The 10 Best Kids' Xbox 360 and Kinect Games to Buy in 2018

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Kids love video games. And they don’t have to be a bad or a negative influence on children, either. We’ve come so far in the industry that games have been used in schools as a way of teaching, expanding one’s creativity and even trained them into becoming architects and designers of the future. Video games can also get kids off the couch and have them practice and learn new dance moves, solve complex puzzle arrangements, give them a sense of therapy and boost their concentration skills. 

Below, we've complied a list of the top 10 best kids’ Xbox 360 and Kinect games. But the games aren’t just for kids, as many of them on the are fun enough for you to join in on the good times and create a family bonding experience. So read on to see which are the must-owns.

The Sonic Ultimate Genesis collection is a compilation of some of the best SEGA Genesis games of yesteryear. You can show your kids the magic of the 90s and what you were playing when you were their age. Of the 40 games included, you can play such classics as Streets of Rage 2, Sonic The Hedgehog and more. Friends and family can play two-player classics together such as Golden Axe. Amazon users who’ve bought the game love it for its affordability and game selection. More critical reviewers don’t like the updated graphics.

Forza Motorsport 4 is ultimate racing car game for the Xbox 360, featuring more than 500 real-life cars and 26 huge racing tracks. Any car enthusiast will be appeased with Forza Motorsport 4, as it is one of the most realistic racing video games ever made.​

The Forza Motorsport series is considered to be a racing simulation, with heavy emphasis on making the cars feel, look, and sound exactly like their real-life equivalents. Its hyper-realistic attention to detail and graphics aims to give players the most authentic experience for virtual driving. Players are able to set their camera to a cockpit view for increased realism, seeing their driver’s arms animated in sequence to the player’s controls. It’s also compatible with the Xbox 360’s Kinect, so you can so you can hold on to an imaginary steering wheel and drive around.

Looking for a video game that encourages critical thinking and problem solving? Portal 2 is a critically acclaimed video game that introduces calm gameplay with fun puzzles involving teleportation. Over 2,500 educators across America have used Portal 2 by including it in their lesson plans. The “Teach with Portals” initiative was introduced by the game’s company Vault to schools as a way to teach students the excitement of puzzle solving and creation with a video game. Amazon users who’ve bought Portal 2 love it for its addictive gameplay. More critical reviewers mention that it might be too advanced for younger kids.

Is your kid a fan of Jurassic World and LEGOS? LEGO Jurassic World brings the best of both worlds by allowing you to relive key moments from all four Jurassic films reimagined in LEGO form. The easy-to-play sandbox video game features multiplayer, so you and your kid can enjoy escaping from dinosaurs and solving puzzles. You don’t have to be human, either. There is a wide selection of 20 different dinosaurs to play as, including T. Rex. Amazon users love that it’s an easygoing adventure game. More critical say the game can be a little buggy throughout gameplay.

Madden NFL 17 puts you right in the game as if you’re actually watching a real football game. With its impressive life-like graphics, hundreds of different play strategies, and intense sports action, Madden NFL 17 makes the list for best Xbox 360 game for sports lovers.

Madden NFL 17 allows you pick one of the 32 official NFL teams, so you can finally settle the score and put right every playoff and Super Bowl Championship once and for all. Players can choose between multiple game modes like franchise, where they have to develop team morale, train backup quarterbacks and build playbooks with different strategies. Madden NFL 17 includes authentically pieced commentary from real-life sportscasters, giving the impression that they are watching the game that you play. Players are even given the option to draft their favorite players into the ultimate team in a fantasy football mode.

Most parents are familiar with the popular TV game show and kids will be intrigued with the simple and fun Wheel of Fortune for Xbox 360. Wheel of Fortune comes to Xbox 360 with more than 1,000 puzzles to solve and includes a multiplayer mode to bring the whole family together.

Bringing to life its TV counter, Wheel of Fortune offers the thrill of spinning the wheel for prizes and cash while solving a word challenge. Players are able to go head-to-head with one another in a multiplayer game mode with up to four players. Pat Sajak and Vanna White make appearances and have their own in-game voices to make the experience even more real. The game also includes animated videos and minigames that act as a “commercial break” to give the game a more life-like feel as if you’re actually watching the show.

Perfect for families, Minute To Win It is based off the popular NBC game show and is filled with dozens of exciting and fun simple minigames that the whole family can understand and pick up quickly. The Xbox Kinect Game includes 10 game modes like single player, multiplayer face-off and a cooperative mode. Best of all, loveable cool man Guy Fieri is the host.

Minute to Win It has you competing with four other players in a series of 20 challenges and 9 minigames in order to win a $1 million grand prize. Using the Kinect, up to four players can jump into the game, using their bodies to move, balance objects or stay still in order to complete various challenges. Each nerve wrecking game gives players 60 seconds to complete it, ranging from doing perfect form squats to catching airborne balls into a bucket on your head.

Kinectimals is an interactive game involving adopting a virtual pet, playing with it and going on adventures. It opens the imagination for kids who want to grow more familiar with animals and training them. Children who love animals will love Kinectimals. The game starts off with picking and naming one of 20 different animals available, including a bear, cheetah and lion. Your kids can call out to their new virtual pet by name, teach them tricks such as fetch and roll over and even train them for agility courses. Parents who’ve bought Kinectimals love how the game encourages interactivity, exercise and a love for animals. More critical reviewers mention it’s more docile and slow.

Minecraft is the ideal game for any kid who wants to build virtually anything with blocks and go on adventures. Kids can explore randomly generated worlds and build everything from houses to skyscrapers. Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition features a tutorial mode that teaches the basics to master essential skills. In this mode, your children will learn how to craft and put together necessary things in order to complete objectives. Creative mode gives infinite resources to build your own dream world without any pressure. Amazon users love it for its encouragement of creativity. Critical reviewers say it can be boring and survival mode may be too frightening.

Besides getting the exercise from moving around, your kid can learn a new skill that will boost their confidence. Just Dance 2017 gets you and your young one off the couch and grooving to popular dances. If your kids are active, then this interactive rhythm based game will keep them busy, having fun and intrigued. The Kinect camera picks up their movements and a score is tallied based off how well they dance. Amazon parents who have bought the game love that it makes for a bonding workout together. Critical reviewers mention the song selection isn’t broad.

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