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CatKiller 5 Jan

Quoting: Guppy- Talos Principle ( there are a few parts of the game where you will properly need to assist in reading the massive walls of text )
You can just completely ignore all the text with no repercussions. My one is 4, and loved it, but we just didn't bother with that part.

I have an 8-year old who plays video games on my computer (Ubuntu 20.04), via my Steam account. I'll flag specific games as "Family Games" (right-click on a title -> Manage -> Add to Family Games). Steam is set to always start in Family Mode, locked by a pin, so there's no access to the store or anything but the whitelisted games.

As for what he plays? Lego games. So many Lego games. All of the ones we've tried so far run great via Proton, and they can be played 2-player co-op. We've played Lego Batman 2 and 3, Lego Marvel Super-Heroes 1+2, Lego Marvel Avengers, and Lego DC Super-Villains. They range from good to great, with Lego Batman 3 the best of them so far. They're also regularly deeply discounted to below $10 each in Steam sales.

Another all-time favorite is Donut County, which was actually the first game my kid would play by himself (as in, with him using the controller independently). It's short, but wonderful.

Chuchel is a hilarious point-and-click puzzle game that's wonderfully animated and absolutely suitable for kids.

HerrLange 5 Jan

thx @Guppy @Chuckaluphagus for the additional input.

Maybe I have to rethink my attitude to steam. Action Henk really looks great like it could be real funny.

How is the Lego Co-Op mode is working on a single Computer? Splitscreen? How about controls?

@HerrLange, co-op mode for the Lego games uses split-screen when two players have moved far enough apart, then melds the two views back together as the players come back into proximity. It's handled well and lets both players explore a level or area independently, then join back up again for cooperative tasks and to battle enemies together.

Controls are with whatever device you choose. We've used Steam controllers, Gamecube controllers, keyboard - each player gets to have their own control device assigned and all the keys remapped, if you want to change anything.

CatKiller 12 Jan

In case anyone's children are in need of a management sim, I can suggest The Colonists and Two Point Hospital. Mine's too young to play them himself, but he loves watching them. I'll also be looking at getting Megaquarium and Parkitect in the future.

stud68 13 Jan

Quoting: bh0laJiRTS: 0ad(alternative for: AoE(Age of Empires) 3)

Nothing wrong with that.
My 8 year old has built his own Dos machine from my parts bin, without my help just supervised.
Now playing Command and Conquer Red Alert.
As well as Subnautica and Satisfactory on his Virtual Machine.
My 3 year old is playing Portal 2.

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