Best PS3 Kids Video Games.
“Clean, Educational & Sporty Gaming For Your Kids!”

Here on this page I have made an honest effort to enlist some of the best PS3 kids video games. There are a set of games on Sony PlayStation 3 platform that are kids friendly with great animation, lovely sound, non offensive and non violent theme and educational also.


Kids of the age group 5-8 years usually enjoy dramatic play and make-believe games. They can also start playing organized games and have a well-developed sense of fairness. We must make sure that the game we choose must have some latent educational spin for our kids.

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Also, kids of the age group 9-12 years are standing on the stepping stone of teen-hood. It’s best to get them involved with the planning and thinking games like simulation and mystery games. They also love video games that are educational and demands creativity. This age group can usually cope with the idea of winners and losers, so we can choose competitive games as well.

Come; let’s jump right into it now!

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NBA 2K11

Age Group: 9 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

Game Learning: Sportsmanship.

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • NBA 2K11 – Brand: 2k Sports.
About the Game:

  • A kids video game for older kids, released in year 2010.
  • This is a basketball simulation game in which kids can select teams from real NBA players, customize players, compete in tournaments and play through regular seasons.
  • Players can also re-play historical games using classic teams and players like Michael Jordan.

Game Pros :

  • Amazing 3D graphics that makes the players look realistic. Sound design of the game is also fabulous.
  • A child can play as legendry Michael Jordan and enact all his moves in 10 classic games.
  • All the moves and controls are awesome and completely bug free.
  • A player’s on screen moves and gameplay matches his actual talent and abilities. That means, MJ is MJ and so is his game avatar!

Game Cons :

  • Game controls are complicated and tough to master.
  • The game will be frustrating to smaller kids because of the reason stated above. But teens and adults Basketball/ NBA fans will adore it.

Click here to watch the video preview of NBA 2K11

Katamari Forever

Age Group: 5 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

Game Learning: Simple Fun!

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Katamari Forever – Brand: Namco.
About the Game:

  • This kids video game was released in year 2009.
  • This is an adventure game in which players roll a small ball around cities, collect random items that stick to the ball, and make the ball grow in size. Players can eventually work their way up to rolling over cars, buildings and even mountains.
  • Single player game.
  • Players can save photos taken in the game to their PlayStation 3 hard drive and also watch 16 in-game movies.

Game Pros :

  • Best of the earlier 2 Katamari games.
  • As the game proceeds player can unlock “Katamari Drive” mode that puts everything into high speed. This mode is very interesting.
  • Multi player co-op is fun to play.
  • Cute, simple and zero violence video game for kids.

Game Cons :

  • If you own or have played earlier 2 editions of Katamari games then you may find the levels, graphics etc. repetitive.
  • Background music is not that great also the graphics are just basic and simple.

Click here to watch the video preview of Katamari Forever

Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs

Age Group: 10 years and above

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Game Learning: Sportsmanship

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs. – Brand: Activision.
About the Game:

  • This kids video game was released in year 2009.
  • This is an adventure game, based on the Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs movie.
  • Players control the movie characters through the different prehistoric landscapes while battling enemy creatures like dinosaurs, horned beavers, carnivorous plants, etc.
  • 15 levels of gameplay and multiplayer mini games (up to 4).

Game Pros :

  • Graphics, controls, animations and sounds are fantabulous!
  • Interactive in-game instructions are simple to understand and follow.
  • The game is fairly long with lots of mini games and activities to complete.
  • The game is entertaining for kids as well as parents.
  • A players can play with any of the 6 main movie characters each having his own set of power and skills.

Game Cons :

  • The game cannot be saved at desired points, rather a player has to cross certain checkpoints to be able to resume the game from there, if he/ she dies.
  • The game is tough for small kids, especially the later stages.
  • Mini multiplayer games are short and very easy. Not much challenge for kids.

My Tip :

  • A must buy for Ice Age movie fans.

Click here to watch the video preview of Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs

G-Force

Age Group: 10-12 years

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Game Learning: Just fun.

