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60 Great Games Like Corrypt

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

Corrypt is a role-playing puzzle game where you collect items and interact with characters in a maze filled with moveable boxes. In a novel twist, you can push and pull the boxes, but they stick to you, making it a challenge to move them out of the way so you can progress. It's this unique game mechanic, paired with several Zelda-like puzzle rooms and no enemies whatsoever that make Corrypt a unique offering.

Unfortunately, Corrypt is not available on Android, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/12/2012, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost

45 Hand Picked Video Games Like Corrypt

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

Threes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/02/2014

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Sirvo Studios (@SirvoStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Threes is a puzzle game where you slide numbered tiles on a grid. When they collide they combine their numbers, like Triple Town. You can match 1's and 2's with each other, the white tiles can match cards that are multiples of 3...

Animal Crossing (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020

Price: 22% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Genres: Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game

You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected drama of the world and characters...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-18 year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

This game departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and the passage of the sun and moon...

Stardew Valley

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 27% off

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Concerned Ape (@ConcernedApe)

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

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is as inviting for young players to...

Littlewood

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/06/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Sean Young SG (@SeanYoungSG)

Players: This is a single-player game

Littlewood (coming to Switch soon) is a town and farming simulator a little like Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing. Here though, the twist is that the game is set after a grand adventure. You...

Triple Town

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/10/2010, updated in 2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Spry Fox (@SpryFox)

Players: This is a single-player game

Triple Town is a puzzle game where you expand an empire by building cities in a limited space. You combine lower value pieces into better ones to improve your city and make best use of available space. It's simple and quick to pick up but requires...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 21/11/1991

Platforms: GBA, Switch, Wii and Wii U

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

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an adventure game in a long "Zelda" series. Like the other games, you play Link, who must defeat an evil force in the land of Hyrule. You do this by exploring the world, killing spawning enemies and finding a...

Puzzle Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/03/2007, updated in 2019

Platforms: DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: i 2 Games (@i2Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

Puzzle Quest 3 is the latest in a series of games that combine role-playing with tile-matching puzzles. Set in a fantasy world, you move around the map, encountering monsters and other enemies. When you go the battle are played out as tile puzzles where...

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/02/2021

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Role-Play

Developer: Helio C Studios (@HelioCStudios)

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

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos is a fighting game where you battle Titans and explore the dungeons of an expansive over-world. It's unusual because it combines the homemaking of Stardew Valley with classic Zelda style adventures and lets you play with up...

Garden Story

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-12 year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Picogram Art (@Picogram_Art)

Players: This is a single-player game

Garden Story is a role-playing adventure, crafting and farming game similar to Stardew Valley. It also features combat, dungeons and puzzles similar to the Zelda games. You defend your garden-home from an invasion on...

Ibb and Obb

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/08/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Sparpweed (@Sparpweed)

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

Ibb & Obb is a puzzle game where you run, jump, land on enemies and solve momentum puzzles. The novelty is that it's a game designed for co-operation. One player controls the green creature, Ibb, and the other controls the pink creature, Obb. The world...

The Witness

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: Thekla inc (@Thekla_inc)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Witness combines maze puzzles in an abandoned world with its own mythology, secrets, themes and story. It’s a game with puzzles at the core, but the real mystery is solving what has happened in the world you find yourself in.

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/12/2018

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

A Good Snowman (Is Hard To Build) is puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen. On each level you must roll your snowballs to be the right size and then position them on each other to make a snowman.

Baba is You

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: ES Adevlog (@ESAdevlog)

Players: This is a single-player game

Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the...

Photographs - Puzzle Stories

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Luca Redwood (@LucaRedwood)

Players: This is a single-player game

"Have you ever made a mistake, or hurt people you care about?" Asks the Photographs trailer. It's a puzzle game that aims much higher than to distract you while on the way to work.

