The 9 Best PlayStation 4 Kids' Games to Buy in 2018

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When you're selecting a video game for your kids to play, you have a lot to consider. You want to find something that your kids will have fun with, but also something that's right for their age, and it can be hard to find the sweet spot. So whether you're looking for the best LEGO, old-school, music, creative or action game, our top PlayStation 4 kids' games to buy in 2018 will surely keep your children happy.

Best Game For Families: Rayman Legends

The best family game you can buy is one that excites 65-year-olds as much as it does 5-year-olds. Welcome to Ubisoft’s stunningly vibrant, funny and creative world of Rayman. The fifth main title in the Rayman series echoes old-fashioned platformers as far back as Super Mario Bros., but it has its own non-stop energy at the same time.

The “plot” isn’t as important (it rarely is in platformers) as the fact that you can collect different characters and items throughout the game, making it incredibly replayable just to unlock new elements of the experience. And Rayman is consistently surprising when it comes to its vibrant colors and unique level design.

You simply have to play it just for the musical levels, ones in which your movements are timed to covers of hit songs like “Black Betty” and “Eye of the Tiger.” What really makes Rayman Legends such a perfect game for the family is that it has entertainment value for kids of all ages. It’s the Pixar of the PS4.

Best Comeback Game: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Parents who were original PlayStation 1 gamers can rejoice, as Crash Bandicoot has returned. The 90s PlayStation mascot returns with PS4 updated graphics and animations. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is three games in one, featuring modernized versions of the original Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot Warped games.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy offers a ton of gameplay with over 100 levels and two playable characters. The difficult action adventure games includes time trial modes and leadership boards, so you can see where you stand with the competition. Parents who want to show their kids the games of yesteryear without the signs of aging should go for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.

Best Game For Creative Kids: Little Big Planet 3

One of Sony’s best franchises overall has won awards for its creative flair and very purposeful desire to build a generation of creators. Little Big Planet 3 opens with actual video footage of children who start to see the stickers, characters, costumes and collectibles from the game in the world around them.

Little Big Planet 3 is customizable within its incredible platformer adventure — in which the iconic Sackboy has to save the universe again — in the way gamers can use different stickers and costumes (and Sony is still releasing new ones to download), but it really opens up for kids who want to design their own levels.

Best LEGO Game: LEGO Worlds

Does your kid love Legos, but you hate the mess (or even worse, stepping on a block?) LEGO Worlds gives your child the opportunity to be a Lego God by exploring a galaxy of worlds made of LEGOs. The open world environment game allows players to manipulate and alter the planets they visit by dynamically populating and building with LEGO blocks and models.

Similar to MineCraft, LEGO Worlds allows you to create anything you want, one brick at a time. The creatures and characters in these user-made worlds have a mind of their own and interact with one another and the player. Players can explore the worlds they make by riding in helicopters, on dragons and gorillas and driving motorbikes. 

Best Action Game: Knack

In Knack, you play the title character, a changing, moving organism that incorporates the world around him to eventually become a giant that can control fire, water and ice. Knack very purposefully bridges the gap between what we expect from a classic kid’s game — vibrant characters, goofy humor, low threat level, etc. — with mechanics that eventually start to feel more like grown-up games.

It’s the gateway game for your pre-teen, a title that will make their inevitable involvement in more difficult, complex games easier. While Sony and third-party companies were flooding the early days of the PS4 with new games, Knack got a little bit overlooked, so it’s worth going back and giving it a second chance.

Best Arcade-Style: Lego Marvel Heroes 2

To be fair, most of the console-compatible LEGO games out there are just as enjoyable for adults as they are kids. With tactile gameplay, a satisfying “break everything to get coins” technique and the nostalgia-inducing franchises they have access to, LEGO has released some of the most successful arcade-style games around, and Marvel Heroes 2 is no exception.

This time-traveling take on the Marvel Universe lets you play as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Thor, Hulk, Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, Green Goblin and what they promise are dozens more characters. You’ll fight through the adventurous, time-jumping world of Chronopolis where you can play both as heroes and villains, and you’ll visit different places including ancient Egypt, the Old West and NYC circa 2099. You can play with (or against) other people, or as a single-player adventure. If you’re a kid who simply can’t wait for the next MCU movie to come out, this is a great way to get your superhero fix.

Best Nostalgia Game: Hasbro Family Fun Pack

Let’s say you’re a parent of a certain generation and remember when family game night didn’t include a controller. Let’s say you want to bring a little bit of that nostalgia to your family, but your kids can’t be pried away from the television. Ubisoft and Hasbro have the game for you in the long-running Hasbro series. The one for the PS4 includes virtual versions of Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly and Risk. Sure, you could get out a physical version of Monopoly, but that requires keeping track of money and little pieces. Let your PS4 do that for you.

Best Music Game: Just Dance 2018

Just Dance 2018 is considered to be one of the best music dance games for the PlayStation 4. It includes a variety of modern day and older songs, including "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, "Shape Of You" by Ed Sheeran. Users don’t need to rely on a PlayStation Camera to capture their movements, but instead, can use the free Dance Controller app on their smartphones.

Both parents and kids can enjoy this music game together in both cooperative and dance-off modes. The game includes a 48-hour trial of its on-demand dance streaming service as well, allowing users to access a library of over 300 songs.

Best Import: Rocket League

­­One of the most popular games on PCs today is Rocket League – a physics-based sports game that’s best described as “soccer with cars." Kids can enjoy all the aspects of the PC version with the PlayStation 4 port of Rocket League with its Collector’s Edition series.

The fast-paced game includes all the latest DLC content you’d find in its PC version, along with four new vehicles. Kids with a love of creativity and action will take joy in the game’s extensive battle-car customizations, eight-player online versus mode and up to four players offline split-screen modes. The game also comes with a Season Mode for a full single-player experience.

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