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42 Great Games Like Florence

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

This is a little puzzle game that tells the story of a relationship, following the usual stages of loneliness, meeting, dating, falling for and moving in with another person. At first, the puzzle interactions seem trivial and the game doesn’t change depending on how well we do. But each puzzle is cleverly designed to reflect the story. Sometimes easy, when the relationship is going well; sometimes almost impossible, when the couple is struggling.

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

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Developer: Mountains Games (@MountainsGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

41 Hand Picked Games Like Florence

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

Unpacking

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 02/11/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: Witch Beam Games (@WitchBeamGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Unpacking is a meditative puzzle game where you unpack belongings into a series of either spaces, each representing a stage in life. You get to know the owner of the objects by their possessions and circumstances. To finish a level you need to work out...

Before Your Eyes

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Goodbye World (@Goodbye__World_)

Players: This is a single player game

Before Your Eyes is a narrative game you play with a webcam. It detects each time you blink and advances the story. In this way you work through different scenes from your life, looking around with the mouse and choosing interactions by blinking. It...

Last Minute Love

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 27/12/2018, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and Web

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: The Philip Cal (@ThePhilipCal)

Players: This is a single player game

Last Minute Love is an adventure where you play an "old person" in a nursing home who is looking for love. This takes the dating simulator style of game in an unusual direction. You explore the home in your wheelchair, meet a quirky cast of people and...

Gris

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Nomada Studiobcn (@NomadaStudiobcn)

Players: This is a single player game

Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...

Assemble With Care

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-9 year-olds

Release Date: 19/11/2019

Platforms: PC and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Us Two Games (@UsTwoGames)

Players: This is a single player game

From the makers of Monument Valley, this puzzle game is a unique way to consider how physical objects become meaningful and hold our memories. You play a restorer who repairs people's favourite possessions: from family heirlooms to broken statues to...

Lifeline (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/04/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: 3 Minute Games (@3MinuteGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Lifeline is a narrative adventure where you interact with an astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.

Shady Part of Me

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Shady Part Of Me (@ShadyPartOfMe)

Players: This is a single player game

Shady Part of Me is a narrative platform game where you play as a young girl and her shadow. You help her overcome emotional struggles through solving 2D and 3D puzzles. The game world is based within the young girl's dreams. The young girl is afraid of...

The Longest Road on Earth

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 20/05/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

Players: This is a single player game

The Longest Road on Earth is a narrative game of four chapters about everyday life. You play as different anthropomorphic animals living mundane lives. Its combination of minimal interaction and slow-paced stories aims to uncover moments in time that...

Venba

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/11/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Venba Game (@VenbaGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Venba is a narrative-cooking game about an Indian mother who immigrated to Canada in the 1980s. You cook various traditional Indian dishes and restore the lost recipes which were damaged in the move to Canada. As you talk to your mother's family you...

Bury Me My Love

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: ARTE Interactif (@ARTE_Interactif)

Players: This is a single player game

Don’t be put off by the name and theme of this intriguing game, an adventure played by choosing responses in what looks like a messaging app. You take the role of the husband of a Syrian migrant travelling to Europe. As the game unfolds in real time,...

My Child Lebensborn

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/05/2018, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Sareptastudio (@Sareptastudio)

Players: This is a single player game

You nurture a Lebensborn child in Norway after World War II who faces a hostile community because they’ve been born to parents of both occupied and occupying forces. With meagre resources yourself, you must feed, clothe and bathe the child, but more...

Old Man's Journey

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 17/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

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

Developer: Broken Rules (@BrokenRules)

Players: This is a single player game

Old Man’s Journey is a game about memory and old age. You help a grandfather-figure traverse the countryside by raising and lowering the landscape. Along the way he visits places that evoke the story of his life: a wife, a child and a love of the sea.

