Top Family Games of All Time

Family is for life, not just for Christmas. They're usually ever present in your life in some way or another, be it your mum moaning about keeping your room tidy, your daughter playing her music too loud, or your pet Pomeranian doing a poo on the lounge carpet. For most of us Family is the biggest part of our life.

So, what better way to share an experience with a family member or two than with a fun video game. LEGO has got the family game genre well under its blocky thumb, pumping out new games like no tomorrow, but somehow still managing to hit the nail on the head. Pick up a LEGO game and you'll get easy to access gameplay, genuine laughs, and importantly dead simple single-screen multiplayer. To make things a sure fire winner, LEGO has joined forces with the likes of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Marvel, Star Wars and DC, which are combinations fans simply can't resist.

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  • 30.

    Invizimals

    Invizimals is a fun game that has enough novelty value for gamers to look past its flaws. Not for adults, but kids will enjoy the mix of real world and virtual world gameplay. You might have noticed that this review looks... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 29.

    Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll

    Super Monkey Ball: Step and Roll might be marketed as a game to play using the Wii Balance Board, but it's a much better game when played using standard Wii Remote controls. Monkeys inside balls, rolling around like hamsters... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 28.

    Mario Party 9

    The Wii has always been about bringing people together to play, and Mario Party 9 does that considerably better than I thought it would. Mario Party used to be a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I played the series most when... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 27.

    Overcooked

    With simple controls and an easy to understand premise, anyone can turn their hand to it with ease, then partake in some truly stressful yet fun multiplayer cooking action. You can play Overcooked alone, but it's not advisable.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 26.

    Buzz! Junior: Jungle Party

    As something to entertain the whole family every now and again, Jungle Party is brilliant, and that's not something you can say that often about a video game. Making a game for the whole family is something of a fine art,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 25.

    SingStar Legends

    If you fancy singing along to some classic tunes or have grown tired of the tracks included on previous releases, SingStar Legends is an essential purchase. It hardly seems like a week has passed since the last SingStar release,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 24.

    WarioWare: Smooth Moves

    WarioWare Smooth Moves delivers spades of crazy fun from the moment you pick up the Wii-mote and it's a game that should be in every Wii owner's collection. If there's one modern series from Nintendo that embodies everything... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 23.

    FlOw

    It may not have any longevity beyond the times you boot it up to show off to friends as a curio of you new PS3, but at a budget price it is an undeniably unique and enchanting piece of software. Sony seem to be trying to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 22.

    Buzz!: The Mega Quiz

    Don't buy Buzz! The Mega Quiz if you're not planning to play with friends as you'll miss out on the game's core game mode, but social gamers should lap this up. Buzz! Probably doesn't get the credit it deserves. While Nintendo... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 21.

    SingStar Pop Hits

    Well designed, accessible and hilarious, never has a game caused so many neighbourly complaints or united so many gamers and non-gamers on one noisy level playing field. There are always two contrary opinions upon the launch... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 20.

    SingStar Rock Ballads

    If you've exhausted your previous track supply, or are new to the global phenomenon and fancy a bit of shrill warbling at the weekend, give this latest song collection a try. With the number of Singstar releases creeping... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 19.

    Buzz!: The Hollywood Quiz

    It's more of the same old Buzz!, but movie fans will find a game that can be played by even the most novice gamers. After sports and music editions of the hugely popular stable of quiz games from the good fellows at Sony,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 18.

    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

    As compendiums go, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is one of the best on the Wii. It is well designed and the conjoined worlds are realised with simple graphical flair. While the sensational news that arch rivals Mario... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 17.

    SingStar

    Apparently you can play games on the PlayStation3, but it certainly looks like a top of the range karaoke machine from where I'm standing, on centre stage in my living room stadium. If there's one series of games that might... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 16.

    Buzz! Junior: Dino Den

    The Buzz! Junior Party series has always been great for young gamers and Dino Den is simple multiplayer fun that everyone can enjoy. You might have noticed that this review looks slightly different to other reviews on VideoGamer.com.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 15.

    Magic Made Fun

    Magic Made Fun isn't really a game, but any budding magicians will get a lot of fun out of this DS release. You might have noticed that this review looks slightly different to other reviews on VideoGamer.com. That's because... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 14.

    Buzz!: Quiz TV

    Although not a reinvention of the formula, we'll be playing Buzz! Quiz TV for many months to come. As a developer it can't always be easy to come up with new ideas for sequels. Relentless Games, the studio that brought us... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 13.

    Fable II Pub Games

    Given the low cost of entry, this collection of addictive gambling games is a great way to limber up for Fable II There has always been a slight problem with gambling video games, in that they take a real-world vice and invariably... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 12.

    Buzz! Junior: Ace Racers

    If you're on the look out for a game to please a speed demon child who might not be able to grasp the complexities of the latest Gran Turismo, Ace Racers should fit the bill perfectly. You might have noticed that this review... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 11.

    Guinness World Records: The Videogame

    With record breaking as the foundation and a strong selection of fun mini-games to play, a well as leaderboards and multiplayer games, Guinness World Records: The Videogame is an excellent party game. You might have noticed... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii, DS

  • 10.

    EyePet

    It's easy to see that the EyePet is the best virtual pet that anyone has ever created. It's cute, it can do lots of neat tricks, and it puts motion controls to great use. Sony's EyePet is more or less a direct descendent... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 9.

    WarioWare: Do It Yourself

    This kind of venture isn't for everyone, but if you've got the ideas and the patience to make them work, WarioWare DIY will keep you tied up for months. After several marathon-length development sessions, MyDeadDog Software... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 8.

    EyePet: Move Edition

    Eleven months on from the original release, this is still the best monkey-cat-hybrid simulation that money can buy. Sony might take this as a back-handed compliment, but the revamped version of EyePet is probably the most... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 7.

    Buzz!: The Ultimate Music Quiz

    Move support is a bit too basic to care about, but the core quizzing is excellent, making this a must buy for anyone who enjoys quiz battles on their sofa. Buzz! is always good for a laugh, which is what's made the quiz series... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 6.

    Kinectimals

    For the game's target audience - pre-teen kids - this is an excellent Kinect game that will provide hours of fun. "Is it better than Nintendogs?" I asked my 10-year-old sister after a session playing Kinectimals. "Yes," she... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 5.

    Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time

    Travel in Time is far more than a hastily cobbled-together ensemble of mini-games. It's a cohesive party experience with a plethora of activities tied together in a fantastic hub world. Time travel is always an interesting... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 4.

    Guitar Hero II

    By yourself there are a few games that provide as much of a thrill, and when playing with friends Guitar Hero II reaches even greater heights, making it a must own game. It's no secret that I'm not a fan of loud music. Nor... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 3.

    Guitar Hero II

    By yourself there are few games that provide as much of a thrill, and when playing with friends Guitar Hero II reaches even greater heights, making it a must own game. Activision's second Guitar Hero was originally released... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 2.

    Boom Blox Bash Party

    This is more or less everything we wanted from a Boom Blox sequel and can't recommend it enough. Boom Blox was one of the best games of 2008. It managed to take an incredibly simple concept (throwing balls at blocks) and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 1.

    Pinball Fantasies

    At £3.99 it's definitely worth a download if you're after a commute killer. If you owned a Commodore Amiga, which you undoubtedly did because you're hardcore, then you probably played Pinball Fantasies, the 1992 pinball game... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP