Xbox Game Pass is becoming something of an entertainment portal for kids these days, what with its slew of titles that focus on the younger generation and its family-friendly co-op flicks. And with Christmas on the horizon and a boatload of things to prepare for, something as simple as a video game streaming platform is actually everything a parent could ask for and more — if only to keep the little ones preoccupied in the build-up to the festivities.
As luck would have it, Xbox has recently bundled in a tonne of great games for younger players, making it easier than ever to assemble the siblings and go toe-to-toe over some button-mashing madness. So, with that said, it’s time to unite your team, fire up the Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S, and load up these fantastic titles. Guaranteed, you’ll have enough on your plate to see you through to 2022 and beyond.
5. Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay
One of the most recent additions to the Game Pass library is Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay, an action-adventure platformer that sees you assemble the beloved team for a batch of bite-sized missions and mini-games. With Adventure Bay in great need of an elite team for various excursions, it’s up to you to equip the right tools and get the job done.
Aimed at players just over the age of four and up, Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay provides just a few minor challenges, with its core gameplay mostly made up of simple platforming and racing elements. It’s also a journey you can hack out in just under five hours, making it an ideal treat for a long weekend with the little gamer in your household.
4. Ben 10: Power Trip
Following up with Game Pass’s December upload is Ben 10: Power Trip, an all-round action-adventure extravaganza that puts you back in the shoes of the the tenacious Ben Tennyson on another 3D quest across luscious jungles and ultraviolet skies. With a European vacation postponed due to the self-proclaimed “Master-Magician” Hex making a return with a new evil scheme in the works, Ben must wage war with the Void, where monsters and mysterious crystals threaten to engulf the known world.
Bringing back the familiar fan favourite elements from earlier games in the series, Ben 10: Power Trip moulds into a complete package with all the action and humour one would expect from the hit Cartoon Network show. And, it also gives you plenty to do for a rough seven hours or so, meaning a Sunday afternoon can basically be pencilled in to enjoy its action-packed story.
3. Race With Ryan
YouTube sensation Ryan of Ryan’s World has finally made his long-awaited debut on the Xbox Game Pass frontline, with a racing chapter that has brought waves of karting joy for friends and families for two years running. And if you’re thinking along the lines of a watered-down Mario Kart game, then you’ve basically hit the nail on the head.
Race With Ryan is set in a vibrant world packed full of candy-popping courses and charismatic creatures, all of which bind together to create a memorable racing experience for its players. Of course, it’s unlikely to satisfy an older player’s appetite for the open road, but for its target audience — that being four to six years old — it’s a barrel of fun, and a stepping stone en route to a much bigger and more advanced platform in the racing genre.
2. Rubber Bandits
Say if Payday 2 and, I don’t know — every Lego game in existence had a baby, then it would probably look a little something like Rubber Bandits, no word of a lie. But with a target audience of seven and up, it instead removes all of the mindless gore and crude language and replaces it with simple-minded fun and elasticated humour.
The goal is simple: steal as much as you possibly can, and then cross the finish line to bank it. However, with rival players on the prowl for a good old fashioned brawl, that loot can soon be hurled into the air and ignite all-out warfare. The question is, will you buddy up and fight for it, or back the law and betray your friends for the sake of justice? There’s only one way to find out. Rubber Bandits is available on Game Pass right now.
1. Disneyland Adventures
There’s honestly no greater thing in the world than being a VIP in Disney’s own home, and with unlimited tickets to board every coaster and slideshow attraction at that. Plus, with the added benefits such as having Disney and Pixar’s finest friends all within a quarter mile from your own two feet, Disneyland Adventures truly is the gift that keeps on giving. And, let’s be honest here — it’s also something that basically every parent has wanted at some point too. Because age is just a number and all that jazz.
Disneyland Adventures lets you create your own character and explore the whole of Disney’s Magic Kingdom, which, of course, includes all of the original movie stars and their trusty sidekicks, as well as all the vibrant park districts, each built with a selection of games, missions and activities. By running the circuit, you’ll have the chance to meet some of Disney’s biggest icons and run errands for them — be it a magical journey through time and space, or simply assembling a few components to build a gadget. Whatever your goal, it’s always a pleasure to know that Disney pretty much rests in the palm of your hand wherever you go.
So, will you be picking up or renewing your Game Pass subscription this December? What games will you be playing over Christmas? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.