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • G-Force – Brand: Disney.
About the Game:

  • This kids video game was released in year 2009.
  • The game is based on the hit Disney movie “G-Force”.
  • Players lead a team of fighting guinea pigs on a covert government mission. Players use high-tech equipment and gadgets to battle appliances that have come to life (e.g.,waffle irons, microwaves, toasters, coffee makers etc.)
  • Single player, 2-player co-op and 2-4 multiplayer gameplay mode available.
  • Characters voices are given by the original movie artists.
  • Players can switch between different characters according to the situation. Each character has certain skills and abilities.



Game Pros :

  • The game’s graphics are cool and vivid, sound is OK.
  • Although the game has been given 10+ rating by ESRB, but actually this is nice and easy game for a 7 year old as well, provided you don’t mind some cartoon action.
  • Game requires some strategic thinking and problem solving skills.
  • The game has some 3D effect experience and comes with a pair of 3D glasses.

Game Cons :

  • Younger kids will need parental assistance at various levels of gameplay.

My Tip :

  • A very cute game for kids as well as parents. If your family has watched this movie then it will be a great fun!

Click here to watch the video preview of G-Force

Little Big Planet

Age Group: 8 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

Game Learning: Creativity and Innovation.

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Little Big Planet – Brand: Sony.
About the Game:

  • This kids video game was released in year 2008.
  • A platforming adventure game set in a fanciful land filled with puppets and puzzles. Players can create, customize, and guide their character through levels of platforms, enemies and hazards.
  • Simultaneous multi player gameplay mode is available.(upto 4)
  • 50 Levels of gameplay.

Game Pros :

  • A great platforming game like Mario Bros. with incredible graphics design and sound.
  • Ample online support. Kids can unlock and create new levels and demonstrate their creativity.
  • The main character of the game “Sackboy” is very cute and can be customized. A player can change his facial expressions, his crazy outfits and can make him dance.
  • A good game for girls.

Game Cons :

  • The game does not auto save the player’s progress.
  • Controls are not that smooth.
  • The game is not recommended for kids without patience and creative bend. They will get bored after some time.

Click here to watch the video preview of Little Big Planet

Tumble

Age Group: 5 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

Game Learning:

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Tumble – Brand: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.
About the Game:

  • This kids video games was released in Year 2010.
  • Online Downloadable game from Sony PlayStation America.
  • This is a 3D puzzle game in which players arrange blocks to complete a variety of challenges. Puzzles include building towers, scattering blocks across an area and arranging mirrored blocks.
  • Requires Playstation Move Motion Controller.
  • Multiplayer (up to 2) mode available.

Game Pros :

  • PS Move Motion make the game really cool and interactive to play.
  • No standing up while gameplay required.
  • Puzzles are real brain teasers. Overall a good educational video game for kids.
  • Game price is very pocket friendly. A value for money game.

Game Cons :

  • Must have an PSN account and internet access to download the game.
  • Download speed is on a slower side.
  • 3D graphics are not very great.

Click here to watch the video preview of Tumble

Start The Party

Age Group: 5 to 8 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

Game Learning: Fun!

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Start The Party – Brand: Sony.
About the Game:

  • This kids video game was released in year 2010.
  • This is simulation game in which players engage in activities such as spotting ghosts with a flashlight, catching falling pizza toppings and zapping toy robots.
  • PlayStation Move motion controller and PlayStation Eye camera required for play.
  • Game has over 20 mini games and challenges.
  • Both single player and multi player gameplay (non simultaneous) options.

Game Pros :

  • Innovative video and audio technology that put players virtually into the game.
  • As the same Move Motion Controller can be rotated around in multi player mode, therefore, only 1 is sufficient to serve the purpose.
  • Very engaging and interactive games for kids and parents.
  • The controls of this kids video game are simple and easy to understand.

Game Cons :

  • This kids video game does not has many levels and is therefore short.
  • The gameplay is too easy for older kids. But definitely a cute little game for younger kids.

Click here to watch the video preview of Start The Party

Create

Age Group: 9 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

Game Learning: Puzzle Solving

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Create – Brand: Electronic Arts.
About the Game:

  • This kids video game was released in year 2010.
  • This is a puzzle game in which players have to use their imagination to create challenges and solve puzzles in an open-world environment. Players can create artwork to decorate the scenery using stickers, props, creatures, special effects and paint to enhance the background.
  • Single player game.
  • 3D graphics design with more than 100 challenges laid across 10 different game worlds.
  • Compatible to Move Motion controller.
  • The game provides lots of online activities where kids can upload and share their creations and download other’s creations also.



