The more rigid and structured argue that video games can end up isolating the child. And while it is true, if parents are involved in these activities, you can become a great opportunity for families to enjoy. The best video games for kids not only stimulate their little minds, but that will bring you good memories, if they share with their parents. To facilitate your task, we’ve selected the titles more appropriate so that neither you nor they will get bored, according to the age of the children.
Super Mario Maker 2
A great option for kids who love platform games and those with an ambition to be the most creative, Super-Mario Maker 2 is an improved version of the original game to Wii U, with more components of construction, a campaign mode and multiplayer options on-line. With red switches, and blue and sloping hills to build, it revolutionized the types of levels that players could do, and some very creative.
Super Mario Maker 2 is also an excellent option for children to play while an adult uses the tv, because in reality it is much easier to build fields while playing in the laptop mode of the Nintendo Switch. A stylus with optional touch screen make the process even easier.
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best platform games 3D ever created. Has a really terrific feature for children: the way of assistance. With this support enabled, the health of Mario doubles, and if you fall, you won’t die instantly, and a marker always guide you toward your goal. As the planets of the Odyssey are quite large and are densely populated of things to explore and do, the way assistance removes some of the challenges and distractions for the smaller players.
You can also make a player to control Mario while the other manages to Cappy, the hat sensitive of Mario. Play as Cappy is ideal for players of five years or less of age who have little or no experience with video games based on controls. Or you can always change the driver each time someone finds a moon. No matter how you play Super Mario Odyssey, is a delight both for children as for parents.
Yoshi’s Crafted World
Yoshi’s Crafted World is probably the game more cute Switch. The island of Yoshi has transformed into a land made of cardboard and paper. Yoshi has skills for throwing eggs, but this time you can throw eggs at the bottom of the stages. Yoshi’s Crafted World is a platform game in 2D with depth that allows you to explore the back of the stage.
It is an excellent option for children who are just beginning with video games. Yoshi’s Crafted World encourages a slow pace, without time limits and with little risk of losing. Exploration is key, and two players can enjoy the co-op mode. In this way, one can get to the back of the other at any time, which is useful during the most difficult sections. Adorable, beautifully designed and full of fantasy, Yoshi’s Crafted World is an excellent choice for parents of young children.
New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
New Super Mario Bros. Or Deluxe is based on the classical dynamics of side-scrolling platform games of Mario. Belongs to the collection of two games of Wii U –New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U Deluxe– and it is one of the best Nintendo titles Switch. The worlds are extremely colorful and vibrant, the platform is excellent, and the charm of Nintendo unfolds with each jump.
The game introduces two new playable characters, Toadette and Nabbit, and both make the levels more accessible for the little ones. Nabbit can’t withstand the damage of his enemies, and Toadette can pick up a crown that makes Peachette, and gives you the ability to fly virtually. Supports up to four players so that the whole family can participate board in this adventure.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
In terms of racing games, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the easiest to play and the most fun. It is one of the best multiplayer games of Switch, with colorful images and vibrant, a scheme of simple control and all the characters of Nintendo that you might want in a game. With its wide selection of tracks and thematic modes of battle, they squeeze the impressive elements of the game, the fun is guaranteed.
Since 2005, the LEGO games with official license have been given to the children and parents forms incredible experience adventures very popular, such as Star Wars, the Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and a lot of franchises, superheroes.
LEGO The Incredible came out just in time for The Incredible 2, and LEGO DC Super-Villains came to the end of last year. With a simple action game, puzzle, cooperative, and hyphens are often faithful to the movies, the games from LEGO are a great starting point for young children looking to start in video games.
Rayman has starred in a series of great platformers, both 2D and 3D, but Rayman Legends is the best experience of the hero. This game is a side-scrolling 2D is colorful, creative and full of excellent content.
It is perfect for fans of Mario and for a night of family entertainment, as it features cooperative play for up to four players. It is the type of multiplayer experience that you can enjoy at the same time children, adolescents, and parents. Available for PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
If you’re a fan of platform games for creative minds, LittleBigPlanet 3 is a game that you can’t lose. The story, starring Sackboy, has large levels with puzzles easy to solve for the kids. But where you’ll have lots more with your children is the creator of levels: like its predecessors, includes a “create mode” that allows you to design and play your own levels side-scrolling. So it is ideal for sparking an interest in the design of games to more young people. It also allows you to play cooperatively, so that is a great choice for parents who want their children to be interested in the games. Available for PS4.
Super Mario Run
In the first game of Mario for mobile phones, the character runs alone, so the only thing you have to do is jump over the holes, get power-ups (special powers), collecting coins and eliminating enemies. It is a good game to start the children in the iconic franchise. Its simple dynamics and eliminates the need to have fluidity in the controls while the children experience the magic of the Mushroom Kingdom. Is available on iOS and Android.
Peggle 2, one of the games more simple and rewarding ever created, is a masterpiece of puzzle games from PopCap Games. Just aim the target, press a button and see how the metal ball moves around the pin blue, green and orange. The goal is to eliminate all the oranges in ten turns. You need some luck, but also skill to aim well.
