Video gaming has become a family activity with stats indicating that as much as 74% of parents play games with their kids at least once a week – a figure that has increased from 55% in 2020. Playing video games is a good source of entertainment and also offers relief from the stresses of school or work life. Furthermore, games stimulate critical thinking, improve motor skills coordination, and above all, enhance social contacts with members of the family. Here are video games that are suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities making gaming a wholesome family activity.
Mario Party Superstars on Nintendo Switch
Japanese video game company, Nintendo, is known for creating some of the most popular game franchises in the entertainment industry. Its mission is to put smiles on people’s faces through video gaming. For example, Animal Crossing is a favorite series among gamers. The main attraction of the game is that it is an endless activity so you can play it for as long as you want. In addition, it is easy to play, and the objective is
straightforward. Collect natural materials, make and save money to buy a house, and explore islands to meet other villagers. A fun and easy social simulation video game, it is appreciated for its cute animals. Take Cookie, a hot pink dog loved for her easygoing and upbeat personality. With her adorable look, she is a beloved dog villager and lots of players want her on their island.
Another well-liked game from Nintendo is Mario Party, a traditional board game whose primary objective is to collect the most stars or coins. The latest or 12th instalment of the series is Mario Party Superstars released in 2021 by Nintendo for the Switch following Super Mario Party. A collection of classic board games and mini games, it also features favorite characters such as Peach, Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi. Up to 4 controllers can be used so families should have no problem challenging each other at board or mini games. The beauty of Mario Party Superstars is that it is a compilation of all the best gameboards and minigames since the series began in the 90s.
Jackbox Party Pack 3
The Party Pack now features kid-friendly options, so you don’t have to worry about playing something inappropriate for younger children. Choose from 4 games that are family friendly or select that mode in settings. You can use your mobile phones to draw or select answers. Have a blast with Tee KO, a drawing and slogan writing contest. Try Guesspionage, an easy trivia game or Fakin’ It to catch those who are lying. The aim is to expose the ‘Faker’ in the group while the ‘Faker’ must hide their identity and avoid getting caught. Jackbox Party Pack 3 is the series’ best selection of all their games supporting 6-8 players at once if you’re thinking of inviting grandma and grandpa over for game night with the family.
Video games are not only for adults or juvenile players. There are several games that are fun and appropriate for families with young or not so young members including Mario Party Superstars and Jackbox Party Pack 3.