10 Great Family Games For The Holiday Season

Looking to buy games for the whole family? We’ve got you covered with the best list of family games available.

Whether you’re looking for games to buy your little ones, or that certain game that you can enjoy with your family, the fact is you cannot go wrong with any of the games on this list. The relatives are coming over, you want to show off that shiny new gaming console, and it’s probably better not to brag about zombie head shots and terrorist attacks.

With many releases this year, some good, most bad, it can be difficult to decide which game to buy. It’s even tougher to find a game that is right for just about anyone, from little Jimmy, to Uncle Bob. Here’s a list of family oriented games that surely are worthy of your time, even if you’re the most jaded type of gamer.


10. Scribblenauts (DS)

This unique little puzzle game for the Nintendo DS is loaded to the brim with charm. While the game is certainly not perfect, it is stunningly crafted, and is one of the best examples of self expression available in video games.

Scribblenauts 2

Scribblenauts 2 Is Definitely Worth Picking Up

9. A Boy and His Blob (Wii)

A remake of the classic Nintendo game, A Boy and His Blob follows a young boy and his blob-shaped friend on a beautiful adventure. With fairy tale, almost storybook-like graphics, and sometimes challenging puzzles this underrated platformer makes for one touching game.

8. LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (all consoles)

It’s LEGO, and it’s Indiana Jones – does anything else need to be said? Much like the original, the game features cutesy platforming and addictive gameplay. It moves along at a faster pace, and even includes a level creator that can knock off plenty of hours.

7. Rabbids Go Home (Wii)

It is clear that the creative team at Ubisoft had a blast making this game, and it is equally as fun to play. Much more polished and focused compared to the other games in the series, this insane platformer is guaranteed to leave you laughing your butt off.

Rabbids Go Home is polished and fun for everyone in the family

Rabbids Go Home is polished and fun for everyone in the family

6. Boom Blox Bash Party (Wii)

This follow-up to last year’s Wii gem is every bit as addictive and than some. Although it may seem to lack depth, the ability to create your own challenges and then upload them online for others to play is simply fantastic. A terrific casual experience that may even pull mom away from Wii Fit.

5. LEGO Rock Band (all consoles)

Another LEGO based game, proving that adding it too any game surely makes for a good time. The game only sports an underwhelming 45 tracks but this isn’t for the die hard Rock Band enthusiast, it’s for the kids. With that always fun rhythm gameplay mixed with the charm of LEGO versions of popular musicians such as David Bowie, your living room will turn into a stage, and your family will be the headlining band.

Yep, that's Lego David Bowie

Yep, that's Lego David Bowie

4. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

Yet another Wii game makes the list, this time a sequel to the classic sports title. Everything you loved about the original has been added too, with new tropical scenery, 12 different sports to play, and the support of Wii Motion Plus. Additions like Archery, and a revamped Bowling game make this a must-have title.

3. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)

Another incredible chapter in the series turns out to be the best one yet. With stunning visuals that rival what is being done by huge Hollywood movie studios, and spot-on, clever dialogue, this raises the bar for 3-D platform games. With often complicated puzzles this may actually give parents that feeling of pride when their child requests help in figuring things out.

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is beautiful, and features puzzles that will make you proud to be able to help your kids out

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is beautiful, and features puzzles that will make you proud to be able to help your kids out

2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)

Let’s be honest, by now everyone has not only played a Mario game but they have fallen in love with them. This must own Wii game offers everything you love about Nintendo wrapped in a neat little package. Sticking to its 2-D roots, the game is exactly what you’d expect it to be, fun (sometimes challenging) platform action that by now everyone knows how to play. You run, you jump and it even lets you do this with up to four other players.

New Super Mario Brothers Wii features the ability to play with four friends at once

New Super Mario Brothers Wii features the ability to play with four friends at once

1. LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition (PS3)

The only thing that could beat out Super Mario this Holiday season is the do-it-yourself Playstation 3 masterpiece. The running, and jumping may not be as spot-on as Mario, but the sheer amount of content makes this a truly remarkable achievement in gaming. You’ll guide your Sackboy or Sackgirl through tons of creative levels, and you can even use the level creation tool to get all of that built up self expression out. An almost endless amount of levels to enjoy in this new edition adds tons more content to the already jam-packed disc.

Little Big Planet features an almost endless amount of levels and license to creativity

Little Big Planet features an almost endless amount of levels