Family games nights are always a time. Sometimes, they bring you closer together as you all enjoy playing, smiling, and enriching one another's lives. Sometimes, they explode into furore as someone plays the game a little too well, much to the chagrin of everyone else. We are serving you a selection of great games that provide the best of both kinds of evenings — these are some of the best family games on Xbox.
You play football with cars — that’s the joy of Rocket League
in the neatest sense. Your automobiles have huge rockets on the back that enable you to soar through the air, and then all you have to do is hit a big ball into the goal. The real beauty of this as a family game is being able to plug in two controllers and take your skill on the road in well-structured online modes. Duos, Trios, and Quads are accounted for in Casual and Ranked modes. What is exciting about that is being able to learn and grow with whichever family member is beside you. You will start as small fry — children and adults both — but gradually improve together with every L or W. You trade tips, whine at each other, celebrate goals… it’s the entire family dynamic in a game of rocket-powered car football. Perfect!
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Download and compete in the high-octane hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem! Unlock items in Rocket Pass, climb the Competitive Ranks, compete in Competitive Tournaments, complete Challenges, enjoy cross-platform progression and more! The field is waiting. Take your shot!
Golf With Your Friends
Yeah, yeah, yeah — we know it doesn’t say “Golf With Your Family.” But golf is an acrimonious, horrible sport that causes lost friendships, lost loves, and lost balls, so you might as well play with those you are irrefutably tied to. It just so happens that Golf With Your Friends
is gloriously simple, with fun courses, easy mechanics, and totally crazy outcomes at the end of your hitting stick. There is loads of fun to be had here, even after the outrage starts, and we can tell you from experience that it isn’t that hard to get people playing, either. So, get out your clubs and start swinging… no, no! Not at
Granny, just close enough to scare her out of her putt.
Golf With Your Friends
Why have friends if not to play Golf... With Your Friends! Nothing is out of bounds as you take on courses filled with fast paced, exciting, simultaneous mini golf for up to 12 players!
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
There was always going to be a Lego game on a list like this, what with TT Games' blocky twists on some of the world's most popular franchises making for some of the best interactive family entertainment out there. The latest (and arguably greatest) in this storied series has just launched to considerable praise from critics and fans alike, with our 9/10 review of The Skywalker Saga
lauding the game's "perfectly pitched playfulness that evens out the highs and lows of the Star Wars main series into a uniformly entertaining experience." With 400-odd characters, nine movies' worth of content, and more side missions than it should be possible to fit into a video game, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a blast, especially with someone beside you playing the Chewie to your Han as you relive the movie magic. If you can ever stop arguing about who gets to be Han, that is. Lego games are typically a safe bet, so you can always sub this one out for one based on a different IP that is more popular with your tribe, and it'll still likely be a great time whether you're teaming up as the Avengers, pottering around Hogwarts together, or whatever else.
LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga
Play through all nine Skywalker saga films in a game unlike any other. With over 300 playable characters, over 100 vehicles, and 23 planets to explore, a galaxy far, far away has never been more fun!
*Includes classic Obi-Wan Kenobi playable character
You don’t need to do much to make Minecraft
a habitable environment for a family unit. Plug in your controllers for some split-screen fun, and off you guys go. Frankly, if you have a child, they probably know more about it than you (or us), so we won’t bang on about it for too long. Few things, though, are more fun than opening up a new world seed and getting started on an adventure. You can work together to get from a mud hut to a castle. It will see you scrounging for wood, delving underwater for shipwrecks, trapezing over canyons, and yelling at your child to get you out of the hellhole-like mineshaft you fell into like a moron. Christ, what happened to you? You were so good in Elden Ring the other day. Alternatively, let your familial other guide you around their world. It’s an equally amusing and bemusing way to keep you both entertained. As an added benefit, it's a great way to keep tabs on their psyche — what does that cage with a single villager under their lavish double bed tell you about them, eh?
Explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off the dangerous mobs.
The indie darling is back. TowerFall Ascension
made our best Xbox local party games list
and we think it's a good one for the family, too. Mostly, we believe, because the game is a very simple three-button platformer — you can jump, dash, and shoot — while moving is crisp and basic. That means it is easy to pick up and play. All you have to do is learn the ins and outs of dashing as well as the enemy types in the co-op mode without needing to concern yourself with how things work. So begins the fun as you and your comrades duck and dive around the stage shooting arrows and jumping on heads in beautifully crafted square stages while jiving — oh boy, you’re going to be jiving — to the sultry OST. My sister and I actually screamed for two minutes in completing the main game on Hardcore, so there will be no shortage of fun and high-intensity gaming for you and yours. I’ll tell you what, the PvP is some of the best local fun around, too.
TowerFall Ascension is the definitive version of the hit archery combat game. Inspired by classics from the golden age of couch multiplayer, it's a 4-player local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches. The core mechanics are simple and accessible, but hard to master and combat is fierce.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed
Now, this is kart/boat/plane racing! You see, in magnificent kart racer Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed
— oft-forgotten, by the way — you aren’t stuck on four wheels. Sometimes they dissipate into wings or a hull for a flying section or a watercourse and it works really well. It helps that the strong aesthetic style of Sonic and pals mixed in with the likes of Billy Hatcher (sans giant egg) works wonderfully with an array of diverse courses. I think it’s fair to say that this one doesn’t have the hardcore glint of Crash Team Racing or the fine-tuned pick-up-and-vibe feeling of Mario Kart, but it makes up for it with kookiness and some amazing Sega deep cuts for the fans. That makes the kart racer perfect for the family as you can essentially pass over the controller to anyone and they should have an idea of how to play while seeing wild visuals, items, and constantly changing tracks. Really, this is a fab time in split-screen, so sit down and give it a good go.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic and the All-Stars cast line up on the starting grid once again to battle for supremacy in the ultimate race. Compete across land, water and air in incredible transforming vehicles that change from cars to boats to planes mid-race. It’s not just racing, it’s racing transformed!
