Top PC Games for Kids

List of some of the best PC games that are appropriate for children

Here's an updated list of your guide's top computer games that are generally geared towards kids and rated E for everyone which means they are generally suitable for persons age 6 or older. Many of these games are much less expensive than other main stream retail games, and can make great holiday gifts.

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Screenshot. © Activision

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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure is the first video game in the highly successful Skylanders series of Toys to Life video games where players purchase collectible figures and have the action figure imported into the video game to make it a playable character. Spyro's Adventure is the only game in the series to have been released for the PC having been released in 2011. The series has since gone on to be one of the best selling video game franchises of the past few years with four additional titles released for console and handheld systems.

Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes

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Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes Screenshot. © Disney Interactive Studios

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Is Disney's latest offering in the "toys to life" video game that was released in 2014 as follow up to Disney Infinity. The game includes a starter pack of figures that include Iron Man Thor, and Black Widow and also features figures that are released and sold separately including Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Falcon, Loki, Maleficient, Donald Duck, Tinger Bell and many others from the wide array of characters owned by Disney. The game play is that of an action/adventure set in an open sandbox style world. The figures are synced up with the game allowing players to take on the role of their collectible figure in the video game.

World of Zoo

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World of Zoo Screenshots. © THQ

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Zoo simulation games are nothing new but there are few that blend and easy interface with fun and creative play found in World of Zoo. The simple concepts, facts and creative aspect help make World of Zoo one of the best PC games for kids.

There are more that 90 different animals that children can select and add to their virtual zoo. In addition, World of Zoo features customization via it's animal editor which allow kids to use their imagination and create an unlimited number of new and unique species.

World of Zoo isn't without challenges either, there are mini-games, achievements and unlockable content to earn through in game objectives. The game also features detailed facts about each animal in the game provided by National Geographic.

Backyard Football 2004

Backyard Football 2004 offers kids a simpled down football game with out sacrificing play calling. For those not yet ready for Madden NFL 2004 Backyard Sports games offer a great alternative. Also features kid versions of all your favorite NFL players.

Cat in the Hat

Based upon the new film, Cat In The Hat provides over 20 levels of game play with all the original Dr. Seuss characters from the classic book brought to life in some good 3D graphics.

Backyard Basketball 2004

Another popular Backyard sports game with easier controls and kid vesions of your favorite players. Different court settings and logos from all 30 NBA teams.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Guide Harry Potter through is second year at Hogwarts. New spells, new quests and more danger face our young wizard, all while he interacts with dozens of characters from the world of J.K. Rowling. Game includes creatures and locations that are not included in the movies.

Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup

This is the first game that allows players to fully experience the magical speed, power, and competition of Quidditch. Gamers can experience the full complexity and exciting challenge of Quidditch, which involves two teams of seven players who fly on broomsticks, playing four balls simultaneously.

Sponge Bob SquarePants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom

The evil Plankton has set in motion his most diabolical plot ever to take over the world and the fate of Bikini Bottom has been put in your hands. Encounter familiar friends as you explore five huge worlds--each filled with mini-games, puzzles, and trivia. Find special hidden items to unlock bonus games and finally put an end to Plankton's evil scheme! Buy from Amazon »

Finding Nemo

Original voices from the movie are included in this game that continues the adventures of the clownfish. Entertains, challenges, and inspires kids to exercise their creative and critical thinking skills.

Scooby Doo Case File #1; The Glowing Bug Man

A Glowing Bug man is loose inside a museum. Control Scooby and the gang in search of the culprit from one of five suspects.

Hot Wheels World Race

Choose from authentic Hot Wheels cars and race them against your opponents through various settings. Also comes with multi-player options.

Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes: Mission Select

Lead a rescue team in exciting land, sea, and air missions. Very easy to learn and great game play for kids under 6 years old. Buy from Amazon »