The Best Xbox One Games for Kids
When the video game industry started to evolve, most releases were created solely for kids. As time passed, the focus of developer companies shifted towards grown-ups. Today, finding a high-quality, truly entertaining game for kids may be more challenging than fighting a boss in Ghost of Tsushima.
In this guide, we’ve gathered the 10 best Xbox One games suitable for children. That doesn’t mean parents will get bored watching them, though. We strived to include releases that provide fun for the whole family. Read on to discover games featuring the most fascinating stories and appealing graphics while keeping away from unnecessary violence.
A legendary game honored by people of all ages, the original release of Minecraft isn’t overly violent. It helps players develop critical thinking, which makes it perfect for younger generation gamers. Most games require the player to reach the end of the map or complete a certain challenge.
Minecraft, on the other hand, doesn’t really have a clear objective. In the cube-rendered world, everyone gets full freedom of choice. You can explore the endless terrain, build enormous structures, encounter animals, villagers, and other players, or do whatever else makes you happy.
Although the description above may make Minecraft seem like a highly relaxing game, it’s often the exact opposite. As the sun sets, various monsters awake, spawning randomly, destroying constructions, and killing terrain inhabitants. And when something you’ve spent days on building gets ruined, emotions may get overwhelming.
Thankfully, for those players who prefer relaxing games, Minecraft offers a Creative mode with infinite material supply and health.
- Freedom of imagination
- Nearly endless world
- Multiplayer or single-player modes
- Survival and Creative modes
- Some players may not like the lack of a clear objective
Everyone who has ever worked in retail knows how you may encounter plenty of strange things there. A screaming man drifting in a shopping cart with a goat is still a surprising turn, though. And while kids should behave well in real-life stores, they can get full freedom of expression in Supermarket Shriek.
The plot is pretty bare-bones. The protagonist is a guy trapped in a supermarket, racing his way to the exit with his goat-friend. On the way to the destination point, the characters can knock down mannequins, slam into shelves, and do whatever else they wish.
Supermarket Shriek’s main objective isn’t simply destroying the store, though. You have to reach from one end of the map to another, overcoming obstacles, completing quests, and racing, racing, racing. The co-op mode makes the whole process even more fun. The gameplay is extremely simple, requiring only two buttons for controls, and the graphics are far from prime. However, the game remains joyful and thrilling regardless.
- Silly yet exciting
- Simple controls
- Co-op mode
- The character screams may get annoying
Disneyland is many kids’ dream destination. Parents often aren’t as excited about the thought, however, imagining the endless lines and high costs. Disneyland Adventures for Xbox allows you to skip the worst while enjoying the best of Mickey’s world.
It’s a full-blown simulation of an adventure park, filled with real locations and attractions you would experience in Disneyland. Of course, walking around a theme park without doing anything would quickly become boring. Thankfully, Disneyland Adventures offers plenty of stuff to keep you busy. You can interact with famous Disney characters, ride the attractions, and pursue collectibles.
In a way, the game is even better than the real theme park. Instead of meeting people dressed in Disney character costumes, little gamers can see characters themselves. They look and sound as if they were plucked straight from the cartoons. The characters often give the player tasks and quests to complete.
Although these aren’t too challenging, they’re very engaging and create an authentic atmosphere. The rides are presented in a full mini-stage game format. In other words, instead of watching an animation of the protagonist riding a rollercoaster, you’ll have to avoid obstacles and collect items on the way. Last but not least, the game can be played together with a friend, which enhances the realism of the theme park experience. The second player simply tags along on autopilot, though.
- Disneyland simulation
- Interaction with Disney characters
- Rides are mini-games
- No queues as in real-life Disneyland!
- Not all quests are unique
Zoo Tycoon will likely be appreciated by all animal lovers, which most kids happen to be. The player can learn how to be a zookeeper through ten training missions. It’s similar to the Sims series in a way, though the main characters here are the zoo animals.
Overall, Zoo Tycoon is delightful and relaxing, paying tribute to the diversity of the planet’s creatures. As a zookeeper, you can explore zoo inhabitant behaviors, care for them, ride around on cute buggies, or change the zoo’s layout. You can place new exhibits or customize existing, adopt new animals, build various constructions, and decorate the zoo with fountains, topiaries, and other elements.
The vehicles are surprisingly fun to drive, allowing you to drift and speed like in a proper racing game. Caring for animals includes washing, feeding, and playing with them. The game’s graphics remind one of the Sims series, too. This especially applies to people’s appearance and physics. The animals are much more detailed, though, and present natural behaviors. The developers have clearly put a lot of effort into making them feel real.
- Great animal graphics
- Realistic animal behaviors
- Racing physics
- Plenty of things to do in the game
- People aren’t as detailed as animals
Immortals: Fenyx Rising is a new game by Ubisoft, known for such series as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Watchdogs. The game mechanics and character physics are extremely similar to other company’s releases.
However, here’s where the similarities with these games end. Fenyx Rising isn’t a typical adult game, though it’s certainly interesting for players of any age. It’s a fascinating Greek mythology-inspired adventure game with cartoonish characters. The main hero’s appearance can be customized to the player’s preference.
Although the characters don’t look too realistic, the graphics are great, presenting a highly detailed world filled with unique characters and locations. The colors are saturated, and the landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful – they’ve always been Ubisoft’s strong side. While the game mechanics and graphics are top-notch, the best thing about Fenyx Rising is the storyline.
The character is a regular human who needs to banish an evil titan Typhon back to Tartaros, an infinite abyss he managed to escape from. Where are the gods, you may ask? Typhon has stripped them of their powers, so the protagonist is the world’s only hope. Although the plot follows the rules of dramaturgic tragedy, overall, the game is joyful and often evokes a good laugh.
