10 Timeless Video Games for Kids of All Ages

As a single parent on a tight budget, you want each gift you buy for your children to be worth the investment. And when it comes to video games, in particular, phases come and go quickly. What's hot this season may be quickly forgotten. For age-appropriate options your kiddos will enjoy all year, start with these 10 timeless video games for kids of all ages:

  • 01 of 10

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Lego Harry Potter Video Game
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    • Rated "E 10+" (everyone ten and up) by the Entertainment Safety Ratings Board
    • Players can play the game as Harry, Ron, or Hermione
    • Battle dragons, pass through intricate mazes, and save others from danger
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    The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer

    • Rated "E 10+" (everyone ten and up) by the Entertainment Safety Ratings Board
    • Players can play the game as Mr. Incredible or Frozone
    • This creative game picks up where the movie left off, in the Underminer's underground world
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    Peter Jackson's King Kong

    • Rated "T" (teen) by the Entertainment Safety Ratings Board
    • Players can either be the character Jack Driscoll or take control of the adventure from the third-person point of view
    • This game includes excellent graphics and sound quality
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    Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

    • Rated "E" (ages 6 and up) by the Entertainment Safety Ratings Board
    • The main character, Link must save Princess Zelda from the evil Vaati
    • Players use the power of the magical "Minish Cap" to solve dungeon puzzles and collect Kinstones
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    Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe

    • Rated "T" (teen) by the Entertainment Safety Ratings Board
    • Closely follows the plotline of the movie and inlcudes a variety of playing levels
    • Players fight off enemies, collect coins, and solve puzzles
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    Sly 3: Honor Amongst Thieves

    • Rated "E 10+" (everyone ten and up) by the Entertainment Safety Ratings Board
    • Sly and his friends work to collect masks and unlock the secret of Sly's heritage
    • Includes optional 3-D playing levels
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    We Love Katamari

    • Rated "E" (ages 6 and up) by the Entertainment Safety Ratings Board
    • Players work to roll through the game screens, collecting everything in The Prince's path into a giant orb
    • Also allows for cooperative play with multiple players
  • 08 of 10

    Sid Meier's Pirates!

    • Rated "E" (ages 6 and up) by the Entertainment Safety Ratings Board
    • This award-winning game lets players do battle with 27 different ships
    • Players work to track down and defeat Blackbead and other famous pirates
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  • 09 of 10

    Dance Dance Revolution

    • Rated "E 10+" (everyone ten and up) by the Entertainment Safety Ratings Board
    • This interactive game lets players dance along with the music
    • Incorporates a variety of music and dance styles
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    Backyard Baseball

    • Rated "E" (ages 6 and up) by the Entertainment Safety Ratings Board
    • Play with a mix of "backyard kids" and child versions of famous ball players, like A-Rod and Sammy Sosa
    • Includes several modes of play: Single Game, Season Play, Batting Practice and Home Run Derby