Close search results
:
Layout - grid Layout - list

78 Great Games Like Subnautica

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

Subnautica is an open-world adventure where you explore the ocean on an alien planet after crashlanding. You collect resources and fight creatures to survive. This enables you to establish an underwater base, gain new craft and equipment and explore deeper into the sea. As you do things get eerie and the game reveals itself to have thrilling horror elements.

Unfortunately, Subnautica is not available on Android, Mac, PS5 or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 35% off

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

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

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Unknown Worlds (@UnknownWorlds)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

66 Hand Picked Games Like Subnautica

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

Fable (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2004

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Players: This is a single player game

This is an adventure role-playing game set in a fantasy world where your interactions with the world and villagers, and decisions about your use of magical power, substantially alter the story and the environment.

Sea of Thieves

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 20/03/2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

Players: You can play this with 24 players online

Sea of Thieves is an online game where you are a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...

The Long Dark

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/09/2014

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Hinterland Games (@HinterlandGames)

Players: This is a single player game

The Long Dark is a thoughtful exploration-survival game where you have crash-landed in the icy Canadian wilderness after a global disaster and must find a way to survive. Through exploring, crafting and fighting you must look after your body...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-18 year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

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

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

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

Stormworks: Build and Rescue

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 28/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Dan Games (@Dan_Games)

Players: You can play this with 5 players online

Stormworks is an open world adventure where you design, build and pilot your own air sea rescue service. You create programmable vehicles using it's block-building system and pilot them into dangerous situations to rescue stricken vessels or...

Raft

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/05/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Redbeet Official (@RedbeetOfficial)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Raft is a survival game where you work to build a raft while stranded at sea. You start the game on a small raft with only a hook made of old plastic, with which you use to pull in floating barrels and planks of wood.

Stardew Valley

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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

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

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

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Concerned Ape (@ConcernedApe)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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

Ark: Survival Evolved

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018

Price: 33% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Survivetheark (@Survivetheark)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

This game offers hunting-and-harvesting gameplay in a primal setting. Although not as polished or streamlined as a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a more ambitiously open world where you can choose your own way to survive. With crafting and...

Rust

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/02/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Fc Pnch Stds (@FcPnchStds)

Players: You can play this with 250 players online

Rust (also, Rust: Console Edition) is an online survival game set the wilderness. You explore, gather and craft materials to manage hunger, thirst, health and protection. The preparation is to ward off the threat of bears, wolves and (more commonly)...

Slime Rancher (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2016

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Monomi Park (@MonomiPark)

Players: This is a single player game

Slime Rancher is a farming simulation with a difference. Rather than chickens, sheep or cows, you farm slimes. You explore the open world from a first-person perspective to find and collect slimes. As you develop your farm in numerous ways you generate...

Five Nights at Freddy's (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/07/2014, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Steel Wool Studio (@SteelWoolStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Five Nights at Freddy's (FNaF) is a series of puzzle horror games with jump scares rather than blood and gore. You play the night-guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and have to survive the night while in your office, checking the cameras and closing the...

Phasmophobia

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Kinetic Game (@KineticGame)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) is a horror survival game where you and your team investigate paranormal activity. It focuses on creating a realistic world built to get your heart racing, through the interactive ghost hunting equipment and teamwork.

Stranded Deep

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/04/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Beam Team Games (@BeamTeamGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Stranded Deep is a survival game set in the Pacific Ocean. Taking a cue from films like Cast Away, you survive a plane crash and face life-threatening scenarios in a large open world. As the weather and time of day changes with the hours, you explore...

PixArk

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Developer: Snail Games USA (@SnailGamesUSA)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

PixArk is an adventure game similar to the more complex (and violent) game Ark: Survival Evolved. With a simpler interface and Minecraft=style block building, it's a survival game that never gets too scary while also inviting ambitious play and...

Moonglow Bay

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/10/2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Coat Sink (@CoatSink)

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

Moonglow Bay is a role play game where you play a rookie angler. Unlike other slice-of-life games, fishing isn't tucked away as a side quest here, it's front and centre. Set along the Canadian coastline in the 1980's, you live in a fishing town that has...

Granny

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/11/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Playing

Developer: D Vapps (@_DVapps_)

Players: This is a single player game

Granny is a horror adventure game where you are locked in a house by a creepy grandma. You wake up in a dark room and have to carefully work your way through the house to escape without being caught. It's noted for the tense gameplay and jump scares.

