Games for the Entire Family this Festive Season

The Holidays are a time for sharing and what better way to spend some time with your family and friends than with some wholesome gaming. With families comprising many generations, not any game will do, so here are some of our suggestions for Family Friendly games to keep you occupied:

Skylanders Imaginators

First up is the latest instalment in the Skylanders franchise, Skylanders Imaginators. Similar to its predecessors, the core gameplay revolves around solving puzzles, platforming, and fighting enemies, though, in a first for the franchise, this title includes the ability for players to create their very own characters, known as Imaginators.

The title itself combines a kid-friendly aesthetic with some good, wholesome RPG gameplay with the new character creation taking the franchise a welcome step forward into more complex gameplay than its predecessors.

  • Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U
  • Players:  Single-player, multi-player

LEGO Star Wars: the Force Awakens, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers and LEGO Harry Potter Collection

In terms of family games, you really cannot go wrong with games set in the LEGO universe. The series continues to entertain audiences of all ages with familiar stories told with no small amount of (sometimes extremely adult) humour and this year we have not one, but two additions (as well as a remaster) to add to the collection.

This year’s offerings takes us to a universe far, far away with LEGO Star Wars: the Force Awakens; back to earth with a superhero adventure in LEGO Marvel’s Avengers; and then transports fans of the original LEGO Harry Potter series with a PlayStation remaster of Years 1-4 with the LEGO Harry Potter Collection.

  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS
  • Players:  Single-player, multi-player

Rocket League

Not a 2016 title but a staple for good, clean fun in any household – soccer meets driving once in the long-awaited, physics-based sequel to the beloved arena classic, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars!

A futuristic Sports-Action game, Rocket League, equips players with booster-rigged vehicles that can be crashed into balls for incredible goals or epic saves across multiple, highly-detailed arenas. Using an advanced physics system to simulate realistic interactions, Rocket League relies on mass and momentum to give players a complete sense of intuitive control in this unbelievable, high-octane re-imagining of association football.

  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Linux, Mac OS, Xbox One
  • Players: Multi-player

Slime Rancher

An early access title title on Steam, Slime Rancher is the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the ‘Far, Far Range’ where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes (rambunctious livestock that produce valuable resources for resale).

Equipped with a Half-Life 2-esque “gravity gun”, that sucks up and launches the inhabitants of these slime-infested lands, players must stake a claim in a foreign world, collect different kinds of slimes in order to amass a fortune, and avoid the continual peril that looms from the rolling, jiggling avalanche of slimes around every corner.

Following a successful Steam Greenlight campaign, Slime Rancher is now available on the Steam Early Access program where it has captivated me for more hours than I would care to admit, and where it has steadily edged its way into my top five games of the year.

  • Platform: Windows PC, Linux, OS X, Xbox One
  • Players: Single-player