Classic video games for kids have been a source of entertainment and excitement for decades. From the early days of arcade games to the home console systems of today, video games have provided countless hours of fun and adventure for children of all ages.
Many classic video games have stood the test of time and are still enjoyed by kids today, while others have been remastered or reimagined for modern platforms. Whether it’s the simple yet addictive gameplay of Pac-Man or the epic quests of The Legend of Zelda, classic video games continue to capture the imaginations of children and adults alike.
While these days I’ve banned myself from the gaming world due to productivity issues, as a kid, I much preferred a good video game to a movie. If I was going to be stuck in front of a screen, I’d prefer it at least be interactive. I feel the same way about my kids. I know that there will be times when they just can’t play outside, and I don’t see the harm in occasional gameplay in older kids. That being said, modern video games for kids suck. There seem to be two types, really violent and morally corrupt or pre-school-ish. Personally, I’d suggest parents look to the classics as far as video games for children.
Ah, Zelda, an icon for a generation. There are a few more recent Zelda releases, but nothing beats the original. You can even get many of the early Zelda games for newer consoles, such as the Wii and Xbox 360. In a gist, Zelda is an action-adventure game with some logic and problem-solving tossed in. You play as a boy named Link who, in most storylines, must save Princess Zelda and the land from evil.
Okay, so Tetris isn’t for everyone, but it teaches shape recognition and problem-solving. If you’ve never played, which is actually rather unlikely, shaped blocks fall as players attempt to arrange them to build solid lines. The goal is to not let the blocks reach the top as you stack, and only forming solid lines makes blocks disappear. I have no idea what it is about this game that is so cool, but it is.
Another gift from the fabulous ’80s, Pac-Man is a simple yet amusing game. The point is to eat all the little dots on the maze-like game board without being eaten by the bad guys. You get bonus points, of course, for eating the bad guys rather than letting them eat you.
Donkey Kong is almost like Zelda but with Monkeys and far simpler levels. There are multiple Donkey Kong games at this point, but the majority involve navigating tricky levels with lots of jumping and such to save a damsel in distress. You also usually get to throw barrels at bad guys.
Mario Brothers is actually a spin-off from Donkey Kong. In the very first Donkey Kong, the monkey was actually a bad guy, and you played a little man named “Jumpman.” Jumpman later became the character Mario. There are, again, many Mario Brothers games, but in essence, they all involve defeating bad guys as a plumber and/or his brother to save a Princess.
In this day and age, where technology is an integral part of our daily lives, classic video games for kids offer a fun and interactive way to disconnect from the digital noise and engage in a little bit of nostalgic gaming. What’s your favorite classic video game?