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-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Valheim Game (@ValheimGame)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

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...

Astroneer

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 16/12/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: SES dev (@SES_dev)

Players: This is a single player game

Astroneer is an open-world space adventure where you colonize planets by creating habitable structures, farming and mining resources. There is no specific story, although the challenges of each planet give rise to struggles of achievement to placate the...

The Forest

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 30/05/2014

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: End Night Game (@EndNightGame)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Forest is a survival horror game where you are the only passenger to live after a plane crash. You explore a mysterious forest to find food, shelter and safety but soon have to battle strange cannibalistic people.

No Man's Sky

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 48% off

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

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Hello Games (@HelloGames)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online

No Man's Sky is a space simulation about exploring endless planets and galaxies. It invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a...

Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/12/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Stealth

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Steel Wool Studio (@SteelWoolStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach is a survival-horror game where you explore a vast pizzeria and shopping centre while hunted by a murderer. In addition to continuing the intricate and multi-layered story of the previous games, this is the first...

Scrap Mechanic

Release Date: 20/01/2016

Platforms: PC

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

Developer: Axolot Games (@AxolotGames)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 5 players online

Scrap Mechanic is an open world-building game. You collect materials that are used to design machines, vehicles and buildings. You start at the site of a crashed spaceship, with just a few items and must hunt for supplies, fuel and food in order to...

My Time at Sandrock

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: Pathea Games (@PatheaGames)

Players: This is a single player game

My Time at Sandrock is a life-simulating role-play game where you restore a run down town. It's set in the same wholesome yet post-apocalyptic world as My Time at Portia. You start by working as a builder, but soon...

Surviving Mars

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Haemimont Games (@HaemimontGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Surviving Mars is a colony simulation game based on the real geography of Mars. You build and maintain a liveable habitat while balancing resources and researching new ways to adapt to the hostile environment. You receive occasional rockets from Earth...

Journey to the Savage Planet

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 28/10/2020

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

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

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Typhoon MTL (@Typhoon_MTL)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Journey to the Savage Planet is an adventure-shooting game played from a first-person perspective. You explore a planet to catalogue various alien flora and fauna and collect the resources you need to craft items and upgrades like jetpacks and grappling...

Endless Ocean

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/2007, updated in 2010

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Developer: Arika CO JP (@Arika_CO_JP)

Players: This is a single player game

Endless Ocean (Endless Ocean: Blue World in the US) and its sequel Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep are versions of a diving adventure game where you explore the Manaurai Sea to identify different fish and recover artefacts. As experience is...

Skyblock

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Creative, Fighting, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Sky Block Server (@SkyBlockServer)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 5 players online

Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular....

Tchia

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

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

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Awaceb (@Awaceb)

Players: This is a single player game

Tchia is an adventure where you play a young girl (Tchia) who can climb, glide, swim, and sail around a beautiful archipelago. Along with the usual sandbox missions and play the game offers an unusual ability to take control (and become) any animal or...

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 10/02/2012, updated in 2020

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

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

Developer: Reckoning Game (@ReckoningGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is an adventure where you set out from the vibrant city of Rathir to rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war. Along with its huge scale, the game offers nuanced character development and a political system where you...

Okami

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/04/2006, updated in 2017

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

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

Developer: PG kamiya (@PG_kamiya)

Players: This is a single player game

Okami (Okamiden on Nintendo DS) is an unusual action-adventure. Combat is via interactions that are achieved with brush strokes rather than weapons. It has a unique visual style that invites you to inhabit its painted world with brushstrokes of your...

New Pokemon Snap

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

New Pokemon Snap is the latest in the series of Pokemon Snap games. It's a puzzle safari where you are guided through the natural world of Pokemon creatures to take pictures of them in the wild. The aim is to time your photos to capture them in specific...

Beyond Blue

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 22/04/2020, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: Eline Media (@ElineMedia)

Players: This is a single player game

Beyond Blue is an underwater exploration game where you play Mirai, a deep-sea explorer and scientist. You see, hear, and interact with the ocean and the creatures in it as you discover an untouched world.

Dwarf Fortress

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/08/2006

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: Bay 12 Games (@Bay12Games)

Players: This is a single player game

Dwarf Fortress is a longstanding strategy game set in a fantasy world where you control a group of dwarves wanting to construct a wealthy fortress. It's unusual not only for it's text-based appearance but for it's expansive scope, and intricately...

