Games That Support Kindness and Compassion

One of the most important character strengths a kid can learn is compassion, or the ability to sympathize with others' feelings. Although many video games focus on violence over acts of kindness, many out there can help kids see other viewpoints, celebrate others' traditions, and learn how tough it is to be bullied or discriminated against. And because games are interactive, the message might stick better than with videos or movies. Here are some of our top picks for building compassion. And for more great character-building games, check out our list of the Best Empathy Apps, Games, and Websites.

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Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
Tots learn to recognize emotions, behaviors with cute app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Wee You-Things App Poster Image
Colorful, interactive book lets kids celebrate diversity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Avokiddo Emotions App Poster Image
Hilarious and creative way for little ones to see emotions.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Game Poster Image
Engaging and funny interactive adventures are pure joy.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Touch and Learn - Emotions App Poster Image
Free app builds emotional awareness; best with adult input.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Cool School: Where Peace Rules Game Poster Image
Charming game models conflict resolution for young kids.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Social Adventures App Poster Image
Powerful, engaging tool can help boost kids' social skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2012)
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Who Am I? Race Awareness Game App Poster Image
Discussion starter for kids and parents to play together.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2013)
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My DPS App Poster Image
Fantastic app teaches emotions, coping strategies for kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
(2012)
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A Bird Story Game Poster Image
Short but emotionally powerful story told without words.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Chuchel Game Poster Image
Madcap puzzle game delights as much as it challenges.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
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Herotopia Game Poster Image
Online world where kids become heroes by combating bullying.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys App Poster Image
Beautiful graphics, music, story send anti-bullying message.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Gravity Ghost Game Poster Image
Beautiful puzzler explores life, death, and relationships.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Re-Mission 2 Game Poster Image
Six fun games turn cancer treatment into a winnable battle.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Unravel Game Poster Image
Poetic platformer with themes of family, friends, aging.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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Child of Light Game Poster Image
Original, accessible, fun RPG stars lots of strong females.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Doki-Doki Universe Game Poster Image
Learn what it means to be human in quirky adventure game.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2013)
(2013)
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Last Day of June Game Poster Image
Painterly adventure game explores love, loss, sacrifice.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Mission US: Flight to Freedom Game Poster Image
Riveting sim where your choices decide fate of teen slave.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Stop, Breathe & Think App Poster Image
Appealing tool guides meditation and promotes compassion.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Sym Game Poster Image
Sym
Clever puzzler addresses social anxiety disorder.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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The Unfinished Swan Game Poster Image
Innovative and poetic game with an uplifting life message.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2012)
(2012)
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Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are App Poster Image
Graphic novel teaches kids to feel good about themselves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
(2011)
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Papo & Yo Game Poster Image
Dramatic and affecting puzzler about alcoholism and abuse.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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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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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Game Poster Image
Emotional puzzler has great role models, some dark moments.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2013)
(2013)
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Half the Sky Movement: The Game Game Poster Image
Empowering sim explores women's issues and activism.
Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
(2013)
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Never Alone: Ki Edition Game Poster Image
Violent, beautiful Native tale with young, strong heroine.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Mulaka Game Poster Image
Artistic adventure based on a rich cultural mythology.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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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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1979 Revolution: Black Friday Game Poster Image
Tense, captivating, violent, personal recreation of history.
Platforms: Mac, 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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That Dragon, Cancer Game Poster Image
Profoundly moving tale of parents and terminally ill son.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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