What are the best kids games on PS4? When most people talk about PS4, they're thinking about its (brilliant) range of games aimed at an older audience. However, what's somewhat underplayed is the console's extensive variety of games for kids and families. There are just as many games for children as there are for adults, and many of them are enjoyable regardless of age. Whether they're easy to play games for youngsters or titles that allow kids and parents to play together, PS4 is an untapped family friendly treasure trove. Here's what we believe to be 20 of the best games for kids on Sony's console.
20. Chimparty (PS4)
Not to be confused the superior Mario Party series, Chimparty is Sony’s attempt at transposing Nintendo’s casual minigame compilation to its fledgling PlayLink line. The results are mixed, but there’s enough harmless fun here for us to recommend you monkey around with it for a few hours. The game’s played with a smartphone or tablet, so if your young’uns are still learning their way around the DualShock 4, this may prove a more accessible option.
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Don’t let the title put you off! This is golf – but it ain’t all flat caps and Burberry. Clap-Hanz’s take on the world’s most boring sport is fast-paced, vibrant, and action-packed. With a simplistic control scheme but bags of gameplay depth, this cute and colourful sports game lives up to its name of being for, well, everyone. And yes, that includes your little’uns.
18. Grow Up (PS4)
An open world platformer with an emphasis on exploration, Grow Up stars BUD the robot as he hunts down parts of his destroyed spaceship, MOM. The clumsy droid starts off with limited abilities, but by the end, you'll practically be able to fly in this endearing adventure. As well as rebuilding the ship, you'll also need to grow a huge plant in order to reach farther and higher, ending up with a dizzyingly tall tower from which to dive. It's a very different style of game, but not one you should ignore. It's inventive, easy going, and fun.
Kids love slapstick, right? In games, it doesn't get much better than Gang Beasts, a colourful multiplayer brawler starring unsteady men with a knack for silliness. There's a lack of control over each character that somehow adds to the fun of trying to knock each other out. The various levels provide some brilliant scenarios that can lead to some hilarious wins and losses. It's chaotic and dumb, but if your kids get into it, they'll be laughing for hours as they defeat each other in unpredictable ways.
If you've ever played Banjo-Kazooie, you'll know what to expect here. Developed by many of the same people as Rare's N64 platformer, Yooka-Laylee is a colourful, silly adventure game starring a chameleon and a bat. You'll be guiding them through varied levels in order to collect Pagies and thwart the plans of Capital B. This is your typical run-jump-collect style adventure, with large levels to explore and secrets to uncover. It's a decent game with a cartoonish vibe and nostalgic charm.
This is a short, curious little game that has you controlling a hole in the ground that gets bigger as things fall into it. There's something surprisingly satisfying about swallowing up everything from small rocks to entire buildings in each of the stages in Donut County, and what's more, the story told in between levels is crazy. BK the raccoon works at the local donut shop, and when people order one, he's been sending out holes instead to steal all their stuff, eventually engulfing the whole town. It's charmingly bonkers, and well worth playing.
A colourful and charming little adventure game with lite RPG elements, The Swords of Ditto can appeal to all ages, but it's an especially good choice for younger gamers who may just be discovering the joys of more in-depth gameplay. It's got several difficulty settings and controls that are easy to understand, and on top of that, a second player can jump in at any time to help out.
Remember Sonic the Hedgehog from his Mega Drive/Genesis days? Sonic Mania is a return to form for the character, taking the formula that worked so well in the 90s and bringing it up to date with ultra-slick gameplay and a wonderfully colourful look. A combination of classic levels and brand new stages, this is classic Sonic at its best -- running from left to right, collecting rings, and bashing Eggman's bots. This is a great 2D platformer that older fans and the new generation can enjoy.
12. Snake Pass (PS4)
This charming platformer is unlike any other. Instead of running and jumping, you'll be slithering and climbing as Noodle, a snake who's aiming to climb to the very top of the land he calls home. With a unique control system that has you coiling around objects to reach new places, Snake Pass is a cheerful platformer that provides a totally fresh experience. If you like the sound of simple navigational puzzles and collecting colourful stones, don't pass up on this one.
Get this into your child's hands and watch as they master the sport of rocket-propelled vehicular football. Rocket League is an ingenious melding of footie and acrobatic cars. It sounds bizarre, but it's one of the best multiplayer experiences on PS4 thanks to its easy to pick up but hard to master gameplay and addictively speedy matches. It's a satisfying game from top to bottom, with a steady stream of unlockable parts rewarding you whether you win or lose. The skill ceiling may be high, but this is worth a try even if your kids simply enjoy bashing into each other.