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Sony Interactive Entertainment

With excellent storytelling and multiplayer functionality, video games can be a quality family activity. Many popular games, however, contain content questionable for younger children.

If you’re having a hard time figuring out which games would be appropriate to play in a family setting, look no further. Here’s a selection of more than 40 games appropriate for gamers of all ages, organized by platform.

PlayStation 4

Sony Interactive Entertainment

'Tearaway Unfolded'

Sony Interactive Entertainment

What it is: "Tearaway Unfolded" follows a messenger’s journey through a papercraft world to deliver a letter to you. Yes, you. The game takes advantage of the PS4’s more interesting features, like the touchpad and light bars on the controller.

A good pick for... gamers who like creativity and exploring interesting worlds. "Tearaway" allows players to design custom paper ornaments that can be used to decorate virtually anything in the game.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like jumping or unconventional mechanics in games. "Tearaway" has a few challenging spots that could discourage some gamers from completing the story.

Look out for... some tense moments and scary environments in the game. While nothing is outright horrific, "Tearaway" can feature some moments that might frighten younger children.

Best for... kids 8 and up

ESRB rating: E for mild cartoon violence

'Knack 2'

Sony Interactive Entertainment

What it is: "Knack 2" puts players in control of Knack, a size-altering golem who runs, jumps and fights to protect the world from evil goblins.

A good pick for... those who like beat-em-up puzzle platformers. "Knack 2" never gets too difficult, since the game intuitively directs players through the world based on skill level, and allows for a second, more experienced player to help out through cooperative play.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like cartoony violence. Knack’s primary verbs mostly revolve around beating up enemies, tanks, planes and the environment around him.

Look out for... a few intense moments featuring some creepy-looking goblins and first-person robot fights.

Best for... kids 6 and up

ESRB rating: E10+ for fantasy violence

'Ratchet & Clank'

Sony Interactive Entertainment

What it is: "Ratchet & Clank" follows the titular characters as they journey to save the galaxy from the evil Dr. Nefarious.

A good pick for... families looking for diverse, entertaining adventures. "Ratchet & Clank" features a lot of diversity, from platforming and shooting to flying a spaceship or hoverboard, as well as a healthy dose of laughs.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like fighting against large groups of enemies. Gameplay mostly focuses on attacking enemies who then burst into a shower of bolts, the game’s currency of choice. By defeating enemies with a wrench and other sci-fi weapons, players can gather bolts, which allow them to purchase and upgrade an increasingly outlandish arsenal.

Look out for... a lot of cartoony violence and some crude humor

Best for... kids 8 and up

ESRB rating: E10+ for animated blood and fantasy violence

'Rocket League'

Psyonix

What it is: "Rocket League" focuses on competing in a match of soccer using superpowered cars.

A good pick for... gamers who enjoy playing against others in skill-based matches. "Rocket League" can be played online against players from around the world, as well as with local friends.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like the idea of practicing to improve your abilities, or if you don’t like playing against other people.

Look out for... online voice chat. While the "Rocket League" community is largely family friendly, there’s always the chance that other players could be a little rude. All voice chat broadcasting can be set to team-only, or turned off completely.

Best for... kids 12 and up

Also available on: Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch

ESRB rating: E

'Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2'

Capcom

What it is: Guide the Blue Bomber as he fights his way through the evil Dr. Wiley’s robots. Players can gain new powers by defeating robot masters, thus making it easier to defeat other robots. The first collection includes Mega Man’s first six adventures on NES, while the second one features his two SNES appearances as well as a few throwback titles.

A good pick for... kids who like retro games and a focus on pure gameplay. While a light story is introduced later on, "Mega Man" is all about learning and exploiting patterns.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like hard games. While the collections allow you to rewind time and change the game's speed, they still rely on skill.

Look out for... sometimes frustrating difficulty and some cartoon violence. The general concept involves blasting your way through robots, up to a showdown with the human Dr. Wiley.

Best for... kids 6 and up

Also available on: Xbox One

ESRB rating: E10+ for cartoon violence

PlayStation Vita

Playstation, Sony Interactive Entertainment

'Dragon Quest Builders'

Square Enix

What it is: "DQ Builders" marries the high-fantasy setting of "Dragon Quest" with the general gameplay conceit of "Minecraft." The result? A nostalgic RPG mixed with a deep creative crafting system that parents and kids alike will love.

