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Mechanical Challenge Games Rated ESRB EVERYONE and Younger

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.

This list includes 62 games from the last 32 years, with 350 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to combine dexterity and instincts.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE
Australian Ratings: G to M
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 350
 

 

OCO

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Spectrum 48 Games (@Spectrum48Games)

Players: This is a single player game

OCO is a sliding and jumping game set with simple colourful levels each set in a rotating planetoid. Unlike other platform games, you control everything with a single button. Each different colour of platform you slide along grants different abilities...

Threes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/02/2014

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Sirvo Studios (@SirvoStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Lonely Mountains Downhill

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Megagon inds (@Megagon_inds)

Players: This is a single player game

Race down a mountain on a bike. Make your way through thick forests, narrow trails and wild rivers. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash all the way from the peak to the valley. You choose your route to find the fastest way to the finish line.

Rocket League

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Psyonix Studios (@PsyonixStudios)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Teardown

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Tuxedo Labs (@TuxedoLabs)

Players: This is a single player game

Teardown is a strategic game where you plan and execute a heist in a fully destructible environments. Your objective is to claim the key cards that are hidden around the map. However taking one triggers the alarm, giving you only sixty seconds before...

Fancade

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Martin Magni (@MartinMagni)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fancade is a collection of simple games played on smartphones. It offers simple running, jumping, puzzle, shooting challenges depicted with simple pixel visuals. Like Roblox, these offer simple versions of other commercial games. Unlike Roblox, these...

Geometry Dash

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Rob Top Games (@RobTopGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you used to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...

Bonkies

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 29/01/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Bonkie Corp (@BonkieCorp)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Bonkies is a co-operative building game where you construct buildings from different blocks. With a jetpack and a grab-arm you work with other players to manoeuvre the blocks into place. It starts quite simply but soon gets everyone shouting.

Descenders

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Rage Squid (@RageSquid)

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Descenders is a downhill mountain biking game with a focus on skill. In each downhill run, your goal is to score as many points as possible by completing skill based challenges and executing as many tricks and flips as you can, all while you try to...

MudRunner

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/10/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Simulation

Developer: Tweets Saber (@TweetsSaber)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Mudrunner is an off-roading simulation where you drive ageing Soviet vehicles in extreme, muddy and unpaved environments. It's novel because of the simulated driving and that you just have a map and a compass to navigate.

SnowRunner

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/04/2020, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Tweets Saber (@TweetsSaber)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

SnowRunner is an off-road driving simulation game that follows up MudRunner. You drive all-terrain vehicles to traverse between locations and complete deliveries. You need to use the vehicle's gears, all-wheel-drive, fuel levels and other features to...

Tren (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Johnee B (@Johnee_B)

Players: This is a single player game

Tren is a puzzle platform game where you explore a hand-crafted world as a wooden train, sailing boats and helicopters. You control points, shunt trucks around, operate cranes and generally move cargo from one location to the next. Like an escape room...

QWOP

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/12/2010

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Bfod (@Bfod)

Players: This is a single player game

QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...

One Hand Clapping

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2020

Platforms: Stadia

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Bad Dream Games (@BadDreamGames)

Players: This is a single player game

One Hand Clapping is a running and jumping game where you sing into a microphone to interact with the world. The game acknowledges how challenging this idea may be, and gently leads you into using your voice to create platforms, adjust the wind and...

Skater XL

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/07/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Skater XL (@Skater_XL)

Players: This is a single player game

Skater XL is a skateboard simulation game. But unlike other skateboarding games, Skater XL steers clear of objectives or narrative. Instead you can explore a variety of maps and locations at your own pace, finding new places to try different tricks.

MXGP 2020 Official Motocross (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 16/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing and Sports

Developer: Milestone Italy (@MilestoneItaly)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 19 players online

MXGP 2020 The Official Motocross Video Game is an off road motorbike racing game based on the FIM Motocross World Championship. You compete in 19 muddy tracks from the competition, rain or shine, jumping huge hills and altering high-speed sections with...

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Super Monkey Ball (@SuperMonkeyBall)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

Captain Tsubasa Dream Team

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 13/06/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Sports and Strategy

Developer: Tsubasa DT EN (@TsubasaDT_EN)

Players: You can play this with 32 players online

Captain Tsubasa Dream Team (Captain Tsubasa Flash Kicker Dream Team on Android) is a game set in the world of a Japanese cartoon about football. It's a tactical rather than action game. You play as the manager rather than players, but then at key...

Death's Door

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Acid Nerve (@AcidNerve)

Players: This is a single player game

Death's Door is a noir adventure game where you play a crow whose job it is to reap the souls of the dead. When one goes missing you must fight, run and jump through a fantasy world to get it back. It's a simple combat game at heart, but the unusual...

Forza Horizon 5 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-18 year-olds

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 42 features

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 72 players online

Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico,...

Gogogo!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Gogogo The Game (@GogogoTheGame)

Players: You can play with 16 players in the same room

Gogogo! is a puzzle party game where friends and family compete in clever skill and knowledge challenges revolving around their smartphones. There are memory games, reaction games, word puzzles, challenges where you spin on the spot or tap a dot on your...

