Video Games For Kids

Are you looking for video games for kids? Here are a few great games for kids to play alone, or with friends & family…

I remember back in the early 90s when my parents bought me my first console – the NES. I spent hours and hours playing the first few levels of Super Mario Bros over and over again. At the time, I didn’t even consider the possibility of me ever completing the game, it was just something to do for fun.

One morning, my parents told me that they’d been up late playing with the console as my Dad was stuck on a certain level. I forget what level it was but it was way further than I’d reached. It was at that point that I realised the console they’d bought me wasn’t really for me – it was for them.

From that point on we started playing together a lot more. We didn’t have any two player games but taking it in turns was just as fun.

In recent years, video games have got a lot more serious and the advancement in technology and graphics means developers are constantly chasing a new goal and it’s not particularly child-friendly. Guns and gore sell so we’re seeing more games released for the more mature market. See out post on the best games of 2020 for proof of that!

So, if your kids want to get into gaming, what games should you get them? Here are some of our favourites –


Minecraft has soared in popularity since it release in 2009. The game can be played in one of a few different modes depending on what experience you’re looking for. The aim of the game is to simply gather resources and build, well, whatever you want making it great for a child’s imagination and development.

Mario Kart 8

We couldn’t write about video games for kids and not include at least one Mario game. The famous plumber has been entertaining kids for generations and the latest Mario Kart offering on Nintendo switch is as enjoyable as it has ever been. The great thing about Mario Kart is that anyone can pick up a controller and play it.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game with a simple premise… You are taken to an island and you have to build and upgrade various buildings. You can collect natural resources from the island, go fishing find fossils and loads more. This is a game that can be played however you want and it perfect for children 3 and up.

Super Lucky’s Tale

This 3D platformer is a love letter to the 90s. If you grew up on the original Sonic and Mario games you’re going to love Super Lucky’s Take as much as your kids. The message of the story is great too as you help the protagonist, Lucky Swiftail find his inner strength.

Do you have any games you love playing with your children? What do you think are the best video games for kids? Let us know in the comments.

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Until next time,

The Gent

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