A good pick for... lovers of classic role-playing games and creative builders. "DQ Builders" offers both a story-based campaign and a sandbox mode, which should please lovers of both genres.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like to explore. "DQ Builders" requires players to take on quests, which challenge players to scavenge resources from the environment in order to craft a required item. Some kids could become frustrated if they’re unable to find that last rare item.

Look out for... cartoon fantasy violence, and some scary moments involving a variety of cartoon monsters, who will often chase the player until they’re defeated.

Best for... kids 10 and up

Also available on: PS4 and Nintendo Switch

ESRB rating: E10+ for alcohol references, fantasy violence, mild blood, mild language, and mild suggestive themes

'World of Final Fantasy'

Square Enix

What it is: "World of Final Fantasy" follows twins Reyn and Lann as they adventure through the diminutive world of Grimoire, meeting classic "Final Fantasy" heroes and villains alike. Players are tasked with capturing monsters who can then be used in battle.

A good pick for... lovers of "Final Fantasy" and "Pokémon." "WOFF" tells a charming, heartfelt story laden with nostalgia and capitalizes on classic gameplay that improves on the turn-based battle system from both series.

Don’t get it if... you prefer a shorter story experience, or like exploration. "WOFF" puts players on a generally linear path, and the adventure can last at least 40 hours, according to How Long to Beat.

Look out for... some light rude humor. Some jokes involve bathroom humor, while a running gag in the game involves a main character’s lack of common sense.

Best for... kids 8 and up

Also available on: PS4

ESRB rating: E10+ for alcohol references, fantasy violence, mild language, and mild suggestive themes

'Shantae: Half-Genie Hero'

WayForward Technologies

What it is: guide the shapeshifting half-genie Shantae on an adventure to save the Genie Realm from dangerous outside forces. Players will be able to gain new abilities and return to previous levels to find hidden secrets.

A good pick for... fans of platforming games like "Super Mario Bros." and "Metroid." Players will always feel in control of the action, and the game never presents too much of a challenge. Additionally, Shantae’s story is surprisingly heartfelt and entertaining.

Don’t get it if... you like longer experiences, or hate running and jumping.

Look out for... some characters, including Shantae, wear revealing outfits. However, the hand-drawn cartoon art style ensures the game remains as child-friendly as your average Saturday morning cartoon, according to Common Sense Media.

Best for... kids 10 and up

Also available on: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC.

ESRB rating: T for suggestive themes and cartoon violence

'Rayman Legends'

Ubisoft

What it is: Join Rayman and friends as they run, jump and fight through the Glade of Dreams in order to save their friends, the Teensies. Rayman Legends sports fast, fluid gameplay and a charming storybook art style, and allows for multiple players to team up for double the fun.

A good pick for... gamers who like creativity and charm. Some levels are set in time to songs like "Eye of the Tiger" and "Black Betty," and a forgiving checkpoint system allows for accessible gameplay.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like repetition. While the checkpoint system is forgiving enough to keep players from feeling discouraged, some difficulty spikes could cause players to get stuck occasionally.

Look out for... some scary moments involving Nightmares, creepy monsters who show up towards the end of the game. Additionally, "Rayman Legends" features a handful of midriff-exposing princess warriors. Like "Shantae: Half-Genie Hero," these characters are never sexualized in any way, and their appearances are completely optional.

Best for... kids 6 and up

Also available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

ESRB rating: E10+ for cartoon violence and comic mischief

'Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Warner Bros. Interactive

What it is: Save the galaxy from the evil First Order in this blocky, slapstick rendition of "Star Wars: Episode VII." The game features open areas to explore and dozens of Star Wars characters to play.

A good pick for... families who enjoy creativity and diversity. The game challenges players with light environmental puzzles, shooting challenges, treasure hunts, space battles and the chance to create your own custom Star Wars hero.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like Star Wars or Legos.

Look out for... cartoon violence akin to smashing two action figures together. Like all Lego games, "The Force Awakens" revolves around beating up and shooting building block constructs and other Lego figures.

