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The PlayStation 5 might be around the corner, but that doesn't mean there's any shortage of games on the PS4. Kids in particular, have a wide range of options to pick from, from old classics like Sonic Mania and Spyro Reignited, to creative builders like Minecraft, and fast-paced games like Rocket League. Our reviewers have evaluated each game for their plot, graphics, gameplay, and child-friendliness so you're sure to find games suitable for any child, from the creative types to the twitchy adolescent.
For a look at non-kid specific PS4 games, check out our list of our best PS4 games or our best PS4 action games. Otherwise, read on below to see the best PS4 kids' games.
Unique art style
Plenty of extra content
Fun co-op gameplay
Requires internet connection
The best PS4 game for kids 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. Our reviewer particularly enjoyed the sound and music, deeming it one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game.
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.
"Rayman Legends isn’t focused on plot; it’s more interested in providing outstanding gameplay." — Andrew Hayward, Product Tester
Lots of building options
Unique LEGO-inspired worlds
Frustrating building controls
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. Our tester enjoyed both the creativity of the world and the humor of the narrator. She found it especially good for kids who want an adventure that never ends.
"The game has a great sense of humor. A charismatic narrator tells you where to go, what each of your tools does, and even cracks the occasional joke." — Kelsey Simon, Product Tester
Both games may be difficult for very young children
Parents who grew up in the SNES and Sega Genesis era will be able to share two of the best games for those consoles with their kids. The Disney Classics collection includes both the Aladdin and The Lion King games, giving you more value for your money. Kids will love playing as Aladdin, Abu, and Simba through tons of colorful, action-packed levels. The collection includes multiple versions of each game, including handheld and even an all-new version of Aladdin developed exclusively for this collection.
The updated versions of both games feature save states and rewind options, meaning you don't have to scour maps for hard-to-find 1-Ups in order to keep playing or master difficult sections of levels. Each game has also been enhanced to be compatible with 1080p televisions for unprecedented detailing and clarity. You can use a special in-game filter to give the games that old-school CRT TV look for extra nostalgia. The collection has a museum feature with behind-the-scenes interviews with the original developers and never before seen concept art.
Fun sandbox gameplay
Easy to grasp
Lots of depth and content with multiplayer and mods
No PS4 marketplace
Not very plot driven
Minecraft has been a massive phenomenon for the last decade now, and it shows no signs of slowing down. One of the greatest survival/crafting games ever made, Minecraft gives players the power to build almost anything they can imagine. There are endless possibilities with Minecraft’s enormous assortment of crafting materials. If you think of it, you can most likely build it, which makes it perfect for kids looking to stretch their creative muscles.
Apart from the creation aspect, Minecraft also touts an incredibly deep survival mode. Dropped into the middle of nowhere with nothing but your wits, you’ll battle to stay alive in a dangerous world by building bases, mining precious metals to upgrade your weapons, and hunting for food to manage your hunger. Minecraft’s randomly generated worlds are always fun to explore thanks to the wide variety of enemies and elements you encounter along the way. Minecraft also has a robust multiplayer mode, so players can fight, build, and explore together on PS4.
"My six-year-old son has become obsessed not only with playing Minecraft and experimenting within, but also reading about the ecosystem in books and gaining ideas for his next session." — Andrew Hayward, Product Tester
12 battle modes
Rapid difficulty spikes
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions adheres to truly old-school arcade game styles. Players can blast their way through 100 levels of both 2D and 3D grids to rack up high scores. Leaderboards show both your friends' scores and global scores to see how you stack up against the online community. Kids can play alone or with up to four friends with local multiplayer or with up to 8 people in online co-op or competitive multiplayer.
Geometry Wars 3 has 12 battle modes to keep gameplay fresh and fun as well as six unique companion drones like collector bots to gather power-ups and shield bots to protect you against enemy fire, to help take out swaths of enemy spaceships and obstacles. Players can collect score multipliers that can boost your ability to gain points by up to 10,000 times if they're good enough, allowing them to rack up some truly impressive scores without having to scrounge for quarters.
Less gameplay content than original
Like Spyro, Ratchet and Clank are pillars of PlayStation’s library, with a handful of memorable adventures on both PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. After a brief hiatus, the duo returned on PS4 with a reimagining of the original game in the series, appropriately titled Ratchet & Clank. The 2002 original isn’t very playable by modern standards, so the 2016 remake was a welcome installment for fans of the franchise. It updated the story, weapons, and gameplay to better suit a modern audience.
In Ratchet & Clank, you make your way through futuristic cities, leaping and blasting your way past colorful, charismatic enemies. Kid-friendly violence is a bit of a rare find on the PlayStation store, so Ratchet & Clank is a gem for parents looking for something they don’t have to worry about their kids playing. Players use guns, bombs, and blasters to take out enemies, but the cartoony art style and silly tone are perfect for kids. Our reviewer played the game with his six-year-old and didn't have a problem with it. However, his one caveat was that the single-player game can be challenging at times, which might require some parental assistance for particularly young children.
"Most of Ratchet & Clank takes the form of an action-platform game, with a mix of wrench-swinging and gun-blasting combat, plus a fair bit of exploration and leaping around hazards and obstacles." — Andrew Hayward, Product Tester
40 new songs
One month trial of Just Dance Unlimited
Playstation Camera has tracking issues.
Just Dance 2020 is the latest entry in the popular Ubisoft music game franchise. Like its predecessors, players can use the PS4 Move controllers, Playstation Camera, or the companion smartphone app to track movements as they mimic the on-screen choreography. Just Dance 2020 has 40 new songs from artists like Ariana Grande, Panic! At the Disco, and Lil Nas X as well as songs from Frozen II.