Super Mario Sunshine

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: Switch and Wii

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

Super Mario Sunshine is a running, jumping and water-shooting game. It follows Super Mario 64 as the second 3D Mario game. You play Mario, who is marooned on Isle Delfin, convicted of vandalism and graphite. You explore the island to visit other...

Fugl

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/09/2017

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Developer: Melo Dive (@MeloDive)

Players: This is a single player game

Fugl is a game that simulates flying. You play a bird and launch yourself into the sky to explore a vast world. Rather than search for things, fight, or take on challenges, all you have to do is wend your way through the air currents and glide your way...

Kolumno

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 7 features

Developer: Devilish Games (@DevilishGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Kolumno is a puzzle game where you drop a ball down the side of a sphere aiming to reach the bottom without being blocked. Your task is to manipulate the ball so it fits the rotating elements with gaps in them.

Lawn Mowing Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Skyhook Games (@SkyhookGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Lawn Mowing Simulator is an adventure game where you ride an authentic and expansive roster of lawnmowers. The novelty is a combination of absolute control over lawn care and weed eradication. This is extended beyond a brief distraction by the inclusion...

A Dance of Fire and Ice

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: 7 th Beat (@7thBeat)

Players: This is a single player game

A Dance of Fire and Ice is a one-button rhythm game where you control a pair of spheres. You press a button to the beat of the music to progress through the mazes. Each press pivots the direction of motion of the paired spheres to make turns and cross...

Boom Blox (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 06/05/2008, updated in 2009

Price: 57% off

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Physically Active, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: EA DICE (@EA_DICE)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Boom Blox is a puzzle game on the Wii, designed by Steven Spielberg, where motion controls are used to direct projectiles at towers in surprisingly accurate and engaging ways. This extends beyond Jenga-style play to offer physics-based puzzles where you...

Deru - The Art of Cooperation

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/11/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Ink Kit Studio (@InkKitStudio)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Deru is a cooperative puzzle game about the flow and interaction of colour. Its stylised design hides within it complex conundrums you must work closely together to solve. Each of the two players can only touch streams of their colour, so must carefully...

Donut Dodo

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/02/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Pixel Games (@PixelGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Donut Dodo is an old fashioned running and jumping game. Like games from the 80s arcades it's intentionally hard and requires practice (and dying a lot) to master. You play a Baker who has to run, jump, and climb to collect all donuts in each level as...

Fingle

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 21/12/2011, updated in 2016

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fingle is a Twister-style physical puzzle game played on a smartphone or tablet screen with your fingers rather than limbs. Like the popular tangley board game, it plays to this physical interaction with other players. "Explore the intimate touch of...

HackyZack

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Spaceboy Games (@SpaceboyGames)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Hack Zack is a running and jumping game where you also have to hit a ball through the level to win. Because the game simulates real physics this can be quite a challenge. It's an unusual game that requires planning as well as careful execution.

Rally 2020 (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/02/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @Godsmackt (@Godsmackt)

Players: This is a single player game

Rally 2020 is a single-player rally racing game. Drive through a cross-country course in Germany from the viewpoint of the driver with your co-driver giving you navigation. It's novel because of the simple intensity of this task. Don't fall in the water...

Rhythm Paradise

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2016

Price: 70% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: tsunkuboy (@tsunkuboy)

Players: This is a single player game

Rhythm Heaven (also known as Rhythm Paradise, Rhythm World and Rhythm Tengoku) is a Japanese rhythm game where you perform everyday action in time with a musical beat.

Rog & Roll

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Clayzulah (@Clayzulah)

Players: This is a single player game

Rog and Roll is a running and jumping game where you fight enemies and avoid traps. Unusually, you play a former henchman on a quest to save his friends from re-emerging tyranny. It features retro-inspired graphics and a humorous story where characters...

Stonefly

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Strategy

Developer: Flight School HQ (@FlightSchoolHQ)

Players: This is a single player game

Stonefly is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an out-sized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and...

Twilight Drive

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Racing

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Epony Mouse Com (@EponyMouse_Com)

Players: This is a single player game

Twilight Drive is a racing game where you turbo, drift, and use a grappling hook to turn corners and get fast lap times. Along with racing your own times, an on-line leaderboard lets you compete with friends and family. It's a cross between Micro...

Ball World Adventures (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: @Razorfist X (@RazorfistX)

Players: This is a single player game

Ball World Adventures is a rolling and balancing game where you move a marble through an obstacle course, like the classic Monkey Ball game. It's unusual not only for its dexterity challenge but the tactile feeling it creates as you roll along different...

Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Resolution Game (@ResolutionGame)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Cook-Out is a strategy game where you are preparing food in a restaurant kitchen. Like Overcooked, you need to make the different dishes, wash up and serve customers. Unliked Overcooked, you aren't pressing buttons but performing the cutting, brushing,...

Earth Analog

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: lgnkm (@lgnkm)

Players: This is a single player game

Earth Analog is a flying adventure where you take control of the exploration vessel Eurisko XI in a quest through deep space to find our new home. Unlike other space games, the focus is on the experience of other worlds rather than battling death and...

Impossible Bottles

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Honig Studios (@HonigStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Impossible Bottles is a rhythm game where you control mechanical robots. You create musical loops with each robot and solve puzzle to get them in harmony. It's a game about the global energy crisis and a scientist’s effort to provide an...

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