I grew up playing video games and now that I have kids of my own, I want to transfer that joy over to them. At first, I made them play standard games like Super Mario Brothers or Donkey Kong Country. The next step was to play co-op games with them, so I made myself a list of the best co-op games to play with your kid which are not too violent or hard.
Secret of Mana
Secret of Mana is a pretty good game to start your co-op adventures with your kid since it’s not that hard for an RPG and the first player can do most of the fighting. It doesn’t matter much if the second player is not really good at the game, your party should be able to overcome most of the battles/boss battles. Great beginner RPG. Difficulty 1/5.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time for the Super Nintendo is a great beat-em up. Great graphics and music, not much violent, it’s the perfect beat-em up for the young kids. Difficulty 3/5.
Any Lego Game
The Lego games (on any system) are some of the best co-op games to play with your kid and are some of the most kid-friendly games out there. Great co-op gameplay and next to no violence. You just can’t go wrong when you play a Lego game. Difficulty 1/5.
The Tales Games
Most Tales games have an option for co-op gameplay. My favorite Tales game, Tales of Destiny, has the option, but you need to get a specific item (Channeling ring) to get to enjoy multiplayer. The combat is pretty easy especially in the 2D Tales, so it should be easy for a kid to play. Difficulty 2/5.
Rayman Legends is a great platformer that is super kid-friendly. Your kids will laugh a lot with this game (i laugh a lot too). Difficulty is a bit higher with this one though so around 4/5.
Super Mario 3D World
Even if the WiiU was underpowered compared to the competitors, it produced some of the best looking games last generation. Games like this one or Mario Kart 8. Super Mario 3D World is gorgeous, fun and not too hard for kids. Highly recommended for best co-op games to play with your kid. Difficulty 1/5.
The Pokémon Games
They do not have traditional co-op, but you can still play with someone else close by and feel as if you’re playing co-op when you’re playing Pokémon. You can share and hunt different Pokémon and with the different versions (latest would be Sun and Moon), it’s fun to get both versions and try to get them all together. I currently have Pokémon Moon and will definitely buy Sun for my kid soon. Difficulty 4/5.
Monster Hunter 4
I saved the best one for last… but the hardest one also. This is definitely not for small kids since the gameplay is pretty hard. Might want to wait until they’re atleast 10 years old before initiating them to Monster Hunter, but if they show interest for the game, you will definitely be the best mom/dad for playing with them (and pushing through the hunting ranks with them). One of my favorite series, it’s very kid friendly since it’s not too violent and you’re hunting monsters, but the difficulty is pretty brutal so 5/5 for that.