2017’s Best Games for the Family

Gaming

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Possibly one of the coolest games on the planet right now, Mario Kart has never failed to deliver in the entertainment category and the latest edition goes further than all the Mario Karts before it. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the perfect combination of old and new, there's great synergy between what was great about all the previous versions and all that is new about the 2017 edition. The graphics are incredible, the soundtrack is fantastic, the choice of characters is wonderful – we simply don't have enough superlatives to aptly describe how much fun this game is.

Score 10/10

A selection of the best games for the whole family to play

Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels

Another racing game in our list of best games, but again, this is no ordinary racing game. The Forza franchise is famous for bringing us the coolest cars, the best tracks and the most realistic driving simulation out there, but the Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels edition is an expansion pack to the original game that's quite literally packed with fun. All the sweetest Hot Wheel rides you can imagine are brought to life in this game, turning miniature fun into life-sized excitement. You get to race through the greatest environments imaginable to turn childhood adventures into gaming reality. This is another game that promises endless hours of entertainment and fun for the whole family.

Score 9.1/10

Splatoon 2

The sequel to Splatoon, Splatoon 2 is a non-violent team-based shooting game based around colourful environments and funky characters in a territorial battle to paint the town. Although there is a single player mode, the real genius behind Splatoon 2 is the multiplayer online games and all the different events you can partake in, in order to own your hill and win the day. The basic idea behind Splatoon is that you have a paint gun (or various forms thereof) and you need to shoot various targets, enemies or areas to win the game. We had the most fun playing in ‘turf war’ game mode, where the aim was to get behind enemy lines and paint as much of the arena in your team’s colours. The team with the most colour on the floor and walls wins. Simple, original and just pure fun.

Score 8.6/10

Snake Pass

Snake Pass is a rudimentary platform game which has about 15 levels to pass and gives you control of an adorable snake called Noodle. The aim of the game is to get from one end of the level to the other while completing certain tasks and passing certain obstacles. The game is frustrating in the beginning as you have to learn how to move like a snake, which involves most of the buttons and sticks on your control, but once you are accustomed to the dynamics, it's somewhat hypnotising. You can find yourself lost in the game, playing for long periods of time, just to slither around on the floor or through water like a snake. Snake Pass is filled with fun and although it can sometimes be a bit frustrating to get past certain impasses, the game itself is enjoyable and challenging enough for all ages.

Score 8.1/10

Planet Coaster

Planet Coaster is just like Sim City, but for theme parks. You build, manage and create the best possible theme park that will entertain and bedazzle your guests. These simulation games are dime a dozen, but Planet Coaster seems to offer the variety that very few other games do. There are gift shops, rollercoasters, carousels, ice cream stands and walkways which you can reposition, recolour, redesign and edit in so many ways that Planet Coaster just fails to get boring. The aim of the game is simple, as with all economic simulators; keep your customers happy, they will keep coming back and you will keep making money. The more money you have, the more rides you can build. It’s an endless circle.

Score 8.0/10

Just Dance 2017

Every one of us has a dancing queen or king inside us, however, most of us just lack the confidence to get out there and dance in front of others. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love to shake our booty whenever a cool tune comes on. Just Dance 2017 turns dancing into a game and gives all of us a chance to bust a move just because we can. The game certainly isn’t a flawless execution of dance, but it's the perfect game if you're looking for a bit of fun. We often felt like we were crushing every move, yet the scores didn’t match; and then when we felt like we were utterly hopeless, the game would give us full marks. Just Dance 2017 would have scored much higher had it given us a few tutorials, but overall, this is a game that gets the blood pumping, so what’s not to love?

Score 7.4/10