Looking for some amazing games to keep your kid(s) occupied while off school? We’ve rounded up some killer PC titles they’ll likely enjoy when not absorbing information in class. We’ll include RPGs, action platformers, open-world, and sports games.

Source: Xbox Game Studios

★Our Favorite

Staff Pick

Minecraft

minecraft

This wouldn’t be a kid’s PC games collection if we didn’t have Minecraft included. This creative greenhouse allows one to lose countless hours adventuring into the procedurally generated unknown, crafting countless items, taking down enemies and bosses, and even building cities with hundreds of different blocks.

From $27 at Microsoft

Keep Your Head Up

Cuphead

Cuphead

Cuphead is one of those gems, taking us back to the 1930s with stunning visuals, thanks to the hard work poured into painstakingly painting backgrounds and other assets. It’s all about defeating unique bosses and overcoming platforming sections, but it’s not easy, far from it.

$19 at GOG

Car-ball

Rocket League

Rocket League

Rocket League is simply bags of fun. Think of it as football, but instead of players who prefer to dive around on the floor, you’ve got customizable RC cars and a massive ball. The aim of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team while defending your own goal should they go on the offensive.

From $20 at Microsoft

Become Mayor

Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines

Ever played Sim City? Cities: Skylines is the spiritual successor. If not, this is a city management game where the objective is to start with a fresh plot of land and build a city of your own. You’ll be responsible for roads, power generation, water, sewage, zoning residential, commercial, and industrial, as well as dealing with tragic disasters that can occur at any given moment.

$10 at Steam

Up Norf

Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4 is an incredibly beautiful racing game, set in the stunning Scottish countryside. Playground Games did something magical by improving the social aspect of this online game, making it more fun to team up with friends or new people in an open-world arcade racing experience.

$60 at Microsoft

Remastered Dragon

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

The Spyro Trilogy makes a return in this remastered collection, featuring the purple dragon with an attitude of the same name. The Spyro series (and there are three games in this package) include some light-hearted humor, memorable characters, fun platforming, and simple puzzles to keep even adults entertained for hours.

$20 at Steam

Live Another Life

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

If your child enjoys losing their mind into vast open worlds where they can immerse themselves and live a virtual life, you’ll want to get them on the next available bus ride to Stardew Valley. This indie classic is a beautiful, pixel art PC title with plenty to do, including fishing, mining, exploring the world, growing crops, raising animals, and much more.

$14 at GOG

Dig & Explore

Terraria

Terrraria

Terraria is a little like Minecraft, but so much more in its own right. It may have come out in 2011, but this game still holds out to this day, attracting thousands of players daily. It’s an open-world RPG where you need to survive, craft more than a thousand items, defeat bosses, build your own house and a home for some friendly companions, and so much more—a must-have for any RPG fan.

$9 at GOG

Blue Hedgehog

Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania

SEGA tried time and time again to keep the famous blue hedgehog alive in modern games, but they just never clicked with the community and broader gaming world like the original series in the 90s. That is until Christian Whitehead entered Act 2 with a pitch to create an entirely new adventure in 2D. It’s amazing!

$10 at Steam

Family-friendly Action

Overwatch

Overwatch

Overwatch is one for the older kids. It’s a family-friendly multiplayer shooter that rewards teamwork above all else. As a class-based shooter, players must work together to overcome the enemy across various six-versus-six objective-oriented game modes. Overwatch’s colorful cast of Pixar-style characters is unique in various ways, and it synergizes with other players’ abilities and skills.

$30 at Amazon

Be The Best!

Fortnite

Fortnite

Chances are, your kid is already playing (or has played at some point) Fortnite. It’s a massive game worldwide, especially with the younger audience. The goal with the popular battle royale mode is to land on a map with countless other players and battle it out in cartoonish graphics to be the last-man-standing. The best part? It’s free!

Free at Epic Games

Stay Out Of The Kitchen

Overcooked! 2

Overcooked! 2

Ever heard the phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen”? Well, that sums up Overcooked! 2 in a nutshell. This hectic restaurant simulator tasks you and up to three friends to manage the runnings of a kitchen with plenty of orders rolling in. The thing is, not every level is a walk in the park, and the Ever Peckish monster is threatening to destroy the world.

$25 at GOG

Into The Depths

Subnautica

Subnautica

Subnautica is an exceptional game of exploration, crash-landing the player on an unknown planet with unfamiliar terrain, unexplored depths, and strange wildlife. While some smaller creatures will appear more afraid of you, it’s the larger predators that will make your oxygen levels quickly drop with the increased heart rate.

$15 at Steam

Minecraft met Diablo

Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons is a unique experience. It’s what Diablo would be like if Mojang developed it. Think action RPG with plenty of loot to obtain, but with all the aesthetics of the block world. It’s not perfect but will keep your kid entertained for hours.

From $20 at Microsoft

If we’re to make a few suggestions…

Honestly, everyone loves Minecraft and for a very good reason. There’s just so much to do in the game. If you need to buy a PC game that will occupy your kid’s time and has no age requirement, you’re good to go with Minecraft. The community is also mostly supportive and welcoming, which will serve as a testbed for playing online with others.

My second recommendation goes to Sonic Mania, the 2D successor to Sonic The Hedgehog 3 we’ve all been waiting for. Most kids these days won’t get the chance to play the original trilogy, but Sonic Mania is almost as good with a killer soundtrack. Gotta go fast!