What are the best kids games on PS4? When most people talk about PlayStation 4, they're thinking about its (brilliant) range of experiences aimed at an older audience. However, the console also features an extensive variety of family-friendly games.
There are just as many games aimed at youngsters as there are for adults, and many of them are enjoyable regardless of age. Whether they're easy-to-play games for kids or titles that allow children and parents to play together, PS4 is a family-friendly treasure trove. Sony itself has produced a number of games that cater to a younger audience, such as Ratchet & Clank, Tearaway Unfolded, and Knack. Of course, there are many, many others from developers around the world, spanning various genres. A few that spring to mind are Rayman Legends, Fall Guys, Minecraft, and of course the huge lineup of LEGO games.
With so many wonderful titles to choose from, we need your help to identify the best kids games on PS4. As with all our lists on Push Square, the games that appear here, and in what order, entirely depends on our community. Users can leave their own ratings on every game we have a page for, and it's these ratings that feed into our lists. As a result, they shift and change over time to best reflect the tastes of our readers. You can use the below search bar to find some family-friendly PS4 games and leave your own rating.
A game will need at least 40 ratings before it can appear on this list. If your favourite kid-friendly game is missing, it probably just needs more user ratings!
All that said, here's our list of the best kids games on PS4, as chosen by our community.
20. Knack (PS4)
Knack has become something of a meme; it's not exactly the best game PS4 has to offer, but it's still a perfectly playable action platformer — and it gave kids something to play at launch. Playing as the titular character, you can run around, collecting more parts to grow and shrink in size as levels go on. The change in size also affects gameplay, as a larger Knack is much more formidable in fights while small-fry Knack can explore different areas. It's far from perfect and is bettered in basically every way by its sequel, but there's still some fun to be had here.
By the time LEGO Batman 3 arrived in 2014, the formula was beginning to get a bit stale. Following the blueprint of its immediate superhero predecessors, including the Marvel themed LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, this entry felt a little flat coming just a year after developer Traveller’s Tales previous effort, with a light storyline and the same puzzle-focused gameplay loop. One for uber Batfans, then, we suppose.
The last major, numbered entry in the series, LittleBigPlanet 3 is just as adorable and innovative as its predecessors. It introduces three brand new playable characters, each with their own unique gameplay and abilities, leading to lots more possibilities in the level editor. And while that's the main draw for some, the game also comes with a full length campaign you can play solo or with some pals. It didn't make as big a splash as the previous main game, but it's a perfectly fine entry — and there are literally millions of community levels to play.
17. Unravel (PS4)
Unravel was EA's first proper experiment with a smaller, indie-style, digital game, and it's a real charmer. Playing as Yarny, you traverse a scaled up world in this physics-based platformer. Evoking LittleBigPlanet in places, it has a sort of hand-made charm, and manages to weave a simple but heartwarming story along the way. A pleasant little game.
Concrete Genie probably isn't the first PS4 exclusive you'd think of, but it's certainly one of the most creative. Playing as a young boy harassed by bullies, you discover a magical paintbrush which can paint living, breathing worlds on the walls of your dismal town. You're free to create your very own murals, populating your scenes with friendly creatures you can interact with, and who will help you on your journey. It's a heartfelt and very enjoyable adventure, and an optional PSVR mode certainly sweetens the deal.
15. Fall Guys (PS4)
While most free-to-play multiplayer games have players killing each other for kicks, Fall Guys is all about silly, clumsy platforming challenges. As a result, it really stands out, and it helps that it's super fun. Dozens of players are grouped together, and the number is whittled down as they compete in a series of short, madcap stages. The one left standing at the end is crowned the victor, and by playing you steadily unlock all kinds of neat cosmetics. Fun for all ages, whether you play alone or with a team.
The original version of Tearaway really took advantage of the PS Vita's bells and whistles, but the game is no less charming and inventive in its PS4 iteration, Tearaway Unfolded. Including some new features for the DualShock 4 controller, this is largely the same brilliant paper-based platformer, and it looks fantastic in HD on a big telly. Uniquely tactile and customisable in imaginative ways, this is an often overlooked gem on PS4.
13. Overcooked (PS4)
Despite later versions improving upon the formula, the original Overcooked is still a wonderful multiplayer game. It kicked off a trend of simple, accessible co-op games, and it's not hard to understand why. This cooking game may look friendly and straightforward, but if you and your friends aren't careful, chaos can quickly take over the kitchen. Communication is key in this fantastic co-op game, and if you want a bit of spice, there are some competitive multiplayer levels too.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time gets the marsupial back on track. This is a stylish, highly polished 3D platformer that harkens back to the gameplay of the original games while feeling fresh and modernising the controls. Throw in a lovely art style, multiple playable characters, and oodles of optional side content, and you have a super robust game that players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy.
Marvel is obviously big business these days, and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes aims to pack in as much Marvel as you can handle. Telling a sort of Avengers-like story involving many well-known heroes and villains, it's otherwise your typical LEGO platformer. Drop-in local co-op means it's a great game to play with friends and family, and there are hundreds of characters to unlock as you progress and collect Cosmic Bricks and more.