Penko Park

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Simulation

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Ghost Butter (@GhostButter)

Players: This is a single player game

Penko Park is an adventure about exploring an abandoned wildlife park, taking photos of the weird and creepy creatures which you find. Like exploring a children's story book world, you collect these snapshots along with fur samples and fossils to add to...

Everspace (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2017, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Rock Fish Games (@RockFishGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Everspace 2 is a space shooting and exploration game. You travel star systems, gaining goods and items from the planets you find, but soon encounter a unravelling narrative that draws you in. Unlike other space games, it combines elements of open world...

TerraTech

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 04/07/2018

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

Genres: Action, Creative, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Payload Studios (@PayloadStudios)

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

TerraTech is a construction game where you create vehicles to explore the environment, find resources and craft upgrades. It includes a modular building element where your decisions affect the performance of what you make. Each building block has its...

Until Dawn (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 25/08/2015

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action and Narrative

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Super M Games (@SuperMGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Until Dawn is a narrative horror game about eight friends staying in a mountainside lodge. As they settle in they are attacked by a foreboding figure that seems to have been following them. You choose how characters interact, where they go and how they...

Factorio

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/08/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Factorio Game (@FactorioGame)

Players: You can play this with 700 players online

Factorio is a construction strategy game where you crash-land on an alien planet and must harvest resources to create industry to build a rocket to escape (or fall in love with running your factory and stay on longer).

In Other Waters

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 03/04/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Jump Overthe Age (@JumpOvertheAge)

Players: This is a single player game

This is an underwater exploration game where you play an Artificial Intelligence assistant to a stranded xenobiologist in a mysterious alien ocean. The world is not seen except through the instrumentation available to you. This creates a non-violent...

Rescue: Under Pressure

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Tech People Lab (@TechPeopleLab)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Rescue: Under Pressure is an adventure exploration game. Your task is to explore the sea and find treasure in the dark. But to do this you need the help of another player on the sonar to guide you. It's a game designed to work for players with mixed...

Burly Men at Sea

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/09/2016, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Brain and Brain (@Brain_And_Brain)

Players: This is a single player game

Burly Men at Sea is an adventure where you play three seafaring brothers who explore the Scandinavian seas. It's novel because it requires multiple playthroughs to discover the full narrative. It has a unique cyclical gameplay loop that remembers your...

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 with 8 players online

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...

Muck

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: Dani Dev YT (@DaniDevYT)

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Muck is a survival adventure game where you are trapped on an island and must survive as many days as possible by using the resources you find. Played alone, or with friends, you work hard to have the defences you need before night falls.

Timberborn

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/09/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Mechanistry (@Mechanistry)

Players: This is a single player game

Timberborn is a construction strategy game where you control a population of beavers, building a civilization and preparing for drought. You build waterways, storage houses, dams and more in a densely packed city as you manage resources, allocate...

Climber: Sky is the Limit

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Art Games Studio (@ArtGamesStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Climber: Sky is the Limit is a survival climbing adventure, where you scale the peaks of the highest and most famous mountains in the world. Plan the best route, select the correct equipment and avoid dangerous hazards as you ascend. It's a unique blend...

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...

Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 07/11/2017

Platforms: PC and PS4

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

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Guerrilla (@Guerrilla)

Players: This is a single player game

Horizon Frozen Wilds extends the Horizon Zero Dawn post-apocalyptic action-adventure where you explore an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life. The story of Aloy continues as she sets out to investigate a plague terminating...

Koral

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/05/2019

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Carlos Game Dev (@CarlosGameDev)

Players: This is a single player game

Koral is a diving exploration game where you play the sea current. This sounds a little odd, playing a flow of energy, but works brilliantly.

Risk of Rain 2

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 30/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Shooting

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Hopoo Games (@HopooGames)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Risk of Rain 2 is a multiplayer adventure game where you have to fight to survive and escape a planet you've crash-landed on. It's formatted like a 'Roguelike' game: an iterative game that requires multiple goes to complete a level and where your...

Starbound

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/03/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Developer: Chucklefish Ltd (@ChucklefishLtd)

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Starbound is an action-adventure similar from the same developer as Terraria. It takes place in a two-dimensional, procedurally generated space universe where you can explore and discover new weapons, armour, and items. You can also visit towns and...

