With the release of the Xbox Series X and Series S, keeping kids entertained is not easy, even with the numerous available to play games for these next-gen consoles. You first have to check if the game both fun and kid-friendly at the same time. Then, you have to worry if your kid(s) will even like the video game selected. Therefore, to make things easier, we have rounded up the best Xbox Series X games for kids. These kid’s games are perfectly suited for younger audiences and can also be played with the Series S.
Best Xbox Series X, Series S Games for Kids
Just Dance 2021
Just Dance 2021 is a dance rhythm game and will play similarly to the previous two installments. It’ll come with a “Co-op Mode” for multiplayer fun and a “Kids Mode” complete with child-friendly songs. It’ll also come with 1-month free access to “Just Dance Unlimited”, which is an on-demand subscription streaming service.
Unique to Just Dance 2021 is the addition of a new “Quick Play Mode” where players will be given a new song to dance to at random and a “World Dance Floor”, which is a 3-song competitive tournament. Players also no longer need a camera or a Kinect to dance. They can use the Just Dance Controller app available on all smartphones.
If you can’t bring your kids to the soccer field, then why not bring soccer to them?
The next-gen version of FIFA 21 sports the prettiest graphics that any version of the critically-acclaimed sports video game franchise has ever had. However, FIFA 21 isn’t just all looks and no substance. It’s set to also give players the most control of the players and the highest level of customization ever in a FIFA game.
With FIFA 21 bringing back FIFA Ultimate Team with FUT co-op, FIFA 21 could very well be a staple for many family nights to come.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 takes the first two titles of the iconic Tony Hawk’s series of video games and gives it a fresh coat of paint. But, more than just modernizing the looks, the remaster also adds a ton of content. This includes more tricks for players to pull off, as well as the ability to customize their own skaters (Create-A-Skater) and playground or park (Create-A-Park).
Add in online multiplayer, as well as some local split-screen, and a progression system that has a list of mildly infuriating challenges, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is the perfect way to introduce the love for skateboarding to today’s kids.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time sees the return of everybody’s favorite marsupial with a bunch of new tricks. It’s set just right after the events of Crash Bandicoot: Warped, where players will have to prevent the dastardly duo of Doctor Neo Cortex and Doctor Nefarious Tropy from messing up the entire multiverse.
Helping Crash and his sister, Coco, is an alternate-dimension version of Tawna, his old girlfriend, and Dingodile, who seems to have had a change of heart for some reason.
It’s About Time will also introduce new game modes for replaying levels, as well as unique levels and playstyles for Tawna, Dingodile, and even Cortex, who you’ll get to play as some time in the game.
More than a decade since its release, Rocket League has only aged well like fine wine. In fact, the game has only continued to grow after already becoming a full-fledged esport for years.
Proof of this is how the Rocket League Championship Series league has changed to take on an events-based circuit approach, which will culminate in a $1 million event at the end of the season.
With that said, this esport title should only continue to grow popular as it arrives on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
The game’s premise is simple. It’s soccer, but with a twist. You don’t kick the balls around with your foot. You do it with high-powered vehicles. However, the developers sweeten things up by including powerups, changing and improving the physics-based mechanics with updates, as well as introducing different game modes.
A constantly evolving game with a low entry-point, Rocket League could very well be your child’s next favourite game.
Let your child live his wildest hoop dreams in the latest iteration of the famed basketball sports sim franchise.
NBA 2K21 has been described by many as the best NBA 2K game yet, and it’s not just because it’s the most beautiful one ever. It’s also because of the return of NBA 2K17’s shooting mechanics, but with minor improvements to make shooting feel more natural. Also, the story of MyCAREER will now follow the player from their time in high school up until they go to college.
With cameos from celebrities like Michael K. Williams and Djimon Housou, NBA 2K21 will only feel more relatable to younger audiences.
Speaking of younger gamers, those who don’t have access to a lot of money won’t feel as underpowered anymore. It is possible to build teams in MyTeam without spending too much money if any at all. This means that you can grind things out now. This isn’t that hard to do when you’ve got all the time in the world as kids often do.
Just as Rocket Arena is basically just soccer on steroids, Knockout City is your typical game of dodgeball but dialed up to 11.
Knockout City takes what should be a relatively simple game in dodgeball and adds a few wrinkles to it by introducing a lot of parkour mechanics and movement that requires you to really learn the angles and make use of trick shots so that you can make sure that you hit your opponents and they can’t catch any balls thrown at them.
Throw in a variety of game modes, as well as a bunch of colorful arenas to play in, and you’ve got one hell of a good time.
Balan Wonderworld is a 3D action platformer set in the fictional and imaginary world of the Balan Theater and Wonderworld. The former appears only to people with troubled hearts. It is connected to Wonderworld, a place where fantasy and reality merge. The game then takes players through a dozen worlds born out of the negativity-filled hearts of adults.
