Best Building Games and the Best Crafting Games of 2019

All platforms, all genres

Our huge collection of the best building and crafting games you’ve never heard, of based on learning curve, fun, creativity, and price.

Plus a “kid-safe” summary to make it super easy for parents to find the right titles.

We track down lesser-known games on PC, Mac, Linux / Steam OS, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android in every genre, click to jump to:

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Creative Mode

These are games that support playing casually in a sandbox, where you don’t have to survive or win.

The great thing about games with creative mode is the ability to get unlimited resources for building, without having to mine or gather.


Boundless – Top Recommendation

Windows, Mac OS X

As block-based games go, Boundless takes the cake in almost every way. There’s probably more to do and explore in this game than any other title in this list.

Planets upon planets of randomly generated landscapes combined with one universe of every player-built structure ever made.

Planets are connected through portals, and portals can be put anywhere. This means a single hallway can contain portals to all the best shops, houses, castles, and more.

Alongside all this is a deep player system that will have you increasing your power in unique ways at every turn.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone 10+) The danger with a game that is this multiplayer-driven is it’s hard to control what people say or build. With that being said, the Boundless developers actively fight to keep the game true to it’s rating. We consider this kid-safe, but exercise caution.

Terraria

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Switch

If you enjoy crafting video games and true limitless creativity, you’ll love this endless title and it’s incredible price.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Teen) Does contain some cartoon violence but we think this game is totally fine for kids, it’s even less visually realistic than Minecraft.

Besiege

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS

If you want to make and break stuff to your heart’s content, this is for you. If you’re looking for objectives, challenges, or a campaign, you might get tired of this game quickly.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) We recommend Teen. Does contain blood and violence, challenges sometimes involve killing figure people with your machines. The physics engine makes building harder than it seems, so kids might also find this frustrating.

Subnautica

Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox One, Playstation 4

A staple in the survival and base-building category, if you like either of those you’ll absolutely want to take this game for a spin. It’s only gotten better with many free expansions, and it now has a sequel if you finish this and want more.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone 10+) 10+ is an accurate age for this one, it could be too scary or difficult for kids younger than that.

Stardew Valley

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Switch

Well-priced fun for adults, while this might isn’t the simplest or the most creative title it remains easygoing and calm. This allows you or a child to learn at your own pace, without being punished for mistakes.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone 10+) Despite the rating we think this game is appropriate for all ages.

No Man’s Sky

Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4

This title has been transformed with free updates and has become a full-fledged space exploration and crafting game. There are literally endless worlds to explore, a lot to do, and a base building system that leaves you with more than enough room to be creative.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Teen) We think this game is appropriate for anyone, especially if you use Creative Mode instead of the normal campaign. There are space battles (in ships), and creatures that attack you on planets, but even those aren’t bloody or gory.

Slime Rancher

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, Xbox One, Playstation 4

This isn’t the most creative game on here, but it’s certainly one of the most fun and the most soothing. Slime Rancher creates a peaceful environment that will keep you coming back.

You’ll fall in love with the creatures and characters, and find just enough mystery to keep you wondering what comes next.

Slime Rancher has outstanding ratings and reviews on almost every platform, and we highly recommend it as well!

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone 10+) This is safe for all ages and has a great play-at-your-own-pace style, too.

Kerbal Space Program

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, Xbox One, Playstation 4

KSP could have easily made it into our “popular” category, it’s got a huge following and for good reasons.

You’ll find a complex crafting system hidden behind a simple objective: flying.

KSP’s best quality is keeping you challenged for hours on end without being frustrating. Mastering flight is just the beginning, the real fun is in building any type of spaceship you can imagine.

There’s a few DLC expansions for those who need more, and a sequel is coming in 2020.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone) While this game is kid-safe, it will likely be way too difficult for anyone under 10.

Starmade

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS

Starmade is basically Minecraft in space, but with much more depth.

Instead of just making structures, you can actually program blocks and structures.

If you like crafting and space exploration, you’ll love Starmade. Limitless building is combined with endless space and deep crafting.

It’s also a great co-op title to play with a friend. There’s something satisfying about building a giant spaceship that you can actually fly.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) Starmade is safe for all ages, but will be more punishing than Minecraft if you’re not playing it in Creative Mode.

Bridge Constructor Portal

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Switch

The humor in this game might be it’s best quality, but it’s second best quality is chopping physics challenges into bite size chunks.