Best for... kids 4 and up

Also available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo 3DS, iOS/Tablet

ESRB rating: E10+ for cartoon violence and comic mischief

Xbox One

Microsoft

'Slime Rancher'

Monomi Park

What it is: Journey across an open world to capture and cultivate your own herds of adorable slimes.

A good pick for... people who like relaxing simulators. "Slime Rancher" is all about taking care of countless slimes, and using the profits you gain to expand your intergalactic ranch.

Don’t get it if... you prefer something with more action. While you can have a lot of slimes onscreen at the same time, the game generally operates at a slower pace.

Look out for... some potentially scary moments involving creatures that can consume your slimes.

Best for... kids 5 and up

Also available on: PC

ESRB rating: Unrated

'Just Dance 2017'

Ubisoft

What it is: "Just Dance" puts players in the spotlight and challenges them to dance along to dozens of popular songs.

A good pick for... kids who love to be active. Every dance is easy to learn but takes real practice to master, and will keep dedicated dancers busy for hours.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like the music selection. While "Just Dance 2017" features a wide range of tunes, there might be some songs that you’ll find annoying.

Look out for... some on-screen dancers wear revealing outfits, but they generally appear as silhouettes, leaving little to worry about. Additionally, some songs may contain slightly suggestive lyrics, despite being screened for offensive content.

Best for... kids 4 and up

Also available on: PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, iOS/Tablet

ESRB rating: E10+ for mild lyrics

'Forza Horizon 3'

Microsoft Studios

What it is: Jump into the driver’s seat and cruise across Australia in this open-world love letter to racing. Players can compete in countless races and driving challenges to unlock 350 fully customizable real-world vehicles.

A good pick for... car lovers. "Forza" does a great job representing the speed, power and joy that comes with racing in a totally open environment.

Don’t get it if... you want to get out of the car. For better or worse, players are essentially chained to the steering wheel, and don’t have the opportunity to explore the world on foot.

Look out for... online competitors. "Forza Horizon 3" analyzes each player’s driving techniques to create identical, aggressive rivals that will populate each game. While these "Drivatars" are usually easy enough to race against, they may frustrate younger players.

Best for... kids 8 and up

ESRB rating: E10+ for mild lyrics, mild suggestive themes, and mild violence

'Ori and the Blind Forest'

Microsoft Studios

What it is: Guide Ori, a white guardian spirit, as he journeys to stop an evil spider clan from taking over the forest of Nibel. Players will run, jump and hunt for secrets in a beautifully animated world.

A good pick for... people who love emotional stories and gameplay. Ori’s story will tug on your heartstrings and features gameplay similar to Nintendo’s Metroid series, according to the developers.

Don’t get it if... you like being guided around a world. While the game will always give you hints about where to go and what to do, it’s up to the player to find their way.

Look out for... some intense moments and scary enemies that might frighten younger children.

Best for... kids 8 and up

Also available on: PC

ESRB rating: E

'Shovel Knight'

Yacht Club Games

What it is: Steel thy shovel as you fight against the Enchantress’ Order of No Quarter. "Shovel Knight" is a retro tribute to platforming games from the late ’80s and early ’90s. Travel across dozens of levels as you fight against nomadic warriors and evil Knights in your quest to save Shield Knight, Shovel Knight’s partner and friend.

A good pick for... anyone looking for a nostalgic experience. "Shovel Knight" is inspired by games like "Mega Man," "Super Mario Bros.," "Castlevania" and "The Legend of Zelda" while still managing to introduce ideas and a world all its own.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like older games. "Shovel Knight" is a joy to play, but might not appeal to anyone who really doesn’t like 8-bit action platformers from the Nintendo Entertainment System’s catalog.

Look out for... some challenging gameplay moments, as well as additional free content. Once you complete the main campaign, play through two new stories featuring new characters and stages. A final new campaign will release in 2018, according to game developer Yacht Club.

Best for... kids 6 and up

Also available on: PS4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, PC

ESRB rating: E for mild fantasy violence

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo

'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild'

Nintendo

What it is: Journey across a vast, beautiful open world as Link, the hero of Hyrule. Following Calamity Ganon’s victory against Hyrule’s Champions, Link returns to take back the kingdom and save Princess Zelda. Players can explore diverse environments as they go anywhere, do anything and create their own legend.

