Each year there are hundreds of games released. Finding the right game for your family can be a challenge. This is a mix between knowing what sort of games your children like playing and finding games that are suitable for their age-group.
You also need to consider whether they play their games on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo or tablet devices. If you are thinking of investing in a new machine make sure it runs the games they want to play.
To help you out, our gaming experts have picked the top games in each of the following age categories. These cover games for infants and juniors in your families but also make suggestions for teenagers, young adults and parents too.
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – Perfect family fun for youngsters with assisted racing that scales up for all abilities.
Roblox (PC, Xbox, Tablets) – Home made games that mimic the open fun of the playground in all sorts of everyday and fantastical scenarios.
Hanazuki (Tablets) – A unique tablet game with wearable smart toys for youngsters, with a theme of understanding emotions running throughout.
Lightseekers (Tablet) – A new Skylanders style toy-game cross over. But the figures are huge, modular and posable. It’s played on a tablet but the toys are great fun too.
Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) – Pixel perfect platforming that invites the whole family to explore huge, beautiful worlds full of secrets.
Lego City Undercover (Wii U, Switch, Xbox, PlayStation) – Lego at the top of its game with this open world city filled to the brim with secrets and crime fighting quips.
Splatoon 2 (Switch) – The ideal antidote to shooting games. A splat gun powered exuberant battle where players shoot ink rather than bullets. With more weapons and new maps being added, this is a great addition on the Switch.
Steamworld Dig 2 (Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, Vita) – A magical platform game where you play a steam powered robot. It combines the mining of Minecraft with the strategy of Boulderdash. But it’s the sense of character and fun that make this a great game for kids.
That’s You! (PlayStation 4, PlayLink) – A hilarious family board game on PS4 for up to six players. But you play with your smartphone. Match the face with your own selfie. Draw the perfect give or answer first to score most points.
Zelda Breath of the Wild (Switch) – Explore and role play in a beautiful world as expansive as you could imagine. Dungeon puzzles and an expansive over-world make for a magical adventure for teens.
Fortnite (PC, Xbox, PlayStation) – The simplicity of an open arena with hundreds of players makes for a game of skill rather than button mashing. Knife edge finishes and Minecraft style building at to the shooting fun.
Rocket League (PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Switch) – This combination of car racing and football is a better match than it sounds. Knife edge competitions where, unlike FIFA, skill rather than stats make the difference.
Young Adults 16-18yrs
Horizon Zero Dawn (PlayStation) – An action role-playing game where you hunt and explore a post-apocalyptic land ruled by robotic creatures. Precise gameplay mechanics and fantastical foes make this essential for young adults in your family.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PlayStation) – Naughty Dog return with another Sunday matinee style adventure. The quips and tongue in cheek action keep coming but this time it’s the women who save the day.
Destiny 2 (PC, Xbox, PlayStation) – The massive multiplayer space opera is back. More content, more players and more to do make this a compelling experience for anyone who enjoyed the original or Bungie’s previous hit, Halo.
Overwatch (PC, Xbox, PlayStation) – Competitive arena shooting game where players pick different roles in knife edge battles. There are guns but he focus is on the fun and competition.
Bury me, My Love (Tablet) – A text adventure in the form of a text messaging app. Well written, intriguing and highly moving, you help your wife flee Syria and learn about the troubles of being a refugee. With around 20 different endings and many ways to get there, this is a game to play again and again.
LA Noire (Switch, Xbox, PlayStation) – The police drama is back in high definition form. From the people behind Grand Theft Auto, this takes things in a more considered direction. Players must solve a web of criminal activity and collusion rather than go in all guns blazing.
What Remains of Edith Finch (PC, Xbox, PlayStation) – A stark tale told through a series of interactive vignettes. Parents will be moved as they discover Edith’s childhood and uncover the truth of a family curse.
Assassin’s Creed Origins (PC, Xbox, PlayStation) – The popular climbing, adventure and stealth game is back. This time it’s set in Egypt and is every bit as exciting and intriguing as previous games in the series.