Unfortunately there isn’t always room to build bridges in creative ways, many times you’re forced to find a the single answer.

Bridge Constructor Portal is short (unless you download user-created challenges) and sweet, but the price is fitting.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone 10+) Appropriate for all ages, though kids under 10 might not understand the humor or the physics at play.

Starbound

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS

Starbound is a lot like Terraria, a 2D Minecraft. What’s unique about it is a focus on exploration and the ability to travel to other planets.

At it’s core is a simple but fun process of exploring a planet, fighting a boss, then traveling to a new planet. If you get bored, Starbound allows you to restart the game with a new character and totally new planets.

You can also stay on a planet and build as long as you want.

We highly recommend playing on casual difficulty, it’s still challenging but you won’t lose items if you die.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone 10+) Contains violence and alchohol in some places, but we don’t think the game promotes either. We consider this safe for kids.

Prison Architect

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, Xbox One, Playstation 4

This game is an architects dream. You have full creative control of building a prison with an immense level of detail.

You’ll have to design everything from electricity wiring and water pipes to which type of doors to use in different areas.

Thankfully you can pause time, use planning mode to figure out what you want before buying it, and there’s deep difficulty controls that let you play however you want.

Overall Prison Architect is a fantastic time-sink for those who want to solve problems creatively.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Mature) This game contains quite a bit of cursing, drug references, and sexual references as well. Definitely not a kid-safe title, it’s too complex for kids as well.

Satisfactory

Windows

Satisfactory is a lot like other base building video games that revolve around factories.

Where it really shines is being a first-person factory builder with fantastic visuals. This is definitely aimed at people playing games on PC.

There’s something more rewarding about walking through your creations in video games like this, versus games like Factorio.

It’s early-access but already packed with content, and we’re excited to see how this title grows.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB RP) This game hasn’t been rated yet, but outside of the ability to hunt animals we haven’t run into any violence. So far, kid-safe. This could change when the full game is released with a campaign mode.

Cities: Skylines

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, Xbox One, Playstation 4

This game is the modern day evolution of what started with Sim City in the 1990s. If you’re looking for video games in the city building genre, this is all you need.

Full freedom to shape the land however you like, and build the city whatever way you like…with some limits.

You’ll have to deal with issues like traffic flow, food supply, finances, and just about anything that affects morale.

With that being said, you can control the difficulty and save/load your game whenever.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone) Yes, with one warning: people in your city can die (nothing visual) and you have the ability to use natural disasters like meteors.

Scrap Mechanic

Windows

In the same way that Satisfactory is focused on factories, Scrap Mechanic is a building game focused on building vehicles.

It’s in early access but already has a ton of promise. It feels similar to Besiege but with modern vehicles instead of medeival ones.

Vehicle building is pretty rare if you look across other building games, this actually might be the only game to do it well.

Scrap Mechanic executes well on it’s goals, it’s simple to get the hang of and has a very flexible crafting system. If you’re looking for games on PC, this is one you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) Yes, you can craft things like flamethrowers to put on your vehicles but it’s pretty hard to be deliberately violent.

Games with Creative Mode that ended up in other categories on this list:

Potential future reviews: Fantastic Contraption, Infinifactory, The Universim


Base Building / Survival

These games make you use your creations to defend yourself or your friends against other players, animals, or nature.


RimWorld – Top Recommendation

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS

RimWorld is a game like no other, it’s a unique blend of storytelling and totally dynamic gameplay. It begins with three survivors of a shipwreck, but from there out it’s different every time.

You’re building an entire colony and helping them survive but during the journey you’ll be accompanied by an AI storyteller of your choosing.

RimWorld also challenges your moral compass with constant grey-area decisions to make about your colony.

Overall this is one of the highest rated games on Steam and is endless fun, even before you get into mods.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) We would rate this Teen. While the vast majority of the game is safe for kids, the game can generate inappropriate artwork descriptions (as part of the art economy) that may not be appropriate for kids.

The Forest

Windows, Playstation 4

The Forest is a fantastic base building game layered underneath a jump-scare horror story that will have you building out of fear.

The environment is compelling and the co-op experience is seamless, we highly recommend playing with friends.

The Forest’s crafting system let’s you to discover new recipes by finding new resources on your own and then attempt to combine them with eachother.

