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Persevere After Losing Games Rated ESRB EVERYONE and Younger

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:

This list includes 41 games from the last 41 years, with 188 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to cope with losing.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Strategy
Total Likes: 188
 

 

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Race

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Built By Snowman (@BuiltBySnowman)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

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...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/01/2022

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the latest game in the longstanding Pokémon series of role-playing games where you collect and battle Pokémon. Like those previous games, you compete in turn-based battles and try and collect as many...

Unrailed!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Price: 75% off

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Indoor Astronaut (@IndoorAstronaut)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Unrailed! is a co-op strategy game where you work with friends to build a train line across endless landscapes. Along with finding the resources to build track, bridges and tunnels you need to deal with local inhabitants, upgrade your train and watch...

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/11/2005, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Play

Developer: Spike Chunsoft e (@SpikeChunsoft_e)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is a series of fighting games where you control different cartoon creatures as they make their way through randomly-generated dungeons, defeating enemies and adding them to your team. It's a simple roguelike game where you take...

Death's Door

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/07/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

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...

Dome Romantik

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Bippin Bits (@BippinBits)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dome Romantik is a strategy game where you mine to collect resources in between defending the dome that protects your world from terrible monsters. It's a hard game and when your dome is destroyed you die permanently and have to start from the...

Minit

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single-player game

Minit is retro puzzle game where you complete small tasks in within a 60 second time frame. You must dodge or fight foes, cut through the undergrowth, explore your world and find keys and swords. You start from the same place for each of your 60 second...

Ord

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/06/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Joni Tweets Games (@JoniTweetsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ord is an unusual text adventure, rather than one grand story, you embark on a series of distinct quests. Whether it's defeating an evil warlock or creating your own world as a god, Ord tells stories through simple series of words and word associations...

Firegirl

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/12/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Dejima Games (@DejimaGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Fire Girl is a running, jumping and hosing game set in a fantasy world of living fire-monsters. You help Firegirl in her first night working in the fire brigade. Rescue survivors, extinguish fire monsters and uncover the mystery behind the fire monster...

Road Not Taken

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/08/2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Spry Fox (@SpryFox)

Players: This is a single-player game

Road Not Taken is a puzzle adventure game where you help a village from losing its children in the storms. It's a low pressure, but complex, puzzle where you head into the forest to find and free the children by moving items and enemies around. You fail...

Night Skate

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Odd Animal Games (@OddAnimalGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Night Skate is a one-button skating and jumping game where you play a skateboarder endlessly trundling and tricking their way through the world at night. You use a single button to jump, float and land. In this way you can build up combos and tricks to...

868-Hack

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single-player game

868-HACK is a puzzle game where you hack a computer program to collect as much data as you can. It's a unique puzzle as collecting data triggers more enemies to appear so you walk a delicate balance between collecting as much as possible, but not so...

Ball World Adventures (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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

Price: Free

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...

Bring You Home

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Alike Studio (@AlikeStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bring You Home is a running and jumping game with a difference. You play a doddery Polo trying to get your pet back by completing various platform levels. Unusually, though, when you die the game rewinds so you can change the level by swiping the panels...

Race the Sun

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 19/08/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Action and Race

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Flippfly (@Flippfly)

Players: This is a single-player game

Race the Sun is an arcade-inspired racing game where you helm a solar-powered craft. Your objective is simple, hurdle towards the sun dodging obstacles for as long as possible before the sun sets.

Summer Catchers

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 16/07/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Race

Developer: Noodle Cake Games (@NoodleCakeGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Summer Catchers is a whimsical adventure about driving across the frozen north to find summer, dodging obstacles and fighting bosses along the way. It's super simple to control but hazards require specific power-up button presses. The trial and error...

Altered

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/03/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: The Mesh Potato (@TheMeshPotato)

Players: This is a single-player game

Altered is a demanding-yet-meditative puzzle game where must get your character to the end of the level. It's unique because to get there, you change your physical characteristics (extending, elongating, splitting into two, or attaching yourself to...

Donkey Kong

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1981, updated in 2015

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: This is a single-player game

Donkey Kong is a series of running and jumping games where you play Mario, who navigates a single screen to rescue the princess. It was the start of the platform game genre and although is now dated, can still be played on a wide range of systems.

Imbroglio

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/05/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single-player game

Imbroglio is a puzzle game where you take a character into a dungeon and progress by collecting stars. The twist is that combat is focused not only your abilities but the tile you are standing on when you attack. Although each character has different...

Sheepo

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2020, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Kyle Thompson Dev (@KyleThompsonDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sheepo is a running and jumping game where you explore a vibrant world in a quest to collect an egg from every species in the universe to save them from extinction. You take on bosses like other platforming games, but here you use the surroundings...

Sigi

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 07/09/2018

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Pixel Games (@PixelGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sigi is a retro-styled running, jumping and attacking game. You are on a Knight’s quest to locate Melusina, his true love that he inadvertently scared away with a bout of bad gas. Like games from the 80s you have to work through levels to find keys,...

Thoth

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/10/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Carlsen Games (@CarlsenGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Thoth is a shooting game with a twist: you shoot the colour out of objects as they move in ways that make it hard to avoid them. It's quite challenging as the levels are fast-paced and often introduce new mechanics that you need to learn to cope with,...

