Kids Games Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Kids Games RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Best PC Games for Kids 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/h39qt/best-pc-games-for-kids-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/h39qt/best-pc-games-for-kids-2018 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:50:28 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

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Everyone’s favorite bandicoot is back! And what’s more, he’s on PC, at long last. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy features the dusky marsupial’s original three outings from the PS1, painstakingly remastered for modern gamers. It’s quite the treat for older gamers, but even if you never played the originals, it looks and sounds as good as its competitors.

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Fortunately, it plays even better than the original PlayStation games. Controls are more responsive, environments are brighter (i.e., easier to stay alive in) and most importantly, the first Crash Bandicoot lets you save between any level. Just in case you forget, though, each game has an autosave feature as well. The challenge hasn’t changed at all. Without a doubt, the first game in the trilogy presents the greatest challenge and will truly test your platforming abilities.

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The other two are more forgiving, and while they’re still no cakewalk, they vary the gameplay in numerous ways, with extra relic challenges, a much more diverse set of levels, motorcycle races, chases on top of China’s Great Wall, fleeing from a hungry polar bear.. it’s a wild ride. Coco finally gets the spotlight too, since you can choose her over Crash from the very beginning; they both play the same, but it’s fun to switch it up every now and again anyway.

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And that's that. Whether you go for RPGs, multiplayer, or puzzle solving, there's something here for everyone. Let us know your favorite picks in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Best Xbox One Games for Kids, Best PS4 Games for Kids, and Best Nintendo Switch Games for Kids lists for all your gaming needs!

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Overcooked! 2

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The original Overcooked! garnered a great deal of praise for its quirky mechanics and frantic co-op action, and Overcooked! 2 is no different.

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The core mechanics remain the same, but the sequel adds a host of new features and an even zanier story than its predecessor (but don’t worry; if you never played the original, you’ll still be totally fine with this one). The Onion King, in his great foolishness, read from a forbidden book and brought to life an army of undead bread, called The Unbread, now wreaking havoc on the kingdom. Your goal? Cook stuff. Lots of stuff. Just go with it.

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You’ll be making a wide variety of dishes, from sushi to burgers, adding the necessary ingredients and whipping things up as fast as you can. One of Overcooked! 2’s biggest draws, though, is the level diversity and interconnection with gameplay. You’ll contend with countless obstacles along the way, from kitchen fires to moving walkways, cars on a busy street to waves rocking your kitchen raft, depending on which level you’re tackling at the time.

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Team17 bills it as a co-op game, but it’s completely playable solo if need be, and the toned-down difficulty makes it much more feasibly to play alone than before. The new throw mechanic helps there too. Boasting a lengthy main campaign, extra content, and side puzzles, you’ll be in the kitchen for a long time with this one.

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Parkasaurus

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If you remember Theme Park from years gone by, you’ll have a good idea of Parkasaurus’s foundations. Like the former, players run a theme park, only with dinos as the main exhibits. Along with crafting a quality park layout and entertaining activities for guests, you also manage the dinosaurs on display. Think Jurassic Park, only…no accidents.

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The game gives players a great deal of control over enclosures and the park layout, and each dinosaur type requires a different care strategy to thrive. On top of that, you’ll also gather resources and expand the park’s technology as you grow, and you’ve got employees to manage as well. If it sounds like a lot to manage, that’s because it is.

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Fortunately, the game provides tutorials at necessary points, and it’s a good balance between hand-holding and letting players explore for themselves. Guests also leave reviews based on their experiences, so kinda like the town reviews in Animal Crossing, it gives you some concrete problems you can work on for the future. The graphics are simple, but charming, and the user interface is, mercifully, clean and easy to work with, even if there are a few too many clicks required for certain tasks.

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The game’s still in early access, with its developers actively calling for player input so they can make improvements where needed; it’s a good way to get your younger players involved in thinking about what makes a game good and how they can potentially help make it even better.

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LEGO The Incredibles

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LEGO games always build on the success of whatever franchise spawns them, and LEGO: The Incredibles is no different. It combines both the original The Incredibles and its sequel, adding in a new storyline for your enjoyment as well.

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You’ll play as your favorite characters from the Parr family, solve wacky puzzles, and enjoy LEGO’s characteristic dry, tongue-in-cheek humor.

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As you might expect, you utilize each character’s unique strengths to overcome obstacles. But this isn’t simply an Incredibles skin on the typical LEGO game: It’s fully open world, featuring an explorable hub spanning multiple environments, a day and night cycle, progress reports, character customization, and a host of baddies to take down.

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Like any LEGO game, the difficulty never rises too high, but challenge seekers have over 100 characters to unlock and multiple collectibles they can search for. It’s got something for anyone, whether it be a younger gamer not quite skilled yet for more difficult outings, a Pixar fan, a LEGO fan, or just anyone looking for a fun game.

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Celeste

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The phrase “Nintendo-hard” might be something you haven’t used in a while, not since the days of Mega Man’s original NES outings or Castlevania’s earlier, brutal installments. But Celeste, from MattMakesGames, resurrected this phrase and added new meaning when it launched earlier this year.

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It’s a retro-style, pixel-art platformer following a young girl (named Madeline, not Celeste) as she climbs the imposing mountain (which is called Celeste) and tries to face her dark side in the process. It’s a compelling story for sure, but the real attraction here is the gameplay. Celeste features hundreds of rooms to work your way through, each with its own theme, requiring a mix of raw platforming, Madeline’s power-ups, and taking advantage of the environment.

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It’s incredibly difficult at times, make no mistake, but the difficulty stems from clever level design more than artificial gimmicks, and the satisfaction you get upon completing a particularly challenging puzzle can’t be measured. For the truly daring, the game also features additional challenges, such as extra puzzles and collectibles forcing an extra layer of strategy out of you beyond just clearing the room.

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Because of the challenge, this one is probably best for the 10-12 range, unless you know your younger child can handle (or would benefit from) the perseverance and critical thinking required.

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Staxel

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It’s the year of farming sims! Or so it may seem. But despite its fix-a-run-down-farm theme, Staxel is more than just a copy of My Time at Portia. It emphasizes farming and relationship building to a greater extent, almost like a cross between Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, with some Minecraft thrown in as well.

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For example, make nice with your fellow residents, and they’ll help you when you need it, and when you and your neighbors work together, it ultimately creates a more vibrant community benefiting everyone. It’s a nice message, but Staxel is, of course, more than just a moral lesson.

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Players craft their gameworld, so no playthrough will be the same. Modern metropolis strike your fancy? Build it. Prefer the simple charms of village life? It’s yours. And if you ever get bored with your daily routine, you can shake things up with a spot of fishing or bug hunting. 

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Staxel makes exploration and caring for your farm more than worthwhile as well, since the resources you get from both drive your customization and expansion, in what turns into a very satisfying and compelling gameplay loop. Combined with multiplayer capabilities, you’ve got a clear winner that will stick around as a staple for a long time. Plus, it’s adorable. Really adorable. Who can resist brightly colored, high resolution block cows?

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

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Level-5’s Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch launched to almost overwhelming praise, with its heartwarming storyline and Studio Ghibli visuals quickly endearing it to many a heart. It had its share of issues, but Level-5 both addressed those issues and created an even more vast and engaging world with the sequel, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom.

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Despite being numbered as a sequel, you don’t actually have to play the first game to understand what’s going on. The story follows Ding Dong Dell’s young prince, Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum (yes, he’s part cat), after a coup sees the young prince’s family murdered and Evan himself in exile.

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It sounds pretty heavy, and the T rating description does include some mild animated blood, but the storytelling and animation provide a lighthearted tone throughout Evan’s long journey. Combined with its positive role models and message of healing society’s divides, it’s more than suitable for 9-12 year olds.

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The original was a fairly linear affair—complete main story tasks, collect monsters, do some side quests, and move on. Revenant Kingdom includes those, but also adds in a much larger world to explore and an incredibly addictive kingdom building quest to keep you busy for a long, long time.

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The combat this time ‘round is rather different as well, focusing more on the primary characters instead of their monster familiars; you do have creatures called Higgledies for support, but overall, it’s a more streamlined system like you’d expect from a Western RPG instead of a JRPG. Granted, Revenant Kingdom’s combat lacks the challenge of its predecessor, but those seeking difficulty can find it in the game’s optional corrupt monster battles.

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Yoku's Island Express

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Yoku’s Island Express is a delightful mix of platforming, exploration, and pinball—not something you get every day. Players take control of the titular bug Yoku, unique not just for being a bug, but for his interesting mode of travel as well—a ball. The gorgeous tropical island you explore just so happens to be filled with flippers and bumpers, as well as the usual spike pits and enemies, making movement and puzzle solving much different from the usual platformer.

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Yoku’s mission involves restoring postal service to the island, but the game provides much more to do in the process. From defeating certain enemies to solving the residents’ unique problems and exploring the vast island, you’ll find there’s no shortage of things to do in Yoku’s world. Paired with the vibrant visuals and catch soundtrack, these things come together to form a fun and fantastical adventure.

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Of course, like with pinball, there are the frustrating moments when you can’t quite hit that one spot until the 20th try, but also like pinball, it’s addictive enough to keep you coming back for more. That and the danger of forgetting the main quest in your exploration and side-quest completing are about the only real difficulties in the game as well, making it perfect for gamers of any age and skill level.

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My Time at Portia

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My Time at Portia combines Harvest Moon style life management with Minecraft’s resource framing, throwing in some Rune Factory combat and ultimately delivering an engaging and unique simulation game. In what will seem very familiar to HM fans, players arrive in Portia after taking on the daunting task of repairing “Pa’s” Workshop and eventually grow into their new environment.

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There’s a lot to do in this game, and best of all, you aren’t restricted with time limits. Gathering resources lets you create new things to spruce up your shop and home, but eventually, you’ll expand into the surrounding town, taking on quests for townsfolk, making friends, and basically just making life sunny for everyone. You’ll also venture further afield in your quest to create the best workshop ever, discovering new settlements and materials and fighting monsters along the way.

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Combat is a fairly simple affair, which is fine, given the game’s primary focus on building and creating, but you’ll still need to craft decent weapons and such if you want to stay alive. Like any good life-sim spinoff, you’ve got a plethora of romance and friendship options, with each NPC sporting their own unique personality.

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My Time at Portia is still listed as an early access game. Despite entering early access earlier this year, it’s very much a nearly complete game and continually gets updates.

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Unravel 2

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Unravel 2 continues Yarny’s quirky adventures and intriguing puzzles through amazingly detailed environments. Like Yarny’s first outing, the game tasks players with solving intricate, physics and environment-based puzzles using Yarny’s unique abilities (centered around, you guessed it, yarn). It also revolves around platforming and using those same abilities to traverse the often-dangerous, but always gorgeous game worlds, ranging from serene creeks and forest-like undergrowth to creepy industrial and urban settings.

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The challenge is real with this game, but fortunately the developers provided a substantial hint system, so there’s little chance of being stuck for long, and it makes for satisfying gameplay balance. That balance gets skewed a bit in the extra challenge puzzles, which certainly live up to their name, but these challenges don’t form part of the main story anyway and can be totally ignored if the player wishes.

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There’s also co-op mode, so you or another player can jump in and help a younger gamer who might be struggling or just join in the fun as well. There’s not as much story compared to the original Unravel, but it’s difficult to call that a substantial negative point, when the gameplay itself is as spot-on and absorbing as it is.

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It's not hard to tell a lot of PC games don't exactly have younger audiences in mind, which makes buying for kids a bit tricky. Even more difficult is finding a game with the right difficulty balance to keep their attention without frustrating them.

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In and amongst the titles you're probably playing, though, lies a wealth of PC games for 7-12 year olds. From platforming to retro, puzzle solving and even RPGs, these games are perfect for solo play, playing with friends, or of course, playing together as a family.

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Family-Friendly Fun: 9 Best PS4 Games for Kids in 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/s7ccf/family-friendly-fun-9-best-ps4-games-for-kids-in-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/s7ccf/family-friendly-fun-9-best-ps4-games-for-kids-in-2018 Wed, 24 Oct 2018 10:36:58 -0400 Littoface

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Overcooked 2

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Price: $24.99
Rating: 5/5 on PlayStation Store
Recommended age: 8+
Get it on: PlayStation Store

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The Onion Kingdom needs your help again! Work together in local or online co-op to cook up dishes and serve them up to save the world.

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This standalone sequel is a fun and frantic dash to get things done. Children can have fun and hone their communication skills, while the game's requirement of teamwork, as well as simple controls and gameplay make it a perfect game to play with kids.

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Unravel Two

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Price: $19.99
Rating: 8/10 on GameSkinny
Recommended age: 7+
Get it on: PlayStation Store

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This sweet game captivated players with the original, and the sequel adds the ability to play with a friend (or a parent). Make your own Yarny, then embark on an adventure that promotes teamwork and friendship.

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Guide your Yarnies through an adventure in a side-scrolling puzzle world that's buzzing with life. Playing together, each player controls one of the characters; alone, you can switch between them at will.

