With the emergence of online education – which became more prominent amid the Covid-19 pandemic – school children in most countries of the world, including here in Kashmir, stayed at home during the most of the last two years. Staying at home means that education must also take place outside of school, with parents playing more or less the role of teachers. The downside, however, has been the children’s mental and social well-being, with several psychologists pointing out how difficult the past two years have been for children of all walks of life. In this environment, online games can provide much needed help to kids who miss school and all the excitement that school brings.
With that thought in mind, Cashmere amount sub-editor Irfan Mehraj lists some of the best online games that Kashmiri kids can play for fun for long periods of time at home.
Minecraft is a perfect video game for kids. A very popular game that can be played on both computer and mobile phone, Minecraft is a game that comes with educational tools. It’s a game for kids as well as young adults, and in fact, teachers have also proven themselves to be fond of the game, for the game’s unique problem-solving ability. It can be very good for teachers. The game is developed by Swedish video game developer Mojang Studios. Released in 2011, Minecraft is today the best-selling video game of all time with the most active users ever created for children’s games. What makes Minecraft so interesting, and in fact also considered the greatest video game of all time for children, is the way it is played – which is a world with endless terrain and where players explore, discover. and extract raw materials, build structures, machinery and craft tools. The cool thing about the game is that players can modify the game to create new mechanics. The game is so popular that many schools around the world have adopted the game as an educational tool. Every parent who wants their kids to get important lessons should buy this game for their kids.
Fortnite is an online video game released in 2017 by Epic Games. Upon its release, the game gained followers and today is one of the most popular online games for children and young adults. The game is available in three different themes: Fortnite: Save the World, Fortnite Battle Royale and Fortnite Creative. The Fortnite: Save the World is a game where players (up to four) fight zombie-like creatures and build traps and fortifications to defend themselves. In Fortnite Battle Royale, players fight for their survival. It’s free to play a game where up to 100 players fight to be the last survivor standing. Fortnite Save the World is the third release where players have complete freedom to create their own worlds and battle arenas. What’s great about this game is that it’s completely free to download and can be played on all major consoles and mobile devices. Kids can play with their friends on other game systems because it supports cross play which school kids can use for great benefits.
The third game on this list is Terraria, a mix of Super Mario Bros and Minecraft. It is an action adventure sandbox game. It was released in 2011 by Re-Logic. The game was first released on Microsoft Windows, but has since been ported to many other platforms. It is a classic building game and is a favorite among children. It includes crafting, building, painting, exploring, and even combat with multiple creatures. The game comes in the 2D world and is very popular. The game allows players to connect with seven other players to play online, which implies great opportunities for fun and safe multiplayer action. Players have to navigate and battle monsters, and they also have the option of crafting materials in the world.
4. Free fire
Free Fire, also known as Garena Free Fire, is a successful battle royale game and kids around the world are addicted to it. The game was developed by 111dots Studio and in 2019 was the most downloaded game in the world. In fact, the game received the “Best Popular Voting Game” award from the Google Play Store in 2019. It is among the highest daily users in the world. It grossed over $ 1 billion in 2019. A graphically improved version of Free Fire called Free Fire Max was released in September 2021. It is an online-only game and features up to 50 players that drop to an island. Players are looking for weapons and equipment to kill other players. The game is very popular among children over 12 years old all over the world.
5. Apex Legends
Another very popular Battle Royale game, Apex Legends is a free to play shooting game. The game can be played on Microsoft Windows, Playstation, Xbox and is not yet available for Android and IOS platforms. Teams of up to 3 compete in matches with up to 60 players to be the last team in the game. The gameplay emphasizes teamwork and communication and is good for teaching team sport. The game is free on the platforms mentioned above. The game is very popular with pre-teen gamers. Wait for its Android and IOS version which will be released in March 2022.
6. Pokemon Sun and Moon
When it comes to role-playing games, Pokemon Sun and Moon is at the top of the list. There are two games in the series: The Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. The games were released in 2016. The game is very good for kids over 12 or even under 12 because it has adventure elements with a fictional storyline. The game is based on the Alola region and is played in third person and overhead view. The player in the game controls a young trainer who goes on a quest to catch and train other creatures known as Pokémon. The player’s job is to win battles against other coaches. Pokemon video game series are considered very safe for children to play online.
7. Tetris effect
As kids, we all loved Tetris. Here is its online version which is not only better than the traditional game Tetris played on a video console, but which is admired for its graphics. The game was originally released for PlayStation in 2018 and the version for Microsoft Windows was released in 2019. The game is developed by Japanese studios Monstars and Resonair and published by Enhance Games. The game is a tile-matching video game that has received positive praise from critics around the world. Upon release, the game was named Game of the Year by several publications.
8. 4 photos 1 word
4 Pics 1 Word is a game which is not only very easy for kids to play, but also can improve user’s vocabulary. It’s a word game created by LOTUM GmbH and available for free on Android and iOS. The gameplay is very simple. Each level of the game displays four pictures linked by a single word and players have to work and find out what the word is. Players must do this from a set of letters given below the pictures. Children over 10 years old can easily play this game and improve their vocabulary. The game received mostly positive reviews.
9. Ludo king
The game is the online rebirth of the classic board game Ludo and since its release in 2016, has been a mega-hit among children and adults alike. This is a free mobile application game developed by Indian studio Gametion Technologies Pvt Ltd. The game is available on Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, and even Kindle. The game is ranked among the most played games on the internet and may have multiple players. Since its release, the game has consistently been ranked # 1 in the best free games section of Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store. The game is a digital version of Ludo board game which is not only fun to play but can teach kids patience on how to persist and win.
10. Race to the Temple
Released in 2011, Temple Run is one of the most popular mobile app games of all time. Known as an endless running game, the game was developed by Imangi Studios. The game involves a single player running and being chased by an enemy and they must avoid falling or bumping into themselves. The theme of the game is exploration. It varies between the different spin-offs. The game is a commercially successful business with over 1 million downloads. It is fun and easy to play game for kids. The game can also be played offline.