A Little To The Left

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-12 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Max Inferno Games (@MaxInfernoGames)

Players: This is a single player game

A Little To The Left is a puzzle game where you are tidying a house into meticulous order. Each puzzle presents everyday objects and some evidence of how they should be organised. The challenge is you have to deal with the mischievous cat who likes to...

If Found

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/05/2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Developer: Dream Feelx (@DreamFeelx)

Players: This is a single player game

If Found is an interactive narrative game about searching for connection. You touch the screen to rub out and erase text and drawings. Set on December 31st 1993 in the crumbling ruins of a mansion on Achill Island, you play Kasio as she destroys her diary.

The Cost of Recovery

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Off The Btn Track (@OffTheBtnTrack)

Players: This is a single player game

The Cost of Recovery is a narrative adventure where you play as four different people, one of whom has a stroke. How this impacts each of them is experienced first hand. Can they all get through this together or will everything start to fall apart?

When The Past Was Around

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/09/2020, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Mojiken Studio (@MojikenStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

When The Past Was Around is a short adventure puzzle game, where you point and click on items to gather clues, unlock doors and unraveling the secrets of its silent narrative. Without any words it tells the tale of a young woman, Eda, and her love, the...

This Is Reality

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: Scribble Scape (@ScribbleScape)

Players: This is a single player game

This Is Reality is a running, jumping and exploration game about a couple's relationship. You play as Liam and Lana, as they navigate the highs, lows and struggles of their relationship. The twist is that the state of the relationship affects what you...

Ensamey

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/10/2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Peter Field (@Peter__Field)

Players: This is a single player game

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

Lost Words: Beyond the Page

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/12/2019, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Games Sketchbook (@GamesSketchbook)

Players: This is a single player game

Lost Words is an adventure game where you run, jump and explore inside a young girl’s diary. You control Izzy as she writes her diary by walking on words, move them around and solve different puzzles. This develops two parallel stories, one about Izzy...

The White Door

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 09/01/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single player game

The White Door is an adventure that you play by exploring each room, finding and interacting with items and people. Along with its unusual black and white visuals, The White Door is also notable for the topic of mental health and memory loss it takes on.

Tree

Release Date: 13/08/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 11 features

Players: This is a single player game

Tree is a short 15 minute game that tells the story of a boy who plants a small tree. You control the planting, watering and how the tree grows each season. As you do this the years pass and the boy...

A Fold Apart

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/04/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: LR Gthunder (@LRGthunder)

Players: This is a single player game

A puzzle game that explores the emotional rollercoaster of a long-distance relationship — in a world of folding paper. After career choices force them along separate paths, a Teacher and Architect vow to make their long-distance relationship work at...

Far From Noise

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/11/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Developer: George Batch (@GeorgeBatch)

Players: This is a single player game

Far From Noise is a narrative game where you play a car balancing on the edge of a cliff. You meet multiple animals that act as spiritual guides and discuss what it means to balance between life and death. When talking, you get the choice of two phrases...

Fête de Famille

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Atomic Raccoon FR (@AtomicRaccoonFR)

Players: This is a single player game

Fete de Famille (Family Gathering) is a text adventure about families. About what happens when families get together. It's an acid portrait of a contemporary French family that asks why, how and what are the bonds that tie them together.

Five Dates

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 17/11/2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Turn-Based

Developer: Wales Inter (@WalesInter)

Players: This is a single player game

Five Dates is an adventure game about finding a partner. You play Vinny, a millennial from London, and join a dating app for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic. The game offers five potential female matches that you must pluck up courage to...

Wide Ocean Big Jacket

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 07/02/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Point-and-Click

Developer: Turn Follow (@_TurnFollow)

Players: This is a single player game

This is a game about camping. Or rather, it's a game about the conversations you have while you are camping. You follow 13-year-old teenage friends Mord and Ben who recently started dating. The camping trip is with Mord’s Uncle Brad and Aunt Cloanne.

Boyfriend Dungeon

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Kit Fox Games (@KitFoxGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Boyfriend Dungeon is an adventure set in an urban dungeon where weapons transform into potential dating partners. It's a mix of a brawling action game and a dating simulator.