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It's heartwarming and fun, but it can also be challenging in a great way at times, all of which makes it a perfect game for little gamers to cut their teeth on!

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Super Bomberman R

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Price: $39.99
Rating: 4.5/5 on PlayStation Store
Recommended Age: 11+
Get it on: PlayStation Store

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Everyone's favorite little bomb-spewing guy is back, and he's got all his friends with him! The classic gameplay returns in this great game, which is reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons.

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Bomberman and his friends are up against some tough opponents this time, and each baddie comes with his own special skills (a la Megaman). Blast your way through stages, gather powerups, and take down the enemies.. but try not to blow yourself up while you're at it.

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This game receives a higher than usual recommended age because, while the idea is simple, it can get tough! It also, quite obviously, features exploding bombs and some silly violence in the cutscenes.

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Yoku's Island Express

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Price: $13.99
Rating: 4.5/5 on PlayStation Store
Recommended Age: 10+
Get it on: PlayStation Store

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In this game, you play Yoku, a little dung beetle postmaster tasked with making some important deliveries and saving the day. Cue the poop jokes.

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Okay, aside from the unfortunate nature of the main character (and hey, the ball he rolls around is white!), this fun little game is an odd mix of Metroidvania platforming and pinball.

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That means that it's challenging, at times to the point of frustration. Yoku can't move much on his own, so he just rolls around and relies on the player to use pinball flippers to fling him around to new destinations.

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The game is rated 10+ for cartoon violence and crude humor (see: poop jokes) but it's the challenge that really makes this one better for slightly more seasoned little gamers.

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The Swords of Ditto

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Price: $19.99
Rating: 4/5 on PlayStation Store
Recommended Age: 11+
Get it on: PlayStation Store

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The Swords of Ditto isn't perfect, but it's a fun little game in the spirit of the Zelda games that's definitely more fun to play co-op.

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Upon pulling a magical sword from a grave, you're tasked with becoming stronger so you can take on the evil enchantress Mormo and bring peace back to the land.. at least for the next 100 years.

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The game is procedurally generated and technically uses permadeath, but is set up in such a way that you're able to enjoy it without frustrations. Kids will enjoy the whimsical cartoon-like visuals, the literal "toys" that the characters attack with, and the cute kazoo-based soundtrack.

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We set the recommended age a bit higher for this one (it's rated ESRB-10) because despite the cutesy visuals, some of the puzzles are not always clear and there's a bit of reading. Also, you pull swords out of children's graves. It's kind of morbid in that regard, but not much else.

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Scribblenauts Showdown

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Price: $39.99
Rating: 4/5 on PlayStation Store
Recommended Age: 8+
Get it on: PlayStation Store

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Scribblenauts meets Mario Party in this party game, meant to be played by families together. Some reviewers were disappointed in the game's repetitive nature, but as a family-friendly "together time" game, it's definitely a fun way to spend an afternoon.

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The game marks a stark departure from the usual style of Scribblenauts and instead uses 25 mini-games to pit players against each other in a race to the finish.

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The game does retain certain aspects of the Scribblenauts franchise, though, like the ability to write practically anything to life. This makes it a good way for kids to practice their writing skills and outside the box thinking.

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De Blob 2

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Price: $18.51
Rating: 3.5/5 on Metacritic
Recommended age: 9+
Get it on: Amazon

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Enter the whimsical world of De Blob with this fun sequel. The sequel is a great standalone game that holds its own without needing to play the first, though you may want to after playing this second installment.

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In this 2D platforming puzzler, you play as the titular Blob, who is on a quest to restore color to his home of Prisma City. It's like finger-painting on a video game: leave color wherever you touch and write your own adventure.

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Split-screen co-op means a sibling, friend, or parent can hop in and play along.

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Kerbal Space Program

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Price: $39.99
Rating: 4.5/5 on PlayStation Store
Recommended Age: 8+
Get it on: Kerbal Space Program Website  

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Kerbal Space Program is not a kid's game. In fact, it's a pretty complex physics and science-based space exploration simulator that encourages strategic and critical thinking.

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But that's what makes it so appealing to kids: They're free to discover it however they want, without it being oversimplified for a younger audience. Get this one for kids who welcome a challenge and like to analyze and really think about things.

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Based on reviews from actual kids, this game not only teaches concepts like physics, problem-solving and task management, but it's also actually really fun!

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LEGO The Incredibles

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Price: $49.99
Rating: 8/10 on GameSkinny
Recommended Age: 6+
Get it on: Amazon

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This fun couch co-op game is perfect for playing with the kids. The open world offers plenty of side-quests and tons of things to find, collect and do, with all the usual silliness we've come to expect from LEGO games.

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Kids will love the chance to replay the events of the Incredibles movies as their favorite characters from the franchise. Other familiar faces from the Pixar family make an appearance, as well, making this extra fun for the adults playing along, and for young Pixar fans.

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Despite the word "game" in the name, video games are largely created with adults in mind. But more and more, some fantastic games are coming out meant to be played by a younger audience — or even for adults and kids to play together.

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This year's already brought us many awesome games kids can enjoy and even learn from. We went through the year's offerings and brought you the best of the best in video games for kids (presented here in no particular order).

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For each game, you'll find its price, rating from a reputable source, a link to buy it, and a recommended age. We based the recommended age on ESRB ratings, ratings from kids and parents, and this writer's own personal experience as a parent.

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So cook up some fun, run your own space station, and, always, save the world with these nine 2018 games perfect for kids!

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Don't see the game you're looking for here? Check out our other best games lists here: 

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Best Nintendo Switch Games for Kids 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/1nnzr/best-nintendo-switch-games-for-kids-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/1nnzr/best-nintendo-switch-games-for-kids-2018 Tue, 23 Oct 2018 17:19:38 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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Mega Man 11

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Poor Mega Man. It’s been so long since he’s had a grand adventure in the style of old. At last, though, his time has come again with Mega Man 11.

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Considered the series’ reboot—or, depending on your viewpoint, its last chance—this latest installment in the storied franchise goes back to the Blue Bomber’s roots, without sacrificing convenience and accessibility.

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It features the usual Mega Man story—evil doctor, crazy robots, wild power ups, and engaging platforming. Like always, you can choose the order you tackle levels and Robot Masters, with some paths only becoming available after obtaining a certain boss’s powers.

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One new feature is the Double Gear system, giving Mega Man a speed or power boost for a short time and adding an extra level of strategy to how you take on enemies. Mega Man looks better than ever, with highly stylized cartoon graphics, detailed outfit changes depending on powerups, and smooth animations throughout.  

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Even better, Mega Man 11 offers different difficulty options, so if your young, one finds standard much too challenging, it’s easy to swap modes and get back into the game. On top of that, the game includes extra modes, like boss rush, so there’s a lot of value for your dollar here.

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Super Mario Party

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Nintendo’s beloved Mario Party franchise returns for the Switch with Super Mario Party, only this time, it’s actually worth your while. Previous entries did away with competitive play and swapped interesting board designs for somewhat bland affairs, which extended to the minigames as well. SMP brings back competition between characters and the board system older gamers may remember from Mario Party’s GameCube heyday, complete with plenty of minigames taking advantage of the Joy-Con’s unique features.

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However, Super Mario Party does make some changes which should help maintain peace in your household. Competitive it may be, but it greatly reduces options for cutthroat, friendship-ending skullduggery, and Stars are, on whole, easier to obtain.

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The boards are a little smaller than you might be used to as well, and there are only four, but Super Mario Party does add extra game modes as well, including co-op survival mode and minigame rushes. Overall, it puts the focus on a more relaxed board game and, more importantly, the mini-games themselves.

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Each player uses one Joy-Con for the game (which makes two-player multiplayer incredibly easy, with no extra cost), so even though it means no handheld mode, it does help bring folks together for some gaming fun.

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LEGO DC Super-Villains

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Everyone loves to be bad sometimes, and Lego DC Super-Villains lets you be as bad as you like, without going overboard or getting too messy. The story is fairly simple: the Justice League vanishes, and in its place is a new organization, the Justice Syndicate. All may not be as it seems with the Syndicate, though, and it’s your task to figure out what their goals are, wreaking as much havoc as possible.

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It features some of modern gaming’s biggest draws, too—an open world and extensive character customization. In fact, the story revolves primarily around the character you create, though in keeping with Lego’s previous games, you’ll switch between multiple characters throughout the story, including Harlequin and the Joker.

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“Open world” and “evil” might sound like a recipe for a more mature game, but it’s Lego, which means it’s built for fun and being kid-friendly. The puzzles are never too difficult, the violence is slapstick, and it’s impossible to take things too seriously. Even with a mild difficulty curve, the game still manages to be fun for more skilled gamers and superhero fans, making it a great choice for lighthearted gaming anyone can enjoy.

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Starlink: Battle for Atlas

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Remember the toys-to-life concept Skylanders made so popular? I see from your pitchforks and torches you do, indeed, remember. Fear not, though. Much as Starlink: Battle for Atlas seems like yet another shameless cash grab, there’s a lot to love about Ubisoft’s latest open world adventure. It’s evident the company has one eye to the consumer’s convenience and financial circumstances as well.

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First, the game itself. Starlink has you flying through seven massive worlds in your customized spaceship as one of many available pilots. The goal involves liberating each world from the oppressive and villainous Primes, massive space monsters who set up shop on each planet with their minions. But in good Ubisoft fashion, the game offers loads of side quests and exploration—think a more focused No Man’s Sky meets Starfox, with the added fun of creating your own, unique ships and seeing them appear in the game.

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Speaking of Fox, the Switch version offers a fantastic bonus in the form of Fox himself, the Arwing, and some special Fox missions, right out of the box.

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If you go for the physical version, you get two pilots, two ships, and some parts for $59.99; there’s a deluxe edition that offers more, but you still won’t get everything without spending over $100.00.

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The digital version retails at the same price and gives you access to all the ships, multiple parts, and several pilots; you can pay close to $80.00 for the digital deluxe edition and get a couple extra bonus ships and parts that are otherwise retailer-exclusive (Target and GameStop, respectively). True, you don’t get the lovely little ships to mount on the controller, but they don’t work all that well in handheld mode anyway. Otherwise, the only difference is you open a menu to customize your ship, rather than clipping pieces on.

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Scribblenauts Mega Pack

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Scribblenauts Mega Pack is a bundle featuring Scribblenauts Unlimited and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, two critically acclaimed entries in the long-running Scribblenauts franchise. If you’ve never picked one up before, the games revolve around using your imagination and vocabulary to solve a myriad of puzzles, and best of all, the majority of them are completely open-ended.

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Need to get somewhere out of reach? A normal ladder works just as well as a zombie pterodactyl (with or without pink spots). You can summon lightning bolt-wielding angels to take down foes or simply distract them with some fried chicken—whatever strikes your fancy, really.

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Unlimited expands on this core mechanic exponentially, giving players the option to indulge in a little bit of programming by building instructions into your creations so they act a certain way in a given circumstance or upon interacting with another object you specify. It explores Maxwell’s background and, in good 2010s fashion, is open world in structure.

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Unmasked breaks the series’ usual rule of no copyrighted material and no proper nouns by letting you summon multiple DC Comics heroes and objects as you traverse familiar locales, like Gotham City, and brand-new ones in the fight against evil.

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Owlboy

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Owlboy is an indie amalgamation of SNES style visuals and platforming built around PlayStation 2 era stories, like Jak and Daxter with retro art style.

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You take control of Otis, a young, mute owl typically treated like dirt by his fellows, who must rise to the occasion after his village is attacked by pirates; you'll set off on a journey to find some way of freeing your people and awaken the power of the Ancient Owls.

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You’ll meet many quirky characters along the way, but most important is Geddy, Otis’s best friend and traveling companion. He’s also how Otis takes out enemies, since Geddy wields a blaster-type weapon.

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In true old-school fashion, there are multiple puzzles to overcome, many of which center around placing Geddy or another object in certain places to accomplish one task, while Otis flies off to handle another. Some puzzles might leave you scratching your head for a moment, but it never gets too difficult.

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The platforming itself is unique for its focus on precision flying (and Otis is mercifully easy to control). On top of excellent gameplay, Owlboy combines a memorable story with gorgeous retro visuals, a great soundtrack, and accessible mechanics, making this a must have for gamers of any age.

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

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Enjoying Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker might depend on whether you picked it up for the Wii U. If you did, it’s largely the same game as it was, with a few minor additions and, of course, the added portability bonus. If not, it’s a real gem of a puzzle game.

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Players take control of the loveable Captain Toad, of Super Mario Galaxy (and now Odyssey) fame, as he journeys to rescue Toadette and recover stolen Power Stars. You’ll also get to control Toadette herself for a while after a twist in the story, and there are even extra green stars to uncover after completing the main story.

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One of Captain Toad’s most unique features is that, unlike his Super Mario Bros 2. days, the venerable Captain can’t jump. That leads to a variety of head-scratching puzzle scenarios, where you must guide Captain Toad through obstacles and around enemies without taking any damage, and you get extras for knocking out every enemy in a level as well.

