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10 Best PS4 Games for Kids

Updated on March 13, 2016
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Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have unique features and flaws. PlayStation 4’s significantly improved controller, focus on social play and a unique Remote Play option are some of its notable aspects.

Both systems have an amazing list of games, and there are plenty of kid-friendly games for PS4. These include some wonderful indie titles as well as themed games that will keep children busy for hours. Here’s a rundown of some of the top PS4 games for kids.

1. Lego Marvel Superheroes

Game Details

Release date: Oct 22, 2013
Publisher: Warner Brothers Games
Platforms: Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, PlayStation Vita, PC, Nintendo DS, Wii U
Genre: Action-Adventure
ESRB rating: E for Everyone
Best for: Comic book and puzzle lovers

Plot Summary

In a Manhattan made out of LEGOS, players take control of famous Marvel characters as they fight the forces of evil in the form of Marvel villains. The game also features well-known locations from the Marvel universe.

My Take

This game is a comic book lover's dream, with an excellent story mode featuring your favorite plastic brick-themed superheroes, over 100 Marvel characters to unlock, and plenty of goodies to collect.

Lego Marvel Superheroes is one of those kid-friendly games that will charm the entire family. And with the Vita Remote Play feature, playing together will be twice the fun! You can play with your family member or friend using the Vita as a controller while the other plays with the Dual Shock 4 controller. As a bonus, all of Manhattan can be viewed in your PS Vita’s small screen.

All playable characters look extremely cute when they demonstrate their unique abilities. You get to see the Hulk turning enemies into tiny Lego bits, Iron Man launching plasticky missiles from his chest, and Spiderman web-swinging around popular comic-book locales.

Final Verdict

The game has several mission-centric maps in addition to an open-world Lego universe modeled on Manhattan. There are also plenty of challenging puzzles that revolve around building objects and activating structures. If your kid loves Marvel comics (and who doesn’t) and Lego, then this might prove to be a great gift.

2. Knack

Game Details

Initial release date: November 15, 2013
Designer: Mark Cerny
Developer: SCE Japan Studio
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 4
Rating: 2.5/5 from Metacritic, and 5.9/10 from IGN.com
ESRB rating: E for everyone
Best for: Kids who love beat 'em up games

Plot Summary

In a world where mankind is at war with a resurgent species known as Goblins, Dr. Vargas has found a way to bind and animate ancient relics. The result is a three-foot tall creature named Knack that can grow into a giant wrecking machine. Dr. Vargas hopes Knack will be the key to winning the war against the goblins, but it turns out there's some human mischief afoot.

My Take

One of the best PlayStation 4 launch games, Knack is a fun beat ’em up featuring an adorable, relic-hungry mech. This tiny bipedal can transform into a huge robot after gobbling up objects and squishing goblins and golems to a pulp. However, the game lacks puzzles, which makes it less fun over time. If you are looking for a puzzle-centric game or something that has a few brain twisters sprinkled here and there, then Knack isn’t the right game for you.

Final Verdict

Knack is pure combat, where you will have to defeat one enemy after another, fighting till you reach a boss level where again you will string a chain of combos to defeat huge monsters. The combat is non-gore and kid-friendly, but there’s quite a bit of button-mashing involved, which younger kids might find tedious and difficult.

That said, the game’s gorgeous Pixar-style visuals are a charmer and kids will definitely love the bright, colorful 3D environments. It’s a fun game, though it does get a bit repetitive and boring after few hours of play.

3. Skylanders Swap Force

Game Details

Initial release date: October 13, 2013
Series: Skylanders, Spyro
Developers: Vicarious Visions, Beenox, n-Space
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Publishers: Activision, Square Enix
Nominations: VGX Award for Best Casual Game, BAFTA Games Award for Best Family and Social Game
Critical Rating 4/5 from Metacritic, and 7/10 from GameSpot
ESRB rating: E 10+ (everyone over 10)
Best for: Kids who love combining action figures with video gameplay

Plot Summary

After generations in which the SWAP Force guarded the volcano that replenished Skylands' magic, an epic battle combined with an eruption to force them apart and send them to earth where they now have the ability to swap powers. With Skylands in danger, you must save it by combining the Skylanders' tops and bottoms and putting them on the Portal of Power.

