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25 best games for kids on PlayStation and Xbox

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Parents often wonder what to play with their child on Xbox and PlayStation. Basically, games for children are as simple and boring as possible, and really interesting projects are clearly not intended for a young age. 

However, there are still exceptions that can bring pleasure to both a child and an adult. We’ve compiled this list of the best kids games you can play on the current PS4 and PS5 consoles, as well as Xbox One, Series X and Series S consoles.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

  • Genre: arcade, racing.
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X.
  • Age restrictions: 3+.

The selection starts with a remake of the cult races, which many of the readers probably played on the first Playstation. As in the original, here you need to compete with rivals on fervent tracks, and good driving alone will not be enough to win.

For performing tricks, acceleration is required, and with the help of bonuses scattered along the track, you can throw enemies off the road. The game has a lot of different modes, so it will not get bored soon.

Song of the Deep 

  • Genre: Arcade, Metroidvania. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 0. 

In Song of the Deep, the player will have to take control of a 12-year-old girl, Merrin, whose father has gone missing at sea. To find him, the little girl builds a submarine and goes to explore the water depths. The gameplay here is made with an emphasis on exploration, and it is extremely rare to fight enemies. 

All Merrin’s adventures are voiced by the narrator, which creates an immersive effect. In addition, the underwater world is very beautifully recreated in the game, so the child will definitely be interested in exploring it.

DuckTales: Remastered

  • Genre: arcade.
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X.
  • Age restrictions: 6+.

Top kids games continues DuckTales: Remastered. This is another high-quality remake in which, together with Scrooge McDuck and his nephews: Billy, Willy and Dilly, you need to find five legendary treasures.

As in the 8-bit original, the gameplay is addictive, but now it is seasoned with beautiful graphics made in the style of Disney cartoons, as well as professional voice acting from real actors.

Gang Beasts 

  • Genre: Fighting, Beat ’em up. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 7+. 

Gang Beasts is an exciting game with jelly physics, thanks to which comical situations constantly occur that can make laugh not only a child, but also an adult. If your child does not like passing games, but prefers to compete, this is exactly what you need. 

It is really interesting to fight with jelly men, and during the battle you can use a variety of weapons and techniques to defeat your opponent. In short, at least a couple of hours of fun are guaranteed. 

Hot Wheels Unleashed 

  • Genre: racing. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 0+. 

Almost all boys love racing, so you can’t go wrong with offering Hot Wheels Unleashed to your child. There are tons of different modes here: you can compete with each other in local co-op on the same screen, go through the story, try to show the best results in time trials, and even create your own levels.

In total, there are about 60 cars in the game based on real toy models, so it is likely that a child will find his favorite car among them.

Untitled Goose Game 

  • Genre: puzzle, stealth. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 0+. 

Untitled Goose Game is perhaps the most unusual game in our ranking. This is where you need to manage… goose. The player’s task is to intrigue the inhabitants of a small village. This must be done carefully so as not to catch the eye of people. 

The game received rave reviews from critics and in the first minutes of launch you will understand that for a reason. The gameplay here is fascinating, and funny situations appear on the screen every minute.

 Unravel 2 

  • Genre: puzzle platformer. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 6+. 

Unravel 2 is interesting in that you need to go through it together. At your disposal will be two characters connected to each other with a rope. This concept complicates the passage of simple, at first glance, riddles and makes you work in a team. 

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams 

  • Genre: action, indie. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 6+. 

In Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, you must control a girl named Giana, who goes to the dream world to save her sister. The main feature of the gameplay is the ability of the main character to switch between looks. In the first, she is kind and sweet, moving quickly and gracefully avoiding enemies and obstacles, and in the second, she gains demonic power and scatters rivals in different directions. 

Of the other features of the game, we highlight over two dozen levels filled with secrets, unusual opponents, and, of course, an interesting plot with music from the rock band Machine Supermacy. The most something for little rebels and rebels! 

TrackMania Turbo 

  • Genre: racing. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 6+. 

TrackMania Turbo is a great game for kids on Xbox and Sony PlayStation. This is a simple race with intuitive controls, so the child will begin to have fun in the first minutes after starting. 

Unlike other games of this genre, where you need to compete with opponents, here the main rival is yourself. The fact is that here you have to go through the tracks alone and try to show the best time. There are more than a hundred levels in TrackMania Turbo, and when they get bored, you can create your own in the built-in editor.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom 

  • Genre: 3D action. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 6+. 

A cool arcade game that will delight not only Spongebob fans, but also those who have never watched this cartoon. During the game, controlling Sponge Bob, you need to save Bikini Bottom from the invasion of robots created by Plankton. 

The project is a remake of the original game released in 2003. All its main features in terms of the type of gameplay have migrated to the modern edition with little or no changes, but the graphics have become much better. 

New Super Lucky’s Tale 

  • Genre: platformer. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 6+. 

New Super Lucky’s Tale is a classic platform game with simple controls that won’t take long to master. The player needs to control a fox named Lucky and, traveling through a colorful fantasy world, try to protect the book of times from the antagonist Jinx. 

Lucky’s Tale captivates with a huge number of levels with moderately difficult puzzles that will make your child’s brains work. If you’re looking for games for kids on XBox, definitely check out this project as it’s available on GamePass for free.

Lego DC Super-Villains 

  • Genre: 3D action. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 6+. 

Unlike most games where you have to control the good characters, Lego DC Super-Villains will have to take the reins of the bad guys: Harley Quinn, the Joker, Lex Luther and many other famous villains from the DC Universe. Controlling them, in the course of the story you have to fight members of the Justice League. Unusually and definitely will interest the child of a comic book fan. 

Lego DC Super-Villains supports co-op, so you can play it together on the same console. At the same time, varied gameplay and interesting levels ensure that everyone will enjoy the adventure. 

Sonic Forces 

  • Genre: action, platformer. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 6+. 

Talking about the best games on the Playstation for children, you can not pass by Sonic Forces. Here you can play modern Sonic, his retro version, or create your own character. The main feature is that the levels that you have to go through depend on the chosen hero.

As you progress through the classic characters of the universe will meet. They act as mentors and give a variety of tips. In conjunction with beautiful graphics and well-thought-out levels, it turns out to be very interesting.

Rocket League 

  • Genre: racing, sports, arcade . 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 0+. 

A unique game of its kind. In Rocket League you need to play football with cars. The basics of control here can be mastered almost immediately, but to learn how to score beautiful goals, you will have to spend more than a dozen hours.

The gameplay here is driving and exciting, so for children who love to compete, Rocket League will be a real find. 

Rayman Legends 

  • Genre: platformer. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 6+. 

An excellent game for a small child, where you do not need to get used to the controls for a long time and understand the numerous mechanics. Everything is extremely simple here – we jump on the platforms, avoid the trap and collect various jewels along the way.

Since Rayman Legends has very beautiful graphics, children who perceive the world with their eyes will definitely be delighted with it. In addition, the game can be played in cooperative mode.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy 

  • Genre: platformer. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 6+. 

The good news for everyone who grew up playing Crash on the Playstation is that your kids can do the same. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy includes the first three games in the series with improved graphics and slightly reworked gameplay. True, this platformer is more complicated than most analogues, so it is not suitable for very young children. 

Overcooked/Overcooked 2 

  • Genre: kitchen simulator. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 6+. 

Few children’s games on PS manage to keep two tomboys busy at once, but Overcooked will grab their attention for the long haul. This game is a kitchen simulator and at first glance it seems that it can be fun at all, but no matter how.

Demonstrating coordinated actions, two players need to cook a specific dish in time, gaining a certain number of points. To do this, you will have to clearly distribute responsibilities and not interfere with each other in the process. This is not as easy as it seems at first glance, so the sea of ​​fun and emotions from Overcooked is guaranteed.

Plants vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville 

  • Genre: third person shooter. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 12+. 

Plants vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville is another quality project that is guaranteed to please children. Let’s say more – the game is so elaborate that even an adult, while watching the entertainment of his child, will probably want to cut himself into it. 