Fate of Kai

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/03/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Try Light Games (@TryLightGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Fate of Kai is a narrative puzzle game where you control the story rather than the characters. You discover Kai's story by walking through the panels of a comic book. It's a tale about a boy who wakes in a strange land handcuffed to a mysterious chest....

Journey of the Broken Circle

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Nakana Games (@NakanaGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Journey of the Broken Circle is a rolling and jumping game about looking for a life partner. You play as a simple circle with a piece missing. As you progress by making jumps and solving puzzles, you meet partners who slot in specific abilities and...

Frog's Princess

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/12/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 39 features

Developer: Kathy Game Design (@KathyGameDesign)

Players: This is a single player game

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

Inbento

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/03/2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: Afterburn Games (@AfterburnGames)

Players: This is a single player game

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

MoonLite

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Physically Active

Developer: Moonlite World (@MoonliteWorld)

Players: This is a single player game

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

One Night Hot Springs

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 30/08/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: npckc (@npckc)

Players: This is a single player game

One Night, Hot Springs is a narrative game where you play Haru, a 19-year-old transgender woman in Japan. She's invited by an old friend on an overnight trip to a hot springs resort. You make dialogue and interactive choices as you discover that Haru is...

Another Lost Phone

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/09/2017

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: Accidental Q (@AccidentalQ)

Players: This is a single player game

Another Lost Phone places a stranger’s smartphone in your hands. As you use the phone interface to explore the social life of its young woman owner, Laura, you piece together messages, pictures and profiles to solve her disappearance. Although it...

Despelote

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Despelote Game (@DespeloteGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Despolete is a sports adventure where you play a child in school in Ecuador. All you want to do is play football. But you have to wait for the day to be over before you can play. The game is set in 2001, and Ecuador is within reach of qualifying for the...

Ambition: A Minuet in Power

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Joy Manu Co (@JoyManuCo)

Players: This is a single player game

Ambition: A Minuet in Power is a text adventure that offers a historical twist on the dating game genre. You play a young woman far from home, abandoned by the love of her life in the city of Paris. Rather than sorrow or shame, this ignites ambition for...

One Person Story

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-11 year-olds

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Lampogolovii (@Lampogolovii)

Players: This is a single player game

This is a simple puzzle game played by pressing a single button to help a bouncing ball through a maze. It's voiced with a narrative about life's difficulties and challenges. It starts simply but gets more difficult as you have to open and close doors,...

Passage

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/01/2007

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Jason Rohrer (@JasonRohrer)

Players: This is a single player game

Passage passage.toolness.org is a super-simple game from the same developer as One Hour One Life on the theme of a life well lived. Although just a few minutes long, it offers an unusual interactive metaphor for the...

Song of Bloom

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/12/2019

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single player game

Song of Bloom is a narrative puzzle game where you explore chalk drawn animations to discover a melancholy story. Working through these moving pictures you discover clues that tell you what things to highlight in red and unlock the next chapter of the...

Let's Catch

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/06/2009

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Narrative and Rhythm

Developer: Nakayuji (@Nakayuji)

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

This is a game on the Wii about catching. It's created by Prope, who made the Sonic the Hedgehog games. You use the Wii Remote controller to motion a catch or a throw to a player in the game. The challenge is to learn how to press the button just right...

Spitkiss

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/11/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Triple Topping (@TripleTopping)

Players: This is a single player game

Spitkiss is a game where you control a ball of saliva around the dangerous interior of different organs. The spittle is the carrier of a message of love and hope between people, but it can only get there if you precisely aim and navigate the different...

1 Game Like Florence Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Florence. This includes games from the Narrative genre. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

7 Easier Games than Florence

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

Florence 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 Florence in the following lists:

Eggplant Podcast's Games of the Years

Eggplant: The Secret Lives of Games, is a podcast that offers a candid conversation with game creators that dives deep into the art, craft, and process of making games. It's an amazing insight into the mind of people who understand and highlight how game/play mechanics can do unexpected, magical and surprising things.

