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54 Great Games Like Deep Rock Galactic

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

Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).

Unfortunately, Deep Rock Galactic is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Ghost Ship Games (@GhostShip_Games)

Players: 1 (4 online)

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

40 Hand Picked Video Games Like Deep Rock Galactic

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Deep Rock Galactic. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Deep Rock Galactic, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Valorant

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Riot Games (@RiotGames)

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

Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds players spend...

Dead Cells

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-14 year-olds

Release Date: 10/05/2017, updated in 2018

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Play

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where you are escaping a prison. In a bright pixelated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time...

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.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

Price: 68% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Respawn (@Respawn)

Players: This is a single-player game

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a fighting-adventure game set five years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and 14 years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Young Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis is hunted through the galaxy by the...

Valheim

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PC

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

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Valheim Game (@ValheimGame)

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

Valheim is a Viking inspired strategy game for up to 10 players. You build, survive, conquer, and explore the world. It's popular because it combines strategy of building your town stronghold with tough adventures and encounters with the enemies of the...

Enlisted

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14-18 year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Enlisted Game (@EnlistedGame)

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

Enlisted is an online shooting game set in historically accurate World War II battle. You play a squad of soldiers and can switch between them as you take on other players doing the same in large online battles. It's unusual not only for its historical...

Hyper Scape

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/08/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

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

Hyper Scape is an online shooting game where players battle to be the last man standing. It's unusual because it integrates a feature that allows viewers of matches (on Twitch) to affect the game.

Crossout

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/05/2015, updated in 2017

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Race, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Targem Games (@TargemGames)

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

Crossout is an online vehicle combat game set in a Mad Max, post-apocalyptic world. Players design modular vehicles combine weapons, armour and engines. As you progress in the game you earn currency to upgrade components and access more powerful parts....

Ready or Not

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 17/12/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth

Developer: Void Interactive (@VoidInteractive)

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

Ready or Not is a tactical shooting game, where you need restraint and discipline as much as a quick trigger finger. Like Rainbow Six Siege, you take on tactical missions with other people and must work together to apprehend suspects with minimal...

Hypercharge: Unboxed

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/01/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: D Cyber Cherries (@DCyberCherries)

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

Hypercharge: Unboxed is a shooting game where you play a small toy from the 1990s in human-sized arenas like a toy shop, back garden and a garage. It combines base defence play with exploration and collection running and jumping in a wide range of...

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...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 01/12/2015

Price: 71% off

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Rainbow 6 Game (@Rainbow6Game)

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

Rainbow Six Siege is a 5-v-5 multiplayer tactical shooting game where you either play a terrorist or a counter-terrorist. Your job is either to defend an objective such as a bomb site, biohazard container, or hostages or to stop the terrorist by...

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...

Quantum League

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2020

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Nimble Giant Ent (@NimbleGiantEnt)

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

Quantum League is a shooting game where you go back in time when you die, to play through the same loop of the battle. You have three lives and so play through the same short gun-fight three times. But each time you have more knowledge about what the...

From Dust

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/07/2011, updated in 2011

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single-player game

From Dust is a strategy game. You play as an all powerful God of a primitive people. The land is ancient but devoid of humans. Unusually, you control the landscape rather than the people, moving land and water and lava to give villagers pathways to...

Lemnis Gate

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2021

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Ratloop Canada (@RatloopCanada)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lemnis Gate is a combat game that combines turn-taking with real-time shooting. At the start of the battle, you pick one of your seven operatives for the first 25 second round. The game then rewinds to the start and you go again with your second...

Sniper Elite 5 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 26/05/2022

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Traversal

Accessibility: 43 features

Developer: Rebellion (@Rebellion)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Sniper Elite 5 is the latest game in the shooting simulation series that focuses on tactical third-person combat, advanced gun physics, traversal and an enhanced slow motion kill camera. With realistic environments and real-world locations, customise...

Breakwaters

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 09/12/2021

Platforms: PC

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

Developer: Games Soaring (@GamesSoaring)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 6-player online game

Breakwaters is an adventure set in an ever-changing oceanic world. Unlike other games, Breakwaters isn't satisfied with day-night and weather cycles, it stands out for the fluid mechanics of its water. You swim, sail, and fly to new islands using...

Outriders

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 02/02/2021

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

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

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: PCF People Can Fly (@PCFPeopleCanFly)

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

Outriders is shooting game with a focus on collecting loot and upgrades with a role-playing edge. You create a character and choose from four classes with unique abilities: Tricksters who can manipulate time, Pyromancers who can manipulate fire,...

Spelunky 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/09/2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Moss Mouth (@MossMouth)

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

Spelunky 2 is, like the classic Spelunky, a running and jumping game where you exploring mysterious caves on the moon looking for your missing parents. On your journey, you will find unique environments, treasure, and people to join you as you delve...

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/08/2021

Price: 60% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth

Developer: Cold Iron Studios (@ColdIronStudios)

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

Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a cooperative shooting game set 23 years after the original films. Unlike the stealthy Alien: Isolation, Fireteam Elite draws on Aliens: Colonial Marines' breathless shooting and racing pulse.

Back 4 Blood

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 12/10/2021

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Turtle Rock (@TurtleRock)

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

Back 4 Blood is a multiplayer shooting game where a team of four players work together to survive zombie-infested areas.

Ghost Squad

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/01/2008

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Sega (@Sega)

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

Ghost Squad is a shooting game where you use a light-gun or Wii Remote for shooting. This was converted from an Arcade game to the Wii (also playable on Wii U) to create a convincing and highly skilled light-gun shooting challenge for up to four players.

Borderlands 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

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

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...

