How do I know if a game fits my child's skill level?
We encourage you to play videogames with your children. Watch which games your children are playing and talk about games with them and others as often as possible. You can never have too much knowledge about the games your children are playing and the games they like to play.
It is important to note that by age seven or eight, most children have the necessary reading level, problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination (or skill level) to play just about any game. After this age, all you need to determine is what kind of game your child likes to play and what kind of game content is appropriate.
For children under the age of seven or eight, take a close look at their reading level, their problem-solving skills and their hand-eye coordination. This should help you determine the best kind of game to purchase.
What is the child's reading level?
If your child is not able to read more complicated sentences and vocabulary, you may want to avoid role playing games (RPGs), strategy games and adventure titles. These games typically feature a large amount of written text as game characters chat with the player. Because such text usually tells the player how to go about completing game challenges, many children who cannot read will struggle. Action and Sports games are the best types of games for those still early in their reading career.
What is the child's problem-solving skill level?
When your child is given a puzzle to solve, do they tend to give up quickly or do they stick with it? Players who enjoy mind challenges tend to favour games like Puzzle, Adventure, RPGs and certain Action titles. Stronger reading skills may be required for some of these games however - especially text-heavy Adventure games. Research the game on our website for a better overview.
What is the player's hand-eye coordination?
Does your child enjoy working with their hands? Do they tend to do well in activities that require fine motor skills, such as colouring between the lines and writing practice? The better a child's hand-eye coordination, the better they will enjoy Action, Sports and Racing games. These games can actually help develop such skills, and usually offer different difficulty settings to suit a player's level of skill. If a child is still developing these skills, some Edutainment titles oriented towards young children are a good place to begin.