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If you don't play games yourself (but would like to give it a go), you are on the right page. It can be hard to know where to start with video games. We have a list of great games for parents and guardians wanting to find games to play themselves. These are easy, quick and affordable games about interesting and mature topics.

If you want to try out games from specific genres (like Adventures, Puzzles and Narrative), the lists on this page offer hand picked selections that are great examples of these experiences. These are lists of games for people who don't play many video games.
 

Gaming 101: Action Games

18/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Action games.

Gaming 101: Adventure Games

17/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Adventure games.

Gaming 101: Big Budget Games

15/03/2020 - 21 months ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at big budget games.

Gaming 101: Creative Games

19/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Creative games.

Gaming 101: Fighting Games

12/11/2021 - 3 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Fighting games.

Gaming 101: Indie Games

17/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Indie Games.

Gaming 101: Narrative Games

16/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Narrative games.

Gaming 101: Open World Games

17/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Open World games.

Gaming 101: Platform Games

16/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Platform games.

Gaming 101: Puzzle Games

17/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Puzzle games.

Gaming 101: Racing Games

16/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Platform games.

Gaming 101: Rhythm Games

17/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Rhythm games.

Gaming 101: Role Playing Games

17/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Role Playing games.

Gaming 101: Shooting Games

17/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Shooting games.

Gaming 101: Strategy Games

16/11/2021 - 2 weeks ago

 

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Strategy games.

Gaming 101: Your First Video Game

01/03/2020 - 21 months ago

 

These games are perfect if you’ve never played one before, opening the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers. They are short, straightforward and easy to understand, so you don’t need to commit hours to learn to play them, and they are played on technology you probably already have in your pocket or in your home. They address mature themes such as love, hope, power, homelessness and even traffic planning by inviting you to interact and play a part in these worlds and stories.

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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