Video games for young children have become a common part of childhood, and some of the most popular games are being offered for free.
We talked to experts to learn how to get your child to enjoy games that they can’t afford to buy, and to find out which games are best for their age.
Read More”I think kids have always had a hard time with games, but the problem with them is they’re really difficult to get into,” says Daniel Levenson, founder and CEO of GameMaker Studio, an app that lets kids make games for fun.
“Kids just don’t have a lot of money.
So when I made this app, I thought, ‘How do I get kids to start spending money on games?’
So I gave them a couple free games, and they loved them, and then they bought more.”
Levenson’s game-making app, which he’s also launching on iOS and Android, lets parents share their kids’ favorite games with them for free online.
Kids can also play with friends, or in a game of Go or chess, for free by adding money to their account.
Kids can use GameMaker for fun, too, and Levensons goal is to have it available on every home computer and tablet in the world within five years.
“My goal is for this app to be everywhere by 2020,” he says.
“I have to make sure it’s accessible for everyone.”
For a more in-depth look at how to make a child’s games, check out our video series “What to do if your kid can’t play games for free.”
If you’re ready to give your child a shot at making their own games, you can sign up for a free trial.
If you’re a parent and don’t want to be a part of a trial, you’ll be able to get all of the content and features of the paid version for free with your credit card, just like a paid subscription.
“It’s a great way for parents to give their kids free content, but if your kids don’t need it, they’re not going to want it,” says Levensen.
“So I think this is really great for parents who have a young kid or an older child.”
Games for kids, including Minecraft and Super Mario Bros., are available for free on a trial basis.
But for older kids, Minecraft is only available in the US, while Minecraft Kids is available in other countries.
Leven’s app is currently only available for iOS and has not yet been ported to Android, though he plans to do so.
“I can’t wait to see what’s next,” says Lee.
“Because with this app it’s free and everyone’s going to get a piece of it.
There’s no subscription to it.
It’s just for fun.”