The 10 Best Xbox One Kids' Games of 2020

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The Rundown
"The colorful, fun characters and scenery combined with the satisfying platforming makes Rayman Legends fun for both kids and parents to play."
"Players take on the role of the two titular characters making their way through massive, colorful worlds."
"Each game has LEGO's signature slapstick humor and seamless drop-in/drop-out multiplayer."
"LEGO Jurassic World recreates the events of the first four Jurassic Park films with TT Games’ signature humor."
"Similar to games like Diner Dash, Overcooked! 2 has you and up to three friends chopping, sauteing, and serving your way to success in a number of hectic kitchen scenarios."
"One of the most influential games ever made comes to Xbox One with the Minecraft Master Collection."
"Best described as a cross between a demolition derby and soccer, Rocket League is a fast-paced, crazy good time."
"Yoku’s Island Express is a far cry from your typical pinball video game, and features a unique fusion of pinball and side-scrolling platforming mechanics to explore a Metroidvania-style open world."
"Improves on the best ideas of its predecessors and adds a massive amount of new content"

The Xbox One may be the home of Master Chief and Marcus Fenix, but this platform also plays host to some of the Best Xbox One Kids games available. These whimsical and charming titles are perfect for the young and young at heart. Featuring engaging solo or co-op gameplay, these games are ideal for just about anyone over the age of 10.

Before settling on a new title, its always best to examine the ESRB rating which generally does a good job objectively dissecting the elements of a game that would typically be of concern to any parent, like violence or cartoon mischief. The games included on our list are relatively tame and don't surpass the E 10+ ESRB rating, but the best way to know if a game is right is to simply play it yourself.

Whether you're picking out a title for the little gamer in your life, or just someone young at heart, our list of the best Xbox One kids' games has got you covered.

Best Overall: Ubisoft Rayman Legends

What We Like
  • Four player co-op and competitive mode

  • Fun for parents and kids

  • Can be played entirely offline

What We Don't Like
  • May be difficult for very young children

Released in 2017, Rayman Legends was the highest rated platformer of the year. It's a direct sequel to the 2011 game, Rayman Origins. You play as the titular character as he navigates an enchanted land on a quest to defeat dragons, sea monsters, and evil luchadores. Along with the main, single-player story mode, Rayman Legends also features four-player co-operative and competitive play. The multiplayer mode allows players to drop in and out seamlessly, without interrupting the flow of the game. 

For parents worried about little ones playing online, the game can be played completely offline in single-player or four-player local co-op. For older children, there are online challenges and leaderboards they can use to show off their platforming skills and item collections. The colorful, fun characters and scenery combined with the satisfying platforming makes Rayman Legends fun for both kids and parents to play. The Xbox One version also has exclusive Far Cry 3 skins for Rayman and Globox.

Best 3D Platformer: Playtronic Games Yooka-Laylee

What We Like
  • Single and multiplayer modes

  • Xbox Live not required

What We Don't Like
  • May be frustrating for very young children

  • Camera doesn’t always cooperate

Yooka-Laylee by Playtronic Games is a spiritual successor to the N64 classic Banjo-Kazooie. Players take on the role of the two titular characters making their way through massive, colorful worlds. The core gameplay revolves around collecting several kinds of in-game currency, each of which is used to unlock different things. Pagies are used to unlock new worlds and expand ones you’ve previously played. Quills, Mollycools, and Playtonics are used to learn new combat moves, transformations, and ability modifiers. Ghost Writers and play tokens add challenges and arcade games to bulk out the content. 

Along with the single-player story mode, Yooka-Laylee has a two-player local co-op and four-player competitive arcade mode, making it great for siblings, parents, and friends to play together. Just like Rayman Legends, Yooka-Laylee can be played 100 percent offline, so parents don’t have to worry about little ones being exposed to the cesspool of console voice chat.

Best Superhero Game: Traveller's Tales Lego Marvel Super Heroes

What We Like
  • Three games in one collection

  • Single and multiplayer modes

What We Don't Like
  • Confusing installation process

  • Framerate issues with LEGO Marvel Avengers

The LEGO Marvel Collection is a two-disc set containing three games: LEGO Marvel Superheroes, LEGO Marvel Avengers, and LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2; the collection also includes all DLC for each game, making it a perfect choice for completionists. LEGO Marvel Superheroes is the best selling LEGO video game of all time, and it has 27 main story and side missions for you to complete. 

LEGO Marvel Avengers features over 200 playable characters with over 800 unique "buddy" moves to help progress through boss battles and puzzle sections. LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 gives players the ability to manipulate time, features a four-player competitive battle mode, and features 17 different locations from the Marvel film franchises. Each game has LEGO's signature slapstick humor and seamless drop-in/drop-out multiplayer.

Best Film Adaptation: WB Games LEGO Jurassic World

What We Like
  • Features key scenes from first four films

  • Free play mode

  • Single and multiplayer modes

What We Don't Like
  • Messy overworld

  • Repetitive puzzles

  • Poor sound mixing in some levels

LEGO Jurassic World recreates the events of the first four Jurassic Park films with TT Games’ signature humor. The game has 20 levels that have you solve puzzles, navigate platforms, and collect all kinds of items. There are 100 unlockable playable characters, including over 20 dinosaurs that let you wreak havoc on Isla Nublar and Isla Soma. One of the collectible items is LEGO amber, a substance that lets you alter dinosaur DNA to create your own creatures to put on display in the parks. 

Like its LEGO game predecessors, LEGO Jurassic World features drop-in/drop-out multiplayer that allows you to smoothly join and exit games in progress. There's a free-play mode that has you explore both islands and create your own park with real and DNA-altered dinosaurs. You can even free roam around the overworld for more low-stakes fun.

