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Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

By William O'Neal - Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Every SHIELD user knows that the device is great for gaming, whether playing AAA-caliber games on GeForce NOW or enjoying the wealth of titles available in the Android Marketplace, there’s enough to keep you busy for years. But what many folks don’t realize is just how great NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is for family-friendly gaming. If you’re a parent looking for family-friendly and kid-friendly games or you’re a hardcore GeForce gamer looking to give the nieces and nephews something to do when they’re visiting we have you covered.

GeForce NOW Family-Friendly Games

GeForce NOW is our amazing game-streaming service that delivers a PC-quality, GeForce GTX gaming experience to your SHIELD device from NVIDIA's cloud-based supercomputers. Below are our favorite family-friendly GeForce NOW games that you can stream RIGHT NOW!

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($39.99)

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is ready for you to play instantly in the GeForce NOW store. Play as Rey, Finn, Captain Phasma, Poe Dameron, Han Solo (sniffle!), Kylo Ren (boo!), C-3PO, and more than 200 other playable characters as you re-experience the storyline from the film in classic LEGO adventure style. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is rated E10+ by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and is recommended for all players over the age of ten.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham ($29.99)

Traveller’s Tales and Warner Bros. bring their trademark family-friendly LEGO formula to the DC Batman franchise once again with LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. This time Brainiac is the bad guy brainwashing the Lantern Corp to do his bidding. Over the course of the adventure we meet many venerable heroes including Batman, Superman, the Flash, Atom, and Shazam. Join the superheroes to take down Brainiac and save Planet Earth!

LEGO The Hobbit ($19.99)

Reclaim the Lost Kingdom brick by brick in LEGO Hobbit! Join Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Thorin and his company of Dwarves in an epic adventure across Middle-earth to recapture the Lonely Mountain in the most expansive LEGO game to date. Includes Steam digital key for PC download with purchase.

Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

LEGO Lord of the Rings (Price)

Based on “The Lord of the Rings” motion picture trilogy, LEGO The Lord of the Rings follows the original storylines of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” taking players through the epic story events re-imagined with the humor and endless variety of LEGO play. Includes Steam digital key for PC download with purchase.

Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes ($19.99)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features an original story crossing the entire Marvel Universe. Players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine, and many more Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world. Players will chase down Cosmic Bricks as they travel across LEGO Manhattan and visit key locations from the Marvel Universe, such as Stark Tower, Asteroid M, a Hydra base and the X-Mansion. Includes Steam digital key for PC download with purchase.

LEGO Jurassic World ($39.99)

Whether you’re a fan of the “Jurassic Park” movies (not to mention the amazing novel), LEGO, or both, you’ll no doubt love LEGO Jurassic World. Encompassing all four “Jurassic Park” movies, LEGO Jurassic World is a re-imagining of the series in that classic LEGO form. Replete with TellTale Games’ signature humor, the game follows events from the original “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (which everyone tries to forget was ever made), “Jurassic Park III,” and of course, last year’s blockbuster, “Jurassic World.” Get ready to fully explore the expansive grounds of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna and maybe even dabble in some dino-DNA, all the while playing side-by-side with your family and friends.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Included with Membership)

Sporting a type of frenetic gameplay that took the videogame world by storm, SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog did a great job of giving the Mario franchise a legit run for its money. Available in the GeForce NOW Membership Library, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is included in your membership. That means that GeForce NOW members can start racing immediately at no extra charge. Boasting many of the franchise’s popular characters like Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy Rose, and Knuckles the Echidna, prepare to while away many an hour playing this over-the-top racing title. When it comes to multi-controller gaming, you can’t beat Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Included with Membership)

A platformer game styled after Mario Bros., Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams was funded on Kickstarter and is the successor to The Great Giana Sisters, which first appeared on the Commodore 64 in 1987 and was re-imagined for the Nintendo DS in 2009. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams has a cult following of enthusiastic fans, boasts a 4-star rating on MetaCritic, and has been universally praised by critics for its unique gameplay mechanics, clever level design, and lush visuals. Playing as older sister Giana, you must rescue your younger sibling, Maria, from a dangerous dream world that’s filled with all types of devious traps and deadly monsters. Your greatest asset is your ability to switch between cute and punk versions of yourself at the press of a button, which immediately grants you different abilities that you can use to overcome obstacles.

Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

LEGO Batman: The Videogame (Included with Membership)

When all the villains in Arkham Asylum team up and break loose, only the dynamic duo is bold enough to take them on to save Gotham City. The fun of LEGO, the drama of Batman and the uniqueness of the combination makes for a comical and exciting adventure in LEGO Batman: The Videogame. Play as Batman and his sidekick Robin as you build, drive, swing and fight your way through Gotham City capturing escaped villains including The Joker, Penguin, Scarecrow and more. Then, jump into the story from the other side and play as Batman’s foes! Enjoy the power you wield and battle Batman while spreading chaos throughout the city. There is no rest for the good (or evil!).

Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes (Included with Membership)

Legends Unite in LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes! The Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin join other famous superheroes from the DC Universe including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to save Gotham City from destruction at the hands of the notorious villains Lex Luthor and the Joker.

Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Included with Membership)

In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 you can build the adventure from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament and experience the magic of the first four Harry Potter stories – LEGO style! Explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learn spells, brew potions and relive the adventures like never before with tongue-in-cheek humor and creative customization that is unique to LEGO videogames!

Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Included with Membership)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, lets you relive the final three books and four films of the Harry Potter series in classic LEGO-style. And that means plenty of humor, puzzle solving, brick-building, and family-friendly combat are now just a button press away on your SHIELD device. Based on the books and films named above, LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 puts you inside some of the series’ most notable locations including Privet Drive in Little Whinging, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, Hogwarts, and the Ministry of Magic, where there are scads of secrets to uncover and more than 80 playable characters to unlock.

Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

LEGO Movie: The Videogame (Included with Membership)

In LEGO Movie: The Videogame you join Emmet and an unlikely group of resistance fighters in their heroic quest to thwart Lord Business’ evil plans—a mission that Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously unprepared for. It’s a wild ride with a surprising mix of over 90 playable characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Green Ninja, Gandalf, Shakespeare, Cleopatra and more.

Android Family-Friendly Games

The Android gaming scene has been growing by leaps and bounds, and with its Tegra X1 processor, NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is arguably the most powerful Android gaming device available. Here is our list of the best family-friendly games that you can fire up right now on your SHIELD Android TV.

Ultimate Chicken Horse ($11.99)

Ultimate Chicken Horse is a game that’s as odd and unique as its title. Ultimate Chicken Horse is an old-school style platforming game that the players themselves create. Up to four gamers take it in turns to place objects on a blank canvas. The objects are platforms, conveyor belts, buzz saws, bombs, and the like. When the design stage is finished, the players race through the level and the winner gets the points. You also get points for stopping your opponents with your carefully placed traps and tricks.

Octodad: The Dadliest Catch ($4.99)

We love this game. It’s true the controls are challenging to learn at first, but Octodad: The Dadliest Catch also packs an imaginative and rewarding experience the developer has clearly poured their passion into. Octodad charts the story of an octopus posing as a man and trying to overcome his shortcomings in order to do the best for his family. It’s laugh out loud funny at times, extremely tough at others, touching and beautiful. It’s a lot like life.

Minecraft Pocket Edition ($6.99)

Minecraft Pocket Edition builds on the wildly popular game, Minecraft. Boasting Survival and Creative modes, as well as multiplayer over a local Wi-Fi network, the game also features randomly generated worlds. Since the first release of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, they’ve added a host of new features and visual enhancements.

Q*Bert Rebooted: SHIELD Editon ($2.99)

Q*Bert is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful arcade games ever made alongside timeless coin-op classics like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Over the years, Q*Bert has spawned a number of spin-offs, merchandise and even an animated TV series. Now the legend is reborn in the form of Q*Bert: Rebooted, available now on the best Android gaming device in the world, SHIELD Android TV.

JuJu ($9.49)

You won’t find this colorful platformer on any old Android device. Juju is exclusive to SHIELD devices rocking Tegra technology and when you see the game running you’ll understand why… it is graphically stunning. You play the part of a creature called Juju who accidentally releases an ancient evil spirit who then captures Juju’s father. So begins a quest to rescue his dad. The game is packed with hazards and puzzles and is most notable for its series of spectacular boss encounters where Juju and his friend Peyo have to take on enormous enemies like giant sea creatures and vast robots. With two players it becomes even more fun as Juju and Peyo cooperate to complete the adventure. Even when you finish the game there are secret areas, hidden levels and more game modes to experiment with.

Chariot ($7.49)

Chariot is a physics-based, co-op platformer that follows the story of a Princess and her Fiancé as they’re tasked with carrying a funeral wagon through ancient caves, all the while fending off swarms of looters in a mission to gain enough wealth to give their king a proper burial in an ornate, gold-filled tomb. Chariot not only requires plenty of skill while testing the gamers’ coordination mechanics and physics-based stunts, as well as teamwork and cooperation with your co-op buddies.

Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

BombSquad (Free)

BombSquad is a multiplayer party game where up to 8 players can blow each other up in mini-games ranging from capture the flag to hockey. The game featuring gratuitous explosions, advanced ragdoll face-plant physics, local and networked multiplayer, and extensive controller support so everyone can get in on the action. Bombs away!

Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

Crossy Road (Free)

Crossy Road, developed and published by Hipster Whale, is a play on the joke "Why did the chicken cross the road?" Simply put, it’s an "endless Frogger," the objective of which is to navigate your character for as long as possible across a series of obstacles like rivers, cars, and trains. Be warned, though, this game is highly addictive.

Best Family-Friendly Games on NVIDIA SHIELD

Skylanders Trap Team (Free)

In Skylanders Trap Team Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands. It’s up to you and the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements, you have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight for you!

If you don’t already own an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, run out and grab one today. And while you’re at it, make sure to talk to us on Twitter and tell us about your favorite family-friendly games.

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