In a medium dominated by violent and gory shoot-'em-ups, the average parent can be understandably mortified when shopping for video games that their kids will enjoy – and not be socially stunted by.
But amid the likes of Call of Duty and Assassins Creed, there are also plenty of inventive and even thought-provoking games aimed at the younger crowd that don't involve a surfeit of blood and guts. From sharp puzzle-solving to quintessential Italian plumbers that hone patience and timing, there's a litany of worry-free games that parents can pick up this holiday season.
Here is our guide to the best kid-friendly home console games of the season, and the year in general.
Lego City Undercover
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Super Mario 3D World
Skylanders: Swap Force
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