Nowadays most games already have online multiplayer, although these are usually more focused on keeping the greatest number of active players available. usually unknown to each otherthan in the collaborative experience itself. For this reason, also driven by the growing desire to be with our families and friends, we have decided to make a small selection of those we consider important the best family games currently available.
Before anyone delves into the obvious, while Nintendo is usually the company most focused on this area of family games (which is actually partially reflected in our own list), we can still find other options that are very interesting to them replace, either with some newer publications or previous titles.
Super Mario Party
We can’t talk about family games without mentioning the mini-game per se. And the fact is that the Mario Party saga has always been defined by the multiple tests that every gamer must go through. The aim of the game is to win as many stars as possible. To do this, you have to be victorious in every mini-game.
Each player manages a character from the Mario universe to progress through a board based on winning mini-games. In addition, in this latest edition, it takes advantage of the unique features of the Nintendo Switch to add extra novelty and fun to its mechanics.
While the mini-games are not long in themselves, we can stretch the games out quite a bit. Besides the fact that rematches are practically safe, with an almost infinite replayability factor.
Overcooked and overcooked 2
One of my favorites on this list of family games. With a dynamic as simple as cooking and delivering customer orders, this cooperative game teaches us the great challenge of keeping order in a kitchen under pressure. It is important to know how to coordinate with everyone to follow the recipes and not to collide or block the way. Especially when these kitchens are in crazy environments like a volcano, the North Pole, a haunted house, or moving boats and cars.
And the thing is, fun is guaranteed as there is always a point where the sum of it all becomes the most chaotic, absurd, and funniest situations. If you are looking for something nice, fun, but also challenging, you definitely have to try one of these games.
Currently, the two rates are available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, although it was recently announced that both would come under a single compilation title that will be adapted and improved for the next generation of consoles.
This excellent action platform game can be played by up to four people together. Rayman Legends is very beautiful with eye-catching colors. In addition, the stages present many challenges and there are a large number of levels to be overcome. It can be ready in about ten hours, but if you are very adventurous and want to do it all, you have more than enough content.
Released a few years ago, this game is still available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U, although the game has been kept alive with updated support for PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
In order not to get into discussion, this time we’ve decided to highlight what are undoubtedly two of the best family racing game sagas that have ever been made.
Starting with the classic Nintendo game, the latest edition looks better than ever, with lots of characters to choose from and circuits to compete on. There are many ways to keep you entertained for many afternoons, and being part of the swing when using objects is always fun.
Although the newly redesigned Crash Team Racing has nothing to envy, which with a stronger emphasis on speed, jumps and sharp turns also gives us a large amount of objects to annoy our opponents. In addition to the graphical update itself, this edition returns with new modes, characters and karts.
While Mario maintains its exclusivity for Nintendo Switch, we can enjoy slightly greater compatibility for the Crash title, which will be available on Xbox One and Switch alongside PS4.
Just dance in 2020
If there’s one thing we like more than being with family, it’s laughing with (or at) our loved ones. Because of this, Ubisoft’s dance game series continues to be one of the most popular family games for the holidays. And it is not only possible to offer us some of the current themes and great hits from artists like Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Billie Eilish, but it is also possible to unleash our bodies.
All of this with the great addition that we can simultaneously deal with the unwanted pounds that have arrived in the past few months.
This game is still available for Nintendo Wii and is available on the current generation of Nintendo Switch consoles, PS4, Xbox One and Google Stadia.
In terms of platform games and puzzle solving, Trine is one of the best family games to enjoy together. And the fact is that while it can be played on its own, with the three players there, the experience undoubtedly improves, each controlling a specific character with special skills and functions that help us overcome the various obstacles.
While they aren’t particularly long games, the fact that four consecutive installments are each more complete gives us more than enough content to spend a few days solving each level and unraveling your imaginations, the best stories is worthy.
Available for the previous and current generation, with individual deliveries from PC, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. Those who want to enjoy the full fable can also find some compilations for Xbox One, Switch. and PS4.
From the classic Marvel and DC superheroes to the magic of Harry Potter, the fantasy worlds of The Lord of the Rings to the intergalactic settings of Star Wars, we have an immense number of titles to choose from. And although the stories and main characters change, all of these games generally focus on the same dynamics of exploration, puzzles and platforms, accompanied by the strong and absurd humor that characterizes their brand.
While not all games are available on all platforms, we’ll have more than enough options to enjoy them on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and even some previous generation consoles.
On the flip side, however, we also find one of the brand’s latest deliveries which allows us to bring all of our products together to create and explore our own world with an adventure and experience, rather than being based on a single third party license a lot similar to the successful Minecraft.
Keep talking and no one will explode
The dynamic is simple: there is a bomb in the room and nobody wants it to explode. However, only one player will be able to see and defuse the bomb, while the rest of the contestants should be responsible for reading the manual and telling them what to do. With this interesting proposition, this game succeeds in solidifying a cooperative experience of varying degrees of difficulty, in which a strange interaction is created between all players.
Currently we can find this game on all platforms including PC (compatible for Windows, Linux and Mac), PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and even two additional versions for Android and iOS devices. Also, as a personal experience, I recommend those of you who have a VR range system to try one of the compatible versions of this game, as it goes a long way in adding to the fun (and excitement) of local games.
The Jackbox Party Pack
The Jackbox Party Packs are a compilation of very diverse family mini-games and are perfect for large groups, although we can also play as smaller groups of three or even two people. Right now there are 6 Jackbox Party Packs, a seventh of which is already on the way, which collects all kinds of quizzes, drawings, crazy answers, quotes and anything else you can think of.
Best of all, thanks to the few requirements of these games, we have virtually complete compactness for every device, from PCs to consoles to cell phones and even smart TVs.
Although the Worms saga was one of the most popular classics of the 90s, it currently has much more moderate recognition, although that doesn’t mean its games continue to be just as fun. And the fact that this turn-based strategy title, after a brief passage through the 3D deliveries, again offered us an experience that stays true to the original 2D graphics, adding a huge range of new weapons, scenarios, functions and most importantly, destruction.
With maximum compatibility, we can currently find this title on PC, PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch.
Bonus: screen cheat
To wrap up this list of family games, we didn’t want to leave out this weird game. In this game we have to spy on everyone else’s screens, designed as a brilliantly executed satire for one of the biggest problems in competitive split screen gaming. And is that all signs are invisible? The only way to locate them is to look for some characteristic elements of the environment and use them in combination with your and our screen.
Depending on the use of a screen large enough for all participants to see, the game will be available on all platforms. You can choose between PC, PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch.