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Three Family and Kid Friendly Xbox 360 Games

June 13, 2009 by  

The Xbox 360 console can have a reputation for it's violent and mature games, but the reality is that there are masses of kid friendly titles available for the system. These types of games have not only been produced and provided by third party developers, like Traveller's Tales, but also by second party developers like Rare, who are being backed by Microsoft. It's pretty clear that Microsoft wants it to be clear that the Xbox 360 is intended for all audiences.

Lego Indiana Jones: is an adventure/puzzle game in the vein of Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman. While all three Lego games are above average, Lego Indiana Jones manages to be much more, due to it's satisfying combat and reasonably logical puzzles. One thing that makes the Lego games so accessible as a whole is it's drop in/drop out co-op multi-player gameplay. One individual can always play alone, in which case AI will take over control of the second personality. But at any point a 2nd player can come along, press start on the second controller, and "drop in", taking control of the second character. Lego Indiana Jones is a cute and charming game, yet it's also a particularly intellectual one, in it's own way.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts: While the franchise has always been pretty unusual ( after all, it's about a bear named Banjo and a rooster named Kazooie who travel together ), Nuts & Bolts takes things further with a mad vehicle creation mechanic. The objective is to go the length of 6 worlds in an effort to get the deed to Spiral Mountain, but the story takes second seat to the gameplay. Along Banjo's journey he acquires a currency called Bolts by completing challenges, and he will then use the Bolts to build all sorts of autos, both land and air. Experimentation is rewarded with some truly cool and weird looking automobiles with which you can traverse the world. This provides great replay factor and is perfect for your Xbox-mad kids!

Viva Pinata : Trouble in Paradise : If you are into the Xbox 360 at all we'd be very surprised if you have not at least heard of Viva Pinata, a Virtual Life franchise Rare has been developing iterations of for years now. A gardener of what, you ask? Pinatas. That is right ; didn't you know that pinatas have to be cultivated and grown? As you are given a little plot of land, you need to it in a way which will attract will pinatas. Sometimes you need to produce a certain flower, or plant. But the needs for the chance of certain pinatas appearing grows larger and more complex over a period. While it's correct that kid's may wish to dedicate more time to this than some other games, it's a sort of game that adults can take part in just as well as children can, revealing why it's growing in popularity so much.

These three titles are just an example of a whole range of family friendly Xbox 360 games, keep your eyes open for many more to come!

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