Best Video Games For Kids | April 2021

Best Video Games For Kids | April 2021

We have all been children, and we know how easy it is for the little ones to approach and become passionate about the world of video games, perhaps sharing the same passion with their classmates and friends, at school or outside. Knowing how to choose the most suitable video games for your children, however, is not always such an easy and immediate operation, also because several factors come into play in addition to the traditional age limits. In this guide, we have well thought of trying to recommend you some of the best video games for children published in recent years, including in the list (for convenience) also the wording linked to PEGI, which refers to the recommended age. : while not a rule to follow to the letter, it can be a good indicator to understand which titles are right for you. Remember that the world of video games is very complex and varied, and involving your children in the choice may be the right decision to allow them to develop and cultivate their passion in the best way.

In the list below, however, you will also find video games quite different from each other, so as to please more or less everyone. Before continuing, we remind you that on our pages you will also find a guide dedicated to the best platformers, one to the best shooters, one to the best Western RPGs and one to the best JRPGs, guides in which, perhaps, you could find solutions a little more "specific" ", Perhaps as gift ideas in case your children are a few years older!

Best video games for children

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair Ratchet & Clank Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Splatoon 2 Minecraft: Dungeons Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Rayman: Legends Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Recommended age: 6+ Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a spin-off of the Mario series that uses augmented reality to transform the living room into a real Mario Kart themed circuit: your son, therefore, he can have fun building the circuit even before he starts playing! For the rest, it is a Mario Kart in “reduced size”, full of minigames and fun experiences, not too demanding and perfect for introducing the little ones to the world of racing video games. The video game itself must necessarily be purchased together with the circuit, since it is a unique and inseparable package. There are two different sets on the market: one with a Mario theme and the other with a Luigi theme, which differ mainly in the main color (red or green) and in the presence of one of the two iconic brothers.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Recommended age: 7+ Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a colorful platform game developed by Team 17 (the authors of the Worms series), in which the protagonists are the chameleon Yooka and his little companion Laylee. This is a great two-dimensional platformer, where you can solve combined puzzles using both characters in a fun and humorous offline experience. The game is a spin-off of the three-dimensional Yooka-Laylee released two years earlier, compared to which it is even more successful. Today you can recover it at a budget price, so our advice is not to think twice: you will have a fantastic experience at home for all ages!

Ratchet & Clank

Platform: PlayStation 4

Recommended age: 7+ With Ratchet & Clank it's hard to go wrong: a few years ago, on PlayStation 4, the remake of the historic first chapter for PlayStation 2 released in 2002 has been published, which maybe, at the time, you who are reading it had already played! The remake keeps the basic characteristics of the original firmly, transporting Ratchet and Clank between different planets in a mix of jumps, action and lots of fun, but completely reconstructs it from the visual point of view, taking advantage of the technological advances granted by the hardware of the Sony's latest console. Even more than four years after its release, Ratchet & Clank remains one of the best titles of its kind on PS4, and is a video game you should definitely consider.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S

Recommended age : 12+ Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time brings us back and forth in time together: Activision and Toys For Bob, after the excellent response of the N.Sane Trilogy, have well thought of continuing the historic Naughty Dog saga with a fourth episode, in effect a new chapter, which transports Crash Bandicoot in 2020 in the best way. It is, in fact, a platform with all the trappings, a modern game and very different from those that preceded it, while maintaining, basically, the same platform game setting without too many frills. Moreover, dubbed completely in Italian! By purchasing the PS4 / Xbox One version, however, you will be entitled to receive the upgrade for next gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X / S) for free.

Splatoon 2

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Recommended age: 7+ Born as a sort of experiment at Nintendo, Splatoon has quickly become one of the most popular shooters of recent years, especially among the youngest (also thanks to its colorful and comic style). Splatoon 2 is the Nintendo Switch sequel to the original for Wii U, and continues to be very popular even today, thanks to the announcement of Splatoon 3, which will arrive in 2022. Splatoon 2 is the perfect video game to spend hundreds of hours of fun in company: the online sector guarantees infinite longevity, with many modes, aesthetic customizations and additional paintball weapons! Optionally (by purchasing the single-player DLC) you can also play a small part of the experience in single player offline.

Minecraft: Dungeons

Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Recommended age: 7+ If your child has loved Minecraft, he or she will probably love Minecraft: Dungeons without too much effort , a very special spin-off with an “adventurous” flavor in which to form teams with your friends and set out on an adventure, dedicating yourself to the exploration of huge dungeons in a context based on the universe of the Mojang series. Minecraft: Dungeons eliminates the "creative" component that characterizes the original game to offer a finished and more studied experience, playable in cooperative up to four players. The physical version, however, includes by default the Hero Pass, which includes the two expansions Jungle Awakens and Creeping Winter, the "hero cloak" and two additional skins with which to customize the characters from an aesthetic point of view.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Recommended age: 7+ If your children like them videogames a little more "crazy", you could let them try Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, born from the collaboration between Nintendo and the Italian studio of Ubisoft Milan. The game is a strategy game that blends the Mario series and characters with the very nice and funny white bunnies from Rayman's universe. Do not be fooled by the colorful aspect, however: in this case we are dealing with a title a little more complex than expected, but which, if "learned" properly, is capable of giving enormous satisfaction! Moreover, having been out for several years, it is now available at a budget price (and, we can guarantee you, it is worth all the money requested!).

Rayman Legends

Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U

Recommended age: 7+ by Rayman, it is impossible not to mention Rayman Legends, undoubtedly one of Ubisoft's masterpieces of recent years, as well as a video game suitable for everyone! The two-dimensional platform game of the French house is the swan song of the Rayman series (at least for now), and is developed with the splendid UbiArt Framework, which makes every "frame" (hence the idea of ​​the name) a painting in movement. But not only that: it remains, even after several years, a very entertaining platformer, which has its greatest strength in accessibility (the difficulty is scalable and is also very suitable for children).

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Recommended age: 3+ If you have purchased a Nintendo Switch for your child, the most obvious choice undoubtedly falls on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the best-selling video game ever for the latest Nintendo console. It is, as the name suggests, the definitive version of the last chapter of the Mario Kart saga, originally released on the unfortunate Wii U and later also arrived on Switch, a console that has finally been able to give it full justice. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the "video games for children" par excellence, not only due to the fact that it is really suitable for everyone, aged 3 and up, but also because of its immediate and accessible mechanics: the various kart classes and the driving aids, then, make the difficulty extremely adaptable, in full Nintendo style.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Recommended age: 7+ Super Mario 3D World is a platform classic from Nintendo, originally released on Wii U and finally released on Nintendo Switch. and enriched with a huge DLC, Bowser's Fury, which is a decidedly not secondary part of the package. If Super Mario 3D World is, in fact, a three-dimensional reinterpretation of the classic two-dimensional Mario, and therefore includes a multitude of levels set in the traditional eight worlds, Bowser's Fury is instead a slightly more free and particular experience, a real novelty of the version. Switch and that we highly recommend you try. Moreover, everything can also be played in cooperative, up to four players.

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