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Just so parents aren't mislead: Kingdom Hearts - kill things with a key Sword. Portal 2 - Complete puzzles while dodging machine gun fire and trying to out smart a sentient machine bent on killing test subjects. Mario Kart - Shoot objects at other players. Mine Craft - Hack and Slash animals while trying to evased zombies, creepers and skeletons. Matthew15057718 3 weeks Well... surprised... #1. DS Games are mostly safe, DS are rather good consoles. BUT. There are instances of 'sexting' that goes on as DS's have a 'chat' program and a camera also they are easy to take into places like bathrooms. Working at GAME we had a DS that contained images. #2. Lego games... .easily the best ones to give to a kid, #3. Spyro, Comes with minifigures that are characters in game and also save progress to take to a friends house (Multi-platform as well) #4. Jak and Dexter. #5. Ratchet and Clank. #6. Gran Turismo (The racing sim not to be confused with Grand Theft Auto the shooting one). #7. Ridge Racer. #8. Wipeout. Also remember to simply look at the age rating... Games 12 and under are good, might have to take a look at the content but it's mostly peril like the character might be attacked and have stars knocked off but no bloodshed, 15 is getting into blood being spilt, mild language MAYBE some stronger words. 18+ Is obviously anything goes, Headshots, gore, F bombs, Sex, Nudity, it's all good... hence why you don't buy your brat COD77:The Wrath of the last guys boyfriend. 18 rated games are rated 18 for a reason by people who know a heck of alot more about the content than you will, Playing GTA you get many kids playing it and you have to wonder how many of them have wondered into the strip club or picked up a hooker... Would you let your kids walk into a strip club? Shoot at cops with a bazooka? Yes ok it might not cause them to shoot up a school... agreed... but you're telling me when a 12yo kid is cussing me out for shooting him after he shot at me that's not wrong? I wont have spoken and I'll get a earful of abuse from some little turd who then starts screaming at me like a little girl when I spend the next 10 min hunting him and his little friends down until they quit, hey, I just wanted a quiet drive... Chris14754181 18 weeks First: Context. As a gamer since I was 1 (Atari 2600), I have a soft spot for kid-safe or other generally edifying video game lists. I think providing this resource empowers parents, as unless you are a gamer there's a bewildering amount of choices out there which leaves the uninformed stuck between having to invest time and/or money to personally make sure games are appropriate or by shutting them off completely. Neither of those are optimal. So excellent job as far as the intent goes. My concerns are along a similar line as @Gruntman11. Based on some of the game selections, I'm not getting a good grasp on what the real intent here is. Even though buckets of blood aren't being spilled, there are still some more mature themes (and by "mature" I mean situations which are difficult for kids to understand or to provide satisfying answers to for said kids, not "rated M for Mature" content). Some alternate suggestions to explore. These try to walk the line of being genuinely good and interesting games while being interesting for kids. However, like with any game the opportunity for frustration is there so going through it with the kids is always a good idea. For brevity, I've only included a few suggestions. There are many more, but these are solid ones that should have broad appeal and be interesting to both parents and kids. Scribblenauts Unlimited [Wii U] You are Maxwell and you have the ability to "write" objects into existence. You are called upon to resolve the difficulties of others by almost any means within your power and imagination. A review to get you started: http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/11/17/scribblenauts-unlimited-review This game is awesome, especially if you've never experienced previous iterations of Scribblenauts. Kids who don't want to play can still actively participate by helping to suggest ways to solve the problems. - The "Lego" series of games (Batman 2 and Lord of the Rings are the most recently and top-rated). [Wii, 360, PS3] 2 player co-operative. Constant puzzle solving, requiring active participation by both players. And actually, while the gameplay and everything is kid-safe, the puzzles can be challenging. My wife and I have spent 30 minutes trying to get past a location a couple of times because we didn't think to use the available abilities. Rock Band 3 [Cross platform, but I have experience with the 360] Gamification of rock instruments (guitar, bass, piano, drums, mic) allowing you to interact with songs in a new way. A whole band can play (along with a total of two additional harmony singers). There's no-fail mode, so you can play without needing to worry about your kids (or you) causing the group to fail the song. You will likely want to review and consider the lyrical content of the songs prior to your kids performing them, especially if they are singing. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (360) The best Pac-Man game in existence (in my opinion). Single player, but the rounds are timed so controller swapping is easy. Fruit Ninja [360 + Kinect] Alert: Bushels of fresh fruit inbound, and all your limbs are swords. That is all. Peggle [Cross-platform] Digital pachinko with lush visuals,constant positive feedback, and easy-to-understand goal. 2 Players, turn-based. "Katamari" series of games [360, PS3] The King of the Cosmos has caused some stellar catastrophe, and it is up to the prince to restore stars by rolling up various things using the Katamari. Caution: This game is unapologetically and unreservedly Japanese. There's nothing inappropriate, but the feel of the game is completely foreign and may cause bewilderment. Thanks for taking the time to post this list. Have a grand day. PS. Also, I agree with his assessment of Sonic '06 and suggested alternates. Gruntman11 18 weeks Wait, Portal 2 is "non-violent" and so is Kingdom Hearts? Well, okay I get what you mean by "non-violent." No gore, guts, or extreme violence. However, the Portal games contain quite dark and morbid humor, and one of the most sadistic and demented antagonists ever, GLaDOS. Also, for the sake of your kid's sanity do NOT buy the Sonic game pictured in this article, (Sonic '06). It is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the series. I'm talking 0 star material. 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