Best Computer Games

With the power and accessibility of 21st-century computers, game graphics and storytelling have greatly improved. There's now a huge collection of engaging genres -- action-adventures, puzzlers, role-playing games, and more -- that are great for you and your kids. Whether your family swears by Xbox or Super Nintendo, there's bound to be a perfect title that's equal parts entertaining and educational. So strap on your headset and get ready to game with this list of our favorite computer picks.

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Grow Home

age 6+

Charming outing with robots tending intergalactic plants.

Platforms: Windows (2015)
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Didi & Ditto First Grade: The Wolf King

age 6+

Busy beavers help first-graders learn.

Platforms: Windows, Mac (2005)
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I Spy Fantasy

age 6+

Game packs 54 puzzles into three adventures.

Platforms: Windows, Mac (2003)
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Snail Bob 2

age 6+

Clever cartoonish puzzle adventure perfect for families.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2015)
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Mini Metro

age 7+

Mass transit simulator is simple, marvelous, hard to master.

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Windows (2018)
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Sunless Sea

age 8+

A seafaring game of discovery and survival.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2015)
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Nuclear Throne

age 9+

Deep arcade-like shooter has lots of cartoonish violence.

Platforms: Windows (2015)
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Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

age 9+

A great amusement park simulation.

Platforms: Windows (2005)
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King's Quest

age 10+

Funny, surprising adventure with beautiful graphics.

Platforms: Windows (2015)
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Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy

age 10+

Fantastic mystery set in Scotland has terrorist theme.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2013)
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Portal Knights

age 10+

Addictive sandbox crafting adventure with RPG elements.

Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2017)
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Re-Mission

age 10+

Shooter lets young cancer patients take aim at their disease

Platforms: Windows, Mac (2006)
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SpeedRunners

age 10+

Fast-paced superhero action very fun, has cartoon violence.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2016)
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Sid Meier's Civilization V

age 11+

Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.

Platforms: Windows (2010)
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SimCity 4

age 11+

City building sim offers great entertainment & education.

Platforms: Windows (2003)
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Spore

age 11+

This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2008)
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Portal

age 12+

Innovative puzzler with first-person action.

Platforms: Windows (2008)
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Age of Empires II: Age of Kings

age 13+

Strategy is key in tough real-time strategy game.

Platforms: Windows, Mac (2002)
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Broken Age

age 13+

Witty story with memorable characters and good message.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows (2014)
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Empire Total War

age 13+

Historical battles on land and sea done right.

Platforms: Windows (2009)
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