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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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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Mario Sports Superstars Game Poster Image
Fun, cartoony collection of portable sport games entertains.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop Game Poster Image
Sweet cooking sim great for younger gamers.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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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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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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Bye-Bye BoxBoy! Game Poster Image
Think outside the box in fun, addictive puzzler's finale.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Everybody's Golf Game Poster Image
All-ages golf sim encourages friendly competitive play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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FIFA 18 Game Poster Image
Fantastic, gorgeous soccer sim has great play enhancements.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Lumines: Electronic Symphony Game Poster Image
Great puzzler puts kids’ strategy skills to the test.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2012)
(2012)
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MLB The Show 18 Game Poster Image
Great baseball sim just misses knocking it out of the park.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(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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Pokemon Art Academy Game Poster Image
Pokemon drawing app teaches techniques; great instruction.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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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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Railway Empire Game Poster Image
All aboard solid simulation of the rise of the rails.
Platforms: Linux, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
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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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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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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 2018 Game Poster Image
Familiar but fun dance routine with a few new steps.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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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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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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Sparc Game Poster Image
Virtual dodgeball is full of electrifying fun.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR
(2017)
(2017)
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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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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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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Game Poster Image
With patience, this farm reaps an entertaining harvest.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Tacoma Game Poster Image
Mature sci-fi tale founded on strong storytelling.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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