The list author says: "After having two kids, one in school, I found that my time spent playing video games is limited. No longer can I sit for hours playing Sims2, or obsessively trying to reach the next level. The following games are for people with LIVES, who need to pick up a game for a spell and be able to put it down without much interuption in game play and without having to really remember what was going on last time they played."
"Gotta love the Nintendo DS lite. It's light, portable, and has a great battery life. Perfect size for your purse or diaper bag, and of course portable, so you can play where ever your kids happen to be. I've played in waiting rooms, long line at McDonalds, and waiting to pick up my daughter from school."
"Much better than other Harvest Moon titles. Made for the DS, this title has an RPG feel to it, that makes you feel like you're actually DOING something other than growing crops. With this game, you have the option of saving at the end of each day, so if you have a small fifteen minute window between chores, this game is perfect."
"This game is surprisingly complex, and not just for kids. Good for quick pick up and put down game play. Although you may find yourself up all night after the kids are asleep, trying to battle and catch as many little pocket monsters as you can."
"The Diner Dash franchise is a lot of fun. I find that a lot of the games I choose to play now a days are played on my laptop. Also available for the DS. Diner Dash, DD 2 and DD3 are all great fun, all the same, yet different enough to keep things interestting each time. They've also come out with a Wedding Dash that is the same concept but a lot of fun, and different for DD."
"The Mystery Case Files games are a lot of fun, especially when you want something that doesn't involve a lot of button mashing, and noise. Sometimes, at night I like to sit down with my coffee, and play these games in the dark with the sound off. Nice and relaxing."
"A world that's part Pogo.com part Sims, you can build a house for your Webkinz, but in order to do that, you need Kinz Cash. Well, how do you do that? Go to the Kinz arcade and play the huge list of games there. Most are old stand-bys with a Webkinz twist. Lots of fun, highly addicting, the only downside is that, at 12 Am eastern time...the website closes."
"This quirky game is simple enough for young children to pick up, but frustrating enough to keep even the most hardcore gamer interested. Roll the katamari around, pick things up as little as a pin, or as big as a volcano. Repeat. Make your children laugh, bonus."
"Help your grandparents bring their bakery back in business. Serve different shaped and colored cakes to a varied and um interesting cache of clients. Origanlly a PC game, now available as a DS title."