This is the list of games they have picked as their Game of the Year since 2018. These awards also include board games, escape rooms and game-like TV series. We have included video games here, where we have them on the database. (And in many cases have added video games to the database after listening to the show.)

It's hosted by:
  • Nick Suttner, an independent game writer/designer/consultant, who has worked on games like Celeste, Bloodroots, and Carto.
  • Andy Nealen, a game creator and scholar, artist and music maker, architect and structural engineer, and professor of cinematic arts and computer science at USC.
  • Zach Gage, who makes deep games that are easy to get into, like Really Bad Chess and SpellTower.
  • Douglas Wilson, who is a co-owner of Die Gute Fabrik, a games studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked on Johann Sebastian Joust, Sportsfriends, and Mutazione.

The team is usually joined by Laura E. Hall for the game of the year episodes. She is an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer who focuses on the playful intersections of arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.
 

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.

 

The Great Australian Video Game

These are games made by Australian game developers. Some have featured in the Australian Game Developer Awards, but others we have found by researching Australian developers online with the help of the IGEA.

The list includes game originally made in Australia as well as game HD versions and re-releases worked on my Australian game development studios.
 

Space For Loneliness

In a culture that often assumes that the route to happiness is with another person, it can benefit us to acknowledge that being alone is not always a bad thing. We teamed up with Courtney Garcia’s Screen Therapy channel to curate a list of games that give us a chance to experience being alone in different ways.

Garcia’s Screen Therapy project employs Positive Media Psychology research to highlight and interpret meaningful experiences with games and movies. “With mindfulness, there are even more benefits to gain from intentional consumption of media,” she says, “games can be tools we use to recover or grow, psychologically, and our time with them isn't wasted if they provide us insights or rest we need.”

This list was inspired by the experience of playing the unusually solitary (and long) game The Longing and the Twitter thread that followed. In it, you spend 400 elapsed days waiting for the King to wake up and living at a slow pace. The other games offer their own lens on loneliness and solitary seasons of life. These games offer us insight into the benefits of appreciating time alone, such as opportunities for self-reflection, self-discovery, and the chance to curate enriching experiences or environments for ourselves.

Some of the games, like Never Alone, Journey and The Long Dark place you in a harsh environment that emphasises your diminutive size when faced with the expanse of nature. Other games in the list, like Thomas Was Alone and Bird Alone offer you the chance to reflect on friendship and the need to nurture relationships. Then there are games we included like Shadow of the Colossus that let you get lost in the vastness of its landscape. Finally, a few of the games like The First Tree and Sunlight invite you to make a connection to other players, once you have come to terms with a journey on your own.
 

The Game Awards

The Game Awards highlight the best video games each year. It's an award produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley. Games are selected by video game news organizations who then vote on the games to choose the winners in each of the categories.
 

Gaming 101: Narrative Games

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Narrative games.

Narrative video games focus on telling a story about characters, worlds and themes. Learning from the power of books and films, these games string together interactions not for excitement or competition but for storytelling beats. The best examples intertwine gameplay and storytelling, rather than interspersing short films ("Cut Scenes) between levels.

Games can use Adventure, Action and Role-Playing to communicate elements of story to players. Less obviously, games can also communicate narrative through how they Simulate the world, what needs solving in Puzzles or even the Strategies players need to employ.

The narrative of video games is not usually told (like in books) or shown (like in films) but overheard. Half caught sentences from passing characters. The architecture of the buildings. The way that levers and buttons interact. How other characters (and the world itself sometimes) reacts to your presence. What is broken in the space the game creates, and how/if it can be fixed.
 

Get Indie's Games of the Years

Get Indie is a YouTube channel that aims to aid discovery of really amazing independently made video games. Their approach shuns the common promotion-led cycle of new games, and instead digs deep to fund unusual and compelling games that adults as well as youngers will enjoy playing.

