What are the Best Xbox One Games for Kids? Many children enjoy playing video games but it can sometimes be challenging to find the best xbox one games for kids, especially if you are not too familiar with video games. Many games have a lot of violence or are not suitable for young children. I’ve done the work for you and put together a selection of the 10 best xbox one games for kids. These games are family friendly, not violent, and often can be played with more than one player at the same time. Check them out!
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10 Best Xbox One Games For Kids
… in no particular order….
Minecraft, one of the best-selling games on Xbox 360, is now available on Xbox One. Your kids likely have already heard of this one, but if not its a great place to start a child playing video games. Minecraft is kind of like virtual Lego. Kids can create living rooms, plant gardens, tame pets, dig for diamonds and countless more creative world building activities. There are several game mode options from freeplay to following objectives, giving your child the freedom to express themselves and build their dreams. If your child hasn’t played this yet… Minecraft is definitely one of the best Xbox One games for kids hands down. You can also play this as a Split screen at the same time/world as your kids to help them with their creations.
Purchase here – Minecraft – Xbox One
Skylanders was the first video games that allows you to bring “toys-to-life” and have real small plastic figures you can play with, also appear in the video game you are playing. You place the toys on the Portal and they will appear alive and able to be controlled in the game. Each one will have slighlty different powers and abilities. Plastic monsters, a Portal of Power, all in a vibrant, family-friendly video game – Skylanders is a kid friendly RPG with lots of colorful and fun characters, interesting puzzles and fun little mini games to play. Skylanders SuperChargers is the latest version for Xbox One and can get your kids playing right out of the gate without any additional toys to purchase.
Purchase here – Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack – Xbox One
Bonus – Disney Infinity
If your child is more into the various Disney movies, Disney Infinity is the same idea as Skylanders, but include characters like Elsa, Mickey Mouse, Big Hero Six, Marvel and even the popular new Star Wars franchise characters that you can use and play in the same way.
Purchase here – Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack – Xbox One
Rayman legend is a side platformer (means your character moves sideways across the screen, jumps, dodges and avoids falling into holes and enemies who attack you – think Super Mario). Up to 4 people can play this at the same time, which makes it a fun game for multiple kids and family members to play together. Collect items, free captured friends and unlock up to 120 different levels of gameplay. Its a beautiful game with gradual increase in difficulty. This game is great for young and older kids and to get the whole family involved.
Purchase here – Rayman Legends Xbox One Standard Edition
Just dance is part of the dance along in front of your TV to popular music series of video games. Normally to do this you are required to use the Kinect Sensor with your Xbox One. If you don’t have one you can download a free app to your smart phone and use that as the controller. I’m not sure you would want your younger children dancing around with your smart phone, but the option is now available and would work well for teens. The game itself is pretty straight forward. You select a song alone or as part of a group and you follow the on screen movements to well, dance along. This is a great game to get your kids up and moving while still enjoying a fun video game experience. Its also a good game for a group of kids to play when you have a bunch over. Just Dance 2016 offers a bunch of the latest hits from “Uptown Funk” to classics like Grease “The One That I Want”.
Purchase here – Just Dance 2016 – Xbox One
Plants Vs Zombies : Garden Warfare
Plants Vs Zombies started as a very popular mobile app game where cute little plants take out hordes of cute zombies. Moving to Console – Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is a family friendly shooter without the horror elements. Blast zombies, plants and fun characters across a world that delivers the depth of a traditional online shooter blended with the refreshing humor of Plant vs. Zombies. You get to play as either a plant or a zombie and take out the other team while working together with your team mates. You can also personalize your characters with fun hats, sunglasses and tons of unique items. This game does require generally require using an Xbox Live Gold account and some online play is required. This may not be appropriate for all children. This is a good intro into the online shooter world while still leaving out violence that is associated with many others in the ‘online shooter’ type games. This game can also be played split screen with 2 people in the same room. Good for parents and kids playing together.
Purchase here – Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare – Xbox One
A new version of Plants Vs Zombies is coming out end of February 2016 and is worth checking out. Purchase here – Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 – Xbox One
Project Spark is similar to Minecraft, but really taking it to the next level. You can create a multitude of worlds, game types and themes in whatever you can imagine. Project Sparks also offers a “play function” for these created worlds. So after you’ve created the ultimate video game world include characters who speak, doors that open, evil monsters who can attack you, and treasure to be found, you can then upload this game to share with friends and others around the world who will play it. You can customize every single part of the game down to the smallest detail – what the characters look like, say, move, facial expressions – you name it. Project Spark may be better suited to slightly older children, who might be interested in learning how to create their own complete video game, but younger kids will find lots of premade games to fully enjoy.
Purchase here- Project Spark
Fantasia Music Evolved
Fantasia is another game that uses the Kinect. You use your body to control and direct over 30 songs kind of like Disney Sorcerers apprentice – the classic movie where mickey directs the brooms to do his cleaning. In Fantasia Music Evolved , a song is selected and the Kinect will show your silhouette on the screen. You then direct with your arms in time to the music and gain points for creativity and streaks of hits. Its similar to the dance games, but with more emphasis on music and timing. There is no failing or losing in the game though as a good portion is based on creativity. There is a two player split screen co-op mode. Young children and creative, music types will enjoy this game of music meets video.
Purchase from Amazon – Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved – Xbox One
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Lego Marvel Superheroes is the latest in the Lego franchise of games available for Xbox One. If you’ve not heard of the Lego video game series before, it’s pretty neat. Lego creates a video game of Lego blocks and Lego characters to the theme of popular movies. They are family friendly and offer light jokes, fan favorite moments and tons of fun puzzles to solve. More than one person can play at the same time, so a good game to play with a child. You collect various coins andLlego object to solve puzzle and progress in the story line. Marvel Super Heroes crosses the entire marvel universe and allow you to play as over 100 different marvel characters from Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more.
Purchase here – LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – Xbox One
Others in the Lego series include The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Star Wars and countless others. If your child has a favorite movie – there is a good chance there is a Lego Video Game to go along with it.
Screamride is a physics based coaster game where creating and destroying are equally done. Create amazing roller coasters that respond to the laws of physics and also do fun game mode where you destroy items to allow the coaster to continue along. There are multiple ways to complete each level either by creating or destroying. Its building fun for older kids. You can also share your created coaster worlds with others on the Xbox One platform and test out the rides that they created.
Purchase here – ScreamRide
Zoo Tycoon is a beautiful game that allows you to take over and manage a popular zoo. Adopt animals and care for them with fun actives like baths, playtime and feeding. There are real calendar tie ins, so holidays will appear in the game for even more fun. Up to 4 people can play online together, where you can trade animals with friends and participate in fun multiplayer challenges. Zoo Tycoon for the Xbox One features a 15-hour story campaign mode, the traditional free form mode (infinite money where you can play however you like), and challenge modes (short tasks lasting about 15 minutes). There is a fun feature of being face to face with the animals as you walk around the park that children really enjoy.
Purchase from Amazon – Zoo Tycoon XBOX ONE
These are the 10 best Xbox One games for kids that I recommend. Depending on the age of your kids you can find some selections above that will keep them happy and entertained for hours. Is there another Xbox One game for kids that you recommend? If you also have a Playstation 4 check out my 10 best Playstation 4 Games for kids guide here too.
DO you have recommendations for teens too? Thank you!