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46 Great Games Like Call of the Sea

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Call of the Sea and have found the following:

Call of the Sea is a narrative adventure set in the 1930s. You explore an island in the Southern Pacific to find your missing husband. As you do you discover what happened and revisit memories of being there before.

Unfortunately, Call of the Sea is not available on Android, Mac, Switch or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/08/2020, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Out Blue Games (@OutBlueGames)

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost

42 Hand Picked Video Games Like Call of the Sea

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Call of the Sea. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Call of the Sea. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Lake

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 01/09/2021

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Gamious (@Gamious)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lake is a narrative adventure where you play Meredith Weiss on a career break in 1986 while she returns to her hometown and ends up delivering the mail. As you talk to locals, meet up with old school friends and even fan a few romantic flames from your...

Firewatch

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/09/2016

Price: 70% off

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Camposanto (@Camposanto)

Players: This is a single-player game

Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show [link to...

Open Roads

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Fullbright Games (@FullbrightGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Open Roads is an adventure game about a girl who finds out that her grandma has a different past than she thought. The girl and her mother go on a journey to look deeper into her grandma's life by revisiting abandoned family properties and looking...

The Red Lantern

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Timberline Games (@TimberlineGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Red Lantern is a personal adventure about making something of your life. You and a team of sled dogs head into the wilderness and must navigate the ever-changing events of the Alaskan bush to find your way home.

Season: A Letter to the Future

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and PS5

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Scav Studio (@ScavStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Season: A Letter to the Future is a narrative adventure where you take a bicycle road trip game. You play as a young woman leaving a secluded community, exploring the world for the first time. Collect artefacts and memories as you explore because soon,...

Road 96

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Digix Art (@DigixArt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Road 96 is a narrative adventure where you play a teenager trying to escape an oppressive, authoritarian country by reaching the border. Through a series of vignettes, you experience the most important and poignant parts on an epic road trip through a...

Forever Ago

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: 3 rd Shift Studio (@3rdShiftStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Forever Ago is a narrative adventure where you embark on a road trip through beautiful places, capturing memories with your camera and making new friends. You explore forest lakes, dusty barrens and sweltering deserts, interacting with objects you find...

Oxenfree

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/01/2016, updated in 2016

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Night Schoolers (@NightSchoolers)

Players: This is a single-player game

Oxenfree is an adventure game where a teenagers’ beach party spirals into a supernatural story. You guide the outcome with your choices as the well-written dialogue reveals characters coming to terms with family breakdown, death of a sibling, blame...

Road to Guangdong

Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Excal Publishing (@ExcalPublishing)

Players: This is a single-player game

Road to Guangdong is a road trip adventure game about family and travel. You drive across 1990’s Guangdong, fix your car and explore the places you pass. You play as Sunny, just after a family tragedy, travelling with Guu Ma, her aunt. They have the...

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 28/10/2015, updated in 2019

Price: 70% off

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

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Yakandco (@Yakandco)

Players: This is a single-player game

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise is a puzzle game where you infiltrate a spy hideaway to stop an evil plan. Each location is full of retro futuristic contraptions, hidden gizmos, gadgets and clever logic based puzzles.

Before I Forget

Release Date: 01/07/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: 3 Fold Games (@3FoldGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Before I Forget is an exploration adventure, where you play Sunita, a woman alone in a house with early-onset dementia. As you wander from room to room, you discover mysterious objects, each holding a fleeting, fragmented memory. Examine faded...

Virginia

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 22/11/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Variable State (@VariableState)

Players: This is a single-player game

Virginia is a mystery adventure game where you play a graduate FBI agent Anne Tarver as she investigates her first case: the disappearance of a boy in rural Virginia. You explore the world and find clues to solve the crime, all the time aware that other...

Hitchhiker

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 15/04/2021

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Mad About Pandas (@MadAboutPandas)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hitchhiker is a narrative game set on lost highways. Unlike other interactive stories, Hitchhiker is intentionally dense and hard to follow. In fact, your goal is to unravel the puzzle of your own backstory.

The Forgotten City

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Mod N Story Teller (@ModNStoryTeller)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure. You explore and relive the final days of a cursed Roman city, where if one person sins, everyone dies. It starts as a bewildering array of characters, locations and information but over multiple goes your...

