10 Best Multiplayer Family Video Games for Xbox and PlayStation

Fun Family Games that Adults and Kids Can Enjoy Playing Together

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Sometimes playing video games with your kids is like watching Barney for 12 hours straight—just ask any parent who’s ever had to suffer through a game of Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. But playing games as a family doesn’t have to be a chore for parents. There are tons of fun console video games that are appropriate for kids and appealing to adults. Check out the list below to learn more about some of the best family multiplayer games that you can play on Xbox and PlayStation consoles.


1. LEGO Dimensions

About the Game: While so many of the LEGO video games are a lot of fun, LEGO Dimensions tops the list because it brings together so many characters from your family’s favorite movies and comic books. The story line is really fun and unique, and it’s hilarious to see your favorite characters placed randomly into worlds they don’t belong in. While you can expand the game significantly by buying add-on characters, playing through the game with just the starter pack offers plenty of fun without costing a fortune.

Who Should Play: LEGO Dimensions is fun for all ages and has characters that will appeal to everyone. For adults, embrace nostalgia with characters from The A-Team, Gremlins, and Back to the Future. Kids will love playing with the characters of their generation, including some from Adventure Time, Harry Potter, and The LEGO Movie.

Ways to Play: Up to 2 players can play LEGO Dimensions on the same console with split-screen.

Available for the Following Systems: Xbox 360 | Xbox One | PS3 | PS4


2. Terraria

About the Game: Families will love exploring, building, and fighting together while playing Terraria. While younger kids will enjoy crafting new items and building and decorating homes, adolescents, teens, and adults will enjoy exploring large worlds, discovering treasure, crafting better weapons and armor, and battling bosses. Read our review.

Who Should Play: The game has a small amount of gore—when you kill an enemy, it explodes, and its body parts skip across the ground. The gore is pretty cartoonish, though, so it doesn’t come across as scary. Use your best judgement to determine whether or not the gore is inappropriate for your child. While the game is rated for teens and up, kids as young as 7 may enjoy the game if parents don’t feel it’s too inappropriate.

Ways to Play: Up to 4 players can play Terraria on the same console with split-screen.

Available for the Following Systems: Xbox 360 | Xbox One | PS3 | PS4


3. Minecraft

About the Game: Minecraft is an awesome game for parents and their kids to play together because there are tons of different way to play the game. In creative mode, younger kids can access all materials in order to build amazing scenes and structures while avoiding having to fight enemies. Adults will enjoy exploring the world, fighting enemies, and discovering new materials in adventure mode.

Who Should Play: Minecraft isn’t scary or gory, so it’s appropriate for children of all ages. While younger children may struggle with fighting enemies in adventure and survival modes, they’ll love creating their own paradise in enemy-free creative mode—it’s like Legos without the mess.

Ways to Play: Up to 4 players can play Minecraft on the same console with split-screen.

Available for the Following Systems: Xbox 360 | Xbox One | PS3 | PS4


4. Portal 2

About the Game: Portal 2 is a puzzle game that requires players to collaborate in order to discover how to escape various arenas using contraptions and strategically placing entry and exit portals. If your family likes puzzle games, Portal 2 will provide weeks of fun. Keep in mind that the game is challenging, slow-paced, and pretty quiet, so expect to spend some time looking around a room and trying out various combinations before you can advance.

Who Should Play: The game is rated for ages 10 and up, and that’s probably spot-on. Younger children may enjoy playing the game but will likely struggle with the complex puzzles. Since the game requires collaboration from both players to move forward, you’ll want the person you’re playing with to be able to think through and solve puzzles with you.

Ways to Play: Up to 2 players can play Portal 2 on the same console with split-screen.

Available for the Following Systems: Xbox 360 | Xbox One | PS3


5. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

About the Game: Man a spaceship and travel the universe in search of your friends, battling enemies and bosses along the way in Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. Each family member can choose their favorite from multiple stations, including the driving station, turrets, the shield, and the ultimate weapon. You have to work together to be successful in this game that features really cute characters, lovely colors and artwork, and fun music. Read our review.