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The Switch port doesn’t add much new to the Wii U original, save for some Super Mario Odyssey themed levels, but this is an excellent light puzzler, packed full of charm and content.

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Mario Tennis Aces

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It’s been a long time—a long time—since we’ve been treated to a quality Mario Tennis game. Camelot’s latest efforts with Mario Tennis Aces might not reach the soaring heights the Game Boy Color classic did, but it’s certainly worth your time.

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The single player adventure mode follows Mario’s quest to recover powerful tennis rackets Wario and Waluig stole and set the now-chaotic world back in order. Despite some slightly more serious moments in the beginning, it’s your typical lighthearted scenario, setting the stage for another Mario romp. The courts are varied and fun, each with its own unique atmosphere and minor obstacles to overcome, and you’ll unlock additional courts for use in multiplayer mode as you progress.

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And that’s where the real fun is, of course. Players use one Joy-Con each (which means two-player mode doesn’t require an extra set of Joy-Con) and, like the good ol’ Wii Sports days, can use motion controls for a more immersive experience.

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The player roster is huge to begin with, but Nintendo’s updated it regularly with additional characters, from Shy Guy to Diddy Kong, along with a new co-op challenge mode, plus a patch that lets you easily retry failed missions—and it’s free DLC as well. Can’t beat free fun.

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Kirby Star Allies

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Kirby games are known for being relaxing frolics through visually soothing environments, making any of them perfect for younger gamers. However, this year’s Kirby Star Allies is one of the Pink Puffball’s best outings in a long time.

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Eschewing alternative mechanics from previous entries, like Epic Yarn and Rainbow Curse, Star Allies features traditional Kirby gameplay—light platforming and puzzle solving, plus loads of copy abilities. The major new addition are the titular allies.

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In single player mode, Kirby befriends his erstwhile enemies—a nice little commentary on forgiveness and friendship—and they all work together to overcome baddies and solve element-themed puzzles.

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Multiplayer mode lets you (or another player) take control of a different colored Kirby and do basically the same thing. The most enjoyable part of teaming up, whether alone or with others, has to be combining abilities, though. Sometimes, it’s just for the fun of it, but some combinations make enemies or certain puzzles a lot easier, so it’s worth experimenting either way.

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Like most Kirby games, the difficult curve is very smooth, so it’s perfect for gamers of any skill level (and you can always check out our guides if you get stuck).

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Dragon Quest Builders

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Dragon Quest Builders is Square Enix’s answer to Minecraft, but it provides much more than just mimicry. For one thing, it features a full-blown story mode, where your adventurer treks across four expansive chapters and brings light back to a hopeless world through the power of building.

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You’ll build and craft everything, from straw flooring and bed mats, to powerful weapons and massive fortifications. Each chapter focuses on a different kind of building and crafting, offering a more guided experience than Minecraft, without sacrificing freedom and creativity.

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You’ll find blueprints for additional structures and items as you progress through the game, but if you feel like just pottering around and building a massive city for the sake of it, there’s Terra Incognita mode as well, which is basically free build mode. Plus, the game is absolutely dripping with Akira Toriyama’s signature style and charm, accompanied by some classic Dragon Quest tunes, as you explore the massive world just waiting for you to shape it.

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Like you’d expect from a crafting game, there’s no huge difficulty curve, even with the monsters and combat thrown in, so kids of any age and skill level would be right at home with DQB. No, it isn’t a completely new game. But the Nintendo Switch’s portability makes it that much more appealing, since it removes some of console gaming’s inherent restraints.

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When you think about Nintendo's Switch, chances are, you think about playing games like Bayonetta or Skyrim, on the go, coupled with more recent outings like Octopath Traveler or Valkyria Chronicles 4. But after last year's Super Mario Odyssey, it might seem like there isn't much on offer for your smaller counterparts to enjoy.

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While it's true Nintendo isn't really positioning the Switch as a kids' console, unlike in the past, take heart: it doesn't mean your kids are out of luck. Of course, everyone knows Pokemon: Let's Go! is coming, but there are many other quality Switch games for younger players and families that came out this year. From multiplayer titles to engaging single player romps, we've got you covered.

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10 Best Xbox One Games For Kids (2018 Edition) https://www.gameskinny.com/spzo2/10-best-xbox-one-games-for-kids-2018-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/spzo2/10-best-xbox-one-games-for-kids-2018-edition Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:36:46 -0400 Emily (Pokeflute)

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That just about does it for the Top 10 Xbox One games for kids ages 7-12.

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There are plenty of offerings on the Xbox One for younger audiences, and there's something on this list for every kid to enjoy.

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If you or your child has an Xbox One, check out these games if you're looking for a fun new experience.

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If you have a favorite Xbox One game for younger gamers, let us know in the comments! 

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Rayman Legends

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $39.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Rayman Legends follows the titular Rayman and his friends as they journey through a variety of magical paintings that each contain their own world. Inside that, each world contains tons of levels in which kids can jump, build, and punch through levels, taking out enemies and saving creatures known as Teensies along the way.

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The goal is to beat the levels and discover all of their secrets. Each of the levels is beautifully rendered and the music is fun and upbeat, making this seem like a fully fleshed-out world for kids to explore.

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The game received the highest Metacritic score of any game on this list and is considered a must-play for both kids and adults.

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Check out our Rayman Legends review for more info. 

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Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $29.87
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If your kids are big Kung Fu Panda fans, here's the game for you! This fighting game allows kids to pick from any number of characters from the Kung Fu Panda universe and do battle with friends or computer-controlled characters. 

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This game includes local co-op, meaning two players can play against each other on one console. Battles take place on a variety of stages from the series' universe. 

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The violence is cartoony and similar to what one would find in the movies. This is a great choice for kids who enjoy Super Smash Brosand are looking for something similar.

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Snoopy's Grand Adventure

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Rating: Everyone
Price: $25.00
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Intended as a spin-off and continuation of The Peanuts Movie, this game involves one big game of hide and seek.

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In Snoopy's Grand Adventure, kids play as Snoopy, who is looking to find the rest of the Peanuts gang as they travel throughout imaginary worlds.

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Those who loved Peanuts will definitely appreciate the game, as the worlds are based on the sequences of Snoopy's imagination, which were some of the most famous parts of the old Peanuts movies.

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Kids can jump, climb, and scoot around obstacles in levels contained within four different worlds as they try to find all of the Peanuts friends.

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Super Lucky's Tale

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Rating: Everyone
Price: $19.89
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Super Lucky's Tale is a 3D platformer, a genre that also includes the Mario games. Kids play as Lucky, a fox who travels through different levels in a quest to protect a magical tome known as the Book of Ages.

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The game is fairly easy, allowing young kids to run, jump, and bounce their way through colorful worlds while collecting clovers.

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In addition to the main levels, the game includes a number of side challenges, puzzles, and other minigames to keep kids occupied.

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Along the way, they'll meet lots of storybook-style characters and outsmart evil cats. This is essentially the tamer version of Crash Bandicoot -- if there is such a thing. 

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Disneyland Adventures

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $29.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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For kids who love their Kinect, this is a fun way to explore Disney’s park from your Xbox One. Disneyland Adventures allows kids to explore 18 of Disneyland's attractions, meet and get autographs from characters, and participate in magical adventures like flying with Peter Pan.

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There are lots of minigames that young kids will enjoy, and players of all ages can try fun things like coordinating their own fireworks show over Sleeping Beauty's castle.

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Kids can explore at their own pace, and there are few timers or requirements. Even if you don’t have a Kinect, you can still enjoy the game, though some of the minigames are a little harder to play without motion controls.

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Minecraft Story Mode: The Complete Adventure

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $19.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If your child still can’t get enough of Minecraft, Minecraft Story Mode is a good choice.

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The single-player game follows the story of several characters within the Minecraft universe. Kids can choose what their character says and does, which will then influence how the story plays out.

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There are also brief sequences in which kids can explore and solve puzzles, often involving finding objects in an environment.

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Though it doesn’t contain the building and crafting elements of the original and the story may seem a little mundane to adults, this is a great option for kids who enjoy other Minecraft spin-off books and stories.

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Think choose-your-own-adventure here.

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You can check out our review of Minecraft Stories' first episode for more info. 

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Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $29.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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A wealth of familiar characters means there’s a lot to enjoy here for kids who love Pixar. Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure features characters and worlds from six well-known Pixar franchises ranging from Cars to Toy Story and Finding Nemo

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Kids can interact with their favorite characters and solve puzzles and challenges in each of the movies' worlds; they can also explore the worlds on their own, finding secrets and experiencing what it's like to be in a Pixar movie.

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The game supports local co-op, meaning two players can play on one console at the same time, making this a great choice for kids with siblings, but only one Xbox One. 

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $43.10
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If you grew up playing Crash Bandicoot, this Xbox One remake is a great way to introduce the kids in your life to a classic. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy collects the first three titles of the Crash Bandicoot series, which originally appeared on the first PlayStation.

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Each sees the titular Crash travels through lots of different levels to stop the evil Doctor Neo Cortex from taking over the world. Kids can blast through enemies, collect power-ups and points, and compete to see who can clear a level the fastest.

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The game is an extremely faithful reproduction and even provides a few updates to the original games, so if you enjoyed those, there's a lot to like here. 

Check out our N. Sane Trilogy review for more info. 

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LEGO Worlds

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $32.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If your kids are tired of Minecraft but looking for something in a similar vein, LEGO Worlds might be the next logical choice. 

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LEGO Worlds lets kids create their own LEGOego-style avatar and construct their own world brick by brick, just as they would with a regular LEGO set. Kids can also play with their friends in their own worlds via online play.

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After building a world, players can race in cars or ride fantastic creatures, populate their world with different characters, or look for buried treasure.

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While it doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of Mojang’s masterpiece, there are plenty of opportunities for creative kids to plan, build, and create anything they can think of right on their Xbox One. 

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Check out our LEGO Worlds review for more info. 

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Just Dance 2019

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Rated: Everyone
Price: $49.90
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Just like the previous games in the series, Just Dance 2019 includes a huge list of chart-topping songs that the kids in your life probably know better than you do.

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The game uses the Xbox One's camera capabilities to capture all your righteous dance moves for glorious in-game points. The closer you are to the suggested pose and the more in time you are, the higher your score climbs.

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At the end of the song, whoever has the most points wins.

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Up to four players can play at the same time, making this a great game for a party or event. The game uses the radio versions of the songs, meaning that most inappropriate words are censoredJust Dance 2019 comes out on October 23, just in time to make every kid's holiday wish lists. 

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There’s little doubt that the Xbox One is a great place to come for a variety of games. Whether you’re looking for a huge open-world adventure or mature storytelling, the Xbox One games library has something for everyone.

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But what if you’re looking for a game your kids can enjoy?

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Nintendo is often associated with games for kids, but the Big M has plenty of offerings for younger players. From a vast catalog of LEGO games to Rayman, Snoopy, and Crash Bandicoot, the Xbox One's library of kid-friendly games is no slouch. 

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As we head into the holiday season, you're sure to be on the lookout for games your kids can play during the Thanksgiving break or on Christmas. If that's what you're here for, keep clicking to see our roundup of the 10 best Xbox One games for kids ages 7-12.

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Best Android Games for Toddlers with No Ads or In-App Purchases https://www.gameskinny.com/vvqyn/best-android-games-for-toddlers-with-no-ads-or-in-app-purchases https://www.gameskinny.com/vvqyn/best-android-games-for-toddlers-with-no-ads-or-in-app-purchases Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:10:26 -0500 Ty Arthur

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With these 10 Android apps for toddlers, your little ones will have endless opportunities for both learning and fun. What did you think of our picks, and have you found any other excellent kids' apps with no ads or purchases? Let us know in the comments below!

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Still looking for more games to keep the kids occupied? We've got you covered with all the best kid apps and downloads across every platform:

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Rocket Speller Plus

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Download From Google Play Here

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The only Android app on this list that actually costs anything, you'll have to drop $1.99 for this spelling adventure totally free of ads or extra in-app purchases.

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The app tasks your toddler with trying to help an alien get his rocket back into space, but before the rocket can be fixed, he needs to spell some words with brightly colored pictures.

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The youngest toddlers may have trouble with it, but once they start figuring out letters, this is a great way to spend time with your little one learning how to spell.

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Sounds For Toddlers

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Download From Google Play Here

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Sort of like a digital version of those Baby's First... books that teach new concepts, this ad-free Android app features 65 pictures and 250 sounds to help learn how to sound out words.

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The app is super easy for toddlers to figure out, with sounds happening by a simple tap. Kids will learn sounds associated with everything from chickens to hammers and have a ton of fun doing it!

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Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer

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Download From Google Play Here

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Of all the Android games here, this one is probably the easiest for a toddler to pick up and play, and the adorable level design will keep even super young kids glued to the screen.

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There's no win condition and no way to lose -- kids just drag their fingers across the screen to move the mini swimmer fish across different environments.

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When he meets other creatures or obstacles, a short cut-scene happens. There's everything from getting fed by birds to opening treasure chests and having tea with whales.

