Kids all have one thing in common: they love playing games. For 21st-century kids and teens, there are game options for consoles, tablets, and phones. But, many of the first video games started on the personal computer. You may remember classic games like Oregon Trail and Sim City. Today, computer games for kids have evolved in both graphics and gameplay to appeal to many ages and interests.

According to Statista, 20% of all gamers in the US are under 18 years old. As a result, there are a huge variety of computer games for kids. Kids’ computer games include versions of some of the most popular games on the market. In many cases, these are the very same games kids play on a console, but there are also a number of games that are exclusive to computers as well.

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Computer Games for Kids in 2022

Kid-friendly computer games to play on PC.

No matter what kinds of computer games your kids are into, there are amazing options available. But the sheer variety of options can feel a little overwhelming, so we’ve rounded up a list of our favorites for you to check out! 

The computer games in this list are all safe, appropriate, and fun for kids. Some of these PC games are designed to be played alone while others are great for playing together with friends. As always, when playing online, you should remind your kids to be careful of their interactions with other people.

1. Minecraft

Ages: 6+
Cost: $26.95 (Java edition; Bedrock edition)
Genre: Sandbox Survival

Created back in 2011, Minecraft is a game based on the idea of being able to collect and place blocks to build in game tools and structures. It’s a simple concept, but Minecraft has taken it and built a game that has shown itself to have real staying power. 

Each Minecraft game is filled to bursting with resources to gather, animals to tame and raise, caves to explore, and yes, enemies to defeat. The gameplay is extremely open-ended, allowing kids to indulge their creative sides as they work to survive in their own digital world, and for those who are interested, there are even ways to explore real-world concepts such as coding!

2. Roblox

Ages: 6+
Cost: Free! But you can purchase an in game currency for premium items (Roblox.com)
Genre: All of the above

Roblox is a tricky game to describe, in part because it isn’t so much a game as it is an entire gaming platform. When kids log in, there are tons of different mini-games to choose from, many of which are made by other Roblox users. Each mini-game has its own rules and gameplay, and they may not look much like each other at first glance. As such, some are definitely more popular than others, but they are all accessible through Roblox. 

One popular example of a Roblox game is called Adopt Me! It’s a game all about collecting and breeding pets, and it can get quite competitive. Users combine pets of lower rarity to get eggs that they can hatch to find higher rarity pets. In another game, users are asked to build a boat that they then drive as far down a river as they can before crashing. And there are countless more to choose from.

Recommended: Summer Roblox Camp for Kids

3. Rocket League

Ages: 6+
Cost: Free, but with purchasable add-ons (Epic Games
Genre: Sports

Rocket League is essentially a game exploring what would happen if you decided to use cars to play soccer. Players ram their rocket-propelled car into a giant ball to try to get it into their goal more times than their opponents can before the timer runs out. 

It’s chaotic and energetic and so much fun. 

4. LEGO Game Series 

Ages: 7+
Cost: $19.99 and up (Steam)
Genre: Adventure  

Rather than recommend a particular game here, I’m recommending any and all of the LEGO games. Each one takes a popular franchise (think Star Wars, Batman, or Jurassic Park) and tells its story through humorous, light-hearted, block-based gaming. 

These games are hilarious and surprisingly challenging, making them a great choice for any young gamer.  

5. Planet Coaster

Ages: 10+
Cost: $44.99 (Steam)
Genre: Tycoon

When I was in high school, I sank countless hours into the Roller Coaster Tycoon games made by this same publisher. The entire premise is that the player gets to build out the amusement park of their dreams, filled with food stands, gardens, stores, and (of course) roller coasters. The supposed point of the game is to make a profitable park, but the real fun is all in being given free license to build whatever roller coaster that comes to mind.

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6. Untitled Goose Game 

Ages: Great for everyone!
Cost: $19.99 (Steam)
Genre: Puzzle and Sandbox

Untitled Goose Game is an absolute gem of a computer game for kids! The entire premise is that you are a disgruntled goose out to take vengeance on the residents of the local town. Essentially, you wander around the town, moving brooms, tripping kids, taking hats, and generally causing a ruckus. 

There will be laughter.

7. Stardew Valley 

Ages: 6+
Cost: $14.99 (Steam)
Genre: Farm Simulation (but with monsters!)

Stardew Valley is a game all about leaving the corporate grind to go build a farm. Players plant and harvest crops, build chicken coops and greenhouses, and fight off monsters in the town’s nearby mines. All things you can expect to do on any farm.

8. Wildermyth 

Ages: 9+
Cost: $24.99 (Steam)
Genre: Tactical RPG

Wildermyth is a procedurally-generated game in which players get to make decisions that influence their characters and help build up the overarching story of their in-game world. Gameplay is a mix of turn-based tactical combat and story-driven conversation choices that lead to completely unique game worlds.  

9. Tunic 

Ages: 12+
Cost: $29.99 (Steam)
Genre: Adventure/ Souls-like

In some ways, Tunic is a throwback to some of the most popular adventure games of the past. It’s filled with nooks and crannies to explore, weapons and skills to discover, and bosses to battle, all in a beautiful 3D-pixelated art style.

But it also has moments of devastating difficulty that can be truly frustrating for those who aren’t prepared. If your kid is looking for a challenging computer game that pushes you to try new strategies, this might be the one you’re looking for. 

10. No Man’s Sky

Ages: 12+
Cost: $59.99 (Steam)
Genre: Open World Exploration

No Man’s Sky is a bit of a technical marvel. The entire game exists inside a procedurally-generated universe spanning over 18 quintillion different planets. Each world has its own environment, and all of them are fully explorable by the players. 

The gameplay itself focuses pretty heavily on exploration, and players can gather resources to upgrade their ship, trade with NPCs and other players, engage in fights both on planets and in space, and more! 

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Learn to Code Computer Games for Kids

Of course, if none of that is quite what your kid was looking for, there is another option. They can learn how to code their own games

Coding a game is a challenging and creative process, and can be a ton of fun on its own. It’s not difficult to get started, but there can be a bit of a learning curve for beginners. The benefits of coding for kids can go far beyond the computer. If your child is interested in learning to code, try coding your own Scratch or JavaScript game. Or if you’d like a bit more hands-on help in getting started, check out one of CodeWizardHQ’s coding classes for kids ages 8-18. 

Happy gaming!