What are the best games for kids on PS4? When most people talk about PlayStation 4, 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 children. There are just as many games for 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 an untapped family friendly treasure trove. Here's what we believe to be 25 of the best PS4 kids games on Sony's console, and don't forget to check out our list of best PS4 games for families to play at home together.
25. 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.
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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.
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.
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.