Wizard With A Gun

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Wizard with a Gun is a survival game where you play a wizard in a magical wilderness wrought with dangerous creatures and arcane mysteries. Either alone or with other players online you embark on a journey to collect, craft, and outfit your wizard to...

Days Gone

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2021

Price: 63% off

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Bend Studio (@BendStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Days Gone is a survival adventure game set in a post-pandemic Oregon. You roam an open world pulsing with life (and zombies). It's unusual for its scale and sheer number of enemies. Add to that the changing light and weather and Days Gone creates a...

Dish Life: The Game

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 24/02/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Dish Life Game (@DishLifeGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Dish Life: The Game is a puzzle narrative game where you play a stem cell researcher, managing a laboratory and growing stem cells.

Kenshi

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Lo Fi Games (@LoFiGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Kenshi is a single player role-play game where you have complete control over your character and how they live their life. With no central story, it allows you to go anywhere and play however you like, be that as a city dweller who never ventures into...

The Signifier

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Play Me Studio (@Play_Me_Studio)

Players: This is a single player game

The Signifier is a horror adventure game where you explore a murder victim's memories to discover how they were killed. As the memories you visit disintegrate you pass between the real and the badly remembered to piece together a narrative that is...

Swordy Quest

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Players: This is a single player game

Swordy Quest is a role-play game where you craft, gather and hunt your way through a fantasy world that gradually unlocks over time. What's unusual is the simple interface that creates an accessible way for anyone to experience the surprisingly deep...

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/08/2021

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 with 3 players online

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.

Clawfish

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: David Czar (@DavidCzar_)

Players: This is a single player game

Clawfish is a puzzle game with a strong focus on relaxation rather than skill or difficulty. Similar to an arcade claw machine, you try and catch fish from various fish tanks, collecting all the different types, before putting the fish back into the...

Conan Exiles

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 30/01/2017

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Funcom (@Funcom)

Players: You can play this with 70 players online

Conan Exiles is an online survival game, set in the lands of Conan the Barbarian. Similar to games like Ark or Green Hell, you start with nothing and must use resources you find in the open-world sandbox. On your own or with friends, you build a base...

Death Stranding

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Stealth

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Hideo Kojima EN (@Hideo_Kojima_EN)

Players: This is a single player game

Death Stranding is an exploration game where you deliver supplies across a vast shattered, post-apocalyptic America while protecting and caring for a baby. It's intentionally slow, sometimes excruciatingly so, which means you carefully consider your...

The Swapper

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/05/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Face Palm Games (@FacePalmGames)

Players: This is a single player game

The Swapper is a platform-adventure where you explore a damaged space station to collect orbs that open doors into other areas. Unusually, you can clone your character multiple times and then control it to help you solve puzzles and progress in various...

Dead Space: Extraction

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/09/2009, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS3 and Wii

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: EA (@EA)

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

Dead Space: Extraction is a shooting game where you only control the aiming, like a light gun game. It's a spin-off prequel from the main Dead Space series and follows survivors of a mining colony as it is overrun by deadly monsters.

Harold Halibut

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Slow Bros (@Slow_Bros)

Players: This is a single player game

Harold Halibut is a narrative adventure set on a city-sized spaceship submerged in an alien ocean, after fleeing the Earth 2050 years ago. It's beautifully created with real puppetry and fully voice-acted. The result is a filmic adventure where you...

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...

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-Playing, Shooting, Stealth and Strategy

Developer: Techland Games (@TechlandGames)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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...

Planet Alpha

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/09/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Team 17 (@Team17)

Players: This is a single player game

Planet Alpha is a running and jumping game. You're a wounded hero hobbling across an alien planet, but how did he get into this state? Travel across beautiful, mysterious and often deadly landscapes, you unfold the story of your marooned astronaut....

16 Games Like Subnautica Based on Genre

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

10 Easier Games than Subnautica

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

16 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Subnautica

If you like the sound of Subnautica 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 Subnautica Accessibility Report.
 

Subnautica 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 Subnautica in the following lists:

The Besties Podcast's Games of the Years

The Besties is a podcast about video games with a focus on a Game of Year format. Although episodes do cover new games like other podcasts, much of the content builds towards yearly Game of the Year shows, and head-to-head showdowns for best games in a series (Zelda, Grand Theft Auto and so on).

"It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – rank and review their favorite video games. Because shouldn't the world's best friends pick the world's best games?"

