Need to destroy an obstacle blocking your path? Wreck-It Ralph is your guy. Is the switch that opens a gateway broken? Call on handyman Felix and his golden hammer to fix it. Help these heroes save the day! –Kelli Plasket