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Good For Reduced Gross Motor Control

We've worked with SpecialEffect on this list of games which aims to highlight games that are good for people with reduced gross motor control.

Special Effect is a charity that aims to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. They use technology ranging from modified joypads to eye control to find a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

Last time we talked about game options which may work well for those with difficulty using fine motor movements. Today we will talk about game options which be more accessible for those who mainly have fine motor control instead. Several conditions which can cause or impact a reduction in gross motor control include; chronic pain, Muscular Dystrophy, Dyspraxia and some Neurological conditions, to name a few examples. People with these and similar conditions might identify with some of the following phrases:

  • “I find it easier to play if I rest the controller rather than hold it”
  • “My fingers have more strength when things are positioned well”
  • “I can’t move my arms much, but I can move my fingers and toes well”
  • “I find joysticks easier than buttons"
  • ”I find it easier if my hands can stay in one place”
  • ”My body doesn’t move much, but I can move my head really well”

Alongside options such as mounting or resting the controller to alleviate the need to hold and use the controller at the same time, it may also be easier with games that are remappable, require only one input at a time (joystick or button) or have options to reduce button inputs (either for Quick Time Events, or permanently).
Additionally having low force options such as a lighter joystick and light weight external switches using a switch interface like the Xbox Adaptive Controller or Hori Flex could make access easier. Games that meet some of the following criteria:
As well as the games we have picked out below that meet these criteria, there are some common searches on the database that are good for people with reduced fine motor control: 1 Stick + 1 Button, 1 Stick, 1 Button , Remap Buttons or Remap Keys, Low Pressure, Rapid Pressing Optional, joystick sensitivity and Co-Piloting with Xbox games.

We hope this list helps you discover games that work for you. If you are struggling to game due to access issues caused by a physical disability do contact SpecialEffect who will offer support free of charge, as capacity allows.

This list includes 17 games from the last 30 years, with 955 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to .

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 955
 

 

Rocket League

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action and Sports

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Psyonix Studios (@PsyonixStudios)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Sea of Thieves

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 20/03/2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 24-player online game

Sea of Thieves is an online game where you are a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Price: 26% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Race

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 12-player online game

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.

The Last Of Us Part II

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds

Release Date: 19/06/2020

Price: 67% off

Platforms: PS4

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

Accessibility: 48 features

Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...

Marvel's Spider-Man (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/09/2018

Price: 35% off

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

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

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Insomniac Games (@InsomniacGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Marvel's Spider-Man is a series of superhero adventures where you swing through an open-world city fighting crime and advancing a film-like story. There are also many side quests and missions you can take along the way.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Price: 60% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Stealth

Accessibility: 40 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single-player game

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the twelfth game in the Assassins Creed Series, an open world action-adventure that takes place over several main story quests as well as many optional side missions.

Fortnite

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Epic Games (@EpicGames)

Players: This is a 100-player online game

Fortnite (sometimes misspelled Fortnight) rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is...

Biomutant

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Experiment 1 O1 (@Experiment1O1)

Players: This is a single-player game

Biomutant is an open world role-play adventure game where you play a Raccoon warrior in a large world filled with mutated animals. Exploring this living breathing ecosystem has the feel of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but in a broken down steampunk...

Stardew Valley

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Concerned Ape (@ConcernedApe)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is as inviting for young players to...

FIFA (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/12/1993, updated in 2021

Price: 85% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, Megadrive, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 28 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...

WarioWare: Get It Together (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 27/07/2018, updated in 2021

Price: 30% off

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

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room

WarioWare: Get It Together is the latest in the mini-game series. Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a...

Painted Waters

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/01/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Numinous Games (@Numinous_Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

Painted Waters is a simple adventure for young children. You explore a secret miniature world on a Walker Doodle (the game's version of caterpillar) using a single button to get around and play the puzzles and challenges you find. It's unique not only...

Buck Up And Drive!

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/01/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Race

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Fontes Ranter (@FontesRanter)

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

Buck Up And Drive! is a retro racing game that double's down on the surrealism of 90's arcade games. It's driving meets skating by way of destruction derby and offers a great distraction from a sometimes over serious world.

Zip Zap

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/09/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single-player game

Zip Zap is a puzzle game with a simple premise. You move Erector/Meccano-style metal plates to get a ball in a white circle for at least a couple of seconds. It sounds simple. It is simple, although actually, it soon becomes head scratching to get the...

Death's Gambit

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 14/08/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Kei Kube (@KeiKube)

Players: This is a single-player game

Death's Gambit is a running, jumping and fighting game where you defeat enemies, collect weapons and progress through levels. Drawing on the platforming of games like the Castlevania and Metroid games, it adds difficult and...

Swim Out

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2017

Platforms: Apple TV, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Lozange Lab (@Lozange_Lab)

Players: This is a single-player game

Swim Out is a puzzle game like the popular Traffic Jam board game, where you need to get your swimmer to the exit of a busy swimming pool. As well as the different setting, this game extends the challenge as the other swimmers also move when you do.

Vampire Survivors

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-14 year-olds

Release Date: 17/12/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Traversal

Developer: Poncle Soft (@Poncle_Soft)

Players: This is a single-player game

Vampire Survivors is a simple silly survival game where you battle to stay alive against waves of enemies. The twist is that you can only control your movement, not your attacks. This creates an unusual game where you must use your automatic attacks to...

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