About Family Video Game Database

Meet The Family Team

Family Video Game Database is created by a small enthusiastic team of parents and carers. Our team of family testers provide detailed and hand-crafted information for every game.

You can search the games in the database by PEGI or ESRB rating, duration, genre, theme, platforms, number of players or even those that don’t have in-app purchases. You can also select any game and get a list of 10 or so other games that are similar in their theme or interactions.

Image 176All the games in the database are recommended. We only include games that have worked well without testers. This may be children and families for younger rated games, but also include games for older teenagers, young adults and grown-ups where they offer valuable experiences. This means we include the full range of PEGI and ESRB rated games.

Image 157The games are organised in lists to help you discover games to play. Rather than focusing on the usual genres like shooters, platformers or role-play, we've found that families find games from the kind of experience they offer: Solving a mystery, Walking in someone else's shoes, Competing on the couch, laughing together, make music while you play.

Image 158This information here is designed to complement and expand on my video game advice book for parents, Taming Gaming. Along with that publication, it is the result of 15 years writing about video games for families online, in newspapers and magazines, and broadcast appearances. As with that work, it reflects my desire to offer parents practical advice and insight, rather than to critique or defend video games.

We are a small dedicated team of parents and carers and will continue to improve and update it over the coming weeks. You can a email any questions or request new lists or games.

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Image of the cover of the hardback edition of the Taming Gaming book  by Andy Robertson List of logos of the supporters of the Family Video Game Database  Playability Initiative  AskAboutGames  Parent Zone  Game Well Thank you for using our resource, supported by AskAboutGames, ParentZone and PlayAbility Initiative. We are editorially independent, written by parents for parents, but welcome sponsorship, partnership and suggestions. Email our editor for details on these opportunities.

The information on this database is designed to support and complement the in-depth discussion and advice about video game "addiction", violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. If you have any concerns or questions in these areas, email our editor who is quick to respond or can arrange for a one-to-one conversation.

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