The project is supported by the following organisations:

Image 210 AskAboutGames: AskAboutGames is supported by video game publishers and retailers in the UK to ensure their products are enjoyed by suitable audiences. We answer questions parents and players have about video game age ratings, provide advice on how to play games safely and responsibly, and offer families helpful tips to ensure they get the most out of the games they enjoy together. We provide weekly family video game charts and family game guides.

Image 187 Parent Zone: Parent Zone are experts in digital family life. They provide support and information to parents, children and schools, working globally to help families to navigate the internet safely and confidently. We work with parents, schools, governments and businesses to study, understand and address the impact of emerging technologies on young people. Our mission is to improve outcomes for children in a digital world, so: Children will be safer online. Children will be resilient enough to cope with the challenges of the online world. Children will be educated for a digital future.

Image 227 The Playability Initiative: Seeks to collaborate with the accessible gaming community to connect players to video games designed and adapted with their unique abilities in mind while challenging more designers to think inclusively. The Playability Initiative is made possible through the financial support of AveXis. It collaborates with the Spinal Muscular Atrophy and broader disabled community to create a new video game. It also partners with The AbleGamers Charity to help assess the player’s abilities with a diagnostic game mode that suggests adaptive technology resources to serve the player’s needs and games that may be suitable for the player as they venture beyond.

Press Coverage

The Taming Gaming book and this related Family Video Game Database have been featured in the following press coverage:

Image 204 Image 203 Image 202 Image 197
Image 200 Image 205 Image 198 Image 199
Image 206 Image 207 Image 208 Image 209

BBC Click VideoPlay YouTube video

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.

Image 176You 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 156All 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.

Image 154




Image 242 Image 243 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.

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Discord | Contact | About