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Space For Patience Games for 11 to 13 Year-Olds

Video games are often thought to be about the quick hit or instant rush of dopamine gratification. In fact, many video games take a long time before they are enjoyable. It takes patience and investment of effort to start making an impact in the game world, and in many ways is actually hard, slow work.

Some games double down on this mechanic, using, as Brad Gallaway recently said "using the real passage of time passing as a way to progress the story or game mechanics. Without cheating a system's clock, they're meant to play out over long periods. Seaman was something like a month, and The Longing can be as much as 400 days."

The games in this list are designed to be played slowly over a large number of days. This includes games like Animal Crossing, which requires regular visits at particular times of day to progress your island. But it also includes games like The Longing, that test the player's willingness to wait long periods of time and limit their ability to accelerate progress. Or there are games you can play quickly, but require the real passage of time for certain aspects, like Nier Replicant, forcing you to wait 24 real hours between planting a crop and harvesting it

This list includes 11 games from the last 21 years, with 319 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play slow games in real-time.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to M
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth and Strategy
Total Likes: 319
 

 

Animal Crossing (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

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

Price: 26% off

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

Genres: Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game

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

Bury Me My Love

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: The Pixel Hunt (@ThePixelHunt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Don’t be put off by the name and theme of this intriguing game, an adventure played by choosing responses in what looks like a messaging app. You take the role of the husband of a Syrian migrant travelling to Europe. As the game unfolds in real time,...

Pupperazzi

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: 20/01/2022

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: Kit Fox Games (@KitFoxGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pupperazzi is an adventure game where you explore an island to find and photograph all manner of canine friends. You interact with the world, climb, skate and explore to get the perfect angle on the perfect pup. It starts as a silly challenge but turns...

Lushfoil Photography Sim

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Creative, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Cavesrd (@Cavesrd)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Lushfoil Photography Sim is an adventure where you explore and photograph vast faithfully recreated landscapes. While some other games offer the chance to pause and take a picture, Lushfoil doubles-down on the process, art and tranquility of photography.

Aaero

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Mad Fellows Games (@MadFellowsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Aaero is a rhythm game where you control a spacecraft with one stick and target with the other. At times it's like flying an X-Wing on a trench run while at others it's like soaring high and free targeting enemies in a Starfox game. It's an on-rails...

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 27/08/2019

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Stealth and Strategy

Developer: Panache D Games (@PanacheDGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a survival adventure. But rather than controlling a specific character, you guide an entire lineage of primates trying to survive in prehistoric Africa and facilitate its evolution. It's unusual not only for this...

Pocket Card Jockey

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 05/05/2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS

Genres: Puzzle and Race

Developer: Game Freak Info (@GameFreak_Info)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pocket Card Jockey is a horse racing game you participate in my playing a series of solitaire card games. You race, breed and nurture a stable of horses for a range of owners, trainers and other interesting individuals.

Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/04/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth

Developer: Pocket Watch G (@PocketWatchG)

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

Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine is a heist simulation game. You control a crew of robbers who escape from jail and take on a series of increasingly complex robberies. The novelty is the simple top-down view of proceedings that allow for complex strategies...

Sometimes You Die

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/03/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sometimes You Die is an unusual sliding and jumping game. As you play there is a written narrative on the walls of each level that discusses game design, player motivation and the metaphysics of life. More unusual though, is that to progress you have to...

Golf Story

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/09/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Play and Sports

Developer: Sidebar Games (@SidebarGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Golf Story is an adventure game where you play golf over eight different courses as a story unfolds. You play a golfer forced to give up all that he holds dear for one last shot at accomplishing his dreams.

Letter²

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

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

Letters is a puzzle game where you place letters in a small grid and then swipe across words to score points and clear off the letters. Unlike other Letter-puzzles you can't see what's coming next and you can't move letters once placed. That makes it a...

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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