This is a survival game you don’t want to miss.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Mature) This is definitely not safe for kids, it contains gore and violence from beginning to end.

Astroneer

Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4

Astroneer is a space exploration game with a crafting system based purely on increasing your abilities to explore.

It’s got beautiful landscapes and a great tutorial system that makes it easy to learn quickly.

Your primary resources are oxygen and power, you have to generate, store, and transport these if you want to extend your exploration to other parts of the planet.

Ultimately the goal is to build a ship that let’s you travel across multiple planets and continue to build your exploration abilities.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone) Absolutely, not only safe for kids but we recommend this as a great entrypoint game for kids 10+ (due to difficulty).

Far Cry Primal

Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4

Far Cry Primal is more of a survival game than a crafting game, while there is base building involved it’s mostly linear and doesn’t require any creativity.

The high points of this game are it’s graphics and combat system. While this is a prehistoric-times game, Far Cry is a shooter at it’s core and it shows.

While it doesn’t score well overall, we do recommend this for people looking for a challenging survival game. On it’s higher difficulties this is potentially the most difficult survival game on the list.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Mature) Not at all, lots of violence.

Space Engineers

Windows

Space Engineers is a true crafting game that let’s you build just about anything.

It’s also a true survival game that makes basic exploration and surviving quite difficult.

Originally an early-access game, the developers have since pushed a ton of major updates that improved the graphics, sound, survival mode, multiplayer mode, and more.

There’s a ton of content, difficulty, and gameplay to explore here. It’s well worth the price tag.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Teen) This game contains first-person shooting and ship combat, so if you’re trying to stay away from violence it’s probably safer to choose a different space exploration or survival game.

Factorio

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS

Factorio by all appearances may seem like a dull repetitive game, but don’t be deceived. It’s probably the most addictive game in this genre.

The premise is simple: build your way from chopping logs to assembling a spaceship. In the process your factory will be constantly under attack so you’ll have to build defenses at the same time.

Unlike most crafting games Factorio is driven by automation. The real goal is not to build things, it’s to automate building things.

In the process of all this you’ll realize that the design of your factory has limitless room for design and improvement, and that’s where things get creative.

This is one of the highest rated games of all time on Steam for a reason, give it a try.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) Yes, there is some mild violence since you have to build turrets and things to defend your base from aliens.

Ark: Survival Evolved

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Switch

This game can be difficult and intimidating for newcomers, but if you enjoy depth and a challenge then you’ll find it quite rewarding.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Price
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Teen) This game is visually realistic and does contain quite a bit of violence and blood if you’re playing the Battle Royale mode with others online. We would say 16+ for Battle Royale but Creative mode is safe for 13+.

Atomicrops

Windows

Atomicrops is a retro-style twin-stick shooter where you play a farmer defending and growing crops.

This game focuses more on resource management than crafting, but growing crops is not as simple as it seems at first.

Everything you grow you’ll be forced to monitor and defend, plus as you progress you’ll be increasing your strength and abilities.

Atomicrops is a short and sweet but very enjoyable title.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) Yes, this game has a lot of combat but you’re fighting bugs and aliens with non-realistic visuals.

Interstellar Rift

Windows

This game has the most advanced ship building mechanics on this list. Players create giant warships or small fighters, with tons of detail.

What’s even better is having battles against bots or players inside the ships you make, or having ship vs ship battles in space.

Interstellar Rift also has mining and resource gathering, if you want to spend your time doing something more peaceful.

The best quality of this game is the combination of mining, fighting, and exploration. It’s early-access right now but it’s already one of the only titles to deliver promising results in all three of these areas.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) We would rate this Teen. It doesn’t have blood or gore but does have violence, since it has first-person-shooter elements.

Surviving Mars

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, Xbox One, Playstation 4

At it’s core, Surviving Mars is a city building game. However, unlike most games in the city building genre the most important resource here is your colonists.

You’ll have to make your own food, minerals, and infrastructure. Naturally things will go wrong while you try, but when things are going right you’ll also have the opportunity to explore Mars’ secrets.

Surviving Mars also features a randomized research tree, so your colony’s scientific breakthroughs will never be the same. Plus support for third party mods that add unique gameplay.

All together, this is a very unique and well-polished take on a city builder. If you like games like Cities: Skylines, you’ll love Surviving Mars.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone 10+) Yes. Contains fantasy violence against alien attacks, alchohol references, and mild language. We agree with the 10+ rating.

