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10 Best PlayStation 4 Games for Kids That Will Earn You All the Cool Points
So you've got the Playstation 4; now, which games are you supposed to get? Picking out the best video games for kids can be challenging—that's why we've rounded up the top PlayStation kids games and ranked them by age appropriateness and ease of play.
Best PlayStation 4 Family Game: 'Rocket League'
"Rocket League" is a game about cars playing soccer in a giant arena. You choose a cartoon car or truck character and race to get the ball into the giant goal. It's the perfect goofy PlayStation 4 game for kids of all ages to enjoy and for families to play together. Recommended for ages 6 and up. ($20; walmart.com)shop it now
Best Nostalgic PlayStation 4 Game for Kids: 'Sonic Mania Plus'
This arcade-style PS4 game is just the latest installment of the incredibly long-running "Sonic the Hedgehog" video game series—you probably have your own memories of playing "Sonic" as a kid, or at least a base familiarity with the character. It's classic, wholesome gaming with a high-speed racing focus. Recommended for ages 6 and up. ($30; walmart.com)shop it now
Funniest PlayStation 4 Game for Kids: 'Guacamelee! 2'
"Guacamelee! 2," the follow-up to "Guacamelee," catches up with hero and former lucha libre wrestler, Juan. The story line follows Juan as he battles against evil, growing stronger, more skilled, and gaining increasingly flamboyant costumes along the way. The violence is generally mild and not gory. For kids who relish a challenge, "Guacamelee! 2" is a great PlayStation 4 game selection. Recommended for ages 8 and up. ($20; amazon.com)shop it now
Best PlayStation 4 Action Game for Kids: 'The Last Guardian'
"The Last Guardian" is an action-adventure PS4 game that follows the story of a young boy who befriends a mythical, feathered beast named Trico. Together they overcome obstacles and survive dangerous circumstances. The violence is mild, but the game play could be considered difficult for novice players. Recommended for ages 8 and older. ($20; walmart.com)shop it now
Best PlayStation 4 Sports Game: 'NBA 2K19'
The basketball video game for PlayStation 4 has a straightforward premise with lots of fun features. "NBA 2K19" has no inappropriate content, and game play is relatively easy, but the capability to play online with other gamers could be overwhelming for younger players. Recommended for ages 8 and up. ($40; walmart.com)shop it now
Best Positive PlayStation 4 Game for Kids: 'Unravel' & 'Unravel 2'
"Unravel Two" is the follow up to "Unravel," and it's a PlayStation 4 game for kids that centers around characters made of yarn—"yarnies"—who are helpful, positive and never aggressive. The theme of the video game centers on friendship and teamwork, but intricate game play and challenging puzzles keep this game as interesting as it is virtuous. Recommended for ages 8 and older. (Two-game bundle, $30; amazon.com)shop it now
Best Playsation 4 Game for Tweens: 'Celeste'
"Celeste" is a PlayStation 4 game with a retro feel and a charming, brave heroine named Madeline. Though the video game can seem simple because of the old-school graphics and basic controls, it's surprisingly challenging and well-crafted. Some mild adult language makes it best for older kids. Recommended for ages 10 and up. ($20; playstation.com)shop it now
Best PlayStation 4 Superhero Game: 'Marvel's Spider-Man'
The newest "Spider-Man" game to hit the market is exclusively made for Playstation 4. The superhero-themed adventure game is engaging with tons of activities to keep the player busy. Comic book-style violence and mild profanity make this pick a little more mature. Recommended for kids ages 10 and up. ($60; amazon.com)shop now
Best PlayStation 4 Game for Creative Kids: 'Stardew Valley'
This PlayStation 4 video game is a farming simulator and town simulator crossover without any clearly defined tasks or challenges. Rather, the player is kept busy growing crops, meeting different characters and performing a range of simulated activities. "Stardew Valley" is best for older kids because of the intricate game play and subtle references to alcohol. Recommended for ages 10 and older. ($18; amazon.com)
Best Playstation 4 Game for Older Kids: 'Dead Cells'
This PS4 game is an arcade-style journey through dungeons, battling monsters. "Dead Cells" has simple controls but a complex mix of puzzles and levels that make it challenging and require creative planning. This is the goriest game on our list, so it's best that little gamers avoid it. Recommended for ages 12 and up. ($27; walmart.com)shop it now