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Little Gamer: 5 Best Video Games For Kids

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Whether you’re teaching your little cherubs the ins and outs of game design, or just focusing on the art of button mashing, chances are, there’ll be a few video games on the market that’ll get the joysticks in motion. Thanks to the industry being irresistibly accommodating, it does mean we, as well as our little gamer protégés, are able to find common ground somewhere, and with the help of certain games, we can guide little gamers through their first virtual adventures.

Of course, we’re talking about bread and butter gaming here, as in, no boss battles, or even semi-difficult obstacles. In fact, we’re talking about ridiculously easy games, ones that a toddler could swift through with a little bit of guidance. So, if you’re looking for a few starter journeys to get the snowball rolling, then be sure to check these five beginner-friendly games out.

5. My Friend Peppa Pig

My Friend Peppa Pig - Gameplay Trailer

It was only a matter of time before Peppa Pig received her own game, what with the TV series being something of a cult classic in children’s animation. And if your youngster enjoys it just the same, then playing the video game is an absolute must. Because the matter of fact is, you play a character in what can only be described as an episodic Peppa Pig tale. And, strangely enough, it is an open world game. Granted, a small open world—but an open world nonetheless.

After you create your own chatacter, you’re given the chance to explore Peppa Pig’s hillside hometown. As you progress, you’ll meet new characters, explore snowy mountains, and even try your hand at skiing. With only a few buttons on the blueprint, it does mean anyone who struggles to understand the full pad can play and see all there is to see without any drawbacks.

Suggested Age — 4+

Difficulty — 2/10

 

4. Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2

Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2 Announcement Trailer

SpongeBob super fans, this one’s for you. Or, lovers of all things Nickelodeon, so long as you don’t mind one or two faces being excluded from the roster. And if you’re interested in joining your soon-to-be co-op buddy in-game, then this one is an absolute blast. That said, you should aim to introduce this one a little later down the line. Like, a couple of years after beating Peppa Pig.

Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2 takes a great deal of its inspiration from the beloved Mario Kart series. Similar in design, players must compete in a series of Grand Prix tournaments, using props and perks to get a leg up on the competition. Combined with a healthy roster of Nick favorites, the entry-level racing game hits a near-perfect lap.

Suggested Age — 5+

Difficulty — 4/10

 

3. LEGO (Series)

LEGO Builder's Journey - Launch Trailer | PS5, PS4

Fortunately, LEGO has a very generous selection of video game adaptations of popular movies and series. That means you can pick and choose without being locked into one experience. And the best part is, each and every port follows a pretty similar structure, meaning you’ll struggle to find one tough LEGO game, and then one ridiculously easy one. Everything is borderline elementary, period.

Of course, while there is a plotline that follows its respective silver screen counterpart, the bulk of each game is made up smashing bricks and swapping cosmetics. And that’s perfect for a couch co-op team, especially one that enjoys playing about for hours on end without feeling the need to make a dent in the mission itself.

Suggested Age — 7+

Difficulty — 4/10

 

2. Minecraft

Minecraft 1.19 Trailer | The Wild Update

Minecraft has been praised for its open canvas for the best part of a decade now, which has only continued to blossom with each passing update. And the fact that it’s accessible to nearly every gamer on the planet, beginner or seasoned pro, bodes incredibly well for those just wanting to create without limits. The only real challenge, of course, is knowing where to start.

Of course, every game has to have some sort of hurdle to overcome. And in the case of Minecraft, it’s fending off various enemies that wander the grounds of your encampment. Besides that, it’s a ball game that anyone and everyone can take part in, which is great for families who want to embark on creative journeys together.

Suggested Age — 7+

Difficulty — 3/10

 

1. Animal Crossing (Series)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Island Life is Calling! - Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing is, all things considered, a little too easy. But that’s precisely why we adore it, because it removes the burden of having to carry out an actual chore and instead just gives you a clean slate to do with as you please. There are no trials and tribulations, nor is there any pressure to get anything done in a timely manner. There’s just you, your island, and your life as a free townie.

Pick any Animal Crossing entry up and you’ll surely find something to enjoy. Even the smaller gamers who can’t tell the joysticks from the bumpers will find a safe haven somewhere in one of Nintendo’s chain of family-friendly island builders. And so, if anyone enjoys nurturing wildlife and decorating quaint little villages—then this is an absolute essential.

Suggested Age — 5+ 

Difficulty — 3/10

 

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