Best Overall: Cuphead
Cuphead is a classic platforming 2D run-and-gun action game stylized like an old cartoon from the 1930s. It’s the best overall PC game for kids due to its engaging fun factor, immersive gameplay, and beautiful hand-drawn and inked animations, watercolor backgrounds and original composed jazz soundtrack.
Difficult, but awesome, Cuphead is an innovative and visually striking game that allows you to upgrade your character with super moves and attacks as you progress through each level. It comes with a simple tutorial, in the beginning, allowing kids to master the various moves and weapons in order to tactfully defeat the game’s various bosses. It’s multiplayer, too, so you and your kids can play together and overcome the game’s challenging (but rewarding) levels.
Best Driving Game: Forza Horizon 3
They’re not old enough to drive, but your kids will feel like they’re behind the wheel with Forza Horizon 3, the best driving PC game on the list. The hyper-realistic driving game boasts stunning lifelike graphics and has kids racing in a lush open world environment in Australia.
In Forza Horizon 3, kids don’t just race — they’ll get to customize everything from their driver character, personal vehicle and even car horn sound. Forza Horizon 3 gives kids total control, and they’ll be able to pick from a huge selection of over 350 cars, from Ford trucks and Teslas to Ferraris and Mercedez-Bens. Kids can even stream their own music collection and play with friends online as they adapt to the game’s unique stylized driving gameplay where environmental obstacles like danger sign jumps, convoys and drift zones challenge them to adapt for an exhilarating racing experience.
Best for Designing and Building: Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Platinum
Roller coasters and animals, need we say more? Who wouldn’t be excited at the thought of building their very own theme park? How about designing multiple roller coasters? Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is a modern update to a classic that introduces water rides, animal parks and an exciting first-person mode, so you can ride the rides you’ve designed.
The zany, wacky theme park builder game will get kids to customize their own rides, as well as while teach them to be responsible by managing a successful theme park. If the rides are too chaotic and inhumane, the virtual park visitors will complain, throw up and leave. Kids won’t just be building, but also handling money, visitor feedback, delegating jobs and many more adult things that will show them how the business world works.