Best PS5 Games For Kids

Sony’s playstation5 is steadily building up its library, both in terms of quality and variety. Demons Souls, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, Hades, death loop, Returnal, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Hitman 3, Resident Evil Villageand Lost Judgment are all great games that should satisfy teenagers and adults with a wide range of needs, however, none of these are really suitable for young children.

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Parents who find themselves with a PS5 might want to play something with their kids, but which games should they try? Which titles serve as welcoming entry points for youngsters taking their first steps into the exciting world of gaming? Here are the best kids games on the PS5 split into multiple genres.

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Note: Only games natively released on the PS5 will be considered. That said, as there isn’t a PS5 RPG that fits the bill, Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling is a solid PS4 recommendation.

Updated January 29, 2022 by Mark Sammut: The PS5’s library continues to grow with each passing day, and February 2022 looks set to be the best month in the console’s lifespan. Games like Dying Light 2: Stay Human, Horizon Forbidden West, Sifu, and Elden Ring will be picked by thousands or millions of people, but none of these titles are made for children. All things considered, Sony’s console does not have a huge array of native PS5 games that are suitable for young kids, but there are some titles that fit the bill. This article has been expanded to include a few more genres, along with each game’s price tag.


Introductory Game: Astro’s Playroom

Astro's Playroom is the Best Reason to Buy a PS5
Release Date November 12, 2020
PS Store Price Free
Age Rating Everyone 10+

Starting with a freebie, Astro’s Playroom comes installed on every PS5, so this will likely be the first game most people play on the console. A 3D platformer that highlights the PS5’s unique features, especially the DualSense controller, Astro’s Playroom is a great tech demo. However, what makes this title so special is that it is also an amazing platformer in its own right.

Astro’s Playroom will undoubtedly delight people who have been with Sony for generations, but it is also the perfect introductory point for newcomers. With controls that are easy to grasp and an overabundance of charm, Astro’s Playroom might transform a child into a gamer.


Platformer: Sackboy: A Big Adventure

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Release Date November 12, 2020
PS Store Price $59.99
Age Rating Everyone

Astro’s Playroom can be used as a launching pad for another 3D platformer on the PS5, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a delight and a half. AT LittleBigPlanet spin off, sackboy combines colorful visuals with responsive gameplay and a hint of puzzles. Whether played solo or in co-op, sackboy is an absolute blast, and it is quite easy.

The platforming genre tends to be associated with children’s games, and while these types of titles are not as common as they were during the ’90s, there are usually a few stand-out releases on each modern console. sackboy is basically the PS5’s equivalent of Super Mario 64​​​​​​.


Open World: Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

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Release Date June 9, 2021
PS Store Price $19.99
Age Rating Everyone

There aren’t all that many games that completely circumvent any violence, so Alba: A Wildlife Adventure offers a welcome change of pace. As Alba, players explore an island in search of creatures that they can photograph.

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While there is some variety outside of this goal, expanding Alba’s photograph portfolio takes center stage, and it leads to a very relaxing experience. Alba: A Wildlife Adventure‘s open-world is rather small, but it doesn’t lack in personality or beauty.


Racing: Hot Wheels Unleashed

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Release Date September 30, 2021
PS Store Price $49.99
Age Rating Everyone

Racing games are generally a safe bet for children, at least in terms of content. However, the main barrier is difficulty and accessibility. Consequently, (relatively) easy arcade racers should be prioritized, and Hot Wheels Unleashed is the best example of one made for the PS5.

Literally transforming toys into a video game, Hot Wheels Unleashed looks great, plays smoothly, and has a decent amount of single-player content. Cars can also be customized, something older children are likely to enjoy.

Simulation: Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered

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Release Date September 15, 2021
PS Store Price $14.99
Age Rating Everyone 10+

Who doesn’t love causing chaos? Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered puts players in the paws of a cat that finds itself home alone. Naturally, the only thing to do now is destroy everything not glued to the wall.

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On the surface, this idea might sound like it would get old quickly, however, Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered shakes things up just enough to keep things from growing stale. Simple fun, this mayhem simulator will leave children laughing and their parents wishing they could have a go.