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Pixel And Parker

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Download From Google Play Here

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Rather than a crazy tapfest, this Android app is more of an interactive storybook that lets you and your child decide where the story goes. It's essentially a choose-your-own-adventure book mixed with a board game, but in digital form on your phone.

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There are around 30 different choices to make as Parker and his cat Pixel go on adventures, and some fun digital trophies for your kids to earn as you read through the story. Toddlers and young children will have a blast trying to get all the possible combos!

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Toca Kitchen

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Download From Google Play Here

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Toddlers love playing with their food (as my poor kitchen floor can attest ...), and this Android app lets the little ones go hog wild in a digital kitchen!

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Kids can grab different types of food from the pantry, then pair them with a kitchen utensil, like a knife to chop, a pan for frying, or a pot for boiling. 

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There really aren't any rules and there's no way to lose, so this app is fun for toddlers who like to just tap wildly and don't quite know what they are doing yet.

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ABC Kids

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Download From Google Play Here

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While most of these apps are games first and learning tools second, ABC Kids flips that dynamic around, turning learning into a fun game.

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Toddlers will learn how to trace letters so they interact with the tablet more accurately, and of course the app focuses on the phonics sounds of how to use letters and turn them into words.

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The app also hides away the menu buttons so your kiddo won't accidentally go back to the main screen or bring up the list of recent apps while trying to trace letters. For little ones learning a tablet who don't know what the buttons do just yet, that's a huge asset.

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LEGO Duplo Train

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Download From Google Play Here

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Much like how a new LEGO entry seems to hit consoles every couple of months (from LEGO Ninjago to LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean and a gazillion Star Wars entries), there are dozens of LEGO Android apps that toddlers and kids could potentially try out. 

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Duplo Train is easily one of the best options for toddlers, with bright colors, easy gameplay, and a digital version of the classic train track toys that little kids love. There's some educational skill-building elements here as well, and best of all -- no ads for other games or purchases for extra pieces!

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LEGO Juniors Create And Cruise

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Download From Google Play Here

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You had to know this was one of the apps that was coming, right? Of course, there are LEGO adventures available on your Android tablet! 

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The Juniors Create And Cruise app is specifically aimed at the younger crowd, letting toddlers and kids swap out parts on LEGO people and construct simple objects to play with in pre-designed levels.

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The very simplistic design won't be much fun for adults or older kids, but toddlers getting the hang of things can have a ball figuring out how to construct vehicles, buildings, and people.

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PBS Kids Games

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Download From Google Play Here

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This Android app is actually 90 games instead of just one, so while there aren't any in-app purchases for this one, your kiddo can download more content and potentially fill up your tablet's memory, so be careful on that front.

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However, the huge range of games is the big draw here, with Sesame Street, tea parties, Cat In The Hat, space exploration, and much more all available for download. No matter what subject or style your toddler prefers, there will be something here every kid will love.

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Most of these Android games have a strong learning element, whether that's focused on math, basic problem and puzzle solving, or even spelling and sounds in any given entry.

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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Street

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Download From Google Play Here

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If you've got your own little toddler-monster who's obsessed with the residents of a certain famous street, then this app is destined to become a favorite. Expect to have to show them how it works a few times before they take off on their own, however. 

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The goal here is to get an upset monster to calm down, take some deep breaths, and think of what he can do instead of getting angry. After some problem solving, the monster will enact his plan of action and go play nicely with other friends from Sesame Street.

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As soon as your toddler realizes you're interested in what's on your tablet screen, you better believe they're suddenly going to be very interested in what's happening on your tablet screen, too.

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There's a bigger problem waiting for parents than just smudgy fingerprints or dropped phones, though. Once your toddler figures out how to open and play apps on your Android device, get ready for a flood of in-app purchases to destroy your bank account (or for your tablet to be cluttered with hundreds of new apps downloaded accidentally through full-screen ads).

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Luckily, there are Android apps out there specifically designed for the little ones that don't have any third-party ads -- or the pitfall of buying extra content -- making them perfect for keeping the toddlers occupied for an afternoon. Here we're rounding up 10 of the best Android apps for toddlers that can't rack up your bill through sneaky purchases or sear their eyeballs with pesky ads.

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Not only are these apps fun, but many of them are educational as well, and best of all, 9 out of 10 of these Android apps are totally free!

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10 Best PC Games for Kids in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/lo2nx/10-best-pc-games-for-kids-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/lo2nx/10-best-pc-games-for-kids-in-2017 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:00:01 -0500 ESpalding

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Yonder: The Cloud Chaser Chronicles

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Everywhere I've been on the internet while looking for great kids games of 2017, I've repeatedly seen Yonder: The Cloud Chaser Chronicles mentioned, and if you are familiar with the game, then you will know why.

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This beautiful adventure game focuses on exploration and crafting as its staple theme. There is no combat in the game, which makes it ideal for younger children and makes the game very relaxing and easy going. As you explore the island of Gemea, you befriend and train animals, gather fruit and resources, and then build your own farm to help generate food and resources for the inhabitants of the island.

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Yonder is out on Steam now for PC and also available on the PS4.

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Do your children play any of the games on this list? Maybe they play something else? If so, please let us know which games your children play so that we can check it out as well! 

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Ben 10

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Even though Ben 10 has just been released, it would be hard not to include it on a list of games for kids. From its humble beginnings as a kids cartoon, the Ben 10 franchise just keeps on growing! 

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This latest addition is an action-adventure game, and once again you play as Ben as you try to save the world from some of the series' most famous villains, including Queen Bee, Zombozo, and the Weatherheads. As usual, there are 10 alien creatures to transform into, so kids are going to enjoy exploring new abilities and the looks of these new forms.

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Ben 10 is currently available on Steam for PC and also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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Portal Knights

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So far, this list has been missing an RPG, so here comes Portal Knights to fill that spot. This sandbox action-RPG is fantastic for teaching kids about teamwork and team dynamics.

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In Portal Knights, you take on the role of a Warrior, Mage, or Ranger who must travel to different worlds to lots of different islands to combat the effects of the great Fracture. Each island is randomly generated and offers a variety of unique environments, creatures, and resources for crafting. The crafting and gathering side of things is a nod to Minecraft, while the look of some of the land and characters themselves are quite reminiscent of LEGO.

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This game caters very well to two types of players -- the first being younger players who will enjoy mining and crafting items as well as the farming aspect of the game; the second being older kids, who may enjoy a more in-depth combat system.

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Portal Knights is currently available on Steam for PC, but it is also available on PS4 and Xbox One.

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A Hat in Time

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Since its release in October, A Hat in Time has done incredibly well, gaining an overwhelmingly positive reception on Steam. Just from looking at the animation and storyline, you can see that this is a good game for kids! Plus, a game that has a kid as its main character is a nice way of getting kids interested in the game. If it weren't for a couple of cases of bad language, this game would have a universal rating.

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The game follows the adventures of a space-traveling little girl who has a love of hats. As she explores new worlds in order to retrieve some missing items, she gets to craft new hats with different abilities to help her out such as a witch's hat that allows her to cook potions.

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A Hat in Time is currently available on Steam for PC and Mac.

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Sonic Forces

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There have a number of Sonic releases this year, but for this list, we are recommending the most recent, Sonic Forces. The titular character has long been one of the characters associated with games, and kids love him! In this new game, you and Sonic have to save the world from Dr Eggman and a new villain called Infinite by bringing together an army to defeat them.

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Sonic Forces brings back the much-loved platforms mechanics from previous games as well as adding some 3D action in for good measure. One of the big drawing points of the game is the fact that players get to create their own character to join Sonic on his missions.

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The game is currently available on Steam for PC but is also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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Brawlout

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This little gem of an indie fighting game is a fun way of bringing the genre to kids. While consoles have had a cartoon-type fighter for many years, there don't seem to be many out on PC, so Brawlout is a welcomed addition. 

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The concept of a fighting game is pretty self-explanatory, but this game adds platforms to the mix, making the gameplay a bit more dynamic and fast-paced. Each character has its own unique playstyle such as a Nordic-looking Walrus-type character who uses ice attacks to freeze people in place or a  Porcupine character who uses electric shocks to stun.

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Brawlout is currently available on Steam for PC.

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Yooka Laylee

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As the cover slide suggested, Yooka Laylee was going to appear on this list somewhere. It was one of the most anticipated games of the year -- how could it not be?! All the beautiful animation and quirky characters make this very much suitable for kids.

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Of course, today's kids probably won't know about the game's predecessor, Banjo-Kazooie, so they will be going into it with no expectations or thinking that it has anything to live up to. Whether they just want to explore or go straight into collecting, this will keep kids occupied for ages. Younger players might have a little bit of trouble getting the hang of all the controls, but once they've mastered them, they will love playing this game!

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Yooka Laylee is available on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux and also available on PS4 and Xbox One.

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Cuphead

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What do you mean I can't include Cuphead on a list for kids? Alright, it isn't really suitable for younger kids, but I still think it is OK for older ones. I agree that it isn't an easy game. Having put in numerous hours and still not really gotten anywhere, I can attest to its difficulty, but as with anything, practice makes perfect and, yes, I think older kids can get to grips with it.

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The animation in the game is amusing and very well done, and if kids watch retro cartoons on certain kid's TV channels, there is nothing really that they haven't seen before.

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Cuphead is currently available on Steam for PC and also available on Xbox One.

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LEGO Worlds

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We couldn't have a list of great PC games for kids without having a building game on the list somewhere. Since the obvious one has been out for many years now, it couldn't be included, so we turn to the ultimate building franchise for this slide.

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LEGO Worlds was released at the beginning of the year and brings everything you'd expect from a LEGO building game. The game features an open world with procedurally generated environments that you can fully manipulate. Kids can build whatever they can imagine by either moving things brick by brick or by using a prefabricated building and then customizing it. 

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LEGO Worlds is currently available on Steam for PC as well as on PS4 and Xbox One.

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Snake Pass

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Released early in 2017 was beautiful physics-based puzzle-platformer Snake Pass from British developer Sumo Digital. In Snake Pass, you play as a snake called Noodle, and with the help of his hummingbird friend, Doodle, you need to move around various locations collecting gate gems to progress to the next level. That's it. The premise of the game is to collect items to move on.

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There are no enemies, no fighting, no dialogue, and no other characters to interact with. This makes it an ideal game for kids because they just get to complete the puzzles and get instant gratification in doing so. Yes, the movements might be a bit taxing for younger players, but once they start thinking like a slithering snake, it makes it easier to move.

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In addition to being available on PC via SteamSnake Pass is also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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2017 has been an amazing year for video games across all platforms, but with the likes of Destiny 2 and Assassins Creed: Origins being big hits with all the attention, it is sometimes hard to see which games released this year are suitable for children. 

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Kids this year have been spoilt for choice, both from AAA developers as well as indies. Whether it is platformers or puzzlers, there have been some great titles released this year for younger gamers. 

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Being a parent of young children, I know what kinds of games my kids and their friends like, so based on this, I have selected 10 PC games that I think your kids will love as well. These are games that will test and excite younger and older kids alike, so there is something for everyone!

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Top 7 Xbox One Games for Kids in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/iposo/top-7-xbox-one-games-for-kids-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/iposo/top-7-xbox-one-games-for-kids-in-2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:38:45 -0500 Stephanie Tang

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That's it!

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I'll admit, it was some tricky hunting because many of the really good family-friendly games available on Xbox One (or at least the ones that I knew!) just weren't ones that came out this year. 

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What other titles do you think should have made the list, and is it a travesty that I couldn't think of them first? Let me know!

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JUST DANCE 2018

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Released October 24, 2017

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Be you man, woman, child, or dancing panda, this is the get-up-and-dance game for you -- no questions asked.

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Following in the grand tradition of highly rated rhythm music games, Just Dance 2018 brings you a mind-blowing selection of American Top 40 chart toppers and mixes them in with the super-fun choice of bopping out to K-Pop. Just to make partying even easier, new to 2018, there's an entire section dedicated entirely to kids with a selection of songs both new and old. 

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This game is a must if you like loud music, foolish dance moves, and posting videos of your kids grooving to 24K Magic by Bruno Mars on Snapchat. 

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The Disney Afternoon Collection

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Released April 18, 2017

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With this release you technically six games for the price of one!

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If we're being completely honest with ourselves, it's the adults and not the kids who are are boosting the customer ratings for The Disney Afternoon Collection sky-high. Many of these were originally released on the NES and have long since passed into the realm of classic gaming. 

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One more grasp at the nostalgia train, these games have been updated a little to adapt to the change in controllers but don't do much else -- essentially giving you a polished and functional emulator without the frustration of setting it up. It definitely beats rummaging the NES out of the closet and hunting up old connector cables just to bring a more 80s/90s arcade feel back into the living room this season.  

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Besides, if your kids are cartoon buffs, this collection can't be missed. 

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

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Released November 14, 2017

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Hot off the press and following in the footsteps of critically acclaimed LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, this game is bursting at the seams with over 200 different comic book characters in the base game alone, with even more promised in upcoming character packs. 

