The 10 best Xbox One games for kids | Digital Trends (2023)

Xbox One has built up a sizable roster of family-friendly games over the course of its life. Best of all, many of these titles earned rave reviews — meaning you don’t have to sacrifice quality to play something appropriate for all ages. Some are even available on Xbox Game Pass, giving you a chance to play great games without breaking out your wallet.

Whether you’re searching for a fun multiplayer game, single-player adventure, or a unique creative outlet, here are the ten best Xbox One games for kids.

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New Super Lucky's Tale

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E

PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenrePlatform, Adventure, Indie, Arcade

DeveloperPlayful

PublisherPlayful

ReleaseNovember 08, 2019

Nintendo might dominate the 3D platformer market, but New Super Lucky’s Tale is among the best on Xbox One. It’s also just as family-friendly as Mario or Kirby, with Lucky Swiftail serving as an amiable protagonist for your adventure. The game is a complete redesign of the original, with bold new graphics, improved movement mechanics, and sweeping reworks of old animations and cinematics. To keep things interesting, you’ll find a variety of mini-games and 2D sequences in between the usual 3D shenanigans.

New Super Lucky's Tale Trailer #2 – "Meet Lucky!"

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

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70 %

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E10

PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenrePuzzle, Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure

DeveloperTraveller's Tales

PublisherWB Games

ReleaseNovember 14, 2017

Every Lego game is an easy recommendation (including the long-awaited Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga), but the freedom of Marvel Super Heroes 2 makes it stand out from the pack. You’ll be thrown into a large hub world that you’re free to explore as you see fit, running, flying, and swinging around as one of over 100 iconic Marvel characters. Once you’ve had your fill of exploration, the game boasts an impressive campaign filled with the usual Lego tropes — including 3D platforming, simple combat, and hundreds of secrets to discover.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 - Teaser Trailer (Official)

Minecraft

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PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows Phone, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV

GenreSimulator, Adventure, Arcade

DeveloperMojang Studios

PublisherMojang Studios

ReleaseSeptember 20, 2017

Minecraft is a perfect fit for both the adventurous and the creative. Its world sprawls out in every direction and encompasses a variety of biomes, letting you get lost in snowy mountaintops, swampy marshes, and barren deserts. Once you’re ready to hunker down, you can use resources found in the environment to craft any variety of tools or builds. You can even take the action online for some multiplayer action and share your creations with friends and family around the world.

Official Minecraft Trailer

Minecraft Dungeons

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68 %

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E10

PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenreRole-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure

DeveloperMojang Studios

PublisherXbox Game Studios, Mojang Studios

ReleaseMay 26, 2020

It might share the blocky aesthetic of its sibling, but that’s where the similarities end — Minecraft Dungeons is a full-fledged dungeon crawler. There’s no building and its world is much more linear, but fans of both the original Minecraft or action-adventure games will probably enjoy their time with Minecraft Dungeons. It’s also a rather streamlined experience. Instead of overwhelming players with stat tracking and “min-maxing,” most builds are viable for the base experience (although an optional Apocalypse difficult is available for folks seeking a challenge).

Minecraft Dungeons - E3 2019 - Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Rayman Legends

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86 %

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E10

PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia

GenrePlatform, Adventure

DeveloperUbisoft Montpellier

PublisherUbisoft Entertainment

ReleaseAugust 30, 2013

Rayman Legends might be one of the most visually stunning games on Xbox One. The action plays out like a living oil painting, with splashes of color and flashy effects littering every 2D stage. When you’re not mesmerized by its graphics, you’ll be running and jumping through handcrafted stages that are challenging but fair. It’s also playable in co-op, making it easy to help out younger players who are struggling with some of its more challenging levels.

Rayman Legends - E3 2013 - Gameplay Trailer [UK]

Sonic Colors: Ultimate

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PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenrePlatform, Adventure

DeveloperBlind Squirrel Entertainment

PublisherSega

ReleaseSeptember 07, 2021

The series is often hit-or-miss, but Sonic Colors: Ultimate managed to exceed expectations and give fans a fun, 3D Sonic adventure. Offering a remastered version of the 2010 title, the game sees Sonic and pals chasing down Dr. Eggman and freeing imprisoned creatures (called Wisps) along the way. You’ll speed through six different worlds, with each one introducing new hazards and challenges to overcome. The fast-paced action looks better than ever, too, thanks to reworked graphics that make full use of the Xbox One’s hardware.

Sonic Colors: Ultimate - Announce Trailer

Just Dance 2022

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E10

PlatformsPlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia

GenreMusic

DeveloperUbisoft Paris

PublisherUbisoft

ReleaseNovember 03, 2021

If you’re looking for a fun video game that’s also an exhausting workout, look no further than Just Dance 2022. Using a smartphone app, the game tracks your movements and matches them to on-screen prompts — helping you break a sweat while busting a move. The latest installment in the series features 40 hit tracks, including songs from Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, and more. There’s even a Kids Mode to help players of all ages get moving without any fuss.

Just Dance 2022: Todrick Hall Announce Trailer | Ubisoft [US]

Forza Horizon 5

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86 %

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4/5

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PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

GenreRacing, Sport

DeveloperPlayground Games

PublisherXbox Game Studios

ReleaseNovember 09, 2021

Instead of trying to be a perfect racing simulator, Forza Horizon 5has you racing around volcanoes, dive-bombing off mountains, and speeding through other gorgeous landscapes throughout Mexico. You’ll be rewarded with experience points for just about everything, which makes it easy for younger players to feel a sense of progression even if they’re having trouble with some of its more challenging races. Forza Horizon 5 is included with Xbox Game Pass, so be sure to check it out if you’re looking for some affordable, family-friendly fun.

Read our full Forza Horizon 5 review

Forza Horizon 5 Official Announce Trailer

Dragon Quest Builders 2

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70 %

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E10

PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

GenreRole-playing (RPG), Adventure

DeveloperOmega Force, Square Enix

PublisherNintendo, Square Enix

ReleaseDecember 20, 2018

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a bit like Minecraft — although it’s much heavier on its RPG elements. You’ll roam around a gigantic, blocky world as you try to save the land from the Children of Hargon — a group that’s looking to destroy all things creative. You’ll fight a variety of monsters as you try to save the world, although you’ll also have a chance to build farms, houses, and plenty of other structures to help you on your quest. If you need some help, you can take the block-based action online and play with up to three friends.

『ドラゴンクエストビルダーズ2 破壊神シドーとからっぽの島』オープニング映像 主人公・男の子編

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated

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82 %

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E10

PlatformsPC (Microsoft Windows), Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia

GenrePlatform, Adventure

DeveloperPurple Lamp Studios, HandyGames

PublisherTHQ Nordic

ReleaseJune 23, 2020

Don’t let its horribly long name put you off — this SpongeBob adventure is one of the best around. Fans of the cartoon will run into plenty of familiar faces (including Patrick, Sandy Cheeks, Mr. Krabs, and more) as they run, jump, and bounce their way across Bikini Bottom and try to stop Plankton’s latest evil plot. The 3D platformer is perfect for folks who are familiar with the popular Nickelodeon show, but even if you’ve never seen the cartoon there’s still plenty of fun to be had with this quirky title.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated - Announcement Teaser

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