My Take

The Skylanders series brought interactivity to gameplay by combining real-world action figures with a virtual world. Players can play a character only if he places the toy version of it in a “Portal of Power” (comes bundled with the game). The newest PS4 game follows this feature, but introduces a few new elements to add more play value. Free toys are included with every copy, but players will need to purchase additional toys to unlock more content and get access to new areas in the virtual world.

The best part of Swap Force is that players can use old Skylanders action figures to unlock special content and have them as playable characters. A new addition is the ability to create new character combos by attaching a toy’s bottom half to another toy’s top half. This fun trick can really open up new possibilities. Players can have a totally new toy complete with abilities borrowed from the bottom or the top half of the original toy. Kids will love this new feature and surely will pester parents to buy a complete Swap Force toy set.

Final Verdict

Gameplay-wise, Skylanders is a cute version of hardcore RPG games. There’s questing, character upgrades, and plenty of monsters to beat. There are a few puzzles and there is replay value, provided your kid has plenty of Swap Force toys in his kitty. The game is easy to play and suitable for children of all ages.

4. Putty Squad Remake

Game Details

Initial release date: Mar 11, 2014
Developer: System 3
Platforms: PlayStation 4, 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360
Publishers: Maximum Games
Critical Rating: 2/5 Metacritic
ESRB rating: E 10+ (everyone over 10)
Best for: An old-school gaming experience

Plot Summary

Putty, the hero of the game (who is of course made out of . . . putty), is on a mission to rescue his imprisoned friends in a 2D world filled with silly but dangerous enemies. Putty can stretch, morph, inflate, punch, and squish his way through a 2D world that is reminiscent of old-school gaming with plenty of modern twists.

My Take

From the makers of Super Putty comes another exciting platformer, and this time there’s more content, polished visuals and easy gameplay. A sequel to the original 8-bit platformer was on the cards, but was never completed due to some unforeseen events. Putty Squad never graced any platform, locked away, gathering dust for decades. But now, developers have reworked on Putty Squad, adding new content, polishing visuals and making gameplay more fun and addicting.

Final Verdict

Putty Squad is something people shouldn’t miss, especially if they have played the 90s original game.

5. Tiny Brains

Game Details

Initial release date: 2013
Developer: Spearhead Games
Publisher: 505 Games
Critical Rating: 3/5 Metacritic, 5/10 Gamespot
ESRB Rating: E 10+
Best for: Puzzles and group-play

Plot Summary

Tiny Brains revolves around the adventures of four lab animals — a bat, a mouse, a rabbit and a hamster. Each lab animal possesses a unique psychic ability, thanks to an experiment gone awry. The bat can push objects with his voice, the hamster can freeze air, the rabbit can attract objects with his large ears and the mouse can teleport at will. Using their abilities, players can solve puzzles and find a way out of the crazy scientist’s laboratory.

My Take

Tiny Brains is an impressive PlayStation 4 co-operative puzzle game aimed at the casual gaming crowd. It’s a perfect family entertainer. Parents will have a jolly good time teaming up with their kids, solving team-focused puzzles in this co-op multiplayer game.

Final Verdict

The game can be played alone, but playing with your kids or friends will be an amazing experience.

6. Doki Doki Universe

Game Details

Initial release date: December 2, 2013
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
ESRB Rating: E 10+
Rating: 3.5/5 from Metacritic, 7/10 from IGN.com, and 7/10 from GameSpot
Developer: HumaNature Studios
Publisher: HumaNature
Best for: Edutainment

Plot Summary

Doki-Doki Universe is a beautiful game that explores the concept of humanity. In it, players travel to different planets and asteroids, learning about the people they meet along the way as well as themselves.

My Take

With wonderful visuals straight from a child’s art book and an endearing storyline, Doki Doki Universe is a game your child will cherish for life. It’s not just a game but an interactive world full of amazing content. There are anecdotes, stories, fun visual personality tests and plenty more to discover.

Final Verdict

The interactive universe offers a lot of freedom to players. The game’s USP is the Doki Doki Mail that brings objects to life whenever a child types its name. A must-buy game if you like edutainment titles for your kid.

7. Hohokum

Game Details

Initial release date: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developers: SCE Santa Monica Studio, Honeyslug
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Nominations: BAFTA Games Award for Artistic Achievement
ESRB Rating: E 10+
Critical Rating: 8.8/10 from IGN.com, 4/5 from Metacritic, and 7/10 from GameSpot
Best for: Art and whimsy

Plot Summary

In the whimsical universe of Hohokum, the player takes on the role of a flying kite-like being that travels to different worlds full of fun characters and interesting interactions. There are, of course, goals to achieve and secrets to uncover, but really Hohokum is a playground built for exploring.