In Plants vs Zombies, you can control both plants and zombies, there are a huge number of different game modes (Deathmatch, a kind of story campaign, team competition, etc.). There are also plenty of characters here, and they all belong to one of four groups: attackers, defenders, swarm and support.

Child of Light 

  • Genre: RPG, platformer, puzzle. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 12+. 

In Child of Light, according to the plot, the moon, sun and stars stolen by the Black Queen must be returned in order to restore peace and harmony in the kingdom of Lemuria. In this case, you will have to play as a young princess Aurora, who will be helped in the adventure by a firefly and several other characters. There is a cooperative mode in which one of the players will control the same firefly. 

As you progress, you will be able to upgrade your character, earning experience, just like in classic RPGs. A nice feature of the game is that all the dialogues here are presented in poetic form. 

Kingdom Hearts III 

  • Genre: RPG, action. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 12+. 

A selection of the best children’s games on Xbox and PlayStation could not do without Kingdom Hearts III. This title is a real find for fans of the Disney universe. A team of Goofy, Donald Duck and a guy named Sora must stop the Heartless – evil creatures who want to conquer the universe. Various characters from Disney and Pixar cartoons will help them in this. 

Given the ability to switch between players right during the battle, a huge variety of equipment, and a large-scale story, Kingdom Hearts III can captivate your child for a long time.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy 

  • Genre: platformer. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 3+. 

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a collection of remakes of the three original games in the series. As in the case of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, the essence and gameplay of the platformer has remained the same, but the graphics have become much more beautiful.

The main character of the game is still a flying dragon named Spyro, which you will control. 

Subnautica 

  • Genre: open world survival simulator. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 10+. 

Top bronze goes to Subnautica, a survival sim set on a fantasy planet that is completely covered in an ocean teeming with mysterious inhabitants. As in any other survival game, it is necessary to maintain the state of the body: hunger, body temperature, fatigue, etc., as well as create weapons and equipment from the extracted resources.

We declare right away – suddenly appearing inhabitants of the depths can scare even an adult, therefore it is better to introduce Subnautica to older children. This is a serious, and at the same time very exciting game.

Stardew Valley 

  • Genre: farm simulator with RPG elements. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 7+. 

Rating silver goes to the farming simulator. It would seem that such a concept managed to get bored during the boom of browser games, but do not cut it off your shoulder. In Stardew Valley, all chores are implemented so interestingly that you still have to try to tear your child away from the screen. 

The game has a plot, as well as a lot of various activities. In addition to growing flowers, you can fish, craft, collect materials, and even start relationships. Briefly list all the advantages of Stardew Valley will not work. This is one of those cases where it’s best to try it yourself.

Minecraft 

  • Genre: Survival Simulator. 
  • Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series S|X. 
  • Age restrictions: 7+. 

Minecraft hardly needs an introduction. This is a real cultural phenomenon, and perhaps the best game that can be offered to a child. Everything here is tied to square blocks – absolutely everything consists of them, even water. By collecting resources in Minecraft, you can build your own home, breed animals, garden, or defeat enemies by first creating equipment. 

Minecraft is a huge sandbox where you never get bored. Children with a rich imagination will be fascinated by the construction of grandiose buildings, and older children will definitely appreciate the presence of the world boss – the Dragon, to defeat which you will have to master the basic mechanics of the game. 

And in the end, we list some projects that owners of different consoles should pay attention to:

  • Best games for kids on Xbox : Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure, Disneyland Adventures, Banjo-Kazooie, Ben 10: Power Trip, Human Fall Flat, Rubber Bandits, Astroneer, Slime Rancher, Golf With Your Friends (all available on GamePass )
  • Best PlayStation games for kids : Retchen & Clank, Bugsnax, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, LittleBigPlanet, Dreams, Knack 2 (Sony exclusives)
  • In addition, any games from the Lego series are definitely suitable for kids : Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel Super Heroes, The Incredibles, Batman, Jurassic World and others.

We hope you got enough options for what to play with your child on the console. Write in the comments if we forgot to mention something interesting.

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