For decades, kids have been getting their parents to buy computers so they can play games, usually by claiming they’ll be using the machines for schoolwork. Even now, the PC was the birthplace of such gaming phenomena as Minecraft and Roblox. Games like Cuphead, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and Ori and the Blind Forest are also available.
However, when it comes to playing games as a family, consoles are where it’s at thanks to their lower prices, more user-friendly interfaces, simpler controllers, and libraries full of games with kid-friendly mascots and local multiplayer. Kids of all ages love playing video games on their mobile devices, from toddlers tapping away at tablets to teenagers racking up Fortnite triumphs.
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite games for kids across all popular consoles.
Baby Bubadu Plays the Video Game
The development studio Bubadu has put out a plethora of games for children. Not all of them are fantastic, but you should definitely check out the ones that are. The games are entertaining but not always instructive; they include topics such as being a doctor, going to the grocery store, being a dentist, and completing tasks like baking cakes and constructing furniture. The mechanics of each game are unique, but they are never overly complicated, and the concepts they introduce should be accessible to players of any skill level. Most of these games are available for free download. In-app purchases of the full versions are typically quite affordable. There are two pages dedicated to developers in Bubadu. You can read the first one at the previous link. One is titled M by Bubadu, and it includes all of Bubadu’s other kid-friendly titles, while the other is titled Everything Else.
As a kid’s toy, LEGO games are top-notch. Comic book games, Star Wars games, and numerous of their own original games are among their many offerings. The vast majority are adventure games of varied systems, but all are incredibly accessible and fun. Many are without cost to you. Just a few of them have synergistic relationships with current market offerings. For the LEGO Hidden Side game, for instance, you can buy figures and then play with them. To be honest, we like that LEGO is experimenting with augmented reality. The company is unusual among software makers in that it includes such high-end features in a game aimed at children.
The video game Minecraft has quickly become a cultural phenomenon. Adults, children, and everyone in between all enjoy it. From a bare starting environment, players can begin to mine and construct various items. Younger children can be put in an imaginative state in which they are free from all responsibilities. Kids will enjoy this game no matter how you spin it. In fact, I always have it loaded into my Xbox when I have friends around whose children play this game. It’s pricey at $6.99, but any additional in-app purchases are cosmetic only (new skins) and don’t change the gameplay experience.
Fun and educational games for children from PBS
The PBS Kids studio creates programming for PBS’s younger viewers. From kid-friendly TV to educational time-wasters, they’ve got it all in their selection of kid-friendly applications and games. There is a lot of stuff in their collection. You’ll recognize several familiar faces from PBS series among the playable characters. PBS Kids Games is a more comprehensive game that incorporates a number of these features. Almost everything on their site may be had for nothing. That’s great news for both your wallet and your children. The Cat in the Hat Builds That, their newest game, is also enjoyable.
Duck Duck Moose’s Pet Bingo is a fantastic free game for kids. The game combines elements from pet simulators, bingo, and mathematical games. Your child will be given easy math problems to answer in exchange for adorable critters that will need care. The math section involves elementary calculations, and the stakes might be high. The makers of the game recommend it for players aged 5 to 10, therefore the higher scores could be from older players.
Which of these has your kid played and loved?