Who Should Play: Kids of any age can play Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and it’s a lot of fun for parents too. Younger children can be placed on simpler stations like the shield in order to contribute to your success without having to dash around the ship shooting enemies and collecting upgrades.

Ways to Play: Up to 4 players can play Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime on the same console in a single screen.

Available for the Following Systems: Xbox One | PS4



6. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

About the Game: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a shooting game that everyone in the family will love. Adults and older children will have a blast destroying waves of zombies in Garden Ops mode, while younger kids will keep themselves entertained with aimless wandering around in Backyard Battleground mode while still leveling up their characters. Read our review.

Who Should Play: The game is rated for ages 10 and up, but while children under 10 may struggle completing the campaign mode, they will still have a lot of fun in Backyard Battleground.

Ways to Play: Up to 2 players can play Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 on the same console with split-screen. Note that both players will need an Xbox Live Gold/PlayStation Plus subscription in order to save their progress in the game.

Available for the Following Systems: Xbox One | PS4


7. Rocket League

About the Game: Even people who dislike sports games can enjoy Rocket League. It’s a combination of soccer and a demolition derby—you try to drive your ball into the goal, prevent the other team from scoring, and crash in epic fashion. Players can also earn points for stylish and progressive maneuvers and later use those points to pimp out their cars, making the game feel as though it has a leveling system.

Who Should Play: Rocket League is fun for adults and children of all ages. Though younger children may not be very competitive, they’ll enjoy driving around and crashing their cars with the rest of the family.

Ways to Play: Up to 4 players can play Rocket League on the same console with split-screen.

Available for the Following Systems: Xbox One | PS4


8. Castle Crashers

About the Game: Castle Crashers is a cartoon hack and slash game where you battle waves of enemies, collect coins, and purchase character upgrades. The game controls are simple and consist of a lot of button mashing, so kids can play the game with ease. And though the controls are simple, the game includes a lot of classic RPG elements like being able to buy character upgrades in order to progress through the game in more powerful forms, making it appealing to adult gamers as well.

Who Should Play: Castle Crashers has its fair share of cartoonish gore and a bit of crude humor, so use your best judgement when playing with younger children. It’s rated for teenagers and older, but children as young as ten can easily get a handle on the controls of the game and will find it a lot of fun if you don’t find the gore and humor inappropriate.

Ways to Play: Up to 4 players can play Castle Crashers on the same console in a single screen.

Available for the Following Systems: Xbox 360 | Xbox One | PS3


9. Rayman Legends

About the Game: If your family likes to play Mario games, you should enjoy playing Rayman Legends together. Rayman Legends is a typical platforming game where you work with a partner to get your characters through a series of obstacles while battling enemies and bosses. While the game’s cartoonish-ness makes it look like it’s for kids, it’s actually a really challenging and funny game that kids and parents can enjoy playing together.

Who Should Play: Rayman Legends is rated for ages 10 and up, but kids of all ages can enjoy playing the game. Younger kids won’t make it far alone as the game gets progressively challenging, but they’ll still have fun trying if you’re willing to carry them through the levels.

Ways to Play: Up to 4 players can play Rayman Legends on the same console in a single screen.

Available for the Following Systems: Xbox 360 | Xbox One | PS3 | PS4


10. Child of Light

About the Game: Child of Light is a beautiful game. Hand drawn and designed to look like a watercolor painting, Child of Light is one of those rare multiplayer RPGs that’s made even rarer by the fact that it’s a family-friendly game. Take a trip through a fairy tale with a loved one, battling enemies in typical RPG fashion, crafting gems to improve combat abilities, leveling up your character, and solving puzzles in order to save the sun, moon, and stars.

Who Should Play: Child of Light is recommended for ages 10 and up. While younger children can certainly play the game and will love the graphics and the fairy tale storyline, they probably won’t understand the mechanics of crafting, fighting, and puzzle-solving.

Ways to Play: Up to 2 players can play Child of Light on the same console in a single screen.

Available for the Following Systems: Xbox 360 | Xbox One | PS3 | PS4