Here are 20 or so awesome titles from ID@Xbox that you can play with your family of all ages with some information about what makes these titles great for the whole family! Hope you enjoy!
Games for the Whole Family
This game about cooking is great fun for the whole family. It will help your family practice cooperation and communication as you traverse the varied level designs all with the goal of making hamburgers and soup for a variety of customers. This fun and challenging game is worth checking out!
2. Adventures of Pip
In Adventures of Pip you’ll play as Pip, a boy who starts out as a single pixel and gains more pixels to change his appearance into a boy. Your goal is to save the kingdom you live in from an evil Queen. The game is a bit challenging but a lot of fun as you change your shape in order to solve puzzles and protect your kingdom.
3. Super Toy Cars
Fans of tabletop racers will love Super Toy Cars, a great racing game featuring 16 different vehicles and 15 different tracks where you can play with up to 4 friends or family members at home and up to 8 people online. This fun and engaging racing game is a great choice for all racing and car fans!
4. Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered
In Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered, you’ll play as Grimm or Rose as you spell your way through a series of levels with 4 different goals. This is a great game to practice spelling and creativity for all ages. The different goals add a ton of difficulty and different methods to completing each level.
5. Slime Rancher
In Slime Rancher, you’ll play as Beatrix LeBeau, a young rancher who travelled 1000 years from Earth to try her hand at slime ranching. You’ll use Beatrix’s vacpack to suck up slimes and bring them back to your ranch where you raise them. You can customize your ranch, use slime science to create new slime types, and explore the huge world!
6. Dreamals; Dream Quest
Dreamals: Dream Quest features three different animals, a toucan, a fox, and a deer that can all move in specific directions. You can combine them in order to move in more directions at once and separate them in order to complete the stage. Fans of puzzle games and cute characters will love Dreamals: Dream Quest!
7. Snake Pass
In Snake Pass you’ll slither, curl, and climb your way through an increasingly challenging world filled with various obstacles and objectives. You’ll wind your way up walls and below the water as you explore Haven Tor as you travel to the top alongside Noodle the snake and Doodle the bird. This is a great title for kids and families.
8. Shift Happens
Shift happens features both local and online co-op and let’s you and your child choose between Bismo and Plom. You can grow and shrink with the touch of a button, but your actions will influence your partner as they will grow and shrink in opposition to you. The game mechanics encourage communication between you and your co-op partner and many portions of the game are easier when you have good communication.
9. Death Squared
Death Squared is an incredibly fun and clever puzzle game that features cute square-shaped robots being operated by a test operator (you and up to 3 of your friends). There’s a couple game modes to choose from, including a Story Mode with 80 challenging levels for 1-2 players and party mode for 2 or 4 players with 40 crazy levels and 4 different bots. This game encourages cooperation and communication between gaming partners!
Games for Families with Older Children
1. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a great game where you and up to 3 partners will control a spaceship as you travel through the world. Using great communication you and your friends will travel between different battlestations to protect your ship and keep moving through the game. Fans of fun and continuously unique experiences will enjoy Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime!
2. Stardew Valley
In Stardew Valley, you inherit your grandfather’s farm plot in Stardew Valley and armed with the tools of the trade you start your life in the rural community. With gameplay similar to the old Harvest Moon games, you’ll farm, fish, mine, make friends, and perhaps even pursue romance in this delightful adventure. Fans of simulation games will love Stardew Valley!
3. The Little Acre
In The Little Acre you’ll fill the shoes of Aidan, and his daughter Lily, who set off on two wild adventures to find their missing fathers. With a heartwarming story about family, this game encourages the player to find strange solutions to their problems in this point and click adventure game. Fans of great stories and great characters should check out The Little Acre!
4. Rocket League
Rocket League is a tough but fun driving sports game where you’ll play soccer in a car with up to 3 of your friends locally or 8 players online. You can upgrade your vehicle in a number of different ways as you swerve around the circular ring and try to set up goals. You can play against friends, strangers, or AI opponents in one of the most fun and unique games on Xbox One!
5. Jackbox Party Packs 1, 2, and 3
These three games packs are great fun for the whole family with a ton of different games that will play to everyone’s strengths. Make sure to enable parental controls to keep everything appropriate for children, but this game will encourage creativity and fun. Each of the 3 party packs have great titles, but check out which games are in each to pick the best one for your whole family!
7. Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
In Never Alone you’ll play as a child named Nuna and Fox (a cute arctic fox) as they travel through the Arctic for a great adventure experience. This game has an amazing story and includes some beautiful environments and characters inspired by Iñupiaq (Alaskan Native) stories. Can be a bit tough at times but definitely a great experience!
In Yooka-Laylee you’ll join Yooka and bat friend Laylee as they set out on an adventure with the goal of stopping Capital B and his plan to absorb all of the world’s books. Seeking out all the collectables and new abilities will encourage players to fully explore all areas of the game. Fans of old school adventure games and a new take on a classic genre won’t want to miss Yooka-Laylee!
9. Monster Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
In Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, you’ll play as a young boy named Hu-Man (or Hu-Girl), cursed into a half human, half lizard form, who must traverse a beautifully hand-drawn world in order to obtain the Salamander Cross and return themself to human form. This game is a challenging but fantastic experience for people who enjoy platformers and adventure games.
10. Castle Crashers: Remastered
In Castle Crashers, you and up to 3 of your friends will save your princess, defend your kingdom, and crash castles. You can unlock more than 25 characters and level them up, also unlocking adorable animal orbs as companions that give the character different abilities. Fans of action games with depth will love Castle Crashers!
Games for Families with Kinect
1. Fruit Ninja Kinect 2
Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is a great Kinect game that will get you moving as you move back and forth slashing fruit in half. Anyone looking for a game that will give them a bit of a workout need look no further than Fruit Ninja Kinect 2!
FRU is a great experience on Kinect where you’ll contort your body into various shapes to create platforms to allow the cute fox like character to traverse a series of well crafted levels. This is one of the most creative Kinect experiences in a long time and definitely worth checking out!
3. Boom Ball and Boom Ball 2 for Kinect
Boom Ball for Kinect 1 and 2 are awesome games which will get you physical as you play this kinect game that’s a mashup of volleyball and breakout. There’s a number of upgrades and Boom Ball 2 even includes 2 player multiplayer. If you’re looking for a fun sports game for Kinect, Boom Ball is a great place to start!