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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds on Xbox Series X|S

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 23 games from the last 25 years, with 135 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, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 135
 

 

The Touryst

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Shinen Games (@ShinenGames)

Players: This is a single player game

The Touryst is a puzzle based adventure, where you seek to unlock the mysteries of an archipelago of sun-drenched islands. That's if you want to of course, because the adventure can wait if you'd rather soak up the sun and make the most of your time...

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.

Skatebird

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/09/2021

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

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Glass Bottom Game (@GlassBottomGame)

Players: This is a single player game

SkateBird is a running (rolling) and jumping game where you play a skateboarding bird who performs tricks and explores skate parks. The skate parks are made of everyday objects such as pencils, books, and staplers which have been transformed into ramps...

Skyblock

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Creative, Fighting, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Sky Block Server (@SkyBlockServer)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 5 players online

Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular....

The Wild At Heart

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 20/05/2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Moonlight Kids (@MoonlightKids_)

Players: This is a single player game

The Wild At Heart is an adventure puzzle game where you play two children fleeing hardship. Unlike other adventures, play here extends beyond conversations, exploring and fetch quests. You interact with the world by collecting a swarm of small magical...

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...

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...

Forza Horizon 5 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-18 year-olds

Release Date: 05/11/2021

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

Genres: Open World, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 42 features

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 72 players online

Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico,...

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...

The Falconeer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2020

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: The Falconeer (@TheFalconeer)

Players: This is a single player game

The Falconeer is an action game where you play a pilot who flies a weaponised falcon through dramatic locations. You battle the rivalling factions to uncover the secrets of long-forgotten gods and ancestors. Although the game-play is all flying and...

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...

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...

Tanknarok

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2020, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Shooting

Developer: Poly Block Studio (@PolyBlockStudio)

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

Tanknarok is a high speed shooting game where 2-4 tanks battle in different toy-like arenas. Controls are simple: one stick for movement and one for aiming. It's a fast and frantic competition with each tank using guns, explosions and rockets to win.

Tetris Effect: Connected

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-16 year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/2018, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Mizuguchitter (@Mizuguchitter)

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

Tetris Effect is a tile-matching puzzle game (just like the original Tetris) but with a surprisingly powerful aesthetic twist. The game places each level in a themed area and ties gameplay to the beat of the music across its thirty different stages.

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...

Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/01/2014, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Chrixeleon (@Chrixeleon)

Players: This is a single player game

Catlateral Damage is a running, jumping and knocking-things-over game where you play a mischievous cat who wants to knock its owner's belongings onto the floor. "Bother that cat," as one children's book puts it.

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...

Eagle Island

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/07/2019, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Screenwave Media (@ScreenwaveMedia)

Players: This is a single player game

This is a running and jumping adventure where you play Quill and his owl companion Koji as they uncover the secrets of Eagle Island. You work your way through levels using falconry-inspired attacks to take down enemies.

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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