PS4 Games Kids Won’t Want To Stop Playing (Or Learning From)

October 9, 2014

in Entertainment

Have you ever wished video games had a handy list of educational benefits on the back of the box? It would make buying games for kids much easier. Unfortunately, words like “educational” and “learning” tend to be synonymous with “boring” and “uncool,” as far as young people are concerned. Although the following PlayStation 4 games may not have bold labeling promoting their educational value, rest assured they’ll keep your child entertained while developing their skills.

Knack

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As a PlayStation 4 launch title, Knack makes a point to show off the visual dexterity of the next-gen system. The highly-detailed environments aren’t just beautiful background art pieces but also serve as an interactive part of the game experience. Players are challenged to look critically at the game world in order to search for raw materials to literally make the title hero grow, which gives him the power needed to save the day. Additionally, environmental conditions like wind or icy pathways, add another layer of difficulty.

Co-op mode allows a parent, sibling or friend to join in on the adventure at any time and leave just as easily. This option is perfect for making games part of family time, or it can give you the ability to help your kids through those frustrating tough spots.

Since its November 2013 release, Knack can be purchased at less than the suggested retail price of $59.99 at retailers like Walmart.

The LEGO Movie Videogame

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The LEGO Movie Videogame offers a digital alternative to LEGO bricks that both your parental intuition and feet can appreciate (because nothing smarts quite like stepping on LEGOs). The storyline of the game faithfully follows the film with cinematic scenes cut between play segments. Discovering logical solutions to seemingly dead-end situations is par for the course. Life lessons like the power of teamwork and the importance of individuality are served up with a delightful dose of humor. The LEGO Movie Videogame hit store shelves in tandem with the film’s theatrical release and should be easy to find for less than the $59.99 MSRP.

If your child craves more of the same type of game, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and LEGO The Hobbit are also available on the PS4. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham becomes available on November 11, 2014.

All three titles have a suggested retail price of $59.99, but you may be able to find LEGO Marvel Super Heroes at a discount since it’s been on store shelves the longest.

Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition

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Contrary to the story-driven LEGO games, Minecraft doesn’t boast a dramatic plotline. Scary things come out at night, so you must build a shelter for your character before dark to survive. Obtaining needed or desired materials requires time and effort. As a result, kids learn to manage their resources. When they do, they are rewarded with the opportunity to let their imagination craft whatever world they can dream up.

The disc version arrives in stores on October 7, 2014, at an affordable $19.99 price point.

Doki-Doki Universe

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In the Doki-Doki Universe, QT3 is a robot with a problem—it was made without an understanding of humanity and is a model that is being discontinuaed. The only way to keep this poor robot alive is to travel from planet to planet, learning what it means to be human. Each planet concentrates its missions and messages on a thought provoking topic like bullying, jealousy or prejudice.

Players are tasked with meeting the citizens of each location, learning about their problems and finding appropriate objects to resolve them. They also can learn a little bit about themselves by completing self-discovery quizzes to earn items that reflect their personality. Situations in the game are tame, but some themes may not be suitable for younger children, hence the ESRB rating of E10+.

Doki-Doki Universe is available to download for $14.99.

Road Not Taken

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In this distinctive take on puzzle games, you play as a ranger charged with rescuing lost children in the woods in Road Not Taken. Dangerous creatures and other objects form road-blocking puzzles that you can navigate with an array of magical abilities. Each area of the map is procedurally generated, making each puzzle a unique mental exercise. How you choose to solve each area has consequences, too. Alternative pathways and relationship opportunities with villagers may open, close or change depending on how puzzles are solved.

Road Not Taken is another downloadable title priced at $14.99.

LittleBigPlanet 3

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The whimsy you’ve come to expect from LittleBigPlanet makes its next-gen debut with new characters that continue to encourage problem-solving and cooperative gameplay. To collect all the goodies hidden in each level, it may be necessary to fly using the new bird-like character, Swoop. Or, you may need to run on water with Toggle, a bulky sock thing that can grow or shrink in size. Oddsock, the third newbie, is a four-legged creature with the ability to jump on walls and slide down rails. Each character has something only they can do, so in four player co-op mode, all players are encouraged to work together. This enables kids to learn teamwork as well as when to step aside and let their teammates take the lead.

LittleBigPlanet 3 is coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4 in November 2014.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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Lego Educational Games October 14, 2014 at 9:33 am

I agree with you. Am so worried about my son. He really do not want to quite.

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