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

age 6+

Fun, cartoony collection of portable sport games entertains.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2017)
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Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop

age 7+

Sweet cooking sim great for younger gamers.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2017)
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Bye-Bye BoxBoy!

age 8+

Think outside the box in fun, addictive puzzler's finale.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2017)
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Chime Sharp

age 8+

Soothing puzzler moves to its own beat.

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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FIFA 18

age 8+

Fantastic, gorgeous soccer sim has great play enhancements.

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Forza Motorsport 7

age 8+

Exceptional racing sim takes the checkered flag.

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One (2017)
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Gravel

age 8+

Fun arcade-style off-road racing game for all ages.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2018)
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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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LittleBigPlanet 3

age 8+

Kids empowered to create own content in clever adventure.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 (2014)
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MLB The Show 18

age 8+

Great baseball sim just misses knocking it out of the park.

Platforms: PlayStation 4 (2018)
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NBA 2K18

age 10+

Basketball game embraces online play, huge product promos.

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Railway Empire

age 8+

All aboard solid simulation of the rise of the rails.

Platforms: Linux, Nintendo Switch, Windows (2020)
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Super Beat Sports

age 8+

Quirky, fun rhythm party game moves to its own beat.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2017)
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Birthdays the Beginning

age 10+

Entertaining, simplified sim looks at the evolution of life.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows (2017)
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Candleman: The Complete Journey

age 10+

Poetic platformer fun for all ages, has delightful play.

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One (2018)
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It's Quiz Time

age 10+

Fun party trivia game with many categories and questions.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2017)
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MotoGP 17

age 12+

Tough but deep motorcycle racer appeals to racing fans.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2017)
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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2

age 10+

Hungry game character back for another challenging course.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2016)
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