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Christmas 2014 Gift Guide: Games for Kids

We pick out the best games to get for the kids this Christmas.

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Buying for kids this Christmas but stuck for ideas?

If they love to play video games then we’ve got you covered.

Below you’ll find our top picks of games for kids. Stay tuned to EF for our other Christmas gift guides.

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo 3DS)

Players take on the persona of Finn (the human) with help from his best bro Jake (the shape-shifting dog) as they navigate through the eponymous kingdom – a mysterious unexplored region in the Land of Ooo. They will discover hidden secrets by exploring all corners of a new kingdom created exclusively for the game and encounter familiar and never-before-seen Adventure Time characters and creatures.

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)

The intrepid Captain Toad sets off on his own adventure for the very first time through a wide variety of tricky, enemy-infested, maze-like stages to find hidden gems and nab elusive gold stars.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U)

Disney Infinity 2.0 gives you the freedom to create your own stories and play experiences starring some of your favourite Disney Infinity 2.0 characters. Discover the epic adventures in the Play sets or create your own worlds and challenges in Toy Box Mode. There’s loads of characters available and it’s also compatible with the toys from the first game.

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita, 3DS, Wii U)

In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita, 3DS, Wii U)

Another LEGO game but this time featuring all your favourite Marvel Superheroes.

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LEGO The Hobbit (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita, 3DS, Wii U)

LEGO The Hobbit is based on the first two films of The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

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LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4, PS3)

Sackboy is back, this time with playable new friends – Toggle, OddSock, and Swoop – each with their own unique abilities and personalities. A great gift for creative gamers of all ages.

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Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

For the first time in HD, Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise comes to the Wii U console, introducing new racing circuit designs and anti-gravity karts that will have players driving upside down. Players will also enjoy a variety of series-favourite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing, and motorbikes.

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Minecraft (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Mobile, Tablet)

Discover a world with the freedom to do whatever you want. Dig down into the unknown depths or build incredible structures, from humble homes to grand cityscapes. Go it alone or bring your friends along for the ride. The only limit is your imagination.

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Pacman and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS)

New Worlds. New Friends. New Power Ups. The gang is back! Following the colourful characters and world of the Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures animated series, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will feature PAC-MAN, Spiral and Cylindria in an all-new storyline as they defend PacWorld from the ghoulish army of Lord Betrayus.

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Penguins of Madagascar (Wii, Wii U, 3DS)

A video game based on the film starring Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.

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Pokémon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (3DS)

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire tell a grand tale that draws ever closer to the heart of the secrets behind Mega Evolution, said to be the greatest mystery of the Pokémon world. One of your many goals will be to seek out these powerful Pokémon and unlock their incredible potential. Although there are two games available they are both essentially the same with minor differences. Kids can trade for the exclusive Pokémon with friends.

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Skylanders: Trap Team (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita, 3DS, Wii U, Wii, Tablet)

Kaos continues his ongoing quest to rule over Skylands. He has discovered the location of the legendary Cloudcracker Prison – a fortress built entirely out of the magical substance Traptanium and home to Skylands’ most nefarious baddies. In an attempt to build his own army of foes, Kaos blows up the prison, releasing the most wanted villains and blasting shards of Traptanium to Earth in the form of Traps. Now it’s up to Portal Masters to recapture all of the escaped villains using powerful Traptanium Traps and defeat Kaos before it’s too late! Players can also use their Skylanders from previous games.

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Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS)

An action-packed fighting game, Super Smash Brosfeatures a ridiculous number of characters that have appeared on Nintendo platforms, from Mario to Link to Pikachu to the Wii Fit Trainer!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Damger of the Ooze (PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS)

Join Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo on an adventure to defeat the evil Shredder and Tiger Claw.

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What games are your kids asking Santa for this this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below.

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