Finding fun activities the whole family can enjoy is a task in and of itself. Sure, there’s always the classic movie or dinner, but eventually, those things can get repetitive (and expensive). Personally, I’m always looking for fun things to do, whether it’s with friends or family — and as a perpetual homebody, I love the idea of having a night in which involves playing games with loved ones. I’m a sucker for board games, but with the gaming industry quickly growing in popularity, there’s never been a better time to jump on the gaming bandwagon.
Chances are your kids have a game or two they enjoy playing, but when it comes to including the whole family, there are plenty of games you can choose from that you and your kids can play and enjoy together. Apple Arcade, a game subscription service, offers unlimited access to a growing collection of over 200 premium games — featuring new releases, award winners, and of course, games fun for the whole family. You can download them right from the App Store, and all without ads or in-app purchases. Below, see our list of top games you can play together to make the next game night one to remember.
Crossy Road Castle
Because you can connect up to four players to your device, Crossy Road Castle is the perfect game to play with the family. Essentially, you start the game at the bottom of a gigantic tower with the goal of making it to the top in one piece. In gaming fashion, there are obstacles you have to jump around with floors packed with traps, platforms, and monsters. Each run allows you the opportunity to unlock more characters (and fancy hats), which you can show off in multiplayer matches.
Like its name, this team-play game takes place on different themed stages where players duke it out, smacking opponents repeatedly in order to drain away their overhead health meter until they disappear and you win. Newer features include the Base Race game mode where you work as a team to collect the most bricks and build a tower and new mystery bags. To access these, you need to play each week to unlock even more rare minifigures.
Exit the Gungeon
In Exit the Gungeon, players control one of four characters, called the Gungeoneers, which must escape the collapsing Gungeon. Armed with an ever-changing weapon, an insatiable need to loot, and the trusty dodge roll, players must ascend via a unique route of increasingly perilous elevators.
From field to screen, this game is perfect to play if you have younger children (it’s for ages 4 and up). You can play in single-player mode (player vs. computer), two players (player vs. player), tournaments, and party mode to share with friends and have the option to play friendly matches, competitions, and penalty matches.
Overland is good for fans of games set in a post-apocalyptic world. Be prepared to enter survival mode as you road-trip across the United States in this turn-based style game where you’ll be tasked with rescuing stranded survivors, scavenging for supplies (think fuel and first aid kits), and deciding where to go next, all while fighting frightening creatures.
In Sonic Racing, players will have the chance to take control of one of 15 playable characters from the Sonic universe and try their hand at a multiplayer high-speed racing competition. Along the way, you’ll want to collect power-ups, set traps, and attack competitors.
We all know kids are experts at making messes. And with Hogwash, they can finally put their skills to the test. The objective is simple: spread as much mud as possible, or clean up as the farmhand. Pitting one player against three in a race against the clock, this team-based game will see you joining forces as the farmhand as he struggles to keep the farm clean or teaming up with the pigs as they run rampant, spreading as much mud as they can.
Marble It Up: Mayhem!
Become a marble master in this game, where players roll through an expanded realm to unlock a collection of marbles, trails, and hats, find hidden trophies, and earn medals while battling dangerous obstacles, mind-bending paths, shifting gravity, and bouncy floors. This game includes multiplayer modes so you can team up to marble it up.
My Town Home – Family Games+
What better game to play with the whole family than this dollhouse game, which allows players to create their own family life stories? Engage in fun role-playing games while enjoying various family amusements and activities, such as cooking in the kitchen or playing in the garden. The game offers over 100 customizable items, dress-up games, and unique adventures where players can choose their favorite character and make their own game rules.
This article was created by SheKnows for Apple Arcade.
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