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10 Great Kid-Friendly Games of 2013
If you were anything like me, you pretty much started gaming at an early age and want to pass that passion on to your very own kids. It’s undeniable that kids and video games go together like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They just work in perfect harmony. However, kids and video games that are intended for older teen and adult audiences, like Grand Theft Auto V, do not.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to chuck your precious non-kid-friendly games. It just so happens that 2013 was a great year for kid-friendly games that you and your spawn can both enjoy.
10) Angry Birds: Star Wars
Angry Birds is one of those games where you can spend hours and forget how long you have actually been playing the game. Now that they have a Star Wars version out, it’s easy to get wrapped up into. It’s also a good start to introducing the characters of Star Wars so your kids don’t feel like they lived under a rock later on in life.
9) Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
I’m sure that if a kid was ever given a magic paintbrush that wields paint and thinner or a remote control that controls electricity, I think he would try taking over the world. However, that sort of evil doesn’t happen in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. It brings back the memories of Grandma complaining that she never gets to see any of her favorite Disney characters anymore. You play not only as everyone’s favorite mouse, but also partner up with the first Disney cartoon character. Add in over 80 years of forgotten characters and theme park attractions and it’s like watching something for the first time… again.
One of the most interesting parts of Puppeteer is that if kids lose their head, they die. Also, their weapon is a magical pair of scissors. The ultimate goal is to find their head and their way home by using the scissors and wearing multiple heads with different powers. The storyline tells an uplifting tale of discovering feelings and the determination to finish what they started.
7) Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus
The adorable duo is back! The final game to the Ratchet and Clank Future series, Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus gives a satisfying end to a respected series. Making their way through new worlds with new weapons and familiar characters, kids will enjoy the space-themed adventures while learning how to problem solve with the variety of puzzles thrown their way.
6) Disney Infinity
Disney is on a roll with beautiful and entertaining kid-friendly games released in 2013. Using figurines to unlock their favorite character’s world or make their own world in Toy Box mode (do this with a friend and things can get a bit interesting). The starting set comes with three figurines: Sully from Monsters Inc., Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and Mr. Incredible from the Incredible.
5) Wonderbook: Walk With Dinosaurs
Wonderbook: Walk With Dinosaurs is like a trip to the museum without leaving the comfort of your home. With the PS Move as a critical part of operating the game, kids will love to unearth and reassemble the dinosaur bones. The best part is that it’s also a great educational tool, utilizing the Move to learn about the Prehistoric being’s fighting styles and five question quizzes at the end of every chapter.
4) Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX is the reboot of the first three games in the Kingdom Hearts line, where Disney meets Final Fantasy. You probably played this when it first came out in 2002, and now your kids can enjoy it too. Some of the younger kids might not recognize some of the Disney characters, but to save their worlds with a keyblade is one of the most charming aspects of the game.
Knack is a next-gen game that is challenging and has the charm of Pixar-esque animations. Although the storyline is slow and clichéd, kids would enjoy being able to start out as a zero and make their way into a hero. It’s also a 2-player game, so you or other kids can join in at any time.
If you’re looking for a game that will use most, if not all, of the Vita’s features, look no further than Tearaway. The whimsical papercraft world is enchanting and a joy to play in. Also, the enemies look like presents, so what little fighting that is there is done in a light-hearted fashion.
Lego games have long been the quintessential titles in many households with kid gamers. Following in the Lego game formula, Lego Marvel Super Heroes will have you saving and exploring the world with the humorous antics of the Marvel superheroes. It also supports multi-player so you can get in on the action with your kids.