Best Action Games for Kids

Whether you're using magic to battle evil wizards or swooping through downtown Gotham hunting bad guys, few things are as engrossing as a good action game. Part of this is because action games let you step into the boots of a hero (and even at times, a villain) to take on your opponents in fast-paced game sequences. This list of some of our favorites includes titles that are high on adventure and originality. If you're looking for a more story focused experience, check out our list of Adventure Games for Kids, and if violence is your concern, check out our list of Nonviolent Games for Kids.

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Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

age 5+

Charming, relaxing adventure game with positive message.

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Flinthook

age 7+

Intuitive, madcap action stays fun despite repetition.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2017)
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Human: Fall Flat

age 7+

Bumbling puzzler excels at inspiring laughs, frustration.

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Tank Troopers

age 7+

Downloadable action challenges infused with light strategy.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2017)
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Cave Story+

age 8+

Remade indie adventure focuses on desolation, exploration.

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Kirby Fighters 2

age 8+

Casual fighting brings with it all Kirby's greatest "hits."

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Kirby Mass Attack

age 8+

New twist on sidescrolling action games with easy controls.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2011)
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Kirby Star Allies

age 8+

Fun, colorful platformer promotes friendship, teamwork.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2018)
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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

age 8+

Magical adventure is fun, funny, and fantastic.

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (2010)
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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2

age 8+

Set of action games boosts difficulty, adds new challenges.

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Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

age 8+

Port of family-friendly platformer adds new mode, secrets.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2017)
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Radical Rabbit Stew

age 8+

Retro action/puzzler is a tasty snack-sized treat.

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Summer in Mara

age 8+

Beautiful eco-friendly adventure best played at slow pace.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows (2020)
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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

age 8+

Fantastic must-have collection of classic Mario games.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Ben 10 Omniverse

age 9+

TV-based action game with puzzles, some fantasy battles.

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Blaster Master Zero

age 9+

Old-school adventure reboot blasts its way to a new home.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch (2017)
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Kirby’s Return to Dreamland

age 9+

Platformer provides cooperative fun for up to four players.

Platforms: Nintendo Wii (2011)
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Pokemon Rumble Blast

age 9+

Simpler, streamlined Pokemon shows more violence.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2011)
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Sonic Lost World

age 9+

Fast-paced addition to classic hedgehog hero franchise.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U (2013)
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Among Us

age 10+

Simple visuals hide deep gameplay of deception, deduction.

Platforms: Windows (2018)
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