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

age 5+

Throwback arcade puzzler with impressive scope.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows (2015)
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

age 6+

Cute puzzle-filled adventure for kids and kids at heart.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U (2018)
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Crossy Road Castle

age 6+

Grab coins, dodge hazards with friends in fun action game.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2020)
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Grow Home

age 6+

Charming outing with robots tending intergalactic plants.

Platforms: Windows (2015)
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

age 7+

The island life is idyllic in this latest adventure sim.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Flywrench

age 7+

Simple, twitchy action game demands precision, attention.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows (2017)
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Mini Metro

age 7+

Mass transit simulator is simple, marvelous, hard to master.

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Windows (2018)
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Starseed Pilgrim

age 7+

Coy puzzler will wrinkle your brain and curiosity.

Platforms: Windows (2015)
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Amplitude

age 8+

All-too-short musical treat for both the eyes and ears.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 (2016)
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Assemble with Care

age 8+

Heart-warming tale blended with fun gameplay.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2019)
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Beyond Blue

age 8+

Lovely undersea adventure with strong conservation message.

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biped

age 8+

Co-op puzzler is violence-free and promotes teamwork.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows (2020)
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Chime Sharp

age 8+

Soothing puzzler moves to its own beat.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2016)
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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

age 8+

Collection of classics promotes friendly social experiences.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Epistory - Typing Chronicles

age 8+

Colorful adventure will push typing skills to the limit.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2016)
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Everybody's Golf

age 8+

All-ages golf sim encourages friendly competitive play.

Platforms: PlayStation 4 (2017)
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Good Job!

age 8+

Office-themed puzzler rewards creative and logical thinking.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Gravity Ghost

age 8+

Beautiful puzzler explores life, death, and relationships.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows (2015)
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Hidden Folks

age 8+

Folk story hidden-object game is repetitive yet charming.

Platforms: Mac, Windows, iPhone (2017)
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Infinite Minigolf

age 8+

Big fun to be had, made in this mini-sized golf game.

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