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7 video games the whole family can play

7 video games the whole family can play

For as long as video games have been video games, kids have loved them. But during recent years, the age of the average video gamer has slowly crept up, and now sits somewhere in the 30-35-year-old bracket.

The point is that video games have come a long way since their inception, and there is now a gigantic array of genres, platforms and consoles through which to consume them. Some of them are educational, some of them are informational, and some of them are just flat-out fun. Whatever you’re looking for, here are some of our favourites.

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo Switch

Quite possibly the pinnacle of family-friendly gaming, Mario Kart has been around since 1992 when it was first released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the latest offering, is a zany, go-kart-style racing game and it is VERY likely that mum will become completely addicted to it, so consider yourself warned. 

2. Rocket League

Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch.

Imagine a game of soccer, but it’s set in the future, and with cars instead of people. That’s Rocket League. It’s absolutely chaotic, insanely fun and – just like Mario Kart – properly addictive. Prepare for some epic family rivalries to develop.

3. Worms WMD

Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, smartphones

A classic of the family-friendly genre since 1995, the Worms franchise pits teams of heavily-armed worms against each other in a battle for survival. Featuring an armory of bonkers weaponry (think banana bombs, concrete donkeys and ninja ropes), there is no shortage of fun to be had with these creepy crawlies. PSA: it features cartoonish violence against worms.

4. Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

Web browser, smartphones

Originally released in the ‘90s, this classic educational caper recently received a fresh lick of paint care of Google Earth. Through a range of exploratory puzzles, evidence-gathering and interviewing of witnesses, the kids follow along with Carmen’s global capers while – ever so subtly – learning heaps of historical facts and global/geographical trivia in the process. Win-win.  

5. Overcooked 2

Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One 

If you’ve ever wanted to get your kids to help out more in the kitchen, start with Overcooked 2: a co-op kitchen-based game in which you have to work as a team to get through each level. Of course, it won’t turn anyone into Nigella Lawson, but it will provide hours of fun while providing some essential team-building along the way.

6. Fortnite: Battle Royale

Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, smartphones

One of the most popular teen video games of the last few years, Fortnite – a battle for survival featuring animated violence and plenty of fort-building – is endlessly entertaining. You’ll have to take it in turns since it’s only single player, but there’s stacks of fun to be had in seeing which family member can make it furthest through a given round (our money’s on the kids).

7. Minecraft

Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, smartphones

Chances are that if you have video game-age kids, you’ve heard of Minecraft. But instead of just letting them play it, there’s plenty for parents to get stuck into here too. It’s a largely free-roaming affair that teaches a lot of useful skills such as harnessing creativity, problem-solving, reading and collaboration. And by setting up your own game, you can join your kids online and help them explore, craft tools, build structures and gather up resources – if they let you!

It might not be time for a grand road trip but it never hurts to have a couple apps up your sleeves for the kids. Chem them out here.