Most Popular Video Games for Kids among Parents, Vol 1

All parents can agree that buying your kids video games can be a test. Failure to pick the right titles could mean a couple of shillings down the drain. But getting the right game that can meet all their entertainment and moral demands will surely keep the whole family entertained throughout their stay at home.

For several years now, video games have been a hot topic between parents and the developers. Several parents have recently written to me about the reasons why they regulate their kids’ computer play.  While others ask me how they can find the right games for their kids and ensure the safest ‘screen time’ as reasonable parents.

Well, as an uncle and video game enthusiast, I’ve come to understand that not all games are created equally for kids – plus different kids have different interests. Thus, I once gave you a guide on how to introduce your kids to RPG games.

Today, I choose to focus on video games – the most thrilling children and family friendly video games of 2017 that are non-violent, cognitively challenging, inspire physical activity and brain coordination, and are a whole heap fun.

1. Lego Worlds

 

As one of top companies in the world of video games, the Lego brand has finally had its very own sandbox game known as Lego Worlds – available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Lego World bears a canny likeness to Minecraft, something the developers have come to defend by explaining how there are lots of building games in the video gaming industry.

According to them, they are pleased with how Lego has permitted the creative building game market become so busy before joining the competition.

The game is a bit different from other Lego video games as everything in the open worlds can be built, taken apart or destroyed. It comes with a unique string to TT Game’s Lego gaming creations that I bet will please many kids and families.

According to the developers:

“Uncover hidden treasures in environments that range from the fun to the fantastical. Make your worlds come to life with customizable characters, both friendly and fearsome. Race, soar, zoom, and ride on a variety of vehicles and creatures from diggers and helicopters to horses and dragons.

Build any world you can imagine using the brick-by-brick editor tool and prefabricated LEGO structures. Modify terrain quickly and easily with terraforming tools as you turn mountains into plains and oceans into volcanos. Choose who you want to be from a wide variety of LEGO characters that have individual personalities, from an astronaut to a zombie.”

2. Rime

 

Rime is without any doubt one of the top releases set for 2017, given the great anticipation around it. It can played by anyone – young and old, making it a good inclusion in every family’s gaming library.

It’s an adventure game that centers around puzzle solving and exploration, set on an island from which a boy is trying to escape.

The game begins with your character – a mop-headed youth in rags, waking on a balmy shore studded with vast marble shells. Wandering along the beach past fretful crabs and milling gulls, you come across a path leading to a wooded dell. At its center, the curiously lifelike statue of a fox.

According to the developers:

“Rime is a single-player puzzle adventure game about a young boy shipwrecked on a mysterious island after a torrential storm. Players must use their wits to decipher the challenges and secrets of an expansive world strewn with rugged terrain, wild creatures and the crumbling ruins of a long-forgotten civilization. With subtle narrative, colorful artwork and a sweeping score, RiME offers players a meaningful journey filled with discovery.”

 

3. Yooka Laylee

 

I once featured it on last round up on the most anticipated Indie game of 2017, where I described it as a child friendly game that has a colorful adventurous platform.

The story is built around Yooka and Laylee living in Shipwreck Creek. They come across this magical book, which their dismay, is stolen and torn. The culprit is the devious tycoon with a corrupt scheme to use Dr. Quack’s invention to absorb all of the world’s books and have a monopoly over the book industry.

However, some “Pagies” seem to have escaped. So Yooka and Laylee set out to collect the Pagies spread throughout each world.

According to the developers:

“Yooka-Laylee is an all-new open-world platformer from key creative talent behind the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country games!

Explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet (and beat) an unforgettable cast of characters and horde a vault-load of shiny collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with the big nose) embark on an epic adventure to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all the world’s books… and convert them into pure profit!”

4. Younder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

 

The game is built by Prideful Sloth, a small studio led by a former Activision producer, and programmer from Rocksteady. Through this game, it’s evident that developers wanted to bring a unique take on an open world adventure for kids.

Its small cartoon world that is fully entertaining with a day-night cycle. Players play as a character who has been washed-up on the island, which is under the curse of an evil murk.

According to the developers:

“Yonder is set on the massive island of Gemea, a lush frontier with eight distinct environments ranging from sunny tropical beaches to frigid snowcapped summits. Each location has its own flora and fauna, along with changing seasons and a day-night cycle.  Gemea, once a paradise, still maintains the appearance of one, yet an evil murk has enshrouded the land and its people in despair.

The hero of Yonder will explore the island, uncovering its secrets and the mysteries within them self as they embarks on a journey of self-discovery, while saving Gemea and its people. On the quest to become the island’s champion, he or she will join forces with natives and Sprites, ethereal creatures whom are the only thing capable of dispersing the murk.”

5. Halo War 2

 

Although the combat story behind the game may look as a bad choice for parents who find it hard to allow their kids play combat games, I still find it as a good fit for families.

The game takes the strategic battles in a scientific fiction direction. It’s a real time strategy game where players must develop defenses and manage resources to survive set in the Halo universe.  

According to IGN.

“Halo Wars 2 is the de facto king of real-time strategy games on consoles, where the venerable genre is underrepresented because of the challenges of managing a lot of units at once on a gamepad. Like its predecessor, Halo Wars 2 does a reasonably good job of overcoming many – not all – of those challenges, but compared to the best RTS games on PC, where it also exists, its campaign missions are flat and unambitious, and its distinctive Blitz multiplayer mode sacrifices the stability of a level playing field in the name of fast and unpredictable action.”

Conclusion

For a couple of years now, I’ve watched nephews, nieces and kids of neighbors and friends enjoy racing games, action games, and movie tie-ins games with captivating story lines. I’ve seen how parents judge their experiences, what works for them and what doesn’t, titles and genres that captures their imagination and what doesn’t meet their interests.

Through this experience, I’ve come to understand why combat games are blamed for having a bad rep about causing addiction, restlessness and aggression in children; why parents are finding it hard to adapt with the increasing popular video gaming among children; and how parents can get the right games that have the right set of advantages to help kids develop life skills.

Hence I saw it fit to give you this list of the latest video games that I consider best for every kid and their positive development.

If you keep reading my blog you’ll not only get to learn about the best games for your kids, but also have informative pieces to guide you on how to walk your kids through their gaming experiences as we all aim to keep their morals in the right path.

Bonus Video:

Ezvid Wiki’s list of 10 best video games for kids on Xbox One