Best Xbox 360 Video Games for Kids.
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Here on this page I have made an honest effort to enlist some of the best Xbox 360 video games for kids. There are a set of games on Microsoft Xbox 360 platform that are kids friendly with great animation, lovely sound, non offensive, 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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Toy Story 3

Age Group: 10 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Game Learning: Simple fun!

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Toy Story 3 – Brand: Disney.
About the Game:

  • A video games for kids, released in year 2010.
  • This is an adventure game in which players control various characters from the movie Toy Story 3. Gameplay involves puzzle-solving in different environments.
  • The game can be played in 2 modes i.e. Story Mode and Toy Box mode. The former comprises of 8 levels and the later allows open play in different environments.

Game Pros :

  • The graphic and sound design of this video games for kids is fabulous.
  • Younger kids can also enjoy the game provided mild cartoon action does not bother them.
  • A super fun, safe and family game.

Game Cons :

  • The game’s length is short.
  • The game saving option could have been smoother and responsive.
  • Gameplay camera angle creates ambiguity sometimes. It could have be better for a clearer gameplay.

Click here to watch the video preview of Toy Story 3

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Kinectimals

Age Group: 5 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

Game Learning: Love for animals.

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Kinectimals – Brand: Microsoft.
About the Game:

  • This Xbox 360 video games for kids was released in year 2010.
  • This is a pet care simulation game in which players can befriend a young tiger, leopard or a lion and engage in various activities with it such as jumping, running etc.
  • Single player game.
  • Needs Microsoft Kinect sensor.

Game Pros :

  • Lots of fun and activity for younger kids.
  • The graphics and sounds of this kids video game are awesome.
  • Lots of mini games and island exploration activities keeps the game up and kicking for a long time.
  • Kids can connect and bond with the nature and animals.
  • Simple and smooth gameplay with fabulous sensors.
  • Easy to understand on screen instructions for kids.

Game Cons :

  • Older kids may not find it interesting.
  • The game set up and introduction is long and game controls are tedious to understand initially.

My Tip :

  • Buy the game if you have animal loving kids at home who are willing to learn and befriend the wild cats patiently.

Click here to watch the video preview of Kinectimals game

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Kinect Sports

Age Group: 10 years and above

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Game Learning: Sportsmanship

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Kinect Sports – Brand: Microsoft.
About the Game:

  • This Xbox video games for kids was released in year 2010.
  • This is a collection of simulation sports games in which players compete in games such as track & field, bowling, soccer, volleyball and boxing.
  • 2 players can play simultaneously.
  • Needs Microsoft Kinect sensor.

Game Pros :

  • Amazing technology of Microsoft Kinect allows kids to get physically involved in this simulation video game.
  • Graphics, replays, animations, on screen instructions and sounds are fantabulous!
  • Adding a second player is very simple and hassle free. Just step in front of the TV and the player is in!



Game Cons :

  • Striking synchronization between body movements and Kinect’s motion sensing capabilities will take some time.
  • Some games are cool and easy to play but sports like Boxing and Javelin throw are a tough nut to crack initially till the child masters the above point.

My Tip :

  • Buy this Xbox 360 video games for kids from a kid’s perspective. Kindly don’t expect a high end professional simulator. It’s just a video game after all!

Click here to watch the video preview of Kinect Sports game

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Up!

Age Group: 10-12 years

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Game Learning: Just fun.

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Up – Brand: THQ.
About the Game:

  • This video games for kids was released in year 2009.
  • The game is based on the hit Disney movie “UP”.
  • The game makes the kids follow the story of an old man and a young boy on their adventures through the sky and in the wilderness. Players navigate around hazards and obstacles, use fanciful weapons (balloons, butterfly nets, a frying pan, trumpets and hearing aids) to overcome hurdles.
  • Single player, 2-player co-op and 2-4 multiplayer gameplay mode available.
  • The game has 11 levels of gamplay.

Game Pros :

  • The game’s graphics are cool and vivid, sound and music is brilliant, character’s voices are given by original artists of the movie.
  • Multi player mode is awesome.
  • A player can change his on screen character at any point of the game.
  • An easy going and family friendly video game.

Game Cons :

  • The game is not long having just 11 levels.
  • Game controls, particularly in a couple of levels, is a bit tricky for kids and they may need parental assistance.

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 Up! game

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Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa

Age Group: 9 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Game Learning: Fun.

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa – Brand: Activision.
About the Game:

  • This Xbox 360 video games for kids was released in year 2008.
  • An action adventure game based on the movie Madagascar 2 that involves platforming, mini-games and combat between animals.
  • Game has lots of multi player action, mini games and tournaments etc.

Game Pros :

  • The graphics of the game is bright, colorful and tangy.
  • Fairly challenging levels for kids.
  • The game length is fairly long to keep children hooked for weeks.

Game Cons :

  • Younger kids may find it difficult at times.

Click here to watch the video preview of Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa game

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Snoopy Flying Ace

Age Group: 9 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Game Learning: Fun!

