Right now the video game industry is abuzz with hundreds of games for kids. And that should come as no surprise. Kid's games have essentially been what has driven the gaming industry, right from the outset.
But with the rise of modern adult games, the market has bifurcated. On the one hand, there are a slew of games that you would love your kids to play. On the other hand, many games just aren't suitable for young children. The result has been the rise of sites like gameadvice.org, which help parents decide whether they should buy a game or not.
Here we review some of the best games for children right now. Let's get started.
Garfield Kart released last August and has been entertaining kids ever since. It's essentially Mario Kart in a Garfield skin. And as a result, it has all the fun and the depth of the original. But for a lot of kids, Mario just isn't their cup of tea. Garfield on the other hand, our lasagna-eating cat companion, usually is.
The game comes with sixteen different circuits and four different game modes. You can also customise your racer any way you like. It's available on the Nintendo 3DS.
Just Dance 2016
A lot of parents are concerned that their kids aren't getting enough exercise these days. Well, fear not. We're in the midst of a gaming revolution, one that combines the fun of computer games with movement. Just Dance 2016 brings many game modes, including a "sweat" mode, which should get you thinking. Plus the game is chock full of hits from real artists, like Bruno Mars and Jason Derulo. This is good news since a lot of game developers struggle to get usage rights on songs that people actually like. The game is available on the PS3, PS4, Wii, Xbox One and Wii U.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
Mario Tennis returned with a bang at the end of last year. And the new game has some surprising and interesting features. The game now gives you the ability to grow if you consume a mega mushroom, something you'll be very familiar with if you played the original Mario.
Kids will also be able to play in doubles matches as your favourite character from the Mario universe. The game is only available on the Wii U.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
If there's one thing that kids love to do, it's designing little homes for animals. And this is exactly what Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer allows them to do. The game lets players create the interior and exterior of dozens of different homes for animals. And it also includes public buildings, like schools and hospitals. Like many sandbox games, it encourages kids to explore their creativity. This game is available on the 3DS.
Paddington: Adventures In London
Follow Paddington around several famous locations in London while levelling him up. Paddington: Adventures In London brings an RPG element to this classic kid's storybook. The game contains several mini-games and is worth considering if your kids loved the Paddington movie.