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Revealed: The Best Video Games to Play With Your Kids

Thursday 07 May 2020

As Covid-19 keeps us all at home for the foreseeable future, many of us will be thinking of how to pass the time and make some downtime at home more fun. For those thankful to be quarantined with their family, there’s no shortage of ways to pass the time.

Video games have become increasingly popular with people during lockdown and though they may not seem like the go-to way to spend time with your family, there is an abundance of video games now available that your entire squad will love, even if they’re non-gamers.

So whip out your controllers and prepare to get sucked into your screens as the team at Uswitch has you covered with the ultimate video games you can play with your kids.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo Switch

With the newly introduced multiplayer function, your entire family can now take part in the fun of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Show off your island utopia to family and friends - or pack your bags and visit theirs. Whether playing online or with others beside you, island living is better when you share it. Even without hopping on a flight, you’ll meet a cast of charming animal residents bursting with personality. The overall experience is a wholesome and entertaining one for everyone, whether young or old, experienced or not.

Minecraft, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, IOS, Android

Minecraft is the perfect game for all the family. It gets used in schools to help with creativity and problem solving, so it is the perfect game for some downtime and for homeschooling! Smaller children can play the sandbox ‘creative mode’ and you can build worlds together, whilst older children you can play the survival mode, where you’ll have to fight, dig and explore to stay alive.

Mario Kart 8, Nintendo Switch

Mario Kart is a classic with the whole family and this new, updated version features new maps, cars, and characters to choose from, allowing you to design the perfect character to race with. With one gaming console, four players may play at a time while playing online (or with multiple consoles), up to twelve players can battle it out for the title of winner of the race. The perfect family game for some downtime together during lockdown.

Overcooked 2, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

Whether you are a master chef in the kitchen or not in Overcooked you take on the role of cook in the kitchen. The fun of Overcooked 2 is learning how to work together as a team to communicate when things in the kitchen are getting heated! And just like in a real kitchen, you must deal with problems like bumping into each other, lack of space, running out of time, and ensuring that none of the food burns. So aside from being a blast, it's got some real timely skills to teach. For families that like to be more competitive, there is a competitive mode!

Snipperclips, Nintendo Switch

A cooperative puzzle game, Snipperclips has users play as pieces of paper and try to solve puzzles by forming certain shapes. A game that has all the family working together to figure out a series of logic and physics puzzles. There’s also the party and blitz modes, which offer players opportunities for four-player mode and light competition in minigames such as basketball or “snipper deathmatches.” Snipperclips is easy to understand for all family members and is a fun way to build communication.

Murder by Numbers, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows

Don’t let the name put you off - if you’ve run out of murder mystery films to watch with your family, Murder by Numbers, a game available on the Nintendo Switch and for download on Microsoft Windows, is here to fill that case solving gap. The story follows detective Honor Mizrahi as she attempts to solve a series of different murders, but there’s a catch: Not only must you interview suspects, but to find clues and answers, you must solve a series of puzzles to unlock the keys to move forward. This makes it the perfect whodunit game for the whole family, working together to solve these puzzles and move forward in the case.

Rocket League, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac

Rocket-power cars playing football… Do we really need to say much more? Rocket League makes the entire process fun! You’re not racing - you’re playing football - using your car to kick the ball around instead of using your feet. Rocket League is a fun way to get the whole family to work together as you try and win the game.

Super Mario Party, Nintendo Switch

The ultimate family friendly game, Super Mario Party, is a modern take on a Mario-themed monopoly game. Each player rolls the dice and decides which direction to move in. But depending on where you land you’ll be given different challenges and minigames to play. Each minigame within Super Mario Party is easy to follow - from memory puzzles, to reaction challenges - and is great fun for all the family.

Sonic Mania Plus, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

A throwback to the Megadrive classics of old, Sonic takes on a new challenge in Sonic Mania Plus, which comes with a competitive multiplayer option for all the family to enjoy. Choosing between Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, players travel fast through the different zones and scenes to tackle a different adventure. Sonic Mania Plus is also available on a handful of different consoles.

Lego Worlds, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows

A Minecraft-style game, Lego Worlds drops players into a massive open world and lets you team up, build structures, and gives you free reign to explore. The perfect game for all the family to explore and build together. And let's be honest kids and adults alike love Lego!