Phillip is a game enthusiast and loves playing all of the latest and greatest titles out there.
Video games aren't just for kids anymore—which makes it even more difficult to find fun, kid-friendly games. The Xbox One offers many great titles to choose from, but to help you in your search, I've narrowed it down to the top five.
Top 5 Xbox One Games for Kids
- Skylanders: SuperChargers
- Worms Battlegrounds
- Fantasia: Music Evolved
- Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
- Project Spark
Read on to learn more about these great games that will get both you and your kids' stamp of approval.
1. Skylanders: SuperChargers
SuperChargers is the 2015 addition to the Skylanders series. This is a great game for kids, but be prepared to spend some extra money to collect all of the playable figures.
To see how much money game stores make selling these figures, I studied the sales at my local store. On the first weekend of the game's release, 41 figures were sold, and 10 were ordered (but the store didn't have those in stock). On the second weekend, after restocking their supply, the store sold a total of 120 figures, with 12 of them being a part of the starter pack. With each figure costing roughly $10, the store made close to $2,000 in two weeks. That's a lot of money for some pieces of plastic!
I like to collect action figures myself, but it was still really shocking to see how popular they were. Maybe adults are also buying them to unlock all features in the game and to add to their collectible collection?
This game is like any other Skylanders game—with plenty of combat, quests, minigames, and puzzles. What's different in SuperChargers is the addition of new vehicles for purchase. These vehicles work on land, under the sea, and in the sky.
There are a total of 20 figures to collect—including both characters and the new vehicles. Each vehicle has its own stats and abilities that match up with its corresponding pilot.
The first thing people ask when a new Skylanders comes out is, "Will my older models still work?" I'm happy to report that yes, older models do work with this title. Vehicles are not necessary to advance in the game.
- Graphics: 6/10 No real changes to the graphics were made. The new characters and vehicles are really all you get.
- Fun: 8/10 This series is very fun, and the addition of new figures made this title even better than the rest. SuperChargers is great for any kid that gets bored fast. You can just keep buying new figures once in a while to keep the game fresh and exciting.
This game can also be enjoyed by the entire family, which I believe is the best quality of the Skylanders series as a whole.
2. Worms Battlegrounds
Worms Battlegrounds was released in 2014 and it is the 19th installment of the Worms series. This is a game that makes you think both creatively and strategically. You can start your own clan, create unique maps, and customize your characters. It is best played with two to four people, so don't be afraid to join the battle! Your kids can also utilize the online multiplayer feature if you're more interested in watching than playing.
The objective of Worms Battlegrounds is to blow stuff up. The levels are very detailed, but of course, the game is nothing close to a next-generation port. Expect to have mid-range graphics and visuals that aren't as impressive as many other platform games.
This game is best played with friends or other family members. The single-player story mode is quite short; with only 25 levels that go by quickly.
Note: Single-player mode doesn't include the 10 special missions.
- Graphics 4/10: For a game released in 2014, the graphics are nothing special.
- Fun 5/10: I rated this game so low because the fun won't last long in single-player mode.
This is the perfect game to entertain kids that want a little more action in their games. But if they get bored easily when playing turn-based games, stay clear of Worms Battlegrounds.
3. Fantasia: Music Evolved
Fantasia: Music Evolved is a mind-blowing game for kids and adults alike. The game relies entirely on the Kinect sensor, so there is no need to use an Xbox controller. It's an easy way to entertain your kids and get them active while indoors.
Each level is a song that you will orchestrate with body movements. This game is perfect for young kids because there is no way to "fail" a level. Even so, you can get extra points by staying on beat, building streaks, and switching tracks to get multiplier bonuses.
You can also create your own gestures that can be used in any song. Each gesture makes its own sound, so remixing some of the 30 available songs with custom gestures can be fun, come post-game. You can also unlock remixes or download additional content to shake things up a little.
- Graphics: 8/10 This game is absolutely stunning, especially when you do all of the moves perfectly to bring the landscapes to life.
- Fun: 8/10 The Kinect sensor works really well and makes for some engaging gameplay. Also, the additional minigames add some variety to the game.
This is the best musical game that I have played in a long time. Unlike the game Sing Star, Fantasia: Music Evolved allows you to control the music. Playing with friends makes it even more fun, as you can get competitive while creating a beautiful melody.
4. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
This title is yet another collectible figure game. Just like Skylanders, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes offers a wide range of Marvel characters with unique strengths and weaknesses for purchase.
This game is a lot more fun than older Marvel games. It's exciting to collect the figures and play as your favorite characters. The game is action-packed, just like any other comic book-based game. Enjoying it with a friend is even more fun, as you can surprise each other with which figure you bring into the fray.
Note: Disney Infinity isn’t limited to Marvel characters alone, but I do think that it's one of the best editions available.
- Graphics: 7/10 It looks better than most hero games I play.
- Fun: 8/10 It's exciting to collect your favorite Disney figures and see them come to life on-screen.
If you're going to invest in a game that involves buying "extra" content to play, I highly recommend this one.
I have played Minecraft and several other sandbox-style games, but Project Spark impressed me the most. This game is not just about crafting—there are tons of adventures to be had, and there is never a dull moment.
This game encourages you to use your creativity to keep the fun going. It doesn't matter how you choose to play—you can build pretty much anything you want to solve a problem or reach a goal. The possibilities are endless! Build and create your very own story in a personalized biome with special NPCs and challenges to face.
- Graphics: 9/10 The graphics are very impressive, and bring this unique and colorful world to life.
- Fun: 9/10 The amount of fun you have depends on your imagination, but it’s just a matter of time that you run out of unique ideas.
If you want to create your own world from the ground up, Project Spark is for you. It's one of the best games I have played in a very long time.
Time to Get Playing
Now that you've learned more about the five best kids games available on the Xbox One, it's time to get playing! I guarantee that both you and your kids will have a blast playing these great titles together.
If you have a favorite kids game that wasn't mentioned, please let me know in the comment section below!
© 2015 Phillip Grobler