Shoot-'em-Up Alternatives

If you're a parent, chances are that your kids are interested in games. But you may be concerned about the amount of possible shooting and fighting that can be found in games, especially the most popular ones that are constantly promoted on TV and on the web. Well, have no fear -- we've gathered below a list of great games that range from puzzlers to music games to sims and more. All of these are alternatives without any shooting or fighting to be found in gameplay. If you're looking for games that are completely without violence, check out our Nonviolent Video Games list, and for great games for the family, look at our list of Family Video Games.

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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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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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Chime Sharp Game Poster Image
Soothing puzzler moves to its own beat.
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 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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Forza Motorsport 7 Game Poster Image
Exceptional racing sim takes the checkered flag.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Gravel Game Poster Image
Fun arcade-style off-road racing game for all ages.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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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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LittleBigPlanet 3 Game Poster Image
Kids empowered to create own content in clever adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
(2014)
(2014)
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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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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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Railway Empire Game Poster Image
All aboard solid simulation of the rise of the rails.
Platforms: Linux, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
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Super Beat Sports Game Poster Image
Quirky, fun rhythm party game moves to its own beat.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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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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MotoGP 17 Game Poster Image
Tough but deep motorcycle racer appeals to racing fans.
Platforms: 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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Project CARS 2 Game Poster Image
Realistic racer depicts authentic crashes, but not injuries.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Pyre Game Poster Image
Kooky sports adventure is surprisingly engaging, fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Splatoon 2 Game Poster Image
Colorful multiplayer shooter is captivating, can melt hours.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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Steep: Road to the Olympics Game Poster Image
Extreme sports game showcases drive, tenacity to win gold.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Super Mario Odyssey Game Poster Image
Great, fun Mario adventure is an instant classic on Switch.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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Walden, A Game Game Poster Image
Beautiful open-world survival game promotes self-reflection.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Spore Game Poster Image
This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2008)
(2008)
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DiRT 4 Game Poster Image
Solid rally racing game with tons of customizable options.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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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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Rock Band 4 Game Poster Image
Rhythm game with some iffy lyrics fosters interest in music.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2015)
(2015)
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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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Knowledge Is Power Game Poster Image
Amusing, funny trivia game fuses console with mobile.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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SingStar Celebration Game Poster Image
Latest karaoke game brings party to smartphones, consoles.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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