Best software, video games & websites

From smart pens to the latest in interactive gaming, this is the year of Technology as a Force for Good.

Tag Reading System, LeapFrog Enterprises, 2008; $39.99; age 4-8.

Tag Reading System

Herotopia, Herotainment, 2010; free (premium features available with membership, $5.95/month); age 6-12.


Leapster Explorer, LeapFrog Enterprises, 2010; $69.99; age 4-8.

Leapster Explorer

Kinect for Xbox 360, Microsoft, 2010; $149.99; age 6 and up.

Kinect for Xbox 360

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Square Enix, Inc., 2010; $39.99; age 10 and up.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World, Wiglington and Wenks Worldwide Pte Ltd., 2009; Free with option to purchase membership at $5.99/month; age 7-14.

The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World

Echo Smartpen, Livescribe, 2010; $169.95 for 4GB, $199.95 for 8GB; age 12 and up.

Echo Smartpen

Global Agenda, Hi-Rez Studios Inc., 2010; $39.99; age 13 and up.

Global Agenda

KidZui K2 Browser, KidZui: The Internet for Kids, 2010; Free (or upgrade with subscription: $8/month and $40/year); age 3-12.

KidZui K2 Browser

For more on the season’s must-haves, return to our 2010 Toy Guide or check out the following “best-of” lists:

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