Each year they have selected 10-20 games as their recommended games of the year.
 

Space For Grief

Games include interactions, narratives and characters dealing with all aspects of life (and death). This means that some care is necessary if players are sensitive to losing significant people. But also, games can provide a helpful space in which to process, consider and understand death and loss.

Image 162 I've come up with some games that explore this topic, along with help and suggestions from Gaming The Mind (Twitter), an organisation of UK-based mental health professionals who aim to promote positive mental health within the gaming community. By focusing on the intersection between gaming and mental health, they want to raise awareness of mental health challenges and reduce the stigma surrounding these issues.

"We express grief in different ways depending on our age," they said. "To help children cope with loss, it is important that they receive honest explanations about death, appropriate to their level of understanding. With these games, players may find valuable space in which to acknowledge grief as a completely normal reaction to bereavement."

"The games we have selected don't necessarily offer an ideal way to cope with death but tackle the topic of death openly and with a positive attitude. They can help show the player that they are not alone in what they are going through. Playing these games with young people, and answering questions they might have along the way, can be a useful starting point for important conversations about grief."
 

Games Picked For Taming Gaming Book

When we wrote the Taming Gaming book we packed the second half with full colour game ‘recipes’ as a resource for parents and families. They are grouped in categories depending on the style of game you are looking for, whether you want to play on your own, or with your family and friends.

The Family Gaming Database grew out of the book. At first it was just going to be a way to search the 60 or so games in the book. With 1000’s of parents soon using the database it became clear we should grow it to cover more games. So, today we have 1580 games.

Here are all the games from the book:

Games for non-gaming grown-ups

These games are perfect if you have never played one before. They open the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers.

Nurture child-like imagination

These games are for children under seven years old who will, with some help, discover activities they want to try that will expand their imaginations, while establishing the role of your guidance and engagement as part of the gaming world as they grow up.

Nourish Youthful Ambition

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fabs for the latest titles. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects.

Laugh at Silliness

Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together. The games on this list have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together.

Inhabit Another World

The games in this list invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character.

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant all-age, competitive fun is something video games are known for. These games can play a bit-part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat.

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. Along with team work the games on this list use the fact that the players are all sitting next to each other. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.

Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. These games offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other to the games people play.

Wake up Your Emotions

Video games are known for high-octane, adrenaline fuelled entertainment, but there are many that address the players emotions as much as their dexterity. The games in the following list create emotionally rich spaces in which to explore scenarios with feelings rather than facts.

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shoot-outs

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but as with B-movies and 1980’s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about the killing.

Face Tough Decisions

Games create virtual worlds where you can experience life from another perspective. This can be lighthearted but also presents ethical scenarios that require you to think carefully about consequences. These games each place you in a challenging situation to give you a first hand experience of what it’s like.

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. The following games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique first-hand sleuthing challenge.

 

Gaming 101: Your First Video Game

These games are perfect if you’ve never played one before, opening the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers. They are short, straightforward and easy to understand, so you don’t need to commit hours to learn to play them, and they are played on technology you probably already have in your pocket or in your home. They address mature themes such as love, hope, power, homelessness and even traffic planning by inviting you to interact and play a part in these worlds and stories.

We've found that it's not just parents who have enjoyed the way these games let them in on the world of gaming, but grandparents, uncles and aunts. In fact it's a great list for anyone who's never played a game and wants to know what all the fuss is about.
 

Wake Up Your Emotions

Video games are known for high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled entertainment, but there are many that address the player’s emotions as much as their dexterity. Often overlooked by younger or more competitive players, these experiences can provide a helpful variety in the diet of games your family enjoys.
The games selected below create emotionally rich spaces in which to explore scenarios with feelings rather than facts. In some games this is achieved with beautiful or soothing interactive visuals; others create charged relationships and settings that invite players to take a role in processing these emotions.
 
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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