If your kid isn’t yet old enough to stab targets from above in Assassin’s Creed or stare down a sniper rifle scope in Call of Duty, you’ll need to know the best Xbox One games that are family-friendly. And while it’s not all that difficult to find Xbox games for kids, finding good family games—titles that will hold kids’ attention without boring you to tears when you spend time together playing multiplayer games—is a more difficult proposition.
Our favorite titles for one-, two-, or multiplayer are rated for either “everyone” or “everyone over 10.” They have plentiful positive reviews from real players, and, most importantly, they’re a blast to play. Whether it’s a Disney adventure game or a reboot of a classic two-player racing game, there’s something for families to enjoy on this list.
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The Best Xbox Games for Kids
Your favorite hedgehog of youth is back with the 3D treatment. You kid will race through tie-dyed worlds at breakneck speed in a one-player mode or go head to head with a sibling or friend in two-player. It's vibrant, exciting, and sure to challenge kids of all ages, as well as yourself.
The Ori series developed a cult following for its expansive, vivid, and roaming-friendly worlds. The latest release makes it feel like you're in a theater setting with psychedelic colors and arresting set-pieces as your character quests and solves puzzles. While 'Will' is rated E for everyone, younger children not used to the Minecraft roaming concept may have difficulty engaging. For others, however, its dreamscape offers adventures around every turn.
This racing game features 15 characters from the world of Sonic and tons of items that players can use to get an edge. There's a team racing mode that makes it less competitive and more about working together as well as story mode that helps kids learn the ins and outs of the game in a way that's more structured than just jumping into full races.
It's just another boring family vacation for Ben and his family when an evil magician casts a curse that only our hero can break. Your child will explore as the protagonist across a 3D world while battling enemies and solving puzzles. For a Cartoon Network loyalist, this is a great tie-in.
This gem of a game is great for big families or long-distance battle royales thanks to its four-player or eight-online-player modes. Its cartoon characters engage in slapstick battles at extreme heights that are harmless in the end. It's great as an alternative for more mature fighting games that young children aren't yet ready to play.
Able to be played solo or with up to four players cooperatively, this game lets you choose one of several Disney-Pixar characters, including Remy from Ratatouille, Dory from Finding Nemo, and Lightning McQueen from Cars, and solve puzzles and experience adventures in some straight-from-the-movie worlds. The game is broken up into sections based on the characters chosen and each section has several levels to enjoy. Although the game is for Everyone 10 and up, it feels like a solid choice for younger kids too.
This vibrant game cruised under many a radar. But it deserves recognition — and a place on family's lists. The plot is simple: villains have hatched a plot to rid the world of color. It's up to a band of blobs to bring back the color. Part platformer, part painting game, Blob 2 combines the smash and stomp action of classic games with the creativity of a coloring book. The two-player split-screen mode means the action can be shared.
Kids love destruction, and Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 offers plenty of it. Take control one of 38 bruising vehicles and rampage through five worlds and 12 stadiums while performing gravity-defying and property-destroying stunts. Then pray they don't remember any of this when it's time for driver's ed.
If your child is Harry Potter-obsessed, then you don't really need to read further, do you? But you should, because this two-pack will keep your child engaged for days, thanks to the inclusion of two separate games: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. Combined, they encapsulate the full series of books and movies and should be considered essential for any diehard fan of the series who also has an Xbox.
Originally released on NES during your childhood circa 1991, this legendary side-scroller gets a facelift while retaining all its chaotic fun. Selecting one of three difficulty levels (tadpole, toad, and battletoad), your child explores the levels and wallops big bosses while also solving minigames that pose their own challenges. While the appeal to you may be the nostalgia, there's a lot of lighthearted gameplay that will entertain a new generation of fans.
Another nostalgic title, this title contains two games originally released on Super Nintendo. The side-scrollers offer a challenge along with a lot of gags and cut scenes, providing hours of enjoyment that is as child-safe as the movies themselves.
Out with the old and in with the new. This turn-of-the-year update includes this year's bangers, including 'Rain on Me' by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, 'Kick It' by NCT 127, and 'Ice Cream' by BLACKPINK x Selena Gomez, along with 600 other songs that your child can jam to. It checks you and your child's moves via an app on your smartphone. Translation: No additional hardware required.
This 3D platformer follows a young fox as he embarks on a quest to discover his inner strength and, what else, save the world. It's scalable in difficulty for younger children, while its cartoon protagonist is quickly lovable. You'll feel right at home thanks to the homage this pays to the classic adventure games from your childhood.
This tie-in to the popular kids show is something die-hard fans will love. After an asteroid accident (really), the pups must use their new mysterious powers to clean up Adventure Bay. While your child can explore on his or her own, there's also a dual-player mode for teamwork with friends.
Not familiar with YouTube star Ryan? Well, your son or daughter probably is. Children who have watched his vlogs will have a blast racing across magical lairs and alongside some of their favorite characters from the show. With more simple controls than a certain plumber/racer, it's a great pick for children as young as 3.
This beautiful, inventive game is set in a hand-crafted solar system. Your job is solve the mysteries at the heart of it by traveling through a time loop. This is the rare game with a truly interesting science-fiction premise, and it's set in a complicated, intricate world where mysteries unfold as you play. It's just a single-player experience, but it can also be a great switch-off group watch.
Kids love racing and they love getting dirty. That's why they love this game, which combines both of those avocations in a richly detailed, high-definition environment with realistic driving physics. There's plenty of action, from bumper-tapping to full-on wrecks, but nothing bloody or obscene.
There was a time when if a game was popular, it was probably made by Rare. The company created such titles as Double Dragon, Battle Toads, Banjo Kazooie, and Perfect Dark. This collection features 30 of their most popular games. While, no, not all included here are rated E (some, like the futuristic shooter Perfect Dark are M), there are plenty of titles for the family to enjoy together — and for the parents to load up when they have the TV to themselves. In any case, it's a drip of nostalgia all gamers will appreciate.
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