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So You Enjoyed Top Gun? Now Play These Video Games

Top Gun Maverick has taken more than $500 million at the box office. We loved revisiting the thrill of high speed flight and the nostalgia of Tom Cruise in flight gear. So we set ourselves the task of finding the best Top Gun inspired video games of recent years.

Fly super fast in Exo One's emergent crafts. Soar through the skies in The Falconeer. Test your reactions in Jet Lancer's high pressure shooting. Be a real pilot in Flight Simulator. Race to the beat in Aaero. Or give a nod to Maverick's beloved moustached wing-man in Untitled Goose Game.

This list includes 16 games from the last 27 years, with 136 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 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to M
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy
Total Likes: 136
 

 

Cruis’n Blast

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2021

Platforms: Switch and Wii

Genres: Action and Race

Developer: Raw Thrills (@RawThrills)

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

Cruis’n Blast is a brash over the top racing game based on a series of big arcade machines. Competing with games like Ridge Racer, OutRun and Daytona USA, it offers whacky racing with big and bombastic visuals and characters.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 30-player online game

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is the latest flight simulator game in the long running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from data maps...

Untitled Goose Game

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-11 year-olds

Release Date: 03/10/2019

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Stealth

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: House House (@House_House_)

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

This is another silly and funny game but with a dastardly vibe. You play a mean goose who is intent on ruining the day of the inhabitants of a sleepy English village. By stealing items, squawking and otherwise making a nuisance of yourself you slowly...

Exo One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/11/2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 7 features

Developer: Jay Weston (@JayWeston)

Players: This is a single-player game

Exo One is a surreal exploration game where you guide a small transforming object to drift, flow and soar across enigmatic landscapes with a gravity based movement system. The game aims to create an out of body other-worldly experience with atmospheric,...

Need For Speed (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Price: 85% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Race

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Ghost Games EA (@GhostGamesEA)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 16-player online game

Need for Speed: Heat is an open-world racing game. Races during the day are legally sanctioned street competitions where you try to win cash prizes. Races at night are illegal races where you aim to build a reputation. When racing at night, you need to...

Burnout Paradise (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/03/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: GameCube, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World, Race and Simulation

Developer: Criterion Games (@CriterionGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

The Burnout series is an over-the-top racing game where you’re encouraged to crash, bash and ram other cars. Throughout the series the bravado and crashing increases, but they all have the same novel core gameplay.

SuperFlight

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 09/11/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Open World, Race and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Grizzly Games (@_GrizzlyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Superflight is a game where you control a risk-taking man in a flight suit. You control your flight with the aim of buzzing the landscape. The closer you come without crashing the more points you get. If you can do this a few times in a row you get...

The Falconeer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

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...

Jet Lancer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 12/05/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Nicolaigd (@Nicolaigd)

Players: This is a single-player game

Jet Lancer is a high-speed air combat game, similar to Luftrausers (and much older inertia shooting games like Virus/Zarch), where you pilot giant robots to deal with Sky Pirates. The novelty here is the nuanced and instinctive control of the craft. The...

Trailblazers

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 17/04/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Race

Developer: Supergonk Games (@SupergonkGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game

Trailblazers is a racing video game where you paint the track your colour to gain a boost. In multiplayer mode, this creates a uniquely co-operative race. There are 8 different vehicles to choose, each with different stats and capabilities.

Wreckfest

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/06/2018, updated in 2019

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Race

Developer: Bug Bear Games (@BugBearGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 16-player online game

Wreckfest is a racing game where you aim to destroy other people's cars. It focuses on demolition modes with classic American muscle cars and other unusual vehicles. Rather than racing, this is a physical challenge with cars crammed onto a small track,...

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/06/1995, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is the latest flying and shooting game in the Ace Combat series of games. It features lots of real-life aircraft to master and weather conditions that impact gameplay and controls, while still retaining a fast-paced...

Race the Sun

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 19/08/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Action and Race

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Flippfly (@Flippfly)

Players: This is a single-player game

Race the Sun is an arcade-inspired racing game where you helm a solar-powered craft. Your objective is simple, hurdle towards the sun dodging obstacles for as long as possible before the sun sets.

Aaero

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Mad Fellows Games (@MadFellowsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Aaero is a rhythm game where you control a spacecraft with one stick and target with the other. At times it's like flying an X-Wing on a trench run while at others it's like soaring high and free targeting enemies in a Starfox game. It's an on-rails...

Earth Analog

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: lgnkm (@lgnkm)

Players: This is a single-player game

Earth Analog is a flying adventure where you take control of the exploration vessel Eurisko XI in a quest through deep space to find our new home. Unlike other space games, the focus is on the experience of other worlds rather than battling death and...

Jett: The Far Shore

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Price: 40% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

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

Developer: Super Brothers HQ (@SuperBrothersHQ)

Players: This is a single-player game

Jett: The Far Shore is a sci-fi adventure where you play inquisitive pilot Mei, exploring a mysterious planet on a nimble jet-powered craft. It's a fast action game but with deeper aspirations. Through characters, the world and its history there is a...

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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