"Action" Games for Children ages 7-14

Hello everyone,

I am trying to come up with a list of video games that people would consider action games for kids, both boys and girls, age 7 to around 14. The ones that come to mind immediately are the Lego games. What other games could fit on the list? The only requirement would be the games are available on PC, MAC titles welcomed as well. This is for a potential research question involving vision.

Thanks

Modified to state need PC/Mac games

Multi Platform? This is kind of the Nintendo Wheelhouse here.

Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City skews more to your teenaged end of the spectrum there.

Rayman and the Raving Rabids games are good multiplatform ones for kids. And they have a benefit of being good games too, not just cutsie time wasters.

KingGorilla wrote:

Multi Platform? This is kind of the Nintendo Wheelhouse here.

Or Ratchet & Clank which is Sony's answer I think, although that probably skews more toward the older demographic.

Maybe Mega Man? I think that's been on every console at some point...

Kingdom Hearts, though none of them have been multi-platform, the series as a whole has turned up on multiple platforms.

The upcoming Epic Mickey 2 is multiplatform and is definitely an action game appropriate for that age range.

A lot of retro games like the Genesis Sonic games fit the bill and exist on multiple platforms.

These are great suggestions. Anyone have a daughter they play video games with specifically? Epic Mikey and Kingdom Hearts are good suggestions so far. Looking for a game or two that both boys and girls would want to play.

Demyx wrote:

A lot of retro games like the Genesis Sonic games fit the bill and exist on multiple platforms.

Who owns the rights on the Capcom NES/SNES/Genesis era Disney games? Some of those were pretty solid but I don't think they've seen a reprint since that business deal ended.

Castle Crashers might be a good one. I think its multi-platform now.

Edit: oh and Minecraft. I think that would be a great one for kids. I have a 14 year old that plays it.

Okay I just learned that we want games that are available on the PC/Mac.

EyeDoc wrote:

These are great suggestions. Anyone have a daughter they play video games with specifically? Epic Mikey and Kingdom Hearts are good suggestions so far. Looking for a game or two that both boys and girls would want to play.

Rayman Origins. Get some USB gamepads and it's a beautiful, amazing, light-hearted romp.

Minecraft can be action oriented and you can host the server locally.

Magicka? Shatter? Waves?

Are you looking for specifically multiplayer games? If not, I would say Portal / Portal 2 though there is some threatening characters and discussion of death. Bit Trip Runner and Costume Quest are single-player experiences too.

Single player games ideally

KingGorilla wrote:

Wheelhouse

Stop that! Bad buzzword user! We just bought this rug!

How do you define action games? [meme]Does it have to be action?[/meme] If not, you open the door to a lot of really fun kid-friendly stuff like Botanicula and the like.

EDIT: +1 to minecraft. You could set a kid down in front of that and never see him again.

7 to 14 is quite the age range. I was playing stuff like Fallout and Diablo at 14.

Browsing through Steam's catalog: Costume Quest, Rayman Origins, Iron Brigade, Cave Story, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Sonic Generations, NyxQuest.

Outside of Steam, Final Fantasy VII.

It really depends on what's going to be considered inappropriate. Torchlight is a good action game that would excite someone in their early teens, and it isn't graphically violent, but it involves hitting and killing things for fun. The 2008 Prince of Persia is likewise engaging but involves bloodless sword fighting (I'd likewise recommend The Sands of Time if it didn't suck).

Terraia might also be a good choice, its like minecraft but 2d and a lot more action oriented. Maybe some older rpgs like any of the baldur's gate, icewind dale, or neverwinter nights games. I think all the fable games are on pc also those are great for beginners/kids for gaming.

There are aspects of Plants V Zombies which are action based. I know it's a strategy game, though my son beat it when he was 4 or 5. He didn't have much strategy in his gaming at that point- it was more about brute forcing some of the hard maps (and occasionally asking for help). Depending on your thoughts on violence, Orcs Must Die could also be included in this category.