ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

You hear that? The distant tinkle of sleigh-bells? The pitter patter of feet on mall floors, the beeping of credit card machines and the joy of kids as they tear into boxes containing gifts for the celebration of Christmas. Yes, we've nearly made it to the end of the year which means... SHOPPING!

If you're decided on getting your hands on a PS4 for the family or a loved one, or a game to introduce a youngling to the art form, there is a wealth of excellent titles that will keep you all enthralled for hours. But for your ease, here are ten family friendly #VideoGames to consider gifting to an excitable individual, or individuals.

Best PS4 Games For Kids

First up, Four to Six Year Olds!


  • Developer: Thatgamecompany
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Little ones not used to using a #DualShock4 controller just yet? Well that's no bother with Thatgamecompany's #Flower. The cult classic title uses the DS4's gyroscope so you can tilt and move the controller in order to get the gust of flower petals swirling around the game's beautiful vistas in no time. This is a truly lovely and chill game.

LittleBigPlanet 3

  • Developer: Sumo Digital
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

The LBP series has always been home to some of PlayStation's wackiest platformers, and #LittleBigPlanet3 amps up the fun tenfold. You can create your own levels, kit your heroes out in loads of fun costumes and you can even make your own power-ups.

And now with three extra cutesy characters to play as, each with their own super special abilities, LBP3 could be a perfect bonding experience for you and the kids.

Tearaway Unfolded

[Media Molecule]
[Media Molecule]
  • Developer: Media Molecule
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

One of the most inventive platformers on the #PS4, #TearawayUnfolded is all about eliciting creativity and imagination, besides being incredibly cute. Use the DS4's plethora of functions to manipulate your fully customizable messenger through beautiful papercraft levels. Tilt, roll and brush away to your heart's content!

Peggle 2

  • Developer: PopCap Games
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts

One of the most addictively fun puzzle games on consoles right now, #Peggle2 is as silly as it is challenging. Easy to pick up, but challenging to master, the game's seemingly never ending run of levels and kooky characters will have the whole family guffawing with glee.

Next up, it's Seven to Nine Year Olds!

Ratchet & Clank

[Insomniac Games]
[Insomniac Games]
  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

A return to form for PlayStation's legendary heroes, #RatchetClank's arrival on PS4 is easily one of the best looking games on the platform—not to mention hilarious and action-packed. Based on an animated feature based on the gaming franchise, I apologize in advance if this is all your little ones want to play and watch for the foreseeable future.

Minecraft: PS4 Edition

  • Developer: Mojang
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

The legendary #Minecraft is now, pretty much, available on every single device you may, or may not, own. Barring smartfridges. One of the greatest console ports available today, Minecraft PS4 Edition brings with it changes to the HUD making crafting and the overall experience much easier for newcomers. Amongst other new modes such as Battle and Tumble mini-games.

Rayman Legends

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

The most recent in a long line of exceptional #Rayman titles on PlayStation, #RaymanLegends takes the limbless badass and his treasure trove of crazy sidekicks around the most evocative levels the UbiArt engine can muster.

With loads of modes like the excellent Kung Foot (where you play 2v2 soccer) levels from Rayman Origins thrown in for good measure and musical stages, this game will keep the whole family entertained for hours on end.

And finally, Ten to Twelve Year Olds!

Transformers: Devastation

  • Developer: Platinum Games
  • Publisher: Activision

PlatinumGames' underrated third-person brawl and shoot 'em up is an explosive homage to (arguably) one of the greatest animated series of all time. You get to play as one of five #Autobots, including Optimus Prime and Bumblebee and will take on #Decepticons and #Insecticons in some lightning fast, pew-pew action. Seriously, this game had me feeling like a kid again for an entire afternoon.

Rocket League

  • Developer: Psyonix
  • Publisher: Psyonix

Of course #RocketLeague needs no introduction, it's one of the world's most renowned indie games. And it also has a bustling eSports community. Why? Well simply, it is pure, underrated fun. The most fun you can have with four wheels and a ball. Well...that I've tried anyway...

No Man's Sky

  • Developer: Hello Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Even though #NoMansSky has been universally slated for lacking many of the selling points that sold the game in the first place, if you were to sit a space-mad kid down in front of it and take them on a trip through the 16 quintillion planets at your disposal, I'm sure a few jaws will drop nonetheless. Who cares if you can't see you friends in-game when a budding astrophysicist is having their first foray into the stars!

What's the best kids game you and your family have played?