9 Video Games for Alternative Summer ‘Beach Reading’

Sony’s portable PlayStation Vita gaming devices were selling out in the middle of summer in the United States. Could it be that Sony’s handhelds are fleeing the shelves because of vacation season? Parents and kids of all ages could be trying to supplement their time with a little alternative to “beach reading.” After all, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the sun and play video games at the same time — have your cake and eat it too. Not to mention most of these games cost around the same as a paperback anyway (others are closer to hardcover price.)

Here are a few titles for Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s PlayStation Vita to take out to the beach while you’re on vacation. Just remember to charge your systems before you leave for the day.

Child of Light video game
Child of Light ($14.99, Vita)

From big publisher Ubisoft (Assassin’s Creed series, Far Cry) this little indie is a far cry from the company’s usual offerings. Child of Light is a whimsical combat RPG game that follows the story of a little girl named Aurora as she tries to save her ailing father and kingdom.