Back in the day, video games were “just for kids”.
Sonic and Mario and their brightly-coloured counterparts ruled the way, and for the most part, adults only gamed if they were playing alongside their kids. Those days are long gone; adults now make up the biggest audience of the video game market, and “18”-rated AAA games such as Grand Theft Auto and Assassin’s Creed make up the majority of sales.
But what about the kids? The leading consoles might not be marketed towards them anymore, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less interested in playing. There are plenty of family-friendly games available, but they just aren’t advertised as heavily as whatever violence-fuelled bloodbath of a game has recently been released. Look no further than our list of the best Xbox One games for kids to find out what games to keep your sweet little cherubs occupied with…
30. Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered
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Suitable for: Age 8+
A monster-killing dungeon crawler where words are your weapons? Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered has a bizarre concept – but it’s incredibly fun. The premise is to complete a series of levels by killing the enemies that lurk within by spelling words from a grid. The longer your word is, the more damage you do.
Its vibrant, fun visuals will appeal to kids of any age. The enemy designs are fun, and the overarching story of your character “Grimm” wanting a slice of pizza is silly but entertaining. There’s also the added benefit of a word game to add some educational value making this the perfect Xbox One game for kids. Every word spelled also gives the dictionary definition of the game, so younger players will be improving their spelling and semantics, all while having fun.
29. Snoopy’s Grand Adventure
Based on the upcoming cinema release The Peanuts Movie, Snoopy’s Grand Adventure is an easy-going platform game aimed at younger children. Thanks to the bright colours, incredibly simple controls and straightforward gameplay (run and jump!), kids of any age can join in – and there’s a limited co-op mode too, so siblings can help each other to complete levels.