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Empowering The Young

It's easy to assume video games are a disempowering experience for young players, drawing them away from more edifying activities. However there are a lot of games where young players find empowerment.

By becoming the hero of the story, or taking charge of their own bodies and destinies, these video game adventures offer a unique way for children to step forward into life.

This list includes 24 games from the last 21 years, with 996 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to children to be the heroes.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Play, Simulation and Stealth
Total Likes: 996
 

 

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 14/05/2019, updated in 2021

Price: 75% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Stealth

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

A Plague Tale: Innocence follows Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they use stealth to escape soldiers and swarms of rats. Against the stark threat and darkness of the world, the sibling relationship develops as the two learn to trust one another....

Knights And Bikes!

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Foam Sword Games (@FoamSwordGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Enter a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British island and work together as Nessa and Demelza to explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons, tape cassettes and...

Rainbow Billy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: We Are Mana Void (@WeAreManaVoid)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a role-play adventure where you save the world from a colourless darkness. Unusually, battles are won through listening and conversation rather than traditional attacks. It combines the excitement and...

A Short Hike

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2019, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Adventure and Open World

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Adam Gryu (@AdamGryu)

Players: This is a single-player game

In A Short Hike you play penguin-like character Claire, who needs to climb a mountain in a beautiful national park to receive an important phone call. Presented in cute pixel graphics, the game invites you to explore the park, help other animals, find...

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 11/12/2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Us Two (@UsTwo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when...

Roki

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/07/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

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

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Poly Treehouse (@PolyTreehouse)

Players: This is a single-player game

Röki is a Scandinavian folklore point-and-click style adventure game where you play Tove on a journey to save her family. As you help her to come to terms with loss, you explore deep into a snowy fairytale landscape with strange locations and creatures.

Ni no Kuni (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 09/12/2010, updated in 2018

Price: 62% off

Platforms: DS, PC, PS3, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: LEVE L5 IA (@LEVEL5_IA)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ni no Kuni is a series of adventure video games where you play a young character with an important mission. The first games follow Oliver, and his journey to another world to save his mother. The sequel, Revenant Kingdom, follows Evan Pettiwhisker...

Rime

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 26/05/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: Tequila Works (@TequilaWorks)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rime is an adventure on an island where you play a boy led a fox-like spirit as a guide. To progress through the beautiful environments you solve puzzles across five large levels. You can run, climb, carry objects, and push or pull larger objects across...

El Hijo - A Wild West Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 03/12/2020

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

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Stealth

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Honig Studios (@HonigStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

El Hijo - A Wild West Tale is a stealth puzzle game, where you play a 6-year-old boy on his quest to find his mother. It's a non-violent adventure game where you must sneak past the dangers of the Wild West to build self-confidence, cunning, and new...

Lost in Random

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 10/09/2021

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 26 features

Pieces: Cards and Dice

Developer: Zoink Games (@ZoinkGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lost in Random is an adventure where you play an anthropomorphic dice and a young girl called Even. In her world, when she turns 12 she must roll a magical die to be assigned a region to live in and a life to live. But seeing her sister go through this...

Never Alone

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/12/2014

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Never Alone Game (@NeverAloneGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.

Concrete Genie

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/08/2019

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Pixelopus (@Pixelopus)

Players: This is a single-player game

Concrete Genie is a running and jumping game about a young boy, who is isolated and bullied, in this exploration platform game with a twist. Using motion controls and buttons you can draw beautiful graffiti on the buildings, which come to life. These...

The Walking Dead (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 24/04/2012, updated in 2018

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Telltale Games (@TelltaleGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Walking Dead is a survival adventure game series. You explore locations and gather a ragtag group of survivors. How you interact with each of them and make decisions about various dangers results in a branching story where no one is guaranteed to survive.

Eastward

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Pixpil Games (@PixpilGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Eastward is a adventure game about a miner who meets a young girl in a secret facility. Together you explore the decaying cities and discover the truth about her origins and what’s behind the creatures who are destroying everything. The narrative is...

Lost Words: Beyond the Page

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/12/2019, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Games Sketchbook (@GamesSketchbook)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lost Words is an adventure game where you run, jump and explore inside a young girl’s diary. You control Izzy as she writes her diary by walking on words, move them around and solve different puzzles. This develops two parallel stories, one about Izzy...

Psychonauts 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 25/08/2021

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Double Fine (@DoubleFine)

Players: This is a single-player game

Psychonauts 2 is a running, jumping and puzzle solving game where you play Raz who has psychic abilities that let him delve into the minds of others. In the game, you control Raz as he enters their mental worlds and uses other Psi-Powers (telekinesis,...

Costume Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2010, updated in 2011

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Double Fine (@DoubleFine)

Players: This is a single-player game

Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...

Ico

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2001, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS2 and PS3

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

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

Ico is a running, jumping and exploring game where you rescue a princess from her evil mother. You take her hand to help her escape, guiding her along the pathways and protecting her from the hordes of enemies. Together, you jump chasms and scale walls...

Ikenfell

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/10/2020

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

Genres: Open World, Rhythm and Role-Play

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Play Humble Games (@PlayHumbleGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ikenfell is a turn based role play game where you use timing to power spells and block attacks. You explore the twisted halls of a vast magic school, a bit like Harry Potter, fight monsters and uncover hidden treasure and dark secrets.

Lost Winds (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/05/2008, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, Wii and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Frontier Dev (@FrontierDev)

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

LostWinds is a running and jumping video game with a difference. As well as controlling a young boy named Toku you also control the wind. On the Wii you do this by gesturing with the Wii Remote controller, on iOS you draw the direction on the screen. A...

Papo and Yo

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/08/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS3

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: We are minority (@We_are_minority)

Players: This is a single-player game

Papo & Yo pits you as a young boy, Quico, exploring a Brazilian city slum. As you solve puzzles and perform well-timed jumps to progress through the city, you must also deal with a monster – both real and metaphorically representing your alcoholic...

Echo Generation

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/10/2021

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Cococucumber Co (@CococucumberCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Echo Generation is an adventure set during the summer of 1993. You and your friends set out to investigate the source of a mysterious crash. Complete quests, battle monsters and level up your party to save your hometown from danger in a heroic tale of...

Little Bug

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Buddy System LA (@BuddySystemLA)

Players: This is a single-player game

Little Bug is a running and jumping game where you move through a surreal, abstract world by swinging on ropes. Unlike similar games, you control both character movement and the position of a helper spirit that can shoot and levitate you. This unusual...

Toem

Release Date: 17/09/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: SWM Games (@SWMGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Toem is a small adventure about helping people. You play a small figure travelling through black and white, hand drawn, scandinavian-style landscapes. As you encounter characters and architectural environments you hear about the problems people have and...

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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