Friday 4 December 2020

Family friendly gaming gift guide


We are avid gamers who love family friendly games. As we love gaming we wanted to share some of our favourite family friendly games perfect for gifting and playing this festive holiday season.

Transformers: Battlegrounds
Transformers: Battlegrounds is an all-new tactical combat game, featuring fan favourite Autobots & Decepticons characters from the Transformers franchise including Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Starscream, and Megatron each with unique abilities and transformations as they battle it out for control of the AllSpark in single-player and co-op gameplay. 

This turn-based strategy game by global play and entertainment company Hasbro Inc., leading worldwide publish or family-friendly interactive entertainment Outright Games, renowned video games publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and UK based developer Coatsink is a battletastic game perfect for Transformers fans.

Combat takes place across an array of diverse levels, including iconic locations such as Central City and Cybertron where players will take command of their squad and fight together to save (or destroy) the galaxy.

Players have the option of purchasing the Standard Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition of the game. The Digital Deluxe Edition contains the base game found in the Standard Edition, alongside bonus character cosmetics, including four new character skin packs and the exclusive CUBE arcade game-mode.

TRANSFORMERS: BATTLEGROUNDS is out now on Playstation® 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch ™, and PC Digital.

PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay

Puptastic new video game Paw Patrol®: Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay is based on the Nickelodeon children’s TV show phenomenon.

Get ready for a new PAWsome adventure with Chase, Marshall, Skye, Rocky and more thanks to Outright Games, the leading global publisher of family friendly interactive entertainment, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and Nickelodeon.

A meteor has fallen in Adventure Bay and now the PAW Patrol have been given spectacular superpowers. With the town in a mighty mess, the pups must use their new powers to set things right again. 

Now it’s up to you and the Pups to use their powers, rescue skills and gadgets to make the town PAWsome again!

Pick your favourite pup and be a hero as you embark on super-heroic missions with the whole mighty PAW Patrol team. Each pup has their own unique abilities such as Chase’s Super Speed, Marshall’s Mighty Heat, and Skye’s Whirlwind Power and the whole mighty PAW Patrol team. 

The 3D adventure platformer offers exciting main missions and mini-games, including Pup Pup Boogie! Explore the town and journey to Jake’s snowboarding resort, Tracker’s jungle and beyond, as you work together to rescue friends.

Featuring iconic locations from the show and TV-style mission briefings, families can play together in co-op mode for the PAWfect entertainment activity this holiday!


Inspired by the mega hit movie “PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups” produced by Spin Master Entertainment the brand new video game adventure is available now on Playstation® 4, Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One and Steam priced at $39.99 / £34.99 / €39.99.

Ben 10: Power Trip 

Ben 10: Power Trip! allows fans to explore a 3D world packed with exciting missions, puzzles, power-ups and collectibles; all while transforming into powerful aliens such as Diamondhead, Four Arms and Heatblast. Try to reveal the truth behind the mysterious crystals and the void rifts they open whilst battling fearsome foes in exciting combat! If you need a helping hand, team up with Kevin Levin in local drop-in, drop-out cooperative play.

Delve into the world of Ben 10 and be a hero thanks to BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, Cartoon Network, the number one global animated series network, and worldwide family entertainment publisher Outright Games, and developer studio  PHL Collective.

Set in the universe of the Ben 10 series the game is a Ben 10 adventure. Ben and his family are enjoying their European vacation in the Rust Bucket... until evil magician Hex unleashes the power of four mysterious crystals! Only Ben 10 can break the curse – so get ready to transform into powerful aliens to battle enemies, solve puzzles and freely explore an exciting 3D world. It’s hero time!

Ben 10: Power Trip is available now on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.

Gigantosaurus: The Game

Gigantosaurus: The Game is an all new roarsome adventure based on the world of the hugely popular Disney Junior CGI animated show ‘Gigantosaurus’. 

Brought to life by renowned global video games publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, leading animation entertainment company Cyber Group Studios and worldwide publisher of family-friendly interactive entertainment Outright Games, this game allows little gamers to immerse themselves in the vast, prehistoric world of Gigantosaurus in a one-of-a-kind dinosaur adventure that is part saving the world, part rally racing extravaganza.

Kids can play as one of their favourite dino buddies from the show – Rocky, Tiny, Mazu, and Bill – as they discover secrets, solve puzzles and save the day.

Help Giganto unblock the volcano by completing tasks and puzzles throughout the game and unlocking races to get to the next level. The game features open world environments, 6 unique levels and 4 player offline multiplayer.

Gigantosaurus: The Game is available on Playstation® 4, Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One and PC Digital.

Trollhunters Defenders of Arcadia

Trollhunters Defenders of Arcadia is an action-adventure platform game based on the Emmy®- winning Tales of Arcadia trilogy from DreamWorks Animation, now streaming on Netflix. Based on the hit series which was created and executive produced by Academy Award® winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro,  the game features voice talent from the TV series including Emile Hirsch, Charlie Saxton, David Bradley and Lexi Medrano and 1-2 player couch co-op.

Inspired by Tales of Arcadia, the game Defenders of Arcadia has been developed by prolific game developer Wayforward, who are masters of platform action-adventure games, along with Outright Games, Universal Games and Digital Platforms, and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe.

Become the hero and save the Trollhunter Universe.

Arcadia is under attack! Venture through the Trollhunter Universe as the hero to save the universe.

Players assume the role of fan-favorite character, Jim Lake Jr., as he travels through time to catch the trickster troll Porgon and attempt to stop the time-pocalypse. Players will go on an adventure across the game's unique worlds and meet familiar characters as they level up armor, gain new abilities and become the hero of Arcadia. 

DreamWorks Trollhunters Defenders of Arcadia is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC Digital.

Zoids Wild: Blasts Unleashed

Join the fierce battle between factions and unleash the power of Zoids!

Zoids Wild: Blasts Unleashed is an action packed battle game based on the global phenomenon and legendary anime series, we’re bringing Zoids to a whole new generation with spectacular visuals and action packed 3D combat in 1v1 battles. 

Renowned games publisher Outright Games and iconic developer Codeglue unleashed legendary characters from the hugely successful Zoids franchise in the brand new game Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed available exclusively on Nintendo Switch™.

Unleash the full power of the Zoids and experience spectacular mecha combat, with anime graphics faithful to the series, full Single Player Battle Story Mode and spectacular 1V1 Battles.

Are you ready to command the strongest lifeforms in the world?

The game showcases breathtaking 3D combat and features legendary characters from the hugely successful Zoids franchise.

Perfect for fans of Zoids Wild and those who enjoy fighting as robots for monumental battles Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is out now exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™

Race With Ryan Deluxe Edition 

Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition is the ultimate Race With Ryan experience bringing together the original title and all new content released since launch for a total of 16 tracks and 33 fan favourite racers. 

Play as Ryan and an expanded roster of friends, with new USA-themed drivers and join them on the open road for an American truck tour, featuring new circuits as exciting and colourful as a kid’s imagination.

The hit kart racer from global sensation ‘Ryan’s World’ now includes all tracks and racers since launch. Created by Worldwide family entertainment publisher Outright Games™ in partnership with p.w Games™, the gaming division of kids entertainment studios™, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and Sunlight Entertainment, the game is a speedy delight.


The brand new DLC pack adds new tracks and racers including Montana Panda, Nevada Ryan and Wisconsin Lexa. Fans of all ages can take to the track with their favourite racer and cruise along Route 66, Icy Land, Forest, Redwood and New York, New York, before zooming to the finish line. With kid friendly controls, 2-4 player split-screen races, Ryan’s Mystery Egg surprise items, and career mode for the most ambitious racers, Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition is the perfect Christmas gift for fans of Ryan and colourful kart racers alike!!

Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition is now available to play on Playstation® 4, Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One and Steam priced at $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99 and is available exclusively at Smyths Toys Superstores. 

* We have been previously gifted these games for review *


  1. I think I’m the only non gamer in my house! My son and partner love it and my daughters are just getting in to it. We’ve been looking for games for the girls that are suitable, some of these would be perfect x

  2. I haven't seen Ben 10 around for ages! My eldest is almost 16 now and when he was little he was a massive Ben 10 fan. All hi bedroom was full of Ben 10 stuff

  3. These sound like some awesome gaming ideas for all the family, my other half is a huge gamer, and always has something on his list too add to his collection.

  4. The games are so bright and colourful, I'm sure the kids would love them. We're hoping to get my fiance a playstation 5 so he'll be stocking up on games x

  5. I just bought my very first Switch and I absolutely loved it, so many games on here to try

  6. My son is just about the age where he is getting into gaming so we are considering getting a few games for him this Christmas. Some lovely suggestions here

  7. My family are big gamers so this gift guide is super helpful! I've got a few more ideas for the family now!

  8. We're a family of gamers and these are all goo suggestions. My son likes Race With Ryan and would enjoy Paw Patrol.

  9. It is nice to see that the bug games companies are making games for small people, it is easy to leave them forgotten. We love Troll Hunters

  10. Going to have to look into that Paw Patrol game I think!

  11. These sound like amazing games, my son especially loves gaming but my daughter likes to copy her big brother so I love that there are some games here, like Paw Patrol, that she could enjoy too. The gigantasaurus and Transformers games look amazing too!

  12. My daughter loves the Ben 10 game, there are some really fun games around at the moment!

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  14. I think my son would really enjoy playing Gigantosaurus. He really loves computer games and dinosaurs.