We know that this premise may sound boring, but it really is one of the puzzles games more addictive that exist. The images are bright and colorful, impressive sounds, and the local multiplayer mode make this game ideal to enjoy with your children, regardless of age. Available for download on Xbox One and PS4.
Yooka-Laylee reminiscent of platform games of the late 90’s, especially Banjo Kazooie. For that reason, this colorful adventure, starring a cute chameleon and a cute little bat, it is a great proposal nostalgic to play with your children. Features a cooperative multiplayer mode where one person controls Yooka and the other to Laylee.
It is obtaining objects, mastering the jumps, defeat the bad guys and solve puzzles. After the adventure, you can play a series of mini-games competition with up to four players. Available for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
A Hat in Time
A Hat in Time is a fun game of platforms in 3D that stars a young alien, Hat Kid, try to find the way back home. Is the height of the first platform games to 3D such as Spyro and Super Mario 64. Through the four levels of the game in an open world, solve puzzles, defeat your enemies and coleccionarás objects that allow you to unlock hats to acquire skills. A Hat in Time is compatible with the mode of cooperation local and online two-player. Available on Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC.
Sonic Mania Plus
Sonic Mania is the reincarnation of the Sonic from the old school, with images retro and of course, ultra-fast. Gives parents the chance to relive your childhood and allows them to present to their children a title that you played when you were little.
It even features remixed versions of levels in classic Sonic. Even better, you can play co-op split screen, so you don’t need to pass the controller. Sonic Mania Plus is available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
Scribblenauts: Showdown presents a board game easy to learn with a great amount of mini-games that are fun and fast for up to four players. Everything is simple enough for the whole family to enjoy, but it requires some reading and spelling. While the primary focus is the fiesta game, it still has a co-op mode.
Each level has ten puzzles open to resolve. For the more small, the way sandbox is a great playground to work in problem-solving skills. Conjure elements with nouns and adjectives is fun and educational, so that is a format that is excellent for school-age children.
All have heard of Minecraft, the game sandbox , which is a global phenomenon. What is particularly good Minecraft is that it evolves with you. The smaller ones may not be able to create worlds made at the beginning, but as they age and learn, can improve them and see the fruit of their work.
Whether you’re playing in Creative mode to create your own world or fight against the Creeper in Survival mode, Minecraft is a fun experience that makes children and adults bring their imagination and ingenuity to the limit. In addition, it is available on all devices: consoles, PC, smartphones and tablets.
Snipperclips is a curious puzzle starring Snip and Clip, two pieces of paper that have to cut to solve levels. This cooperative game of two players is a fun experience and surprisingly strategic, and creative.
It is somewhat comparable to Scribblenauts, as there are multiple creative solutions to each puzzle. Blitz, a mode competitive multiplayer for up to four players, and includes mini-games such as basketball and deathmatch, but all with the central element of the paper.
Rocket League is a fascinating mix of extreme sports, racing, and soccer. In practice, they are only cars that circulate around a field hitting a large ball against a network of football, but this curious experiment has captivated millions thanks to its depth and its inclination to the hilarity.
You have a feeling of arcade, which makes it easy that it is easy to learn to play, for both young children (probably of up to five years) as parents. You try to play Rocket League without a hook up. Is available in Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighbourville
Although it lacks the brand Garden Warfare is the third game in the series. But Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighbourville offers even more multiplayer action exaggerated. There are more zombies and plants to choose from, including a kind of “Action Hero of the ’80s”, which fires powerful arc. Both parties come in with their campaigns of history, which serve as excellent teaching tools for the rest of the game.
Battle for Neighbourville is an excellent option for homes with more than one child, since you can play through split-screen local in various ways. These include the co-op mode Ops, a version easy to learn about the horde mode.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
A new complete version of the original game for Game Boy, with a new style of art that turns Link into a small wooden figure, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a version more simple and easy to learn. With several dungeons to explore, secrets to find and items to unlock, it’s the classic adventure of Zelda, an adorable package. Peaceful music is also a big plus.
However, Link’s Awakening is not a simple game, so we suggest that you keep the younger players to avoid defeat. Anyway, once you get used to the controls, it is not difficult to master.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
The sequel to one of the best games on Nintendo 3DS, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the return of the series to home consoles, and could even be the best. Set in a large hotel, the game sees Luigi looking for Mario, Peach and Toad, after they were transformed into paintings and they were kidnapped.
In addition to being a game of action and puzzles, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is often funny and includes several multiplayer options when more than one child wants to play.
Starring Yarny, a being that is made of yarn, Unravel 2 is intended to be played cooperatively. Each of the puzzles requires two Yarnys to resolve. The puzzle Unravel 2 are a bit more challenging that the ones you see on LittleBigPlanet 3, but it is appropriate to play with your small children. Their aesthetic is cute and cartoonish and the puzzles are smart and insightful. If you are looking for a greater challenge, Unravel 2 is ideal for parents and children. Is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Part puzzle, part platformer, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was born from the brief minigames in Super Mario 3D World. The lovable Toad and Toadette are embarked on an adventure. However, this is not a typical platform game of Mario.
