Age appropriate video games for 6 to 12 year olds

Minecraft

Minecraft is arguably the most popular game for 6 to 12 year olds. In simple terms, Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. It has evolved into something much more than that.  At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters who lived in the Nether, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

While the building and survival element of the game continues, players also choose to adventure with friends or watch the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It is a very pretty game. Build a city, battle monsters or visit a land of mushrooms if that is more your cup of tea. In Minecraft anything is possible.

6 to 12 year olds

Safety rating:

Advertising: none

Simulated gambling: none

In-app purchases: none

Graphic violence: players can kill zombies and animals

Drug use/references: none

Explicit content: none

 

Game review

Gameplay: building block computer simulation

Story: survive in the Minecraft world

Art/graphics: wonderful retro graphics

Audio: age-appropriate sounds

 

Information

Price: $8.99

platform: ios, android, pc and mac, Xbox 360, PS4

Developer: Mohjang

 

RATING

5 stars

 

Lightbot

Lightbot is a programming puzzle game ideal for 6 to 12 year olds. It’s a game whose game mechanics require using programming to solve levels. 

Simply guiding a robot to light up tiles and solve levels using commands, Lightbot cultivates a real understanding of procedures, loops, and conditionals for players.

Educators around the world are choosing to use Lightbot first when introducing their students to programming, coding and computer science. 

Lightbot features 50 levels and 20 challenge stars to collect and is a must-have for puzzle enthusiasts of any age.

6 to 12 year olds

Safety rating:

Advertising: none

Simulated gambling: none

In-app purchases: none

Graphic violence: none

Drug use/references: none

Explicit content: none

Game review

Gameplay: learn how to code by solving puzzles

Story: No storyline

Art/graphics: basic retro graphics

Audio: age-appropriate sounds

Information

Price: $3,79

platform: ios, android, web

Developer: LightBot Inc.

 

RATING

5 stars

World of Goo

Beautiful and surprising, the millions of Goo Balls who live in the World of Goo are curious to explore – but they don’t know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious.

Players manipulate the (beautiful and disgusting) interactive Goo Balls to build structures and weapons, solving puzzles and navigating their way through the unique levels.

6 to 12 year olds

 

Safety rating:

Advertising: none

Simulated gambling: none

In-app purchases: none

Graphic violence: none

Drug use/references: none

Explicit content: none

 

 

Game review

Gameplay: puzzle game, more for 8+

Story: none

Art/graphics: dark gooey graphics

Audio: age appropriate sounds

 

 

Information

Price: $6.49

platform: ios, android, web

Developer: 2D boy

 

RATING

5 stars

 

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