A good pick for... players who like to explore and change the world at their leisure. Gamers are taught everything they need to conquer any challenge, and are set free to do as they please.

Don’t get it if... you expect to be told what to do or where to go. While "Breath of the Wild" will provide general areas of interest and side quests, players need to take the initiative to explore as they see fit.

Look out for... some scary enemies and boss fights, which are found all over the world. Calamity Ganon could be frightening to younger players.

Best for... kids 10 and up

ESRB rating: E10+ for fantasy violence, mild suggestive themes, and use of alcohol

'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe'

Nintendo

What it is: Race through dozens of colorful tracks as Mario and friends use countless customizable karts and items.

A good pick for... anyone who loves exciting moments and racing. "Mario Kart" isn’t as complex as a game like "Forza," which makes it a better fit for younger racers. "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" offers several beginner-friendly features, including a steering assist and slower racing speeds.

Don’t get it if... you like story modes in games. "Mario Kart" is all about racing with friends and family, and has no plot development or story.

Best for... kids 4 and up

ESRB rating: E for comic mischief

'Snipperclips'

Nintendo

What it is: "Snipperclips" challenges up to four players to solve papercraft puzzles. Your only tools? Each other. By overlapping with their partners, players can cut each other into different shapes, allowing for a variety of creative, challenging puzzles.

A good pick for... people who like cute puzzle games, or like playing with friends. While "Snipperclips" can be tackled alone, it’s best played in teams.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like puzzles and platforming. "Snipperclips" is all about manipulating your avatar’s shape and position. Floaty controls and endless permutations on your shape and size could frustrate players of all age.

Best for... kids 6 and up

ESRB rating: E

'Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle'

Ubisoft

What it is: A mechanical mishap caused by the ever-annoying Rabbids opens a dimensional wormhole over the Mushroom Kingdom of "Super Mario Bros." fame, forcing Mario and his friends to team up with the Rabbids to set things right. Players will guide a party of characters through themed worlds and turn-based strategic battles in order to fix the Mushroom Kingdom and send the Rabbids home.

A good pick for... gamers who like good, clean humor and strategy games. Each battle challenges players to adapt to situations on the fly, while different combinations of party members can lead to creative, devastating attacks. For more, read our review here.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like turn-based strategy RPGs.

Look out for... some cartoon slapstick violence. Weapons resembling guns are available to players, but alternatives like supercharged yo-yos are available as an alternative.

Best for... kids 6 and up

ESRB rating: E10+ for cartoon violence, comic mischief, and mild language

'Super Mario Odyssey'

Nintendo

What it is: Join Mario on his latest adventure as he explores unique open worlds in a quest to save Princess Peach from an unwanted union with the King of the Koopas, Bowser. Players can run, jump and possess other characters and items in order to gain unique abilities.

A good pick for... people who like charming, colorful adventures. Mario’s adventure will take him through a number of themed environments and worlds full of unique puzzles and nostalgic references to Mario’s roots. For more, read our review here.

Don’t get it if... you prefer 2D Mario sidescrollers, or don’t like action-adventure games. While there’s always something to do, "Super Mario Odyssey" expects you to go out and find it.

Look out for... some scary moments involving large enemies, which may frighten young children.

Best for... kids 6 and up

ESRB rating: E10+ for cartoon violence and comic mischief

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo

'Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon'

The Pokemon Company

What it is: Catch, battle and trade your way across the tropical Alola region. Players will meet and battle friends and enemies in an effort to become the strongest Pokémon trainer around.

A good pick for... fans of RPGs and "Pokémon." The game is all about interacting with your Pokémon and choosing the best combination of monsters in order to defeat anybody in your path.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like repetitive games. Despite a beautiful environment and a colorful cast of characters, "Pokémon" is, for better or worse, focused on battling everyone in the game.

Look out for... some characters are scantily clad, and the game’s premise revolves around making animals beat each other up. These elements are never portrayed as particularly graphic or offensive, however.

Best for... kids 8 and up

ESRB rating: E for mild cartoon violence

'Animal Crossing: New Leaf'

Nintendo

What it is: Become the mayor of your own town and spend your days developing infrastructure, solving your animal friends’ problems, buying art and collecting fossils. "Animal Crossing" invites players to play at their own pace, and emphasizes the idea that "good things happen to those who wait."

