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55 Great Games Like Dauntless

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

Dauntless is an action fighting video game where you play a monster hunter in a fantasy world. Cataclysmic events have released Behemoth creatures that prey on the surviving humans. You play a monster hunter who hunts and kills large fantasy creatures, collect treasure and craft improved weapons and equipment.

Unfortunately, Dauntless is not available on Android, Mac, 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 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/05/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Developer: Phoenix Labs (@PhoenixLabs)

Players: 4 online

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases

39 Hand Picked Video Games Like Dauntless

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Dauntless. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Dauntless, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Nintendo Land

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 30/11/2012

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Race and Shooting

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room

Nintendoland is a collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the...

Rocket League

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action and Sports

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Psyonix Studios (@PsyonixStudios)

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

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Hello Neighbor (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 08/12/2017

Price: 33% off

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Stealth

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Dynamic Pixels (@DynamicPixels)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 7-player online game

Hello Neighbor is a stealth survival game with a horror feel. You try and sneak into the basement of their neighbour’s house to uncover a "horrible secret". The game responds to your strategy by setting traps along paths the player followed in...

Fortnite

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Epic Games (@EpicGames)

Players: This is a 100-player online game

Fortnite (sometimes misspelled Fortnight) rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is...

Overwatch

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Blizzard Ent (@Blizzard_Ent)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 12-player online game

Overwatch is a shooting game but with the focus on teamwork and skill rather than violence. Along with games like Rocket League it has professional e-sports competitions where players compete for prizes.

Grounded

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2020

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Grounded The Game (@GroundedTheGame)

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

Grounded is a survival game where you are tiny and find yourself in someone’s back garden. It’s like Honey I Shrunk The Kids meets Fortnite. Ants, cockroaches, and bees pose a threat along with environmental hazards like water, tall grass and large...

Kill It With Fire

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 13/08/2020

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

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kill It With Fire is a fighting game where you kill spiders. Lifting objects, looking under things and generally exploring the houses means you find spiders. The challenge is then to kill them with increasingly ridiculous weapons.

Shadow Of The Colossus

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/10/2005

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PS2, PS3 and PS4

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

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

You play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the Colossus stands apart in many ways.

Clash of Clans

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 02/08/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Developer: Supercell (@Supercell)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 50-player online game

Clash of Clans is a cartoony strategy war game played on smartphones and tablets. Set in a fantasy world, you take charge of a village and must build defences against attack from other players. Likewise, you gain resources by attacking others.

Sifu

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Slo Clap (@SloClap)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind.

Scavengers

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/05/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Midwinter Games (@MidwinterGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 60-player online game

Scavengers is a strategy survival game with an emphasis on team work and shooting. Squads of three compete to survive in open worlds with harsh environments, computer enemies and periodic missions. Different characters must use their unique abilities...

Spellbreak

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 03/09/2020, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Play Spell Break (@PlaySpellBreak)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 42-player online game

Spellbreak is an online magic battle like Fortnite, but this Battle Royale is fought with spells rather than guns. This means more varied gameplay and tactics as you master different elemental magic and cast powerful spell combinations.

Battlefield (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 19/10/2018

Price: 18% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Developer: EA DICE (@EA_DICE)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 64-player online game

Battlefield V is the latest in a series of first-person shooting games set in various locations, such as Norway, France and Germany, during World War II. Like Call of Duty this aims to recreate the adrenaline, excitement and...

Knack 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 12/09/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

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

Knack is a platform action series where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Through beautiful arcade-style battles and worlds, you collect Relics that enable you to grow bigger and gain more powers.

Otterman Empire

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/07/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Tri Heart Int (@TriHeartInt)

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

The Otterman Empire is a fun shooting game where you battle anthropomorphic characters in Splatoon-like arena encounters.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/03/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Evil Mojo Games (@EvilMojoGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...

We Kill Monsters

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

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

Developer: Glass Revolver (@Glass__Revolver)

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

We Kill Monsters (in early development) is an adventure set in a land lost in a deep valley. You explore on foot through forests, mists and moors with the sole goal of reaching the bottom. The world is huge and labyrinthine and invites you to lose...

Realm Royale

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2019

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Realm Royale (@RealmRoyale)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game

Realm Royale is battle royale shooting game, like Fortnite. The game features multiple character classes each with unique abilities. It's a spin off of the the hero-based shooting game Paladins by the same...

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/12/2011

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

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

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 1000-player online game

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) is a role-playing game played with hundreds of other players online, as well as complete single-player narrative-based experiences. It's set in the Star Wars galaxy thousands of years before the films. The game is a...

