The Best Family Co-Op Games That Are Kid-Friendly

8 July, 2021

The next worst thing to a rainy summer is a summer with a delightful bunch of bored kids. They whine, they complain, and they basically make you pray for school to start sooner than usual. 

But before you go calling up the principal, take a look at our best family co-op games. We’re sure that you’ll find something there to bring back a bright smile to your kid’s face, no matter their age. 

There are options for everyone from puzzle lovers to racing enthusiasts as well as families both big and small. Best of all, all of these games are kid-friendly, but adults will have a blast as well!

Tools Up!

Tools Up! screenshost

This intensely fun local co-op game will challenge your interior design skills with multiple levels, renovation tasks, and things that can go terribly (and hilariously) wrong. Join up to three players to paint walls, move couches, and clean up the trash according to the supplied blueprint before the clock runs out. This is one of the best family co-op games because not only does it offer hours of crazy fun, it also teaches the power of teamwork (and organization).

Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch
Genre: Couch co-op
Rated: ESRB Everyone

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Source: Ibb&Obb Press kit

This rather unknown indie title is challenging in its simplicity. The controls are easy to master (the only options are to walk and jump), making it a game you can pick and start playing in a matter of minutes. You play as either a pink or green blob, and you have to work together to make it through each puzzle platform level so this is a great choice to get siblings to work together. Be careful though, if one blob dies, the other fizzles away and you both need to start the level over.

Platform: PS3, PC, Nintendo Switch
Genre: Puzzle-platform
Rated: ESRB Everyone

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky screenshot

If your children keep stealing your aviator sunglasses and run around making airplane noises, this is the perfect game for them. Red Wings: Aces of the Sky is an arcade action game that puts you in the cockpit of a WWI fighter plane. Upgrade your pilot skill tree and choose from multiple plane skins to make your dogfights even more fun. Launch local co-op mode and grab a family member and make them your wingman (or woman!) or join versus mode and try to take each other down. There can be only one ace of the sky!

Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PS4
Genre: Arcade warplane shooter
Rated: PEGI 12

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Rocket League

Source: Rocket League Press kit

What’s better than playing a fun game of soccer? Playing it as a futuristic car, of course! Toss around a huge soccer ball while trying to outwit your rivals and score a goal. It’s most fun when you gather your family and play as a team or play against each other to see who the best (and wackiest) player is.

Platform: PC, PS4 and 5, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre: Sports, racing
Rated: ESRB Everyone

Sonic Mania

Source: Sonic Mania Press kit

Adults and parents might get a little teary-eyed at the retro look of a franchise they probably remember from their childhood. As usual, the game is full of boss battles and neat locations and the co-op option lets the first player play as Sonic while the second one plays as one of Sonic’s trusted friends, helping him win over bosses and collect points.

Platform: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Action platformer
Rated: PEGI 3

Little Racer

Little Racer screenshot

This dynamic racing game will either bring up childhood memories in adults or help kids create their own. Use super simple controls to speed your colorful racing car over 130 different levels that include racing through the desert, hot lava, and the sky! What’s more, there’s a level editor you can use to make your own, unique racing tracks for even more fun. Up to four people can play at one time, making this a perfect family co-op game. Who will be the master of the track in your house?

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Racing, sports
Rated: ESRB Everyone

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Source: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Press kit

Pick your favorite Mario Bros. character, customize your ride, and race! This very well-known game is a classic go to for some good, old, family fun. Up to four players can play on a single Nintendo Switch, but even 12 players can join in the racing fun if multiple consoles are connected so if you’re looking for a co-op game for larger families, this is a good choice.

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Racing
Rated: ESRB Everyone


Source: Snipperclips Press kit

This whacky game will have your kids cutting it out quite literally. This couch co-op game can include up to four players who need to work together to solve different, fun puzzles by cutting their paper characters into useful shapes, so it’s a great game for the whole family to get involved in.

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Puzzles
Rated: ESRB Everyone


This hilariously chaotic multiplayer party game has everything you need to laugh away the day. Gather up to three of your loved ones, turn into lumberjacks, and play together to chop down trees or gather sheep (or dinosaur eggs) before time runs out. Or have a family face off where some play as lumberjacks and some play as nature and both teams get in each other’s way of finishing their tasks. One way or the other, Lumberhill takes family co-op to the fun extreme.

Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch
Genre: Multiplayer party game
Rated: ESRB Everyone

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Family Fun Pack: Conquest Edition

Source: Family Fun Pack: Conquest Edition Press kit

If you’re one of the many people who don’t feel like spending hours looking for missing board game pieces, this might be something for you. Get a few of the most popular board games, such as Monopoly or Scrabble, in a digital version for hours of family fun. Although you have the option of playing solo with AI, why would you want to pass up on such a classic, family co-op game?

Platform: Xbox One, PS4
Genre: Card & Board
Rated: ESRB Everyone 10+

With this list of the best family co-op games, boredom will never be a long term guest in your house. Have you played any of these games as a family? Which one did you like best? Which one would you like your family to try? Let us know on our Discord.

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