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Winding Down

Children love to play exuberant and exciting video games with their friends. While these offer a wide range of benefits, it can be good to transition to something less energetic as the day draws to a close.

We have worked with Moshi Sleep on this list of games and apps that are a great way to help children wind down as they transition to night time. It creates mindfulness experiences for children to “enjoy calmer day times and quicker bedtimes”.

These are playful ways to calm the brain, ease anxiety and generally get little heads ready to rest. Some of them are ideal to play right before sleeping and even let you turn off the screen to listen along when you are finished interacting. Others, like Frost or Lifelike, offer gentle, tranquil interactions to still the mind and escape the world. Some, like Flower or Alto’s Adventure, create calm with simple repetition of tasks and process in a world where the sun slowly sets.

These games, together with some screen-free time in the lead up to sleep are a great way for children to develop healthy bedtime habits.

This list includes 60 games from the last 13 years, with 444 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to share a relaxing story.

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, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 444
 

 

Flower

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-11 year-olds

Release Date: 12/02/2009

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: That Game Company (@ThatGameCompany)

Players: This is a single player game

Control the breeze blowing across fields of grass and blow petals into other flowers to make them bloom. Flower is simple and single-purpose in evoking the feeling of the wind. What starts as an awkward struggle to control the breeze soon turns into a...

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

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

Kirby's Epic Yarn is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character that can (usually) suck enemies into their large mouth to gain new abilities. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming...

Hoa

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/08/2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Hoa The Game (@HoaTheGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Hoa is an adventure game where you walk and jump through a hand-painted world as the mysterious main character. You solve environmental puzzles and meet magical creatures while trying to find your way back home. It's unusual because of its handcrafted...

Moshi: Sleep and Mindfulnes‪s‬

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2020

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 14 features

Players: This is a single player game

Moshi: Sleep and Mindfulnes‪s‬ is a narrative experience designed to aid sleep. Children can select stories, sounds, meditation or music and calm colours to help them drift off to sleep quickly. Once started the original stories and sounds play with...

Haven Park

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Fabien Weibel (@FabienWeibel)

Players: This is a single player game

Haven Park is a strategy game where you build camping spots in a national park. You play Flint, who is repairing his grandma's park to attract new campers. It's an intricate open island that packs in plenty to discover. As a game made by one person,...

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Racing

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Built By Snowman (@BuiltBySnowman)

Players: This is a single player game

Descend beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to worry about is tapping to jump to avoid chasms, rockfall and other hazards. It’s simple and moreish due to the stunning landscapes...

Everything

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: David Oreilly (@DavidOreilly)

Players: This is a single player game

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.

Teacup

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Smarto Club (@Smarto_Club)

Players: This is a single player game

Teacup is a narrative adventure about a shy young frog who loves drinking tea and reading. You explore the Wind In The Willows world and make choices that change the direction of the story. It's a gentle game about friendship, stepping out into the...

Legend Of The Skyfish (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 24/02/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: M Gaia Studio (@MGaiaStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Legend of Skyfish is a puzzle exploration game where you head into a dangerous land, hopping from island to island, solving puzzles and battling enemies. Each arcade-style level is a chance to put your unusual weapon to use -- for fighting but also for...

Wordle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/12/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Power Languish (@PowerLanguish)

Players: This is a single player game

Wordle is a daily puzzle game where you (and anyone else playing that day) try and guess the secret word. You get six guesses that must be real words. Each letter is then coloured to provide clues: green for right letter in the right place, yellow for...

Monument Valley (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Ustwo Games (@UstwoGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2 are puzzle mazes made from optical illusions. You interact with each level to change the pathway and get your character to the exit. Its striking, calm visual theme is used to build atmosphere and slowly reveal a...

Evergarden

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/07/2018

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Flippfly (@Flippfly)

Players: This is a single player game

Evergarden is a puzzle game where you grow gardens by combining plants into strange new forms. You use the tile-based layout to populate each area in flora in connect-four style.

Moncage

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/11/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Moncage The Game (@MoncageTheGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Moncage is an adventure puzzle game, where you find a mysterious cube. Each face displays a different scene and by rotating and interacting you can change your view and how they overlap with each other. You navigate through the island and the factory by...

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...

Ensamey (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/10/2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Peter Field (@Peter__Field)

Players: This is a single player game

Ensamey is a narrative game where you run and jump to explore a story told by a 4 year-old and their father. As the child tells the story, what they say and draw appears in the game for you to interact and play with.

Wind Peaks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/07/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Actoon Studio (@ActoonStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Wind Peaks is a puzzle game where you find hidden objects by clicking on objects. It's similar to the Where’s Wally books, but offers an ongoing narrative about children searching for treasure in a forest and campsite.

Chuchel

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-8 year-olds

Release Date: 07/03/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Amanita Design (@Amanita_Design)

Players: This is a single player game

Chuchel is a comedy adventure game. You play hairy hero Chuchel and his rival Kekel to solve simple puzzles and challenges in their quest to retrieve the precious cherry. It looks like a children's storybook animation with strange, peculiar creatures.

My Friend Peppa Pig

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-5 year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Petoons (@Petoons)

Players: This is a single player game

My Friend Peppa Pig is a narrative role-play game. It recreates the TV show Peppa Pig and features a few of the voice actors from the programme. Unlike the show, you are in the cartoon, controlling a character you create. You play with Peppa and her...

Inbento

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/03/2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: Afterburn Games (@AfterburnGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Inbento is a food-themed puzzle game where you solve puzzles to prepare lunch boxes. As you complete each "bento" lunch box a story unfolds about the highs and lows of parenthood. There are over 100 fun puzzles, aesthetically served with traditional...

