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Happy Brain with Serotonin Games Rated PEGI 3 and Younger

You can aid the happiness of your brain by taking on activities that generate key experiences and chemicals:

  • Dopamine for motivation, learning and pleasure.
  • Oxytocin for trust and building relationships.
  • Serotonin for significance and importance.
  • Endorphins for euphoria and elation.

Without serotonin you can feel unstable and find your mood changing rapidly. It's a chemical that helps us with routines where we accept ourselves and find calm. With low serotonin it is hard to feel confident in who we are. This can mean that we worry more and find it harder to learn and remember things.

Along with getting outside for exercise, eating well and nurturing conversations, video games can also help. Games that generate serotonin are those that give to regular simple activities you can complete each day. Games that help build routine are helpful. We may not play these games for long, but they help structure other things around them. Fitness games also complement this, particularly those games that give us a reason to get outside.

This list includes 22 games from the last 21 years, with 784 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to generate serotonin.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Brain Game, Collecting, Creative, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Simulation, Sports, Strategy, Traversal and World Building
Total Likes: 784
 

 

Threes

Release Date: 06/02/2014

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Threes is a puzzle game where you slide numbered tiles on a grid. When they collide they combine their numbers, like Triple Town. You can match 1's and 2's with each other, the white tiles can match cards that are multiples of 3...

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Descend beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to worry about is tapping to jump to avoid chasms, rockfall and other hazards. It’s simple and moreish due to the stunning landscapes...

Unpacking

Release Date: 02/11/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Unpacking is a meditative puzzle game where you unpack belongings into a series of either spaces, each representing a stage in life. You get to know the owner of the objects by their possessions and circumstances. To finish a level you need to work out...

Mini Metro

Release Date: 06/01/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Mini Metro is a game where you create an ordered, efficient underground train system. It sounds like hard work, but the simple Tube-map visuals, calm music, and streamlined interactions make this relaxing, like sudoku. Dip your toe in this strategy...

Animal Crossing (Series)

Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected drama of the world and characters...

Wordle

Release Date: 20/12/2021

Platforms: Web

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Wordle is a daily puzzle game where you (and anyone else playing that day) try and guess the secret word. You get six guesses that must be real words. Each letter is then coloured to provide clues: green for right letter in the right place, yellow for...

Marching Order

Release Date: 28/11/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Marching Order puts you in charge of a disorderly animal marching band. Listen to each animal’s requests to get them in the right order in the game about sequence, rules and order.

Spring Falls

Release Date: 17/11/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Spring Falls is a puzzle where you erode a geometric landscape to let water flow down the mountain and help plants grow. Along with the low-pressure puzzle play, the game offers a calming experience with soft visuals, ambient music and interactive...

Cats Are Cute

Release Date: 02/09/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Cats are Cute is a pet care game where you look after cats and build a town. You collect a variety of cats and buildings around which the cats play and hide. It's really easy to play for youngsters and relaxing for older players.

Good Soduku

Release Date: 20/07/2020

Platforms: iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Good Soduku is the classic puzzle game but made more accessible by removing the leg work of counting and tracking which numbers have been used where.

SpellTower

Release Date: 25/06/2012

Platforms: iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Spelltower+ is a word-spotting game a little like Boggle mixed with Tetris. As you play, more tiles rise from the bottom of the screen so you need to pick good words to clear down the letters and avoid any letters make it to the top row.

Time on Frog Island

Release Date: 12/07/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Time on Frog Island is a world building adventure set on an island of anthropomorphised frogs where you solve puzzles to survive and thrive on an island after a shipwreck. You explore at your own pace and solve sticky situations for the colourful locals...

Wii Fit (Series)

Release Date: 25/04/2008

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Wii Fit is a collection of games designed to help you exercise. They use the Wii Balance Board peripheral that works with both Wii Fit on the Wii and Wii Fit Plus on the Wii U. The Balance Board measures the pressure you place on it and enables a range...

Letter Rooms

Release Date: 26/05/2021

Platforms: iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Letter Rooms is a simple anagram puzzle game. You get a hint and a set of letters and rearrange them to create the answer. This starts simply but adds more complexity like turning letters on and off or flipping letters.

Jump Rope Challenge

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Jump Rope Challenge is a virtual skipping game where you hold the Switch controllers like rope handles and skip. The game displays an on-screen counter and you can play with another person at the same time as you compete for a high score.

Really Bad Chess

Release Date: 13/10/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Really Bad Chess is like chess, but with random pieces selected for each player. Try 8 Knights, 4 Bishops, and 3 pawns. Starting positions are also non-standard. It sounds like a bad idea (hence the name) but actually opens the imposing chess challenge...

Toroa

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Toroa is a traversal game where you soar, swoop and glide across the vast Pacific Ocean as a Northern Royal Albatross. You take on an epic journey to help of Māori God of the winds, Tāwhirimātea and discover the wonders of the sea and sky.

Yugo Puzzle

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Yugo Puzzle is a simple puzzle game where you move jelly blocks left and right to combine them with the same colour. The novelty is the ingenious challenges this simple premise is used to create. It's the kind of game where a single level might take you...

Islands & Trains

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Islands & Trains is a world building game where you place landscape, buildings, bridges, tracks and trains for no other purpose than to make satisfying vignettes. Inspired by games like Townscaper and Dorfromantik you play at your own pace, clicking to...

Ruya

Release Date: 01/11/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Ruya is a narrative puzzle game about a mother on a journey of healing after love leaves her. You play as Ruya, meditating and remembering important parts of her life, shown through simple matching puzzles, with each colour tied to one of her children....

Wii Play (Series)

Release Date: 02/12/2006, updated in 2011

Platforms: Wii

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Wii Play is a collection of multi-player party games originally designed for the Nintendo Wii and its motion controller.

Wurdweb

Release Date: 08/07/2021

Platforms: Apple TV, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Wurdweb is a word puzzle game modelled on the feeling you get from completing a crossword. Only, unlike a crossword, you are given the words. You select words from your list and connect them to existing words on the board.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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