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 answers the eternal question, What's a little time travel between friends? ... and then proceeds to answer a few more. What happens when Spider-Man meets Spider-Gwen? What happens when he runs smack into Spider-Man 2099? Why doesn't Tony Stark like Asgardian vol-au-vents? 

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Charming, cute, occasionally frustrating, and challenging to 100% complete, this game is a must for the kid who needs to stay occupied this holiday season. 

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

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Released March 7, 2017

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Here's another one that feels like it's just barely squeaking into the list on a technicality -- but I have a soft spot in my soul for crossovers of almost any sort, and the Marvel vs. Capcom series has managed to evolve somewhat since my first taste of it on the Dreamcast. 

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in particular has been lauded for improving on gameplay issues present in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and for a better online experience in general. Every holiday season needs at least one game that can be played with a friend -- and what better way than to see how you fare pitting cat girl Felicia against web-slinging Spider-Man? 

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Bright, flashy, and pretty fun to watch even if you're not the one with your hands on the controller, this is a great way to get into a more visually appealing fighting game without the extra violence and gore factor of, say, Mortal Kombat

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LEGO Worlds

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Released March 7, 2017

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Following in the footsteps of the Minecraft global phenomenon, LEGO Worlds dumps its usual legacy of traditional story-driven premises so that players can do with bricks what LEGO players do best -- build whatever they want!

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This one's a bit interesting because it attempts to blend the fun of adventuring through a million different procedurally generated 3D worlds in a spaceship with the fun of being the omnipotent overlord of creation. Admittedly, a somewhat clunky interface gets in the way of a purely fun and frustration-free play experience, but it is a fantastic way to challenge a kid's creativity. 

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Whether you approach a problem by puzzling through the available quest or simply by deleting the walls that stand between you and the objective, the possibilities are actually limitless. 

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I Am Bread

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Released: Jan 20, 2017

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Your mission ... to become toast! Ridiculous, over-the-top simulation games with a rather cavalier attitude towards the laws of physics might be a little played out by now, but the holidays are coming on fast, and there's something to be said for a game that does best with an audience and active commentary. 

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It might be cheating a little to include I Am Bread on the list since it initially appeared on PC and other consoles way back in 2015 and only made the jump to Xbox One early this year. Certainly it hasn't garnished rave reviews in its time on PC, but this charming little slice of silliness was never intended to match up against triple-A titles. 

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What it does have going for it is a history of gut-bustingly funny Let's Plays (see Markiplier's attempts to play it for further proof), and if you've got the right crowd around you, it's bound to keep you guys talking and shouting out suggestions. 

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Sonic Mania

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Released: August 15, 2017

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I'll be the first to admit that I live my life with one foot permanently stuck on the nostalgia train. Almost any new game featuring this spiky blue hedgehog is bound to bring me back to my early days sneaking a few hours on my cousin's Genesis. But I'll also be the first to admit that many of the newer iterations of Sonic the Hedgehog, particularly attempts at 3D Sonic, just aren't memorable in quite the same way. 

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Sonic Mania is a nostalgic trip back to the side-scrolling Genesis years. Is it a cash grab and blatant nostalgia pandering? Eh, probably. It's certainly not perfect, but it is handily one of the best updated iterations of a 90s game that we've seen to date. 

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Besides, you have excellent on-the-surface gameplay, just enough of a balance between challenge and frustration, plus a golden opportunity ahead of the upcoming Ready Player One movie release to give your kids a glimpse at how fun an "old" game can be.

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What a year! 

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There have been tons of games that hit real and virtual store shelves all throughout 2017, and the time for a yearly roundup is nigh. With so many titles bridging that gap between "made for kids" and "games that adults still want to play if they've got kids around," it's been a great year for family-friendly titles.

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Admittedly, many of the biggest kid-friendly titles have graced the Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and PlayStation 4 platforms as exclusives, but there have still been a fair number of games that make an Xbox One plenty worthwhile this year.

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Let's have a look at some of them!

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(Note: This article specifically focuses on games that were released this year, so a number of great games that would probably make top gifting lists such as Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Minecraft: Story Mode just don't feature.)

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Header image courtesy of Xbox One UK

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10 Best Kid Friendly Xbox One Games In 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/legzb/10-best-kid-friendly-xbox-one-games-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/legzb/10-best-kid-friendly-xbox-one-games-in-2017 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:26:13 -0400 Ty Arthur

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When it comes to games aimed at the family playing together, there's no shortage on the media-rich Xbox One console. These 10 are only a few of many kid-focused games available in 2017. 

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What did you think of our list, and what E-rated games would you recommend we try out with our kids this year? Let us know if you pick up any of the titles on this list and tell us what your children thought!

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The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure

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Think of a side scrolling platform game like Mario, add in the Peanuts characters, and simplify for it the 6 - 8 year olds. You've exactly got Snoopy's Grand Adventure. Typically with movie-branded titles like this you aren't expecting anything too amazing, but the level design and fun factor here is well worth it.

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Just Dance 2017

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  • Release Date: October 25, 2016
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A new year means a new Just Dance entry (and a rare Kinect release). With this game, you can get your kids off the couch and exercising while they unlock achievements and have fall-down-laughing fun with their friends!

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Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

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Diving into the traditional Zelda style with wild abandon, Oceanhorn is one of only a handful of games on the Xbox One that provides that classic Nintendo atmosphere. There are monsters and sword-swinging on this one, so it may not be for all families. But the violence is kept fairly abstract without any blood, and the cutesy style is more aimed at kids than adults.

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Rime

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  • Release Date: May 26, 2017
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Due out next month, this adventure game will scratch a somewhat similar itch as the much-lauded Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, but without having to buy a Nintendo Switch.

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This cartoon stylized title has the player exploring open landscapes and solving puzzles to advance to new areas -- using music, lighting, and perspectives to find clues on how to open up locations.

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Fruit Ninja Kinect 2

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Although some mini-games get added in this time around, for the most part there's no complicated mechanics or gameplay to learn in this Kinect classic sequel.

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Even the youngest ones can stand in front of the screen and wave their arms at waves of fruit. Get some competitive spirit going between family members as you see who can slice and dice the most pears, strawberries, and pineapples in the shortest time -- while throwing some cardio into the evening!

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Minecraft Xbox One Edition

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The popularity of this game just never seems to fade, with the title landing on nearly every single platform out there in one version or another. The graphics are incredibly simplistic and there's not much in the way of combat, so it's a good fit for the younger crowd.

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There's a lot going on beneath the surface however, with many mechanics to learn as a player figures out how to build things and craft objects. This can be an excellent learning experience for the kiddos and tons of fun for the parents to help out with as well.

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A ton of skin packs are also available so you can tailor the Minecraft experience to whatever your child prefers -- from Power Rangers to Star Wars to fantasy landscapes.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

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While the original Plants vs. Zombies game was a puzzle title, this action-packed spinoff is basically a kid's version of adult shooters like Call Of Duty. While there is some comic violence here, overall the game is much more on the cute and funny side that's appropriate for anyone 10+ or so.

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Rather than a soldier, Garden Warfare 2 puts the player in the role of a living sunflower trying to save the neighborhood from bumbling zombies who can't manage to do anything quite right. To tell if this scenario is right for your kids, check out some gameplay footage below.

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Skylanders Imaginators

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  • Release Date: October 16, 2016
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After the sad demise of Disney Infinity, the toys-to-life genre is less crowded these days -- with Skylanders stepping in to take the lead. Combining figurine collecting with digital gaming, Skylanders lets you buy new physical characters that can then be used in-game, as well as adding in the ability for players to create their own unique characters.

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LEGO Worlds

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  • Release Date: March 7, 2017
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If your kids loved the LEGO Movie (or just love playing with LEGOs), this sandbox title is essentially a LEGO-branded version of the Minecraft experience, letting your kid build whatever their imagination comes up with. They can also play randomized levels if they don't feel like building their own. 

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Yooka-Laylee

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  • Release Date: May 26, 2017
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For parents who have fond memories of playing brightly colored platformers like Banjo-Kazooie, Crash Bandicoot, or Spyro The Dragon, you'll be having a nostalgia trip watching your own children dive into the adorable Yooka-Laylee.

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There's no question that the gaming medium has evolved way past its origins as a pastime primarily for children. While most games these days are aimed at adults or teens, the little ones aren't entirely neglected -- as you'll see with these 10 games.

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There are plenty of titles released each year that specifically avoid objectionable content that might result in some awkward questions for parents who aren't quite ready for those kinds of conversations just yet.

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Here we are rounding up some of the best Xbox One games available in 2017 that are family-friendly but don't lose any of the fun factor.

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Sadly, the Kinect bombed on this console iteration and the promise of a healthy lineup of improved motion games wasn't delivered on, so there's not a lot left in the way of games that make your kids get up and move while playing.

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Only a handful of Kinect Xbox One games were released, and we'll cover two of them here that are still fun for the little ones. But for the most part these will be more traditional on-the-couch games mostly free of violence or any sort of adult situations.

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5 Kid's Cartoons That Should Have Mainstream Video Game Adaptations https://www.gameskinny.com/emk5d/5-kids-cartoons-that-should-have-mainstream-video-game-adaptations https://www.gameskinny.com/emk5d/5-kids-cartoons-that-should-have-mainstream-video-game-adaptations Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Damien Smith

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And there you have it, 5 Kid's Cartoons That Should Have Mainstream Video Game Adaptations. From platformers of favourites like Ben and Holly, Lily's Driftwood Bay and Team Umizoomi, to a zany light-hearted racing game of Jungle Junction to a point and click adventure of Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

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If these games were to exist they there would truly be one for everyone in the family to enjoy.

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What are your thoughts on our list? What kid's shows do you think would make great games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Team Umizoomi

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The last entry on the list is Team Umizoomi, an educational show that primarily focuses on the learning of numbers. The show generally takes place in a certain part of Umi City, where the three miniature heroes, Milly, Geo and Bot must embark on a mission to help someone.

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The characters each have their own special abilities to help them overcome obstacles throughout the missions. For example, Milly can change the design on her dress into various patterns to figure out the best way of dealing with a specific obstacle. She can also increase the size of the ribbons on her head turning them into measuring tapes.

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Geo has the ability to create and split shapes, allowing him to make specific things, like in one episode he makes a pirate and in another a space rocket. Bot has a radar, extending arms, a laser and even a comms system, giving him many uses throughout the series.

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With the abilities of the three characters along with the many locations and adventure they embark on, it would be a perfect cartoon to turn into a platformer where the player has to use each of the characters to get past various obstacles. Something in a similar fashion to the powers found in Rayman or Spyro the Dragon.

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Jake and the Neverland Pirates

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The adventures of Jake and his merry buccaneers really are a perfect choice for a video game. With many famous characters from the childhoods of all generations including Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Mr Smee it is something that everyone could enjoy. Even more so than any of the other titles here on this list.

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While it would make an excellent platformer I wanted to mix things up a bit as I feel that it would make an equally as engaging point and click adventure, and an educational one at that for the kids. In the show, Jake and his gang often come across obstacles they must overcome in order to progress in their adventures.

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That is a concept that isn't so different from that of a point and click adventure. In such games, the player is met with all forms of puzzles that they must figure out in order to progress in the game. If Jake was to be made into a game using the same concept but with sensible and easy to follow puzzles for a young audience, I reckon it would be fun for everyone.

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Perhaps the best approach would be like Day of the Tentacle where the player controls each of the three characters individually.

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Lily's Driftwood Bay

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Next up on the list is the imaginative show about a little girl who uses her imagination to bring characters to life, and create her own adventures based on the "treasures" she finds on the beach. As if the concept wasn't unique enough, the art style of the show is wonderfully creative and one of a kind.

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With a range of characters such as the sailor Salty Dog, the dimwitted yet strong Bulldozer Bull and the noble Lord Stag just to name a few, there are tonnes of personality running throughout the show.

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There really is few limits to the plot of each episode of the show due to it revolving around Lily's imagination. Between its creativity and unique art style and characters, it really would make an excellent platformer game. It would surely be an adventure of hilarity and mishaps, that could be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Jungle Junction

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Every time I watch Jungle Junction, I think about how it could be made into an awesome racing game. Something along the lines of Mario Kart or Crash Team Racing. A zany, over the top, cartoony, light-hearted racing game to match the show's cast of characters.

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The show's characters include Bungo the inventive and sometimes over-exaggerative bunny, Taxi Crab, the dancing and juggling loving, smoothy making crab and Zooter the speedy yet naive pig just to name a few of them.

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It wouldn't need to be a complex racing game, just something simple with an array of racing tracks featuring areas from the show and some special abilities like in the other games named above. Those features added in with the colourful characters and you have one hell of a funky and fun experience.

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Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

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As sad as it may be for a grown man to admit he likes a small kids cartoon, I have to say I have grown fond of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. With its large array of varying characters each with their own personalities and flaws, there is no shortage of moments that you can't help but chuckle, no matter what your age.

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The reasoning for me chose it as a title that would make a good game is due to its near limitless possibilities. Ben and Holly is a series that have pretty much everything in it. Fairies, Elves, Gnomes, Dwarves, Big People (Humans), Santa, friendly aliens from a planet called Bong and a giant fish called Big Bad Barry that eats the elves boats, just to name some.

