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26 Great Games Like Banjo-Kazooie

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Banjo-Kazooie and have found the following:

Banjo-Kazooie is a running, jumping and exploration game. You play as Banjo the Bear who carries his friend Kazooie the bird in his backpack. Collect items as you go to unlock special skills and open up doors. Regarded now as a classic of it's genre, this stood out at the time for the use of dual characters and a swapping mechanic.

Unfortunately, Banjo-Kazooie is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/06/1998, updated in 2022

Platforms: Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost

13 Hand Picked Video Games Like Banjo-Kazooie

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Banjo-Kazooie. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Banjo-Kazooie. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/02/2018

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Zoink Games (@ZoinkGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

You play a fox in a magical fairy tale forest. The world extends in front of you in stylised form, with trees, mountains and streams glistening with sparkles of life. You run, jump, climb and dip your paws in every aspect of the world. But it’s the...

Super Mario Odyssey

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/10/2017

Price: 27% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...

Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, Megadrive, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Sonic hedgehog (@Sonic_hedgehog)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.

Yoku's Island Express

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/05/2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Yoku Game (@YokuGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Yoku's Island Express combines pinball and running and jumping games. You run, bounce and collect special items, engage in battles with fantasy enemies and explore a large open-world. Just like a classic pinball machine you use paddles and bumpers...

A Hat in Time

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019

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

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

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Hat In Time (@HatInTime)

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

A Hat in Time is a running, jumping and exploring game inspired by retro platform games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Psychonauts. As you explore each of the worlds, you discover characters to talk to, enemies to battle and an...

Unravel (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/02/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 75% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Coldwood Game (@ColdwoodGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Unravel and the two-player Unravel Two are a pair of jumping and swinging platform games where you control a character made out of wool. As well as making him look super cute, the wool is used to swing around and interact with objects.

Crash Bandicoot It's About Time (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

Platforms: DS, GBA, 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: 19 features

Developer: Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob)

Players: You can play with 1 to 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.

Super Mario 3D World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2013, updated in 2013

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Super Mario 3D World (known as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on the Switch) is a platform game you can play with up to 4-players in the same place. While all Mario games are good for families, this co-operative and competitive play makes it great...

Super Mario Sunshine

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: Switch and Wii

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

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Super Mario Sunshine is a running, jumping and water-shooting game. It follows Super Mario 64 as the second 3D Mario game. You play Mario, who is marooned on Isle Delfin, convicted of vandalism and graphite. You explore the island to visit other...

Yooka-Laylee

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2017

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

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

Developer: Playtonic Games (@PlaytonicGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book...

Trip's Voyage (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-10 year-olds

Release Date: 07/01/2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Players: This is a single-player game

Trip's Voyage is a running, jumping and collecting game. You play as a cat in a sailor uniform, collecting bells and anchors over a series of colourful platform-filled worlds. Inspired by open world 3D games like Super Mario Odyssey and Banjo Kazooie...

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Playtonic Games (@PlaytonicGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee. You control Yooka, a male chameleon, and Laylee, a female bat and take on a level...

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2002, updated in 2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One

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

Developer: Krome Studios (@KromeStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger is simple and silly running, jumping and exploration game from the early 2000's. You play Ty as he searches for eggs to power a machine that will locate five scattered talismans and free his family. It's unusual for offering a...

16 Video Games Like Banjo-Kazooie Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Banjo-Kazooie. This includes games from the Puzzle, Action, Platform and Open World genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

2 Easier Video Games than Banjo-Kazooie

If you like the sound of Banjo-Kazooie but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

Banjo-Kazooie is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Banjo-Kazooie in the following lists:

Build Personal Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves "bouncing back" from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

Games, by design, present players with adversity and much of the joy of gaming comes from taking on and overcoming unnecessary obstacles. Whether you’re saving the universe from an alien invasion or tending crops in your animal community, playing games mimics the process of resilience.

This list of games that can help foster various forms of psychological resilience is compiled with the expert help of Take This. They aim to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. They encourage a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators.

The Portal series tell a narrative that you are going to fail. You’re told to give up, but if you ignore this barrage of discouragement you can use it as a way to strengthen your resolve and complete the puzzles even if you have failed twenty times in the process. The Stanley Parable is all about trying again. You can try and re-try your decision making, reaching a variety of different endings.

Dark Souls is a hallmark for a punishing challenge that require resilience. You journey through elaborate lands to adventure, explore, and take heed lest they encounter a battle with a boss or enemy. Celeste is the story of Madeline and the enemies she overcomes while climbing Celeste Mountain. The game specifically calls out that Madeline has anxiety, and the challenges she faces in the environment reflect her own internal struggles and triumphs. Cuphead challenges players to battle relentless bosses in combat-heavy play. Cartoonish and playful, it balances challenging players to grow in skill and offers plenty of entertaining environments and aesthetics to keep you playing.

In Kingdom Hearts you meet many characters that need help - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world. Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where one player’s mistake makes everyone else lose. You learn cooperative resilience in trying again admits humorous judgments from the unseen “hosts” of the game.

In Animal Crossing you get help from the animal neighbours. You learn to lean on this social and environmental resilience to persevere at building social connections with computer villagers and friends online. Stardew Valley’s farming is about growing and maintaining a homestead. Interweaving the busy work are relationships with the other villagers, many of whom are social models for resilience in their storylines.
 

When Adulting Isn't Working, Embrace Your Silly

The games in this section have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together. It’s tongue-in-cheek entertainment with challenges that don’t take themselves too seriously – not seriously at all, in fact. Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together.

Whether it's the crazy puzzles in Baba is You or Twister-like contortions of Fru or stomach churningly difficulty of walking in Octodad Deadliest Catch, these are games that will make you shriek and laugh together. Then there are silly multiplayer games like Super Pole Riders, Heave Ho or Wii Party where parents, carers and children take on bizarre or precarious challenges. The play often descends into giggling and laughter.
 
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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