Awesome Games for Boys

Not all boys' games are created equal -- some have much better role models than others. With teen boys averaging 56 minutes per day playing video games, you want to make sure they've got good stuff to play, right? We've collected some of our favorites here that let gamers (both boys and girls) see what it's like to be everything from a fireman to an animal rescuer to a superhero to a puzzle master.

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Bob the Builder: Can-Do Zoo

age 3+

Help zoo animals in educational downloadable game.

Platforms: Windows, Mac (2008)
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Bob the Builder: Bob Builds a Park CD-ROM Poster Image
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Bob the Builder: Bob Builds a Park CD-ROM

age 4+

Bob builds a nice mix of activities.

Platforms: Windows (2003)
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Go Diego Go: Safari Rescue

age 4+

Preschoolers get their own "wild" Wii game.

Platforms: Nintendo Wii (2008)
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Go Diego Go: Wolf Pup Rescue Poster Image
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Go Diego Go: Wolf Pup Rescue

age 4+

Preschoolers rescue animals with Dora and Diego.

Platforms: Windows (2006)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Jake and the Never Land Pirates

age 4+

Games, treasure, and free exploration = swashbuckling fun.

Platforms: LeapFrog games (2012)
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Jake Power: Fireman

age 5+

Great action game for little kids who revere firemen.

Platforms: Nintendo DS (2009)
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Jake Power: Policeman Poster Image
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Jake Power: Policeman

age 5+

Fun, accessible action game for young children.

Platforms: Nintendo DS (2009)
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Gary Gadget: Building Cars

age 6+

Inventive kids turn junk into jalopies.

Platforms: Windows, Mac (2006)
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FIFA 16

age 8+

Female soccer stars join fantastic yearly sports sim.

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LittleBigPlanet 3

age 8+

Kids empowered to create own content in clever adventure.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 (2014)
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Madden NFL 16

age 8+

One of the better Madden offerings in years.

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Wreck-It Ralph Poster Image
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Wreck-It Ralph

age 8+

Movie-based platformer misses opportunity to be great.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii (2012)
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Ben 10 Omniverse

age 9+

TV-based action game with puzzles, some fantasy battles.

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Unravel

age 8+

Poetic platformer with themes of family, friends, aging.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2016)
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King's Quest

age 10+

Funny, surprising adventure with beautiful graphics.

Platforms: Windows (2015)
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Ratchet & Clank

age 10+

Cartoonish action with mild violence for (almost) all ages.

Platforms: PlayStation 4 (2016)
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Scribblenauts Unlimited

age 10+

Vocabulary-exercise puzzler is an imaginative treat.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U (2012)
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Stacking

age 10+

Brilliant, thoughtful puzzler has a little violence.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 (2011)
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Papo & Yo

age 11+

Dramatic and affecting puzzler about alcoholism and abuse.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows (2012)
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Planet Crashers

age 11+

Enjoyable role-playing game encourages the use of strategy.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2012)
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