The 10 Best Kids Xbox One Games

Updated February 02, 2018 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If you want to share your love of games with your children — or if you're just looking for a way to get them out of your hair for a few hours — these Xbox One titles will keep them endlessly entertained. They're suitable for kids of all ages, and they're so fun you may just be tempted to pick up the controller yourself to teach these young whippersnappers a lesson. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best kids xbox one game on Amazon.

10. Super Lucky's Tale

Super Lucky's Tale is so bright and vibrant, it's like watching a cartoon that you control. The game is also addictive and surprisingly funny, so kids won't even realize that they're learning important lessons about perseverance.
  • no objectionable content
  • characters are adorable
  • story mode is short
Brand Microsoft
Model FTP-00001
Weight 4.8 ounces
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Cars 3: Driven to Win

You can take Lightning McQueen out for a spin in the rousing Cars 3: Driven to Win. This one stays true to the spirit and humor of the movies, while still providing a thrilling racing experience that will have the whole family cheering you on.
  • good for mario kart fans
  • 20 customizable characters
  • too challenging for the very young
Brand Warner Home Video - Gam
Model 1000643989
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes offers an original superhero story in the Marvel universe, featuring acclaimed stars such as Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Its playful graphics and moderate difficulty make it a great option for kids around age 10 and older.
  • can create your own superheroes
  • includes many obscure characters
  • no online multiplayer mode
Brand Whv Games
Model LEGO Marvel Super Heroe
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Skylanders: Imaginators

Skylanders: Imaginators combines physical toys with diverse and engaging gameplay, making for an extremely unusual experience. The game's Imaginite Creation Crystals allow players to create their own Skylanders for the first time, adding a totally new element.
  • 10 different battle class options
  • doesn't require buying new figures
  • boss battles are a little too easy
Brand Activision
Model 87889
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

6. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

In Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, you'll wander a vast landscape while attempting to evade the dreaded Kuro, a spiteful owl. The interactive environments will encourage children to think critically and explore their surroundings fully.
  • story is rich and captivating
  • beautiful soundtrack
  • gets very hard towards the end
Brand Microsoft
Model 5VD-00001
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

5. Stardew Valley: Collector's Edition

Budding green thumbs are sure to lose themselves in Stardew Valley: Collector's Edition.You start with an overgrown field, which you slowly turn into a bustling farm, complete with animals, crops, machines, and more, so there's always plenty to do.
  • lots of interesting characters
  • laid back and relaxing gameplay
  • combat is clunky
Brand 505 Games
Model 71501911
Weight 7.2 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

4. Rayman Legends

Featuring an iconic gaming figure to old and new players alike, Rayman Legends doesn't disappoint. With entertaining gameplay, seamless 4-player co-op, and a thumping music-based mode, this offering never leaves kids feeling bored.
  • exclusive xbox character costumes
  • extremely vibrant graphics
  • fresh challenges daily online
Brand Ubisoft
Model 53903
Weight 0.3 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

3. Lego Jurassic World

Experience the rush of running from a mighty T. Rex, all from the comfort (and safety) of your own home, with Lego Jurassic World. It allows you to create unique dinos, encouraging your child's imagination and spurring their interest in paleontology.
  • plenty of replay value
  • good for beginning gamers
  • includes moments from all 4 films
Brand Warner Home Video - Gam
Model 1000565140
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Minecraft Xbox One Edition

Block building is the name of the game in the simple looking, yet deceptively complex, Minecraft Xbox One Edition. There are countless randomly-generated worlds to explore, and its creative and survival modes provide engaging challenges to players of any age.
  • exclusive versus battle mode
  • can import old worlds from xbox 360
  • helps stimulate ingenuity
Brand Microsoft
Model 44Z-00001
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Rocket League

A high-octane mix of soccer and racing, Rocket League will bring the whole family together for hours of G-rated fun. This game is fast-paced, but simple enough that younger players won't get left behind. If your kids don't enjoy it, you might need to get better kids.
  • 4-player split-screen action
  • nearly-endless customization options
  • encourages teamwork
Brand Warner Home Video - Gam
Model 1000703080
Weight 2.9 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

The Second Golden Age Of Gaming

I believe that I grew up during the first golden age of gaming. I was just old enough to consciously witness the transformation from 8- and 16-bit consoles like the Intellivision and the Sega Genesis to the 64-bit brilliance of the Nintendo 64. That console — in this humble writers opinion — represents the greatest leap forward in story and graphics development, from one system to the next, in gaming history thus far.

