Nonviolent Video Games

Violence doesn't have to be part of video games for kids. In fact, there are plenty of games where you won't have to pick up a weapon or intentionally cause harm to another person or thing. Instead, these games focus more on exploration, personal growth, or storytelling. Below, we've compiled a group of games where violence isn't the focus of the on-screen action. Kids can have fun learning, dancing, solving puzzles, playing sports, and more. If you're interested in games that specifically avoid violence for certain consoles, check out our Nonviolent Games for PS4 list or our Nonviolent Games for Xbox One list. 

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Pix the Cat Game Poster Image
Throwback arcade puzzler with impressive scope.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Game Poster Image
Cute puzzle-filled adventure for kids and kids at heart.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U
(2018)
(2018)
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Grow Home Game Poster Image
Charming outing with robots tending intergalactic plants.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Flywrench Game Poster Image
Simple, twitchy action game demands precision, attention.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Starseed Pilgrim Game Poster Image
Coy puzzler will wrinkle your brain and curiosity.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Amplitude Game Poster Image
All-too-short musical treat for both the eyes and ears.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
(2016)
(2016)
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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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Chime Sharp Game Poster Image
Soothing puzzler moves to its own beat.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Game Poster Image
Become a wizardly conductor in music game; some iffy lyrics.
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Epistory - Typing Chronicles Game Poster Image
Colorful adventure will push typing skills to the limit.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Everybody's Golf Game Poster Image
All-ages golf sim encourages friendly competitive play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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FIFA 20 Game Poster Image
The streets meet the pitch in the latest soccer sim chapter.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Game Poster Image
Brilliant and beautiful arcade shooter with online play.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(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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Hidden Folks Game Poster Image
Folk story hidden-object game is repetitive yet charming.
Platforms: Mac, Windows, iPhone
(2017)
(2017)
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Infinite Minigolf Game Poster Image
Big fun to be had, made in this mini-sized golf game.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Lego Builder's Journey Game Poster Image
Violence-free puzzler rewards logical and creative thinking.
Platforms: Apple Arcade
(2019)
(2019)
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Lost Orbit Game Poster Image
Dodge your way to safety in this galactic adventure.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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MLB The Show 19 Game Poster Image
This sim is a grand slam of baseball fun for all players.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2019)
(2019)
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NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Game Poster Image
All-ages arcade slam dunk for basketball fans.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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Overcooked Game Poster Image
Crazy co-op cooking game emphasizes collaboration, focus.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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Osmos Game Poster Image
Smart, pretty puzzler may get kids thinking about science.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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Pode Game Poster Image
Beautiful co-op tale of friendship and teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
(2018)
(2018)
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Puyo Puyo Champions Game Poster Image
Family-friendly puzzler encourages social play.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2019)
(2019)
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Railway Empire Game Poster Image
All aboard solid simulation of the rise of the rails.
Platforms: Linux, Nintendo Switch, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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Airscape: The Fall of Gravity Game Poster Image
Octopus-out-of-water tale has a lot of gravity, confusion.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Metrico+ Game Poster Image
Inventive, tough platformer breathes life into infographics.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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404Sight Game Poster Image
Fast-paced challenging action tries to teach Net lesson.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Abzu Game Poster Image
Artistic aquatic adventure filled with mystery, wonder.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Birthdays the Beginning Game Poster Image
Entertaining, simplified sim looks at the evolution of life.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Candleman: The Complete Journey Game Poster Image
Poetic platformer fun for all ages, has delightful play.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Headmaster Game Poster Image
Wacky VR soccer has humorous story, lots of fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR
(2016)
(2016)
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It's Quiz Time Game Poster Image
Fun party trivia game with many categories and questions.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Just Dance 2020 Game Poster Image
Great for dancing, socializing -- but some mature lyrics.
Platforms: Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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NBA 2K18 Game Poster Image
Basketball game embraces online play, huge product promos.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Neo Atlas 1469 Game Poster Image
16th century exploration sim uncovers new world of strategy.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Windows
(2019)
(2019)
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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Game Poster Image
Hungry game character back for another challenging course.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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Rituals Game Poster Image
Short adventure captivates with puzzles, intriguing story.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Seasons After Fall Game Poster Image
Artistically beautiful journey needs guidance during play.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Sparc Game Poster Image
Virtual dodgeball is full of electrifying fun.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR
(2017)
(2017)
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Stardew Valley Game Poster Image
Absorbing farm simulation is fun; some confusing segments.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Sym Game Poster Image
Sym
Clever puzzler addresses social anxiety disorder.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Tetris Effect Game Poster Image
Classic puzzle gameplay remixed with VR, engaging effects.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR
(2018)
(2018)
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The Witness Game Poster Image
Brilliant puzzle game is challenging but deeply rewarding.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Thumper Game Poster Image
Powerful VR rhythm game could grow kids' interest in music.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR
(2016)
(2016)
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Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection Game Poster Image
Revamped animal/business sim great for new audiences.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Gazillionaire! Game Poster Image
Econ becomes interesting when running interstellar company.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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The Jackbox Party Pack 4 Game Poster Image
Hilarious, at times confusing party pack can thrill players.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Kathy Rain Game Poster Image
Fun, cheeky adventure heavy on puzzles, mid-'90s atmosphere.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Sunset Game Poster Image
Unconventional war game forces cultural reflection.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Dear Esther Game Poster Image
Poetic experience is less a game than an interactive story.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Kitty Powers' Love Life Game Poster Image
Play cupid in amusing socially inclusive relationship sim.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
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Kitty Powers' Matchmaker Game Poster Image
Funny, clever, socially inclusive dating simulation.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Tacoma Game Poster Image
Mature sci-fi tale founded on strong storytelling.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Firewatch Game Poster Image
Mystery set in wilderness is challenging, captivating.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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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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