Lumbear Jack

Release Date: 14/06/2022

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

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Games Final Boss (@GamesFinalBoss)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lumbear Jack is a puzzle game where you slice and dice through machinery, humans, and work with wacky woodland critters to stop the industrial giant Evil Works.

Ruckus (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 20/06/2019, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

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

Players: This is a single-player game

Ruckus Just Another Natural Disaster (to use its full name) is a fighting game where you are destroying the city rather than other players. You play a Godzilla-style monster and must cause as much havoc before the missiles land and end your reign of...

The Cycle: Frontier

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 08/06/2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Yager Dev (@YagerDev)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 20-player online game

The Cycle: Frontier is a shooting game where your team takes on other players and computer controlled enemies. You mine for resources on a mineral-rich alien world inhabited by monsters and ravaged by storms.

Zero Hour

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 17/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy

Developer: Zero Hour 2020 (@ZeroHour_2020)

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

Zero Hour is a team-based shooting game played in realistic Bangladesh locations. (Not to be confused with Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour, or Firewall Zero Hour that are different games). It focuses on realism in both scale and resources to...

Test Tube Titans

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting and Simulation

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Ghost Time Games (@GhostTimeGames)

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

Test Tube Titans is a fighting game where you create monsters in a lab, before taking them into the city to wreak havoc. It is intentionally awkward to control your monster's legs and arms, which adds an incentive to create different types of creatures.

Call of Duty: Vanguard (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 05/11/2021

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

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Developer: SH Games (@SHGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 48-player online game

Call of Duty: Vanguard is a shooting game set during end of the World War II. It's the eighteenth instalment in the Call of Duty series.

Hell Let Loose

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/07/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Black Matter S (@BlackMatter_S)

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

Hell Let Loose is a tactical shooting game set during the battles of the Western and Eastern Fronts of World War 2. It focuses on the structure of warfare with large numbers of troops through chain of command communication. You must work with other...

Anger Foot

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Simulation and Traversal

Developer: Free Lives (@Free_Lives)

Players: This is a single-player game

Anger Foot is a fast shooting and kicking game set in a fantasy world. You shoot and blow up enemies, kick down doors and generally cause mayhem in pursuit of a menacing merciless gangsters. It's an over the top violent rush of a cartoon battle that...

Disintegration

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: V1 Interactive (@V1Interactive)

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

Disintergration is a sci-fi shooting game, from some of the developers behind Halo and XCom, that combines first-person combat and real-time battlefield strategy.

Red Faction (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 22/05/2001, updated in 2018

Price: 66% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Red Faction (@RedFaction)

Players: This is a single-player game

Red Faction is a series of shooting and sabotage games. Although the games differ in terms of player perspective, they all share the ability to destroy anything in the environment. The novelty is how believably building collapse. Bring down a wall or...

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...

Ground Divers!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/06/2022

Platforms: PS Vita and Switch

Genres: Puzzle and Traversal

Developer: Arc System Works U (@ArcSystemWorksU)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ground Divers! is a strategy game where you guide a sleepy robot as he mines through the crust of a distant alien world in search of its hidden secrets. You must ensure you don't run out of energy, otherwise you fall asleep and have to start over. While...

GTFO

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 10/12/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Shooting and Stealth

Developer: Ten Chambers (@TenChambers)

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

GTFO (Get The F*%k Out) is a horror shooting game where you work with other players to survive. The game stands out for the high challenge it sets (and tension it creates) as you use stealth, strategy and teamwork to survive the deadly, underground...

Selaco

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Traversal

Developer: Selaco Game (@SelacoGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Selaco is a shooter game with a focus on fast movement and staged battles in a destructibile underground facility. In many ways it's an update of classic fast shooting games like Quake and Doom, but the detail elevates Selaco to be something more than...

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 Deep Rock Galactic Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Deep Rock Galactic. This includes games from the Simulation, Action, Strategy and Shooting genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

8 Easier Video Games than Deep Rock Galactic

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

12 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Deep Rock Galactic

If you like the sound of Deep Rock Galactic 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 Deep Rock Galactic Accessibility Report.
 

Deep Rock Galactic 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 Deep Rock Galactic in the following lists:

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from these categories:
  • The Family Games Award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

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.
 

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shootouts

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but, as with B-movies and 1980s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about killing. The drama may be peppered with cinematic gunfire but, like those TV series, the real draw is spending time with the heroes every week.
 

Squad Based Shooter

Some shooting games focus on quick reflexes and super-fast reactions. Others aim to recreate a realistic feel of the battle. One way they do this is to encourage players to communicate with each other to win.

Squad based shooting games pit large groups of players against each other, and then split each side into smaller squads or platoons of players. Each squad needs to communicate with each other to stay alive. But also, each group must communicate with each other to coordinate their attacks -- often via a leader selected in each squad.

There are also some offline games that focus on the squad as the gameplay mechanic. Games like Spec Ops: The Line develop a connection between the player and their comrades for narrative effect.
 

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.
 

LEGO-Like Play

These are games that involve actual Lego bricks or offer an experience that has the same plug and play building and creating as the classic toy.
 

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 

Hero Shooters

Video games are often known for their gunplay. However, not all shooting games are the same. The simple aiming and firing mechanic is creatively combined with other aspects of play that greatly alters the experience.

While some games add novel or fast-flowing movement to augment the shooting experience, Hero Shooter games expand the experience by offering different characters to play, each with specific abilities and shortcomings.

In the same way that fighting games encourage players to move an intricate move-set of a fighter (to become their "main" on-screen avatar), character-focused shooting games offer a wide range of styles of play across a diverse cast of people.

This not only adds novelty to the otherwise repetitive nature of shooting games, but changes how they are played more generally. While you may go head-on at enemies in a tank-style character, a medic, ranged attack or specialist character will need to be played in different ways.
 
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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