This is a list of the games that they have picked for their final game of the year show from 2014 to 2021. In some cases we didn't have the game on the database, but generally this is a good representation of their picks over the time of the show.
 

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.
 

Embrace Free Speech

Children talking to people they don't know in a video game rings alarm bells. In fact, even if they do know online friends, it can still feel a bit worrying what might be said. Worrying headlines about these conversations going wrong or being co-opted by adults means we rush to limit them.

While it's important to ensure our children are safe, the rush to lock down communication can limit the freedom they would have had to express themselves and make sense of the world with their peers. With digital spaces becoming increasingly important, the UN has recently stated that the Rights of the Child apply to the digital environment.

Sara Grimes Digital Playground book has a chapter on this topic. "Often safety manifests as programmed design limitations and systematic restrictions on children's freedom of expression. While such mechanisms are described largely as in children's best interests, in any other context they would almost certainly be classified as censorship".

Reading Sara's chapter led to this list of games that avoid the usual curtailment of children's speech with limitations, allowed phrases or the absence of verbal interactions. We wanted to highlight, as Sara puts it, "opportunities for children to construct types of secret spaces that once characterised childhood," rather than "adult-made embodiments of idealised visions of what children's play space should be".

These are games that provide a "forum for engaging with the exceptional, the repulsive, the taboo, the dark, transgressive play" and a break from "the beautiful, the sanctioned, and the sacred". This is uncomfortable ground for parents and guardians, but as Sara puts it, "provides valuable space for processing and rejecting social roles and expectations." "Within the secret spaces of childhood, children exercise their agency and authority, experiment with ideas and social norms."
  • Proximity Chat in games like Roblox, Sea of Thieves and Ark Survival Evolved offer players a way to communicate without censorship, and is usually accompanied by tools to ensure they are actually children talking rather than interloping adults.
  • Text Chat in games like Stardew Valley and Grounded, where it is not heavily filtered for phrases and terms that limit self expression and collaboration. Or games like Valheim that offer both whisper (to players following you on your team) and shout (to everyone and appears above your head) chat options.
  • Letters can be a way for children to speak to unknown others. This can be specific part of the design like in Kind Words, or as a message left for other players in The First Tree or Animal Crossing. Or naming planets for other players to discover in No Man's Sky. Then there's leaving time capsules with items and message for others to discover in Subnautica.

 

Get Children Into Science

Science can be a subject that many of us see as something for other people. Physics, Chemistry and Biology is something for the nerds, geeks and highly intelligent children at school and not for us or our children.

"Science is an incredibly important subject that many students never fully grasp. Knowledge of chemistry or other sciences is necessary to solve many real-world problems, but the way it's taught now often fails to capture students’ imaginations, discouraging experimentation and discovery."

That quote from the creators of Happy Atoms inspired this list of games. It's true not just about their game that unlocks the wonder of chemistry, but about many other games that often get children doing science without even realising it.

This can be the simple chemical puzzle-solving of a game like Sokobond. It can be the embodied understanding of gravity and momentum in real-time physics games like Portal. It can be the way different elements combine properties in games like Zelda Breath of the Wild. It can even be gaining a sense of scale of the universe in a game like Everything.
 

Get Children Into The Environment

It’s easy to assume that video games are all about building big cities or running successful economies. There are, however, many games that offer quite the reverse. These games encourage players to consider the impact of their actions on the environment, as well as their interconnectedness to the world in which they live.

The games in this list take inspiration from Alenda Chang’s Playing Nature book. They offer a chance to consider play from an ecological perspective. As she quotes, “games of environmental responsibility animate our capacity to respond, to affect and be affected, to engage with others: other species, other people, and the otherness of our own planet.”

This might be how a game like Terra Nil makes the land itself a character in the experience. Or it can be how a game like Eco establishes the connection between your actions and the other aspects of the environment. Other games, like The Wandering Village underline how our location in the world impacts on us and others. One family told us about Final Fantasy 7 Remake's commentary on corporations and ecology. Then there are games of dire warning that let us step into a future where humanity is all but disconnected from the wider environment and hangs on just by a thread.

Other games let us experience our connection to the environment by adventuring in it. From getting lost in Shadow of the Colossus to finding our way in Journey, games underline the importance of the spaces in which we play. Experiences like Cloud Gardens or Viva Pinata extend this by using play to put us in charge of tending to the natural world. Games like Eastshade or The Long Dark invite us to linger in these places and gain an understanding that is crucial to our survival.
 

