What game should be perfect for a kid?

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Sarah1235
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What game should be perfect for a kid?

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Hey guys, can you recommend a perfect game that is funny and educative for a 6 years kid?
Thanks in advance for the help.

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Re: What game should be perfect for a kid?

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Personally, my favourite game, although not really educational, is Inside The Box. This is a puzzle/thinking game in which you solve puzzles in cubic rooms by walking around and interacting with switches, triggers, pressure plates, doors, trampolines and many other puzzle elements that you need to overcome to make it to the exit. The puzzles are very diverse, and there's a lot of them. Yeah, I think I can recommend it.

Currently, you can only play Inside The Box online (it's a server).
To play, you have to install Minetest, click on “Join Game” and select “Inside The Box” from the server list. Then enter name and password (of your own choice, of course) and have fun solving puzzles.

Since it's a public server, the obligatory Internet advice applies: Never ever share your private information (like real name, address, etc.) with anyone. That having said, this server is very peaceful, I can not recall to have witnessed any predatory behavior there, and I'm one of the earliest players. People just want to play. :-)

But I don't think we have any “true” educational games right now. There's nothing that went past the “demo” stage. I recall there once was that one thing about quantum computing, but it's only a demo, and it was a little bit over my head.
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Re: What game should be perfect for a kid?

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there is no "perfect",
avoid PvP, and any fights
maybe also without monster, or danger animals

for the start something easy to learn the basic usage and crafting patterns

also short issues, like above quiz, small short builds - to avoid boring when to big-large

(my daughter started playing with 6 = 4 years ago)
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Re: What game should be perfect for a kid?

by GabrielLuke » Post

I played Super Mario World (SNES) with my nearly four-year - old son with an emulator on my phone and a bluetooth controller. Since the games were easy back then, the goal is obvious ("Jump and reach the line") and the barriers ("He punched you!") are obvious. "He needs me to play the levels most of the time and needs to watch, then he'll pipe up, "I want to do that one with the football guy and hear him go 'Ouch!' The controls are also fairly basic, he can complete the level himself by pressing just one button at a time per thumb.

He also played with me in the Kerbal Space Program, launching the rocket and crashing it was quite entertaining for him. We'll even play a little part, call him Commander [Sonsname], and give him some kind of guidance to obey. Can we go into outer space this time? Will we crash into water this time? Will I build a rocket? "Variants of playing with him will go like," Should we go into outer space this time?
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Wuzzy wrote: Inside The Box. This is a puzzle/thinking game in which you solve puzzles in cubic rooms by walking around and interacting with switches, triggers, pressure plates, doors, trampolines and many other puzzle elements that you need to overcome to make it to the exit. The puzzles are very diverse, and there's a lot of them. Yeah, I think I can recommend it.
Inside the box is definitely a recommendable server - for players who like to solve puzzles. Recommending it to a 6 year old...I don't think that fits. That's too young. While some puzzles may be doable, many will be far too complex (just think about reading messages on the terminals if you havn't learned to read yet..).
Festus1965 wrote: there is no "perfect",
avoid PvP, and any fights
maybe also without monster, or danger animals

for the start something easy to learn the basic usage and crafting patterns

also short issues, like above quiz, small short builds - to avoid boring when to big-large
I think that's more like it. Festus1965 also has some direct experience from providing computers for children in the neighbourhood to play on.

PvP would be a rather bad idea and could soon end in a lot of trouble. Monsters...even those that seem to us perfectly harmless may be frightening to a child. A parent told me once that his child was afraid of the oerkki, so be careful. "Friendly" mobs like i.e. sheep might very well be welcome. The petz mod has lots of animals that are trimmed for cuteness. There's also a tamagotchi mode where you have to brush the fur of your pet and feed it regulary.

Other than that...consider using creative mode as it's a bit easier and doesn't require gathering materials first. Mods that add brightly colored full blocks might also be a good idea. Young kids love color! Baked clay and Abriglass may look acceptable to adults as well. Color cubes, GloopTest, Plastic Box, blox and others posted here on the forum might be worth a look.

Visual Bots might be good if you want to have some education involved which also looks good and may be enjoyable to children.
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Re: What game should be perfect for a kid?

by Andrey01 » Post

There was a game called 'BlockColor' by Chiantos that may be appropriate for that kid, however, the topic is cleaned currently: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=20445&hilit=BlockColor

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Re: What game should be perfect for a kid?

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Andrey01 wrote: There was a game called 'BlockColor' by Chiantos that may be appropriate for that kid, however, the topic is cleaned currently: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=20445&hilit=BlockColor
Yes, I thought about that as well and had to discover that it seems to have been removed :-( Its colorful blocks and easy operation would have been perfect for smaller children.
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Re: What game should be perfect for a kid?

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I have a feeling that the OP of this post is a spam bot, but this is a useful topic anyway

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Re: What game should be perfect for a kid?

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rubenwardy wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 13:52
I have a feeling that the OP of this post is a spam bot, but this is a useful topic anyway
Why? o_O

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Re: What game should be perfect for a kid?

by cuthbertdoublebarrel » Post

seen a few posts from parents here and there .
Juanchi i believe was a firm fave with one group.
i think another gave up on the sub games and was quiet happy with the base game with a few mods.
even more fungi mod with the latin names i thought was a nice little educational idea . i think there was also a latin flower mod too .
it would be great to add more named nature . maybe just a basic little icon that directs them to use the telescope that shows an illustration of somthing hiding in the trees like a bug or bird and they tick off all the creatures they spot.
awaiting minetest hardcore mode .

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