A good pick for... gamers who love customizing everything. Players can design their own home, town and outfits, which results in a unique experience for every player.

Don’t get it if... you like games with story modes or action. "Animal Crossing" is more akin to a life simulator, and is meant to be played for a few minutes every day.

Best for... kids 4 and up

ESRB rating: E for comic mischief

'Ultimate NES Remix'

Nintendo

What it is: Jump into the best moments of the greatest Nintendo Entertainment System games. Power up, defeat bad guys and escape exploding spaceships … all in a matter of seconds.

A good pick for... people who love minigame collections and NES games. Nintendo’s best games are chopped up into bite-sized moments, and players are rated on how quickly they complete each minigame.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like pressure or short gameplay experiences. Each minigame can be completed in a matter of seconds, and gamers are usually ushered along at a fast pace.

Best for... kids 6 and up

ESRB rating: E for mild fantasy violence

'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D'

Nintendo

What it is: Guide Link as he travels through time to save the Kingdom of Hyrule and Princess Zelda from the evil Ganondorf in this remake of the classic Nintendo 64 game.

A good pick for... gamers who like charming, dark fantasy adventures. "Ocarina of Time" features multiple unique areas to explore and adventure throughout, with plenty of secrets to find across two different time periods.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like action, fantasy or being told what to do. The game spends a lot of time teaching players what to do and reminding them where to go using constant audio cues and messages.

Look out for... some scary monsters and environments may frighten younger players. The game’s future timeline scenario can be particularly tense and creepy at times.

Best for: Kids 8 and up

ESRB rating: E10+ for animated blood, fantasy violence, and suggestive themes

'Kirby: Planet Robobot'

Nintendo

What it is: Help Kirby save his friends from being turned into robots in a charming sidescrolling platformer featuring giant mech suits, dozens of game-changing abilities, and a surprisingly heartfelt story.

A good pick for... players who like beautiful games with lots of depth. Every level is colorful and unique, while each of Kirby’s abilities are visually stunning. While the game is easy to pick up and play, each ability offers a ton of skills to master.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like easy games. The Kirby games have always been easy to complete, and "Planet Robobot" is no exception. While there’s some difficulty in finding collectibles in each level, beating the game should provide no challenge.

Best for... kids 4 and up

ESRB rating: E for mild cartoon violence

iOS/Tablet

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'The Witness'

Thekla, Inc.

What it is: "The Witness" challenges players to solve dozens of puzzles located across an abandoned island. While puzzles start out simple, they quickly become more and more difficult as gamers delve deeper and deeper into the island’s secrets.

A good pick for... players who like to solve puzzles and mysteries at their own pace. Learning how to solve the island’s puzzles is like learning a new language, and is best learned through experience, environmental cues and trial and error.

Don’t get it if... you like getting hints. "The Witness" won’t hold your hand, and won’t help you solve a puzzle if you get stuck. While some people may enjoy the challenge, others might become frustrated.

Best for... kids 8 and up

Also available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

ESRB rating: E

'Minecraft'

Microsoft Studios

What it is: "Minecraft" drops players into a randomly generated world and challenges them to craft useful items and survive. The game’s survival mode provides some challenge akin to an open-world RPG, while its creative mode provides players with a full suite of items and resources to construct fantastic contraptions, buildings and monuments.

A good pick for... anyone looking for total freedom to do whatever they’d like. The game’s open nature provides endless possibilities, like Legos. If you can think it, "Minecraft" will let you build it.

Don’t get it if... you like story modes or deep, nuanced gameplay. The game's systems are very simple, with complexity lying in the items you can craft. If you want an adventure with a narrative, try out "Dragon Quest Builders," which borrows a lot from "Minecraft."

Look out for... other players. 'Minecraft' allows gamers across all platforms to share their creations and worlds, which has both increased the creative potential of the game and opened it up to predators, according to Motherboard. However, all online functionality can be turned off, and offending players can be reported for their inappropriate behavior.