Happy Brain With Endorphin Games

You can aid the happiness of your brain by taking on activities that generate key experiences and chemicals:
  • Dopamine for motivation, learning and pleasure.
  • Oxytocin for trust and building relationships.
  • Serotonin for significance and importance.
  • Endorphins for euphoria and elation.

Without endorphins we can struggle to cope with pain and stress. We also need endorphins when we want to push ourselves beyond our discomfort in chosen activities. They are also needed to help with sleep, particularly when there is anxiety or worries on our minds.

Along with getting outside for exercise, eating well and nurturing conversations, video games can also help. Games that help create endorphins are those that let us experience excess emotions. Video games that make us laugh or cry do this. Also, games that let us feel the exhilaration of creating something beautiful or being part of that creative process help generate endorphins. Horror games can do this for some, offering the stress of fear and jump-scares before the euphoria of escape and mastery of both the situation and our fears. Extreme racing games can also generate endorphins as you narrowly escape a catastrophic crash, or if you take on a super long challenge like Le Mans 24 Hours.
 

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.
 

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.

 

Game Time Has Day-Night Cycle

Games use the spaces they create to tell stories. Some games do this by locking you in a key moment where the time of day doesn't change. Other games let you explore and revisit places at different times of day.

These day-night cycles invite players to explore at different times not only to find different things to do but to see how different locations change visually and audibly at different times of day.

Some games, like The Long Dark, do this to offer a different environmental challenge at night, when the sun is in and the cold wind really affects your character. Other games offer more unusual ways to tie in-game light levels to the real world, like Unmaze that uses your smartphone's camera to determine how much light there is in the game.
 

Survive The Night

Surviving in games is often a key element. Some games, however, make it the main focus. With minimal resources and little light can you make it through to the morning? Can you prepare a shelter as the daylight dwindles in time for you to cope with the lurking creatures of the dark?

Whether this is as simple as closing the door to keep the zombies out in Minecraft or as complex as crafting food, clothing and medicine to cope with the freezing blackness of The Long Dark, these games are exhilarating as they pose a strategic puzzle with personal consequences.

Many of these games offer an open world in which to survive, which opens up more ways of preparing for and then making it through the night time. This, of course, leads to another day where you need to spend time and resources wisely while exploring your surroundings.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 

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 1721 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.

 

Virtual Reality Games

Video games take you to virtual worlds for adventures, challenges and stories. Virtual Reality games extend this experience by putting the world right in front of your eyes and then matching your motions and head movements with the game.

VR is an experience that's hard to describe. Putting the headset on is like stepping into another room. This not only makes existing games more immersive but also opens the door to new types of experience.

While this can be quite expensive, it has become more affordable over the years. The main options for VR are as follows:
  • Oculus Quest 2 - Is self-contained so doesn't need lots of wires or setting up. You can also purchase a (costly) cable to tether the Quest to a PC for more demanding games.
  • HTC's Vive Cosmos - Is a PC-tethered system that supports motion controls. It supports games on SteamVR as well as its own Viveport online store.
  • Valve Index - Is a high end PC-tethered system with more advanced controllers.
  • PlayStation VR - Uses PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 hardware to offer a wide range of interesting highly polished experiences.

 

Get Children Into Writing Letters

Online games are often about immediate communication either spoken or typed in the heat of battle or survival. There are some online games that encourage communication much more like writing a letter to someone.

These games offer players the chance to write a note and then place it in the game world for others to discover. They can also, of course, also read messages and notes from other players.

With a little guidance it can be a lovely way to introduce children to the skill of letter writing, as well as engaging with other players online without the usual bad language (although that can happen here too).

Games like Subnautica, offer the ability to leave time capsules for others, that include a handful items, a short text message and a screenshot. Similarly, games like, Dark Souls and Demons Souls enable you to leave messages for other players to help them with tips. In Nier Automata you find the bodies of other fallen players that have a customized message left on them when they met their end.

Other games weave the letters and messages into the gameplay. Kind Words, for example, is a game all about responding to letters that other people have sent. The Things We Lost In The Flood, builds its play around the ability to send and find messages in bottles. In Animal Crossing New Horizons on the 3DS you can also put messages in bottles for other players to find.
 

Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.