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50 Great Games Like Terraria

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

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and bosses to battle.

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

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Terraria Logic (@Terraria_Logic)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Costs: Purchase cost

37 Hand Picked Games Like Terraria

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

Teardown

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Tuxedo Labs (@TuxedoLabs)

Players: This is a single player game

Teardown is a strategic game where you plan and execute a heist in a fully destructible environments. Your objective is to claim the key cards that are hidden around the map. However taking one triggers the alarm, giving you only sixty seconds before...

Animal Crossing (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

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

Price: 26% off

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

Genres: Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

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

Minecraft

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-16 year-olds

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Mojang (@Mojang)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...

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...

BedWars

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 19/01/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

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

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Blockman Go (@BlockmanGo)

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Bed Wars is a game played on Minecraft servers. It's a game similar to the official Minecraft minigames but created by independent developers.

Spiritfarer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/08/2020

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

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

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Thunder Lotus (@ThunderLotus)

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

Spiritfarer is a boat building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.

Lego Worlds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2016, updated in 2017

Price: 44% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Developer: TT Games (@TTGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Lego Worlds takes virtual building back to the classic bricks with familiar figures, buildings and challenges from other Lego video games in an open world where your imagination can go wild in a bottomless bucket of bricks.

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...

Paralives

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: A Masse (@_AMasse)

Players: This is a single player game

Paralives is a simulation game where you build houses for people and then control how they live. It's inspired by games like the Sims, however, you have complete control over every aspect of the design of the house and its residents. Its balance of...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 21/11/1991

Platforms: GBA, Switch, Wii and Wii U

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

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

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

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...

Subnautica Below Zero (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 30/01/2019, updated in 2021

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

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

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Unknown Worlds (@UnknownWorlds)

Players: This is a single player game

Subnautica: Below Zero is an open-world adventure game that follows the original game, Subnautica. You play a scientist on an alien planet searching for clues about the research team that vanished there. To do this you explore and...

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....

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...

Eco

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 06/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Strange Loop Game (@StrangeLoopGame)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

Eco extends the resource-collecting and building of Minecraft by introducing environmental implications to your actions. Using resources like trees will erode the soil; mining might pollute the river; and each animal depends on another.

Hey! Pikmin

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/07/2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

Hey! Pikmin is a spinoff game from the Pikmin series. In this game Captain Olimar crash lands on a planet and needs to find fuel to escape, leading a group of Pikmin through 2D side scrolling levels collecting the Sparklium. Players enter a level and...

Carto

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Sunhead Games (@SunheadGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Carto is an adventure puzzle game that is unusual in letting you rearrange the map tiles while you are playing. This enables you to access new areas of the world previously impossible to get to. This can be as simple as redirecting a river out of your...

Noita

Release Date: 05/10/2020

Platforms: PC

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

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Nolla Games (@NollaGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Noita is platform adventure game in a world where each and every pixel is physically simulated. This means that the tiny elements that make up the landscape and characters have their own properties that: melt, burn, evaporate, explode, flow, float,...

Dysmantle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 06/01/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Strategy

Developer: 10 tons Ltd (@10tonsLtd)

Players: This is a single player game

Dysmantle is a survival strategy game where you play a character emerging after the apocalypse. The world is now inhabited with dangerous creatures and you only have your bare hands to survive. It's novel because most items in the world can be destroyed...

Haunted Chocolatier

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

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

Developer: Concerned Ape (@ConcernedApe)

Players: This is a single player game

Concerned Ape’s Haunted Chocolatier is a strategy game from the creator of Stardew Valley. You explore a fantasy world gather ingredients to make different blends of chocolate that sell in your chocolate shop.

Trove

Content Rating: PEGI 7

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

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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

Developer: Gamigo (@Gamigo)

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

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

Build A Boat for Treasure (Roblox)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/11/2016, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Chillz Studios (@ChillzStudios)

Players: You can play this with 7 players online

Build A Boat for Treasure (Roblox) is a strategy game where build your a ship (or anything else) from different materials and set sail for adventure. Doing this successfully earns new items and materials for your next build. Although this churn does...

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 21/01/2021, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Live Wire (@LiveWire)

Players: This is a single player game

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights is a platform game based in a fictional world called Land's End. Rainfall has transformed all living things into monsters known as the Blighted. You control Lily, a bright white figure, who awakens as the last...

Firegirl

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/12/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Dejima Games (@DejimaGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Fire Girl is a running, jumping and hosing game set in a fantasy world of living fire-monsters. You help Firegirl in her first night working in the fire brigade. Rescue survivors, extinguish fire monsters and uncover the mystery behind the fire monster...

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.

Black Skylands

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 09/06/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)

Players: This is a single player game

Black Skylands is an adventure game where you pilot an airship through a sprawling open world of floating islands. You play Eva, who's ship has been destroyed and father killed. Your task is to rebuild your home from the deck up, arm and prepare for...

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...

Staxel

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

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

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: Staxel Game (@StaxelGame)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Staxel is a strategy farming game. It looks like Minecraft and has block building tools that are similar. However, this is a farming game more like Stardew Valley rather than open-world adventure. There are no monsters or dangers you find in other...

Nira

Release Date: 24/04/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Baseline Games (@BaselineGames_)

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

Nira is a survival game where pixelated characters explore the primitive world to find resources to survive. It's unusual not only because of its basic art-style but because its simplicity gives rise to emergent and open play. Something like a cross...

Goat Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 23/05/2014, updated in 2015

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Developer: Coffee Stain (@Coffee_Stain)

Players: This is a single player game

Goat Simulator takes the animal avatar in a cloven-hoofed direction. It’s an open-world third-person action game where you steer your goat to do as much damage as possible. What started as a joke prototype turned into this extremely silly game with a...

Heat Signature

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/09/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing, Shooting, Stealth and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Gunpoint Game (@GunpointGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Heat Signature is a tactical shooting game where you break into spaceships on missions to hijack them, steal important technology, assassinate crew members and rescue captives. With simple visuals, viewed from above, you can approach this in many ways...

Levelhead

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 08/06/2020

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: B Scotch Shenani (@BScotchShenani)

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

Levelhead is a game-making game where you construct levels to train a delivery robot. The simple drag and drop level design develops into as complex a level maker as you want. Create simple running and jumping levels or something huge, puzzling and...

Lumbear Jack

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Games Final Boss (@GamesFinalBoss)

Players: This is a single player game

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

Steamworld Dig (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 31/08/2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita and PS4

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

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Steam World Games (@SteamWorldGames)

Players: This is a single player game

The SteamWorld Dig series are action platform games where you play steam-powered robots trying to recover their lost civilisation. The two games in the series draws on classics like Dig Dug, Rick Dangerous, Repton and Boulderdash.

The Tomorrow Children

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/09/2016

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Open World

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Players: You can play this with 70 players online

The Tomorrow Children is an online strategy game where you collaborate with other players to build, explore and develop communities. Unusually, it uses social economics and a Soviet Union-themed post-apocalyptic dystopia as the setting. You play a...

Zelter

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: PC

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

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: @G1 Playground (@G1Playground)

Players: This is a single player game

Zelter is a zombie survival game. But you aren't only defending yourself from the oncoming hordes of zombies but developing a safe haven for a new life like Stardew Valley.

Red Faction (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

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

Price: 66% off

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Red Faction (@RedFaction)

Players: This is a single player game

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

16 Games Like Terraria Based on Genre

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

2 Easier Games than Terraria

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

9 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Terraria

If you like the sound of Terraria 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 Terraria Accessibility Report.
 

Terraria 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 Terraria in the following lists:

Game Has Changing Weather

Video games create worlds and then invite us to play in them. These worlds are sometimes nothing like our own. Others, however, look to recreate life-like spaces, or take the real world and bend it in interesting directions.

Weather is a big part of the experience of a video game. It can create a particular mood, a sense of changing time, or can be used to change the mechanics of your interactions.
 

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.
 

Designed To Be Easier To See

These games, compiled by Christy Smith, have graphics styles or options that make the games easier to see for people with impaired vision. Many of these games include
  • Fonts: Larger, scalable font sizes and bold fonts, like Moving Out.
  • Zoom: Ability to increase the size of all objects on the screen such as in Untitled Goose Game's zoom feature.
  • Contrast: Settings to adjust contrast and brightness, as well as distinct colours with good lighting, like Splatoon.
  • Non-Visual Cues: Sounds and haptic feedback that help direct the player, like Lego games.
  • Colourblind: Modes that invert colours or change colours to accommodate different types of colourblindness, such as in Hue.
  • Screen Readers: Functions that read text and menus as they are highlighted and appear on the screen, such as in Eagle Island.

In addition, there are other ways to make games easier for people with low vision to play. Some offer modes that lower the difficulty, like the Assist Mode in Super Mario Odyssey. Playing with a sighted friend or family member can make things much easier.

