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 about 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, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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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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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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A Bird Story Game Poster Image
Short but emotionally powerful story told without words.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Game Poster Image
The island life is idyllic in this latest adventure sim.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Assemble with Care Game Poster Image
Heart-warming tale blended with fun gameplay.
Platforms: Apple Arcade
(2019)
(2019)
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Beyond Blue Game Poster Image
Lovely undersea adventure with strong conservation message.
Platforms: Apple Arcade, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Unravel Two Game Poster Image
Beautiful puzzle adventure promotes positivity, teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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A Fold Apart Game Poster Image
Novel paper puzzler tackles long-distance relationships.
Platforms: Apple Arcade, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Arise: A Simple Story Game Poster Image
Touching poetic adventure explores time, age, and death.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Concrete Genie Game Poster Image
Great anti-bullying game swaps fighting for art.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Jupiter & Mars Game Poster Image
Sea exploration adventure with ocean conservation theme.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Lost Ember Game Poster Image
Emotional take on both animal and human nature.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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Lost Words: Beyond the Page Game Poster Image
Beautiful adventure deals with grief, perseverance, growth.
Platforms: Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Mission US: Flight to Freedom Game Poster Image
Riveting sim where choices decide fate of enslaved teen.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Game Poster Image
Beautiful run-and-jump adventure with environmental themes.
Platforms: Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Sym Game Poster Image
Sym
Clever puzzler addresses social anxiety disorder.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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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
(2019)
(2017)
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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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Think Like Churchill App Poster Image
Go inside history with stunning visuals, critical decisions.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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The Westport Independent App Poster Image
News simulator shows how the media can shape reality.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2016)
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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, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iPhone, iPod
(2013)
(2013)
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Finding Home - A Refugee's Journey App Poster Image
Incredible interactive story shows teen refugee experience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Sea of Solitude Game Poster Image
Eloquent adventure deals sensitively with mental illness.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Abridge News App Poster Image
Bias-battling news platform is small but clever.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Tell Me Why Game Poster Image
Emotionally charged story invites dialogue and reflection.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2020)
(2020)
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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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