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 Game Poster Image
Charming outing with robots tending intergalactic plants.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Didi & Ditto First Grade: The Wolf King Game Poster Image
Busy beavers help first-graders learn.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2005)
(2005)
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I Spy Fantasy Game Poster Image
Game packs 54 puzzles into three adventures.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2003)
(2003)
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Snail Bob 2 Game Poster Image
Clever cartoonish puzzle adventure perfect for families.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Mini Metro Game Poster Image
Mass transit simulator is simple, marvelous, hard to master.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
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Sunless Sea Game Poster Image
A seafaring game of discovery and survival.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Nuclear Throne Game Poster Image
Deep arcade-like shooter has lots of cartoonish violence.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Game Poster Image
A great amusement park simulation.
Platforms: Windows
(2005)
(2005)
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King's Quest Game Poster Image
Funny, surprising adventure with beautiful graphics.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy Game Poster Image
Fantastic mystery set in Scotland has terrorist theme.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Portal Knights Game Poster Image
Addictive sandbox crafting adventure with RPG elements.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Re-Mission Game Poster Image
Shooter lets young cancer patients take aim at their disease
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2006)
(2006)
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SpeedRunners Game Poster Image
Fast-paced superhero action very fun, has cartoon violence.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Sid Meier's Civilization V Game Poster Image
Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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SimCity 4 Game Poster Image
City building sim offers great entertainment & education.
Platforms: Windows
(2003)
(2003)
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Spore Game Poster Image
This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2008)
(2008)
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Portal Game Poster Image
Innovative puzzler with first-person action.
Platforms: Windows
(2008)
(2008)
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Age of Empires II: Age of Kings Game Poster Image
Strategy is key in tough real-time strategy game.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2002)
(2002)
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Broken Age Game Poster Image
Witty story with memorable characters and good message.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Empire Total War Game Poster Image
Historical battles on land and sea done right.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen Empire Game Poster Image
Game expansion with sci-fi violence has great storytelling.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Guild Wars 2 Game Poster Image
Beautiful fantasy MMO with rich story but violent combat.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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This War of Mine Game Poster Image
Violent, bleak survival game has new look at horrors of war.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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XCOM 2 Game Poster Image
Deep turn-based strategy game with lots of bloody violence.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Gone Home Game Poster Image
Terrific narrative game tackles tough teen identity issues.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Torchlight II Game Poster Image
Excellent fantasy RPG is too bloody for younger players.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Layers of Fear Game Poster Image
Unique horror focuses on mental illness, disturbing imagery.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Pillars of Eternity Game Poster Image
Captivating adventure rich with details, lore, action.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Westerado: Double Barreled Game Poster Image
Great murder mystery with action-packed Old West twist.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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World of Warcraft Game Poster Image
Become a hero in an enormous online fantasy world.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2004)
(2004)
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Half-Life 2 Game Poster Image
A game filled with unnerving gore and violence.
Platforms: Windows
(2004)
(2004)
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