The 10 Best Kids' Xbox 360 and Kinect Games of 2020

Keep your kids happy with our favorite games

Best for Old-School Players: SEGA Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (Platinum Hits)

The Sonic Ultimate Genesis collection is a compilation of some of the best SEGA Genesis games of yesteryear. You can show your kids the magic of the 90s and what you were playing when you were their age. Of the 40 games included, you can play such classics as Streets of Rage 2, Sonic The Hedgehog and more — all at an affordable price. Friends and family can also play two-player classics together such as Golden Axe.

Best Racing: Microsoft Forza Motorsport 4

Forza Motorsport 4 is ultimate racing car game for the Xbox 360, featuring more than 500 real-life cars and 26 huge racing tracks. Any car enthusiast will be appeased with Forza Motorsport 4, as it is one of the most realistic racing video games ever made.​

The Forza Motorsport series is considered to be a racing simulation, with heavy emphasis on making the cars feel, look, and sound exactly like their real-life equivalents. Its hyper-realistic attention to detail and graphics aims to give players the most authentic experience for virtual driving. Players are able to set their camera to a cockpit view for increased realism, seeing their driver’s arms animated in sequence to the player’s controls. It’s also compatible with the Xbox 360’s Kinect, so you can so you can hold on to an imaginary steering wheel and drive around.

Best for Critical Thinking: Valve Corporation Portal 2

Looking for a video game that encourages critical thinking and problem solving? Portal 2 is a critically acclaimed video game that introduces calm gameplay with fun puzzles involving teleportation. Over 2,500 educators across America have used Portal 2 by including it in their lesson plans. The “Teach with Portals” initiative was introduced by the game’s company Vault to schools as a way to teach students the excitement of puzzle solving and creation with a video game.

Best with Animals: Microsoft Kinectimals

Kinectimals is an interactive game involving adopting a virtual pet, playing with it and going on adventures. It opens the imagination for kids who want to grow more familiar with animals and training them. Children who love animals will love Kinectimals. The game starts off with picking and naming one of 20 different animals available, including a bear, cheetah and lion. Your kids can call out to their new virtual pet by name, teach them tricks such as fetch and roll over and even train them for agility courses. Parents who’ve bought Kinectimals love how the game encourages interactivity, exercise and a love for animals. More critical reviewers mention it’s more docile and slow.

Best for Families: WB Games Lego Rock Band

The Rock Band games have been a popular mainstay in the gaming world for years, albeit made for older audiences. Thanks to Lego Rock Band, families can now play together with a more kid-friendly version. Just like the other Rock Band games, you can use the character customizer to create and personalize your band, instrument controllers and entourage — with a fun LEGO twist the whole family can enjoy. A family-friendly playlist still rocks hard, and additional content can be added using the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Plus, there are themed challenges that let your family use the power of music to conquer a giant octopus, create a massive stormcloud or demo a skyscraper.

Runner-Up, Best for Families: Southpeak Minute to Win It (Kinect)

Perfect for families, Minute To Win It is based off the popular NBC game show and is filled with dozens of exciting and fun simple minigames that the whole family can understand and pick up quickly. The Xbox Kinect Game includes 10 game modes like single player, multiplayer face-off and a cooperative mode. Best of all, loveable cool man Guy Fieri is the host.

Minute to Win It has you competing with four other players in a series of 20 challenges and 9 minigames in order to win a $1 million grand prize. Using the Kinect, up to four players can jump into the game, using their bodies to move, balance objects or stay still in order to complete various challenges. Each nerve wrecking game gives players 60 seconds to complete it, ranging from doing perfect form squats to catching airborne balls into a bucket on your head.

Best Sandbox: WB Games LEGO Jurassic World

Is your kid a fan of Jurassic World and LEGOS? LEGO Jurassic World brings the best of both worlds by allowing you to relive key moments from all four Jurassic films reimagined in LEGO form. The easy-to-play sandbox video game features multiplayer, so you and your kid can enjoy escaping from dinosaurs and solving puzzles. You don’t have to be human, either. There is a wide selection of 20 different dinosaurs to play as, including T. Rex.

Best for Sports Fans: Activision Big League Sports for Kinect

Every gaming system needs a great sports game, especially if kids with lots of energy are going to be playing. The Big League Sports game from Kinect is a great all-around athletic program. The game features six sports - football, soccer, baseball, hockey, basketball and golf - each with a mini-game and two skill-specific games so players can practice individually or play as a team. And the whole family can join in the fun — up to four players can put their talents to the test in each of the 18 skills competitions. Even though the games are simulated, Big League Sports is a great way to introduce kids to new sports and teach them lessons about teamwork and good sportsmanship. 

Best for Creativity: Microsoft Minecraft

Minecraft is the ideal game for any kid who wants to build virtually anything with blocks and go on adventures. Kids can explore randomly generated worlds and build everything from houses to skyscrapers. Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition features a tutorial mode that teaches the basics to master essential skills. In this mode, your children will learn how to craft and put together necessary things in order to complete objectives. Plus, creative mode gives infinite resources to build your own dream world without any pressure.

Best for Dancing: Ubisoft Just Dance 2017

Besides getting the exercise from moving around, your kid can learn a new skill that will boost their confidence. Just Dance 2017 gets you and your young one off the couch and grooving to popular dances. If your kids are active, then this interactive rhythm based game will keep them busy, having fun and intrigued. The Kinect camera also picks up their movements and a score is tallied based off how well they dance.