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Gaming 101: Creative Games

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.

While all video games could be considered creative, as you are interacting to create the experience. Creative games focus on this aspect of play. You can make something new that remains in the game world, like a picture, character, arrangement of houses, landscape or even how nations are situated on the map.

Some Creative games let you make your own levels, characters, objects or even entire playable games to share with other players. When these creations are shared online they are called "User Generated Content". This content falls outside the PEGI/ESRB ratings and is worth noting for younger players.

Creative games come in many forms. Perhaps you can create your own Platform or Puzzle levels. Or you could craft something new in an Open World. There are Racing games where you can design cars and circuits. There are Adventure games that involve drawing and sculpting to progress.

This list includes 15 games from the last 15 years, with 200 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play your first creative game.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to M
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy
Total Likes: 200
 

 

Nuts

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/01/2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Joon Turbo (@JoonTurbo)

Players: This is a single player game

Nuts is an adventure game where you play a rookie field researcher. You use your camera, caravan, GPS and map to investigate the depths of the enigmatic Melmoth Forest. As you study the local squirrel population you uncover a strange mystery.

Townscaper

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/06/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

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

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Osk Sta (@OskSta)

Players: This is a single player game

Townscaper is a town building toy. You pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 10/06/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 42 features

Developer: The Banov (@TheBanov)

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

Chicory: A Colourful Tale is an adventure where you play an everyday dog thrust into the role of wielding a magic brush. The world starts black and white and you paint to solve puzzles, help your animal friends and restore colour. It looks like a...

Good Pizza, Great Pizza

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: Tap Blaze (@TapBlaze)

Players: This is a single player game

Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a simulation game where you run your own Pizza shop, fulfilling orders from customers while making enough money to keep your shop open. You can upgrade your shop with new toppings and equipment to compete against your...

Okami

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/04/2006, updated in 2017

Platforms: DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One

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

Developer: PG kamiya (@PG_kamiya)

Players: This is a single player game

Okami (Okamiden on Nintendo DS) is an unusual action-adventure. Combat is via interactions that are achieved with brush strokes rather than weapons. It has a unique visual style that invites you to inhabit its painted world with brushstrokes of your...

Eastshade

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 14/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: Eastshade (@Eastshade)

Players: This is a single player game

Eastshade is a slow exploration game in a world you explore by walking around. Here, though, you play as a painter of landscapes rather than typical hero. Your mission is to paint your deceased mother’s favourite sights, but it's the world and its...

Cloud Gardens

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2020, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Noio Games (@Noio_Games)

Players: This is a single player game

Cloud Gardens is a puzzle game where you grow vegetation over a dilapidated post-apocalyptic world. It's a low-pressure puzzle, from the team behind Kingdom. It has the same pixel-art style, but here you are left to take your time...

Patterned

Release Date: 15/09/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Border Leap (@BorderLeap)

Players: This is a single player game

Patterned is a puzzle game where you piece together beautiful patterns. It's a bit like a jigsaw but without the stress of forever finding more blue sky pieces. Each pattern begins as a sketch and you use visual clues to reassemble its scrambled pieces.

Tint

Release Date: 13/09/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Lykke Studios (@LykkeStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Tint is a puzzle game you solve by painting. You mix watercolours to match the colour of the origami. The aesthetic and the low-pressure puzzles make for a soothing experience. There are no timers, no countdowns, no points and certainly no rush,...

Colour With Crayons (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/07/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Marmite For Me (@MarmiteForMe)

Players: This is a single player game

Colour with Crayons is a running and jumping game. You are a crayon in a world made from art supplies. Find the required number of transparent boxes and colour them in to progress. It's an unusual premise extended by the optional hunt for cones to...

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...

Draw a Stickman: Epic 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/12/2013, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Hitcents (@Hitcents)

Players: This is a single player game

Draw a Stickman: Epic 3 s Epic 3 is the latest game in the series, and you are on a mission to save your friends who have been scattered throughout the world by an earthquake. Work out the puzzles so you can progress through the game.

Train Valley 2

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Flazm Games (@FlazmGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Train Valley 2 is a toy train puzzle game where you build a railroad company from the days of the Industrial Revolution into the future. It looks like a kids train-set but simulates real economics of the valley's cities and industries. The result is a...

Draw! (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/03/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Creative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Players: This is a single player game

Draw! is a puzzle game where you draw your own platforms in order to get a stick figure to run and jump through the level to an exit. It is designed to look like drawings on a notepad with you as the artist.

Inked

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/04/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 7 features

Developer: Somnium Game (@SomniumGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Inked is a puzzle game where you play a sketched hero venturing into the world of ink and paper, from the perspective of the artist who drew you. With simple controls, you traverse platforms and ramps and solve a range of hand-drawn puzzles with...

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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