If you’ve played every board game and completed every jigsaw puzzle in your house, multiplayer video games might be another great option for some family fun.
From Nintendo titles such as Mario Kart to Playstation 4 fan favourites like FIFA and Minecraft, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best family-friendly games to play local multiplayer with your kids. Some you can also play online co-op with your friends if you have the required online pass.
The original game is back with more than 80 brand new mini-games to get the party started, including the all-new Joy-Con controller enabled mini-games.
Super Mario Party features 20 plus playable characters from classic Nintendo games including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, each with their own Dice Blocks.
Test your skills as you take turns with up to four other players to race across the board to win the most Stars. New modes such as Toad’s Rec Room also let you pair up two Nintendo Switch systems for a multiplayer table-top experience.
Moving Out is an action-packed physical-based moving simulator from Team 17, the makers of Overcooked.
There are many plot twists and entertaining scenarios to experience. These include trying to squeeze a bed through a narrow door frame, irreverently chucking a TV out of the window, and trying to carry a sofa across moving platforms on a river.
Unlock achievements based on how quick you fill up the van and receive a performance rating of gold, silver or bronze to proceed to the next level. The all-new fun time trial game challenges you to become a solo removal master or you can play couch co-op with up to four players.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons sees you escape to Tom Nook’s Deserted Island. From collecting resources and crafting tools to building furniture and making new friends, players can explore and interact with nature as the seasons change. The peaceful and relaxing game is a delight to play, whether you’re new or old to the Animal Crossing series.
This game’s multiplayer feature allows you to play on the same island per Nintendo Switch system, which means you and your family must work together to develop the island and build a community. You can play with family and friends (up to a total of four people), or if you have you a Nintendo Switch Online Membership, you can play together locally online (up to eight players).
Build your dream team from thousands of players and compete for victory in the world’s most prestigious Club competitions. FIFA 20 offers a more authentic game flow, user-controlled Decisive Moments and an enhanced Ball Physics System that puts you at the centre of every match.
Volta Football also takes the game back to the streets where you can build a character, express your style and play free-flowing football. AI-controlled players have had an overhaul with improved positioning and tackling systems. FIFA 20 is available on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics may have been postponed, but you can still bring the gold medals home with Nintendo’s Mario and Sonic at the Olympics Tokyo 2020.
Join Mario, Sonic and a bunch of friends such as Luigi, Yoshi, Toad and Peach as you compete in more than 30 sports games, including track and field, archery and gymnastics.
The game can be played solo or with up to three other family members on one Nintendo Switch system (single and dual Joy-Con). You can even challenge friends online if you have access to Nintendo Switch Online.
Use either the Nintendo Switch‘s Joy Con motion control to experience an immersive range of Olympic sports such as disc throwing and boxing, or enjoy the button mode for casual play if you’re playing the game on Nintendo Switch Lite.
Bring Karaoke night home with Singstar Celebration. From rock and pop to hip-hop and retro guilty pleasures, this multiplayer game features 30 songs from top artists. Plus, the online SingStore at singstar.com has a huge catalogue of music.
With the free Singstar App on Android and iOS, you can turn your smartphone into a personal microphone and create your own playlists.
By recording your performance with the Playstation camera, you can show off your talents and upload videos and photos to social media.
Minecraft has become a cult favourite among gamers of all ages. It features an expansive explorable world where you can allow your imagination and creativity to run wild. From constructing buildings to raising animals and fighting creepers, there are tons of activities to enjoy.
Dig deep into the crust of the Minecraft world for minerals, ores, precious diamonds and gems, but watch out for the lava. The game is constantly updated with new content for free, giving you more bang for your buck.
Race and battle your family in this deluxe version of Mario Kart 8. With up to four-player local multiplayer, you can choose your race driver from a selection of Nintendo characters and be the first to cross the finish line in fun and challenging race tracks.
There are two additional multiplayer modes including a revised battle mode and returning battle courses, so you and your household can have hours of fun.
Back for a second serving, Overcooked 2 is a frantic feast of a game filled with more fun levels and multiplayer madness.
You and up to three other players must chop, cook and serve up meals before the time runs out – without forgetting to wash up or take the food off the stove.
Cook up a range of new recipes including sushi, cakes, burgers and pizzas in different kitchens. Each level shifts and evolves into challenging news layouts where you must work together to try to earn a top star rating.
Celebrating a decade of dancing with family and friends, Just Dance 2020 is packed with tons of fun content and cool features.
It features 40 fresh tracks from chart-topping hits to family favourites and guilty pleasures, plus a song from Disney’s Frozen 2. Players can dance solo in Sweat Mode or team up for an energising routine in Co-op Mode.
You can track your calories burned and time spent dancing to monitor your fitness levels and keep yourself motivated.
There’s also a Kids Mode, with eight all-new dance choreographies created with the help of kids’ development experts to promote and encourage healthy movement.
With 76 playable characters including Nintendo gaming legends, plus more than 100 stages to battle up to eight player fights, Super Smash Bros Ultimate is bigger than ever and really packs a punch.
This game can be played solo or multiplayer, and features tons of in-game collectibles to unlock.
With faster combat, all-new attacks, new items and new defensive moves, you’ll experience this fan favourite game at a whole new level.
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