The majority of the levels take place on a small square platform that you can tilt or rotate. Neither Toad nor Toadette can jump, so you reach the end of each level requires manipulating the environment. The enemies and other obstacles make that simple goal is more difficult.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is ideal for fans of the games and puzzles of Mario. Is available in Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. An update for the version Switch was added by a co-operative game full for two people and the DLC payment was launched at the beginning of 2019.
Main series of Pokémon
The games role Pokémon have become stronger since 1996, and there really is no one better to start the children. These role-playing games turn-based are still a small child in their quest to become the best trainer in the Pokémon world. On the way, you catch Pokémon to train and use in battle against other trainers.
On Nintendo 3DS, there are three sets of excellent adventures Pokémon to choose from: Pokémon X And y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Pokémon Sun and Moon. If you have two handhelds, the 3DS (or 2DS), you can fight amongst themselves to see who is the best of the family (your child probably will win).
Pokémon: Let’s Go, even though technically it is not a main entry, it is also a great option. Is a new version of Pokémon Yellow with some mechanics of catching Pokemon Go to Nintendo Switch.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The series Fire Emblem series began as a role-playing game tactical very hard. This follows this line, but the options of difficulty and accessibility in Fire Emblem: Three Houses makes it an excellent choice for older children. The turn-based combat is deep, without being overwhelming, and the storytelling is excellent, from the initial moments until much later segment of time-jump in the middle.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses also offers a tremendous replay value, so it can be a great gift for a child. This is because it includes three campaigns apart, depending on the choice you make near the beginning, and it is worth repeating them several times.
Ratchet & Clank
A reinvention of the classic PS2 Ratchet & Clank is one of the best exclusives of the PlayStation 4. If by chance you saw the film adaptation of this game in 2016, don’t let the fear stop you from playing. The story of how a young Lombax and a robot they became friends and saved the galaxy from certain destruction is inspiring and, more importantly, incredibly fun.
With images of cartoon mind-blowing, weapons hilarious, great boss battles and sequences of platforms, Ratchet & Clank , never loses the pace. The only drawback is you can only play solo, so you’ll have to sneak out when your child is deeply asleep. Ratchet & Clank is ideal for children of all ages (it has animated blood and violence), but also want to play it.
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky once thought was the future of gaming, a universe almost infinite planets to explore and adventure. When it came in 2016, it turned out to be an experience of repetition massive, but somewhat insipid. However, in the last two years, No Man’s Sky has improved in many ways, although the cycle original has been maintained largely intact.
No Man’s Sky stirs the imagination and the curiosity that often we lose as we become adults. And for the kids, traveling from planet to planet to extract minerals and study the strange creatures that populate the various worlds is a fun time. You have the power to make kids feel like astronauts discovering unknown lands and unknown. No Man’s Sky is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Overcooked 2 is one of the co-op games more exciting and challenging. The reason why we recommend this simulator cooking fast-paced is simple. Requires constant communication and team work, essential skills for the children.
Overcooked 2 is also fun, with outrageous mobile kitchens and naughty fun. Its predecessor is also a great, but Overcooked 2 is a more robust experience. Works best with two or four players, which is an experience decidedly cooperative tailor-made for the whole family.
Overwatch is rated for teen by the ESRB, so that the popular shooting game of heroes are recommended for children older than 13 years. It presents a bit of blood and, of course, violence, but does not have the realism of first person shooters qualified for adults.
Modes based on objectives of Overwatch, the various characters and the strategic gameplay make it a multiplayer shooting game that parents can enjoy with their teens and pre-teens. It is really one of the best shooters competitive. If you still don’t want your children to play Call of Duty or Battlefield, Overwatch is a good substitute.
Apex Legends, such as Overwatch, is rated for teens by the ESRB. This shooter hybrid Battle Royale / Hero is also designed for children 13 years and older. Apex Legends is similar to Fortnite in which the goal is to be the last team standing in an area playable that is gradually reduced. Currently, only supports teams of three people, with 20 facing in a round.
The map is really great, the legends are fun skills, and the overall experience feels much more polished that most of the games of real battle. In addition, it is free on PS4, Xbox One and PC. However, the weapons of Apex Legends are more realistic than those of Overwatch or Fortnite, so the parent definitely will want to see this game. However, it is the new sensation multiplayer, so it is likely that your children already are talking about it or at least have heard.
Fortnite: Battle Royale
Fortnite: Battle Royale is a feeling world. What is more likely is that if you’re reading this, you already know its popularity. Perhaps your child has played. If you’re wondering what this is about, we suggest you to play duets or squads next to them.
This game has a great loop and uses images of cartoons that will help you stay within the scope of a game that is not too ripe. In addition, the aspect of construction helps to teach creativity and, who knows, perhaps they will awaken an interest in engineering or architecture. Best of all is that Fortnite is free on consoles, PC, iOS and Android.
* Updated by Rodrigo Orellana on April 10, 2020
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