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Snoopy Flying Ace – Brand: Smart Bomb Interactive.
About the Game:

  • This Xbox 360 video games for kids was released in Year 2010.
  • This flight-combat game features characters from Charles Shultz's Peanuts comic strip. Players have to play the character of Snoopy, the cute little dog of Charlie Brown, as he takes on an adventurous air combat action.
  • Single player, Co-op and Multiplayer mode to choose from.

Game Pros :

  • Great visuals and music score. Sound effects of the air combat gameplay are also cool.
  • A superb video games for kids at a low price.
  • Game controls are very good.
  • Kids and parents who are Peanuts comic series fan will fancy it.

Game Cons :

  • The game mainly revolves around Snoopy and Charlie Brown plays cameo.
  • As the game is primarily intended for kids hence the Air-Combat sequence may appear shallow and superficial to Pro-gamers.

Click here to watch the video preview of Snoopy Flying Ace game

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Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Age Group: 9 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Game Learning: Puzzle solving

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – Brand: Lego Games.
About the Game:

  • This video games for kids was released in year 2010.
  • This is an adventure game in which players assume the role of Harry Potter as he learns magic spells and defeats enemy creatures at the Hogwarts magic school.
  • Kids can choose to play as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger character.
  • Kids can choose between single player story mode or two-player co-op mode.

Game Pros :

  • A great 3D graphics effect with astounding sound.
  • Lots of mini games and side missions enhances the re-play value of the game.
  • The game’s length is good enough for kids with a wide choice of characters and story locations.
  • A must buy for a kids and parents who love Harry Potter series.
  • Arguably, the best Harry Potter video game till date.

Game Cons :

  • The game has some technical glitches and may freeze sometimes.
  • Two players mode works on split screen and can be frustrating sometimes to kids.
  • Game controls requires some time to get the hang of it.

Click here to watch the video preview of Harry Potter: Years 1-4 game

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SpongeBob’s Truth or Square

Age Group: 5 to 8 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

Game Learning: Fun.

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • SpongeBob’s Truth or Square – Brand: THQ.
About the Game:

  • This video games for kids was released in year 2009.
  • This is an adventure game in which players assume the role of SpongeBob Squarepants as he traverses underwater environments to find the lost 'Crabby Patty' formula. SpongeBob and friends solve navigation puzzles and defeat other obstacles on the way.
  • Single player game.
  • 3D graphics design.

Game Pros :

  • Child friendly graphics and sounds.
  • An incredible game for SpongeBob fans.
  • A perfect blend of fun and challenging game for little kids. Clean, colorful, non offensive & non violent video game for kids.

Game Cons :

  • Smaller kids may need some assistance from parents in some levels.

Click here to watch the video preview of SpongeBob’s Truth or Square game

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Little League World Series 2010

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 video game for kids was released in year 2010.
  • This is one of the best Xbox 360 game on baseball simulation in which players can create their own Little League team to compete in various regions across the country. Kids can design a team logo, customize their characters, engage in mini-games etc.
  • Multiplayer capability.
  • 3D graphic design.
  • 2 levels of difficulty.

Game Pros :

  • Smaller kids can select Easy gameplay mode while older kids can play Normal mode.
  • Tournaments are fun to play with multiple players (up to 4).
  • Lots of customization options for teams as well as players.
  • Graphics of this video games for kids are neat and clear.

Game Cons :

  • Controls are not easy to understand. Needs time to get a hang of it.
  • The game becomes very difficult in World Series Championship as the computer opponents become very tough to beat.

Click here to watch the video preview of Little League World Series 2010 game

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Kinect Joy Ride

Age Group: 5 to 12 years.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

Game Learning: Simple Fun!

No. of Players: 1

Versions Available: 1

  • Kinect Joy Ride – Brand: Microsoft.
About the Game:

  • This video games for kids was released in year 2010.
  • This is an arcade-style racing game in which players drive fancy cars through fanciful outdoor environments. Players can use tricks such as freezing clouds and rockets to cause rival cars to slow down, flip, and spin out.
  • Both Single and Multiplayer gameplay capability.
  • Needs Microsoft Kinect sensor.



Game Pros :

  • Graphic design and animation is top class.
  • Kinect senor allows player’s hand movement to maneuver and control the car.
  • The game is amusing and challenging at the same time, therefore, it will be liked by kids as well as parents alike.
  • Very easy and fun to play with simultaneous 2 player mode. The game software divides the screen space into halves that are controlled by each player.

Game Cons :

  • Understanding the controls of this Xbox 360 video games for kids will take some time.
  • Player has to remain standing throughout the game play so that Kinect can catch the player’s body movements.

My Tip :

  • If you already own a Xbox 360 Kinect and have a kid who loves cars and driving game…go for this one!

Click here to watch the video preview of Kinect Joy Ride game

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Don’t worry if you own a different video game console. Kindly check out my reviews and recommendations for Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation (PS3) video games for kids as well.

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Microsoft Xbox 360 offers a superb collection of kids video games that the whole family can enjoy.

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