The dedicated Kids Mode creates a playlist of kid-friendly songs, including eight new ones, for little ones to enjoy along with the rest of the family. The game includes a one month free trial of Just Dance Unlimited, which gives you access to over 500 songs and dances featured in previous games. You can play alone or with up to five other people in local or online multiplayer to hit high scores and unlock secret tracks, player icons, and player nicknames together.
Fun art style
May be boring for older children
Donut County originated as a game jam idea from Twitter, and expanded into a full-fledged indie game. It has players control a hole in the ground in order to swallow objects to create a bigger hole in order to progress to other areas of the game, similar to Katamari Damacy. Along the way, players have to solve puzzles with items like a catapult or by changing the environment. Towards the end of the game, players find out that a Raccoon King is behind all of the nonsense and is on a quest to collect all of the world's trash for himself. Players then have to use a hole to clear paths and wreak havoc on the Raccoon King's lair.
The art style is similar to other indie games like Untitled Goose Game; simple, yet colorful and vibrant in order to bring the game's world to life in a whimsical way. Donut County has been nominated for several awards including, Excellence in Design from SXSW, the Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game from the New York Game Awards, and Best Debut Indie Game from the 2018 Game Awards.
Three classic games in one
Great for kids
Updated graphics and sound
Simplistic and repetitive gameplay
Spyro the Dragon was one of the most iconic video game mascots on the original PlayStation, and his original outings are lovingly recaptured in the Spyro Reignited Trilogy on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Following in the footsteps of Crash Bandicoot’s HD trilogy, all three of Spyro’s PlayStation adventures—Spyro the Dragon, Ripto’s Rage, and Year of the Dragon—have been remade in beautiful HD for this collection.
The first Spyro game helped pioneer the collectathon 3D platformer genre, and the gameplay largely holds up today. Using Spyro’s array of skills, including dashing, fire-breathing, and gliding, you’re tasked with hunting down lost dragons all across the world. Blasting enemies with fire always feels good, and smart world design keeps each level fresh. Our tester thought the remastered package would be a particularly good option for young kids thanks to the simple, cartoony gameplay. Spyro 2 and 3 open things up a bit, introducing more playable characters and collectibles across the more expansive levels. There’s plenty to do in each Spyro game, and apart from a few tough bosses, the difficulty won’t keep younger gamers from having a great time.
"All three games are lovingly revamped with beautiful new graphics while keeping the original framework of each adventure intact." — Andrew Hayward, Product Tester
Free DLC available
Gameplay can be overwhelming at times
Just like its predecessor, Overcooked 2 has teams of up to four players prep and cook orders in a variety of increasingly absurd environments. Players have to work together in order to gather, chop, and cook ingredients in order to keep up with the never-ending flood of requests. Some players also have to serve meals as well as wash dishes in order to keep the workflow going. All players have to avoid obstacles like impassable objects, or utilize moving walkways and portals to their advantage.
The fast and frenetic gameplay can be overwhelming at times for newcomers, but can also provide a wealth of silly fun as everything devolves into chaos. Overcooked 2 introduces new levels, restaurant themes, costumes, and recipes to build on the previous game's concept and keep gameplay fresh and fun. It also introduces ingredient tossing so players can either help one another or sabotage the other team. It also includes online multiplayer so you can play with friends even when you can't be in the same room. Overcooked 2 has several free DLC packages as well as paid DLC for a bevy of new levels.
The PS4 isn't dead yet, and its lineup for kids proves it. If you're looking for something everyone in the family can play, you won't do better than Rayman Legends, a game that inspires as much nostalgia in adults as it excites kids. For the more explorative and creative types, Minecraft and LEGO Worlds will scratch the itch to build.
Our expert reviewers and editors evaluate kids' games based on design, accessibility, fun, replayability, and more. We also carefully weigh how appropriate a game's content is for the specified age group, and how intentionally tailored for children it is. Our testers also consider each unit as a value proposition—whether or not a product justifies its price tag, and how it compares to competitive products. All of the games we reviewed were purchased by Lifewire; none of the review units were furnished by the manufacturer or retailer.
About Our Trusted Experts
Andrew Hayward has been covering video games since 2006. He's previously written for publications like TechRadar and Polygon to covering gaming and esports, is a gamer himself, and reviewed many of these games with his six-year-old son.
Kelsey Simon has been a gamer her entire life and written for Lifewire since 2019, covering a wide variety of games across numerous platforms.
Gameplay - When looking at child-friendly games, you want to get one where the gameplay isn't too complex, but at the same time it's not too simplified that you'll lose your child's interest. There's also different sorts of games, from adventure-driven platformers like Spyro Reignited, to open world sandbox games like Minecraft. Adventure games might have a bit more plot to them, while the sandbox lets your child be their creative self and explore the world.
Graphics - There are lots of different art styles in games, but when it comes to kid-focused ones you tend to find a mix between retro and cartoony graphics. The retro graphics in games like Sonic Mania might appeal to parents as well, bringing about a hint of nostalgia, while the cartoon 3D graphics you see on games like Rachet & Clank help keep violence from seeming too real. It's rare to find a child-friendly game with ultra-realistic graphics.
Kid-Friendliness - How child-friendly a game on can depend on many things, from complexity of plots and concepts, to the level of violence. Most kid-friendly games keep violence at the cartoon level with minimal shows of blood and no gore. These games might have some naughty jokes, but they tend to be amusing puns or potty humor, rather than outright profanity.