Management: Planet Coaster

Planet Coaster ps5
Release Date November 12, 2020
PS Store Price $49.99
Age Rating Everyone

Okay, management games don’t exactly scream “for kids.” They typically necessitate that players focus on the minor details and can be quite frustrating, and Planet Coaster is no exception. The game comes with deep mechanics that, if someone wants to create a well-running park, will need to be mastered.

Alternatively, a player can jump into Sandbox mode and do whatever. Just let the mind go wild and have fun, caring not for logic or consistency. This approach makes Planet Coaster a fun ride for younger children, although it is probably best that parents only buy this game if they are also interested in playing.

Co-Op: Overcooked: All You Can Eat

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Release Date November 12, 2020
PS Store Price $39.99
Age Rating Everyone

Overcooked: All You Can Eat packs the two games in the series together, creating one of the most robust and complete party co-op games on the market. Players must work together to prepare and plate their dishes so they can complete orders. This game is fun, chaotic, and perfect for a group of four.

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Overcooked: All You Can Eat also introduced an Assist mode that reduces the pressure in levels, making it an amazing option for young children.

Puzzle: Mr. Driller: DrillLand

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Release Date November 4, 2021
PS Store Price $29.99
Age Rating Everyone

Tea Mr Driller series was popular during the late ’90s and early 2000s, but it fell to the wayside towards the end of the latter decade. Mr. Driller: DrillLand originally debuted in 2002 in Japan, eventually making its way to the west in the form of a 2021 HD remaster.

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Mr Driller‘s formula is relatively simple: dig through colored blocks to descend deeper while avoiding falling rocks and debris. It works like a charm, and DrillLand throws in a few twists in the form of Theme Park rides that serve as alternate game modes. They are all fun and greatly enhance this release’s replay value. Cute, accessible, but also challenging enough to keep older kids entertained, Mr. Driller: DrillLand is the perfect entry-level puzzle game (although adults will probably love it too).


Adventure: The Tourist

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Release Date September 9, 2021
PS Store Price $19.99
Age Rating Everyone

Set on a series of islands, The Tourist is an open-world game with dungeon crawling thrown in, although the latter does not include combat. For the majority of the game, players spend their time traversing an array of tropical islands as they soak up their cultures.

In order to progress the campaign, players will have to enter dungeons to find alien-themed artifacts. These are not particularly difficult and generally include a puzzle or two.

Action: Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

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Release Date October 5, 2021
PS Store Price $39.99
Age Rating Everyone 10+

The 2010s were not kind to Super Monkey Ballgoal banana mania at least got the current decade off to a good start. Essentially a platformer, monkey ball is all about carefully navigating a sphere through winding levels towards an endpoint. Straightforward as that sounds, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania can be quite challenging and comes packed with hundreds of stages.

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Although it can be frustrating at times, banana mania has nothing in it that is inappropriate for children. The gameplay does require quite a bit of precision, so this recommendation is mainly for older kids who have some experience with games and are looking for something to keep them busy for a long time.

Fighting: Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

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Release Date October 5, 2021
PS Store Price $49.99
Age Rating Everyone 10+

Like the horror genre, fighting games are not usually designed with young children in mind, even if many ’90s kids grew up playing mortal kombat in arches. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is the obvious exception on the PlayStation 5, as the brawler takes a page from Super Smash Bros.‘ playbook rather than more technical fighters like tekken gold dead or alive.

Collecting fan favorites from Nickelodeon’s history, All Star Brawl moves at a blistering pace, delivering combat that seems designed to spark laughter in local multiplayer sessions. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl does lack single-player content and polish, so it is only really worth considering for children who are huge fans of the included properties.


Third-Person Shooter: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

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Release Date June 11, 2021
PS Store Price $69.99
Age Rating Everyone 10+

Ending on a recommendation for older kids, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is one of the best games on the PS5. With visuals ripped right out of a Pixar movie and characters that are irresistibly endearing, Rift Apart is a treat for the senses. It also happens to play like a dream.

Mechanically, there is more going on here than most other kids’ games, but Rift Apart‘s controls are rather intuitive. The “Rookie Recruit” difficulty setting makes the game very easy, and Rift Apart also has a range of other accessibility options.

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