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 28/03/2017

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Role-Play

Developer: Castle Pixel (@CastlePixel)

Players: This is a single-player game

Blossom Tales is an adventure game series where, like the Zelda series you explore an enchanted world, battle enemies and solve dungeons. It's a reimagining of the classic Zelda game, Link+to+the+Past.

Patrick's Parabox

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/03/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Clockwork Pat (@ClockworkPat)

Players: This is a single-player game

Patrick's Parabox is a puzzle game where you move, and move through, boxes within boxes. Like a Russian doll, inside each box is another level that you can navigate to create a nested set of puzzles. It's an equally mind-bending and elegant experience...

Sniks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/08/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Shelly Alon (@ShellyAlon)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sniks is a puzzle game about guiding colourful worms to matching coloured fruit and food. Each level is a self contained arena with a number of snakes. Each snake can only consume fruit of a matching colour and they can't pass each other. It poses some...

Cadence of Hyrule

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 13/06/2019

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: BYG Vancouver‬ (@BYG_Vancouver‬)

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

Cadence of Hyrule is a Zelda infused version of a popular rhythm action indie game called Crypt of the NecroDancer. Like the original you go on an adventure viewed from above and progressed by moving, attacking and dodging in time with the music.

Eastward

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Pixpil Games (@PixpilGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Eastward is a adventure game about a miner who meets a young girl in a secret facility. Together you explore the decaying cities and discover the truth about her origins and what’s behind the creatures who are destroying everything. The narrative is...

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1999, updated in 2019

Platforms: Game Boy and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an adventure-puzzle game in the Zelda series and universe. A remake of the 1993 Game Boy game of the same name, this one is set on Koholint Island and follows Link after he is stranded and must find a way back to...

World of Goo

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-11 year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2008, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Tomorrow Corp (@TomorrowCorp)

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

World of Goo is a puzzle game where you use balls of goo to create bridges that span increasingly large chasms and obstacles. The game simulates real-world physics to determine if structures are strong enough and when they collapse. This means that...

Project Timi: Sasha's Curse

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Project Timi (@ProjectTimi)

Players: This is a single-player game

Project Timi: Sasha's curse is a rhythmic platform game where you lay traps and defeat enemies in time to the beat. Set inside a small child's dream, you need to save Lucity Town from the nightmares and restore peace in a unique combination of puzzles,...

QV

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/11/2020, updated in 2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @JK H41490832 (@JKH41490832)

Players: This is a single-player game

QV (QV: The Dimension Painter on iOS) is a puzzle game about using portals to push buttons with blocks. You are tasked with collecting the shattered crystals to save the realms from impending destruction by solving the series of puzzles. It stands out...

Alt254

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Play

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Rename Studio (@RenameStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Alt 254 is a minimalistic adventure game. Using just a few pixels, it boils down the elements of adventuring (exploration, chests, enemies and landscapes) to the absolute minimum visual representation.

Room to Grow

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Mischka Kamener (@MischkaKamener)

Players: This is a single-player game

Room to Grow is a puzzle game about movement and expansion. You play a plant that moves by growing and wrapping your way around a maze. You can shift your location by growing into walls which enables you to manoeuvre around obstacles and make room for...

868-Hack

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single-player game

868-HACK is a puzzle game where you hack a computer program to collect as much data as you can. It's a unique puzzle as collecting data triggers more enemies to appear so you walk a delicate balance between collecting as much as possible, but not so...

Bonfire Peaks

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Price: 20% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bonfire Peaks is a puzzle game where you explore a Minecraft-looking world. Unlike the generalised blocks of that game, here the landscape is lovingly crafted and pulsing with life. It's a tightly designed puzzle game about closure, that invites you to...

Cross Code

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 09/07/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: Radical Fish Game (@RadicalFishGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

CrossCode is a retro-inspired role-play where players control a mute character who has lost their memory called Lea. The sci-fi story contains fast-paced battles, puzzles and quests as well as a wide range of abilities and equipment to level up and...