Temtem

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 21/01/2020

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

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

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Play Temtem (@PlayTemtem)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game

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...

Clash Royale

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 02/03/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Supercell (@Supercell)

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

Clash Royale is a real-time strategy game where you collect cards to gain units and powers for a player vs. player battle. It's like a simpler version of Clash of Clans.

Monster Hunter

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Price: 25% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PS2, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

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

Monster Hunter is a series of action role-playing games where you hunt, kill and trap large monsters through wide-ranging landscapes. Each successful hunt rewards you with materials that accrue to slowly upgrade equipment that in turn enables you to...

Dicey Dungeons

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2019, updated in 2020

Price: 60% off

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 19 features

Pieces: Cards and Dice

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

Trove

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/07/2015, updated in 2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Open World, Role-Play and Strategy

Developer: Gamigo (@Gamigo)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 60-player online game

Trove is an online adventure game that looks like Minecraft but with more role-play elements. This means you choose a class of character with specific attacks and abilities. You work through different worlds to progress different aspects of your...

Xenoblade Chronicles (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/01/2010

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii

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

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Monolith Soft (@MonolithSoft)

Players: This is a single-player game

Xenoblade Chronicles is a series of open-world role-play games. They take place on the frozen bodies of two warring titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis. In the first game, during an attack on his colony, protagonist Shulk discovers his ability to wield...

Darwin Project

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/01/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Developer: Darwin Project (@DarwinProject)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 11-player online game

Darwin Project is a battle royale game like Fortnite. Player fight to collect resources to survive and upgrade their character. As well as surviving in extreme conditions you track opponents and set traps. In addition to the ten players is...

Full Metal Furies

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/11/2018

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Cellar Door Games (@CellarDoorGames)

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

Full Metal Furies is a co-operative fighting game where you defend the free world from tyrannical titans. With three friends you each choose a character and work together to defeat special enemies, string combination attacks and save a war torn world...

Riverbond

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

Release Date: 10/06/2019

Price: 80% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Cococucumber Co (@CococucumberCo)

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

Riverbond is a frantic adventure in a blocky world. With four people on one system you take on an adventure to defeat evil and free the charming citizens. It's a brawling game with the emphasis on fun and over the top cartoon combat.

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 1 to 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...

Icarus First Cohort

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/12/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: Rocket Werkz (@RocketWerkz)

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

Icarus is an adventure survival game where up to eight players work together to endure the wilderness. Your task is to survive the brutal environment as you explore, harvest, craft and hunt. Like Ark and Minecraft, but this stands out for the level of...

Borderlands 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/10/2009, updated in 2019

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Gearbox Official (@GearboxOfficial)

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

Borderlands 3 is a shooting game played with friends or solo to defeat enemies and loot ancient vaults in outer space. This unique setting and story, which it shares with the other Borderlands games, in addition to its unique art style and integration...

Butter Royale

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/01/2020

Platforms: Apple TV, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Butter Royale (@Butter_Royale)

Players: You can play with 1 to 32 players in the same room

Butter Royale is an online shooting game where you fire food rather than bullets in 32 player battles to the death. It's a battle royale but with the violence focused through silly food-related weapons. There's a real challenge here, but one that has...

Second Extinction

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 02/10/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Developer: Avalanche Sweden (@AvalancheSweden)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 3-player online game

Second Extinction is team based shooting game, where squads of three work to kill mutated dinosaurs that have taken over the planet. You play one of a handful of survivors and must work with two other online players with weapons, abilities and skills to...

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 27/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Stealth and Strategy

Developer: Panache D Games (@PanacheDGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a survival adventure. But rather than controlling a specific character, you guide an entire lineage of primates trying to survive in prehistoric Africa and facilitate its evolution. It's unusual not only for this...

Dunk Lords

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/03/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Developer: Story Fort (@StoryFort)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dunk Lords is an over the top two-on-two basketball fighting game. While themed around the well-known sport, here it takes on a more aggressive and full-contact form. But the result is about the silly competitive dribbling, shooting and dunking rather...

Contraband

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Avalanche Sweden (@AvalancheSweden)

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

Contraband is a four player co-op stealth game about smuggling in a fictional Southeast Asian 1970s Bayan. It's a heist/smuggling challenge where you are in a team of players. The play loop will include planning and preparation before heading into the...

Dying Light 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 04/02/2022

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play, Shooting, Stealth and Strategy

Developer: Techland Games (@TechlandGames)

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

Dying Light is a pair of role play survival games set in a zombie infested city. Following in the line of Dead Island and Call of Juarez, you explore a dynamic open city, scaling buildings and hunting for rescues. Combat is not only gory but punishing...

