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Buying a video game for a child can be a tricky proposition. In the modern world, many kids already know about video games, but the most popular titles aren't always the most suitable. So how do you know which games are appropriate for kids?


In this article, we share the 10 best child-friendly games on console and PC available to buy online in the UK on Amazon, Argos and various gaming platforms. So whether you're looking for world-building creativity, a computer-based puzzle game that's suitable for a 7 year old, or the top titles on the Nintendo Switch, in this article we show you how to choose!

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How to Choose a Video Game for Kids in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Check Which Platform Supports Your Chosen Game
  2. Make Sure to Pick a Suitable Genre
  3. Choose a Co-op or Party Game to Play With Family and Friends
  4. Use the PEGI Rating to Make Sure the Game Is Age-Appropriate

1. PC or Console? Check Which Platform Supports Your Chosen Game

1. PC or Console? Check Which Platform Supports Your Chosen Game

Consoles are a great way to start playing games. You just plug them into your TV, put the disc in or download the game and away you go. The PlayStation and Xbox series dominate the market right now, and many titles are available for both consoles. It's also worth noting that the new PS5 and Xbox Series X are backwards compatible, meaning that PS4 and Xbox One games work on them.


PC editions of popular titles offer more customisation with extra features like boosted graphics and player-created mods that can change the gaming experience. That said, setting them up on a PC isn't as easy, and a keyboard and mouse isn't as intuitive for some kids to use.


Lastly, we'd be amiss to not shout out handheld consoles such as the Nintendo Switch. This console can be played with or without a TV, and uses a split controller set up to allow up to four players to join in on the fun. Nintendo is also widely known for creating some of the very best child-friendly games out there, with many of the top titles for kids exclusively available on the Switch. 


Take a look at some more Nintendo Switch Games for Kids!

2. Consider the Genre: Puzzle and Adventure Games Spark Imagination, Racing and Battling Titles Help Let Off Steam

2. Consider the Genre: Puzzle and Adventure Games Spark Imagination, Racing and Battling Titles Help Let Off Steam

When deciding on what genre to pick, consider your child's interests. The best catch-all games for kids, which almost any personality type can enjoy, are usually open-ended world-building games. They pack in all ways sorts of ways to create and move through virtual worlds, without kids feeling restricted or punished for taking the wrong path.


On the other hand, a story-based adventure game can provide a sense of challenge and teach determination, persistence and delayed gratification to kids.  Be warned though, repeatedly failing levels in games can be frustrating for some kids. If your child gets angry or gives up easily, a more relaxing adventure title might be the answer.


Some children, especially as they get to their early teens, will love a competitive game that lets them master skills until they're better than their friends or family. A competitive kid-friendly combat, shooter or tournament game might be the one in this case!


There are some great Indie Games on the Switch that are suitable for kids.

3. Pick a Co-op or Party Game to Play With Family and Friends

3. Pick a Co-op or Party Game to Play With Family and Friends

Playing a game together is a great cooperative learning experience, especially for younger children under the age of 10. Local co-op games that let you play through the story or multiplayer of a game together while sitting in the same room as the child, are fantastic to get multiple generations involved in a shared goal.


Party games often let you play with four or more people at once, making them great for getting the whole family involved. These usually have a less complex story, focusing instead on creating an experience everyone can enjoy. 


Just be aware that finding offline multiplayer games available on a PC can be quite difficult, as they're often designed for online play, so you'll find that most split-screen and local co-op games tend to be on console


For more family-friendly fun, why not try out a family board game?

4. Use the PEGI Rating to Make Sure the Game Is Age-Appropriate

4. Use the PEGI Rating to Make Sure the Game Is Age-Appropriate

It's not always easy to tell whether a game is kid-friendly just by looking at the cover. For example, cartoony graphics are rarely a guarantee of child appropriate game content. Luckily in the UK, we're part of the PEGI or Pan European Game Information system. This lets you know what sort of content to expect within the game before you buy it. 


These ratings go from PEGI 3, which are considered suitable for all ages, all the way up to PEGI 18 games that should only be played by adults. When buying for a child, we recommend sticking to PEGI 12 games and below. Although, it's always best to choose a rating closest to your child's actual age.


