The 7 Best Video Games for Kids That Adults Will Love Too

Evgeny Kim
8 min readJul 28, 2022
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Every parent knows this–children love playing video games. They are fun, often tell a captivating story, and provide something to talk about in school. But as much as kids like video games, so do adults. We just play different games.

Being a dad, I feel responsible for the kind of games my son plays (along with the screen time) and the games he watches me play on my Xbox or Nintendo Switch. So it’s often a trade-off for me between choosing something safe for children and, at the same time, enjoyable for parents.

As it turns out, you don’t need to sacrifice the quality of your gaming experience when playing with kids. There are many great video games for kids out there, but in this article, we will look into some of the best titles for children that you will love too.

Best Video Games for Kids in 2022

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (PEGI 3)
  2. Just Dance 2022 (PEGI 3)
  3. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (PEGI 7)
  4. Pokémon Legends: Arceus (PEGI 7)
  5. Mario Party Superstars (PEGI 3)
  6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (PEGI 3)
  7. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (PEGI 12)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Among all Nintendo games, the Mario Kart series is probably one of the most recognizable franchises on the gaming market. The latest installment in the series for Nintendo consoles, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, was released in 2017, but it hasn’t lost its freshness and fun. Besides, the game receives regular updates, including the most recent Booster Course Pass (with more expansions promised until the end of 2023), so you don’t have to worry that the game will become boring anytime soon.

You can play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in single mode, but unlike other racing games, Mario Kart is more fun when played with friends and family, so make sure you have a spare Joy-Con controller. Besides, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers an online multiplayer mode, and it seems that whenever you connect, someone is playing, so it’s a perfect game when you want to play against real enemies. Just make sure you have enough time because this game is incredibly addictive!

Evgeny Kim

Researcher and storyteller.