PS3 games for kids
March 20, 2010 9:45 AM   Subscribe

What are some good PS3 games for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade?

I have a 5 year old and 6 year old that loves video games. I would like to get them a video game. We already have Little Big Planet which is a hit. I'm planning on picking up Katamari Forever but does anybody have any other suggestions?
posted by crios to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
locoroco cocoreccho. It's a downloadable game from the playstation online store. The concept is pretty simple, you travel around the map trying to awaken these little blobs that are scattered around the map, and collect them. They all sing in unison and it makes for a very happy-making game. It's quite fun.
posted by bluloo at 9:49 AM on March 20, 2010

lego rockband, it only let's you play "family friendly" rock band songs. really the whole lego series. PS3 really isn't the kid friendly gaming platform. Skate is good, but the gameplay may be too complicated for someone that young.
posted by djduckie at 9:52 AM on March 20, 2010

Shatter is a Breakout-like game that should be kid friendly - just shapes and physics, mostly.

Buzz Junior: Jungle Party and Buzz Junior: Robo Jam are minigame collections using the Buzz! buzzers (which you'll need to buy separately, but I believe every PS3 owner should have Buzz! anyhow.)

Hasbro Family Game Night is what it sounds like, a collection of Hasbro board games.

Popcap has a handful of games available - Peggle and Bejeweled 2 would undoubtedly be suitable.

Lastly, given the propensity of adorable videos with kids singing in them, I would believe that Singstar is probably a reasonable choice.

(Everything I've listed, save Singstar and the Buzz buzzers, are PSN downloads.)
posted by Remy at 11:28 AM on March 20, 2010

Williams Pinball Hall of Fame
Ratchet and Clank: Future Tools of Destruction
Lego Star Wars
is great and available for $20 on Amazon.

Seconding Shatter.
posted by porn in the woods at 12:01 PM on March 20, 2010

I'll second the Lego games. My 6 year old nephew loves the Star Wars and Indiana Jones ones. My brother hasn't let him watch the Indiana Jones movies, but he doesn't seem to care. You might also check out Critter Crunch and Flower. They're also both downloadable on the PSN. Critter Crunch may be too complicated. I know there's a demo for that one and maybe for Flower as well.

It's probably worth trolling through the PSN demos section and trying out things that look promising. (Some of the Lego games are there.) Also keep in mind that you can play original Playstation games on the PS3 so you may have more luck finding kid friendly games there since the library is so much larger.
posted by sevenless at 12:58 PM on March 20, 2010

Flower definitely, especially the earlier levels. Also Diner Dash is fun and features co-op.

Both are $10 downloads, and Diner Dash has a demo so you can try it out for free.
posted by marble at 10:45 PM on March 20, 2010

Braid (PSN)
Rock Band/Guitar Hero?
Ratchet & Clank (there's a couple of these)
Street Fighter IV (one of the more cartoonish of the fighting games)
Peggle (PSN)
Critter Crunch (PSN)
a few sports games, if they're into that. MLB '10 is pretty well-rated.
GRID or Dirt 2 or Grand Turismo when it comes out
posted by smersh at 10:35 AM on March 21, 2010

LEGO Star Wars for sure. It's good for any gaming level -- the most amateur player can simply wander around an have fun, and never die, and the more advanced player can have fun trying to beat the various challenges/finding hidden objects.
posted by Robot Johnny at 12:16 PM on March 21, 2010

Braid probably would drive a 6 year-old to tears. That's what it does to most adults, at least.

Noby Noby Boy on PSN is not a game per se, but it's a cool toy. To most gamers (including me), we play it for ten minutes and scratch our heads about why we bought it in the first place. But my childhood innocence is long gone...younger kids would love it.
posted by spamguy at 10:27 AM on March 22, 2010

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