The holiday season is upon us, and now comes the daunting task of trying to figure out what games to buy your kids. With so many games out on the market, it’s hard to know which games are best suited for younger kids or teenagers. After playing hundreds of hours of games this fall, I’ve put together a list of my top six video games that are perfect for kids 12 years old and under this holiday season.

  1. Monster High: New Ghoul in School

Release Date: November 17, 2015

Platform: Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Monster High fans are transported to the Monster High in full 3D; join the student body as the newest ghoul in school. Manage your life as the new ghoul, build relationships, join clubs, make friends, dress up in fabulous fashions, and compete to become the leader of the Fearleading Squad or Student Council President in fast-paced mini-games.

Cleo’s new amulet has been cursed by the spirit of Spookenhamen, and the student body is falling under his spell. It’s up to you to save the school and your classmates from the mummy’s curse. Whether you’re a long-time fan of Monster High or new to Monster High you’ll have the time of your unlife in Monster High: New Ghoul in School.

  1. Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legends

Release Date: December 1, 2015

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, and Steam/PC

ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10+)

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends is a single-player and multiplayer (both local and online) brawler. The game offers over 20 playable fan-favourite Kung Fu Panda characters, such as Po and Tigress, which span across all of the films in 12 familiar and three new locations.

Centred around an larger-than-life tournament, all of your favourite Kung Fu Panda characters compete for honour and glory. Each character has their own special attacks, unique moves, and even an Awesome Attack. Additional content, in the way of characters and locations will be available for download when Kung Fu Panda 3 comes to theaters January 29th, 2016. You’ll have a blast competing against family and friends! 

  1. Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy Rescue

Release Date: November 3, 2015

Platform: Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Inspired by the popular kids DVD, Barbie and her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure, Barbie and her sisters—Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea solve clues to find and rescue lost puppies. Barbie and her Sisters Puppy Rescue takes place in Barbie’s hometown of Willows , as you take on the role of Barbie, you’ll ride your bike around town to find puppies in need. You must rescue the puppies by playing fun and exciting mini-games, and bring them back home to Barbie’s rescue canine shelter and clinic to care for them.

You’ll have so much fun grooming puppies, teaching your new puppy games, upgrading their houses, and ultimately finding a new loving home for them.

  1. Minecraft: Story Mode

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam/PC

ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10+)

It no secret the success that the once indie game Minecraft has seen since its launch initial launch back in May of 2009. However, there has been one thing fans have been clamouring for—a proper story mode. World-renowned game developer Mojang, and award-winning developer and publisher Telltale Games have teamed up give fans an all-ages story called Minecraft: Story Mode.

In this five part, choose your own adventure, episodic adventure; you play as a male or female hero named Jesse. Along with your two best friends, and pet pig Reuben you set off on an adventure across the Overworld. While at EnderCon, Jesse’s friends discover that something has gone amiss and set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone and save the world from oblivion.

Using the Minecraft engine, Minecraft: Story Mode contains the same retro blocky, 8-bit graphics that the Minecraft franchise is known for. One of the most intriguing aspects of this game is the ability to drive the story based upon key decisions you make. The games family-friendly approach makes this the one of the must have games this holiday season.

  1. Snoopy’s Grand Adventure

Release Date: November 3, 2015

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and Xbox 360

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Inspired by the classic comic strip, join Snoopy in this side-scrolling exploration platformer that features simple, pick-up-and-play controls. Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang have run off to play hide-and-seek and now you must find them as you travel through a variety of environments ranging from the moon to the jungle.

Discover hidden costumes that give Snoopy new abilities based on his many notorious alter egos, including the Flying Ace and Joe Cool. A second player can join in and play as the loveable Woodstock to help Snoopy find collectibles, secret paths, and overcome dangerous creatures and obstacles. Peanuts fans new and old will absolutely fall in love with this game as it captures the Peanuts playful charm perfectly.

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations

Release Date: October 20, 2015

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Steam/PC

ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10+)

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations is an all-new, real-time, fully 3D action-oriented adventure game based on the hit animated series. All your favourite characters from the show make an appearance, as you play as Finn (with Jake at your side) in this easy-to-explore adventure. While traveling the Land of Ooo, you’ll visit kingdoms like the ever popular Ice Kingdom, battle evildoers, solve puzzles all in five fun and fantastic chapters.

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations is one of a kind experience that will make you feel as if you are playing in your own personal episode of Adventure Time.