Best Family Game: Team 17 Overcooked! 2

What We Like
  • New levels, costumes, and recipes

  • 4 player co-op

  • Great party game

What We Don't Like
  • Gameplay might be overwhelming for very young children

Similar to games like Diner Dash, Overcooked! 2 has you and up to three friends chopping, sauteing, and serving your way to success in a number of hectic kitchen scenarios. Overcooked! 2 features both local and online multiplayer so you can play with friends on your couch or in different cities. This game features new kitchen themes such as a sushi restaurant, a magic school, and even a mineshaft. Some levels have hazards like moving floors to add new layers of challenge.

There are also plenty of new recipes to cook, and chef costumes to customize the adorable characters. Overcooked! 2 also introduces an ingredient tossing mechanic, allowing you to throw food or pots and pans to expedite the cooking. With the four-player co-op mode, it’s a perfect game for sleepovers, birthday parties, or for parents and kids to play together.

Best Sandbox: Microsoft Minecraft Master Collection

What We Like
  • Plenty of DLC included

  • 1000 Minecoins included

  • Crossplay

What We Don't Like
  • DLC content may not be shareable between Xbox One profiles via Game Pass

One of the most influential games ever made comes to Xbox One with the Minecraft Master Collection. Not only do you get the base game, but this deluxe edition also includes the Starter Pack and Creator Pack DLC, and 1000 Minecoins. The Starter Pack includes a Greek mythology mash-up, plastic texture pack, a variety of player skins, and a villains skin pack. The Creator Pack adds an Adventurer’s Dream mash-up, Winter mini-games festival, Relics of the Privateers, PureBDcraft texture pack, pastel skins, and Savanna wildlife. 

The Minecoins allow you to purchase additional skins, textures, and even new worlds from the in-game marketplace. The Minecraft Master Collection allows crossplay between Xbox One, mobile, and Windows players, so no matter what platform your friends use, you can play together. It also allows split-screen local co-op for fun at home.

Best Sports Game: WB Games Rocket League: Collector's Edition

What We Like
  • All-platform crossplay

  • Online and local co-op

  • DLC included

What We Don't Like
  • May be too complicated for younger children

Best described as a cross between a demolition derby and soccer, Rocket League is a fast-paced, crazy good time. The Rocket League Collector’s Edition for the Xbox One includes the base game alone with three differed DLC packs and four extra cars. Rocket League gives you over 100 BILLION different customization options with your cars; everything from paint jobs to spoilers, chassis upgrades, and wheels.

The game has a split-screen local co-op mode that supports up to four players and an online mode that supports up to eight players. You can also track your personal stats and check out leaderboards for extra challenges. Rocket League features crossplay with every platform, so regardless of whether your friends play on PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch, you’ll be able to enjoy all the silly fun together.

Best Pinball: Team 17 Yoku's Island Express

What We Like
  • Non-linear open world

  • Unique fusion of pinball and platforming

What We Don't Like
  • Backtracking may become tedious at times

  • Occasionally unclear progression requirements

Yoku’s Island Express is a far cry from your typical pinball video game. This game features a unique fusion of pinball and side-scrolling platforming mechanics to explore a Metroidvania-style open world. You play as the titular character, tasked with saving an island and its deity from an impending calamity. Since your character cannot jump, there are plenty of bumpers, tracks, and ramps that help you properly utilize the pinball mechanics. 

The gameplay is non-linear, allowing you to forge your own path in order to progress through the story and environment. Not only do you bounce around to defeat enemies, but you also collect a variety of fruit to use as in-game currency in order to unlock new abilities and combat moves. You can even use exploding slugs to create distractions or open up new areas. The game has you play across many different environments like beaches, jungles, mountains, caves, and even hot springs!

Best Shooter: Electronic Arts Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville

What We Like
  • Lots of game modes

  • Split-screen for all game modes

  • Online and offline multiplayer

What We Don't Like
  • Single-player content gets repetitive

PopCap’s flagship series is back with Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. The third entry improves on the best ideas of its predecessors and adds a ton of new content without tampering with the key formula that made the original Garden Warfare so successful. You'll still be blasting cartoony zombie monsters and anthropomorphized plants in over-the-top arena-based combat, but Battle for Neighborville also adds a slew of new single-player content and game modes.

Popcap has also added limited-time events to the formula with challenges and exclusive rewards, incentivizing players to keep coming back even after they've exhausted the vanilla content. There's more to do than ever before, but the core zombie/plant blasting action is as delightful and addictive as it's ever been.

Final Verdict

The Rayman series may be a bit long in the tooth but its charming, cartoony art style and solid platforming gameplay definitely give the red plumber a run for his money. Rayman Legends is an excellent game for kids during independent play sessions or with friends.

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Taylor Clemons has written game reviews for online publications, including IndieHangover and GameSkinny, as well as for her own website: Steam Shovelers.

What to Look for in an Xbox One Kids' Game

Activity level - Some games are more active than others. A few will even work up as much of a sweat as playing a game of tag outside. To help your child get adequate exercise, look for a game that keeps him or her moving, such as Dance Dance Revolution.

Educational level - Video games don’t have to be purely recreational. Some can supplement math and science subjects that your child is learning in school or even delve into an entirely new topic that he or she might not have explored otherwise.

Creativity level - Sometimes, educational games teach a child to think in a new way or solve puzzles with abstract thinking. Plenty of games, such as Minecraft, offer a more creative spin than those with more traditional approaches such as times tables and science experiments.