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15 Best PS3 Games For Kids 2020: The Ultimate Guide

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Playing PlayStation together as a family can be a lot of fun and provides some much-needed entertainment at home to put a stop to lockdown boredom and cabin fever.

Although PlayStations are often thought of as the gadget of hardcore gamers, there are loads of child-and family-friendly games suitable for kids of all ages that can be played alone, or with the rest of the family. We have listed 15 of the best here, to help you choose.

There are a few things to consider when choosing the best game for PS3 for your family. Some games might be difficult or seem scary for younger children, while others might seem too easy for the older kids. If there is only one child at home, then you may want to opt for games that have both single and multiplayer modes, puzzle or sports games, for example, can be great options for single players. Genre is also an important consideration; there’s no point buying a sports game for a child who wants to have their imagination ignited with a quest game.

We've compiled a list of the best kid friendly games for PS3 to help you choose. For more gadget products, check out these smartwatches for kids and these kids' headphones.

Our Top Choice

Little Big Planet 2‍

One of the best, most fun PlayStation 3 games out there, the platform video game Little Big Planet 2 is designed for kids and features loads of different puzzles created from user-generated content. This means that your kids (or you!) can solve puzzles or create their own, creating the design and recording sound effects alongside it. The purpose of the games is to control the sack-man characters throughout the game, letting your imagination run wild as you decide what you want to create and how you want to play. One thing to note is that this game relies on a large community, meaning that your child will need some supervision to ensure that they stay only playing in scenarios suitable for them.

  • Price: £23.01
  • Age: 8+
  • Move Paint provides you with your own in-game art studio
  • Download thousands of different user-generated games
  • Create your own games and share them with the world

Best PS3 Games For 5-Year-Olds

Katamari Forever‍

This is a superb action and puzzle game for families, especially great if you're looking for great Playstation 3 games for kids, we think five-year-olds in particular will love it! The aim of the game is to add colour to scenes by collecting junk around them by using a ball (Katamari) and solving problems.

  • Price: £35.76
  • Age: Suitable for kids of all ages
  • Can be played by a single player or multiple players
  • Offline game

Best For Animal Lovers

EyePet And Friends‍

This is a great game for younger children, with mini games that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s a virtual pet simulation game, the objective being to look after the pets. This can be a great option for children longing for a real pet!

  • Price: £32.72
  • Age: 5-7
  • Furry, colourful animals appeal to younger kids
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Players can create their own vehicles, helping teach children about shapes
  • The game features lots of different activities

Best Educational PS3 Games

EA Create‍

This game is all about problem solving. Your child must unleash his of her imagination to find solutions to complicated physics-based problems.

  • Price: £40
  • Age: 8+
  • Kids can design their own worlds, igniting their imagination
  • Players can share their creations and access other user-generated content
  • All user-created environments are monitored by the game developer, meaning that your child is less likely to come across inappropriate content

Best For Colourful Games

De Blob 2‍

This is a colourful, action-packed puzzle game featuring colourful blobs who must fight their cruel dictator and become free by restoring colour back to their world.

  • Price: £18.36
  • Age: 9+
  • Can be played solo or in multiplayer mode
  • Players are sometimes required to make moral decisions, which could be difficult for some children without supervision

Best For Dinosaur Fans

Wonderbook: Walking With Dinosaurs‍

This fantastically educational game teaches kids (and their parents!) all about dinosaurs.

  • Price: £24.99
  • Age: 7+
  • Instructor-led game that teaches kids about dinosaurs
  • Interactive graphics
  • Kids can also learn about prehistoric ecosystems

Best Puzzle Games

EA Portal 2‍

This puzzle game is super engaging and hugely popular with PS3 users. Players must take on the persona of Chell and solve puzzles to overcome obstacles.

  • Price: £44.95
  • Age: 10+
  • If the player sustains too many injuries, they die
  • Can be played by a single or multiple players

Best PS3 Games For All The Family

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One‍

This is a great game to get for all the family, in which you take on one of four characters, all of which are equipped with different skills and weapons to be used in the intergalactic battle against an evil machine.

  • Price: £39.99
  • Age: 7+
  • Cooperative play mode
  • Colourful and appealing graphics
  • Players can team up with online community members (this may need supervision)

Best For Book Lovers

Where The Wild Things Are: The Videogame‍

Based on the book written by Maurice Sendak, this game takes on a whole new storyline where kids must direct an angry Max to channel his anger constructively.

  • Price: £32.05
  • Age: 10+
  • Find somewhere to live for the wild things who are escaping
  • Collect different things for the wild things
  • 3 difficulty levels

Best For Minigames

Start The Party!‍

This great game is packed full of mini games for all the family. Players can see themselves on mini screens holding objects during the games, such as pizza, electric clippers and more!

  • Price: £7
  • Age: Suitable for kids of all ages
  • Augmented reality provides entertainment for hours
  • Best used with 2 or more family members
  • Requires the use of the PlayStation Move device as well

Best Music PS3 Games

Disney Sing It: Family Hits‍

This is a great music game where the whole family can sing along to all their favourite songs from Disney movies.

  • Price: £34
  • Age: 7+
  • Karaoke game that can be played solo or with up to 8 players
  • Sing along to your 30 of your favourite songs such as ‘A Whole New World’ from 'Aladdin' and ‘Hakuna Matata’ from 'The Lion King'
  • Warning: some parents may eventually tire of hearing Disney songs sung loudly on repeat!

Best Sports Games

EA Skate 3‍

Skate 3 is a simulation skateboarding game when kids can experience realistic skateboarding from the safety of the living room! It’s a really fun game, easy to get the hang of, and has a wonderfully colourful virtual environment. In the game, players take on the role of a young entrepreneur building a skateboarding company with his friends, and practice their skills and tricks in malls, plazas and skating rinks. The only downside here is that the reckless skateboarding (for instance in the city streets) could be misleading for kids, so they could require some supervision.

  • Price: £25
  • Age: 12+
  • Work through challenges with teammates
  • Build a skateboarding company and sell skateboards
  • Players can create their own skate park and practise their skills and tricks

Best For Team Games

Madden NFL 16‍

Named after American football coach John Madden, this popular sports game is a simulation of American football for a bit of a change!

  • Price: £24.99
  • Age: 8+
  • Players create their teams from scratch, choosing real players or creating their own
  • Players can learn different skills, tactics and strategies to perfect their team’s performance
  • One downside is the high volume of adverts within the game, such as on the pitch
  • This is a multi-player game played with others online, which may require supervision

Best For Kids With A Need For Speed

ModNation Racers‍

In this game your child can create her own drivers, cars and race tracks and share them with others online. She can also access content created by other users on the PlayStation Network, making it a great option to get for those with a creative spirit!

  • Price: £19.79
  • Age: 7+
  • Controls are easy to pick up and master
  • Play solo or with up to 4 players
  • Accessible to children who may not have played video games before

Best Quest Games

Toy Story 3 PS3‍

Based on the Pixar movie, this game puts kids in the role of Buzz, Woody or Jessie on a quest for items following a similar thread to the movie’s plot.

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  • Price: £59.99
  • Age: 7+
  • Story mode follows a quest with various objectives
  • Toy Box mode allows children’s’ imaginations to run wild and they are free to paint, race, collect… basically follow where their minds take them!
  • Graphics true to the original Pixar ones
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