If you’re a dad who loves video games, chances are you were probably a kid who loved video games. And if you’ve pledged allegiance to the Sony Playstation, you’re probably looking for the best PS4 video games for kids and the best multiplayer PS4 games that will let you introduce your kids to your passion. While there’s no shortage of incredible Mature game playing experiences for the PS4 — we’re looking at you, The Last of Us, God of War, and Red Dead Redemption 2 — the best PS4 games for kids are also fun, engaging, and quite often incredible.
While we don’t recommend spending hours in front of the TV playing one of these masterpieces, we see nothing wrong if you steal an hour here or there to play and bond with your kid. Each of these games has a co-op mode: they can be played by two or more people working together at the same time, creating a space for parents and kids to bond. The other thing we looked for: imagination. A good video game for kids should be creative and thought-inspiring or just, well, a lot of fun. With those criteria in mind, here are our top picks for the best multiplayer PS4 games for kids and parents.
Best PS4 Games for Kids
Lovers of all things Disney will dig these two classics-turned-games. Kids can join Simba as he grows up and matures, and race through various challenges with Aladdin. While the graphics leave a lot to be desired, kids won’t care.
This Disney game follows the journey of Sora, an unknowing heir to a mind-blowing power, who 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.
Overcooked 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 orders (burgers, soups, etc), working together to chop vegetables, sear patties, assemble the food, and deliver it to the right place. It starts simple 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. But the procedurally generated planets add a whole lot of awesome.
Relive your greasy-controlled glory days with this reinvigorated version of Sonic the Hedgehog with your kids. It's single players, 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 solid. But what you're really here for is the ring-grabbing, spring-jumping, loop-de-looping fun that made sonic the greatest sneaker-wearer since Jordan.
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.
Everyone has a weird neighbor. In this game, players sneak into his house to figure out what he's hiding. The point of this game is to figure out new tricks to sneak into your neighbor's house and find out his secrets. Players have to learn to sneak by, or find a place to hide. It’s fun, if a little bit creepy.
- 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
This dance party game is ideal for families who want to bust a move together. Gyrating around and acting silly to tracks from Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Khalid, Billy Eilish, Lil Nas X, the Frozen 2 Soundtrack and more is an absolute blast. It’s also a pretty great way to tire out the kids — and yourselves.
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 som healthy, competitive family fun.
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.
You know it. You love it. Or, you love to hate it. Either way, you can’t beat the undeniable draw and cultural cachet of 'Minecraft.' 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 fight the Creepers.
Rocket League is basically soccer, but with futuristic cars 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.
The premise of this game is silly and appropriate for kids of all ages. It also doesn't have any in-game purchases, so once you buy it you've got everything (and your kids won't be bugging you for the credit card number). It’s also a great value, as it comes with four different characters with mechanics to master over more than 100 different levels.
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. Two-player split screen allows you to collaborate with a family member in this PS4 game, and online multiplayer lets you play with your kids remotely.
- Critically Acclaimed Platformer: The highest rated platformer of the year arrives on next-gen consoles! Join Rayman and friends in this epic new adventure
- 4-Player Co-op Gameplay: Up to 4 players can play at once. At any time if someone wants to leave or join in, the game will continue without interruption
- Online Challenges: Connect with your friends through a variety of challenges that will test your skill and speed. Check the leaderboards to see where you rank around the world
- Rayman Rocks: Jump to the beat of a drum, punch to the bass line, even zip-line during a guitar sustain. Timing and rhythm are the key to beat these maps set to music. See if you have what it takes to be a Platforming Hero
- PlayStation 4 Exclusives: Use the new DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller and touch pad to move platforms, turn wheels, and tickle your enemies into submission! Take the experience with you wherever you go with PS Vita remote-play
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