Osiris: New Dawn

Windows

While this game has been in early-access a long time, it’s still one of the most beautiful space exploration games out there.

It’s similar in some ways to No Man’s Sky but designed to be more realistic. It has first-person and third-person views and includes space exploration, planet exploration, hostile alien species, and of course, building and crafting.

In Osiris: New Dawn players create their own habitat and mine resources to survive, after which they can focus on growth and even colonizing.

If you like space survival or exploration, this is a great combination of both.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) We would rate this Teen, it does contain first-person shooting and fighting large creatures in tense situations.

Raft

Windows

Raft is a simplistic survival and building game where you scavenge the ocean and slowly expand your sea vessel.

While it does have shark attacks and other survival elements, it’s a much more casual game than some of the others here.

What makes it unique is the…well…raft! Unlike other survival games that put you on an island, in this game you have to survive just to find an island.

Raft is an early-access game that’s a bit overly simplistic right now, but it’s priced appropriately and quite fun with a friend.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) We would rate this Teen. Diving into shark infested waters is probably too scary and violent for small kids, but the rest of this game is pretty tame.

Oxygen Not Included

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS

This is one of the more complex games here, comparable to games like Factorio and Prison Architect.

Unlike those games though, ONI is more focused on constant management and efficiency then building. Which is why it’s in the survival category.

If you’re looking for a challenge and enjoy resource management games, you’ll love Oxygen Not Included.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) We would rate this Teen, it’s too complex for small kids anyways but also the main game concepts are running out of oxygen and dying.

Conan Exiles

Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4

Conan Exiles is one of the more realistically styled and down-to-earth combat games in this list. If you’re sick of getting sniped in games like Rust, look no further.

It has a huge world where you can build vast castles and fortresses or humble homes and hidden nooks. On top of all the built-in content, you get access to over 450 community made add-ons.

Instead of purely fighting other players, eventually your game will spawn bot players and monsters who attack your structures. This is a big deal because it allows you to optionally play by yourself, plus you aren’t dependant on the game having a thriving playerbase.

The downside to Conan Exiles is mostly it’s price, the base game is expensive and a lot of the content is in DLC that you have to purchase separately. If you don’t mind the price and are looking for the primal side of survival games, this is for you.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Mature) No, contains blood, gore, nudity, and constant violence.

Rust

Windows, Mac OS X

Rust is a survival game, yes it has crafting, building, and gathering. But all of these activities take place only in the specific server you’re on. All of your progress is tied to that server, which might not sound bad at first.

The risk is that many servers are ruled by clans that have been building resources for months and could raid you at any minute. Be prepared!

If that’s not your style, you can always make your own server and build in peace. Rust is compatible with either style of play.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) No, definitely not. Characters begin the game full-nude and this game contains real-world styled graphics and constant violence against other people.

Great base building / survival games that ended up in other categories on this list:


Battle Royale

Unturned – Top Recommendation

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS

Unturned is battle royale combined with zombie survival. It’s easy to judge this book by it’s cover (bad graphics), but this game a ton of personality.

It’s a free-to-play game with a crafting system that allows you to build barricades, traps, machinery, furniture, and even vehicles!

Unturned also has great mod support and an active community of creators. But the best part is it’ll cost you nothing to play and your friends have no excuse not to join in.

There’s no reason not to try this game out, go try to stay “unturned” by zombies for as long as you can.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) We’d rate this Teen, it contains blood and violence against zombies and other players but the graphics are very tame.

7 Days to Die

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, Xbox One, Playstation 4

7 Days to Die is an early-access title that combines survival and battle-royale. In a land ruled by zombies, other players might be the least of your concerns.

It has an extensive crafting system that lets you turn scavenged materials into weapons and armor, as well as a building system that let’s you create structures from scratch or build on top of ruins that you find in the world.

7 Days to Die also has a skill tree with 5 major disciplines and tons of perks to unlock, so your progression isn’t tied only to what you build.

While it isn’t the most visually stunning game here, it’s widely available, supports multiplayer and co-op, and has a great progression system with tons of things to do.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Mature) No, includes blood and gore, strong language and lots of violence.

Cuisine Royale

Windows

Cuisine Royale has very little crafting, but it’s such a fantastic and underrated battle royale title that we had to include it.