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With the show's art design and general nature, it would make a wonderful platformer game. While I would prefer for it to be a 3D, I feel it would be better suited as a 2D platformer. If a game was made, you can be sure it would have plenty of hilarious moments in a world where anything is possible.

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Since my childhood, kid's TV cartoon series' have come a long way. The likes of Loony Toons, Tom & Jerry, Casper The Friendly Ghost, and many more of my favourites are rarely seen in this day and age. The kid's channels are now full of new and modern cartoons that cater for the current generation.

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While a lot of today's kid's "entertainment" is nothing more than cringeworthy in my opinion, there are a few out there that I genuinely think are good. Not only that but I feel they would be great video games that the entire family could enjoy.

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Therefore, today we are going to take a look at 5 Kid's Cartoons That Should Have Mainstream Video Game Adaptations, and why they would make a good game along with what genres would suit them.

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5 Kid's Games That Adults Can Shamelessly Love https://www.gameskinny.com/6uaxe/5-kids-games-that-adults-can-shamelessly-love https://www.gameskinny.com/6uaxe/5-kids-games-that-adults-can-shamelessly-love Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:02:17 -0400 Janiece Sebris

Most gamers have probably had the unfortunate opportunity of defending their love of gaming when a stranger, friend or relative asks, "Why do you play those? Video games are for children." We all have our own retorts for these comments, some of which include eye rolling, fake smiling, and inwardly combusting.

This list will not help the collective cause. Nevertheless, here is a list of the five kid's games that some adults (this one) shamelessly love to play. 

1. Talking Tom Gold Run

Released in the summer of this year by Outfit7, Talking Tom Gold Run came from the same developer who brought us Talking Tom and the eventual spin-offs featuring MyTalking Angela. The developer's endless runner featuring Tom and Angela, although aimed at children, is pretty standard when it comes to controls, art and music. The game's premise is to chase after a racing raccoon when the animal fiend steals the player's gold. While running, players must avoid obstacles like oncoming vehicles or bodies of water. The controls are easy enough for a child to use, but the real appeal to play the game for this adult are the quaint graphics and comprehensible goals. Talking Tom Gold Run is available on the App Store, Google Play and Microsoft. 

2. My PlayHome

If you've spent a significant amount of time babysitting, working at a pre-school or being the parent to small children at all, then you probably have come in contact with the My PlayHome app world. The franchise first started with the namesake app where players could control a nuclear family of two parents and three children in a home with five rooms and one backyard. Now the app's world encompasses a school, town, and hospital. The app is essentially like Sims for pre-schoolers. MyPlayHome is available in the App Store and Google Play

3. Lego Jurassic World

Like many of the Lego video games released, Lego Jurassic World allows players to explore the worlds of famous film franchises while solving puzzles unique to the game. In this particular game, players can explore the worlds of all four Jurassic films. While an adult placing a Lego game on her wish list might be cause for concern, there are many reasons to play a Lego game as an adult, many of which could be tackled in an entire article. For one, Lego games are packed with humor sometimes lost on children. Playing the games as an adult is a chance to capture some of that corny goodness. Lego Jurassic World is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and other platforms.

4. Pix the Cat

While some might not consider Pix the Cat by developer PastaGames to be strictly a child's game, it is for the purpose of this list. Pix the Cat is a simple game to tackle, with its premise being to rescue helpless ducklings. Players have to keep up as the game's flashy and seemingly infinite levels become increasingly difficult. Adults can enjoy this game for the sheer nostalgia that it provides. With reminiscence of Pac Man and Snake, Pix the Cat is fun at any age. Pix the Cat is available for PlayStation 4 and PC.

5. Hungry Shark Evolution

The game Hungry Shark Evolution allows players to take on the persona of a hungry shark, devouring whatever edible, or non-edible, creature crosses its path. With 4.3 million likes on Facebook, it's obvious that the fans of this game are not all children. (The fact that I first heard about the game from my 6-year-old nephew is beside the point.) The game allows players to unlock different sharks and survive by eating. Hungry Shark Evolution is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Guilty pleasure games run amok within our community, some of them being marketed to children. All-in-all, games are games. Setting objectionable elements and serious games aside, most games are meant to be entertaining and a way to escape. Whether you're escaping to The Mushroom Kingdom or New Bordeaux shouldn't matter. 

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5 Games for kids you may have overlooked, but probably shouldn't https://www.gameskinny.com/vqcvg/5-games-for-kids-you-may-have-overlooked-but-probably-shouldnt https://www.gameskinny.com/vqcvg/5-games-for-kids-you-may-have-overlooked-but-probably-shouldnt Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:00:59 -0400 Tobbpitt

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A Boy and His Blob

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Gamers who played games during the NES era may remember the original A Boy and His Blob being a difficult game. This newer re-imagining with modern, cute visuals and more forgiving gameplay is easier than the original and an overall fun and uplifting experience for kids to boot.

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This side-scrolling platformer game lets kids transform their blob and use the environment to make it past obstacles and deal with enemies, while having a dedicated button on the controller to give the blob a hug at any time.

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This game is one of the more difficult games on the list, as its difficulty does slowly ramp up. Bosses can be difficult for children and adults alike, but resuming play after a death is quick and players do not lose much progress at all during the process.

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There are no inappropriate themes in A Boy and His Blob and violence is minimal. The primary focus of this game is the puzzles and platforming. It may be too difficult for children below the age of 8.

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LEGO Marvel's Avengers

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The LEGO games are some of the most kid-friendly on the market because of their focus on cooperation, simple puzzle solving, and usage of popular franchises. This is one of your best bets if you want a co-op game to play with a child age 6+.

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LEGO Marvel's Avengers is the largest of the PlayStation 4 LEGO games, packing a full hub world and a ton of levels themed after Marvel's Avengers comics and movies.

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While this and and the other LEGO franchise games on all consoles can be played 1-player, they are most fun co-op. Couch multiplayer takes the game much further than playing alone, especially with such a large pool of Marvel characters to choose from -- each with their own special ability and playstyle.

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There is some minor comedic violence in this title as it is a puzzle and combat oriented superhero game, but there is nothing inappropriate here for young ages. This may be the most expensive game on the list, but it is also the largest in terms of content.

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Tearaway Unfolded

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Price: $19.99
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Tearaway was once a PlayStation Vita exclusive. Its migration to the PlayStation 4 with the title Tearaway Unfolded opened this wonderful little title up to a broader market, and it's a gem for kids and adults alike.

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This stylized 3D platformer goes above and beyond in both its papercraft graphical style and use of the PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 controller's motion controls. Every moment is oozing with fun and creativity sure to delight kids of most age groups.

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Tearaway Unfolded's platforming and exploration are accessible for younger children, especially with the special controller usage such as the ability to control gusts of wind with its touchpad and use the sensor like a flashlight.

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There is no offensive content found in Tearaway Unfolded, and kids who are particularly into the game can download and print papercrafts with directions to make their own in real life.

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Costume Quest 2 

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Price: $14.99
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A short Halloween-theme RPG, Costume Quest 2 is a great introductory RPG for kids around age 8 and above.

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Costume Quest 2 follows Wren and Reynold on their quest to save Halloween from the maniacal Dr. Orel White, all the while completing quests, obtaining new costumes, and collecting candy. Costumes transform the characters during battle, making them both fun and useful.

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Much of the fun in this game lays in the theme. There are plenty of varied costumes to be seen and the dialogue and quests are appropriate and funny.

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There is cartoon-esque violence during combat in Costume Quest 2, but no malicious violence nor blood. It may be set during Halloween, but it's a fun ride for kids no matter the time of year.

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Hohokum

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Price: $14.99
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Hohokum is a unique and colorful puzzle adventure game set in a dream-like universe that begs players to explore. With no obvious goals, kids can control kite-like Long Mover and float through the game's strange landscapes while interacting with its friendly inhabitants at their own pace.

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The game's developers liken it to a gigantic playground, and it does a very good job of being just that. Kids can float through Hohokum's surreal landscapes without any pressure to progress through the game's puzzles, which are often simply completed by drifting from one landscape to the next. There are less obvious puzzles, but the primary focus here is on exploration.

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There is no offensive content in Hohokum. Violence in this game is at an absolute minimum.

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There are so many games out there these days it can be hard to find just the right ones to get your kids without having them tell you directly. This is especially the case when sifting through the PlayStation 4 library -- there's so much to go through and a game's graphics do not always indicate their demographic.

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The five games listed here are some of the best young kid-friendly titles on the PlayStation Store today, though they are certainly not the only ones. Each one mentioned here has its own type of gameplay and challenges without inappropriate themes nor excessive violence, and all but one are affordably priced under $20 for the parent on a budget.

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Best mobile games based on your Kids favorite movies https://www.gameskinny.com/bq6u2/best-mobile-games-based-on-your-kids-favorite-movies https://www.gameskinny.com/bq6u2/best-mobile-games-based-on-your-kids-favorite-movies Sun, 20 Dec 2015 08:35:39 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

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Disney's Cinderella Free Fall

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Play as young Ella with her animal friends Gus and Jacqueline by completing over 100 levels of making matches with butterfly jewels on the game board. Each level has a move limit and a different requirement, from earning points to collect large quantities of gems, and more.

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Available on iOS, Windows, Amazon apps, and Android.
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I hope these great games satisfy your little one's gaming craves!

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LEGO: Harry Potter Years 1-4

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Relive the world of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter by taking control of the LEGO renditions of Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they make their way through their first four years at Hogwarts. Explore, play puzzles, and duel in this mobile version of the PC and console game.

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  • Encounter Aragog and Voldemort
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This game is available for $4.99 on the mobile app store.

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Disney's Frozen Free Fall

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  • Google: 4.5/5 - ‎1,287,058 votes
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  • Amazon: 4.2/5 - ‎8,824 reviews
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Enjoy a puzzle matching adventure in the Kingdom of Arendelle. Play as the memorable Elsa, Olaf, Anna, and more while sliding gems to create matches of three or more like-symbols, destroying ice crystals, and earning points to complete each level’s goals.

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Available on iOS, Windows, Amazon apps, and Android.
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qInside Out Thought Bubbles

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Relive all the emotions of Inside Out's delightful characters in this "shoot and match" memory game. Play as Riley’s emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness in over 125 levels. The game features multiple themed areas from the film, including Family Island, Dream Productions, and Imagination Land.

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  • Journey through Brain Freezes and Brain Storms
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Available on iOS, Android, Amazon apps, and Windows.
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Minions Paradise

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Create a tropical paradise for the Minions after Phil ruins their cruise and strands them on a chain of islands. Complete quests by constructing buildings and sending the Minions to complete tasks around them. Collect coconuts from a palm tree, or even bamboo from a bamboo grove to craft into building materials. Send minions to play various mini-games like Fishing Frenzy: help a Minion jump over obstacles as it 'alligator skis' (water skis) around the island.

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Available on iOS and Android.
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Peanuts: Snoopy's Town Tale

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Celebrate the holiday season with Snoopy and his pals. Become the new kids in the neighborhood and help Snoopy build the town from the comic, including Charlie Brown's house. Many buildings and decorations can generate resources to be used in crafting recipes to create new items. Complete the quests and earns tons of rewards.

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Available on iOS and Android.
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Despicable Me: Minion Rush

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Gru’s loyal minions need to collect exotic fruit to make jelly. Play the game by controlling a minion, either Dave, Carl, or Jerry, in fun, fast-paced challenges. Jump, roll, dodge, and scramble against other players. Encounter secret areas, boss fights, power-ups, ride Gru’s rocket, destroy things as the 'Mega Minion,' or collect fruit while riding the Fluffy Unicorn.

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Available on iOS and Android.
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Disney-Pixar's The Good Dinosaur: Dino Crossing

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Join Arlo, a young Apatosaurus, and a young human boy named Spot as they travel throughout the world. Help them survive against the environment and other inhabitants by tapping on the screen to move; similar to Frogger. Tap on the screen to make Arlo or Spot move forward one line in the world, and swipe to move their character left, right, or backward to avoid obstacles or collect berries.

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Available on iOS, Amazon app store, and Android.
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If you're looking for great mobile games for your little ones, here are some suggestions based on their favorite films. From Disney-Pixar's The Good Dinosaur to Disney's Cinderella, to the Minions!

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Kids will benefit from the memory matches and timed levels to enhance their problem solving skills. This is important as they will learn to develop critical thinking skills and strong memorization. It won't feel like they are busy on a boring educational tutorial, since these games are plain fun. Plus, the games are guaranteed to keep them occupied on a long car ride or on a trip shopping.

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These games are available on Windows, iOS, Amazon apps, and/or Android devices, and most are free (unless indicated).

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Skylanders: SuperChargers shopping guide https://www.gameskinny.com/osoz0/skylanders-superchargers-shopping-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/osoz0/skylanders-superchargers-shopping-guide Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:31:22 -0400 Addison Blu

Skylanders: SuperChargers offers hours of fun on its own, but you need certain vehicles and characters to get the most out of the game. For everything Skylanders, Amazon.com has the most products and the most competitive pricing, and the links will take you to product pages.

