Video games for young children
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My 5 year old started playing video games last year (she has played some apps before that). This is a geek list for games that are appropriate in theme, and simple enough mechanically for young children to play mostly by themselves. Feel free to add your kids favorites to the list.
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1. Video Game: Bone: Out From Boneville [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Based on a graphic novel series that my kids enjoy, the Bone games are fun simple point and click adventures that follow the plot of the books.
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2. Video Game: Bone: The Great Cow Race [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Based on a graphic novel series that my kids enjoy, the Bone games are fun simple point and click adventures that follow the plot of the books.
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3. Video Game: Finding Teddy [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:6841]
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My daughter inexplicably loves this point and click adventure. She has played through it 4 times. The first time she needed a little help with some of the music puzzles, but she played it on her own the next 3 times.
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4. Video Game: Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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My daughter loves all of the Freddi Fish games. Simple adventures that she can play on her own.
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5. Video Game: Fun School 2: Ages 6-8 [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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The British Fun School games have a good amount of small games which is used to teach children.

I played it a lot on my Amiga - but it... does get boring fast when you are 10-15 years old (so I played a lot of other games instead). I actually have the version pictured for my Amigas - and played it last year.
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6. Video Game: Hidden Folks [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:2952]
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The kids love "Where's Waldo" and this is essentially the video game equivalent, so naturally they enjoy it. Even my 2 year old joins in helping his sister find things.
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7. Franchise: Josefine & Pixeline
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You will get a franchise - the list of games with Pixeline (I don't know Josefine... so I can't vouch for those) are huge! More games than what the database even shows.

Danish teaching games for... well young children.
Match, Danish, English, Geography - and just playful games (with some sort of learning).
Even board games were made with Pixeline
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8. Video Game: Katamari Damacy [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:122]
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Who doesn't love rolling a katamari around picking up stuff?
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9. Video Game: Kirby's Epic Yarn [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:836]
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Absolutely adorable and lovingly crafted. The music is terrific.

It can get frustrating at times, but players can't die. They just get in a bubble. As long as one player is still solid you can keep moving on.

And since players can grab each other and toss them, or bubbilize and then the other player can move past a challenging part and then recover the other player it allows to move past obstacles.
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10. Video Game: LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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We all love the Lego games. They are too difficult for my kids to play on their own, but they can definitely join in as a character while we play with them.
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11. Video Game: LittleBIGPlanet [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:285]
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Too hard to play by herself, but she loves playing with us. The theme is perfect for kids.
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12. Video Game: Monster Loves You! [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:6978]
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Sort of a choose your own adventure story with monsters, my daughter enjoyed it.
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13. Video Game: My Very Hungry Caterpillar [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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This is the first game that either of my children played. Based on a favorite picture book, you care for the caterpillar until he turns into a. Butterfly. Both kids have spent hours on this game.
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14. Video Game: Once Upon a Monster [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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I've only played a demo of this game a while back, but I'm looking forward to playing this with my daughter in a couple of years.

It's a Sesame Street Kinect game where the players jump around and do funny things based on what the characters are doing on screen. I think it'll be easier for my daughter to play a game like this than one using a controller.
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15. Video Game: Pajama Sam: No Need To Hide When It's Dark Outside [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:5510]
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Another easy kids adventure series.
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16. Video Game: Princess Isabella: A Witch's Curse [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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My daughter adored this simple puzzle game with a theme that she adored.
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17. Video Game: Princess Isabella: Return of the Curse [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Not as good as the first game in this series, but my daughter still liked it.
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18. Video Game: Princess Isabella: The Rise Of An Heir [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Not as good as the first game in this series, but my daughter still liked it.
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19. Video Game: Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo [Average Rating:6.73 Unranked]
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The Putt Putt games are another easy adventure game series that kids can play by themselves.
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20. Video Game: Scribblenauts Collection [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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My kids live everything Scribblenauts. When we first started playing I would read the challenge to the kids, they would tell me what object they wanted, and I'd type it for them. Now my daughter can read and spell and she plays without assistance.
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21. Video Game: Spyro the Dragon [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:814]
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My daughter recently started playing this classic. She loves all the dragons and it is simple enough for her to be slowly making her way through it.
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22. Video Game: Teddy Floppy Ear - Mountain Adventure [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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A simple point and click adventure with a kid friendly theme.
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23. Video Game: Woodle Tree Adventures [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:6761]
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A simple short game with a cute theme and graphics. You collect water droplets. This was a fun diversion for a couple of mornings.
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24. Video Game: Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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Cute open world exploration and crafting game. No combat or death. Just wander around exploring, doing quests for people. Main weakness is a few of the crafting tasks require a ton of material farming.
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25. Video Game: Кот или Хлеб? [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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While not being a "true" children's game I would say that children would easily manage to play this! At least if they know the difference between a cat and a bread...
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