You have to remember that these games existed before the explosion of the internet and online gaming. They and their systems had to be good enough without allowing you to connect with your friends and obliterate entire cultures’ worth of digital human lives in massive first-person shooters.

If you want to gauge the cultural impact of these games, look no farther than groups of people that still gather around vintage systems and modern emulators to play Goldeneye or Mario Kart. And don’t get me started on the Zelda series or Ocarina of Time. I will lose control of my emotions.

Once Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 came along and began connecting users at unprecedented rates, dropping them into war zones and sports arenas with one another, things changed. That change was, temporarily, for the worse. While the simultaneous progress in game console and television development gave gamers graphics that got more and more realistic with each new game, story, character, and gameplay innovations suffered tremendous losses.

At the time, Nintendo decided to back out of the graphics war and focus on those momentarily forgotten aspects of game design. That may have cost them a big chunk of the market, but they survived. Their commitment to game quality also inspired some of the best indie game design in recent memory, and the rise of that culture has led us to this new era.

Because of their apparent simplicity, limited violence, and puzzle solving aspects, many of the best indie games in the world have been marketed toward children. Upon closer inspection, a lot of these games deal with complex stories and characters enduring genuine hardship.

For the development and success of these games, Xbox and Playstation actually deserve a lot of credit. While Nintendo may have kept the lifeblood of good, honest games pumping during its darkest hour, Sony and Microsoft created the marketplaces where indie developers could make and market their creations.

It is here, among a list of Xbox games marketed to children, that we find the second golden age of gaming. These are the games that the children gamers will remember in 20 years. These are the games they will find ways to play well into their 20s and 30s, not just for nostalgia’s sake, but because the games are so well made. It’s almost enough to make you want to be a kid again.

The Perfect Xbox One Game For Your Child

There are a lot of games on the market. Between the walls of available titles in any given department store and the immense library of downloadable content on the Xbox Live marketplace, there’s bound to be something out there that will suit your child’s gaming desires perfectly. Finding that title, however, can be a harrowing task.

Rental services are great for this, as any progress in today’s games saves to the console itself, and not to a game cartridge. That allows you to rent a game and, if your kid likes it, to return it on time and buy a copy of your own. If you time the swap correctly, your young one won’t have to go a minute without it.

Still, even renting the wrong game can feel like a waste of time and money, and some games may confront your kids with images and other content that you might find objectionable, despite whatever the game’s rating is. That’s why it’s important to whittle that immensity down to the best games on the market, and we’ve done just that for you.

To narrow things down even further, you merely have to take a look at the games your kids already love. If they spend a lot of time in any one genre — like RPGs, puzzle games, etc. — it’d be a good idea to try to stay within that genre. If all little Johnny plays are racing games, he probably isn’t going to jive with the slow pace of many sandbox RPGs.

Once you think you have a sense of what Suzie might want to sink about 120 hours into, you can fire up your Xbox Live account and see if there’s a playable demo for her. Or, if you’re feeling lucky, just pull the trigger on any of the great titles we’ve selected.

The Cognitive Benefits Of Gaming

It’s only natural for parents to assume that everything in the world that isn’t them is trying to destroy their children. When you’re in charge of an entire life form, the weight of responsibility can lead to understandable levels of paranoia. More often than not, parents in the 21st century like to direct that paranoia at the media.

Music, movies, and video games take a large part of the blame for everything from childhood obesity to outbursts of horrific violence in schools. But video games proliferated at roughly the same pace and at about the same time as high fructose corn syrup and the increased genetic modification of our diet. Concurrently, spending on mental health programs in underprivileged communities took a nosedive, while the availability of increasingly lethal automatic weapons skyrocketed. Maybe it wasn’t all Marilyn Manson’s fault.

What research has revealed more and more over the past couple of decades is that video games are actually pretty good for our kids. They help develop eye-had coordination at a nuanced level, potentially helping our children down the line in fields that involve robotic assistance like surgery or vehicle maintenance.

This new surge in thoughtful indie games can also present children with unique puzzle-solving experiences that will build spatial relations and deductive logic. Many of these games also have deep emotional undercurrents that — like any profound piece of art — can give your young ones a chance to better understand their feelings.

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Last updated on February 02, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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