A bunch of tiny reviews - Kids and family-friendly games on Stadia

Games for the whole family, and kids, are dimes a dozen. Quality games for this market, however, are not. Let's take a quick look at how some of the games available on Stadia fares in this often-overlooked demographic. 

I'm a family guy, with two young kids (below 5 years old) and a very costly deal with the devil bank. What I’m trying to say is I’m a parent, a human, and an adult a manchild. In other words, a decent candidate for writing this article. 

As of the 10th of January (2021), these are the games available on Stadia that I find kids- (age 4 to 13), and family-friendly.

Fun for the whole family

The games on this list are great fun for the whole family. They’re family-friendly, and with some guidance from parents, even kids-friendly. Most of them either support four people playing at once by splitting the screen or passing the controller. I'll recommend Monopoly and Cake Bash.

Monopoly 

Good ol’ Monopoly. It’s on Stadia, of course! What are you on about?! This needs no description. You’ve played the physical board-game? You’ve played the digital version. Up to 6 players local.  

Dad tip: Cherish what you had, because you’ll hate your family and everyone else when you lose. Which you will.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

UNO

UNO, more like NOU. Also based on a traditional board-game/card-game. If you don’t know what Uno is, check this Uno Rules - Mattel.com, because I’m lazy. Up to 2 players local.  

Dad tip: Your kids won’t understand what to do, easy win.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Family Feud

It’s not available on Stadia where I am. Fudge you, Family Feud. The rating is kind of skewed on this one, I’m sure it’s an alright game - if I could get it on Stadia.

Dad tip: Ubisoft, get this game available everywhere, please.

Rating: 🧸 out of 5

Cake Bash

A party game where the goal is to be the tastiest cake. Sounds tasty, right? Correct! Up to 4 players local.

Dad tip: Pick the donut and dunk everyone!

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Just Dance 2020 and Just Dance 2021

You just dance. That’s about it. It’s hilarious. Up to 6 players local dancy mayhem.

Dad tip: Just dance.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Get Packed

You’re a moving company, you control one dude/-tte each. You can punch each other. You trash stuff for major hilariousness. It’s a little shallow and flat. Needs more content. Up to 4 players local.

Dad tip: Be the only one who plays towards the goal to always win the round. Winner, winner. Chicken dinner!

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Spitlings

You fly a blob around by spitting out... Spit. Save the spit, but spit on the baddies, spit on your friends, spit on everything! Up to 4 players local.

Dad tip: I’ve got nothing, this game is horrible with more than 1 player. Such chaos, many deaths!

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Human: Fall Flat Stadia Edition

A very strange and quite fun puzzle platform game about humans with wobbly-physics. Your goal is to complete each level to progress to the next. Up to 2 players.

Dad tip: Learn to climb efficiently and hide from everyone, especially your kids.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Fun for 4 to 8-year-olds

The games on this list are more or less suitable for tiny gamers between 4 and 8 years old. For the younger age range, I’ll recommend PHOGS!. For the older age range, I’ll recommend SpongeBob, The Gardens Between, and El Hijo - A Wild West Tale.

PHOGS!

A game about two dogs, connected together by their bellies. Puzzle platformer. You either control both dogs yourself or ensue in a hilarious couch co-op where both players steer one part dog each.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini BottomRehydrated

Competing for the longest title in the history of video games! It's SpongeBob, and it's quite good! Action-adventure third person. Along with the likes of the good old Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Banjo Kazooie.  

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

The Gardens Between

Really cool little puzzle game with pretty graphics, a touching story, and neat time scrubbing mechanics.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle

What happens if 64 PAC-MEN bunch together in a multiplayer video game? This game is what happens. Chaotic can be fun, but mostly chaotic.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

El Hijo - A Wild West Tale

Very nice puzzle adventure about a boy in Mexico on a quest to find his mother.  

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

SteamWorld Dig

Reminiscent of Motherload. You progress down through digging, you upgrade your inventory by gathering precious gems and trade them for currency. If you decide to play this I recommend the follow-up, SteamWorld Dig 2.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

SteamWorld Dig 2  

Same as above, but in my opinion better in every way.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

SteamWorld Heist

Set in the same universe as the two games above. This one is a turn-based one where you fight invading space bandits on your spaceship together with a crew of varying vagabonds. I didn't really enjoy this as much as SteamWorld Dig 2.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Submerged: Hidden Depths

A brother and sister who find themselves in a strange world corrupted by a dark disease. Heal the world by solving puzzles. Third-person puzzle adventure.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Embr

First-person fire fighting game. Early access. I'm not fond of this one, mostly because it's in early access and it shows.