Pixel Gun 3D

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2014, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Pixel Gun 3 D (@PixelGun3D)

Players: This is a 10-player online game

Pixel Gun 3D is a Minecraft-looking online shooting game. It's been around since 2014 and has grown in popularity for its quick action and less violent version of games like Call of Duty and Fortnite. You can play on a smartphone, it's bright and fun,...

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 25/03/2022

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Role-Play and Shooting

Developer: Gearbox Official (@GearboxOfficial)

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

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is a fantasy shooting game with some light role-playing elements. It's a spin-off to the Borderlands series but stands out for it's playful use of Dungeons & Dragons culture and suitability for younger players. This takes the...

16 Video Games Like Dauntless Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Dauntless. This includes games from the Simulation, Fighting, Action, Adventure and Open World genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

5 Easier Video Games than Dauntless

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

Dauntless 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 Dauntless in the following lists:

Play With People On Different Systems

Most online games only work if the person you are wanting to play against has the same system that you have, console, PC or smartphone. There are, however, a growing library of games that offer what is often called cross-play. This lets you play with people on different systems.

These games are a good way to extend the list of friends and family that you can play with. It also makes it less critical which system you have in your home, even if your friends have a different one.
 

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

We’re supporting the Every Mind Matters campaign from NHS and bringing you some games that help you connect with friends and family while you look after your mental health.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as much as how to win the next race in Mario Kart.
 

Exuberant Games For Pre-16 Year-Olds

There's a gap when children are starting to outgrow PEGI 12 rated games but aren't necessarily ready for PEGI 16 rated shooting and fighting experiences. The games in this list offer some options that are genuinely exuberant and exhilarating but with lower levels of violence.

It's important to say that parents should take a close look at the rating information for these games and make their own judgement on appropriateness for their child.

These are intended as good first steps into older rating games, when you think your child is ready. We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are mostly all PEGI 12 or under, apart from games like Halo or Jedi Fallen Order, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US.
 

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 

Get Children Taking (Healthy) Risks

Studies show that for inhabitants of the western world, life in the modern age has gotten progressively less dangerous and more comfortable with each passing generation. So why as parents do we all seem so afraid for our children? And how do we overcome this fear and let our kids take the necessary risks they need to take in order to thrive?

This is a list of games we have created with Digital Media Wellness Educator, Julia Storm, who founded ReConnect with the mission of providing parents a whole child approach to preparing kids for life in the Digital Age.

We are used to encouraging our children to take small risks in most areas of life; talking to a new child at school, trying out for a team or the school play, climbing a bit higher at the playground or walking to the market on their own for the first time. With every risk our children take they gain confidence in their own ability to navigate the unknown and to push themselves through difficulties.

But many of our kids also spend large amounts of time online and specifically playing video games. In this space, with horror stories in the press, both parents and children can become risk-averse. This can mean that children don’t have a chance to make healthy mistakes in safe ways in this part of life.

There’s an opportunity here for parents to leverage video games to help kids take safe risks and to learn and grow from these risks. This isn’t about using games as a safe version of risk-taking in real life, but discovering how they can be a wonderful compliment to this. (We also want to note, as with all multiplayer games, parents should be sure to talk to their children about best practices for staying safe when it comes to communicating with strangers online._

Collaboration: This might be working with another child in Minecraft to build something together. Or maybe playing Animal Crossing with someone who is new to the game and needs help. Or even, just allowing other players to help you in a game like Farm Together.
  • Generosity: This might be giving new players items they need to get started in a game like Adopt Me. It could be sharing some candles in Sky Children of Light. Or maybe it’s just letting a new player get a win in Drink More Glurp. This might be playing a game where you are rescuing another character, like Ico.
  • Ambition: This might be trying to play a game that seems too difficult, like Stormworks or Rocket League. It could be trying out a more mature game with a parent, like Spider-Man or Horizon Zero Dawn. It could be teaming up with friends for large challenges in Sea of Thieves or Dauntless. Or maybe dealing with real physics in Teardown or Noita.
  • Identity: This might be working out mental health scenarios in a game like Psychonauts 2. It could be learning to help others with their fears and anxiety in Rainbow Billy. Or maybe playing a game like Celeste that creates space to consider gender and self-doubt.

Playing these games with your child offers a unique way to start open and curious conversations about technology while they are still young and receptive. They are an opportunity for parents to be allies and mentors, not adversaries and monitors.
 
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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