My Take

If you want an adventure game for your child, then you should go for Hohokum. It lets players explore a virtual drawing book full of whimsical characters. In this game, a player will play the character of a strange worm-like creature, a do-gooder who tries to help people in distress. There are plenty of quests to complete, puzzles to solve, secrets to discover as well as trophies to collect.

Final Verdict

Hohokum’s charming hand-drawn visuals are colorful and bright. It’s a child’s fairytale book. An indie title, Hohokum is quite a brave attempt and seems to be a promising exploration-based adventure game for children.

8. Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Game Details

Initial release date: January 30, 2014
Developer: Panic Button Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS
Rating: 9/10 Steam, 3.5/5 Metacritic
ESRB Rating: E 10+
Best for: Sheer goofiness

Plot Summary

This game is a sequel to the surprise hit, Octodad. In it, an octopus tries to hide his real identity from friends and family while masquerading as a human.

My Take

Octodad is a family-friendly game featuring an octopus-man struggling to keep his identity secret from his human family. There are extremely funny moments in this game, especially in places where you will need to complete certain tasks to keep his cephalopodan identity hidden from his suspicious wife. You will need to control Octodad from various obstacles, including mundane tasks and simple, yet difficult challenges from the evil Sushi chef to prove he is human.

Final Verdict

In this game, players will need to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles, and all this can be done using his tentacles. The challenge lies in moving the character’s upper and lower tentacles, which might be difficult for younger kids to master. Solving puzzles keeping those controls in mind can sometimes be frustrating. However, it’s those lighthearted moments and hilarious cut-scenes that make this game truly enjoyable.

9. Rime

Game Details

Developer: Tequila Works
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: TBD
Best for: Older kids and teens

Plot Summary

Rime tells the story of a boy who must do whatever it takes to survive and escape from a mysterious island as well as a punishing curse.

My Take

Rime might be one the most visually impressive games PS4 games for kids. It’s a story of a boy trapped in a mysterious island full of secrets, puzzles and a terrible curse. Players will need to help the boy escape by solving various touch, light and sound-dependent puzzles. This game will take full advantage of PlayStation 4’s Dualshock 4 controller, and will allow players to make the most of every new feature, including the capacitive touchpad, enhanced vibration and headset with mic that comes free with the console.

Final Verdict

Looking at the screenshots and the trailer, I presume that the game has gorgeous visuals. The cel-shaded visuals are an example of extreme dedication, brilliant artwork and design. Rime is for older kids and teens who will have fun exploring a large island full of secrets.

Rime PS4 Trailer

10. Escape Plan

Game Details

Initial release date: February 22, 2012
Developer: Fun Bits Interactive
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Rating: 3.5/5 from Metacritic, 8/10 from Push Square, and 6/10 from GameSpot
ESRB Rating: T for Teen
Best for: Puzzle-lovers

Plot Summary

Escape Plan is a clever puzzler that requires logic and strategy to survive tons of booby traps. The game revolves around the misadventures of Lil and Laarg as they try their best not to get splattered by the devious ambushes hidden around a sinister-looking factory.

My Take

Many puzzles in this game will require touch controls, and this is where the Dualshock 4’s capacitive touchpad will come into play. Some may even require players to blow into their mic.

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a game with easy to medium puzzles for your child, then you should try Escape Plan.

All Screenshots, Courtesy of Their Respective Game Developers/Publishers.

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    Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

    Nice, wow. Didn't know that there were that many out for PS4 already.

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    Anurag Ghosh 3 years ago

    Thanks! :-)

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    Sam 2 years ago from Australia

    Great list! I think Octodad is definitely going to cause a few laughs for kids.

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    em 2 years ago

    Some of these are not even released yet. How can they be rated as the best ps4 game for kids if it isn't even released.

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    Deborah 2 years ago

    em

    Some? Almost all games are released on the PS4 platform, except Rime. I think Rime is one of the most anticipated PS4 games, hence included in this list. Except Rime all games are available for purchase.

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    Dominic 2 years ago

    That's a lot of games. I WANT THEM!!

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    Pat Servin 2 years ago

    I really liked your hub. Very informative and well done.

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    Anurag Ghosh 2 years ago

    Thanks, Pat

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    Iggy 2 years ago

    wii u game for young child is much better

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