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Mechanical Challenge on PC

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 133 games from the last 25 years, with 816 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 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 816
 

 

Boomerang X

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 08/07/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Video Dang (@VideoDang)

Players: This is a single player game

Boomerang X is a shooting platform game where you explore worlds and fight enemies with a boomerang-like shuriken weapon. Unusually, you can warp to your boomerang once thrown meaning you can slice, fly, and blast through arenas swarming with evil...

Get To The Orange Door

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/05/2019

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Hitcents (@Hitcents)

Players: This is a single player game

Get To The Orange Door (GTTOD) is a platform game where you run, jump and shoot your way through minimalist levels. Movement is parkour in nature, meaning that you use architecture, street furniture and other objects to get an advantage when getting...

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.

Drink More Glurp

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Catastrophic OL (@Catastrophic_OL)

Players: You can play with 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online

Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....

Osu!

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 16/09/2007, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: Ppy (@Ppy)

Players: This is a single player game

Osu is a rhythm action game where you tap the screen in time to the music similar to the Elite Beat Agents games. This starts as a simple challenge but develops in speed and complexity. At higher levels the games is an esport with people competing to...

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...

Dead Cells

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-14 year-olds

Release Date: 10/05/2017, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)

Players: This is a single player game

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where you are escaping a prison. In a bright pixelated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time...

BedWars

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 19/01/2017

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

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

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Blockman Go (@BlockmanGo)

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Bed Wars is a game played on Minecraft servers. It's a game similar to the official Minecraft minigames but created by independent developers.

Crab Game

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 29/10/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Sports

Developer: Dani Dev YT (@DaniDevYT)

Players: You can play this with 35 players online

Crab Game is a competitive action game where you play mini-games based on the Squid Game Netflix show challenges. Similar to Fall Guys, each requires you to be the last player standing to claim the win. Here however, the game has a darker feel with...

The Long Dark

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/09/2014

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Hinterland Games (@HinterlandGames)

Players: This is a single player game

The Long Dark is a thoughtful exploration-survival game where you have crash-landed in the icy Canadian wilderness after a global disaster and must find a way to survive. Through exploring, crafting and fighting you must look after your body...

Kill It With Fire

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/08/2020

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

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)

Players: This is a single player game

Kill It With Fire is a fighting game where you kill spiders. Lifting objects, looking under things and generally exploring the houses means you find spiders. The challenge is then to kill them with increasingly ridiculous weapons.

Cuphead

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Studio MDHR (@StudioMDHR)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.

Escape from Tarkov

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 27/07/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: B State Games (@BStateGames)

Players: You can play this with 14 players online

Escape from Tarkov is an online shooting game set in the fictional Norvinsk region in Northwest Russia. You play during a war between two private military companies and join matches to fight others for loot, survival and ultimately escape.

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...

Apex Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Respawn (@Respawn)

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.

Hitman (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: IO Interactive (@IOInteractive)

Players: This is a single player game

Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.

Outward

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/03/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Nine Dots Studio (@NineDotsStudio)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Outward is a fantasy adventure focused on an ordinary character surviving against the odds. There's a focus on realism rather than superpowers or magical abilities. You have to look after your warmth, hunger, fatigue, illness, and thirst as well as the...

Skatebird

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/09/2021

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

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Glass Bottom Game (@GlassBottomGame)

Players: This is a single player game

SkateBird is a running (rolling) and jumping game where you play a skateboarding bird who performs tricks and explores skate parks. The skate parks are made of everyday objects such as pencils, books, and staplers which have been transformed into ramps...

Skyblock

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Creative, Fighting, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Sky Block Server (@SkyBlockServer)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 5 players online

Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular....

Sifu

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Slo Clap (@SloClap)

Players: This is a single player game

Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind.

Splitgate Arena Warfare

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/05/2019, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: 1047 Games (@1047Games)

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Splitgate: Arena Warfare is a movement-focused shooting game. Building on classic quick-motion gun battles, Splitgate adds a gun that can create portals between any two locations. This combines the frantic close-quarters arena combat that was popular in...

Knockout City

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting and Sports

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Velan Ventures (@VelanVentures)

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Knockout City is a futuristic sports game were rival crews take on dodgeball style battles. It combines arena battles with projectile combat. With the focus on the ball as much as the other players, this brings more strategy and a great emphasis on...

Knight of Exile

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Don Xuglo Games (@DonXugloGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Knight of Exile is a running, jumping and combat game where you play Cormac, the commander of the royal guard fighting to return from exile to restore order to the kingdom. It's unusual because of the combat mechanics that require players to react...

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...

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...

Squad

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Off World Ind (@OffWorldInd)

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Squad is an online-only shooting game where you fight in a team of 50 players against an opposing team. It is unusual because of a deep emphasis on teamwork, co-ordination and strategy, as well as being as realistic to real modern day warfare as...

Chrono Sword

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 01/11/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Playing

Developer: David Space Duck (@DavidSpaceDuck)

Players: This is a single player game

Chrono Sword is an adventure game about Aenor, a time traveller attempting to prevent the death of her loved ones. You learn technical combat, explore the world, switch timelines and fight off enemies to discover the secrets of the past.

Disc Room

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single player game

Disc Room is an action survival game set in a sprawling intergalactic slaughterhouse. You are a scientist from the future exploring the facility and must get through each room that is filled with sharp discs by running and dodging. You have special...

MO: Astray

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 25/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: MO Astray Rayark (@MOAstrayRayark)

Players: This is a single player game

MO:Astray is a puzzle, jumping and exploration game. Rather than control a character who runs, you control an amorphous blob. To get around you have to use the game's unique movement mechanics to take advantage of the cleverly designed levels.

Party Animals

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting

Developer: Happy Happy Nemo (@HappyHappyNemo)

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

Party Animals is a fighting game where wobbly animal characters go toe-to-toe. Like Gang Beasts, the novelty is in the game physics that recreate realistic movement and impact with a cartoon rag-doll feel.

Ready or Not

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Void Interactive (@VoidInteractive)

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Ready or Not is a tactical shooting game, where you need restraint and discipline as much as a quick trigger finger. Like Rainbow Six Siege, you take on tactical missions with other people and must work together to apprehend suspects with minimal...

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.

Arma 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 12/09/2013

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Bohemia Interact (@BohemiaInteract)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online

Arma 3 is a realistic military simulator. Unlike games such as Call of Duty or Battlefield Arma focuses on realism. Rather than blockbuster effects, it spends time simulating the...

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 12/08/2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Valve Software (@ValveSoftware)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are...

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,...

Mortal Shell

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Developer: Mortal Shell Game (@MortalShellGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Mortal Shell is a fighting role-playing video with difficult battles. It invites you to explore and fight your way through a shattered world where the remains of humanity wither and rot.

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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