ElecHead

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/10/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Hyaku 1128 (@Hyaku1128)

Players: This is a single-player game

ElecHead is a running and jumping puzzle game where you control a character who is a source of electricity. With this power you activate the platforms you need to progress in unusual and puzzling ways. It introduces unique scenarios where you need to...

Floppy Knights

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/05/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Strategy

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Rose City Games (@RoseCityGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Floppy Knights is an adventure where you battle enemies using cards and turn-based strategy. With your robot, Carlton, and a group of virtual knights, you must liberate your town from hostile invaders. It looks like Advance Wars but has a unique blend...

Ghost Grab

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/07/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: Crowbarska (@Crowbarska)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ghost Grab is a puzzle game where you shoot a beam of light at ghosts to chain them together before popping them to score points. It's simple to start with but soon gives way to a frantic score-attack challenge with it's unique way to score points.

Jelly No Puzzle

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/12/2013

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Qrostar EN (@Qrostar_EN)

Players: This is a single-player game

Jelly No Puzzle is a game where you move cubes of jelly around to combine cubes of matching colours together. While it's a very simple concept, each level presents a unique challenge: overcoming vertical objects or getting one cube past another. The...

Monster Train

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 21/05/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 29 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Shiny Shoe Games (@ShinyShoeGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Monster Train is a turn-based fighting game played on a train to hell. Through a series of rounds, you collect cards which summon monsters or special moves to stop enemy armies from getting to and destroying your pyre. Because the pyre is at the top of...

Mr Traffic

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/04/2022

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle, Sequencing and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Dumpling Design (@DumplingDesign)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mr Traffic is a sequencing game where you tap cars to get them across a busy junction safely. What starts a simple ordering challenge soon gets complicated with cars of different speeds and not everyone stopping or going straight on. It's novel because...

Ommy Kart (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-8 year-olds

Release Date: 16/07/2019, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Race

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Diesel Laws (@DieselLaws)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ommy Kart is a single player racing game. Race around Starfish Island as either Ommy, Frederick Fox, Artio, or Stanley the Bear. Try to beat the computer controlled drivers to the finish line. You can collect offensive and defensive items along the way,...

Rymdkapsel

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/04/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita and iOS

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Grape Frukt (@GrapeFrukt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rymdkapsel is a strategy game where you command a stylised space station filled with minions. You make decisions about to spend your manpower and expand your space station. It's minimalist and intentionally opaque to understand, but through multiple...

Temporal Fuse (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-11 year-olds

Release Date: 20/04/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Dancing Ember (@DancingEmber)

Players: This is a single-player game

Temporal Fuse is a puzzle game where you explore a building to defuse bombs. You only have 30 seconds, but time only proceeds when you move. This forces you to think carefully about each step and interaction. You will die, but each time you have learned...

Flipper Volcano (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/08/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Sock Pop Co (@SockPopCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Flipper Volcano is a pinball game where you play a ghost trying to escape a volcano with rising lava. It's an unusual take on traditional pinball where the idea is not to score points but rise up through the volcano by passing your ghost up through each...

Peglin

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/04/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Red Nexus Games (@RedNexusGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Peglin is an adventure game where you fight monsters and other enemies by scoring points in a Pachinko machine below the world. Like Peggle, you collect special orbs that deal damage to enemies by bouncing the ball into pegs. In this way you go on an...

Cow Runner (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/01/2020, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Race

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Eroggev (@Eroggev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cow Runner is a survival racing game. Steer a cow around a course avoiding the electric fences and other obstacles. The catch is that the cow can only turn left and every time he completes a circuit he gets faster. The more you play the more you unlock...

Cyber Trigger (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/12/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Genesis 8012 (@Genesis8012)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cyber Trigger is a retro running, jumping and shooting game. You play a space adventurer answering a distress call from a planet overrun with alien robots. It's a love letter to classic pixelated platform games with a mix of cave adventure, combat, and...

Kiri's Garden

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Tim Knauf (@TimKnauf)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kiri's Garden is a pixel-puzzle about planting trees, growing grass, and moving flowers. You must plant trees to finish a level, but this is only possible once you've covered every other square in either grass or some other plant. It sounds simple but...

Slice (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/02/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Diesel Laws (@DieselLaws)

Players: This is a single-player game

Slice is a jumping and collecting game where you free an enslaved world by slicing open cursed urns and freeing souls over 25 levels. Free all the souls to open the portal to the next level, but if you touch the spikes you die. It's a game with unusual...

The Jump Yard (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/03/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Entropy Tamed (@EntropyTamed)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Jump Yard is a platform puzzle game. You control a stickman that you can fire into the air at different angles. The aim is to land them on their feet on one of the 55 spots within the junkyard. A simple, but unique premise that is much harder than...

Tiny Quest (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2020, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: 800 Pixel Gorilla (@800PixelGorilla)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tiny Quest is a running, jumping and carrying puzzle game where you help Anton become king. The game is played on a single screen, but the world and your character are tiny. At first you have minimal powers but as you progress you gain more abilities...

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