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The best Xbox Series X games for kids

Are you looking for great games for kids on a Series X console? Microsoft and its partnered studios have given some beloved, kid-friendly games optimization for Xbox Series X, which means the experience is smoother and more than ever! Below, we’re going through our favorites and what you can expect from them if you’re looking for new family-friendly titles to try out.

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Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons
68 %
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Mojang Studios
Publisher Xbox Game Studios, Mojang Studios
Release May 26, 2020
Both Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons are excellent for kids who like to explore and upgrade, excellent beginner entries in crafting, survival, and many other important game mechanics. However, we are giving Minecraft Dungeons a slight kid-friendly edge for a few reasons. First, it’s a bit easier to jump into than an open-world crafting adventure, especially for those first learning the systems. Second, the RPG elements add a real sense of progression no matter what you are doing, and make party play with friends very rewarding. Third, Dungeons is the title that has been optimized for the Series X/S, so the advantages of the new system will be most obvious here.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
82 %
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Platform
Developer Toys for Bob
Publisher Activision
Release October 02, 2020
More than a few parents can remember playing the first Crash Bandicoot titles when they were kids. Now, at least a fourth game in the series is here for the next generation, and it’s no surprise that it’s optimized for the Series X and ready to play. The villain Neo Cortex has gone from time-travel shenanigans to attacking the whole multiverse, and Crash is just the marsupial to stop him. The wide variety of platforming activities are great for both kids proving their reflexes and gamers looking for a challenge — but don’t worry, there’s also plenty of fun to be had!
Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time Announcement Trailer

Rocket League

Rocket League
83 %
E
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Racing, Sport, Indie
Developer Psyonix
Publisher Psyonix
Release July 07, 2015
Rocket League has earned its well-deserved fame for the addictive combination of smashing vehicles around a giant arena while also playing a barely-controlled game of giant soccer. It’s a refreshing change from the year-to-year sport franchise titles, while also giving kids plenty of opportunities to play matches with their friends. Not only is the game optimized for the Series X, but it’s also totally free to download the base game, so no need to worry about the cost of entry if it doesn’t work out!

Overcooked! All You Can Eat

Overcooked! All You Can Eat
91 %
E
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Simulator, Strategy, Indie
Developer Team17, Ghost Town Games
Publisher Team17
Release November 12, 2020
Overcooked! is one of the best examples we’ve seen of the cooking genre, where players (including cooperative play) dash around to assemble ingredients and make dishes to satisfy demanding customers in a timely way. There are over 200 kitchen levels in this game to work through, and online multiplayer to help find a friend when the kitchen gets crazy. Optimized for Series X, the game offers 4k resolution at 60fps, all the better to keep up with the action.

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Immortals Fenyx Rising
75 %
4/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Puzzle, Adventure
Developer Ubisoft Québec
Publisher Ubisoft
Release December 02, 2020
If your kids are getting a bit older and are ready for more serious action, Immortals Fenyx Rising is an excellent place to start. While a bit more violent and mature than a Zelda game, the title takes a lot of cues in how it promotes gathering skills and weapons, exploring distant lands, and ultimately fighting big bosses — all based on ancient Greek mythology and related mythic locations. There’s a whole to do, especially when it comes to exploration, and the stylish world is a beautiful visit.

LEGO Marvel Collection

LEGO Marvel Collection
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre Puzzle, Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Traveller's Tales
Publisher WB Games
Release March 12, 2019
We could just say “any Lego game” and wrap this section up, but if you’re looking for a specific title, the bundled Lego Marvel Collection is a great trilogy to start with. Feel free to substitute any Star Wars bundle or other preferred Lego universes depending on what your kids are into! The family-friendly gameplay includes a long roster of characters to choose from, and many different worlds to conquer based on the stories your kids love (with a hefty amount of Lego humor thrown in).

Planet Coaster: Console Edition

Planet Coaster: Console Edition
E
Platforms PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Simulator
Developer Frontier Developments
Publisher Frontier Developments
Release November 10, 2020
The console version of Planet Coaster is Series X optimized and ready to go for any kids who like world-building and sim games — and are big fans of amusement parks. The goal is to build an amusement park from the ground up, gather happy visitors, and add the high-value features that people want, from giant castles and fireworks to princesses and haunted roller coaster rides. If players really enjoy the experience, there are a ton of add-ons for new theme parks and other additions to experiment with. It’s a little too complicated for the youngest players, but growing gamers may love exploring such a fun sim.
Planet Coaster: Console Edition | Announcement Trailer

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Spyro Reignited Trilogy
85 %
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform, Adventure
Developer Toys for Bob
Publisher Activision
Release November 13, 2018
Spyro‘s trilogy was some of the best 3D platformers conceived back when they were first released, and quickly gained fame for their colorful, inventive worlds, and gameplay that was incredibly friendly for children of any age while still posing challenges (and heaps of fun). Unfortunately, the graphics, audio, and controls didn’t age very well over time. The Reignited version fixes that, updates voices and sound, and upgrades to HD graphics for a new age of kid gamers. They’re an excellent introduction to classic video game mechanics, whether kids just want to headbutt some sheep or finally start mastering the glide controls.
All Scaled Up Reveal Trailer | Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy | Spyro the Dragon

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