Steam games for kids
My eight-year-old son has his own Steam account and my daughter's turning seven next week. I'm thinking it's a good time to set her up with her own Steam account too, though I have absolutely no idea how to sift through the fluff on Steam to find the gems. Any games on Steam that Steam for elementary kids that'll run on an okay laptop? (It's a 2010 Thinkpad T410 w/ an i7 and a NVS 3100M graphics card, 4GB of RAM.)
Think you're touching upon two steam features that I believe are missing;
1. Using the system Performance rating (in Vista, W7 and W8) as a 'search argument' to see games that fit that profile -- alternatively using Steam to Benchmark your machine and then showing compatible game titles with various sorting options.
2. Option of having an Age setting on the store/titles?
No suggestion for games though; I guess the 'arcade' area would be the most kid friendly.
>1. Using the system Performance rating (in Vista, W7 and W8) as a 'search argument' to see games that fit that profile -- alternatively using Steam to Benchmark your machine and then showing compatible game titles with various sorting options.
I was about to load up Steam to do this when I realised that you were talking about *missing* Steam features. Sigh.
If it helps, the machine can play Civ 5/Warlock: Master of the Arcane fine on low/medium.
My 8 year old daughter enjoys the following games from my steam list:
Amazing Adventures The lost tomb
Max and the magic marker
Plants vs. zombies
Crayon Physics Deluxe
Funny you should mention gems.
Originally Posted by Alan Friesen
Plants vs Zombies and Crayon Physics are solid picks.
I could maybe see an 8 year old getting into something like Terraria.
I liked Emerald City Confidential. Seemed very kid friendly.
Ticket to Ride. Alternatively comes in a board game version :)
Scribblenauts and the Lego whatever games should be great. The Lucasarts adventure games should be fine too, though they are more fun when there's more than one person sitting around the computer.
If you get something more graphically-intensive, you can install the drivers for the 310m (consumer-class) instead of the 3100m (business-class) for better performance. The business cards are basically designed for better stability while the consumer ones are geared toward better performance.
My 7 year old is obsessed with minecraft. Not a steam game, but still, maybe the greatest lego game ever made.
Originally Posted by Wade42
Plants vs Zombies and World of Goo.
My son likes
Gratuitous Space battles
Super Meat boy
World of Goo
Hope that helps.
Rayman, Cave Story, Samorost 2, Noitu Love 2, Machinarium, Osmos. Braid?
Thumbs up for Plants vs. Zombies and World of Goo.
My kids really got into Solar 2. And I would recommend NightSky as well.
For something slightly deeper, you might try Costume Quest.
My son is 6 and here is his rotation.
Plants vs Zombies
Ancients of Ooga
Crayon Physics Deluxe
Hamilton's Great Adventure
And Universe Sandbox is a huge fave right now.
Secret of the Magic Crystal of course!
Can't get my 8 year old off Minecraft since he just started it. The most violent part was when he packed TNT around a stubborn cow that wouldn't move. When asked, his response was "How else was I to get it to move?"
Civ 4 is a good one if he's starting to like strategy games. Playing on the easier settings makes for a nice game for young grognards :) My two older boys have been playing since they were 7 or so. Also, PvZ & Crayon Physics. My 9yr old is really into FTL (turned 9 in September).
some games in my collection that would be fun for kids:
beyond good & evil
crayon physics deluxe
Earthworm Jim 2 (PC version is worth it for the amazing redbook audio)
Flora's Fruit Farm
Rock of Ages
Sonic & Sega All Stars
Monkey Island games
EDIT: Giana Sisters
Last edited by mashakos; 11-19-2012 at 02:34 PM.
Where's Dave Long when we need him to bitch about Steam?
I sense great things in your son's future, good sir. :-)
Originally Posted by Jag
These are all great recommendations, especially the Lego games and Minecraft. Some other games my 8-year-old boys have had fun with:
Cogs (tile-swapping puzzle game)
Madballs in Babo: Invasion (cartoonish action game)
Mini Ninjas (better for older kids I think, 10+)
Obulis (outstanding physics puzzle game)
Peggle (Peggle! nuff said)
Portal 1+2 (you already have this I hope)
Shatter (ultra-refined Breakout)
Toki Tori (platform puzzle game)
I'm amazed at how my 7 year old has 100's of crafting combos memorized.
Originally Posted by Jag
You should make your kid play SpaceChem. Tell them they can't have dinner until they solve one puzzle. EVERY DAY. They'll hate you, but they'll grow up and cure cancer. So there's that.
My 5 year old has liked watching me play Supreme Commander 2 since he was 3 and now loves to play it.
Star Wars Empire at War is also a good one. As long as you can give him AI teammates and make the opponents "easy" it is a lot of fun with exploding and stuff.