If you were either unable to or uninterested in snagging a near impossible to find PlayStation 5, you’re probably still using your perfectly good if not quite top-of-the-line PlayStation 4. That means you’re probably looking for the best PS4 games, and if you’re a parent the best PS4 games for kids. While there’s no shortage of incredible mature game playing experiences for the console — we’re looking at you, The Last of Us Part II and Spider-Man: Miles Morales — the best family-friendly PS4 games are just as fun and engaging as their not-safe-for-kids peers.
We don’t recommend spending hours in front of the TV playing these titles, but there’s nothing wrong with spending some time, particular with COVID numbers rising and temperatures falling, curled up on the couch mashing some buttons and bonding with the kids. We like these games because they all have a co-op mode, meaning they can be played by two or more people working together instead of against each other. The other thing we looked for is imagination. A good video game for kids is creative and thought-inspiring—or just insanely fun. With those criteria in mind, here are our top picks for the best PlayStation 4 games kids and parents can play together.
The Best PS4 Games for Kids
The PS4's flagship platformer brings Sackboy and friends back for more adventures. This time, you can work together to explore the planet Bunkum using your character's unique abilities to conquer the challenges that come along. And, as always, you and the kids can design your own levels.
In this PS4 game, players help Sonic build an army to reclaim from the the evil Dr. Robotnik. If the kids love Sonic, they’ll dig this game, thanks to its multiple gameplay styles and levels, and vibrant graphics.
Everyone has a weird neighbor. In this game, players sneak into his house to figure out what he's hiding. As you play, you pick up tricks to sneak in and out without being detected. It’s fun, if a little bit creepy.
Kids who love nature will dig this deep-sea diving game, where they get up close with an array of glorious marine life. The name of the game is virtual diving, and players perform fluid, fun acrobatics as divers and discover unique species of aquatic life.
Rocket League is basically soccer, but with futuristic cars kicking, chipping, and flipping instead of people. Up to four players can create their own cars, drive around, and battle it out to knock the ball into an opponent’s goal. Nominated for over 150 game of the year awards, Rocket League is a modern classic for the whole family.
This Disney PS4 game from the studio behind the Final Fantasy series follows the journey of Sora, an unknowing heir to a mind-blowing power. She is joined by her friends to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe. Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey team up to stop evil Master Xehanort's plan in this fantastic sequel.
- All 3 original Spyro games fully remastered in HD
- Includes Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage and Spyro: Year of the Dragon;Number of Players: 1 player; ESRB Content: Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief; Genre: Action, Adventure
- 100+ levels, remastered with breathtaking graphical updates and improved gameplay controls
- PS4 Pro enhanced
Rayman Legends is a gorgeously drawn and rendered kids’ game that pits you against an array of monsters, including dragons, toads, and luchadores. Run, jump, and fight your way through a series of mazes, puzzles, and breathtaking art. And for families, the four-person co-op mode is especially awesome, as is the fact that players can jump in and out without stopping the game
Speaking of Disney, these two classics have been revived for the PS4. Kids can join Simba as he grows up and matures and race through various challenges with Aladdin, all in a single title. While the retro graphics certainly won't trick kids into thinking they're cutting-edge, they'll be having so much fun they won't even care.
Overcooked! 2 is a fast-paced game ideal for the entire family — so long as kids grasp the controls. Up to four players are chefs and tackle a variety of short orders, working together to chop vegetables, sear patties, assemble the food, and deliver it to the right place. It starts simply but soon orders become complex and the boards become ever wackier, adding a lot of hilarious stress. Only families who can work together will truly succeed — and even they will probably yell at one another about why the burgers are burning on the stove.
This futuristic adventure game is ideal for older kids. Players work together to build custom bases above or below ground, create vehicles to explore a massive solar system, and use terrain to create structures, mine resources, and do whatever they want. It’s got a Minecraft-in-space vibe, and the procedurally generated planets add a whole lot of awesome.
Speaking of Minecraft, the wildly popular sensation remains a great choice for those in search of a fun family game for PS4. This legendary game offers modes that can get both kids and parents really into it: Creative Mode lets up to four players create (or dismantle) their own pixilated world, and Survival Mode gets the family together to battle the Creepers together.
Relive your glory days with this reinvigorated version of Sonic the Hedgehog. It's single-player, sure, but switching off when someone dies on their quest to overthrow Doc Robotnik is a pretty good way to bond — and show off your old-school skills. The graphics here are fine, but the ring-grabbing, spring-jumping, loop-the-looping fun that made Sonic the greatest sneaker-wearer since Jordan is still great.
This dance party game is ideal for families who want to bust a move together. Gyrating around and acting silly to tracks from Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, and more is an absolute blast. It’s also a pretty great way to tire out the kids — and yourselves.
Lego Worlds is all the fun of the classic toy without the unbearable pain of stepping on a brick. The game drops you and your kids into a world made entirely out of LEGO bricks and lets you manipulate it however you want to. Build, destroy, explore: whatever floats your boat. The only limit is your kids' imagination (and their bedtime). Two-player split screen allows you to collaborate with a family member in this PS4 game, and online multiplayer lets your kids play with their friends remotely.
In this collection of mini-games, players get to shoot basketballs, take down bad clowns, and fly drones. Up to four players can play, and the fast-paced but simple games like cosmic bowling and drone racing make for some healthy, competitive family fun with little to no learning curve.
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