This game was originally made as a joke by a development team working on a totally different game, but it took off so well that they made it a standalone free-to-play.

Cuisine Royale is a third-person shooter similar to games like Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds except all of your armor consists of pots and pans. It’s just as hilarious as it sounds and the humorous nature of this game makes it exceptionally enjoyable.

Overall this is a great battle royale game for free and (in our experience) it’s community is much more lighthearted than most multiplayer titles.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Mature) No, contains blood and constant violence.

Realm Royale

Windows

Realm Royale is a free-to-play, cartoonish, and medieval-take on the battle royale genre. It’s a great alternative to games like Fortnite, since it’s free and just as easy to learn and play.

It’s got a very simple crafting system that you use by spending Shards collected during the round. First you’ll have to find a forge (they’re always in the same place on the map). Then you’ll have to defend it as you wait for your random item to be created, otherwise other players could take it.

Realm Royale has other unique gameplay features too, like spells, horses, character classes, and even chickens.

Yes, chickens are a vital part of the game. This is probably our favorite feature, but you’ll have to play it yourself to see why.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Teen) Yes, cartoonish characters and magic make the combat parts of this game very tame.

Games with Battle Royale that ended up in other categories on this list:


Multiplayer / Co-op

The Cycle – Top Recommendation

Windows

The Cycle is a free-to-play unique combination of crafting and battle royale.

You’re tasked with killing aliens, gathering resources, crafting, and gaining in power as fast as you can before everyone else in the arena does.

Everything you do is motivated by being the last person standing in the current round of battle royale. But unlike other battle royale games you’re mostly fighting against bots (aliens) for the first half of the round.

The Cycle is very early in development, but it’s something you won’t find anywhere else. We recommend giving it a try.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) We’d rate this Teen, it has violence against alien creatures and other players.

Don’t Starve

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS, Xbox One, Playstation 4

Don’t Starve is what it sounds like, a survival game. What makes it unique is both the visual style (almost like Paper Mario) and the lack of tutorials.

You’re thrown into a punishing world with no instructions on how to play, left to figure out survival on your own. This rewards curiousity and makes every discovery feel more rewarding.

The expansion “Don’t Starve Together” let’s you play co-op survival with friends and learn together, but you can also play alone.

Overall this is a super unique, fun, and rewarding survival game that’s made even better with friends. The world is randomly generated so you’ll never get the same experience twice.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Teen) Yes, we think Teen is accurate for this one. It’s a bit dark for kids younger than that.

Great Multiplayer / Co-op games that ended up in other categories on this page:


Kid-safe

CHKN – Top Recommendation

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS

CHKN is a unique expansion of the crafting genre, in this game you’re able to make creatures.

Crafting works similarly to Minecraft, animals are made of simple building blocks. But once you finish creating them they come to life, require taming, and will even help you survive.

CHKN also includes a resource gathering component and the ability to pit your creations against other players’. In reality you could end up spending hours just trying to build the best creature for fighting, almost like a Pok√©mon.

In our opinion the best part of this game is how it reveals the value of life. You don’t care about your creation at all until it suddenly comes to life, responds to you, and quickly becomes your companion. It’s quite endearing!

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) Yes, this is a great game to encourage kids creativity.

Roblox

Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox One, Android, iOS

Roblox is hard to even call it a game, it’s really more of a platform that contains tons of games. The core platform itself is block-based but visually cartoonish.

Once you create an account, download the game, and sign in, you’ll be able to choose from thousands of “games”. Similar in some ways to multiplayer games on Minecraft, these are games that players create in the Roblox community. Of course, you can make your own games too.

As you might imagine, this leaves endless opportunities for exploration and creation. Unfortunately the community created games can often be very low-quality and difficult to figure out, but the game is free-to-play so you get what you pay for.

Overall Roblox is free and a kid-favorite, but might be underwhelming for adults.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone 10+) Yes, this game is designed for kids.

Kid-safe games that ended up in other categories on this page:


Mobile (iOS / Android)

Mobile games that ended up in other categories on this list:


Free

Free games that ended up in other categories on this list:

Games we reviewed that didn’t make this list: Signs of Life, Fallout 4, Creativerse, Fortnite, Minecraft, FTL: Faster Than Light, Planetside Arena, Ring of Elysium, Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, Block N Load