Altered

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/03/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: The Mesh Potato (@TheMeshPotato)

Players: This is a single-player game

Altered is a demanding-yet-meditative puzzle game where must get your character to the end of the level. It's unique because to get there, you change your physical characteristics (extending, elongating, splitting into two, or attaching yourself to...

Twinfold

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Kenny Y Sun (@KennyYSun)

Players: This is a single-player game

Twinfold is a puzzle fighting game played in a small maze. You move around the maze with your square character merging into golden baby cubes to gain energy and squashing angry enemy cubes.

Yugo Puzzle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Qrostar En (@Qrostar_En)

Players: This is a single-player game

Yugo Puzzle is a simple puzzle game where you move jelly blocks left and right to combine them with the same colour. The novelty is the ingenious challenges this simple premise is used to create. It's the kind of game where a single level might take you...

Dungeon and Puzzles

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Digital Crafter (@Digital_Crafter)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dungeon and Puzzle is a puzzle adventure game where you move through rooms, using your limited number of turns to defeat the monsters, unlock doors and (hopefully) escape. In a novel twist on the format, the monsters don't attack, they merely block your...

Jelly No Puzzle

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/12/2013

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Qrostar EN (@Qrostar_EN)

Players: This is a single-player game

Jelly No Puzzle is a game where you move cubes of jelly around to combine cubes of matching colours together. While it's a very simple concept, each level presents a unique challenge: overcoming vertical objects or getting one cube past another. The...

Lab Rat

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Dire Goldfish (@DireGoldfish)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lab Rat is a tile-based puzzle game with an emphasis on satire. You work in a machine-learning facility where you take on scenarios chosen for you by the metrics-obsessed AI that monitors, profiles, and taunts you as you progress.

Lairchitect (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/06/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lairchitect is a strategy game where you build defences in your dungeon to prevent heroes from taking your Soul Stones. It's a twist on dungeon role playing games, where instead of playing the hero you are the owner of the dungeon (like the classic...

You're Pulleying My Leg

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/04/2014

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

You're Pulleying My Leg is a running around puzzle game where you move mirrors to reflect a beam of light down into a mine, destroying blocks and letting you reach the secret within. While it sounds simple, it requires a great deal of persistence,...

Guild of Dungeoneering

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2015, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Traversal and World Building

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Gambrinous (@Gambrinous)

Players: This is a single-player game

Guild of Dungeoneering is a humorous dungeon exploration adventure with simple hand drawn graphics. But unlike similar games, instead of controlling the heroes you build the dungeon by playing cards to create rooms, monsters, traps and loot.

Peglin

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/04/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Red Nexus Games (@RedNexusGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Peglin is an adventure game where you fight monsters and other enemies by scoring points in a Pachinko machine below the world. Like Peggle, you collect special orbs that deal damage to enemies by bouncing the ball into pegs. In this way you go on an...

At the Hedges of Time

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Galactical 1100 (@Galactical1100)

Players: This is a single-player game

At the Hedges of Time is a puzzle game where you help Sir Montaclé escape the hedge maze and free himself from the witch's curse. It's a block pushing puzzle with a twist: you can rewind time. However, not all the blocks are affected by time.

Headlong Hunt

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 26/06/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Toombler (@Toombler_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Headling Hunt is a puzzle game about a field biologist trying to catch and survey the population of a fearful but very fast animal across 37 icy islands. You have to maneuveur the animals around by scaring them in straight lines. This sounds simple but...

Kiri's Garden

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Tim Knauf (@TimKnauf)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kiri's Garden is a pixel-puzzle about planting trees, growing grass, and moving flowers. You must plant trees to finish a level, but this is only possible once you've covered every other square in either grass or some other plant. It sounds simple but...

Melodyssey

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Rhythm and Sequencing

Developer: Nel Pastel Studio (@NelPastelStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Melodyssey is a music puzzle game in a calm stress free exploration adventure. You play a young child journeying through a musical landscape looking for musical inspiration. It stands out for the pastel presentation, simple block moving thinky puzzles...

