Almost every video game includes some sort of violence. In Pacman, you eat ghosts. In Portal, you hold a gun. In Mario Kart, you run into and fire shells at other racers. While none of this violence is the same level as you find in Postal or Mortal Kombat, it is still present. Completely violence free games are incredibly rare and many are trivially uninteresting. A few games, though, are entirely devoid of violence or even references to violence and stand out about the rest. The following are the best non violent video games ever made.
Words with Friends – While this game is essentially nothing more than online Scrabble, it is addictively fun, mostly because you play with your friends, at your own pace, and then can laugh and brag about all the strange words you created. A physical game of Scrabble is dull and frustrating, especially when someone has to pull out a dictionary to confirm some odd word. Words with Friends solves the latter problem by automatically checking all words and solves the former by letting everyone play at their leisure. It may just be a Facebook game, but it is easily as good as a game you pay for.
Katamari Damacy – This is one of the oddest games ever made. You roll around a ball that picks up everything. In fact, eventually you can pick up planets. But nothing in this ball is injured in any way. It just keeps growing and everything put into it continues to live in this strange ball of everything. The game is completely oddball, and you essentially can’t lose, but it will still provide an unreasonably high number of hours of fun.
Guitar Hero – If you are looking for a game with absolutely no violence, Guitar Hero fits the bill perfectly. You play a guitar and try to match the on-screen notes to the song you are playing. If you play well, you continue. If you play poorly, you need to start over. The real pleasure of the game is the huge library of amazing songs available. There is no better way to pretend to be your favorite rock star.
Tetris – One of the best selling games of all time, Tetris is still surprisingly fun for being so amazingly simple. If you are one of the rare people who have never heard of this game, you control random objects made of four contiguous squares and try to position them so they fall into a solid pattern. When you form a horizontal line, that line disappears. You keep trying to form lines until the pattern grows too tall and you run out of room. Assuming you have played the game, then you already know that it is just very addictive game play.
Harvest Moon – Most simulation games include at least minimal violence or violent content. For example, Godzilla can rampage through your city in Sim City. Harvest Moon has absolutely none, though. The entire game is nothing but a surprisingly slick farm simulator that eventually culminates in getting married. It is something of a cult classic originally released on the SNES and then later on the Wii Virtual Console. It is fun and teaches great lessons, making it the perfect non violent video game for children.