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Space For Patience Games for 7 to 9 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 12 games from the last 21 years, with 316 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 7
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Race, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy
Total Likes: 316
 

 

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...

Build A Boat for Treasure (Roblox)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/11/2016, updated in 2022

Price: Free

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

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Chillz Studios (@ChillzStudios)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 7-player online game

Build A Boat for Treasure (Roblox) is a strategy game where build your ship (or anything else) from different materials and set sail for adventure. Doing this successfully earns new items and materials for your next build. Although this churn does...

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...

Please, Touch The Artwork

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Studio Waterzooi (@StudioWaterzooi)

Players: This is a single-player game

Please, Touch The Artwork is a puzzle game that tells a story with real abstract paintings. Unconventionally it asks, what would happen if we did touch the artwork in museums? The answer is revealed over three stories each focusing on a different...

VVVVVV

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2010, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Web and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)

Players: This is a single-player game

VVVVVV is a running and jumping game, without the jumping. Not having the ability to jump may seem a disadvantage, but instead you can flip your character from walking on the floor to walking on the ceiling. With this ability, puzzle your way through...

A Puzzle in Time (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/02/2021, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Players: This is a single-player game

A Puzzle in Time is a puzzle game set in a laboratory. Your task is to escape the room and prove time travel is possible by solving puzzles set over four different years. Inspired by games like Portal and The Witness this short but challenging game has...

Dr Umgebung's School of Life (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/01/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dr Umgebung's School of Life is a strategy simulation game. The life it simulates is a sealed terrarium that you must maintain by completing certain tasks. It's an unusual combination of science, gardening and pet simulation that educates as well as...

Gridland

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 25/08/2014

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Gridland (also Super Gridland on mobile) is a puzzle strategy game where you build a town by day and defend zombie attackers at night. Unusually, resources are gathered by completing match-three puzzles. This puzzle switches from building to defending...

Kick Bot

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Two Scoop Games (@TwoScoopGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kick Bot is a pixelated platform game you play with just two buttons. An evil computer is out for revenge. You must stop its giant robot from kicking Earth into oblivion. As Kick Bot, you jump, dash and collect your way through each level to infiltrate...

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.

Puddle Knights

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/10/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 35 features

Developer: Lock Pickle (@LockPickle)

Players: This is a single-player game

Puddle Knights is a puzzle game where you use your cape to protect nobles from stepping in mud. While it may not challenge the ruling elites, it does create an intriguing challenge with steadily increasing difficulty.

Wibble Wobble (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/01/2022, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Entropy Tamed (@EntropyTamed)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wibble Wobble is a running and balancing game. A bit like a super-hard egg-and-spoon race, you manoeuvre a bowl through a timed obstacle course while balancing a ball inside. The twist is that the bowl can pass through some obstacles that the ball...

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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