Starter Games for Parents to Play with Kids

It can be loads of fun to play video games with your kid or teen, but finding games that are easy for first-time gamers can be challenging. Here's a great set of starter games with themes and topics that gamers of all skill levels can enjoy, especially parents introducing their kids to gaming. Even if you're shy about your gaming skills, the games on this list can help you learn new techniques and build your confidence. For other great games to play together, check out Party Games for Families and Friends or No-Console-Needed Games for Family Fun!

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Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

age 5+

Charming, relaxing adventure game with positive message.

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Gigantosaurus

age 5+

Charming, smile-worthy adventure for young players.

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Astro's Playroom

age 6+

Cute, free game showcases the PlayStation 5's features.

Platforms: PlayStation 5 (2020)
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

age 6+

Cute puzzle-filled adventure for kids and kids at heart.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U (2018)
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Crossy Road Castle

age 6+

Grab coins, dodge hazards with friends in fun action game.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2020)
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Super Mario Maker 2

age 6+

Fun, accessible editing tools expose kids to game design.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

age 7+

The island life is idyllic in this latest adventure sim.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

age 7+

Family-friendly racer gets large update with bonus content.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2017)
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Butter Royale

age 8+

Family-friendly battle royale game encourages social play.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2020)
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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

age 8+

Collection of classics promotes friendly social experiences.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Dragon Quest Builders 2

age 8+

Terrific building game with positive messages and teamwork.

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Mario Tennis Aces

age 8+

Fun, safe, often surprisingly challenging tennis sim.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2018)
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MLB The Show 21

age 8+

Popular baseball franchise takes extra bases on new systems.

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Moving Out

age 8+

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

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New Pokemon Snap

age 8+

Wildlife adventure lets you "catch 'em all" in photographs.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2021)
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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

age 8+

Mario & friends bring fast-paced Wii U classics to Switch.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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Overcooked! 2

age 8+

Culinary chaos makes for a buffet of food-themed fun.

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

age 8+

Kid-friendly classic gets fun add-ons for a new generation.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2021)
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Super Mario Party

age 8+

Brand-new party filled with fun and laughs for all.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2018)
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Tetris Effect: Connected

age 8+

Family-friendly puzzler gets new multiplayer modes.

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