Family Video Games

For some parents, trying to understand their kids' interest in games can be challenging. They might say that the controllers have too many buttons or the on-screen action is just too hard to follow. But you don't have to play the most complex games around to have a good time with your loved ones. If you're looking for a great game the whole family can play together, we've got you covered. From party games to trivia games to music games, our list of favorites is full of games you can all enjoy. And if you're looking for other family-friendly games, check out our Nonviolent Video Games list, and for surprise games off the beaten path, check out our Hidden Gems list.

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Active Life: Outdoor Challenge Game Poster Image
Fabulous active games -- think Wii Fit for kids.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2008)
(2008)
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Carnival Island Game Poster Image
Move controller makes all the fun of a carnival feel real.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2011)
(2011)
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Disney Think Fast Game Poster Image
Fun, fast-paced Disney trivia; a little pricey.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
(2008)
(2008)
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Game Party 2 Game Poster Image
One of the Wii's best all-ages party games yet.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2008)
(2008)
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Family Party: 30 Great Games Game Poster Image
Affordable, family-friendly party game is loads of fun.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2008)
(2008)
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Kinect Sports: Season Two Game Poster Image
Active game burns calories and is fun to play in a group.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Game Poster Image
Family-friendly racer gets large update with bonus content.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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BAFL - Brakes Are for Losers Game Poster Image
Simple arcade racer with cartoony crashes fun for all ages.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
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Family Game Night 4: The Game Show Game Poster Image
Latest in board game-inspired series uses a game show feel.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Hidden Folks Game Poster Image
Folk story hidden-object game is repetitive yet charming.
Platforms: Mac, Windows, iPhone
(2017)
(2017)
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Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Variety Kit Game Poster Image
Unique making experience melds crafting with video games.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
(2018)
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Overcooked Game Poster Image
Crazy co-op cooking game emphasizes collaboration, focus.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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Rocket League Collector's Edition Game Poster Image
Super-fun family-friendly game with extra content.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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Super Beat Sports Game Poster Image
Quirky, fun rhythm party game moves to its own beat.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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Trivial Pursuit Game Poster Image
Classic board game goes high-tech in a fun way.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
(2009)
(2009)
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Wii Party Game Poster Image
Mighty mini-game collection with loads of ways to play.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2010)
(2010)
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Wii Sports Resort Game Poster Image
Best all-ages sports compilation yet -- great for groups.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2009)
(2009)
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Runbow Deluxe Edition Game Poster Image
Colorfully chaotic party game expanded with bonus content.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U
(2016)
(2016)
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Disneyland Adventures Game Poster Image
Despite mild fantasy violence, great tour of amusement park.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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It's Quiz Time Game Poster Image
Fun party trivia game with many categories and questions.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Just Dance 2018 Game Poster Image
Familiar but fun dance routine with a few new steps.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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National Geographic Challenge Game Poster Image
Game show/board game is a blast -- but questions are tough!
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Game Poster Image
Hungry game character back for another challenging course.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection Game Poster Image
Revamped animal/business sim great for new audiences.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Dance Central 2 Game Poster Image
Exciting Kinect dance game keeps the party going strong.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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The Jackbox Party Pack 4 Game Poster Image
Hilarious, at times confusing party pack can thrill players.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Guitar Hero: World Tour Game Poster Image
A best-in-class "must have" music game.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
(2008)
(2008)
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Knowledge Is Power Game Poster Image
Amusing, funny trivia game fuses console with mobile.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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