Gamer Girl Musings: Kid Friendly Games You’ll Play

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By Jaime Whittaker (@JaimeW912)

Welcome to the first Gamer Girl Musings of the New Year! Today I would like to talk about Kid Friendly Video Games You’ll Play. As a parent of a nerdy child who is starting to show interest in video games, it can be difficult sometimes to give up the controller find games that are kid friendly, yet also fun for adults (including those who don’t have kids!). I’ve compiled a list to help you out!

Minecraft Story Mode (PS4, Android, Xbox 360, PS Vita, XBox One, PS3, Wii U, iOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows and more!)




My daughter will spend an hour or more engaged in the world she is building in Minecraft. I honestly do not get it. I have tried to sit down and play the game; I have watched her build some miraculous buildings and spawn a myriad of blocky farm animals and still: I just. Don’t. Get. It. I do however enjoy Telltale games and this looks like a Minecraft game I can wrap my head around.

Skylanders Trap Team (PS4, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, Android, Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Fire OS)




We never got into any of the earlier Skylanders games. There’s just something cool about being able to trap bad guys and force them to be on your team. I also love that you can use Skylanders figures from previous games in full story mode (unlike Disney Infinity which only allows backwards compatibility in the sandbox). I will admit….we may have a Skylanders problem.

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)




As a fan of the original Mario Kart, I’ve gotta say this is a lot of fun! I love being able to unlock new racers, vehicles, and racing gear. The challenge of trying to win a gold cup in each category also brings out one’s competitive nature. Most of all, I love racing side-by-side with my mini me.

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)




I know, another Mario game. If you couldn’t tell by my 30th Anniversary Mario post I love the Mario games. And I love cats…..Mario gets to dress up as a cat and CLIMB WALLS! Do I really need to say more? All kidding aside, though I am typically a fan of the traditional side scrolling Mario game, this game was loads of fun.

Splatoon (Wii U)




Splat or get splatted in this game! I like the idea of a shooter game sans violence for kids. With a variety of splat weapons, arenas, and shape shifting ability, this is a great game to play solo or against another player.

Little Big Planet 3 (PS4, PS3)




I honestly felt like LBP2 was lacking a lot of the originality and appeal that I felt in the first game. This game however gives you the option playing as other sack creatures aside from the beloved Sack Boy (I do love Sack Boy. He is quite adorbs).

Lego Marvel Super Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Android, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Mac OS)




Prepare to be spammed by some Lego Games! I had a lot of fun with this game. I especially loved playing as the Hulk. HULK SMASH!!! It’s so exhilarating.

The Lego Movie Video Game (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS)




Everything is AWESOME! This video game based on the movie is awesome! You can become a Master Builder and play as over 90 different characters! How is that even possible???

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, Android, Nintendo DS, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS)




Of all the LEGO video games that are out there, the Star Wars games have always been my favorite. And it really is hard to pick a favorite LEGO Star Wars game, but this game includes the entire (Pre The Force Awakens) Star Wars Saga! SCORE!

Super Smash Bros. (Wii U)




I love combat games like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Would I let my young child play any of these games? A no. Super Smash Bros. combines characters from across the Nintendo (and beyond) universe in combat that is not only kid friendly but also challenging. It’s not simply a button mashing extravaganza like many adult oriented combat games are, because there are many obstacles you must overcome as you are fighting your opponents.

Disney Infinity 3.0 (Wii U)




Let me just make something really clear here….the only reason this game is on the list is because of Star Wars. I’m really not into the sandbox aspect of these games, and I am quite upset that you cannot use many of the characters in story mode. Essentially you need to buy playsets and the figures that go with them to play the game’s story mode. These games that require the purchase of figures are both ingenious and cruel. The figures are really fun to collect and have but it’s also very frustrating that you need to buy them almost like DLC in order to play the character, and buy playsets to play certain levels. Remember the good old days when you bought a game and that was it?!

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (Microsoft Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)




The addicting original 2D PC Game is now a 3d game available on PC and consoles! This game has taken on a whole new life as a multi-player third person shooter and tower defense game. In this game, players can control the plants AND the zombies!

Castle of Illusion (PSN, XBox Live Arcade, Mac OS X)




Major nostalgia right here. I loved the Genesis classic. This takes the side scrolling classic to another level in this fantastical 3D world of play.

Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (Nintendo 3DS)




These games are paired Generation VI games that are enhanced remakes of the third generation titles Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. The plot is mostly the same with minor changes.

That’s it for today nerds. What games will you be playing with your kids? (Or by yourself, no judgement here!)

Stay Nerdy!

~Jaime


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