Best Xbox One, Series X/S Games for Kids Windows Central 2021
Many kids around the world are off school and unable to play with their friends at the moment. Thankfully, Xbox has a wealth of games that are not only fun but also educational. If you're unsure which Xbox games are suitable for younger gamers, we've got you covered. These games are ideal for kids of all ages, but we noted the few that might be more difficult and better suited for older boys and girls. These are all non-violent, super fun games that prove gaming can be for everyone. Here are our picks for the best Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S games for kids today. Do note that all games that work on Xbox One, also work on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Minecraft is a legendary franchise loved by millions worldwide, and it's already begun spawning off other titles ideal for family play. Minecraft Dungeons takes the popular building sim and condenses the experience into 1-4 player action combat scenarios, with scaling difficulty for everybody from the youngest to more skilled older teens. From the end of October, Minecraft Dungeons will also feature crossplay between Xbox and Nintendo Switch!
- Disney meets Fantasy: Kingdom Hearts 3
- The Legend: Minecraft
- A vibrant world: Super Lucky's Tale
- A classic reborn: Spyro Trilogy
- Another classic reborn: Sonic Mania Plus
- A menagerie of cute slimes: Slime Rancher
- Build a city: Cities: Skylines
- Zelda-like: Oceanhorn
- Minecraft RPG in 2D: Terraria
- Get your dance on: Just Dance 2019
- A great tale: Unravel Two
- Pixar shooter action: Overwatch
Disney meets Fantasy: Kingdom Hearts 3Staff pick
Kingdom Hearts 3 is an epic brand mashup from Disney and Square Enix, combining the worlds of Final Fantasy and some of Disney's biggest franchises. Teaming up with Donald Duck and Goofy, Sora battles across various Disney worlds, meeting some of the company's most famous characters.
The Legend: Minecraft
Minecraft leans heavily on exploration, team play, cooperation, and Lego-like creativity. Kids will find the emergent gameplay exciting, resulting from the game's procedurally-generated maps. If survival mode is too stressful, Minecraft also has a passive creative mode to let your imagination really come to life and an educational mode that teaches chemistry!
A vibrant world: Super Lucky's Tale
Super Lucky's Tale is an adventure platformer featuring Lucky, a charming young fox on a mission to save his world. Players will explore a vibrant, colorful world full of intriguing characters, light puzzles, and collection mechanics as you attempt to thwart the nefarious Jinx.
A classic reborn: Spyro Trilogy
The Spyro Trilogy remasters classic platforming games featuring the eponymous purple dragon, with attitude. Spyro games are full of light-hearted, memorable characters, fun platforming missions, and simple puzzles, and this pack comprises three games, which should hold a youngster's (and frankly, an adult's) attention for quite some time.
Another classic reborn: Sonic Mania Plus
Sonic was a staple of '90s video gaming, and while his popularity has declined, Sonic Mania recreates everything great about the original games with some modern flair. Focused on rapid platforming, action gameplay, this is a title that games of all ages will be able to appreciate.
A menagerie of cute slimes: Slime Rancher
Slime Rancher is a super cute farming simulation game with an edge of sci-fi fun. In Slime Rancher, your job is to cultivate a slime farm in outer space. You grow specific foods to meet the needs of specific slimes, explore large alien sandboxes, discover new cute slimes to wrangle back to your customizable farm, all while trying to turn a profit. Slime Rancher is a fun and light game for players of all ages.
Build a city: Cities: Skylines
Cities: Skylines is a non-violent city management game that is as beautiful and vibrant as it is challenging and rewarding. In Cities, your job is to construct the city of your dreams while managing sewage, electricity, citizen happiness, facilities, and more. Cities: Skylines is perhaps better suited for slightly kids, but if you are a parent playing with a youngster, Cities: Skylines could be a fun educational tool.
Oceanhorn is as close as you'll ever get to a tried and true Legend of Zelda game on Xbox One, and it's a worthy substitute! In Oceanhorn, you're on a hunt for your missing father, armed only with a mysterious necklace and your father's old journal. To find out the truth, you must explore the islands of the Uncharted Seas, which are brimming with opportunities for exploration, combat, and puzzling.
Minecraft RPG in 2D: Terraria
Terraria is a bit of a phenomenon in its own right, appearing in Minecraft's wake back in 2011. Despite its age, Terraria has proven to have incredible staying power, picking up piles of updates that enhance its retro RPG, survival, craft 'em up hybrid gameplay. There are tons of items to find, with over 1,300 crafting recipes and more than a dozen bosses to hunt and kill for unique loot.
Get your dance on: Just Dance 2019
Just Dance 2019 is the latest installment of the hit family game that will help keep kids active while having fun! It's a very physically involved game — you install an app on your Android or iOS phone, hold it and dance your heart out with it tracking your movements. Scores are awarded for the most accurate recreations of various on-screen dance routines.
A great tale: Unravel Two
Unravel tells the heart-warming tale of Yarny, a creature made entirely of string. In Unravel, you must guide multiple Yarny characters on a quest through dangerous lands. Using your string-bound body as a tool, Yarny can swing from trees, pull objects and even hitch a ride on the wind in this completely non-violent game, in single-player or two-player local co-op.
Pixar shooter action: Overwatch
Another one for the older kids, Overwatch is a family-friendly multiplayer shooter that rewards teamwork above all else. As a class-based shooter, players must work together to overcome the enemy across various six-versus-six objective-oriented game modes. Overwatch's colorful cast of Pixar-style characters is unique in various ways, and it synergizes with other players' abilities and skills.
Get off my lawn: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is a third-person shooter based on the popular tower defense game. You can play as dozens of plant and zombie types from across the series, taking on various roles such as sniping, healing, and even stealth assassination. It has tons of game modes, both against players and CPU-controlled enemies, making it a high-value package for, possibly, hundreds of hours of play.
Co-op cook off: Overcooked 2
Overcooked 2 is a wonderful local co-op game for up to four players. This busy kitchen game is as fun as it is vibrant and unique. Guide four chefs who are the final stand between the Ever Peckish monster and the destruction of the world. Players must work together to satisfy the hunger of the beast, but first, they need to hone their skills across various eclectic kitchens in a beautiful and colorful world.
Farm 'em up: Stardew Valley
One game that parents and older relatives should look into for older children is Stardew Valley. Stardew Valley is an easy-going RPG with simulation elements. To escape the monotony of his nine-to-five office life, the main character takes over his grandfather's derelict farm to reconnect with nature and a sense of community.
Games make great kids gifts
There are hundreds of kid-suitable games out there, and these are some of the best. Still, the undisputed king of kid's gaming is Minecraft. Recently confirmed as the best-selling game of all time, Minecraft provides infinite fun for kids and adults of all ages. Not only can it be challenging and thrilling, but it's also highly creative, allowing kids to embrace their imagination. Minecraft is a truly magical game that likely won't be unseated for a long time.
Kingdom Hearts 3 remains a hot item for youngsters, with accessible gameplay, tons of Disney cameos, and vibrant visuals. Set in a magical universe where major Disney worlds collide. The game's accessible action RPG combat is a delight for fans of all ages, and while the overarching story is a little hard to follow, that doesn't stop the game from being evocative and fun.
The Spyro Trilogy has also been very well received, with fully recreated visuals and modernized gameplay. Spyro is a pint-sized dragon with a big heart, tasked with defeating the Gnasty Gnorc, who has captured a range of elder dragons. Solving puzzles, battling monsters, and collecting items make Spyro a light-hearted and unforgettable experience that fans have enjoyed for over 20 years.
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