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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds on PlayStation 5

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.

This list includes 32 games from the last 25 years, with 201 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to nourish youthful ambition.

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, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 201
 

 

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Ember Lab (@EmberLab)

Players: This is a single player game

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their...

Bugsnax

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Young Horses (@YoungHorses)

Players: This is a single player game

Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick, catch and eat anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you do, you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of [link to game/Octodad+Dadliest+Catch...

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is running and jumping game. It's a spinoff of the LittleBigPlanet series and follows Sackboy and three friends as they explore, collect and battle their way through a fantasy world.

Splatty's Adventure (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/04/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Lumbox S (@LumboxS)

Players: This is a single player game

Splatty’s Adventure is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a small (4-year-old) hero who must escape an oversized bedroom and get on your way to save the world from destruction. Like stepping into a Toy Story film, but here you wield a...

Riders Republic

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2021

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Riders Republic is an extreme sports game. You can mountain bike, ski, snowboard, fly in a wingsuit and rocket-suit. This builds on other spots games with tens of online players competing at once in each event.

Crash Bandicoot (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/1996, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob)

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

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.

Tchia

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

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

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Awaceb (@Awaceb)

Players: This is a single player game

Tchia is an adventure where you play a young girl (Tchia) who can climb, glide, swim, and sail around a beautiful archipelago. Along with the usual sandbox missions and play the game offers an unusual ability to take control (and become) any animal or...

Dirt (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/01/2007, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Racing

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Codemasters (@Codemasters)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Dirt 5 is the latest game in a series of the extreme sports racing game. Like Forza Horizon or the older MotorStorm games, the series focuses on exuberance and party atmosphere rather than just...

Temtem

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 21/01/2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Play Temtem (@PlayTemtem)

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Temtem is a role-play game like Pokemon but played online against loads of other players. You collect and train Temtem creatures (of which there are 161) while exploring the world. You encounter other creatures controlled by human or computer players...

Tren (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Johnee B (@Johnee_B)

Players: This is a single player game

Tren is a puzzle platform game where you explore a hand-crafted world as a wooden train, sailing boats and helicopters. You control points, shunt trucks around, operate cranes and generally move cargo from one location to the next. Like an escape room...

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Super Monkey Ball (@SuperMonkeyBall)

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

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

Firegirl

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/12/2021

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Dejima Games (@DejimaGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Fire Girl is a running, jumping and hosing game set in a fantasy world of living fire-monsters. You help Firegirl in her first night working in the fire brigade. Rescue survivors, extinguish fire monsters and uncover the mystery behind the fire monster...

DokeV

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Doke V Game (@DokeVGame)

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

DokeV is an open-world adventure game where you explore a bright K-pop backed world. It's a chaotic mix of Pokémon creature collection, Breath of the Wild exploration and Monster Hunter battles. These elements coalesce around the creature collection...

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...

Stonefly

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Strategy

Developer: Flight School HQ (@FlightSchoolHQ)

Players: This is a single player game

Stonefly is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an out-sized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and...

Ball World Adventures (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: @Razorfist X (@RazorfistX)

Players: This is a single player game

Ball World Adventures is a rolling and balancing game where you move a marble through an obstacle course, like the classic Monkey Ball game. It's unusual not only for its dexterity challenge but the tactile feeling it creates as you roll along different...

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...

Dog's Run (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-9 year-olds

Release Date: 30/01/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Angeiotje (@Angeiotje)

Players: This is a single player game

Dog's Run and the sequel Dog's Run Generations are simple running, jump and digging games where you play a dog searching for their lost bones. It's novel because of the focus on simple exploration, jumping and collecting gems. This do get a little more...

Hawks Quest (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/02/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Developer: Pay Off Wizard P S4 (@PayOffWizardPS4)

Players: This is a single player game

Hawk's Quest Trials of the Adventurers Guild. You explore a toy like world as a small girl and after the comprehensive tutorial, discover a large world full of enemies and puzzles to solve. It looks like the remastered Legend of Zelda Links Awakening,...

Klang 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/09/2016, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Tinimations (@Tinimations)

Players: This is a single player game

Klang 2 is a psychedelic rhythm-action game. You take on enemies in this symbolic universe of three attacks: stikes, dashes and holds. The simple system interplays with the pulsing music to create a rhythm based high-speed combat challenged. Like the...

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Fair Play Labs (@FairPlayLabs)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a fighting game similar to Super Smash Bros. The novelty comes not only from its roster of Nickelodeon characters, but also from its fast-paced and intense rounds, rewarding skill...

Ommy Kart (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-8 year-olds

Release Date: 16/07/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Racing

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Diesel Laws (@DieselLaws)

Players: This is a single player game

Ommy Kart is a single player racing game. Race around Starfish Island as either Ommy, Frederick Fox, Artio, or Stanley the Bear. Try to beat the computer controlled drivers to the finish line. You can collect offensive and defensive items along the way,...

The Snowgardens (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Half Up (@HalfUp_)

Players: This is a single player game

The Snowgardens is a running, jumping and exploration game where you are a child stranded on a beautiful archipelago. Once the home to an ancient time-altering civilisation but now abandoned, leaving strange technology for you to operate to progress.

Treasures of the Aegean

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/11/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Undercoders (@Undercoders)

Players: This is a single player game

Treasures of the Aegean is a Tin Tin-style tomb raiding adventure game. You are Marie Taylor and unveil the secrets of a forgotten kingdom trapped in an endless time loop. To do this, in 15 minute runs you explore a hand-drawn world to recover valuable...

Ruckus (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 20/06/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Ruckus Just Another Natural Disaster (to use its full name) is a fighting game where you are destroying the city rather than other players. You play a Godzilla-style monster and must cause as much havoc before the missiles land and end your reign of...

Cubric (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: V Vander Media (@VVanderMedia)

Players: This is a single player game

Cubric is a puzzle game where you play a robot trapped inside a maze. Unusually, the maze is three dimensions and made up of six moveable cubes. To escape you turn and twist the cubes in three dimensions to match up paths, avoid hazards, and enable your...

Demon Turf

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/11/2021

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

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

Developer: Fabrazz (@Fabrazz)

Players: This is a single player game

Demon Turf is a 3D running, jumping, rolling and flying game set in a world inhabited by all kinds of enemies. As a young demon, your job is to take on the different gangs and bring them down. It's unusual because you can shape-shift but also stands out...

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.

Pip Gemwalker (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 06/11/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Diesel Laws (@DieselLaws)

Players: This is a single player game

Pip Gemwalker is a running and jumping puzzle game where you control a small mole character who needs to escape a maze to find diamonds. It's similar to Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker, where each level is small enough to fit on the screen and be...

Qubo's Quest: Into the Wild (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/01/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Doom Star Robo (@DoomStarRobo)

Players: This is a single player game

Qubo's Quest: Into the Wild is a running and jumping game with some combat. You play as a tiny robot in an environment where pencils are weapons and pin tacks are deadly. There are two worlds to explore, an office and a garden. You must avoid the deadly...

Space Marauder (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/04/2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Duckenomics (@Duckenomics)

Players: This is a single player game

Space Marauder is a shooting game where you play a spaceship on the frontier of the galaxy, mining precious resources from asteroids and defeating enemies. While its unique controls are extremely simple and paired-back, they take time to master. Unusual...

Tiny Quest (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: 800 Pixel Gorilla (@800PixelGorilla)

Players: This is a single player game

Tiny Quest is a running, jumping and carrying puzzle game where you help Anton become king. The game is played on a single screen, but the world and your character are tiny. At first you have minimal powers but as you progress you gain more abilities...

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