- Excellent graphics
- Gameplay already familiar for those who’ve played other Ubisoft games
- Engaging story
- Suitable for older kids, may be too challenging for the youngest gamers
Super Lucky’s Tale is a platformer about a fox saving four realms from evil cats, the descendant of the Nintendo 64 era mascot game. Along the way, Lucky encounters friendly characters who need his help.
The main objective is to reach from one end of the map to another, a timeless classic. Platformers, especially side-scrolling, are often made extremely challenging to balance the lack of advanced graphics. Super Lucky’s Tale is much more relaxing than, for instance, Mario or Sonic series. The game sticks to a time-tested formula and doesn’t offer a lot of innovation. Although some may call it generic, Super Lucky’s Tale is undoubtedly charming and encourages the player to smile.
The picture is bright and joyful, providing the player nearly a cartoon watching experience. The four realms in the game are split into five main levels, plus a handful of optional ones. Though the gameplay doesn’t differ much, the graphics do. Some levels are three-dimensional, others two-dimensional. Such a difference is welcomed as most of the time; the character has to overcome easy-to-avoid and often very similar obstacles.
- Nostalgia for parents
- Charming and friendly characters
- Mixed 3D and 2D levels
- Straightforward objective
- May not be challenging enough for some players
It’s pretty hard to encounter a person who doesn’t know about Sonic. The super-fast blue hedgehog has gained enormous popularity during the 90s’ and remains beloved by kids and their parents even today. Sonic games are the ultimate choice for all the family and inevitably evoke nostalgia.
Unlike the original Sonic the Hedgehog released back in 1991, Sonic & All-Stars Racing transformer isn’t a side-scrolling platformer. As the name suggests, it’s a racing game, though the two releases have plenty in common.
Sonic & All-Stars is just as challenging as the prototype. Most of the time, you won’t drive on a solid surface. Instead, the road will disappear right under the wheels. Maybe the vehicle will take off into the sky or boost along the water. In other words, the gameplay is far from relaxing and presents the player with various pitfalls on each level. Another factor that brings to mind the original Sonic the Hedgehog is the graphics. Although the release is made using modern hardware, the atmosphere closely follows old games. Dazzling lights, cartoonish effects, and matching audio accompaniment allow to unmistakably identify the game’s inspiration.
- Not a regular racing game
- Sonic’s recognizable atmosphere
- Not the best option for players who prefer traditional racing games
Sonic Mania for Xbox One is yet another attempt to refresh the original Sonic the Hedgehog of 1991, and a successful one at that. The main objective is to get from one end of the map to the other, encountering various pitfalls on the way. It features the exact same type of gameplay as the prototype, a side-scrolling pinball-like platformer.
However, closely replicating beloved by the 90s’ kids Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Mania manages to feel fresh and exciting. The game consists of 13 zones, with five completely new areas and eight remixes of classic locations. Thus, even those who’ve played the original Sonic countless times and memorized every step will likely find the levels challenging. The new zones are an organic addition to old ones. They feel as if they were plucked directly from the original Sonic.
Naturally, the graphics have been improved, too. Thankfully, the overall style and atmosphere remained unchanged, introducing a distinctive look of retro games. The developer reached the perfect balance between taking advantage of modern technology and preserving tradition. Sonic Mania will likely be appreciated both by kids who’ve never played the series before and their parents.
- Challenging gameplay
- Beloved characters
- Great new and remixed locations
- Not the best option for players who prefer open worlds
Rocket League is a multiplayer sports game. The rules are pretty straightforward; no excessive tutorials are needed. It isn’t just a regular hockey or golf simulation, though. Instead, you have to hit a ball into a net driving on a car.
If the game existed in real life, it would probably be called something along the lines of “motor ball.” With the help of car tricks, you can score more points than with an ordinary goal. Even if you’re brilliant at playing FIFA, to become a champion in Rocket League, you’ll have to put in some effort to learn certain techniques. You can also eliminate enemy vehicles to receive additional points and increase your chances of winning.
As the gameplay is extremely simple, limited to cars and a ball, physics is especially important. And the developer didn’t disappoint in this regard. The vehicles are light and buzzy, and you can feel the bounce of the ball as if it was real. Like any game focused on vehicles, Rocket League offers a wide selection of models for any preference, including retro cars and a Batmobile. In a way, the game is similar to Fortnite. It’s a competitive multiplayer with lively cartoon-like graphics and regular fun events.
- Straightforward objective
- Cool vehicles
- Multiplayer mode
- Regular events
- Game pass costs real money
Spyro Reignited is a relaunch of the famous Spyro the Dragon trilogy released over 20 years ago on Play Station 1. It’s an adventurous single-player story of a cartoonish purple dragon traveling around a fantasy world and fighting enemies. The very first game narrated about Spyro freeing his brethren from Gnasty Gnorc, a troll-like main protagonist.
In the following releases of the first trilogy, Spyro has attempted taking a vacation from adventures but ended up facing off against evil powers again. The renewed trilogy features improved HD graphics and more realistic physics. Overall, the game now looks more like a Dreamwork animation movie, with its enhanced textures and lively colors. The lighting is warm and blissful, and the highly detailed image pleases the eye.
However, the spirit remains unchanged. The side quests and characters have improved, each presenting a captivating new tale and unique personality. For instance, Spyro helps the Himalayan telepath tribe resist a Yeti, or superspy moppets Hansel and Gretel find their way to a nomadic lizard fortress. While the first games involved plenty of grinding, developers seemingly have fixed that to let players focus on the storyline.
- Beautiful cartoon-like graphics
- Great physics
- Engaging storyline, including side quests
- May not be challenging enough for some players