Best for... kids 4 and up (Offline Creative Mode); kids 8 and up (Offline Survival Mode); kids 15 and up (Online, All Modes)

Also available on: PS4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, PC

ESRB rating: E10+ for fantasy violence

'World of Goo'

2D Boy

What it is: Help numerous balls of goo escape from the World of Goo Corporation in a charming, unique puzzle game. Players can use basic physics to create structures out of goo in an effort to complete each stage across five chapters.

A good pick for ... people who like unique puzzle games. Each level in "World of Goo" provides a brand new challenge for players of all skill levels.

Don’t get it if ... you like controlling each aspect of the game. Some levels feature hazards that must be avoided, and could frustrate some players.

Best for ... kids 6 and up

Also available on: Nintendo Switch, PC

ESRB rating: E

'Alto’s Adventure'

Snowman

What it is: Guide a snowboarder down a gorgeous, colorful slope in this endless runner. Players are given the opportunity to enjoy the game’s beautiful aesthetics while they focus simply on jumping over hazards in their path.

A good pick for... people who like simple, beautiful games. Each playthrough allows for a variation on the same beautiful, simple mountain environment. While jumping is the only mechanic in the game, players are challenged to beat their own high scores.

Don’t get it if... you like greater control over games. "Alto’s Adventure" only allows players to travel at a single speed, on a single plane, with a single input method.

Best for... kids 3 and up

Also available on: PC

ESRB rating: Unrated

'Monument Valley 1 & 2'

Ustwo Games

What it is: Players are tasked with guiding a princess, Ida, through miniature minimalist dioramas reminiscent of M.C. Escher’s logic- and physics-defying artwork.

A good pick for... people who like simple, pleasing aesthetics and interesting puzzle solutions. While much of the gameplay involves entering doors and flipping switches, you’re never quite sure what will happen next.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like short gameplay sessions. Most of "Monument Valley’s" puzzles are brief, better suited to a short train ride or commercial break than an extended gaming session.

Best for... kids 6 and up

ESRB rating: Unrated

PC

'Portal 1 & 2'

Valve Corporation

What it is: The "Portal" series drops players into Aperture Science’s abandoned test chambers and equips them with a portal gun and one objective: escape the facility and its oppressive overseer, GlaDos. Players will unravel a thought-provoking story through environmental storytelling and audio files, all while thinking with portals.

A good pick for... people looking for a science theory-based first-person game and a healthy dose of humor. Unlike "Call of Duty," "Portal" rarely pits gamers against enemies, and instead challenges players with spatial awareness and teleportation physics puzzles.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like oppressive environments in games. While Aperture science initially feels clean and state-of-the-art, players will quickly realize something sinister is at hand. In "Portal 2," the environment is literally ripped apart and smashed back together in order to create some of the most challenging puzzles in the game.

Look out for... some rude humor, light violent references and scary moments. GlaDos, the game’s primary antagonist, regularly pulls the rug out from players while insulting their intelligence and existence. While these moments are played up as dry humor, some younger players might find them frightening.

Best for... kids 10 and up

ESRB rating: E10+

'Undertale'

Toby Fox

What it is: "Undertale" is a surrealist love letter to Japanese RPGs like "Final Fantasy" and Nintendo’s "EarthBound." Players are given the choice to peacefully explore a monster-infested underworld or to fight their way back to the surface. Along the way, players will meet a unique cast of characters, each charming in their own way.

A good pick for... people who love to play according to their own rules. Players are given the choice to befriend every monster they encounter, or to battle it out in classic RPG style. The game’s multiple endings encourage players to try out different gameplay styles to find their favorite way to play.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like simple graphics. "Undertale" is a throwback to 8- and 16-bit RPGs, and has a simple, sometimes crude art style.

Look out for... some scary moments involving a few powerful enemies and a particularly malicious flower.

Best for... kids 12 and up

Also available on: PS4, PlayStation Vita

ESRB rating: E10+ for fantasy violence, mild blood, mild language, and use of tobacco

'Overwatch'

Blizzard Entertainment

What it is: "Overwatch" is a 6 vs. 6 online first-person shooter, challenging players to master one of 25 colorful characters’ skills. Players can choose from a diverse cast of characters, from a time-traveling pilot, a cyborg cowboy, or a sentient superpowered ape.