Hiding this relatively depressing premise is a colorful and whimsical outward appearance. It’ll let players take control of Leo and Emma, two equally problematic children. It is up to these kids and their costumes to try and battle enemies as they try to find balance in their own hearts and help others do the same.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Both Overcooked! titles will release for the newest Xbox console in the form of Overcoked! All You Can Eat.
This compilation will feature both games, along with new additions. This includes additional levels, cosmetics, and chefs, and more achievements for players to unlock. It also includes cross-platform for its online multiplayer, in addition to the four-player local co-op. Players can also choose to have a mix of both online and local players in co-op mode if they want.
As a remaster for the Xbox Series X, Overcooked! All You Can Eat will be able to run at 4K resolution at 60fps.
Overcooked!: All You Can Eat will also come with additional features aimed towards helping out beginners. This can be especially useful for kids. Like, for example, the “assist mode” where the game helps out players who find themselves a bit too overwhelmed by the chaos resulting from managing their own restaurants.
While the phrase “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” indeed applies literally to the Overcooked! Titles, a chance to tone things down a bit should make Overcooked! All You Can Eat a much more attractive title for younger audiences.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Finding something genuinely enjoyable for both kids and adults alike isn’t easy. It’s either the kids have to compromise and put up with mature themes or that adults have to adjust to the more basic gameplay of kids games. Immortals Fenyx Rising feels like an appropriate middle ground.
While violence is never an answer, it pays to teach kids that you can always defend yourself when you’re in the right. That’s something no more evident when you’re featuring a younger male protagonist named Fenyx who’s been tasked to take out a literal titan who’s out to destroy the world.
Its cartoony aesthetics pairs well with its intuitive gameplay. Not to mention, the narrative duo of Zeus and Prometheus should create the sort of humor that both children and adults can relate to.
Planet Coaster is a management simulation video game that revolves around constructing roller-coasters, as well as other theme park rides.
In the game, players can create their avatar and choose between either “Sandbox Mode”, where they have unlimited resources, “Challenge Mode”, which has different difficulty levels, and “Career Mode”, which has voice acting and a story.Planet Coaster: Console Edition will also come with a tutorial, an improved career mode, as well as a counter for players.
Call of the Sea (Exclusive)
If you want to tease your kid’s brains and make them work hard in a game, Call of the Sea is a good start.
Call of the Sea is a rare modern puzzle adventure title that stars a woman in search of his long, lost husband. It has a retro vibe to it, complete with cartoony graphics, albeit one that’s been tweaked to look good on the next-gen console.
Considering that the game should focus more on the narrative and exploration, it should appeal to a lot of kids.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is Sega’s highly-anticipated sequel to their hit puzzle game mashup of Puyo Puyo and Tetris.
Similar to the original title, Puyo Puyo Tetris will have a story-based single-player adventure mode. The said mode will include many returning characters, but it will also introduce new ones. It’ll also introduce a new mechanic where players will have access to character-specific skills and item cards that lets them customize how they want to play the game.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 will also include other modes like Bing Bang, Party, Fusion, Versus, Swap, and a tournament mode, as well as tutorials to help get you acquainted with how this unique game works.
A three-year-old game available exclusively on the PC, The Colonists is a city-building simulator. It’s been completely reworked and optimized to make the gameplay experience better on consoles.
In the game, players will take control of a team of cute robots and attempt to build whatever kind of society they deem fit. Players can either choose to take on individual campaign missions, build a civilization on top of randomly generated maps, compete against creations designed by other players, or take to the sandbox mode where you’re free to build your colony as you please.
If your kid likes Minecraft (what child doesn’t?), The Colonists should be right up their alley.
Subnautica: Below Zero
Subnautica: Below Zero is a sequel to 2014’s open-world survival action-adventure game and is canonically set two years after the first game. The gameplay will be similar between the original title and the sequel. Players will still get a chance to build everything from vehicles to structures and equipment, as well as everything necessary to survive the hostile world.
However, unlike Subnautica, where players mostly only got a chance to explore underwater, Below Zero will have players exploring the frozen regions of planet 4546B.
The game might not be your typical child’s game. Below Zero has its fair bit of violence and it has a handful of scary moments too. But, it’s neither too scary nor too violent. Not to mention, there’s no beating the exploration itch that the game scratches, and the fact that it’s set in a vibrant and colorful if cold world.
The Wild at Heart
The developers, Moonlight Kids, describes The Wild at Heart as a “story-rich, herd-like adventure game about childhood escapism”, which effectively means that it’s a colorful and vibrant game that explores serious themes that should make the story interesting in the eyes of adults with graphics and gameplay that caters very well to kids and children at heart.
And, there you have it, the best Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S games for kids. These child-friendly games are fun and engaging for younger gamers to enjoy. Just keep in mind, the Xbox Series S and X are both backward-compatible with previous-gen titles. This includes games for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the original Xbox. Thus, while there might not be as many child-friendly games available yet, there’s a wide selection of older games from previous consoles.