The 10 Best Kids Xbox One Games

Updated December 28, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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If you own an Xbox One and you're having trouble finding fun and family-friendly games for your child, look no further. For every shooter and slasher that Microsoft's newest console has available, there are also a bevy of creative games that are appropriate for those of any age. 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. Transformers Devastation

With comic book-inspired visuals, five playable autobots, and a number of the series' original actors providing audio, Transformers Devastation is sure to captivate any fan of the movie. It is a great gift for kids of any skill level, with five difficulty settings.
  • original music by vince dicola
  • fluid animations
  • storyline isn't very long
Brand Activision
Model 77120
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Unravel Digital Code

Unravel Digital Code introduces the adorable Yarny, whose thread, fittingly, unravels as he traverses forward through a unique world filled with physics-based puzzles. Its visuals are meant to evoke the scenery of Northern Scandinavia.
  • download is less than 1gb
  • immersive and non-narrated story
  • gameplay can be repetitive
Brand Electronic Arts
Model CMX-00033
Weight pending
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes offers an original superhero story in the Marvel universe, featuring acclaimed characters 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 Warner Bros
Model LEGO Marvel Super Heroe
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Based on a popular mobile game sharing the same name, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 improves upon many of the flaws of its console predecessor. Allowing players to play from either side, there are 14 character classes and over 100 characters to choose from.
  • even fun for non-shooter fans
  • features 12 memorable maps
  • requires xbox live to play
Brand Electronic Arts
Model 36886
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Rayman Legends

Rayman is an iconic gaming figure to old and new gamers alike so, thankfully, Rayman Legends doesn't disappoint. With entertaining gameplay, seamless 4-player co-op, a music-based mode, and online challenges, this game never leaves kids feeling bored.
  • exclusive xbox character costumes
  • extremely vibrant graphics
  • might be too difficult for some kids
Brand Ubisoft
Model 53903
Weight 0.3 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Child of Light

Child of Light features a captive red-headed child protagonist who must complete a journey in order to regain her freedom. With linear gameplay, along with RPG elements and a co-op mode, it is strangely addictive and sure to please children.
  • relatable characters for children
  • fictitious and real locales
  • a very cathartic game
Brand Ubisoft
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. Just Dance 2017

Featuring the biggest artists, from Ariana Grande to The Weeknd, Just Dance 2017 and its 40-plus tracks are sure to get your kids moving. Requiring no more than an Xbox, the game, and a smartphone app, the game allows a whole family to play simultaneously.
  • promotes exercise in a fun manner
  • score-based arcade feel
  • fun for people of all ages
Brand Ubisoft
Model UBP50402031
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Minecraft Xbox

Sure to become a child's favorite title, Minecraft Xbox is a simple, yet deceptively complex, game. Block building is the name of the game, & there are countless randomly-generated worlds to explore. Its Creative & Survival modes provide engaging challenges to any gamer.
  • can play with up to 8 players
  • can import old worlds from xbox 360
  • has an exclusive versus battle mode
Brand Microsoft
Model 44Z-00001
Weight 2.9 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is an update to Ori's original 2014 independent release. Critically-acclaimed and an Xbox One exclusive, players control the titular Ori, a spirit guardian, as he tries to escape the clutches of the evil Kuro.
  • includes behind the scenes footage
  • familiar 2d side-scrolling
  • gameplay requires critical thinking
Brand Microsoft
Model 5VD-00001
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Skylanders: Imaginators

Skylanders: Imaginators combines actual toys with diverse and engaging gameplay, making for an extremely unique and addicting 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
  • a portal and 2 skylanders
  • accepts previous version figures
Brand Activision
Model 87889
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 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 December 28, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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