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Starter Games for Parents to Play with Kids

It can be loads of fun to play video games with your kids or teens. Here's a great set of starter games with themes and topics you'll both enjoy. Even if you're shy about your gaming skills, go ahead and try. And be sure to read one gamer's triumphant firsthand account about her journey to acceptance!

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Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Engaging and funny interactive adventures are pure joy.
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Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
Hodgepodge of physical Kinect games makes families giggle.
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Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
Fun family-friendly game that's hard to put down.
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Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2008)
Editors' pick
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fun platformer rewards perseverance, offers good co-op play.
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
Fast (too fast?), exciting chapter in this hedgehog story.
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Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2010)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Beautiful adventure less a game than interactive poetry.
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Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2012)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Disney characters star in fight-filled role-playing game.
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Vast world, fun superhero characters that finally talk!
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Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Windows
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Toy figurines become characters in exciting action game.
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Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Value-priced trilogy of PS2 games, now for the PS3.
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Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2010)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Artful RPG has mild violence but good ethics.
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Platforms: Xbox 360
(2008)

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