Game safely: The best console games for kids

From cartoon fun to space adventures, we’ve got your Christmas games shopping list for all ages sorted.

Christmas is coming and you want to get your kids the best games, but how do you know they’re appropriate for their age?

Like movies, every video game released in the UK is given a PEGI age rating. These are 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18 and represent the appropriate age level for the game. Use these as a guide to determine if a title is suitable for your child, and read reviews from websites such as Common Sense MediaEach boy and girl is different, so if you don’t think a game is suitable for your child, don’t buy it.

[Read more: BT Parental Controls - how to keep your children safe online]

Most games consoles like the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have parental controls, which let you keep your children safe by restricting what games can be played and setting time limits. Internet Matters, a not-for profit e-safety organisation has an interactive Parental Controls tool that shows you how to turn these settings on.

We’ve rounded up the best games for all ages and all consoles. Let the games begin!

3+

Just Dance 2019

Get the whole family dancing with this latest entry in the hugely successful dancing series. Includes songs from Dua Lipa, Britney Spears, Daft Punk and more.

Available on: Switch/PS4/Xbox One/Mobile

Amazon

Paw Patrol: On A Roll

This video game version of the popular kids series lets you take on the role of each of the canine heroes as you look to save the day.

Available on: Switch/PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

Overcooked 2

Take on the position of cartoon chef as you and your friends try and prepare meals in increasingly hilarious and difficult scenarios. Be warned, will cause potential family disputes.

Available on: Switch/PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

Rocket League

Rocket League is essentially what would happen if you took car football and put it in a giant arena. It’s stupidly fun, very easy to play and absolutely ludicrous.

Available on: Switch/PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

7+

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

A truly original blending of Mario’s world with the Rabbids from the popular TV series, this game tasks players with leading an intrepid team through a series of different battlefield scenarios. Extremely well written and very funny to play.

Available on: Switch

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Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee

Pokemon Let’s Go effectively remasters the classic Pokemon games and brings them to a new audience with new 3D graphics, features and integration with the popular mobile game Pokemon Go. Perfect for kids and adults who want a nostalgia trip.

Available on: Switch

Amazon

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

This intergalactic adventure merges the video game world with physical toys. Create your own ship using real parts and then transfer that into the video game.

Available on: Switch/PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

The classic video game character Spyro is back with this collection of remastered games. The art is utterly beautiful to look at and the Spyro games continue to be as fun as they were when they first launched all those years ago.

Available on: PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

12+

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Arguably one of the most-anticipated games from Nintendo, the Smash Bros franchise returns with this epic version for the Switch. Expect absolute chaos.

Available on: Switch

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Fortnite

The highly-addictive free game has taken the world by storm but now there’s a chance to buy it with a year’s worth of costumes, dance moves and props.

Available on: Switch/PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Widely regarded as one of the greatest games ever made, Breath of the Wild continues to be an essential game for all ages 12+ on the Nintendo Switch.

Available on: Switch

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The Sims 4

The Sims 4 shows that despite being over a decade old, the franchise is as addictive as ever. Create your virtual household, fill it with humans and watch as civilisation slowly falls apart.

Available on: PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

FIFA 19

FIFA 19 is an essential purchase for all football fans and this year’s version includes plenty of new features that make it worth the annual update.

Available on: Switch/PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

16+

Destiny 2: The Legendary Collection

Destiny 2 remains one of the most popular online games you can buy and this definitive version provides the original game and every subsequent expansion including the latest, Forsaken.

Available on: PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a superhero? Marvel’s Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 is probably the closest you’ll get short of donning the costume and magically being able to climb up walls.

Available on: PS4

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

The Uncharted series of games combine excellent storytelling with a cinematic approach to gameplay. A Thief’s End is a moving, exciting adventure game that deserves to be played.

Available on: PS4

Amazon

Dark Souls Remastered

Regarded as one of the hardest video games ever made, Dark Souls has an almost cult-like following. This remaster updates how it looks and makes it more accessible for a whole new generation of players.

Available on: Switch/PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

Battlefield V

Battlefield V takes players to the Second World War, combining huge online games with a single player story that educates players on the untold heroes who fought during the conflict.

Available on: PS4/Xbox One

Amazon

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