Some platforms provide system-wide accessibility features that help. The Nintendo Switch offers a built-in zoom function, while the Xbox offers co-pilot mode that allows two people to play as a single player. Such features create necessary flexibility for players.

There are many different types of visual impairments, and no two people ever see things the exact same way. Because of this, games that are accessible for one person may not be accessible to all low vision gamers. For gamers who find visual games too cumbersome, audio-only games may provide a solution.

Image 164 It may be difficult for parents and caregivers who are fully sighted to understand which games will be easier to see. The best way to learn about what works and what doesn’t is hearing from people with impaired vision themselves. Can I Play That? has a variety of reviews discussing accessibility of games for people with disabilities, by people with disabilities.
 

Create An Attraction

Many games let you create your own items, object or levels. But some are specifically designed for you to do this in order to attract characters and visitors to your creation in the game.

Whether it's the perfect garden in Viva Pinata, the ideal visitor island in Animal Crossing or the most thrilling ride in Planet Coaster, these games are fun because they combine creativity and management.

Then there are games where your attractions are more understated. The ideal home and live to keep your Sims happy. Or maybe create something that doesn't impact the environment negatively like in Eco.

Whatever you create, as well as attract characters in the game, the creations you make are ideal to share with other people (parents and carers maybe) to show them what you've been doing.
 

Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.
 

Pastoral Playtime

Cottagecore is an online term celebrating an idealised rural life. Although games are usually considered to be hard, harsh and technological, many of them play to this aesthetic that is sentimental about traditional skills and crafts such as foraging, baking, and pottery.

Games sometimes use these rural pursuits as play mechanics, like Stardew Valley, Potion Craft, Terraria and Fantasy Life. Others use Cottagecore as a guide to how they look and feel, like Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, The Stillness of the Wind and Mutazione.

However it plays out in the game, Cottagecore aims to satisfy a desire for aspirational nostalgia and an escape from stress or trauma. The New York Times described it as a reaction to hustle culture and the advent of personal branding. The Guardian called it a "visual and lifestyle movement designed to fetishize the wholesome purity of the outdoors."

These games emphasize simplicity and the slow pace of pastoral life as an escape from the modern world in favour of the bucolic. Unsurprisingly this has become more popular on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. In some ways the resurgence of retro games could be seen in a similar light, although here the sentimental nostalgia is for virtual entertainment rather than rural lifestyle.
 

Often Overlooked Family Games

Family gaming has been a “thing” since I started writing about games around the time of the Wii. We all know about Minecraft, Roblox, Mario, Fortnite and FIFA. However, these are just the tip of the iceberg of games perfectly poised for you to enjoy with your family.

We’ve worked with video game website Kotaku and one of its writers, John Walker, who runs the Buried Treasure site, to unearth some games you may have overlooked for your family. Kotaku (a made-up word combining "ko" meaning small and "otaku" meaning geek) has covered specialist video news since 2005. Buried Treasure exists to highlight great, interesting, bizarre or downright silly games that you’d otherwise likely miss.

This list highlights games you may have not discovered or considered as good for your family:
  • Weird: Games like Chuchel and Nuts offer a peculiar and intriguing way to discover an unusual world and story.
  • Collaboration: Games like Minecraft Dungeons, Ibb and Obb, Wilmot’s Warehouse and It Takes Two offer different ways to work together to progress by playing and talking together.
  • Mechanics: Games like Lonely Mountains Downhill and Boomerang X are experiences driven by learning intuitive controls. They are designed to let the player become one with the game, while also ensuring they are approachable for the newcomer.
  • Emotions: Games like Alba: A Wildlife Adventure and Rainbow Billy offer new ways to share the emotional landscape of characters. These head into identity territory at the player’s pace, without being heavy-handed.
  • False Start: Games like Vane or No Man’s Sky had a troubled initial release, but were either enhanced or fixed soon after. They are worth revisiting for the polished experience.
  • Older Rated: Games like Overboard or Spelunky 2 are rated higher in some territories because of gambling content. These are great games to play together as a family that you may have ruled out because of the ratings.
  • Impenetrable: Games like Sea of Thieves, Kingdom Two Crowns or Terraria can seem confusing and complex when you first start, but persevere and you discover expansive experiences that your family will love playing together.

 

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.
 

Designed For Easier Play

These games go above and beyond just adding a few difficulty settings. They consider a wide range of ability and accessibilities by offering customisable difficulty settings as well as special low pressure or assist modes that aid progress.
 

LEGO-Like Play

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