Rating: 🧸🧸 out of 5 (early access)

Kine

A platform puzzle game where the characters are various musical instruments with their own mechanism. Cool music!

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Little Big Workshop

You're in charge of creating the best factory ever. Real-time strategy/world-building game. Cute graphics and addicting gameplay.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

One Hand Clapping

Do you want to torture yourself? If you say yes to this question, go right ahead and buy this game.

Dad tip: if your answer is yes, get this game right now. What’s the torture? This game is controlled by voice (especially tone), the game acts according to the player’s voice. Requires a microphone.  

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5 (early access)

Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks)

You stack things on things to reach a height.

Rating: 🧸🧸 out of 5

Farming Simulator 19

Let your kid live out the farmer life, in a video game, inside.  

Dad tip: hop on the train, all they need for the fun to happen is to press down R2 on the controller and the train chugs along. So fun!  

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Fun for 9 to 13-year-olds

The games on this list are a bunch of fun, and a little more demanding from the gamer, for the 9 to 13 years old. Some of the games in the 4-8-years-old list are most definitely also suitable for this age group. I recommend Outcasters, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, and Lost Words: Beyond the Page.

Outcasters

You shoot balls, which you can curve! It’s a great game. Read our first impression of Outcasters.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Immortals: Fenyx Rising

It’s a beautiful game, set in ancient Greek, with Greek mythology. Read our first impression of Immortals: Fenyx Rising.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Lost Words: Beyond the Page

An action-adventure game where you guide a girl through her experience of writing a journal through a great loss and getting lost in an adventure. Great story, very touching, fun mechanics with some multiple choices for dialogue and building different stories each playthrough.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

WWE 2K Battlegrounds

It’s a wrestling game. Wrestling is pretty boring.

Rating: 🧸 out of 5

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

You play a boy on his adventure to save a cursed kingdom. Very challenging puzzle platformer.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Risk of Rain 2

Procedural third-person shooter, with co-op and a bunch of modifiers to soften/harden the difficulty. I heard there’s a risk of rain, but I’ve never seen it.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break

You’re a rock, you control yourself. Pretty boring.

Rating: 🧸 out of 5

Just Shapes & Beats

Great beats and great shapes. Awesome adventure, even an I’m bad at this game mode.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Super Bomberman R Online

It’s Bomberman. Pretty outdated by now, the 64-player battle is pretty intriguing though, which is everything innovative this game does. It also supports Crowd Play on Stadia. It’s also completely free on Stadia.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Thumper

You control some kind of beetle through space, on its journey to end a face. It’s pretty strange. Read our journey of a cosmic beetle, a first-impression of sorts.  

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Windbound

You sail from rock to rock (or island to island), upgrade your equipment (and boat), and try to survive the waves and creatures out to get you! Kind of like Minecraft, if Minecraft was good. It’s not quite there yet, but the developers have laid out a 6-month-roadmap with tons of promise.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Ary and the Secret of Seasons

You play a girl on her adventure through the seasons. Adventure platformer. Cool gameplay where you control nature (seasons), a little rough around the edges.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Crayta

Create whatever your creative mind can think up, or play tons of content made by other players. Has potential, but currently too complex to really hit it off.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Figment

You find yourself in a very strange world. Platform adventure with funky music.  

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Sundered: Eldritch Edition

Metroidvania game where you slash through strange creatures to reach the end. Deep skill tree to create your own playstyle.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

SUPERHOT

A small warning, SUPERHOT (and SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE) have a very suggestive “be bad” theme going. You basically whack people, they fracture on hit. No blood so for me, it’s not crossing a no-no line.  

Time moves when you move. Every move counts. Fun mechanics and a ton of variation!

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE

The same as above, but more, and better.

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

The Crew 2 (and <insert any other driving/racing game>)

Huge world, tons of races, tons of vehicles, air, land, and sea. New content added constantly, weekly challenges, and rewards.  

Rating: 🧸🧸🧸🧸 out of 5

Fun for 14 and above-year-olds

Why are you looking at this article? Go play some: 

  • Fall Guys, Among Us, Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, World of Warcraft, or any other massively popular game that currently is not on Stadia.
  • Or Outcasters, which as previously mentioned happens to be on Stadia, and is a ton of fun.

I'll show myself out now. 🚪

Got any more games that you enjoy playing together with your kids, or let your kids play?

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