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Video Game Review: Smurfs Kart & Nintendo Switch Game Code Giveaway

Smurfs Kart

I was given two Nintendo Switch Game Codes for the upcoming game, Smurfs Kart for free so that I could review the game and do a giveaway. Opinions are my own.

We all know that I am a child of the 70’s but my formative pop culture years were the 1980’s. I watched The Smurfs every Saturday morning as a kid. I loved Saturday morning cartoons and the Smurfs was a huge part of that. I had collected many Smurfs figures and stickers and so many Smurfs related things. I jumped at the chance to review this game.

Playing Smurfs Kart is like being transported to Smurfs Village and being 3 apples tall. I had so much fun racing around the courses as Papa Smurf in a Smurf sized vehicle that had the look and feel of some contraption that Handy Smurf created. As I raced along in the Smurf Cup races and won nearly all of them. I was playing in “Fun” mode to start, I earned a bunch of Smurfs Stickers for my sticker album. Did I mention that I collected stickers as a kid and these stickers in the game have the classic Smurfs look and feel to them. There are 110 stickers to collect and you earn them the more you play. There are 12 playable Smurfs and 12 tracks to play on. You can race through many Smurfs locations including Gargamel’s house.

the game mechanics are very much like all other kart racing games and so you’ll be able to pick it up quickly. The major differences are the power up items that you collect as you drive and how they are Smurf themed. You can even give another player one of Jokey Smurf’s exploding presents. Also, you can collect Smurfberries along the rides.

I had a great time playing and would like to give you the opportunity to play as well. So after the game trailer below you can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment on this blog post telling me who is your favorite Smurf. I’ll pick a random winner on Friday and send them a Nintendo Switch game code for Smurfs Kart.

Smurfs Kart: This world is about to get Smurf’d with the “Smurfs Kart”! Fun for the whole family! Choose your Smurf as each one has a special Super Power. Invite your squad for a wild ride to see who will be the fastest Smurf in Town!
Published by Microids and IMPS (the Smurfs license holder) and developed by Eden Games – Smurfs Kart (Rated E by ESRB) will be available on Nintendo Switch Nov. 15, 2022 (MSRP $49.99). Here is a trailer!

To enter to win a Nintendo Switch Game Code tell me in the comments who was your favorite Smurf.

Giveaway – Explorer Academy Book 7 The Forbidden Island

The final chapter of The Explorer Academy series is here and I am not sure how I feel about this. I love the series and it has been a pulse pounding adventure form start to finish. I love the characters and the locations and so much about these books. I do not want to see them end. I have the opportunity to tell you about a great giveaway that is happening where you can win the entire series of all seven books. They are fantastic and worth your while to read, especially if you have an adventurous child or are adventurous yourself. Read on for more information.

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A heart-pounding final showdown changes the life of Cruz Coronado forever in the seventh and final book in this thrilling fact-based fiction series.

Amid assignments that take the Explorer Academy recruits from the iceberg-filled waters of Antarctica to the bone-dry deserts of Argentina, Cruz Coronado is scrambling to complete the last piece of the cipher. With Nebula agents and the elusive explorer spy still out there, his opportunity to recover his mother’s world-changing formula is slipping away. But as Cruz has learned from his time aboard Orion, true explorers must never give up.

Even after completing dozens of high-risk missions and traveling to all seven continents, Cruz could never prepare himself for one ultimate surprise.

Explorer Academy features: Gripping fact-based fiction plot that inspires curiosity with new technology and innovations; amazing inventions and gadgets; a cast of diverse, relatable characters; secret clues, codes, and ciphers to track down within the text;
vibrant illustrations; elements of STEAM; National Geographic explorer profiles in the "Truth Behind" section.

Check out the Explorer Academy website featuring videos, comic shorts, games, profiles of real-life National Geographic Explorers, chapter excerpts and more. 


"Sure to appeal to kids who love code cracking and mysteries with cutting-edge technology."  

"A perfect blend of adventure with real science and technology!"
New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan

"A fun, exciting, and action-packed ride that kids will love."
—J.J. Abrams, director and screenwriter of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost, Alias

"Inspires the next generation of curious kids to go out into our world and discover something unexpected.”
—James Cameron, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and acclaimed film-maker


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TRUDI TRUEIT has written more than 100 books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction. Her love of writing began in fourth grade, when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play. She went on to be a TV news reporter and weather forecaster, but she knew her calling was in writing. Trueit is a gifted storyteller for middle-grade audiences, and her fiction novels include The Sister Solution, Stealing Popular, and the Secrets of a Lab Rat series. Her expertise in kids nonfiction encompasses books on history, weather, wildlife, and earth science. She is the author of all the narratives in the Explorer Academy series, beginning with Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret. Trueit was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and lives in Everett, Washington.



  • Three (3) winners will receive the COMPLETE 7-book Explorer Academy series and an Explorer Academy map, showing all the places around the world that Cruz and his classmates visit over the course of the series!
  • US/Canada only
  • Ends 11/27 at 11:59pm ET
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