The 8 Best PC Games to Buy for Kids in 2018

Scope out the best games for your little ones to enjoy

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For kids, toys and games can make the familiarity of life more approachable. Below we’ve compiled the eight best PC games for kids that will not only make them more familiar and adapted to computers, but show them a little fun. You’ll find PC games where your kid can build virtually anything, learn to type, or play their favorite superheroes. Each PC game here was written with approachability and age appropriateness in mind, so you don’t have to worry about anything too mature. Hey, maybe you'll even join in on the excitement.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Cuphead

Cuphead is a classic platforming 2D run-and-gun action game stylized like an old cartoon from the 1930s. It’s the best overall PC game for kids due to its engaging fun factor, immersive gameplay, and beautiful hand-drawn and inked animations, watercolor backgrounds and original composed jazz soundtrack.

Difficult, but awesome, Cuphead is an innovative and visually striking game that allows you to upgrade your character with super moves and attacks as you progress through each level. It comes with a simple tutorial, in the beginning, allowing kids to master the various moves and weapons in order to tactfully defeat the game’s various bosses. It’s multiplayer, too, so you and your kids can play together and overcome the game’s challenging (but rewarding) levels.

Best for Creativity: Minecraft

For a child, Legos are the ultimate toys – you could build anything. Minecraft is the same way without the expense: a therapeutic kid-friendly game where one can build anything including replicas of entire towns and cities. Minecraft is the perfect game for introducing computer literacy and unleashing the imagination of your kid.

Minecraft is the second best-selling video game of all time, winning numerous awards and accolades for its creative play-style. The blocky-cartoon style gameplay allows for your kid to choose between two modes: survival (where players have to gather natural resources and protect themselves from monsters and environmental hazards – nothing bloody) and sandbox (where the player can use infinite resources to build anything.)

Though it may take a couple of tries for your child to figure things out, it’s not too complex to be unplayable. There are a number of tutorials and walkthroughs that the game includes to assure your kid understands the best ways to play. Minecraft can be a little repetitive, but you’ll never run out of things to build.

Best for Competition: Rocket League

Does your kid like sports? Fast cars? Rocket League may be the perfect PC game for them – a soccer type game where players compete with one another to score goals with a giant ball by hitting it in nets with their high-powered race cars.

Rocket League features fast-paced, team-oriented gameplay with a clear objective. Kids can design their own unique race car with custom abilities by using more than the 10 billion possible combinations in game. Modes include a single player Season Mode, eight-player online action with different team sizes and configurations, and a two- ,three-, and four- player split screen mode that can be played locally or online with other split screen players.

If your kid’s friends happen to own both a PlayStation 4 and Rocket League, they’ll be able to play with each other through competitive cross-platform gameplay. The gameplay is easy to master and includes simple concepts, but many Amazon reviewers warn how addicting and exciting it is.

Best Driving Game: Forza Horizon 3

They’re not old enough to drive, but your kids will feel like they’re behind the wheel with Forza Horizon 3, the best driving PC game on the list. The hyper-realistic driving game boasts stunning lifelike graphics and has kids racing in a lush open world environment in Australia.

In Forza Horizon 3, kids don’t just race — they’ll get to customize everything from their driver character, personal vehicle and even car horn sound. Forza Horizon 3 gives kids total control, and they’ll be able to pick from a huge selection of over 350 cars, from Ford trucks and Teslas to Ferraris and Mercedez-Bens. Kids can even stream their own music collection and play with friends online as they adapt to the game’s unique stylized driving gameplay where environmental obstacles like danger sign jumps, convoys and drift zones challenge them to adapt for an exhilarating racing experience.

Best for Designing and Building: Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Platinum

Roller coasters and animals, need we say more? Who wouldn’t be excited at the thought of building their very own theme park? How about designing multiple roller coasters? Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is a modern update to a classic that introduces water rides, animal parks and an exciting first-person mode, so you can ride the rides you’ve designed.

The zany, wacky theme park builder game will get kids to customize their own rides, as well as while teach them to be responsible by managing a successful theme park. If the rides are too chaotic and inhumane, the virtual park visitors will complain, throw up and leave. Kids won’t just be building, but also handling money, visitor feedback, delegating jobs and many more adult things that will show them how the business world works.

Best Action-Adventure: Yooka-Laylee

Capturing the essence of games like Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee is both eye-candy to kids and parents alike. The whimsy-filled friendly adventure take places in a big 3D platforming world populated with cute memorable characters with fun and relaxing gameplay mechanics that allow kids to play at their own pace.

Yooka-Laylee is a buddy duo adventure where players play as both a chameleon and bat who must work together and incorporate their own special skills. The game’s objectives focus mainly on finding various collectibles and power-ups that build their many characters abilities in order to further progress in the story. Yooka-Laylee brings a huge serene atmosphere for kids to explore, with a soundtrack composed of video game veterans who worked on Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country. 

Best for Patience: Spintires: MudRunner

You should be proud of your kids if they can manage to get through Spintires: Mudrunner, the ultimate PC game to teach kids patience. The highly detailed realistic game uses a number of metrics with an advanced physics system where players embark on operating 19 different all-terrain vehicles.

Every action leads to a consequence in Spintires: Mudrunner; kids have to be considerate and thoughtful when hitting the accelerator on bumpy terrain and making sharp turns. The game's immersive sandbox environment is filled with tons of environmental hazards such as raging rivers and pits, insisting players to take it easy and prolong gratification to win. It is up to your kids (and their friends in multiplayer) to complete perilous objectives and deliveries in an adventure that is sure to heighten their patience threshold unlike any other PC game on the list. 

Best for Puzzles: Goosebumps The Game

The Goosebumps Game for PC is based off of (you guessed it) R.L. Stine’s famous monsters in the Goosebumps books and is the prequel to the major motion picture of the same name. If your kids enjoy spooky (but not too spooky) monsters, puzzle solving and mysteries, then this is the sure-fire PC game to get them. Their objective is to outsmart the monsters that have invaded the local neighborhood and rid them once and for all through analytical and creative problem solving.

Parents on Amazon who own the game say their kids love it for its challenging puzzles and interesting characters. If your child is easily scared or doesn’t like talking dolls, then it’s reasonable to look for another game on our list.