Role-Playing Games (RPGs) for Kids

An unlikely person that rises from the crowd to save the world. Guilds of warriors that take on monsters. Kids that train monsters to fight for them in battles. Role-playing games allow players the chance to step into the shoes of heroes and change their world. Even more important, role-playing games let the imagination of kids thrive, because they frequently allow players to customize the characters to be exactly who and what they'd like them to be (even making them be like themselves!). Below, we have a list of excellent role-playing games for all ages. If you're looking for a bit more action, check out our list of the Best Action Games for Kids, and if you'd rather not have violence in your games, check out our list of Nonviolent Video Games.

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Dragon Quest Builders 2

age 8+

Terrific building game with positive messages and teamwork.

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Golf Story

age 8+

Fun RPG experience with lots of drive ... and putts.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2017)
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Harvest Moon: Animal Parade

age 8+

Cute role-playing adventure with farming at its core.

Platforms: Nintendo Wii (2009)
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Legends of Kingdom Rush

age 8+

Challenging, engaging fantasy for all kinds of players.

Platforms: Apple Arcade, Windows (2022)
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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

age 8+

All-ages RPG shows benefits of teamwork.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2017)
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Paper Mario: The Origami King

age 8+

Highly enjoyable adventure folds up fun for all players.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

age 9+

Updated games have mild violence, mostly good messages.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2017)
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Star Trek: Legends

age 8+

Away teams boldly go into entertaining Trek adventures.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2021)
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Cris Tales

age 10+

Saving the world is only a matter of time in quirky tale.

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Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

age 10+

Remastered Disney-focused tales, movie have mild violence.

Platforms: PlayStation 4 (2017)
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Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

age 10+

Spin-off sequel is rich, fun chapter to franchise lore.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Windows (2021)
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

age 10+

Vast adventure with some combat rewards logical thinking.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U (2017)
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Lost Sphear

age 10+

Old-school adventure with mild violence, good role models.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows (2018)
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The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor

age 10+

Rhythm-based adventure that's got a quirky beat.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2017)
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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

age 10+

Fantasy RPG with mild violence, good role models, messages.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows (2018)
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Wildermyth

age 10+

Story-driven tales with great heroes, positive themes.

Platforms: Windows (2021)
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Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters

age 10+

Complete sequel to Nintendo's hit ghost-catching game.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2017)
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The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

age 11+

Daring adventure with inventive puzzles, trains, heroism.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2009)
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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

age 11+

Compelling story with strong role models, loss, and battles.

Platforms: PlayStation 3 (2013)
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Bravely Default II

age 12+

Tale with mild fantasy violence also has positive messages.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2021)
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