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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.

This list includes 248 games from the last 35 years, with 2,788 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to nourish youthful ambition.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 2,788
 

 

The Touryst

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Shinen Games (@ShinenGames)

Players: This is a single player game

The Touryst is a puzzle based adventure, where you seek to unlock the mysteries of an archipelago of sun-drenched islands. That's if you want to of course, because the adventure can wait if you'd rather soak up the sun and make the most of your time...

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Ember Lab (@EmberLab)

Players: This is a single player game

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their...

Conduct Together (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Hey Northplay (@HeyNorthplay)

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

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one station...

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...

Rainbow Billy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Rhythm and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: We Are Mana Void (@WeAreManaVoid)

Players: This is a single player game

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a role-play adventure where you save the world from a colourless darkness. Unusually, battles are won through listening and conversation rather than traditional attacks. It combines the excitement and...

Terraria

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Terraria Logic (@Terraria_Logic)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...

Webbed

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 7 features

Developer: S Bug Games (@SBugGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Webbed is a running and jumping game with a twist. You play a spider who can make webs, swing, climb and all the while create music as she goes. It follows the story of our happy little spider on an adventure to save her boyfriend from a big dumb...

Roblox

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2020

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Roblox (@Roblox)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 11/12/2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Us Two (@UsTwo)

Players: This is a single player game

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when...

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/08/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Fall Guys Game (@FallGuysGame)

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out you have to control top-heavy...

Minecraft

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-16 year-olds

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Mojang (@Mojang)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...

Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/11/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Ravn Studio (@RavnStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond is a pirate adventure where you run, jump and explore the world of the film. You play as either Pinky or Veronica, and join the legendary pirate Captain Sabertooth’s crew on the hunt for a mysterious magic...

Stardew Valley

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Concerned Ape (@ConcernedApe)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is as inviting for young players to...

Trailmakers

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 28/02/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Racing

Developer: Flashbulbgames (@Flashbulbgames)

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

In Trailmakers, you explore an open world in vehicles you have made from Lego-like blocks. Build a car, a plane, a boat or a combination of these, a carplaneboat. The game's physics encourage players to imaginatively combine propulsion, floatation,...

Hot Lava

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Klei (@Klei)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Hot Lava is a running and jumping game where you mustn't touch the floor because it's covered in lava. It takes the childhood playground game online as you work to cross nostalgia-filled maps on your own or with other players

Genshin Impact

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 27/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4 and iOS

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

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Genshin Impact (@GenshinImpact)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Genshin Impact is a role-playing adventure set in a fantastical open world you explore by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Like the Zelda games, you can collect items, and craft new weapons. However, in this game to create a party...

Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: Outright Games (@Outright_Games)

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

Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is a fighting game where you battle mechanical dinosaurs based on the Zoid series. You need to learn the special moves and button combinations to pull off just the right attack at the right time. Each different Zoid and...

Minecraft Dungeons

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Adventure

Accessibility: 39 features

Developer: Dungeons Game (@DungeonsGame)

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

Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure game that takes place in the Minecraft universe. You explore various dungeons to complete missions and collect new gear by exploring and finding treasure chests, or by defeating enemies....

Freddy Spaghetti

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Ratalaika Games (@RatalaikaGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Freddy Spaghetti is a running and jumping game. But you play a piece of spaghetti rather than a person. The game simulates the pasta’s physics as you use two trigger-buttons and a joystick to steer the main character across a wide variety of levels,...

Overwatch

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Blizzard Ent (@Blizzard_Ent)

Players: You can play this with 12 players online

Overwatch is a shooting game but with the focus on teamwork and skill rather than violence. Along with games like Rocket League it has professional e-sports competitions where players compete for prizes.

Bugsnax

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Young Horses (@YoungHorses)

Players: This is a single player game

Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick, catch and eat anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you do, you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of [link to game/Octodad+Dadliest+Catch...

Pikmin 3

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2013, updated in 2020

Price: 28% off

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Monolith Soft (@MonolithSoft)

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

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the latest in a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to...

Savior

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Starsoft PDX (@StarsoftPDX)

Players: This is a single player game

Savior is an action adventure game with hand-animated pixelated graphics. You play as Sam, a mysterious woman with hidden powers and innate acrobatic skills who has lost her memory and all possessions. Use diplomacy, parkour, and intricate combat to...

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)

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

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is running and jumping game. It's a spinoff of the LittleBigPlanet series and follows Sackboy and three friends as they explore, collect and battle their way through a fantasy world.

Splatoon 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 21/07/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...

Splatty's Adventure (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/04/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Lumbox S (@LumboxS)

Players: This is a single player game

Splatty’s Adventure is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a small (4-year-old) hero who must escape an oversized bedroom and get on your way to save the world from destruction. Like stepping into a Toy Story film, but here you wield a...

Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Sonic hedgehog (@Sonic_hedgehog)

Players: This is a single player game

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.

Kill It With Fire

Content Rating: PEGI 7

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.

Paper Mario: The Origami King (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020

Price: 30% off

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.

Transformers: Battlegrounds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Developer: Outright Games (@Outright_Games)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Transformers: Battlegrounds is a strategy game that's accessible for a range of abilities. It offers a robot-themed XCOM style game for younger players.

Riders Republic

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2021

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Riders Republic is an extreme sports game. You can mountain bike, ski, snowboard, fly in a wingsuit and rocket-suit. This builds on other spots games with tens of online players competing at once in each event.

Super Mario Maker (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2015

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

Totally Reliable Delivery Service

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/06/2019

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

Genres: Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Werefivegames (@Werefivegames)

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

Totally Reliable Delivery Service is a package delivery game, where you use different means to get parcels to their rightful owners in the time limit.

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Sid Meier (@Sid_Meier)

Players: This is a single player game

Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 03/09/2018

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob)

Players: This is a single player game

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a running, jumping, bashing and exploring game. It’s a re-release of the classic platform games featuring the purple dragon, Spyro. The attraction is the well designed levels, collecting and exploration. It’s an amiable...

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/07/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Developer: Prideful Sloth (@PridefulSloth)

Players: This is a single player game

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an adventure where you explore a world seeking out and collecting magical creatures, known as sprites, to banish an ominous shroud known as the Murk. As you do this, you make your way in the world, farming,...

A Rat's Quest

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Open World

Developer: Handy Games (@Handy_Games)

Players: This is a single player game

A Rat's Quest is a running, jumping, hiding adventure where you play a young male rat called Mat who lives in a burrow in an abandoned wine cellar. It's part platform game part Pixar story as you help Mat escape with his partner Nat. But out in the big...

Cat Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: 13/09/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: The Gentlebros (@TheGentlebros)

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

Cat Quest 2 is an adventure game, the sequel to Cat Quest, about a fantasy realm of cats and dogs. You explore and talk to characters who send you on quests to kill enemies in caves or retrieve hidden items. The addition of two player in the second game...

Hyper Scape

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/08/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Hyper Scape is an online shooting game where players battle to be the last man standing. It's unusual because it integrates a feature that allows viewers of matches (on Twitch) to affect the game.

Legend Of The Skyfish (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 24/02/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: M Gaia Studio (@MGaiaStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Legend of Skyfish is a puzzle exploration game where you head into a dangerous land, hopping from island to island, solving puzzles and battling enemies. Each arcade-style level is a chance to put your unusual weapon to use -- for fighting but also for...

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