You should be able to find the rating on the front of the game case. Some older games, or older editions, might not have it on the front case, but an age rating will be present somewhere. So make sure to check to avoid picking a title with graphic or inappropriate content for youngsters.

Compare the Best Video Games for Kids

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Nintendo - Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury for £39.99
  2. Microsoft - Minecraft for £21.99
  3. Warner Brother Games - Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 for £12.99
  4. Nintendo - Splatoon 2 for £36.99
  5. Team 17 - Overcooked: All You Can Eat for £22.56

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of video games for kids available and understand how our ranking was determined.


This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Nintendo Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury 1

Nintendo

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Microsoft Minecraft 1

Microsoft

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Warner Brother Games Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 1

Warner Brother Games

4
Nintendo Splatoon 2 1

Nintendo

5
Team 17 Overcooked: All You Can Eat 1

Team 17

6
Look Games Snipper Clips Plus 1

Look Games

7
Sony Journey: Collector's Edition 1

Sony

8
Activison Spyro Reignited Trilogy 1

Activison

9
EA The Sims 4 1

EA

10
Atari Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 1

Atari

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Minecraft

Lego Marvel Superheroes 2

Splatoon 2

Overcooked: All You Can Eat

Snipper Clips Plus

Journey: Collector's Edition

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

The Sims 4

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3

Features

Updated Mario Adventure for Nintendo Switch

Create Your Own Virtual Worlds

Lego Adventure Game With Their Favourite Marvel Characters

Kid-Friendly Paintball Shooter for Co-op or Versus Play

Cartoon Restaurant Simulator for Players of All Abilities

Innovative Cut and Paste Art Puzzle Party Game

Calming Video Game for Hyperactive Kids

Three Classic 2000s Platform Games Remastered Into One

Popular Virtual Life Simulator for Older Kids

Build Your-Own Theme Park Game From 2004

Price£39.99£21.99£12.99£36.99£22.56£38.50£29.99£22.95£12.99£13.30
PlatformNintendo SwitchPS4, PC, Switch, Xbox OnePS4, Xbox One, Nintendo SwitchNintendo SwitchPS5, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox XNintendo SwitchPS4PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo SwitchPC, PS4, Xbox OnePC
GenreAdventure, platformAdventure, world buildingAdventure, puzzle, platformCartoon shootingParty game, puzzlerPuzzler, party gameAdventureAdventure, platformWorld buildingSimulation, world building
DifficultyMediumEasyMediumMediumEasyEasyMediumMediumEasyMedium
Local Co-OpYes, 4 playersYes, 4 playersYes, 2 playersYes, 4 playersYes, 2 playersYes, 4 playersNoNoNoNo
PEGI Rating7777 3377123
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10 Best Video Games for Kids in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

NintendoSuper Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

£39.99

PlatformNintendo Switch
GenreAdventure, platform
DifficultyMedium
Local Co-OpYes, 4 players
PEGI Rating7
2
PlatformPS4, PC, Switch, Xbox One
GenreAdventure, world building
DifficultyEasy
Local Co-OpYes, 4 players
PEGI Rating7
3

Warner Brother GamesLego Marvel Superheroes 2

£12.99

PlatformPS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
GenreAdventure, puzzle, platform
DifficultyMedium
Local Co-OpYes, 2 players
PEGI Rating7
4
PlatformNintendo Switch
GenreCartoon shooting
DifficultyMedium
Local Co-OpYes, 4 players
PEGI Rating7
5
PlatformPS5, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X
GenreParty game, puzzler
DifficultyEasy
Local Co-OpYes, 2 players
PEGI Rating 3
6
PlatformNintendo Switch
GenrePuzzler, party game
DifficultyEasy
Local Co-OpYes, 4 players
PEGI Rating3
7
PlatformPS4
GenreAdventure
DifficultyMedium
Local Co-OpNo
PEGI Rating7
8

ActivisonSpyro Reignited Trilogy

£22.95

PlatformPS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
GenreAdventure, platform
DifficultyMedium
Local Co-OpNo
PEGI Rating7
9
PlatformPC, PS4, Xbox One
GenreWorld building
DifficultyEasy
Local Co-OpNo
PEGI Rating12
10
PlatformPC
GenreSimulation, world building
DifficultyMedium
Local Co-OpNo
PEGI Rating3

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