Video Games: Kids Everywhere!

Between Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June, why not go a little crazy and check out games that have… kids? Watch out, let’s go!

You might think that the most unexpected character in a video game is a child. Not! For the better – and often for the worse – babies are sometimes an integral part of the storyline in many games.

In 1995, the Petz game offers players the opportunity to adopt a cat or dog. The goal is to properly care for your pet and make him happy. Obviously, this idea is rejected in an impressive number of titles – hamsters and horses, in particular, are the subject of special games. But the device used for “Petz 3” is redesigned to make… babies! No, you are not sleeping. In “Babyz”, released for Windows in 1999 and, unfortunately, not available online today, the player teaches his virtual child to walk, talk and play. Created a community, a site that allows amateurs to exchange tips and advice. In a word, it is a success.

Eight years later, in 2007, Ubisoft – si, si – developed under the name “Imagine” a series of games with a vague educational vocation to teach young girls and teenagers skills that should be typically “feminine”, under the playful pretense of – si, if. Thus was born Imagine Babyz for the Nintendo DS. The player, armed with her stylus, becomes a babysitter and must entertain, change, dress and feed a female baby given to her by her grandmother’s neighbor (yes, babies, definitely babies) Stories of Women!

This glorious era, not so long ago, applies to Bratz dolls – they were born in 2001 – and three years later to Bratz Babyz. Apparently, the little ones become the heroines of the Bratz Babyz video game, which can still be played through the browser. But the cutest kids undoubtedly belong to Nintendo. Because in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, released in 1995, we are delighted to discover babies Mario and Luigi. This idea was then implemented in “Yoshi’s Island” for the Nintendo DS in 2006, and then in “New Yoshi’s Island” for the 3DS in 2014.

Make kids…

When The Sims hit the craze as we know it, a heterosexual couple could have a baby as long as the couple was in love. The “baby” programmers don’t know yet, because a baby treated as an object in the game and crying every six hours becomes, without any transition, a baby. In 2004, The Sims 2 made babies a little more realistic. First, your Sim will become pregnant – a miracle is no longer born from the crib. Now they are part of the family, even if they do not have their own clickable “portrait”. 2009’s The Sims 3 makes babies full-fledged Sims. Now the player can know exactly what they want, choose certain traits, but you’ll have to wait until 2014 and The Sims 4 to adopt or breastfeed a child.

Stardew Valley is a simulation game in which you take care of the farm that your grandfather bequeathed to you. Children become an integral part of the scenario after the player has met certain favorable conditions. But, and this is the funniest thing, babies never grow beyond the stage of a child who begins to walk.

evil children

The child is not always cute, and sometimes just dangerous. Proof? In the crazy game Zombies Ate My Neighbors, released in 1993 and re-released since then, the player turns into a teenager whose mission is to kill monsters. And among these monsters we find the “Titanic Baby”, a gigantic baby that runs around spilling highly poisonous milk.

For those who want to return to childhood, there is an opportunity to turn into a baby again. In Jack’s Cutters and its sequel Jack’s Cutters 2: In Coconut Capers, you play as Sweeney the Kid, a particularly distracted toddler who has to get away from his pursuers or risk getting… spanked. Yes, the first game dates back to 1986, several centuries in terms of video games!

“Babyz”: for browser via emulator

Bratz Babyz: for browser via emulator

“Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island”: for browser via emulator

“Yoshi’s Island”: for browser via emulator

Yoshis New Island: for Nintendo 3DS.

“The Sims 3”: for different platforms

“The Sims 4”: for various platforms.

Stardew Valley: for various platforms.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors: for Switch and app/1137970/Zombies_Ate_My_Neighbors_and_Ghoul_Patrol/ for Windows

“Jack the Nipper”: for browser via emulator

“Jack the Nipper II: In Coconut Capers”: for browser via emulator

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