Video games have become the most common extra-curricular activity amongst kids and adolescents. The most popular different types of video games played by teens and kids range from first person point of view, action, role playing, fantasy and adventure, competitive multi-player, puzzles, car racing, and free world roaming. Most of these genres will be covered in the top 5 games described and listed in this article.
If your child enjoys first person games and puzzle games, Portal 2 is a game they will develop immense addiction to, as it is the best of both worlds. Developed by Valve Corporation in 2011, Portal 2 is the sequel to the 2007 game Portal. Portal 2 was released April 19th, 2011, and was available for all the best gaming consoles including Xbox 360, Play Station 3, Linux, and even Microsoft Windows.
This game is popular for its witty brand in humor, and features two player cooperative mode. The game’s ways of creating puzzles throughout each level is unique because each level is a room that the player needs to try to get out of. This is done by creating portals in certain parts of the walls, with a portal shooting gun.
As it gets more difficult, the game introduces more features the player gets to use to get through the puzzles, such as laser beams, paint like gels to help accelerate the player’s speed, ability to jump to different platforms, laser redirection, and more. Portal 2 has received awards for its critical acclaim, mainly for the humor, writing, and pacing. Ranked amongst the best games of 2011, Portal 2 is highly recommended for teens and kids who enjoy puzzles and first person point of view type of games.
Kids who enjoy games that involve racing and competitive battles will most likely enjoy the game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Developed for the Nintendo Switch, one of the newest kids game consoles, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a racing game within the Mario Kart series, and was released on April 28th, 2017.
The game was also featured in the Nintendo Switch’s announcement presentation, and the game was released as a part of the console’s big release. This newest addition the Mario Kart series includes addictive features to appeal to kids who enjoy competitive game play. Also included is more options for Battle Mode, and several new characters. Kids will really enjoy the newest Battle Mode feature because in this game, players return to the traditional arena based type of battlefield, an unlike the previous games, all players start off with five balloons, instead of three, and the character in lead now wears a crown.
There are 8 battle courses altogether, and kids who enjoy racing and battling against their friends online would love playing this game, as it allows up to twelve players to compete against each other.
Lego Dimensions is a game that a majority of kids will thoroughly enjoy playing. If they enjoy action adventure type of games, what better game to play than Lego Dimensions? A Lego themed action adventure game. This game was developed by Warner Bros and Traveller’s Tale, as they worked together to create an adventure game that features toys coming to life, and includes characters and environments from over thirty different franchises, with their copyright permissions of course.
Created for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, this game was released in September 2015. What makes this game unique, and number 3 on our list is the fact that it is an adventure action game that features a story line through different universes, as the player is a superhero and fighting off enemies to save each one.
The different universes include Adventure Time, Back to the Future, DC Comics, Doctor Who, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Harry Potter, Ghost Busters, and many more.
Just like Lego Dimensions, Disney Infinity is also an action adventure game that uses figurines that synchronize with the game. They then unlock characters from Disney and Pixar on each interactive adventure.
Released on September 23rd, 2014, Disney Infinity was created by Disney Interactive Studios for Xbox 360, Play Station 3, Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS. Disney Infinity features physical toys, open world creation, and each character has their own special feature and ability that is unique to that specific feature. For example, Jack Skellington’s character can roar to scare enemies, and Randall from Monsters Inc. can turn invisible.
The game play and features of each Disney character. This action and adventurous game will make any child happy and enthusiastic to playing in their free time.
Minecraft is the most popular game on the market today. And, it is not only fun for kids as many many adults play it as well. This game was created by Mojang, and the newest version was released for Nintendo Switch in May 2017.
What makes this game the number one game on the market is the fact that the game is all about free world exploring, creative building aspects, and the way it enables players to build constructions of whatever they desire through the activities of exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and even combat.
This game also features different modes of playing, and the most popular is survival mode. This mode makes it so the player has to acquire certain resources to build their world, instead of it already being given to them. They also must maintain health, while finding resources. If your child loves both adventure and puzzle games, this game is highly recommended for them.
In retrospect, this concludes the five top video games both recommended for and most played by kids. Video games truly are for all ages, and of all different genres. But, if your child wants to play a game that keeps them preoccupied, can be a reward for hard work in school, and allows them to have fun with their friends while also enhancing their creativity, these five games will be sure to do all these things for them.
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