If you're unsure which Xbox games are suitable for younger gamers, we've got you covered! These games are suitable for kids of all ages, but we noted the few that might have more difficulty, befitting of older boys and girls.

These are all non-violent, super fun, and often inspiring titles that prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that gaming can be for everyone. Here are our picks for the best Xbox One games for kids today!

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, available for $19.99.

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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 much more.

For solo play, Cities: Skylines is perhaps better suited for older kids, but if you are a parent playing with a youngster, Cities: Skylines could be a fun educational tool for getting an idea of how different civil systems interact, and how to budget appropriately. We have a full guide on how to get started right here. Cities: Skylines costs around $39.99, and will last you for a very long time!

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Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas

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.

Throughout Oceanhorn, you build up a repertoire of skills, magic and equipment to aid in your quest. Oceanhorn's enchanting art style, music, and cartoony aesthetic make it a great game for a budding gamer's first introduction to role playing games (RPGs). Oceanhorn costs around $14.99.

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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 which enhance its retro RPG, survival, craft 'em up hybrid gameplay.

Similarly to Minecraft, Terraria is all about digging, exploration, and crafting, but it also has a wide variety of other objectives to tackle. 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.

Terraria also supports split-screen play for families of up to four, with online capabilities supporting up to eight players. At around $20 (often on sale too) Terraria won't let you down.


No "best games for kids" article would be complete without the global phenomenon that is Minecraft.

For the uninitiated, Minecraft is effectively virtual Legos, but it's so much more than that. Minecraft leans heavily on exploration, team play, cooperation, and 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. You can build literally anything with Minecraft's block-based system, and you can even use Minecraft to teach kids how to code and skin 3D models.

Minecraft is a great purchase for kids and adults alike, and it's relatively cheap too at around $20.

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Just Dance 2018

Just Dance 2018 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.

Just Dance 2018 brings together some of the most recent musical hits from all sorts of genres, making it a great party game for children and adults of all ages. You can pick this one up for around $60, but it's also often on sale.

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. Players will be asked to solve light puzzles while exploring gorgeous environments inspired by northern Scandinavia, in single player or two-player local co-op.

Unravel is a genuine delight for gamers of all ages, but perhaps even more so through the lens of a youngster's imagination. Unravel is well worth it at around $20.

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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. Defend your team as the armor-clad Reinhardt, heal them as Ana, snipe from afar as Widowmaker, or sneak behind enemy lines as Sombra — Overwatch caters to all sorts of playstyles.

Overwatch players also receive tons of free content drops, adding new heroes, maps and more, funded by optional, cosmetic micro-payments. This is one of the more expensive games on the list, clocking in at around $55, but Overwatch has the potential to keep gamers everywhere occupied for a very long time.

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Fortnite is one game that simply cannot be avoided right now, and kids love it.

Fortnite is a battle royale game with pixar-style art, accessible gameplay, and unique construction mechanics. Build towering defences on the fly as you battle around a sizeable arena, scavenging weapons, healing kits, and other crazy weapons and tools from around the map and vanquished enemies.

Oh, and Fortnite is completely free to play, and features cross-play between mobile devices, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch (but not PlayStation 4).

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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. Garden Warfare 2 has tons of game modes, both against players and against CPU-controlled enemies, making it a high-value package for dozens, maybe hundreds of hours of play. The game supports split-screen local multiplayer too!

You can grab Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 for around $30.

Overcooked 2

Overcooked 2 is a wonderful local co-op game for up to four players that 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.

Organize kitchen services between chopping ingredients, combining the correct elements, cooking meat, and plating up properly. The faster you work together, the higher the tips will be, and the better your score will be. Just don't burn the food ... or you might start a kitchen fire! Overcooked is available for around $25.

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Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3 is the perfect way to introduce younger gamers to the racing genre, taking place in a colorful recreation of Australia.

Horizon 3 is an arcade-style racer, set in a massive and beautiful open world. It has dozens of licensed vehicles, from high-powered supercars to four-wheel drive off-roaders.

With dozens of modes, events, unlockables, and upgrades, Forza Horizon 3 will keep players hooked for months. You can grab Forza Horizon 3 from around $40, but it's also frequently on sale.

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest is not just one of the greatest games for kids, it's one of the greatest games on Xbox One, period!

You take control of Ori in an award-winning tale of love and sacrifice. This challenging action-platformer is ideal for skilled gamers of all ages. Its vibrant hand-painted art style is as enthralling as its music and writing, making it an essential purchase.

Ori and the Blind Forest rewards a patient, steady hand, as you guide Ori through hazardous puzzles, perilous platforming segments, and dangerous fights. It's a true gem, and it only costs $20 (often on sale).

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Stardew Valley

One game that parents and older relatives should definitely 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 with the aim of reconnecting with nature and a sense of community.

Growing crops, fishing, mining, retro-style ARPG combat and NPC social interactions form the basis of gameplay that's strongly reminisces of Harvest Moon. Be careful, though, Stardew Valley has addictive qualities! It's also available for just $15.

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Shred It!

Shred It! is a wonderfully constructed snowboarding game that is as gorgeous as it is light hearted. Shred It! is an "endless runner" game, where your job is to navigate procedurally generated obstacles in a beautiful paper craft world. You can unlock snowboard customization options and even a check point challenge mode, and for $10.00, it's certainly a great way for your kids to spend their allowance!

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Super Lucky's Tale

Super Lucky's Tale is a bright and cheerful platforming adventure available exclusively for Microsoft platforms, and it's as fun as it is colorful. In the game, you guide Lucky on a quest to help his sister protect a magical book.

Super Lucky's Tale is a throwback to classic 3D platformers of the mid-to-late 90s, and it performs nicely on Xbox One for younger gamers. It's available for $30, and is also frequently on sale.

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Now it's your turn!

Are there any games that your younger friends and family really enjoy that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments. Also, check out our parent's Xbox guide below for more information on how to keep younger gamers safe from harmful content on Xbox Live.

Parent's Guide to Xbox One

Updated August 29, 2018: We updated this story to include Overcooked 2!

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