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Family Games for the PC

By Jean Parks

The term “PC Gaming” makes many parents fearful, as the platform has been associated with violent games that decrease a child’s interest in socialization and learning the basic skills that they will need to succeed in school. Well, I’m here to tell you that PC Gaming has gotten a bad rap!

There is a literal smorgasbord of free downloadable and online games that will provide children (and parents) of all ages with hours of learning, creativity and flat out fun! Three of the games featured here are downloadable, two are online-based games, and all are totally free to explore and enjoy with your child.

Moonbase Alpha

A very cool downloadable game from NASA, Moonbase Alpha puts you on a moon settlement as an astronaut. You work as part of a team using player controlled rovers, robots and repair tools  to restore oxygen and life support systems to the settlement after a meteorite crash.

LettersFall 3

In this game developed by 16BitSoft® you form words from letters as they slide down a water fall. LettersFall 3 features a 20,000+ word American English dictionary, great graphics, digital sound effects and a soundtrack The game promotes learning and is fun for both parents and kids.


Created for kids in the 5-9 age range by Danske Bank A/S, Moneyville is an online game that features a rich set of activities that help teach kids about money – what it is, where it comes from, and how to set spending and saving priorities. There is also a just for fun area called “The Time Machine,” where kids can journey back to the time of dinosaurs, the Middle Ages,  or Ancient Rome and Egypt. There are downloadable materials for both parents and teachers.

USA Map Jigsaw Games

Sheppard Software offers this gem of a site that helps kids learn geography of the USA and the world via a variety of online jigsaw puzzles. The site offers so many different types of excellent – and free – online learning games for kids of all ages that they can’t all be listed here! This one earns an editor’s choice award from me and is well worth spending some time to really explore.


A free downloadable game, BridgeBuilder is deceptively simple. Your mission is to build a bridge strong enough for a train to safely cross to the other side. Each part of the bridge costs you $100 and the game can be played in a variety of ways: you can chose to get it done as quickly and inexpensively as possible, or you can get really creative with design. BridgeBuilder employs a pretty cool physics engine and renders in real time.

I hope you and your family enjoy this sample of games as much as I have. What games do you and your children like? Come share the wealth, so we can all enjoy a summer of exploration and learning!

PC gaming requires a robust, powerful system. Systems like the Asus Essentio Desktop PC or the sleek, space-saving Asus All In One PC  are affordable, Intel powered, energy efficient computers, with enough muscle to meet the needs of gamers of all ages!

Want to get to know ASUS Computers? Learn more about the amazing array of ASUS PC products and enter to win a family gaming PC of your own on the ASUS North America Facebook Page!

The Online Mom receives a fee for participating in certain promotional programs for ASUS International. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. JP

Jean Parks, aka Geekbabe, is a contributing editor for The Online Mom. Follow Jean on Twitter.

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