Let’s take a look at some of the top rpg games for kids to enjoy playing in 2017.
But first off..
What Are RPGs?
Role Playing Games or RPGs are usually aimed at older kids and adults because of its inherent complexity in gameplay, rules and characters.
More often than not, many RPGs (especially in video games) are perceived to be violent – dealing with wars, military tactics, and extreme journeys that involve monsters and gory fights.
Most of these also incorporate inappropriate language and scenes which were already pointed out by some as a source of bad influence among both kids and teenagers.
However, the premise of RPGs wherein the player gets to experience a different world, get into the shoes of a fictional character, then try and solve missions and problems in the game through their own ingenious approach is something that is greatly beneficial to kids.
This helps them exercise critical thinking, resourcefulness and of course, their creative and problem-solving skills.
Are RPG Games OK For Kids To Play
The only problem it seems, is where to find RPGs that are appropriate for children (specifically, those below 12 years of age).
Although the mainstream gaming industry is geared towards role-playing video games that are fit for adults (such as Resident Evil, World of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls), a handful of developers also created RPGs that are playable and safe for children.
This comes in handy for parents who are itching to introduce their kids to the world of gaming without essentially scarring them for life. So without further ado, you can take your pick from the following RPG games below:
Little Wizards RPG Game
Made for kids that are aged 6 to 10 years old, Little Wizards is a magical role-playing game that puts a kids storytelling skills to work.
In this game, children (and parents who would join in) will live in a planet called Coinworld – a planet that has two sides like an actual coin.
It is similar to our own planet Earth in a way that it also has a variety of geographic features, flora, fauna and ecosystems – but it is quite behind of us in terms of technology.
Each player is however tasked to explore the different parts of Coinworld by creating a unique character with three pre-set traits and capabilities – the body, heart and brain.
A narrator is also needed when the game is played to provide hints and suggestions to each player along the way. The mission and gameplay are known by the narrator through the 3 different tales of the game.
Unlike the other RPG games in this list, Little Wizards is not a digital game, it is in paperback form and costs fairly cheap. It is the perfect game if parents want their children to grow fond of stories and books.
Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull RPG Game
If you want you and your kids to play detective, then this game is the perfect one. Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull is full of challenging puzzles and mysteries to be solved.
Although the game design and feel is rather spooky and haunting, there are no violent and shocking elements present – making it okay even for children that are below nine years old (the recommended age for this game is however 9 years old and above).
The game is only available in Windows and it does not support a 2-player mode.
Ratatouille RPG Game
This video game is purely based on the Disney movie of the same title. If your kids saw the film, then they won’t be having a hard time with this game since it uses the same characters, storyline and locations.
Players will of course take on the role of Remy (the chef rat) and embark on a journey of cooking challenges and misadventures.
Players need to create culinary masterpieces and of course try to avoid enemies – whether that be humans or other predatory animals.
The game is recommended for kids aged 7 years old and above, and it is compatible with different consoles, including Wii, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and even Mac and Windows platforms.
Some players however warn that the game contains unnecessary gun violence (this is actually seen in the beginning of the film too wherein an old lady fired a gun after seeing rats in the kitchen).
Harvest Moon: Animal Parade RPG Game
Remember Farmville? This game focuses on planting, growing and harvesting crops too. Players of Harvest Moon: Animal Parade takes on the enormous role of helping the Harvest Goddess save their magical, virtual community.
Aside from farming activities, players can also explore different locations and socialize with other characters in the game.
In addition, the game does not put too much pressure on the player because it is an open-world game that has endless missions and tasks that are not really required to be done in a certain period of time.
Harvest Moon is recommended for young children that are aged 8 years old and above, but its easy game play and cutesy characters can make it fit and enjoyable even for children that are still around 6 or 7 years old.
The game is only available on Nintendo Wii.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Game
If you and your kids are fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise, then this is your chance to step into the magical world of Hogwarts. Like the movie, players assume the role of Harry and solve mysteries, tasks, practice and do magic, then battle with Lord Voldemort and his cohorts in the game.
Although the game is said to be appropriate for kids aged 10 years old and above, parents need to be a little careful since this part of Harry Potter’s story already involves Dementors (those soul-sucking prison guards from Azkaban), Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort himself – bringing in some violent moments in the game.
The game is playable in almost all platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStations 2 & 3, Nintendo Wii, Windows, and Gameboy Advance. Users however recommend that the game is more enjoyable when played through the Wii.
Kingdom Hearts 2 Video Game
Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 2 is an award-winning RPG game that uses a mash-up of Disney and Final Fantasy characters. The lead characters however are Sora, Goofy and Donald Duck.
Players can move and explore the different locations and settings of Kingdom Hearts 2, including areas that are based from Disney films (such as the castle from Beauty and the Beast and the Ancient Chinese era from Mulan).
Players however mainly take the role of Sora and should complete missions, side-quests and battles all throughout the game to progress into a different level.
Because of the constant battle scenes which usually involves hacking and slashing, Kingdom Hearts 2 is only fit for older kids (ages 11 and up) and especially those who are in their early teens.
The graphics are not as gory and bloody compared to other video games, but it does contain a lot of violent action.
Kingdom Hearts 2 is only playable through PlayStation 2. (remastered version available on PS4!)
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
If you want to deal with already familiar gaming characters, then Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is a great RPG to start with.
Unlike most Mario games, this particular game has a more complicated storyline which needs much attention if kids really want to understand and enjoy it.
The game however has a lot of battling – especially between Mario and Bowser, so parents are cautioned to supervise their kids.
The game is recommended for kids aged 8 years old and above, but it is only playable through the Nintendo DS.
Some of the games in this list still feature fighting and some level of violence. In these cases, you must consider the age of your children strictly.
Don’t allow them to play yet if their age is lower than the recommended age group of the game.
Kids can however adapt easily and fast to new characters, storylines and gameplay. So once they come of age, a new RPG game is a great birthday gift idea.
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