No-Console-Needed Games for Family Fun

A whole new world opens up when you add video games to your family game night rotation. Multiplayer games are a great way for siblings to play together or for families to connect over a shared activity. But increasingly expensive game consoles aren't always an option. If you don't have a console, you don't have to miss out on a family gaming experience. All the games on this list can be played on a phone, tablet, or computer, so many families can jump right in with the devices they already have on hand -- no Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch required. For more console-free fun, try these Apps That Can Bring Families Together.

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Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels

age 6+

Fun adaptation of popular bartering board game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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APP

Carcassonne - Tiles & Tactics

age 8+

Board game classic returns to mobile with faithful port.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2017)
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GAME

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

age 8+

Battle royale gets party game treatment for all-ages fun.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows (2020)
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GAME

Hot Wheels Unleashed

age 8+

Fun arcade racing game for any fan of the toys.

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GAME

Minecraft

age 8+

Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.

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GAME

Moving Out

age 8+

Fun co-op sim is appropriate for all ages, skill levels.

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Onitama - The Strategy Board Game

age 8+

Fast, fun chess-like game will keep players thinking.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2018)
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Patchwork: The Game

age 8+

Board game and puzzles stitched together into fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2016)
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Rocket League

age 8+

Arcade-style soccer, with cars and a giant ball.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows (2015)
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Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks)

age 8+

Quirky tower puzzler works in spite of odd presentation.

Platforms: Google Stadia, Windows (2020)
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Trivia Royale

age 8+

Age-specific, fun, competitive trivia contest.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2020)
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Tsuro - The Game of the Path

age 8+

Pursue the path in relaxing play-together strategy game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Spaceteam

age 9+

Rowdy multiplayer game is out of this world but stressful.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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UNO & Friends

age 9+

App version easier than card game, but still lots of fun.

Devices: Android (2017)
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GAME

Among Us

age 10+

Simple visuals hide deep gameplay of deception, deduction.

Platforms: Windows (2018)
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Battleship

age 10+

Classic remake adds new strategy to the ship hunting game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Evolution Board Game

age 10+

Strategic look at evolution is fun but has some limits.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2019)
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FIFA 20

age 10+

The streets meet the pitch in the latest soccer sim chapter.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2019)
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Jeopardy! World Tour

age 10+

What is... a fun way to test and learn facts?

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Magic: ManaStrike

age 10+

Strategy, action, and fantasy collide in amazing card game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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