Little Orpheus

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)

Players: This is a single player game

Little Orpheus is a running and jumping game set in 1962 where you play Ivan Ivanovich as he explores lost civilisations, undersea kingdoms and prehistoric jungles. The game is played in retrospect as you explain your adventures to a general suspicious...

Luna The Shadow Dust

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Lantern Studio (@LanternStudio_)

Players: This is a single player game

Luna The Shadow Dust is an adventure game where you play two companions drawn together in a hand-animated world. Each part of the game is beautifully realised and presents a puzzle to solve.

Shine – Journey of Light

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Fox and Sheep (@_FoxAndSheep)

Players: This is a single player game

Shine – Journey of Light is an adventure puzzle game where you guide a ball of light through a world of light and shadow. As you delve deep into the world you discover a lost civilisation and piece together the stories of the past.

Under Leaves

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-8 year-olds

Release Date: 27/04/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Circus Atos (@CircusAtos)

Players: This is a single player game

Under Leaves is a puzzle game where you search for colour-filled hidden objects in scenes made of flora and fauna. Each one is a hand-drawn watercolour illustrations and accompanied with a soothing soundscape. It's a game about observation and attention...

Frog's Princess

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/12/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 39 features

Developer: Kathy Game Design (@KathyGameDesign)

Players: This is a single player game

Frog's Princess is a narrative game about a kingdom surrounded by evil. You play a young princess who must save her kingdom. Along the way, you encounter a frog prince on a quest to rescue his bodyguard and find your plans overturned.

MoonLite

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Physically Active

Developer: Moonlite World (@MoonliteWorld)

Players: This is a single player game

Moonlite is a narrative experience for small children. It combines traditional storybooks with your smartphone light to create projected pictures with sounds and interactions.

Playne

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/06/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Playne (@Playne)

Players: This is a single player game

Playne is a narrative-driven meditation game that helps you build daily meditation habits. With each meditation session, Playne's story begins to unfold and the life on your island begins to grow providing you with more environments to meditate in.

Staxel

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: Staxel Game (@StaxelGame)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Staxel is a strategy farming game. It looks like Minecraft and has block building tools that are similar. However, this is a farming game more like Stardew Valley rather than open-world adventure. There are no monsters or dangers you find in other...

The Smurfs Mission Vileaf

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2021

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

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

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Osome Studio (@OsomeStudio)

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

The Smurfs Mission Vileaf is an exploration running, jumping and shooting game. You battle the wizard Gargamel to free imprisoned Smurfs and return the sarsaparilla fields to health. to do this you must track down the ingredients for the antidote.

Words For A Bird

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 04/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Bart Bonte (@BartBonte)

Players: This is a single player game

Words For A Bird is a short adventure you play by completing sentences. You follow the story of a purple bird. Each sentence is completed with letters from the tree in which the bird sits, along with a clue tile in the middle of the screen.

Color Jumper

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Ben Burnes (@Ben_Burnes)

Players: This is a single player game

Color Jumper is a running and jumping game where you control a square. Each side of the square has a different colour and rotates each time you jump. To get through a level you can only use platforms that are white or match your current colour. This...

Dreams Party! (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/03/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 12 features

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

Dreams Party is a turn based family board game for up to 4 players. There are two boards to choose from, Welcome Garden and Halloween. Like Mario Party, it creates the fun of a real board game but combines it with mini-games when players land on the...

Frog Detective (Series)

Release Date: 22/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Grace Bruxner (@GraceBruxner)

Players: This is a single player game

This is a comedy adventure game where you play a detective frog, named (unsurprisingly) "Frog Detective". In the first mystery, The Haunted Island, you get a call about a ghost on the island. You set about solving the mystery by collecting the...

Inks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: State Of Play (@State_Of_Play)

Players: This is a single player game

Inks is a messy pinball game that combines puzzle with platforming. It's like a traditional game of pinball, however you are aiming to splash the ball through each coloured area rather than rack up high scores.

Lil Gator Game

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Lil Gator Game (@LilGatorGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Lil Gator Game is an adventure set on an island playground. You grapple with your floppy gator protagonist's unusual movement to help them explore the world as you bop cardboard baddies, climb mountain peaks, glide, fling and jump around. It's unlike...

Pok Pok Playroom

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-6 year-olds

Release Date: 20/05/2021

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Play Pok Pok (@PlayPokPok)

Players: This is a single player game

Pok Pok Playroom is a storybook game, filled with interactive digital toys for children to discover and explore as they scroll through a series of settings. It's for children 2-6 years-old and offers open-ended play where the focus isn't on right and...

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...

Knight's Retreat

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Qu Byte Games (@QuByteGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Knight's Retreat is a chess-themed puzzle game. It's not played on a chess board, but the pieces do move as they usually do. Rather than check-mate, your aim is to get your Knights back to their home squares in each level.

Letter Rooms

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2021

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Klemens Strasser (@KlemensStrasser)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Letter Rooms is simple anagram puzzle game. You get a hint and a set of letters and rearrange them to create the answer. This starts simply but adds more complexity like turning letters on and off or flipping letters.

Nour: Play With Your Food

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS5

Genres: Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: Teejay 5 (@_Teejay5)

Players: This is a single player game

Nour: Play With Your Food is an experimental music game where you create different dishes and plates of food. Unusually, the focus is on sound rather than just visuals. As you add ingredients and food elements they each add sounds.

SpellTower

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2012

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: Helvetica (@Helvetica)

Players: This is a single player game

Spelltower+ is a word-spotting game a little like Boggle mixed with Tetris. As you play, more tiles rise from the bottom of the screen so you need to pick good words to clear down the letters and avoid any letters make it to the top row.

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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