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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Flinthook Game Poster Image
Intuitive, madcap action stays fun despite repetition.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Human: Fall Flat Game Poster Image
Bumbling puzzler excels at inspiring laughs, frustration.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Tank Troopers Game Poster Image
Downloadable action challenges infused with light strategy.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Cave Story+ Game Poster Image
Remade indie adventure focuses on desolation, exploration.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Kirby Mass Attack Game Poster Image
New twist on sidescrolling action games with easy controls.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2011)
(2011)
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Kirby Star Allies Game Poster Image
Fun, colorful platformer promotes friendship, teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
(2018)
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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Game Poster Image
Magical adventure is fun, funny, and fantastic.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2010)
(2010)
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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Game Poster Image
Set of action games boosts difficulty, adds new challenges.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Game Poster Image
Port of family-friendly platformer adds new mode, secrets.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Game Poster Image
Toy figurines become characters in exciting action game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Skylanders: Swap Force Game Poster Image
Excellent action romp tied to fun toy figures.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2013)
(2013)
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Ben 10 Omniverse Game Poster Image
TV-based action game with puzzles, some fantasy battles.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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Blaster Master Zero Game Poster Image
Old-school adventure reboot blasts its way to a new home.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Game Poster Image
Platformer provides cooperative fun for up to four players.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2011)
(2011)
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Pokemon Rumble Blast Game Poster Image
Simpler, streamlined Pokemon shows more violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Sonic Lost World Game Poster Image
Fast-paced addition to classic hedgehog hero franchise.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
(2013)
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Celeste Game Poster Image
Charming, challenging platformer with excellent heroine.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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Crawl Game Poster Image
Slick, fast-paced, violent arena game is tag with monsters.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Cuphead Game Poster Image
Charming retro-themed game presents maddening challenge.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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The Disney Afternoon Collection Game Poster Image
Scrooge-sized vault filled with retro Disney gaming gems.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Disney Infinity Game Poster Image
Creative Disney adventure lets kids build own games.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2013)
(2013)
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Disney Universe Game Poster Image
Good multiplayer co-op has a surprising amount of violence.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Ever Oasis Game Poster Image
Entertaining game fuses adventuring with city building.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Full Metal Furies Game Poster Image
Throwback arcade-action game packs in co-op fun.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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Hollow Knight Game Poster Image
Homage to classic hard-action games provides deep challenge.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Lego Jurassic World Game Poster Image
Fun, commercialized movie game takes kids on dino adventure.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2015)
(2015)
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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Game Poster Image
Epic Lego-Marvel team-up that spans all of space, time.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Lego Worlds Game Poster Image
Craft a fun, custom adventure, brick by plastic brick.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Knack 2 Game Poster Image
Fun, cartoony action game for all ages.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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Mirror's Edge Catalyst Game Poster Image
Great parkour action with strong heroine, mild violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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Pokkén Tournament DX Game Poster Image
Pokémon brawler gets expanded, enhanced for portable fights.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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Portal Knights Game Poster Image
Addictive sandbox crafting adventure with RPG elements.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Pyre Game Poster Image
Kooky sports adventure is surprisingly engaging, fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Ratchet & Clank Game Poster Image
Cartoonish action with mild violence for (almost) all ages.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2016)
(2016)
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Rayman Legends Definitive Edition Game Poster Image
Clever, cartoony action leaps from TV to portable console.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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Sid Meier's Starships Game Poster Image
Accessible, action-heavy space strategy with mild violence.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Skylanders SuperChargers Game Poster Image
Fun (and expensive) fantasy action game with cartoon combat.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2015)
(2015)
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SteamWorld Dig 2 Game Poster Image
Spelunking adventure proves surprisingly complex.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Super Mario Odyssey Game Poster Image
Great, fun Mario adventure is an instant classic on Switch.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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Yooka-Laylee Game Poster Image
Retro-style 3D tale's charms overcome wonky camera issues.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Axiom Verge Game Poster Image
Side-scroller with mild blood revels in old-school action.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Subnautica Game Poster Image
Gorgeous, challenging, atmospheric underwater thriller.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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Aegis Defenders Game Poster Image
Complex but highly rewarding adventure focused on teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
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Echo Arena Game Poster Image
Stellar multiplayer VR action-sports hybrid game.
Platforms: Oculus Rift
(2017)
(2017)
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Metroid: Samus Returns Game Poster Image
Great sci-fi remake reinvents itself for a new generation.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Moss Game Poster Image
Charming VR story immerses players in a living fairy tale.
Platforms: PlayStation VR
(2018)
(2018)
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ReCore: Definitive Edition Game Poster Image
Upgraded action game has robot violence, strong heroine.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Unexplored Game Poster Image
Fresh, fun take on dungeon-crawling adventure game.
Platforms: Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Dragon Quest Heroes: The World’s Tree Woe and the Blight Below Game Poster Image
Deep, fun, gratifying action RPG with cartoonish violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2015)
(2015)
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The Final Station Game Poster Image
Violent post-apocalyptic trips through destroyed lands.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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Fortnite Game Poster Image
Battle it out or use strategy in fantastic action game.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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From Other Suns Game Poster Image
Stellar sci-fi VR shooter blasts off with fast-paced action.
Platforms: Oculus Rift
(2017)
(2017)
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Gundam Versus Game Poster Image
Fun robotic brawler adds larger multiplayer combat.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Game Poster Image
Expansion offers new map, missions, intense robot combat.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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Iconoclasts Game Poster Image
Ambitious, philosophical action title is a delightful joy.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Game Poster Image
Top-down actioner has some blood and a strong female lead.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2010)
(2010)
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Okami HD Game Poster Image
Stunning adventure feels like an art painting come to life.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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One Piece: Unlimited World Red Game Poster Image
Vibrant anime produces appealing, action-packed RPG.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
(2014)
(2014)
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Sea of Thieves Game Poster Image
Pirate sim promotes teamwork but has unmonitored chat.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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Shadow of the Colossus (PS4) Game Poster Image
Beautiful, mysterious, haunting tale gets new life on PS4.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2018)
(2018)
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Tacoma Game Poster Image
Mature sci-fi tale founded on strong storytelling.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Zombie Vikings Game Poster Image
Comically crude yet amusingly chaotic Norse action game.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Castle Crashers Remastered Game Poster Image
Warped, violent medieval adventure full of action, laughs.
Platforms: Xbox One
(2015)
(2015)
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Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Game Poster Image
An impressive upgrade to the notoriously tough action RPG.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2015)
(2015)
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Gravity Rush 2 Game Poster Image
Strong female lead returns in soaring action-adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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Mulaka Game Poster Image
Artistic adventure based on a rich cultural mythology.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy Game Poster Image
Great remastered fighting compilation; some violent combat.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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RWBY: Grimm Eclipse Game Poster Image
Strong female role models in fun, short web series spin-off.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada Game Poster Image
Engaging historical game focuses heavily on combat.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Game Poster Image
Polished spin-off highlights female characters' adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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Batman: Arkham City Game Poster Image
While dark and violent, this superhero game is intriguing.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Nioh Game Poster Image
Gory action-RPG set in feudal Japan tests, rewards players.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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Sine Mora Ex Game Poster Image
Mature action game's topics, time controls redefine genre.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Narcosis Game Poster Image
Short but enjoyable, surreal underwater adventure.
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Rise and Shine Game Poster Image
Fun game history tribute has high difficulty, gory violence.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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