As the eldest uncle to many boys and girls in my family, I’ve learnt to have impeccable insight into what kids love.
According to many parents and guardians, one of the best things about video games is their ability to keep kids occupied during the tedious but unavoidable chores and errands. However, according to my understanding, video games are a great tool for kids to embrace realism, interactivity and flexibility concerning many things in life.
Video games come with different storylines meant to inspire different values in kids’ life as they grown to become responsible adults. That’s why video gaming is the only part of my nephews’ and nieces’ lives that I encourage their parents to remain completely ‘uninvolved’ in.
But don’t judge me as neglectful guardian, I encourage their parents to love video games as much as their kids do, so they can get the right titles and bond over their shared love.
On that note, I’ve decided to give you a round up on some of most popular video games for kids (that have continued to remain relevant after many years) after my recent list of the new video games for kids.
These popular titles have extensively been considered right for any parent who may be finding it hard to trust the recent titles.
This is one of the best and most selling kids’ video game. Minecraft immerses kids in a world of varying terrains and habitats to explore with creative thinking, geometry and even a little geology as they construct different kids of 3D imaginative block structures.
According to the common sense media:
“Players explore the world and use the building blocks of the game to customize that world to create nearly anything they can imagine. That also means other players can create whatever they can imagine as well, which could potentially lead to younger players coming across potentially offensive content while exploring random worlds online. The game is relatively simple to pick up and play but is still complicated when it comes to building more complex items and structures.”
2. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
For many years, Lego has been one of the best video game developers thanks to their LEGO world’s titles with high quality gameplay and impressive graphics.
Although the game may not have educational concepts, its still stands out as one of the best video games you can get for your kids as a present. The combat storyline behind the game has made it popular among kids and parents, I bet it will work for your kids.
According to the developers:
“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features an original story crossing all the Marvel families. Players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they try to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a Super weapon which they could use to control the Earth. Players will chase down Comic Bricks as they travel across a LEGO New York and visit key locations from the Marvel universe.”
Available on PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, 3DS, and DS; Mac, PC, PS Vita
3. Skylanders: Trap Team
This one of the most successful video games that has been developed by Toys for Bob and published by Activation.
It’s a 3D platformer video game that allows kids to experience new elements and adventures in an imaginative world.
Players are need use Trapmaster Skylanders and Traptanium Shards to capture villains who have escaped from Cloudcracker Prison.
According to the developers:
“Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands! It’s up to you and the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium™, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements, you have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight for you! Begin the ultimate adventure as you explore Skylands in search of the escaped villains!”
This game is available on Microsoft, Nintendo Wii U Wii, and 3DS; Xbox 360 and Xbox One; and Android, iOS, and Kindle tablets; Sony PS3 and PS4.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire takes you on a journey of collecting, battling and trading Pokémon as you try to stop a mysterious group with plans to destroy the Hoenn empire forever.
In your journey through the Hoenn region, you will meet Legendary Pokémon and fight against evil societies.
The game’s features are an updated version of older games.
According to the developers:
“Your adventure takes place in Hoenn, a region that consists of a main island that stretches widely from east to west, along with countless small islets that dot the deep blue sea around it. A live volcano steams constantly in the heart of this green-covered island. Look forward to a region rich with natural beauty, a variety of Pokémon, and extraordinary people!
The identities of the Pokémon on the boxes of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire have been revealed! Their names are Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre, respectively. These Pokémon will have a great role to play in shaping the stories in which they each appear!”
4. Angry Birds: Star Wars
This game started as a mobile app for iPhone, later hit the android store, and today its being celebrated as a popular video game currently available of several platforms such as PS3 and PS4; Xbox One and Xbox 360; Nintendo Wii U, Wii and 3Ds; PS Vita.
It’s a puzzle-action game where players use slingshot to lob animated birds at pigs scattered among wooden, glass and brick structures.
According to the developer:
“Join the Angry Birds in their biggest adventure yet! A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. a group of desperate Rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire’s evil Pigtroopers! Rebel birds, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Imperial Pigs. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Pig Star, and are racing to deliver the plans to the Rebel birds. Now they need your help! Join an epic adventure with the Angry Birds in the legendary Star Wars universe!”
5. Portal 2
Developed by the Valve Coporation, Portal has risen to become one of the most popular first-person puzzle-platform video game.
According to the developers, the game has a cast of dynamic new characters, several fresh puzzle elements, and a larger set of dangerous test chambers. Players are needed explore new areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS.
“Portal 2 is a hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science.
Using a highly experimental portal device, you’ll once again face off against a lethally inventive, power-mad A.I. named GLaDOS. And this time you won’t be alone. Meet an expanded cast of characters as you think your way through dangerous, never-before-seen areas of Aperture Laboratories.
Break the laws of spatial physics in ways you never thought possible, with a wider variety of portal puzzles and an expansive story that spans a single player and co-operative game mode.”
Although finding the right videos game titles that will fit your kids may be a difficult task for most parents, for me it’s all about balance. That’s why you need to understand the video game titles and make then right for your kids.
Although these popular titles are currently trusted by parents to offer every right entertainment for kids, I keep insisting that parents can find other title from the latest releases because it’s always about balance, finding the right title and setting sensible boundaries.
All in all, with these title I bet your child will benefit, and fully enjoy their gaming experiences.
Xbox On’s list of kids video games that are famili-friendly