June's Journey

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/09/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Wooga (@Wooga)

Players: This is a single-player game

June’s Journey is a puzzle game where you search for objects hidden amongst the scenery that help you solve a murder. You play as June, a 1920s detective investigating the recent murder of her sister and her husband. Finding objects quickly enough...

Closed Hands

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/03/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Passenger Games (@PassengerGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Closed Hands is a text adventure game set in the lead-up and aftermath of a terror attack in a fictional UK city. You follow five core characters brought together by the same event. It's a branching story that you discover and influence as you read and...

Myst

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/01/1983

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PSP, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Cyan Worlds (@CyanWorlds)

Players: This is a single-player game

Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and selling over six million copies, it pre-dates many modern adventure games and created a new genre for gaming. Exploring by clicking in the world to move, you use a special book to...

Genesis Noir

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Fellow Travellr (@FellowTravellr)

Players: This is a single-player game

Genesis Noir is a narrative-driven puzzle game. It's a time travelling mystery to save your lover, by intervening through the history of the world to ultimately stop the expansion of the universe. Although it sounds bizarre, existential and confusing,...

Where the Heart Leads

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 13/07/2021

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Armature Studio (@ArmatureStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Where the Heart Leads is an adventure game where you make life-choices and then see their impact. You play Whit Anderson, as he revisits and alters his past, present, and future. It's a game that creates a surreal dream-like narrative, but one that is...

Burly Men at Sea

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/09/2016, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Brain and Brain (@Brain_And_Brain)

Players: This is a single-player game

Burly Men at Sea is an adventure where you play three seafaring brothers who explore the Scandinavian seas. It's novel because it requires multiple playthroughs to discover the full narrative. It has a unique cyclical gameplay loop that remembers your...

Eliza

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 10/10/2019

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Role-Play

Developer: Zachtronics (@Zachtronics)

Players: This is a single-player game

Eliza is an interactive narrative where you play Evelyn, a young woman burnt out from the pressures of a high-tech job. She now works for a virtual counselling service called Eliza, that guides counsellors to provide the ideal response to patients.

South of the Circle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: State of Play (@State_of_Play)

Players: This is a single-player game

South of the Circle is a narrative adventure game about, Peter, a Cambridge academic who finds himself fighting for survival in Antarctica during the 1960’s Cold War. You must cross desolate terrain to reach British, Norwegian and Soviet Antarctic...

Adios

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 17/03/2021

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative

Developer: Mischief Develop (@MischiefDevelop)

Players: This is a single-player game

Adios is a narrative game about a farmer with a deal-gone-bad with a crime family. Although the setting and scenario are macabre and could be pulled from shows like Ozark and Breaking Bad, the understated atmosphere and sombre tone powerfully...

Gerda: A Flame in Winter

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Role-Play

Developer: Porta Play (@PortaPlay)

Players: This is a single-player game

Gerda: A Flame in Winter is a narrative adventure game set in the small Danish village. Gerda's quiet life is turned upside down during the World War 2 occupation of her home. You choose where to go, how to act, and who to trust.

Hindsight

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Mc D Joel (@McDJoel)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hindsight is a narrative puzzle game where your memories combine with objects to transport you into the past. Rather than a fantastical adventure, this is a gentle game that asks you to slow down and pay attention to the little things left behind. Piece...

Clawfish

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: David Czar (@DavidCzar_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Clawfish is a puzzle game with a strong focus on relaxation rather than skill or difficulty. Similar to an arcade claw machine, you try and catch fish from various fish tanks, collecting all the different types, before putting the fish back into the...

Frog's Princess

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/12/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 39 features

Developer: Kathy Game Design (@KathyGameDesign)

Players: This is a single-player game

Frog's Princess is a narrative game about a kingdom surrounded by evil. You play a young princess who must save her kingdom. Along the way, you encounter a frog prince on a quest to rescue his bodyguard and find your plans overturned.

Over The Alps

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/03/2020

Platforms: PC and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Stave Studios (@StaveStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Over The Alps is an adventure with intrigue and espionage set in 1939 Switzerland. Designed to look like retro photographs. The story unfolds as you select stamps to indicate how your character should approach interactions. Discover a secret history in...