Here is a shopping guide for the essential figurines to buy to have the most fun possible with Skylanders: SuperChargers!

The Portal

If you bought the game alone, you need a portal and characters in order to even play. The portal is a peripheral that plugs into your console and tells it which figurines you have when you place them on the portal. Without a portal, your characters are unusable.

That said, don't buy the game without a portal.

The Skylanders: SuperChargers Starter Pack with a portal starts new around $49.99 on Amazon.com and the portal runs about $5-$10 alone.

Vehicles

We'll actually start with the vehicles because, in SuperChargers, there are areas of the maps you can't enter without certain types of vehicles. The three types of vehicles are land, sea, and sky, and you'll want to have at least one of each.

Hot Streak

Hot streak actually comes in the starter packs for both Xbox and PlayStation, so this should be easy to come by. Hot Streak is a land vehicle, which you'll need to play the majority of the game.

If you bought the game without the starter pack figurines, that's okay: you can still buy Hot Streak separately online.

Whether you get Hot Streak or not, you will need a land vehicle to even play the main storyline! This is why a land vehicle comes in the starter pack.

The reason Hot Streak is so essential is that it goes perfectly with Spitfire, another one of the main starter figurines. Spitfire is cool, easy to play, and improves Hot Streak's features.

Hot Streak comes in the Starter Pack at no additional cost, but if you want to buy it separately, it can cost anywhere from $14 out of the package to $29 new.

Dive Bomber

Tons of the side missions in Skylanders: SuperChargers require a sea vehicle, and Dive Bomber is the most basic sea vehicle you can get. Dive Bomber matches up with the figurine Dive-Clops for maximum coolness, and since they've both been out since launch, you can find them all over the place.

Sea and sky vehicles can't be purchased in starter sets, so look for them individually to round out your collection. Dive Bomber runs new for the standard $14.99 price point.

Sky Slicer
 

Just like sea vehicles, sky vehicles are required to play certain side quests, but not to finish the main storyline. Sky Slicer matches up with a main pilot, the Skylander Stormblade, and has also been available since launch as the go-to sky vehicle.

For about $14.99 you can get Sky Slicer as a standalone.

SuperChargers Drivers

For the three main vehicles, we have three main drivers that pump up the appearance and stats for their matching vehicles. Here they are:

Spitfire (matches Hot Streak)

Spitfire comes free with the Starter Pack, but costs much more individually at around $29 online.

Dive-Clops (matches Dive Bomber)

Dive-Clops doesn't come in the Starter Pack, but you can add him to the collection for about $15.

Stormblade (matches Sky Slicer)

Another non-starter character, Stormblade can be added to your team for about $15.

Elemental Types

So you've got a land, sea, and sky vehicle, and you can play almost any of the fun missions the game has to offer. There's still more you can do to maximize in-game rewards and play various missions in new ways with advantages that matter at higher difficulties.

Since getting the absolute most out of Skylanders: SuperChargers means owning one of every element type for both Skylanders and vehicles, let me put it all out there for you!

  • Magic
  • Tech
  • Earth
  • Air
  • Water
  • Life
  • Light
  • Dark
  • Undead
  • Fire

Even though vehicles would intuitively be labeled Earth, Air, and Water to correspond with land, sea, and sky, this is not always the case. For example, the vehicle Stealth Stinger is an air vehicle, but its element type is Life. Eventually you'll be able to collect vehicles of every element as well as every type.

Also, there are some vehicles that have the same element and type as another vehicle. What this means for you: not every new figurine purchase will diversify your collection!

For example, you could buy both Hot Streak and Burn Cycle, but neither one of them would add new content or rewards. They're both land vehicles with a Fire element. Of course, they will play differently, have different stats, and look totally unique, but they fill the same role for your collection.

Bundles

Bundles are a great way to expand your collection quickly. The Starter Pack is the best bundle to start with, but a few of the others will save you money over adding individual character figurines.

  • Triple Pack #1 saves you about $15 (costs $30 for 3 figurines)
  • Dual Pack #2 costs about $5 less than solo pieces (spend $25 for two)

Some bundles cost more than buying a couple individual characters, but these bundles offer special trophies, tracks, and characters that can't be bought alone:

Pace Yourself

Don't try to buy all the SuperChargers at once. Start with getting at least a land, sea, and sky vehicle. Then, try to buy one of each SuperCharger element type.

Also, some of the most fun and unique SuperChargers aren't even out yet, and their release dates haven't been set. If you spend your whole Skylanders budget on the existing figurines, you'll be out of luck when a better option comes out!

Sources suspect that the next wave of figurines, Wave 3, will be released in December 2015 for the Christmas rush!

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Two New Board Games from Catan Publishers https://www.gameskinny.com/mf6t9/two-new-board-games-from-catan-publishers https://www.gameskinny.com/mf6t9/two-new-board-games-from-catan-publishers Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:38:49 -0500 Rachael Johnston

Mayfair Games, the publishers of Settlers of Catan, have announced two new board games available for preorder now. While Catan is Mayfair's flagship game, with a prolific library of editions and expansions, the company does regularly introduce new IPs to the market.

Extra! Extra!

Extra! Extra! puts players in the journalism world by creating their own newspaper, each with its own specialty. Players use limited resources to grab attention from their rival papers (other players) by grabbing the right headlines and photos that help sell papers.

Winning requires strategies for managing everything from headlines and reporters to advertising and money. Players construct their newspaper layout to complete the issue as quickly as possible, but the winner will have the most complete paper with the best stories. 

The game is designed for ages 12+, 2-6 players, and about 90-120 minutes of playtime. Extra! Extra! will be available March 30 and is available now for preorder for $65.

Flea Market

Flea Market is a dice game where players delve into a flea market to see what treasures they can find. As a buyer's agent, each player's goal is to buy cheap and sell for a big profit. First player to earn $45 wins. 

The game is designed for ages 8+, 3-5 players, and about 30 minutes of playtime. Flea Market will be available in late February and is also available now for preorder for $21.

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Having Trouble Sleeping? Pick Up 40 Winks https://www.gameskinny.com/2x73i/having-trouble-sleeping-pick-up-40-winks https://www.gameskinny.com/2x73i/having-trouble-sleeping-pick-up-40-winks Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:47:52 -0400 Jade Arsenault

When it came to choosing my least favorite video game, I had plenty of game considerations. I could say Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for the GBA, which I hated because of the needlessly complicated solo card game style of the game. I could say Sonic DX: Director's Cut, for its lack of plot and allowing itself to fall back on the addicting cuteness of the Chao Gardens. Or I could say Duke Nukem, for existing. Aside from the latter, however, these are games I came to genuinely enjoy, whether it be for the movement of the plot like KH, or raising small blue blobs like Director's Cut. So no, I could never make them my least favorite game.

But wait.

One game with few redeeming qualities comes to mind, by the name of 40 Winks. Never heard of it? Don't worry, I can assure you, you didn't miss out on anything but confusion and aggravation.

40 Winks is exclusively a Playstation 1 production. There was a version planning to be released for the Nintendo 64, but was cancelled last minute. This game is, I can only assume, targeting younger kids to get them into gaming. The idea itself is great, unfortunately the game aimed to bring gaming to the younger masses is not. The entire thing is far too childish for any kid old enough to pick up a controller and actually play a game.

Here's the storyline: A set of twins, Ruff and Tumble, are being sent to bed by their mother, and they aren't particularly pleased about it. The mother tells them a bedtime story about Winks, who only appear at night while everyone is asleep. An old insomniac named Nitekap, who looks and acts suspiciously like Ebenezer Scrooge, takes his anger and lack of sleep out on the Winks, capturing them and turning them into Hood-Winks. Hood-Winks are solely responsible for people's nightmares. There are a few Winks left untouched, any guesses on how many? Yup, 40, and it is now the job of these two young kids to protect them from Nitekap.

Before the story line even began, the player was made to choose one of the twins as the play through character. Ruff, a rambunctious boy, and Tumble, a seemingly bright girl. Once they fall asleep, the only one who remains relevant to the storyline is the twin the player chose before the cut scene. When Ruff or Tumble, depending on who was chosen, 'wakes up' in the land of dreams, which is still their house, but now every door leads to a different realm, and in front of all these doors is an alarm clock named Wakey Wakey.

 

In one of the rooms in the house, he introduces himself, telling Ruff/Tumble his name and how he will hang around to give helpful hints and information when needed. He also instructs the player how to control the character, how to jump and attack, which is great, but a couple of problems arise. Wakey Wakey is in a room that is not mandatory to go into immediately, so it is possible to not get the introduction at all, and just see him randomly throughout levels. The biggest problem I had with the helpful clock is the voice given to him. I don't know the reasoning behind it, but Wakey Wakey's voice sounds like a toy with a dying battery. It's very low and the vocal patterns chosen for the non cut scenes are very much like Animal Crossing.

Wakey Wakey's voice sounds like a toy with a dying battery.

The game itself is almost insultingly simple. There's no real challenge in the game, the levels are pathetically short with no puzzles or anything thought provoking.

There are a couple of things scattered around the level for players to pick up; Zs, dreamkeys, tokens, cogs, and moons. The Zs are the life force,  run out of them and Ruff/Tumble will wake up, ending the game. Collect dreamkeys to unlock more levels, and cogs to open locked doors in levels. Tokens can be collected throughout the game as well. Ruff collects tokens with Rs on them, while Tumble collects tokens marked with a T. Collect ten of them and the player can earn an extra life. Lastly, moons allow the use of Ruff/Tumble's scream attack, which is the only long range weapon in the game, so always making sure to have a supply of moons is a pretty good idea.

There are three attacks at the player's disposal; a general, a butt-stomp, and a screaming attack. This makes it boring for kids, and too cutesy for the teens or adults wanting to give it a shot.

You may notice that despite my utter distaste in this game, it has two stars and not one, and that's because like all games it did have a couple of things I felt it deserved credit for.  One of those things is the graphics. I know they aren't impressive compared to today's graphics, but one thing to keep in mind is this game was released in 1999. Out of everything I could complain about, graphics are not one of them. Every character moves smoothly, the background is detailed, nothing is choppy in movements or color.

They also got points for having both a male and a female character, both playable as the hero of the game. The ability to choose the gender of the character you play in a game is something I value highly.

Unfortunately, neither the graphics nor the ability to choose could save this game. If you want to start your kid gaming early, start with Pokémon. Start with Spyro. Start with something that isn't 40 Winks.

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HybridPlay turns Playgrounds into Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/jng9e/hybridplay-turns-playgrounds-into-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/jng9e/hybridplay-turns-playgrounds-into-video-games Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:48:17 -0400 Kate Reynolds

I have a confession: I'm a 27 year-old woman who still loves playgrounds. The swings, the slides, the monkey bars; I'm all over those classics given half a chance. However, like myself, many kids consider playgrounds "old school". The team at Hybrid Play seeks to change this by mixing traditional park play with video games. Be still my beating heart. 

Hybrid play has been in development since 2008, and will soon seek funding via Indiegogo to procure the resources necessary to produve the first units of Hybrid Play. For the past four years the company has taken their tech through counteless workshops, getting feedback from kids and parent until Hybrid Play is finally ready for kids everywhere. 

How it Works

To enhance your normal everyday playground activities, you'll first need a Hybrid Play sensor and a smartphone. This sensor, an Arduino electronic platform, can be placed on various pieces of equipment in the park, turning the children into motion controllers for a collectively played video game. 

Maybe kids these days are slightly more cooperative than the rapscallions running around in my day, but I wonder just how easy it will be to corall kids collectively to play a game. I'd waiger that the time spent arguing over who gets to control the smartphone and the time spent actually playing the game match up. 

That said, there are a tons of fun games for these kids to play (and fight over). Two of these games would be Space Kids, where you collect space debris, and Puzzle City, where you must discover all the secrets hidden within. There's also plenty of classic games such as Pac Man, TRON and Pong which can help form the basis of a solid video game education. 

The Hybrid Play system is also compatible with Gamesonomy, a visual programming tool, that children can use to develop their own games. Above all else, this is the most exciting part of the project to me. The games we create for children can be fun, but it's fascinating to see what kids will come up with themselves. On the other hand, most of the games I created in grade-school were basically only slight variations of tag or hide-and-go-seek. 

If this sounds like something your kid might enjoy, be on the lookout for the Hybrid Play indiegogo campaign which is set to launch in the next month. While you're waiting for that, check out some new ways to play as an adult.

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The Counting Kingdom Review and Giveaway https://www.gameskinny.com/hda8j/the-counting-kingdom-review-and-giveaway https://www.gameskinny.com/hda8j/the-counting-kingdom-review-and-giveaway Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:35:51 -0400 Kate Reynolds

Until I hit middle school, most of the games my parents let me play growing up were educational. I played games like Freddie the FishPutt Putt Goes to the Moon and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? often and obsessively; not even realizing I was actually learning in the process. 

