With the video game industry continuously bringing in new hardware innovations almost every year, the idea that video games are only for kids has now become a completely alien concept. This is because nowadays the biggest gaming titles are mature. And this doesn’t necessarily just mean in terms of violence but also the serious themes being portrayed. Whether or not they succeed is a matter of opinion, but what is a positive is the fact that they are trying.
However, even as the themes and games become more and more accommodating to adults, it is important to ensue that the kids are protected from any violent or overly-stimulating content that may affect them negatively. After all, there’s an unfortunate history of bad games just looking to make a quick buck from parents who don’t know any better. It is fo this reason that it becomes very important to highlight great games that are suitable and appropriate for children. The youngest players should get to experience the best of what this medium has to offer.
However, if you are a parent who may not be familiar with the video game industry, it can be quite challenging having to sift through all the options to find something that isn’t bad for them, but also fun at the same time. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through the process. We’ve rounded up 10 of the top games for children across PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.
By this point, if you haven’t heard of Minecraft, then you must really be living under a rock. In which case, you need to dig yourself out, pun intended. This sandbox game has become a worldwide phenomenon over the past decade. And what makes it such a great title is that it’s a game that evolves with you. Young kids may not be able to create elaborate worlds at first, but as they grow older, they start to learn more and adapt with the game, as they start to see the fruits of their labor pay off in time.
It doesn’t matter if the game is being played in Creative mode to simply create your own world. Or spent fighting off Creepers in Survival mode. Minecraft is a fun experience that gets both kids and adults to push their imaginations and ingenuity to the limit. Plus, the good news is that it’s available on almost every device — home consoles, PC, smartphones, and tablets!
2. Rocket League
Rocket League is without a doubt one of most captivating games you could ever play. It is a title that is essentially a mix of extreme sports, racing, and soccer. In terms of gameplay, it’s simply a bunch of cars driving around a field as they attempt to knock a large soccer ball into a net. However, that simple yet fun concept has managed captivated millions. This is due to its surprising level of depth and appetite for surprising hilarity. Rocket League also offers up a rather similar vibe to an arcade game, which makes it easy for even five year-old kids or even 60 year-old adults to get deeply invested in, seriously. If you don’t believe us, then you should try playing this game yourself without getting hooked, it’s impossible. Rocket League is available on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it’s also now free-to-play.
3. Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi’s Mansion is the sequel to one of the biggest games on Nintendo 3DS and it has been described as the best entry to the series yet. However, contrary to the game’s title, its setting is based in a massive hotel rather than an actual mansion. The synopsis sees Luigi searching for Mario, Peach, and two Toad friends after they’re transformed into paintings and kidnapped. In addition to being an extremely smart and mesmerising action and puzzle game, the game is often incredibly hilarious. The game is now available to play on home consoles, and also includes several multiplayer options. This makes it perfect, if you have more than one child that wants to get in on the fun.
4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons can best be described as the game that essentially took 2020 by storm. At its core, it’s a social simulation game and one similar to Minecraft, as it stimulates creativity. However, it actually goes beyond that as the game tasks players with setting goals and achieving them. It doesn’t matter if it’s a matter of simply watering plants or collecting rare materials to earn in-game rewards. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game that gives players goals and tasks and sticks them in a loop of accomplishing it and lets them reap the rewards after. Moreover, much like Luigi’s Mansion, it’s one of those perfect kids games for multiple players, allowing you to visit another person’s island to see what their up to and building.
5. Kingdom Hearts III
If you are looking for a game that is more suited to 10 year old kids and above, then Kingdom Hearts III is the perfect choice. This is because the game does a very good job of bridging that significant age gap between childhood and their pre-teen years. It accomplishes this by mixing together popular Disney characters (childhood) with a highly immersive action RPG (pre-teen). The only drawback is that if you haven’t played the previous games, then it will prove difficult to understand. However, the game still provides enough of an interesting narrative that does well to keep anyone engaged throughout the campaign.
6. Overcooked 2
Overcooked 2 is one of the most exciting, and stimulating co-op party titles in the market right now. It is essentially a fast-paced cooking simulation game that is designed to be played by multiple users. The reason this game is so highly recommended, especially for families, is because it requires constant communication and teamwork. It is also one of those kids games that require between two to four players. So it does well to teach these essential skills that any child should learn as early as possible. Moreover, the game does so in an extremely fun and outrageous manner. And while the series first instalment was also a great game, Overcooked 2 offers a more robust experience.
Overwatch is widely considered to be one of the best competitive shooters around. It is one of those kids games that offers objective-based modes, diverse characters, and strategic gameplay. For this reason, it is rated Teen by the ESRB, so it’s best suited for kids over the age of 13. So, while it does present some cartoon blood and violence, the game doesn’t have the kind of mature realism that would scare kids. It is also a multiplayer shooter.
This makes it the perfect game that parents can participate in with their pre-teens and older teenagers, as well. It is also the best choice for those parents who don’t want their kids playing something more mature-themed like Call of Duty or Battlefield just yet. In fact, to some extent, there are many who would consider Overwatch to be a much more enjoyable experience than those other first-person shooter franchises. But that’s debatable.
8. Sea Of Thieves
Sea of Thieves is another Teen rated game, similar to Overwatch. If your kids are huge fans of Pirates Of The Caribbean, then Sea Of Thieves will do well to scratch that itch. It’s is effectively an open-world pirate game that focusses on teamwork as it’s most important element. For instance, when it comes to controlling a ship, it takes multiple sailors, to do so. This means several characters must each man different stations to keep the ship on course and way from any sea-bound dangers.
It is also similar to Overcooked 2, in that it is a social game. As such, it’s the perfect kids game for those who like to team up with their friends or parents and explore the high seas. Moreover, the game is highly updated by the developers, so there’s a constant stream of content coming in. This then makes it the perfect game for those parents who may be too busy around the house or at work, and are looking to keep their kids busy and distracted for hours.
9. Ratchet & Clank
The latest iteration of the Ratchet & Clank series is a reboot of the classic PlayStation 2 game. A game that is often considered to be one of the best kids games that the PS4 ever had. It basically tells the story of how a young Lombax and a robot became friends and saved the galaxy from certain doom. It’s very unlikely that your kids haven’t already heard of the franchise before. And if they haven’t, then this is game that will prove to be really fun to play. The game boasts some rather incredible cartoon visuals, funny weapons and fantastic battles. The only problem with the game is that it’s is meant to be a single player experience. So, if you want to try out the game yourself, you’re gonna have to wait till the kids are asleep.
However, if you are interested in this game, then we suggest waiting for the new Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart game that is launching on PS5 this year. It promises to be an incredible experience based on the trailer. And since it’s launching on next-gen hardware, it definitely will be worth checking out.
10. Splatoon 2
Splatoon 2 is a Nintendo Switch exclusive game. However, it is easily one of the most captivating and lightheartedly charming multiplayer action-shooters in the current market. In this game, players are armed with a paint weapon, could be a blaster or a roller even a paint brush. The goal is to essentially paint over the game’s map with as much paint as you possibly can. The reason for this is to basally carve out your own territory within the game.
It is for this reason that weapons such as the blaster come in handy. As you will have to fight to defend your area from opposing factions and teams. The game also supports both a single-player and multiplayer. However, the only drawback is that the other player will also have to own a Switch console to participate in local multiplayer campaigns. However, it is definitely one of those games that both parents and kids can equally enjoy.
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