The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: ARTE Interactif (@ARTE_Interactif)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Wander is an adventure game that offers a fresh (and remarkably faithful) look at the myth of Frankenstein. As you move through the hand-painted world you piece together who you are and where you came from. You choose not only where to go, but how...

Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 11/03/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Simulation

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Script Welder (@ScriptWelder)

Players: This is a single-player game

Don't Escape is a point-and-click adventure set after a cataclysmic event that left the Earth struggling with the environmental fallout. You play through just 4 days, and must discover how to fortify your home against each night's new danger. It's a...

Kentucky Route Zero (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 07/01/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Cardboard Compy (@CardboardCompy)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realist adventure game in five acts. This means that you explore a deep and rich world backed by haunting electronic music and hymns to unfold a story of unpayable debts, abandoned futures, and the human drive to find...

The Signifier

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Play Me Studio (@Play_Me_Studio)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Signifier is a horror adventure game where you explore a murder victim's memories to discover how they were killed. As the memories you visit disintegrate you pass between the real and the badly remembered to piece together a narrative that is...

The War to End All Wars (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Dreams Heini (@DreamsHeini)

Players: This is a single-player game

The War to End All Wars is a point-and-click game set in a World War One battlefield visitor centre. However, as you interact with the exhibits you get taken back in time to live the experience through the eyes of a soldier. Unusual, it uses traditional...

Unheard

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/03/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play and Simulation

Developer: Next Studios (@NextStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Unheard is a murder mystery puzzle game. A crime has been committed and you most solve the case by exploring the area and listening to people. It's unusual in that you need to deduce the culprit by only having access to audio files.

Norco

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/03/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Robotic Geo (@RoboticGeo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Norco is a gothic point-and-click narrative adventure set in the decaying suburbs and industrial swamps of an alternative South Louisiana. Your brother goes missing after your mother's death and you set out to find him by following a fugitive security...

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 26/09/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: The Astro Crew (@TheAstroCrew)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a narrative mystery game about Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter saying he is in danger. It turns out that Ethan vanished in the wake of a brutal murder. You...

Harold Halibut

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Slow Bros (@Slow_Bros)

Players: This is a single-player game

Harold Halibut is a narrative adventure set on a city-sized spaceship submerged in an alien ocean, after fleeing the Earth 2050 years ago. It's beautifully created with real puppetry and fully voice-acted. The result is a filmic adventure where you...

Sensorium

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Rbd Jelly Fish (@RbdJellyFish)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sensorium is a puzzle game set in a freely explorable island. You need to solve puzzle to access rooms, which usually contain more puzzles granting access to deeper recesses of the buildings.

American Arcadia

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Out Blue Games (@OutBlueGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

American Arcadia is a running and jumping game where you solve puzzles to escape your televised life in an opulent but overly controlled futuristic city.

The game is set in a 70’s retro-future city of high luxury. But the citizens don't...

Kraken Academy

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Happy Brocc Games (@HappyBroccGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kraken Academy is a narrative adventure where it's your first day at high school. No ordinary high school though, it's a melting pot of wacky personalities and fantasy goings-on: ghosts fill the art department, cultists meet below the monkey bars and...

Long Gone

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Hillfort Games (@HillfortGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Long Gone is a classic point-and-stick style adventure game but with updated pixilated visuals. You are stranded in an old-world suburban neighbourhood and must find and combine items to solve puzzles and survive.

Vessels

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/12/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Vessels Game (@VesselsGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Vessels is a narrative adventure where you wake to find yourself quarantined inside an airlock with no memory of how you got there. You speak to the crew to work out who you are and try to convince them not to jettison you into space. If you fail you...

8 Video Games Like Call of the Sea Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Call of the Sea. This includes games from the Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

3 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Call of the Sea

If you like the sound of Call of the Sea but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Call of the Sea Accessibility Report.
 

Call of the Sea is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Call of the Sea in the following lists:

Build Personal Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves "bouncing back" from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

Games, by design, present players with adversity and much of the joy of gaming comes from taking on and overcoming unnecessary obstacles. Whether you’re saving the universe from an alien invasion or tending crops in your animal community, playing games mimics the process of resilience.

This list of games that can help foster various forms of psychological resilience is compiled with the expert help of Take This. They aim to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. They encourage a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators.

The Portal series tell a narrative that you are going to fail. You’re told to give up, but if you ignore this barrage of discouragement you can use it as a way to strengthen your resolve and complete the puzzles even if you have failed twenty times in the process. The Stanley Parable is all about trying again. You can try and re-try your decision making, reaching a variety of different endings.

Dark Souls is a hallmark for a punishing challenge that require resilience. You journey through elaborate lands to adventure, explore, and take heed lest they encounter a battle with a boss or enemy. Celeste is the story of Madeline and the enemies she overcomes while climbing Celeste Mountain. The game specifically calls out that Madeline has anxiety, and the challenges she faces in the environment reflect her own internal struggles and triumphs. Cuphead challenges players to battle relentless bosses in combat-heavy play. Cartoonish and playful, it balances challenging players to grow in skill and offers plenty of entertaining environments and aesthetics to keep you playing.

In Kingdom Hearts you meet many characters that need help - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world. Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where one player’s mistake makes everyone else lose. You learn cooperative resilience in trying again admits humorous judgments from the unseen “hosts” of the game.

In Animal Crossing you get help from the animal neighbours. You learn to lean on this social and environmental resilience to persevere at building social connections with computer villagers and friends online. Stardew Valley’s farming is about growing and maintaining a homestead. Interweaving the busy work are relationships with the other villagers, many of whom are social models for resilience in their storylines.
 

Voices and Choices

While some video games revel in the density and effort required to discover the narrative in their virtual worlds, others want to make it as easy and accessible to make their story your own.

Two things come together in these games. Characters are fully voiced by actors. Choices have a tangible effect on how things turn out. For former reduces friction for the player. The latter increases engagement.

Games like the Frog's Princess, King of Dragon Pass and Call of the Sea offer a story-book feel with branching narrative that can be a novel way for younger players to discover the joy of stories.

Other games like South of the Circle, Before Your Eyes, Firewatch and It Takes Two offer fully voiced experiences with choices that don't create new endings but still add a sense of involvement.

Then there are games for older players like Detroit: Become Human, Last Stop, Grand Theft Auto, Twelve Minutes and Heavy Rain combine branching stories and fully voiced characters. These games use the immersion of the human voice and branching stories to create engaging experiences.

Voices and choices are a large part of what it means to be human. The games in this list use these two things to create experiences that engage on a deeper level.
 

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from these categories:
  • The Family Games Award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

Branching Stories With Multiple Endings

All games offer you agency. You can win or lose. You can complete them or stop at any time. But there are some games that offer a story that genuinely branches. Where you end up will be different from other players. This not only makes your actions really matter but also gives you a reason to play them again.

Setting aside games that evolve through simulation, or games where once you die it's game over, these branching narrative games tell a story that ends in a certain way because of the choices you made.
 

Independent Games Festival Awards

Independent Games Festival (IGF) was founded in 1998 to promote independent video game developers, and innovation in video games. It cultivates innovation and artistry in all forms of interactive media. This aims to uncover how games are rich, diverse, artistic, and culturally significant.

It chooses games in a series of categories: Grand Prize, Innovation, Visual Art, Audio, Design, Technical Excellence, Best Mobile Game and Audience Award. This list highlights the games that were nominated and/or won.
 

Space For Grief

Games include interactions, narratives and characters dealing with all aspects of life (and death). This means that some care is necessary if players are sensitive to losing significant people. But also, games can provide a helpful space in which to process, consider and understand death and loss.

Image 162 I've come up with some games that explore this topic, along with help and suggestions from Gaming The Mind (Twitter), an organisation of UK-based mental health professionals who aim to promote positive mental health within the gaming community. By focusing on the intersection between gaming and mental health, they want to raise awareness of mental health challenges and reduce the stigma surrounding these issues.

"We express grief in different ways depending on our age," they said. "To help children cope with loss, it is important that they receive honest explanations about death, appropriate to their level of understanding. With these games, players may find valuable space in which to acknowledge grief as a completely normal reaction to bereavement."

"The games we have selected don't necessarily offer an ideal way to cope with death but tackle the topic of death openly and with a positive attitude. They can help show the player that they are not alone in what they are going through. Playing these games with young people, and answering questions they might have along the way, can be a useful starting point for important conversations about grief."
 
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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