Xbox Game Pass has so many games that one person will probably not be able to play them all in one lifetime. It has games for Android gamers, console gamers, RPG fans, FPS enthusiasts, casual gamers, and just about everything in between.
It’s not just the adult gamers who can get something out of a Game Pass subscription. There are plenty of games on Game Pass that are appropriate for younger players as well. Several of them have touch controls, though several require the use of a controller. Luckily, there are several controllers that work well with Game Pass on Android.
These are the games we recommend for parents who want to let their kids play on Game Pass.
Both games are available on Game Pass Cloud Gaming as part of the Rare Replay collection. As always, the first game is the one to start with, and the bright colors and simple story make this one of the more kid-friendly 90s platformers available on Game Pass or anywhere else.
Out of all the simulation games out there, this one might just be the cutest ever made. You play as Beatrix Lebeau, who owns a farm on an alien planet, where she’s hacking out living wrangling slimes. Slimes are twee, smiling balls of jelly who bounce around, make little cooing noises, and literally poop out valuable gems. You couldn’t come up with a more pleasant and kid-friendly game if you tried.
That said, just because it’s not a violent or dark sim game doesn’t mean it’s not intricate. There are many customization options for your farm, and while you can coast through exploring and harvesting gems (“plorts”) from wild slimes, you can also set up a very efficient and profitable farm. It’d be a good game for teaching children about economics, as there’s even an in-game plort market with values that change each day.
It’s not just an exploration game, as there are several minigames associated with various rides around the park, as well as dozens of quests — though granted, the trade-off is that you can’t go on the rides themselves. It might sound sentimental and simplistic, especially given the company behind it, but if you want something cheerful and Disney for your kids, this will let them explore the park without the very high price tag and crowds.
Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure
Speaking of Disney, this is a game for kids who love the Disney Pixar movies and want to live in the worlds of those movies, if only for a little while. Like Disneyland Adventures above, it was originally a Kinect title before finding second life without that Xbox peripheral. Now parents and kids can take advantage of the co-op features built into Rush to play in the Pixar lands together.
You play as a customized character who enters the worlds of Ratatouille, The Incredibles, the first three Toy Story films, Up, the first two Cars films, and Finding Dory. You solve various puzzles alongside the familiar characters, including playing with Andy’s toys, swimming with Nemo and Dory, and racing with Lightning McQueen. It might not do much for an adult, but if your kid loves Pixar movies, it’ll undoubtedly keep them occupied for a while.
Single-player games are great, but suppose you want to play a game with your child? Overcooked 2 is one of the games available on Game Pass that is both fun and simplistic enough for kids and complicated enough for adults. It might also be a good opportunity to help teach kids problem-solving skills — though it’ll be a trial by fire.
Overcooked 2 has kid-friendly graphics, and you can stick to some of the less-challenging levels if you don’t want your child (or yourself) to get overly frustrated. It made our list of the best family games available on Nintendo Switch, as it’s both fun and a great value. It offers the same great stuff for Game Pass on Android, and it has touch controls.
Ori & the Blind Forest
The Ori games may be more suited to older children, but they’re still great choices for kids who aren’t afraid of a little bit of a challenge. They’re beautiful, colorful, and simple to grasp platformers with beautiful scores and art design. While some imagery can frighten children, and some of the platforming sections might be frustrating, the story and main character are simple and approachable enough to remain child-friendly.
Both Blind Forest and Will of the Wisps made our list of must-play Game Pass games for Android, so they’re both solid titles. Blind Forest is probably slightly more kid-friendly, as it has somewhat simpler mechanics, but either one would be great for a kid aged about 10 or older.
One of the newer games to come to Game Pass, PHOGS is a puzzle game in which you play as two dogs linked together in one big doggy noodle, who must work together to navigate the world around them. That means that a child and a parent or friend can play the game together.
Everything about this game looks like something kids would like. The dog heroes are adorable and fluffy. The worlds are bright and colorful, being themed around the dog-friendly concepts of food, sleep, and play. The puzzles are complex, but not so difficult that they’ll frustrate younger minds.
Describing it like that makes it sound complicated, but the gameplay is straightforward, and the colorful world is very kid-friendly. While capturing a whole piñata food chain sometimes requires players to sacrifice some piñatas to capture others, it’s cheerful and non-graphic enough to still be safely within the realm of kid-friendly games. It also has touch controls on Android.
New Super Lucky’s Tale
Microsoft described this adorable platformer as a “complete reimagining” of the original Super Lucky’s Tale, released on PC and Xbox One in 2017. Lucky Swiftail must help his sister protect the Book of Ages, which offers access to new worlds, from an evil sorcerer.
As far as kid-friendly games go, it doesn’t get more classic than this, a platformer starring an animal hero on a noble quest. This is an expanded version of the original game, with new levels and mechanics added. If you’re looking for a game that’ll give your kid the platformer experience with modern graphics and controls, this is the perfect game. It has touch controls on mobile.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
The Yooka-Laylee games were conceived as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, and the first game in the series was a more straight homage to the third-person platformers of yore. However, Impossible Lair is a sidescrolling platformer, setting it apart from its predecessor.
Like Lucky’s Tale above, Impossible Lair gives an old-school-style gameplay experience for gamers with modern graphics and controls. It’s more difficult than other games on this list, but every young gamer needs a white whale to pursue. The gameplay, while a little bit unforgiving, is accessible for young gamers and adults alike. It also has touch controls on Android.
Each level is accompanied by a child-friendly and Disney-inspired character or Master. They react after completing a level and provide an extra bit of engagement for your child. The game works exceptionally well with touch controls or can be played using a controller.
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