Unravel TwoUnravel Two
is a delectable little platformer gets its charm from its soft hero Yarny. In the sequel, there are double the magical creatures — made up of magical threads with two beady eyes — for double the fun in a co-op experience designed for anybody to jump in. With two people in control, you’ll both be running and swinging through levels, solving puzzles, and cooing at the gorgeous visuals. There isn’t much more to Unravel Two, but that makes it the perfect little title for some fun family time.
When you cut ties to the past, new bonds form. In Unravel Two, create relationships with other Yarnys in local co-op or as a single player, fostering friendship and support as you solve challenges together. Chase the spark of adventure through stunning landscapes to watch your surroundings blossom with new life.
Overcooked: All you Can Eat | Moving Out
These two are inseparable for us. Overcooked: All you Can Eat
takes four of you to the kitchen to chop, cook, fry, and serve up delectable meals for unseen greedy mouths. Overcooked’s genius is in its absolute panic-inducing time limits. Burgers have to be made, pasta cooked, salad sorted, plates washed, and final dishes out the door with such a stringent limit it causes absolute carnage. So, you and the cookery squad need to be organised and diligent. It never happens. You always set fire to the meat. Your cousin always yeets a lettuce into the bin from across the room. Your sister always bumps one of the other chefs into the water while they were carrying a completed meal. This is the rotisserie of fun Overcooked presents for you, and boy, you can’t escape its stressy joys.
Moving Out Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Overcooked!, Overcooked! 2 and all additional content are blended together and rebuilt from the ground up in crisp 4K and 60fps in this delicious definitive edition. Enjoy over 200 levels including an exclusive new adventure; The Peckish Rises!
is the perfect pairing with Overcooked. In the former, you are kitchen-bound and in the latter, you have a house to roam. Objects for you to pack into the back of a truck are everywhere. Some are massive, requiring a bit of creative thinking. Some are delicate, requiring soft throw and catch. With that familiar four-player co-op, chaotic action, and wildly differing ideas of acceptable ways to treat furniture, Moving Out will get the whole family talking.
Moving Out is a ridiculous physics-based moving simulator that brings new meaning to "couch co-op"!
Get ready for an exciting career in furniture! As a certified Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician, you’ll take on moving jobs all across the town of Packmore.
Jackbox Party Pack 1-8
Controls can be a major barrier to entry for getting the whole family involved in a gaming session — I made my mum play DJ Hero once years ago and I think she's still
confused about it, but even standard controllers can be a turn-off for some folks. So let's just sack off the pads altogether then, eh? Bust out your mobiles, tablets, laptops, or whatever else and the delightfully daft Jackbox games let you play along with the on-screen action from that same device you use every day. Whether you're piecing together killer tee designs from the group's drawings and slogans, competing in trivia game shows, or even engaging in some real-life Among Us-esque deception, these collections are a wild ride. While a few of the individual games can be slightly weaker than others (or not entirely appropriate for all audiences, though most games do offer great content controls to mitigate this), there's not really a dud among them as collections. If controllers are holding you back from enjoying full-family game time, Jackbox could be the answer, plus you can even stream your console gameplay and get the extended family involved remotely, too!
The Jackbox Party Pack 8
Plan a game night with the looping lunacy of Drawful Animate, scrambled sentences in Job Job, surveys and teamwork in The Poll Mine, doodling and deduction in Weapons Drawn and chance and trivia in The Wheel of Enormous Proportions.
We had to have one board game and Monopoly Madness
is our pick. Why? It doesn’t have a board. Boards are made for tables and the tactile feel of fist slamming cardboard as you shout a vague insult at your little sister about the situation on Oxford Street. Video games are made for weird stuff, like a bulbous Monopoly token pondering the strange streets of a fully realised Monopoly board. Listen, this isn’t an accurate rendition of the classic, but it is a touch different. Instead of money, life is about property medals. There are four different boards for up to six players and there is no dice rolling — only action for everybody as they vie over space. It’s a bit weird, so go for Monopoly Plus if you're a traditional capitalist, but there is no doubt a few rounds of this with the family will make for a fun night in.
Rediscover the MONOPOLY you love in a way you’ve never seen before. With shorter rounds, race other players across the chaotic streets of Monopoly City, collect resources, buy and upgrade properties, mess with your opponents and avoid their tricks to win the race for riches. This is Madness!
The final contender for our family fun favourites lineup is the majestic Unrailed!
So, four of you layabouts need to build a train track through a tricky landscape. A timer counts down before the train gets out of the station and once these guys are chugging, they don’t stop, sunshine. You and the team need to use the train carriages to produce more track before the train chugs to the end of what you’ve made and crashes. So, you’re going to have to clear the way of trees and rocks, and get your train over lakes and through the snow. You are going to have to shoo rowdy animals while keeping this mechanical beast going. After every round, you vote for upgrades to the train and hope that you survive the next stage. It’s compelling, tense stuff — and one of the cheapest railway outings one could ask for!
Unrailed! is a co-op multiplayer game where you work together with your friends to build a train track across endless procedurally generated worlds. Master random encounters with its inhabitants, upgrade your train and keep it from derailing!
What do you think of the games on the list? Any existing Games Night staples on here? Will you be picking any of them up? Let us know in the comments!