That was when video games were a bit...scarcer than they currently are today. If you're kid knows how to use a smart phone or a tablet, they probably already have access to non-educational games. 8-year-old me would much rather play Temple Run than Putt Putt, and many of your children might feel the same way. That said, I would much rather play The Counting Kingdom than any other game on my iPhone, and I'd still choose it over half the games in my Steam library. 

The premise of The Counting Kingdom, from Little Worlds Interactive, is simple. There's a kingdom, it's under attack by monsters, and as the Wizard's Apprentice you must use your magical powers to save everyone. Even this simple premise takes on new life through the game's charming art-style. 

To save the kingdom,  you must defend several castles from attack. This is where the math comes in. The player must click on numbered monsters attacking a castle, and make their sum add up to a "spell" number on the left-hand of the screen. 

So in the above scenario, I might click on the monsters "7+1" and select the number eight from the left-hand column. Seems simple enough, right? 

As you advance to new castles, new potions and larger numbered monsters come into play. Each level is more difficult than the next, and I found several of the later levels challenging my mental math skills. 

 As an adult, the puzzle and strategy aspects of the game were captivating. The math wasn't a problem (for the most part) but I was dedicated to earning the full three stars for each level, which involved a good deal of strategy and forethought. 

The math itself may initially be challenging for younger children, but the strategy and puzzle aspects add a high level of replayability for when they've mastered the math. 

If they just want to focus on the math, there's even a free-play mode where you can select a difficulty and watch monsters advance on you like Tetris. Just play until they eventually overwhelm your castle. 

Perhaps what makes the game most fun, is the lack of punishing game mechanics. Yes, you won't get a very good score if you can't repel the monsters from your kingdom, but there are no time limits or perma-deaths to distract you from the core mechanics of the game. 

Overall, my experience playing The Counting Kingdom was positively delightful. For the first time since I attempted taking college level Calculus, math felt magical again. Don't you want your kids to feel that way? Don't you want to feel that again? 

If the answer is yes (because yes is the correct answer) you're in luck! We are giving away one Steam code for The Counting Kingdom. Tell me what you're favorite educational game was as a kid (or regular game) and you'll be entered to win it. Good luck! 

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Back to School: These Are the 8 Best Free Math Games for Your Kids https://www.gameskinny.com/jtzxb/back-to-school-these-are-the-8-best-free-math-games-for-your-kids https://www.gameskinny.com/jtzxb/back-to-school-these-are-the-8-best-free-math-games-for-your-kids Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:50:30 -0400 Kate Reynolds

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There you have it, eight free math games that can help any kid get ahead. Games might not get your kid to Einstein or Goodwill Hunting levels of math knowledge, but they'll still help your kid impress this school year and start improving test scores. 

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If you're really serious about furthering your children's math education, be on the lookout for our top paid math games article in the near future!

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Math has historically been regarded as a masculine subject, but Fashion Math changes this perception by linking math to glamour. Solving math problems earns players credits which can then be used to purchase clothes, accessories, and pets for the player character.

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If any of your kids is a fan of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, then this game which adds a bit of education into the pursuit of fashion, may be perfect for furthering their academic career.

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Available for iOS and Android.  

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What if the popular game Fruit Ninja had a math element added in? Well, then it would be Math Slash. The game allows players to select their grade level (1st-6th) which according to the game's description is is aligned to Common Core Standards established by Department of Education.

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After that, users simply have to match the candy equation to the answer, slashing each correct answer with their finger. Combining arcade game mechanics with mathematical content, Math Slash is sure to delight your children. 

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Available for Android. 

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There are several math puzzle games out there, but Quento stands out for it's minimalist design and simple user interface. The game gives players a 3x3 grid composed of five numbers and four operators to craft an equation with - it also gives you the answer that the equation must solve. 

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Forcing you to work backwards from the answer, Quento ensures that your children will learn their simple equations backwards and forwards, while the puzzle element ensures that they won't tire of the game quickly. 

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Available for iOS and Android. 

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If your child isn't easily motivated by the spaceships of Mathmateer, perhaps the cuddly yet fierce penguins of this game will help. Madagascar Math Ops from Knowledge Adventure Inc. stars the goofy little penguins from Madagascar as they solve math problems to save their friends from some evil agents. 

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Using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, your children can help save their favorite characters and learn while they're at it. Depending on the child's age, they might not even realize they're being tricked into learning!

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Available via iOS and Android

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Algebra Tutor by Shane Fulmer takes us away from elementary school math and into the realm of difficult-to-pronounce worlds and equations. You may not have loved Algebra back in school (I did...I'm a weirdo) but this great math app provides tools for you to refresh those skills, so you in turn can help your student. Or you can let the game do all the heavy lifting so you don't have to re-visit quadratic equation nightmares. Your choice. 

Available for Android

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If you'd rather not have your kids sticky fingers all over your tablets and smartphones, CoolMath4Kids.com is a great free website that your kid can spend hours on. The garish colors of the website may hurt the eyes of an adult, but that will only make your kid love it more. With games and lessons, this website will provide the basic math knowledge that will stick with your kid for life. 

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Mathmateer Free by Freecloud Design, Inc. provides a different setting for your kids to learn math in: outer space. In space they can solve equations that earn them money so they can build their very own spaceship! Not only will it help your children with math, it might also help them learn a thing or two about the value of the dollar. 

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The game is available for iOS devices, and is optimized for iPhone 5. 

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Math Workout on by Brain Training has seen over one million downloads since the game was released in 2010 and is a great tool for all your basic arithmetic needs. It boasts several different mini-games, and gives your children the ability to hone their skills in competition against worldwide users. It's also a great game for adults to refresh their mental math skills - keeping you several steps ahead of your kids. 

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Available for Android. 

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It's late August, which means that many children are headed back to school (if they haven't already) and many parents are breathing a sigh of relief that their children won't be underfoot 24/7. With the change in season bringing focus to education, we're here to help your kids get ahead and stay on top with some free cool math games. 

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There are multiple math games both online and for your smartphones and tablets that target specific skills your children will learn in each school grade. You can find math games for 1st graders, 2nd graders and so on. However, this list features games that can grow with your children, from elementary school and beyond. 

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E3 2014 Round Up - Top 8 Games for Kids https://www.gameskinny.com/6ymph/e3-2014-round-up-top-8-games-for-kids https://www.gameskinny.com/6ymph/e3-2014-round-up-top-8-games-for-kids Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:29:11 -0400 Mary Yeager

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Mario Party 10 

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Mario Party is back again with a brand new edition. What makes this game different that its predecessors? The headliner of the new game will be the one and only Bowser, King of the Koopa. Bowser mode will allow one player on the gamepad to take control of Bowser to capture other players. If Bowser captures them, the other players have to participate in a mini-game where Bowser is trying to hit them with various items, including a spinning wheel.

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Release Date: 2015

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Platform: Wii U

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Fantasy Life

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Fantasy Life is a neat little game that Japan has been enjoying for about a year and a half. It is finally going to make its way into mobile gamer hands this year. Players take on the aspect of their character and live their life (including jobs like crafting) in this mobile RPG.

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Release Date: September 2014 for Europe - October for North America and Australia

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Platform: 3DS

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Yoshi's Wooly World

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This is a side of Yoshi not seen before. Yoshi and his world have been reanimated with various items from the crafting scene. Items such as yarn and felt form Yoshi and his other selves as well as the world that he must traverse.

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Release Date: 2015

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Platform: Wii U

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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

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Stuck in his ball form, Kirby needs players help to traverse his world. Using the Wii U gamepad, characters draw rainbow lines directing where he needs to go. This is a follow-up title to the DS game, Kirby: Canvas Curse.

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Release Date: 2015

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Platform: Wii U

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

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Headlining his own game and steering his ship, kids can take on the persona of one of the Mario universe's most beloved fungi, Toad. Hunting for treasures to boggle his mind, players can enjoy the thrill of exploration.

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Release Date: Late 2014

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Platform: Wii U

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LittleBigPlanet 3

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Sock monkeys are huge kids items and LittleBigPlanet 3 brings that to the gaming scene. Sackboy brings along three of his new friends for co-operative gameplay as they travel through their world. In houses of more than one kid, games with co-operative gameplay can be major headache savers, as long as the kids can agree on a game to play first.

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Release Date: November 2014

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Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

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Splatoon

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Splatoon is an interesting twist on first-person shooters. Instead of trying to kill all the other players on the opposing sides, players are trying to squirt ink all over the board to claim their territory. With bright colors and a fun premise, kids are sure to enjoy this game.

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Release Date: 2015

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Platform: Wii U

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Disney Infinity 2.0 

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Disney Infinity is already a great game. Kids can enjoy the mess out of it just making their own boards and diving around in the toy boxes available. With 2.0, more characters are being added to the mix such as the Marvel Super Heroes crew, along with Maleficent and Meridia.

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Release Date: September 23, 2014

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Platforms: iOS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4

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Sometimes, being a gamer parent can be hard. Kids see their parents playing what they see as really awesome games, but get frustrated when they are told that they aren't old enough to play the game themselves. This year at E3, we saw a good many new games coming out, especially from Nintendo. There were several for kids to be excited about.

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"What the Heck is a Nabi?" A Nabi Jr. Review https://www.gameskinny.com/brc34/what-the-heck-is-a-nabi-a-nabi-jr-review https://www.gameskinny.com/brc34/what-the-heck-is-a-nabi-a-nabi-jr-review Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:08:19 -0500 Marco.Bishop

I am sure you have seen the comericals; it seems tablets are slowly moving toward children, and why the heck not? I won't lie: my two- and three-year-olds love to play around on my Galaxy Tab. But the sad truth of this? I get tired of having PB&J smeared on it. So, around my son's third birthday, I started to search the Interwebs for the best bang for my buck. 

The issue was that there are so many of them to choose from. I started to, of course, look at the big names -- InnoTab and the LeapPad. I bounced around those two for a good bit, adding up costs and comparing features. That's when I found the Nabi Jr. 

I have started to see commercials on the various channels my children force me to watch because, you know, I own a 55" LED TV so that they can enjoy their shows. After three months, I'm increasingly impressed with that little Nabi Jr., and my Galaxy Tab is food and spit (and scratch, and crack, and itty-bitty, teeny-tiny fingerprint) free.

Let's start by stacking up the competition side-by-side:

InnoTab 3S:

  • Price: $99
  • CPU: 360-MHZ
  • Display: 5 inches
  • Resolution: 480 x 272
  • Tilting Camera 2mp
  • Battery Pack
  • Wifi
  • 20 Apps
  • 4GB Internal Memory
  • SD Card Support: Yes (MicroSD)

LeapPad Ultra:

  • Price: $140
  • CPU: 800-MHz 
  • Display: 7 inches
  • Resolution: 1,024 x 600
  • Front and Back Camera 2mp
  • Built-In Battery
  • Wifi
  • 11 Apps
  • 8GB Internal Memory
  • SD Card Support: No

Nabi Jr 16GB (there's also an older 4GB model):

  • Price: $140
  • CPU: NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core @ 1.0GHz
  • Display: 5 inches
  • Resolution: 800×480
  • Tilting Camera 2mp
  • Built-In Battery
  • Wifi
  • 30+ Apps
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • SD Card Support: Yes (MicroSD)

The biggest selling point for me was the crushing difference in specs (more for my satisfaction than theirs, I admit).  The resolution is about the same between the three. The ability to load his movies on to an SD Card and let him watch, as it and the InnoTab both use Andriod while LeapPad uses a propitery OS, is a huge plus. 

How does it hold up?

This is chief among concerns that any parent or gift-giver will have: Nabi Jr. versus the wrath of a toddler. The verdict? Amazingly well! It has been knocked off, thrown, suffered the fate of a peanut butter & jelly sacrifice and a merciless 2-year-old sister. It is still ticking. The Nabi Jr. comes outfitted with cushy, an effective bumper that serve as a durable case. The large bumper protects the delicate electronic bits inside, and the ports outside, from the attacking PB&J horde.

The interface is seamless and simple enough that my wee ones take less time navigating, and more time getting to the good stuff. I was surprised at how well they handled it and how quickly my boy figured out how to take pictures. Ever wondered how your little one sees things? Judging from his stock of photos, a toddler's world is pretty interesting.

The Daddy/Mommy mode is easy to use and I like the ability to load and monitor what and how the kiddos are exploring the device.

The company is developing neat accessories for the kids' device. I like the KINABIs -- little squares that you can use to customize the back of the Nabi Jr. My son is proud of his name and football on the back of his orange and white wonder. 

The one thing that annoyed me at first was the proprietary port to charge the device. Then I found out it is designed in a way to be used with future accessories, like a karaoke-capable peripheral. I would definitely recommend the Nabi brand to folks interested in buying their kids tablets. They have different models for different age groups, so be assured that my kiddos will be getting another when they outgrow this one. 

All in all, if you are scrambling for a last-minute Christmas tablet or one for an upcoming special day, I recommend taking a look at Nabi. You won't be  disappointed.The Nabi Jr. will grow with your kid and provide a positive learning experience. 

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