Gaming with your kids around can sometimes be a challenge. Your children are invariably impatient, sticky or incomprehensible, often all three. Like angry midget drunks desperate for your attention. But it doesn’t have to be all bad. Introduce them to your hobby. Get them involved. And I don’t just mean hand them a disconnected controller – it’s a great trick for sure – but what I propose is spending some time actually gaming WITH your kids.
Below then are my Top 5 recommendations for spending some quality screen time with your progeny.
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Portal 2 has been around for a while but it has not lost even a fraction of what made it such a huge hit. Still one of the best puzzle games ever created, Portal has players jumping through futuristic gateways to progress from level to level. Requiring a thoughtful and imaginative mind, Portal is a great option if you are looking for a fun, brain-stretching puzzle game to entertain and challenge your kids for hours.
Farming Simulator 15
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
It may sound like an unlikely video game for kids, but Farming Simulator 15 (and the original Farming Simulator) is one of the biggest hits there has been in the simulation genre. Not just for kids from the country, Farming Simulator allows players to grow a giant working farm by tending to crops, harvesting produce, and selling goods. A surprisingly addictive and strategic game.
LEGO Marvel Superheroes
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Mac, Nintendo DS, PS Vita
The LEGO franchise has been hugely successful with its high quality gameplay and impressive graphics, all set in exciting LEGO worlds. In Marvel Super Heroes, players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they take on a mission to save the Earth.
Super Mario Maker
Platforms: Wii U
Instead of simply reusing assets for a new Super Mario game, Nintendo has decided to basically release the tool they use to make new side-scrolling Mario games. Super Mario Maker will allow your kids to create and play the Mario levels only they can dream of, and they can share their creation with friends. They’ll also be able to download the Mario level creations of other players.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita
Minecraft would have to be the ultimate video game for kids! Its success with children, parents, schools, teachers, and everyone inbetween has been beyond incredible. Kids can create and explore their very own world where the only limit is their imagination. With players around the globe building and creating together, Minecraft ticks every box; it’s educational, social, creative and an endless source of fun.
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