Starter Games for Parents to Play with Kids

It can be loads of fun to play video games with your kids or teens. Here's a great set of starter games with themes and topics you'll both enjoy. Even if you're shy about your gaming skills, go ahead and try. And be sure to read one gamer's triumphant firsthand account about her journey to acceptance!

Browse Starter Games for Parents to Play with Kids

 
LEARNING
Excellent example of educational interactive television.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
 
LEARNING
Health and fitness are the focus in this cute, active game.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2011)
 
LEARNING
Engaging and funny interactive adventures are pure joy.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
 
LEARNING
Excellent pet simulator combines animal care and adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2014)
 
Hodgepodge of physical Kinect games makes families giggle.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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LEARNING
Fun family racer lets kids upload sweet moves to YouTube.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
 
LEARNING
Charming, melodic, and genre-bending game for kids, adults.
Platforms: Facebook, PlayStation Vita, Windows, iPhone, iPod
(2014)
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LEARNING
Lots of group fun encapsulated in 80+ mini-games.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
 
Lead Kinect launch game is accessible fun for all ages.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2010)
 
Family-friendly fantasy tees up fun with appealing mascots.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
 
LEARNING
Fun platformer rewards perseverance, offers good co-op play.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
 
LEARNING
Fantastic platform adventure is fun for the whole family.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
 
LEARNING
Thinking games become a party activity on the Wii.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2007)
 
Imaginative PSP platformer is fun and lets you be creative.
Platforms: PSP
(2009)
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LEARNING
Fun, family-friendly mini-games open the door to Wii U.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2012)
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LEARNING
Puzzle series' Wii U debut delivers great mind-benders.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
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Fast (too fast?), exciting chapter in this hedgehog story.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2010)
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Quirky sim engages kids in a virtual doll soap opera.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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LEARNING
Five sports games get Wii U athletes on their feet.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
 
LEARNING
Fun, imaginative, safe adventure set in a plastic world.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
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LEARNING
Deep, detailed baseball game among best for sports fans.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2014)
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LEARNING
Beautiful adventure less a game than interactive poetry.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
(2012)
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LEARNING
Dance to today's and yesterday's songs for fun and fitness.
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii
(2013)
 
LEARNING
Disney characters star in fight-filled role-playing game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
 
LEARNING
Vast world, fun superhero characters that finally talk!
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Windows
(2012)
 
LEARNING
Toy figurines become characters in exciting action game.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
 
Value-priced trilogy of PS2 games, now for the PS3.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2010)
 
LEARNING
Compelling story with strong role models, loss, and battles.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
 
LEARNING
Comedic, cartoonish shooter should be OK for younger teens.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
 
LEARNING
Superb puzzler is a smart treat for kids and their parents.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Fun trivia game has questions suitable for teens and adults.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2009)
 
Artful RPG has mild violence but good ethics.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2008)
 
Clever spin on trivia games sports a little dirty humor.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, Nintendo DSi
(2011)

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