Children may not be ready to stomp through the bombed-out Boston wasteland of Fallout 4, or be mature enough for the slay-happy sex and violence of Witcher 3, but the filthy secret of “Kids Games” is that they’re far from the sanitized, primary colorized, the-cow-says-type of early-childhood stuff the term brings to mind. Kids should be less synonymous with edu-tainment than with anything easy to learn and quick to entertain. No one bails on an activity faster than a bored child, and no one knows that better than a developer making his bones how to engage with nations of fickle little ingrates. Another thing these developers know? Parents are often stuck playing these games, too, so they better be sharp and maybe have one or two things going on beneath the surface. These 10 titles do the trick.
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