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.

Browse Best Action Games for Kids

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure Game Poster Image
Charming, relaxing adventure game with positive message.
Platforms: Apple Arcade
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Flinthook Game Poster Image
Intuitive, madcap action stays fun despite repetition.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Human: Fall Flat Game Poster Image
Bumbling puzzler excels at inspiring laughs, frustration.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Tank Troopers Game Poster Image
Downloadable action challenges infused with light strategy.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Cave Story+ Game Poster Image
Remade indie adventure focuses on desolation, exploration.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Kirby Fighters 2 Game Poster Image
Casual fighting brings with it all Kirby's greatest "hits."
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Kirby Mass Attack Game Poster Image
New twist on sidescrolling action games with easy controls.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
Kirby Star Allies Game Poster Image
Fun, colorful platformer promotes friendship, teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
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)
Continue reading
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)
Continue reading
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Game Poster Image
Port of family-friendly platformer adds new mode, secrets.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Radical Rabbit Stew Game Poster Image
Retro action/puzzler is a tasty snack-sized treat.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Summer in Mara Game Poster Image
Beautiful eco-friendly adventure best played at slow pace.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
 
Super Mario 3D All-Stars Game Poster Image
Fantastic must-have collection of classic Mario games.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
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)
Continue reading
Blaster Master Zero Game Poster Image
Old-school adventure reboot blasts its way to a new home.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Game Poster Image
Platformer provides cooperative fun for up to four players.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
Pokemon Rumble Blast Game Poster Image
Simpler, streamlined Pokemon shows more violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
Sonic Lost World Game Poster Image
Fast-paced addition to classic hedgehog hero franchise.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
(2013)
Continue reading
Among Us Game Poster Image
Simple visuals hide deep gameplay of deception, deduction.
Platforms: Windows
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading Watch review
Celeste Game Poster Image
Charming, challenging platformer with excellent heroine.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Crawl Game Poster Image
Slick, fast-paced, violent arena game is tag with monsters.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Game Poster Image
Family-friendly action game delivers retro fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
Cuphead Game Poster Image
Charming retro-themed game presents maddening challenge.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading Watch review
The Disney Afternoon Collection Game Poster Image
Scrooge-sized vault filled with retro Disney gaming gems.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
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)
Continue reading
Drake Hollow Game Poster Image
Fun yet repetitive adventure grows on you over time.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Ever Oasis Game Poster Image
Entertaining game fuses adventuring with city building.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Full Metal Furies Game Poster Image
Throwback arcade-action game packs in co-op fun.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Hollow Knight Game Poster Image
Homage to classic hard-action games provides deep challenge.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Game Poster Image
Action sequel carves its place in Breath of the Wild lore.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Legends of Ethernal Game Poster Image
Nostalgic fantasy adventure offers a range of challenges.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
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)
Continue reading Watch review
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)
Continue reading
Lego Worlds Game Poster Image
Craft a fun, custom adventure, brick by plastic brick.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Knack 2 Game Poster Image
Fun, cartoony action game for all ages.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Mirror's Edge Catalyst Game Poster Image
Great parkour action with strong heroine, mild violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
Continue reading Watch review
Pikmin 3 Deluxe Game Poster Image
Enhanced edition of classic Wii U game promotes teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Pokkén Tournament DX Game Poster Image
Pokémon brawler gets expanded, enhanced for portable fights.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Portal Knights Game Poster Image
Addictive sandbox crafting adventure with RPG elements.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Pyre Game Poster Image
Kooky sports adventure is surprisingly engaging, fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Ratchet & Clank Game Poster Image
Cartoonish action with mild violence for (almost) all ages.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2016)
(2016)
Continue reading
Rayman Legends Definitive Edition Game Poster Image
Clever, cartoony action leaps from TV to portable console.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Rock of Ages III: Make & Break Game Poster Image
Humorous historical racer promotes social, creative play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Sid Meier's Starships Game Poster Image
Accessible, action-heavy space strategy with mild violence.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
Continue reading
Spelunky 2 Game Poster Image
Treasure hunting sequel digs deep for frantic fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
SteamWorld Dig 2 Game Poster Image
Spelunking adventure proves surprisingly complex.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Super Mario Odyssey Game Poster Image
Great, fun Mario adventure is an instant classic on Switch.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading Watch review
The Pathless Game Poster Image
Stunning adventure stars female hero and scary monsters.
Platforms: Apple Arcade, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
 
