I am not an active gamer myself, but I know plenty of people who are willing to spend hours in front of the TV playing video games. I used to think it was a waste of time until I was convinced to play. I’ve realized that there are tons of games out there that challenge your brain! If you worry that your children spend too much time playing video games, check up on WHAT they’re playing. Maybe even make some suggestions! Here are 4 video games that will challenge your child’s mind and that your child will enjoy playing!
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Video Games That Will Challenge Your Child’s Mind
Minecraft can be described by some as a digital Lego game. In order to create their own world, the players mine landscapes to harvest materials. This is not a game that encourages violence (although violence can be used to ward off creatures). Instead, it allows players to freely use their creativity to construct their world and be imaginative. This game is available on Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 & 4, PS Vita, and more. It’s rated E (for everyone).
From a first-person perspective, players assume the role of Chell. Chell is a human trapped in a scientific testing facility and must solve several physical puzzles to navigate through their environments. Portal 2 has received universal acclaim for elements such as its writing, pace, and challenging learning curve. Gearing your child toward a puzzle-based game could help improve their problem solving skills! This game is available on Mac, Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 and is rated E (for everyone). This game does contain some violence and mild language.
Portal 2 Trailer
Braid may look like a decked-out Mario, but it is a brain buster. The player must solve intricate puzzles and read challenging narrative that provides context for the player. Braid focuses less on quick reflexes and more on clever thinking. It also focuses on the human condition and allows the player to manipulate time. This game is available on Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 and is rated E.
NBA 2K15 (or sports games in general)
NBA 2K15 is described as the ultimate basketball simulation. Realistic gameplay combined with life-like graphics make it visually appealing! The MyCareer mode allows you to create your own player down to the last detail and experience what it is like to be drafted into the NBA. Sports games are great for learning strategic skills, testing focus, testing the player’s knowledge of the sport, team cooperation, and more. NBA 2K15 is available on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox One, and it is rated E.
NBA 2K15 Trailer
These 4 video games are pretty tame and require serious brain power. Are there any video games that your child plays that challenge his or her mind? Let us know!