Six of the Best Video Games for Kids
You don’t have to head to Vegas to play video games, There are plenty of Vegas online games as well as games that were developed for consoles and other gaming devices. Parents might want to monitor the games that their kids are playing, especially if those games carry no indication about which age they target. Some games, however, are developed specifically for youngsters to give parents peace of mind. These include educational games as well as games that are just plain fun.
Some of the best are:
Splatoon 2 is the follow-up to the paintball shoot-em-up Splatoon 1. Not exactly educational but a lot of fun. The game involves collaboration and interactive engagement as players take third-person shooter positions. Up to 8 players can play on Nintendo Switch in 4 versus 4 matches.
Splatoon is Nintendo Switch’s fourth best-selling game ever. Players control Inkling characters who attack their opponents with colored ink. Inklings can transform from squid form — when they swim through ink of their own color to replenish their ink supplies and move quickly — into human form to fire ink with their weapons.
Another difference from Splatoon 1 is the Hero Mode called “Octo Canyon.” When in Octo Canyon mode the player needs to fight the evil Octarians who come out in various levels. Players earn their weapons and achieve scrolls that unlock in-game lore and artwork. Sardiniums can be collected to upgrade Hero Mode weapons while tickets can be exchanged for temporary reward boosts in multiplayer battles (i.e. increased experience or money.)
There’s LAN support and online options along with chances to play in private tournaments. Each gamer can store his Inkling’s custom look and unlock additional content.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is another new Nintendo Switch game that packs a lot of action onto the reels.
Legend is an action-adventure game, part of the Legend of Zelda series which features multiple options for experimentation, exploration and open-ended gameplay.
The game is probably most appropriate for players in their tweens and upward. The story follows Link, the main character, after he awakens from a hundred-year slumber. There’s a mysterious voice that guides Link to confront Calamity Ganon in order to save the Kingdom of Hyrule from destruction.
The game is played in an open world platform so players have the freedom to explore and move from one level to the other at their own pace. Throughout the game Link collects weapons, armor and food in preparation for his confrontation with Calamity Ganon. Along the way there are points that allow the player to explore puzzles, engage with non-player characters and receive advice through the central game and on a series of side-quests.
Many reviewers have called Breath of the Wild a landmark in open-world design. It’s a bit challenging for beginning players but it’s easy to pick up and offers a fun-filled adventure for gamers in the intermediate and advanced-levels.
Parents who want to let their kids play video games but would like to see that activity go towards meeting educational goals will be interested in ClueFinders, a series of video games for kids aged 8-12.
The series features a band of mystery-solving teams who move from one level to the next as they solve riddles through deduction and detection. These problem-solving activities teach different types of skills and information. A great educational game for middle and upper elementary-ages.
Osmo Mind Racers
Osmo Mind Racers is another game experience for young players. iPad users move Hot Wheels cars around the screen in races that help to develop eye-hand coordination. There’s also an element of logic involved since players need to use the power tokens that they’re given strategically in order to win.
It doesn’t get any cuter than this sweet racing game that runs on iOS and Android devices. It’s a snowboarding race in which a group of racers head down an alpine hill, swerving to avoid old folk and llamas while collecting coins along the way.
The game looks deceptively tranquil at first glance but it’s action filled and fun for single players or entire families.
The graphics are the crowning glory in this game that features a glorious sunset, an enthralling moonrise and a gentle patter of rain on the mountain.
The game starts out in easy mode but soon moves up in difficulty so both younger family members and older tweens and teens will find their challenges.
Tricky Towers runs on Vita and PS4. It’s a Tetris-like game challenge in which the player must move quickly to build a tower of blocks. Participants must build up their speed as the levels become more and more difficult. There is a collaborative element when you compete in the four-player challenges.
Parents who are looking for a little bit of educational content will find it in Tricky Towers in the form of the physics knowledge that develops as the player learns how to perfectly balance the towers.