Windbound Game Poster Image
Terrific survival adventure has strong, smart female hero.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
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)
Continue reading
Axiom Verge Game Poster Image
Side-scroller with mild blood revels in old-school action.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
Continue reading
Subnautica Game Poster Image
Gorgeous, challenging, atmospheric underwater thriller.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Aegis Defenders Game Poster Image
Complex but highly rewarding adventure focused on teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Echo Arena Game Poster Image
Stellar multiplayer VR action-sports hybrid game.
Platforms: Oculus Rift
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Metroid: Samus Returns Game Poster Image
Great sci-fi remake reinvents itself for a new generation.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Moss Game Poster Image
Charming VR story immerses players in a living fairy tale.
Platforms: PlayStation VR
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
ReCore: Definitive Edition Game Poster Image
Upgraded action game has robot violence, strong heroine.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Unexplored Game Poster Image
Fresh, fun take on dungeon-crawling adventure game.
Platforms: Windows
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
WWE 2K Battlegrounds Game Poster Image
WWE arcade fun hampered slightly by microtransactions.
Platforms: Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Disintegration Game Poster Image
Hybrid shooter starts off slow, builds impressive gameplay.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
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)
Continue reading
 
Falcon Age Game Poster Image
Take flight with cultural tale of friendship, rebellion.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Nintendo Switch, Oculus Rift, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
The Final Station Game Poster Image
Violent post-apocalyptic trips through destroyed lands.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
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)
Continue reading Watch review
From Other Suns Game Poster Image
Stellar sci-fi VR shooter blasts off with fast-paced action.
Platforms: Oculus Rift
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Grounded Game Poster Image
Size matters in this backyard survival adventure.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Gundam Versus Game Poster Image
Fun robotic brawler adds larger multiplayer combat.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
 
Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition Game Poster Image
Gripping drama with tough female hero is a must-play tale.
Platforms: Windows
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
Iconoclasts Game Poster Image
Ambitious, philosophical action title is a delightful joy.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
 
Immortals Fenyx Rising Game Poster Image
Adventure stresses being true to yourself, helping others.
Platforms: Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
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)
Continue reading
 
Marvel's Avengers Game Poster Image
Epic adventure lets players live their superhero dreams.
Platforms: Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
Marvel's Iron Man VR Game Poster Image
I am Iron Man ... and you can be, too, in VR adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation VR
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
 
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Game Poster Image
Amazing sequel catches positivity, new hero in its webs.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
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)
Continue reading
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)
Continue reading
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - Complete Edition Game Poster Image
Cult classic love letter to old-school beat-'em-ups returns.
Platforms: Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2021)
(2021)
Continue reading
ScourgeBringer Game Poster Image
Pixelated post-apocalyptic action offers steep challenge.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Sea of Thieves Game Poster Image
Pirate sim promotes teamwork but has unmonitored chat.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Shadow of the Colossus (PS4) Game Poster Image
Beautiful, mysterious, haunting tale gets new life on PS4.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading Watch review
Superhot: Mind Control Delete Game Poster Image
Slow-motion shooter has loads of bloodless violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Tacoma Game Poster Image
Mature sci-fi tale founded on strong storytelling.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Zombie Vikings Game Poster Image
Comically crude yet amusingly chaotic Norse action game.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
Continue reading
Castle Crashers Remastered Game Poster Image
Warped, violent medieval adventure full of action, laughs.
Platforms: Xbox One
(2015)
(2015)
Continue reading
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)
Continue reading
Destroy All Humans! (2020) Game Poster Image
Silly, fun but violent sci-fi romp through middle America.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Gravity Rush 2 Game Poster Image
Strong female lead returns in soaring action-adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Mulaka Game Poster Image
Artistic adventure based on a rich cultural mythology.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy Game Poster Image
Great remastered fighting compilation; some violent combat.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
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)
Continue reading
Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada Game Poster Image
Engaging historical game focuses heavily on combat.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Super Meat Boy Forever Game Poster Image
Squishy hero returns with even more bloody, violent carnage.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Game Poster Image
Polished spin-off highlights female characters' adventure.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Valorant Game Poster Image
Fast-paced shooter packs fun, repetition into online play.
Platforms: Windows
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
The Wonderful 101: Remastered Game Poster Image
Enhanced cartoon brawler has animated violence, blood.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Batman: Arkham City Game Poster Image
While dark and violent, this superhero game is intriguing.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading
Nioh Game Poster Image
Gory action-RPG set in feudal Japan tests, rewards players.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Sine Mora Ex Game Poster Image
Mature action game's topics, time controls redefine genre.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla Game Poster Image
Viking epic is the best entry in Assassin's Creed series.
Platforms: Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
Control: The Foundation Game Poster Image
Episodic expansion is short on gameplay, deep on story.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Ghost of Tsushima Game Poster Image
Gorgeous but bloody tale of revenge, redemption, sacrifice.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
Narcosis Game Poster Image
Short but enjoyable, surreal underwater adventure.
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Rise and Shine Game Poster Image
Fun game history tribute has high difficulty, gory violence.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading