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51 Great Games Like Hollow Knight Games Rated PEGI 7 and Younger

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Hollow Knight and have found the following:

Hollow Knight is a game where you run, jump, and battle your way through the underground kingdom of Hallownest. It’s not uncommon for platform games to invest in the environments through which you pass, but the haunting depths in this game contain more than a veneer of ancient mysteries. Rendered in simple 2D visuals, the world bristles with lore and backstory to the point that this becomes as much as a driver for exploration as powering-up your abilities or defeating enemies. This simplicity also enables Hollow Knight to create a huge labyrinth of interconnected spaces, each with their own enemies, hazards, and history.

Unfortunately, Hollow Knight is not available on Android, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/06/2018, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Team Cherry Games (@TeamCherryGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

37 Hand Picked Games Like Hollow Knight

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

Planet of Lana

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Wishfully Games (@Wishfully_Games)

Players: This is a single player game

Planet of Lana is an adventure where you play a young girl Lana and her loyal animal friend Mui, on a rescue mission. Set on a planet under siege from cold machines and unfamiliar creatures. Rather than the war, though, this is a game about the vibrant...

Super Mario Odyssey

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/10/2017

Price: 27% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Moon Game Studios (@MoonGameStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...

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...

Yoku's Island Express

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/05/2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Yoku Game (@YokuGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Yoku's Island Express combines pinball and running and jumping games. You run, bounce and collect special items, engage in battles with fantasy enemies and explore a large open-world. Just like a classic pinball machine you use paddles and bumpers...

Celeste

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Exok Games (@Exok_Games)

Players: This is a single player game

This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on...

Cuphead

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Studio MDHR (@StudioMDHR)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.

Hoa

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/08/2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Hoa The Game (@HoaTheGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Hoa is an adventure game where you walk and jump through a hand-painted world as the mysterious main character. You solve environmental puzzles and meet magical creatures while trying to find your way back home. It's unusual because of its handcrafted...

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2018

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Retro Studios (@RetroStudios)

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

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a running, jumping and collecting game where you control Donkey Kong. A second player can control the Diddy Kong sidekick. The challenge is getting to the end of each level, but there are also letters and items to...

Hollow Knight: Silksong (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Developer: Team Cherry Games (@TeamCherryGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Hollow Knight: Silksong is an upcoming sequel to Hollow Knight. The game provides similar gameplay to its predecessor where you run, jump, and battle your way through a kingdom inhabited by bugs. Unlike the first game, you...

Knight of Exile

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Don Xuglo Games (@DonXugloGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Knight of Exile is a running, jumping and combat game where you play Cormac, the commander of the royal guard fighting to return from exile to restore order to the kingdom. It's unusual because of the combat mechanics that require players to react...

Tunic

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: Dicey (@Dicey)

Players: This is a single player game

You wake up on an island as a small fox, with no memory of how you got there. From a fixed overhead perspective, you push through trees, pick up weapons and learn new moves to discover an expanse of forests, caves and landscapes. Choose your own way...

Seasons After Fall

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 02/09/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Swing Swing Sub (@SwingSwingSub)

Players: This is a single player game

Seasons After Fall is a running and jumping game where you traverse through forests in search of the lost spirits of the four seasons. As you progress, you unlock the ability to change the season at will, altering the dynamic of the level and letting...

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 26/06/2014

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames)

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

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight whose primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...

Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/09/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Paper Bug Dev (@PaperBugDev)

Players: This is a single player game

Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling is a role-play game reminiscent of the Paper Mario games. You play three bugs, Vi, Kabbu, and Leif, as they search for The Everlasting Sapling. Explore, level-up and take on fun battles in this lovable adventure.

Far: Changing Tides

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Far The Game (@FarTheGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Far: Changing Tides is an exploration adventure that follows Far: Lone Sail. You work to keep your dilapidated craft from breaking as you explore the ruins of a flooded world.

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/02/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: A Bawnanable (@ABawnanable)

Players: This is a single player game

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream is a running and jumping puzzle game. You play as a boy ninja called Kuro who is chasing a mysterious caped figure through a colourful painted landscape. It's unusual because although you collect special abilities (higher jumps or...

Metroid

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/08/1986, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: Retro Studios (@RetroStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Metroid is a series of running, jumping and exploration games where you play bounty hunter Samus Aran who protects the galaxy from the Space Pirates. It includes the platforming of a Mario game, but the focus is more on fighting enemies, finding new...

Sir Lovelot

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 03/03/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Pixel Games (@PixelGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Sir Lovelot is a running and jumping game where you play as a knight and travel room to room through a pixel fantasy world. You climb and swing, and jump across platforms, defeating monsters and saving princesses. Along with the retro visuals, Sir...

Beard Blade

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Glovebox Games (@GloveboxGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Beard Blade is a running and jumping game where you use your beard to climb, swing, glide and defeat enemies. It sounds like a silly concept, but along with the day-night cycle that completely changes levels, introduces fresh mechanics into this...

Far: Lone Sails

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 02/04/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Far The Game (@FarTheGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Far: Lone Sails is an exploration adventure video game. You pilot a ramshackle amphibious vehicle propelled by large sails to explore a post-apocalypse world.

Kaze and the Wild Masks

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/03/2021

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Soedesco (@Soedesco)

Players: This is a single player game

Kaze and the Wild Masks is a running and jumping game where you play as rabbit Kaze who is rescuing friends from a curse. Drawing inspiration from classic 1990's platforming games like Donkey Kong Country, you explore levels and battle enraged...

Red and the Phantom Castle (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/01/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Seikatsu Red (@SeikatsuRed)

Players: This is a single player game

Red and the Phantom Castle is a fantasy adventure game. This is the first part in a series of games featuring the character Red. It combines running and jumping, combat and collecting to make an exciting adventure set in a world that has lost all its...

Typoman

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/11/2015, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Brain Seed Fcty (@BrainSeed_Fcty)

Players: This is a single player game

Typoman is a running, jumping puzzle game where you use letters and words to solve puzzles and progress. You play as a character made of letters in a hostile land with evil creatures. As this unusual character, you make your way through the world...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Meka Skull (@MekaSkull)

Players: This is a single player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Donut Dodo

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/02/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Pixel Games (@PixelGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Donut Dodo is an old fashioned running and jumping game. Like games from the 80s arcades it's intentionally hard and requires practice (and dying a lot) to master. You play a Baker who has to run, jump, and climb to collect all donuts in each level as...

Little Orpheus

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)

Players: This is a single player game

Little Orpheus is a running and jumping game set in 1962 where you play Ivan Ivanovich as he explores lost civilisations, undersea kingdoms and prehistoric jungles. The game is played in retrospect as you explain your adventures to a general suspicious...

PJ Masks: Heroes of the Night

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-7 year-olds

Release Date: 29/10/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Petoons (@Petoons)

Players: This is a single player game

PJ Masks: Heroes of the Night is a running and jumping game where young children play as the heroes from the TV show. Its simple controls and straightforward levels, which have lots of collectables to find, provide a simple yet enjoyable interactive...

Rog & Roll

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Clayzulah (@Clayzulah)

Players: This is a single player game

Rog and Roll is a running and jumping game where you fight enemies and avoid traps. Unusually, you play a former henchman on a quest to save his friends from re-emerging tyranny. It features retro-inspired graphics and a humorous story where characters...

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 of every species in the universe to save them from extinction. You take on bosses like other platforming games, but here you use the surroundings rather...

Bobby Bombastic

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Pixel Games (@PixelGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Bobby Bombastic is a running, jumping (hovering) and shooting game where you explore volcanic caves on a do-it-yourself rescue mission to find some stranded explorers. You enter the jungle with nothing but your homemade helicopter-backpack, a laser...

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,...

ElecHead

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: PC

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...

Itorah

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Role-Playing

Developer: Grimbart Tales (@GrimbartTales)

Players: This is a single player game

Itorah is a running, jumping and fighting game similar to Dead Cells, where you explore a vibrant, handcrafted world, solve a mystery and defeat enemies. The game stands out with an artistic style inspired by Mesoamerican...

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 the 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...

The Messenger

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Sabotage Qc (@SabotageQc)

Players: This is a single player game

The Messenger is a platform game where you play as a young ninja after his village is attacked by a demon army. You must deliver a scroll, fighting enemies and pulling off complex acrobatic manoeuvres along the way. The game is inspired by the classic...

Greak: Memories of Azur

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/08/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: Navegante Games (@NaveganteGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Greak: Memories of Azur is running, jumping and sword fighting game. You play in a hand-animated world as three siblings: Greak, Adara and Raydel who travel through the lands of Azur. It's unusual because you switch control between each of them to use...

16 Games Like Hollow Knight Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Hollow Knight. This includes games from the Fighting, Action, Adventure, Platform and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

8 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Hollow Knight

If you like the sound of Hollow Knight 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 Hollow Knight Accessibility Report.
 

Hollow Knight 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 Hollow Knight in the following lists:

The Besties Podcast's Games of the Years

The Besties is a podcast about video games with a focus on a Game of Year format. Although episodes do cover new games like other podcasts, much of the content builds towards yearly Game of the Year shows, and head-to-head showdowns for best games in a series (Zelda, Grand Theft Auto and so on).

"It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – rank and review their favorite video games. Because shouldn't the world's best friends pick the world's best games?"

This is a list of the games that they have picked for their final game of the year show from 2014 to the current year. In some cases we didn't have the game on the database, but generally this is a good representation of their picks over the time of the show.
 

Get Indie's Games of the Years

Get Indie is a YouTube channel that aims to aid discovery of really amazing independently made video games. Their approach shuns the common promotion-led cycle of new games, and instead digs deep to fund unusual and compelling games that adults as well as youngers will enjoy playing.

Each year they have selected 10-20 games as their recommended games of the year.
 

The Great Australian Video Game

These are games made by Australian game developers. Some have featured in the Australian Game Developer Awards, but others we have found by researching Australian developers online with the help of the IGEA.

The list includes game originally made in Australia as well as game HD versions and re-releases worked on my Australian game development studios.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 

Games Picked For Taming Gaming Book

When we wrote the Taming Gaming book we packed the second half with full colour game ‘recipes’ as a resource for parents and families. They are grouped in categories depending on the style of game you are looking for, whether you want to play on your own, or with your family and friends.

The Family Gaming Database grew out of the book. At first it was just going to be a way to search the 60 or so games in the book. With 1000’s of parents soon using the database it became clear we should grow it to cover more games. So, today we have 1610 games.

Here are all the games from the book:

Games for non-gaming grown-ups

These games are perfect if you have never played one before. They open the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers.

Nurture child-like imagination

These games are for children under seven years old who will, with some help, discover activities they want to try that will expand their imaginations, while establishing the role of your guidance and engagement as part of the gaming world as they grow up.

Nourish Youthful Ambition

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fabs for the latest titles. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects.

Laugh at Silliness

Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together. The games on this list have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together.

Inhabit Another World

The games in this list invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character.

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant all-age, competitive fun is something video games are known for. These games can play a bit-part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat.

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. Along with team work the games on this list use the fact that the players are all sitting next to each other. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.

Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. These games offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other to the games people play.

Wake up Your Emotions

Video games are known for high-octane, adrenaline fuelled entertainment, but there are many that address the players emotions as much as their dexterity. The games in the following list create emotionally rich spaces in which to explore scenarios with feelings rather than facts.

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shoot-outs

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but as with B-movies and 1980’s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about the killing.

Face Tough Decisions

Games create virtual worlds where you can experience life from another perspective. This can be lighthearted but also presents ethical scenarios that require you to think carefully about consequences. These games each place you in a challenging situation to give you a first hand experience of what it’s like.

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. The following games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique first-hand sleuthing challenge.

 

Eggplant Podcast's Games of the Years

Eggplant: The Secret Lives of Games, is a podcast that offers a candid conversation with game creators that dives deep into the art, craft, and process of making games. It's an amazing insight into the mind of people who understand and highlight how game/play mechanics can do unexpected, magical and surprising things.

This is the list of games they have picked as their Game of the Year since 2018. These awards also include board games, escape rooms and game-like TV series. We have included video games here, where we have them on the database. (And in many cases have added video games to the database after listening to the show.)

It's hosted by:
  • Nick Suttner, an independent game writer/designer/consultant, who has worked on games like Celeste, Bloodroots, and Carto.
  • Andy Nealen, a game creator and scholar, artist and music maker, architect and structural engineer, and professor of cinematic arts and computer science at USC.
  • Zach Gage, who makes deep games that are easy to get into, like Really Bad Chess and SpellTower.
  • Douglas Wilson, who is a co-owner of Die Gute Fabrik, a games studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked on Johann Sebastian Joust, Sportsfriends, and Mutazione.

The team is usually joined by Laura E. Hall for the game of the year episodes. She is an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer who focuses on the playful intersections of arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.
 

Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.
 
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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