Nonviolent Video Games

Violence doesn't have to be part of video games for kids. Here's a list of games in which violence isn't the focus. Kids can have fun learning, dancing, solving puzzles, playing sports, and more.

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Kinect Sesame Street TV Game Poster Image
Excellent example of educational interactive television.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Pet Pals 2: Best of Friends! Game Poster Image
Learn tricks, make friends, and shop with a virtual puppy.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2011)
(2011)
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PlayStation Vita Pets Game Poster Image
Excellent pet simulator combines animal care and adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2014)
(2014)
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Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure Game Poster Image
Great first video game adventure for young princess lovers.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Just Dance: Disney Party Game Poster Image
Popular dance game with a Magic Kingdom twist -- for kids.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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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 Wii U
(2014)
(2014)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus: Oceans Game Poster Image
This deep sea dive is teeming with fish and education.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
(2012)
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Pokemon Art Academy Game Poster Image
Pokemon drawing app teaches techniques; great instruction.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone Game Poster Image
Outstanding painting software can make anyone an artist.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Crashmo Game Poster Image
Fun, cheap puzzle game promotes logic and puzzle creation.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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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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FIFA Soccer 13 Game Poster Image
Extraordinarily good soccer game with easy controls.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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Lumines: Electronic Symphony Game Poster Image
Great puzzler puts kids’ strategy skills to the test.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2012)
(2012)
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NBA 2K13 Game Poster Image
Excellent pro basketball sim now with 1992 Dream Team.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PSP, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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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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Style Savvy Trendsetters Game Poster Image
The focus is on looks, but business strategy makes the game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 Game Poster Image
Active game more about dancing than exercise routines.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2012)
(2012)
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Just Dance 4 Game Poster Image
Popular dancing game continues to entertain with new music.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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Gazillionaire! Game Poster Image
Econ becomes interesting when running interstellar company.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Dance Central 3 Game Poster Image
Fun and active dancing game for groups, now with story mode.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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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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