A good pick for... anyone looking for teamwork and diversity in their games. Each "Overwatch" character falls into one of four power archetypes, and players are expected to work together to complete their objectives. For example, cyborg gunslinger McCree has the ability to tear through opponents quickly, while the rollerblading DJ Lucio can boost his teammate’s health and defense throughout the fight.

Don’t get it if... you expect a single player story mode. "Overwatch" is a multiplayer-only experience, but tons of official story content by way of short films and comics have been released in support of the game on a regular basis.

Look out for... online opponents. While developer Blizzard went out of the way to make "Overwatch" safe for all ages, players can still engage in text chat with teammates and opponents, some of whom might be a little rude. While explicit language is blocked, some lighter insults may be able to slip through.

Best for... kids 14 and up

Also available on: PS4, Xbox One

ESRB rating: T for blood, violence, and use of tobacco.

'FTL: Faster Than Light'

Subset Games

What it is: Manage a spaceship’s moment-to-moment operations as its crew attempts to deliver important data to the Galactic Federation on the other side of the galaxy. Unfortunately, the rebels are on your tail, challenging players to solve problems quickly and efficiently.

A good pick for... people who like tabletop board games. "FTL" is played by pausing time and issuing commands to a small crew aboard your spaceship. Players will learn strategies over time that will help them defeat their opponents, and "FTL" will provide a unique experience every time you play.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like things being left up to chance. "FTL" relies heavily on the luck of the draw, and a successful playthrough may rely on luck just as much as player ability.

Look out for... some cartoon violence and tense situations that may stress out some players.

Best for... kids 12 and up

Also available on: iOS/Tablet

ESRB rating: Unrated

'Stardew Valley'

Chucklefish

What it is: Restore your grandfather’s farm to its former glory as you explore Pelican Town and befriend your neighbors. Players can build friendships with their neighbors, cultivate crops and explore a monster-filled mine as they live a simple life as a farmer.

A good pick for... people who like relaxing simulations. "Stardew Valley" moves at a slow pace, with many actions requiring multiple in-game days to complete. Players can plan their week ahead of time, and most actions will help gamers increase their profitability and friendship with their neighbors.

Don’t get it if... you don’t like slow games. While there’s some action to be had in the mines, the short daylength can limit how much time you spend swinging a sword.

Best for... kids 8 and up.

Also available on: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

ESRB rating: E10+ for fantasy violence, mild blood, mild language, simulated gambling, and use of alcohol and tobacco

Honorable mentions

While these games are excellent and would be appropriate for all ages, they didn’t quite match up with the other games on the list for various reasons.

'Pokkén Tournament DX'

The Pokemon Company

"Pokkén Tournament" is a Pokémon-themed fighting game, and gives players the opportunity to fight it out in an arena, rather than a turn-based battle. While it’s an excellent choice for any Nintendo Switch owner, the sharp learning curve could make the game frustrating for beginners and younger players.

Available on: Nintendo Switch

ESRB rating: E10+ for fantasy violence

'Lego Dimensions'

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Mash together your favorite pop culture franchises in a Lego adventure featuring Marty McFly, Batman, Sonic the Hedgehog, and many more. Unfortunately, access to nearly all the game’s content is gated behind a physical Lego product that needs to be purchased separately from the game. While there’s plenty of fun to be had with the base game, the forced expansions keep "Lego Dimensions" off the list.

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

ESRB rating: E10+ for cartoon violence and crude humor

'Splatoon 2'

Nintendo

As a multiplayer shooter, "Splatoon 2" offers a lot of fun, but the short single player mode might turn off anyone hoping for something more substantial. While "Splatoon 2" is great in its own right, other games will provide a better offline experience for Nintendo Switch owners.

Available on: Nintendo Switch

ESRB rating: E10+ for cartoon violence

'ARMs'

Nintendo
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"ARMs" is a great way to keep younger children busy with its over-the-top boxing antics, but the game doesn’t offer much in the way of content besides simple arena matches and training exercises.

Available on: Nintendo Switch

ESRB rating: E10+

'NBA 2K18'

2K Sports

2K’s premiere basketball franchise is a must-play for basketball fans, especially considering Nintendo Switch owners can play multiplayer games on the go. Unfortunately, anyone not invested in the sport probably won’t be interested for long.

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

ESRB rating: E10+ crude humor and mild language