Video Games are still a giant mystery to many parents who didn’t grow up playing them. Parents who go to video game sections or stores stare at all the title wide eyed and confused. Many just grab titles like Call of Duty or GTA for their 12 and under children not paying attention to the rating or just because the clerk recommends it.
For the parents who want to do their homework, they often get confused as to what titles they should get. While Nintendo has always led the march for family friendly and kid oriented gaming especially with the new parental controls on their switch. Other consoles as well have many kid friendly games that even the big kids can enjoy.
Here’s the top three GeekReply recommended titles that are made for kids large and small:
(PC, Xbox, Andriod, IOS, Mac, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Switch)
For kids who love to build, explore and craft items. Minecraft is an open world game where players can make houses, railway systems, fun games, explore temples and hunt monsters. With the addition of realms and add on packs Minecraft has become a game that continues to surprise players at what they can create in this game. It also allows for online play so children can team up with their friends for some creative mayhem.
- Stardew Valley
(PC,PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac)
Another fun crafting/farming style game with quests to boot. Players take control of a character they customize who just inherited a farm in the country. Remove plants, and rocks, then till the soil before you plant veggies and other items. While waiting on those to grow take some time to go fishing or explore caves.
- The Lego Series
(Ps4, Xbox, PC)
With bonus points of not having to step on any lego pieces, the Lego game series is an amazing journey. Whether you get the Star Wars games, the Jurassic World series, the Marvel series or go all out and buy the Lego Dimensions or even Lego Worlds. You and your children will spend many hours building and searching for golden blocks. It is a great bonding experience that will create many fond memories for your children and you.
Other recommended titles:
An adorable little game where you catch slimes, feed them food and harvest their plorts for profit. You take on the role of Beatrice a novice rancher, who is all alone on her planet. The game is still in development. With the latest release players can now drill for minerals, harvest bee wax and pump for water to craft decorative items and warp pads. The slimes are all a adorable and each come with their own favorite food and care requirements.
Little Big Planet
(Ps4, Ps3, and Vita)
The Playstation exclusive world building and custom adventure game. Players play as sackboy and can customize him/her with items found in the game as well as expansion packs, so sackboy can resemble their favorite video game character or be something right out of your child’s imagination. Co-op play requires teamwork, and puzzle solving allowing kids to develop problem solving and teamwork skills.