What are the best kids games on PlayStation 4? 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 with the 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 and has super simple controls, 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 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.