Game Pros :

  • The game play of this kids video game is creative as well as challenging at the same time. Both, child and the parents can have a good creative brain teasing time together. Probably the best Playstation game for kids.
  • All the levels are fairly long enough to keep the kids hooked with the game for months to come.
  • A non-violent, creative and educational video game for kids.
  • The puzzles emulate real life situations each having more than one solution.

Game Cons :

  • Kids may need some assistance from parents in some levels because some of the puzzles requires players to apply some fundamental laws of physics.

My Tip :

  • Do not skip the tutorial level at the starting of this kids video game that explains the basics of the game otherwise one might get lost and confused as the game progresses.

Click here to watch the video preview of Create

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3D Dot Game Heroes

Age Group: 9 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

Game Learning: Sportsmanship.

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Little League World Series 2010 – Brand: Activision Publishing.
About the Game:

  • This kids video game was released in year 2010.
  • This In this adventure game, rendered in beautiful 3D pixels, in which a player has to control a small hero who must defeat evil creatures to save a kingdom from peril. Player can explore 3D pixilated landscapes, solve environmental puzzles and combat of small creatures.
  • Multiplayer capability.
  • Single player gameplay.

Game Pros :

  • Easy controls and simple retro-style gameplay.
  • Lot of humorous dialogs during gameplay.
  • Wonderful background music.
  • The Graphics of this kids video game are neat and clear.
  • A number of mini games to enjoy.

Game Cons :

  • No game progress auto save feature.
  • No log record to keep a track of player’s progress. Also, the mission map does not clearly indicate which stages have been cleared and what has to be accomplished.

Click here to watch the video preview of 3D Dot Game Heroes

Where The Wild Things Are

Age Group: 9-12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Game Learning: Simple Fun!

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Where The Wild Things Are – Brand: Warner Bros.
About the Game:

  • This kids video game was released in year 2009.
  • This is an adventure game based on the Where the Wild Things Are movie and classic children's book.
  • Players have to control the main character “Max” across a vast island to complete quests for a group of monsters (Wild Things) and battle strange insects and shadow creatures along the way. Max utilizes “Wild Things” unique skills to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles.
  • The game is only for single player.
  • A number of skill testing mini games.



Game Pros :

  • Graphic design of this kids video game is cool.
  • The character voices are quite similar to the original cast of the movie, if not the same.
  • Amusing and friendly game for small kids with all the challenges and obstacles just good enough for them.
  • Every stage has a number of checkpoints so that the player does not has to restart the stage if he dies.
  • Control are tight and easy to learn and master.

Game Cons :

  • The game may seem slow and repetitive to older kids and adults.
  • Some moments of the game, like Wild Things Monsters gobbling down Max when he intentionally hurts them may be intimidating to smaller kids. Having said that, one should bear in mind that that’s how these characters were scripted in the movie.
  • The length of this kids video game is on a shorter side.

Click here to watch the video preview of Where The Wild Things Are

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crank In Time

Age Group: 9-12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Game Learning: Simple Fun!

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crank In Time – Brand: Sony.
About the Game:

  • This kids video game was released in year 2009.
  • A bobcat creature known as Ratchet is on a mission to find his robotic friend, Clank, in this 3D action adventure game. As players guide Ratchet through colorful alien worlds, they can pick up an assortment of outlandish weapons. Players use these weapons to attack numerous robots and aliens throughout the game.
  • The game is only for single player.
  • The game is the final installment of the trilogy, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty.

Game Pros :

  • Even if one has not played the previous 2 editions of the series it still playable by a first timer. The game includes a short movie that explains all earlier events leading up to this game.
  • The story of this kids video game is quite interesting loaded with lots of humor.
  • The game’s graphics and sound effects are amazing.
  • The game has 3 difficulty modes to choose from i.e. Easy, Normal and Hard, which means something for everyone.
  • Control are tight and easy to learn and master.

Game Cons :

  • The game is short, but is thoroughly enjoyable throughout.
  • A lot of fancy gun fire action that may be OK for some kids but offensive for others at the same time.

Click here to watch the video preview of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crank In Time

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Don’t worry if you own a different video game console. Kindly check out my reviews and recommendations for Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii kids video games as well.

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