Sonority

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Puzzle, Sequencing and Traversal

Developer: HG Interactive (@HG_Interactive)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sonority is a fantasy adventure where you progress by solving musical puzzles. You help Esther explore a lost world to collect musical notes and playing arrangements next to blocks to unlock the way forward. What's clever is the connection between the...

These Robotic Hearts of Mine

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/10/2011

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Web and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

These Robotic Hearts of Mine is a narrative puzzle game where you uncover a metaphorical story by completing levels. Unusually, the levels don't tell the story directly. They are difficult rotation-based Rubik's cube-inspired puzzles. But they are also...

16 Video Games Like Corrypt Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Corrypt. This includes games from the Adventure, Puzzle, Role-Play and Brain Game genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

8 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Corrypt

If you like the sound of Corrypt but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Corrypt Accessibility Report.
 

Corrypt 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 Corrypt in the following lists:

Develop Critical Thinking

Being able to discern between reliable sources and unreliable sources of information is an important skill for children to develop. This starts with questions of trust and authority but then leads to decisions about how we use and share information ourselves.

We've worked with Childnet International on this list of games that help children and young people experiment with what they should trust and the potential unintended consequences. Childnet International is an online safety charity working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. They believe that the internet is a wonderfully positive tool for children and young people. Childnet are also part of the UK Safer Internet Centre and organise Safer Internet Day in the UK every February.

Some of the games, like Thousand Threads, either put them in a world where what people say and believe impacts the other characters. Other games, like Headliner, put the player in charge of information so they can see the consequences first hand of its misuse. There are even games, like Papers Please, that enable the player to police who is and isn't allowed access to information or even access to the country.

As Childnet write, "Critical Thinking is an important skill that we need in order to navigate the internet safely and find the latest news headlines or facts and information. With the amount of content that is online sometimes it’s quite easy to be reading something that is inaccurate without realising."

These games each provide different ways for players to develop critical thinking. They provide a space where trust and authority can be experienced first hand, and where the negative and positive consequences of how we handle these topics play out.
 

Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 

Thinky Puzzle Games

All games make you think in some way or other. However, some are designed to stretch your puzzle-knowhow more than others. There are games that don't lean on reactions or visuals to tell a story. Instead, they offer a conundrum to get you thinking.

I've worked with some people from the Thinky Puzzle Game movement to track down the best little games that get you thinking. "The devotees of such games have been known to smile at all sorts of diverse puzzles and conundrums. Puzzle games, platformers, number games, word games, games with or without grids, games with or without secrets. Easy games. Hard games. But keep it thinky and save your FPS games and dexterity-intensive platformers for another day."

Many of the games in this list look simple and, well, a bit basic. But that is part of the charm. The clever bit is how their design draws you in and gets you thinking. If you want more like this, you can find helpful people on the Thinky Puzzle Discord group.
 

Independent Games Festival Awards

Independent Games Festival (IGF) was founded in 1998 to promote independent video game developers, and innovation in video games. It cultivates innovation and artistry in all forms of interactive media. This aims to uncover how games are rich, diverse, artistic, and culturally significant.

It chooses games in a series of categories: Grand Prize, Innovation, Visual Art, Audio, Design, Technical Excellence, Best Mobile Game and Audience Award. This list highlights the games that were nominated and/or won.
 

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 Chess Gets Too Trying, Try These Instead

Chess is a game that has stood the test of time. It's the ultimate test of strategy, forward planning and cunning. While there are some games that offer a computer chess experience, more interesting are games that use chess as inspiration.

These games use the familiar movement of the pieces, the ability to plan ahead and the standard grid layout as part of their video game challenge. Although this may sound like a bad idea (why not just play proper chess) many offer a nuanced and intriguing experience. They also have the benefit of being an on-ramp to the world of chess that can be unapproachable.

The games in this list all have chess-like elements, are turn-based and usually played in a grid playfield.
 

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 
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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