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Drink More Glurp

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....

Pokémon Cafe Mix

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Pokemon Cafe Mix is a puzzle game. Similar to the icon-connection challenge of Disney Tsum Tsum, you play as Eevee and delivering orders in a cafe by linking Pokemon icons in a ring. It's a low pressure puzzle with a swirl-to-connect interaction that is...

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Release Date: 01/04/2019

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

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (know as TABS) is a fighting game where you choose different armies and troops to battle each other in an automatic simulation that models their offensive and defensive abilities. Once setup, the fight is largely...

Storyteller

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Storyteller is a puzzle game about building stories. You use a set of icons to matching what is happening in each frame of the story. It's a simple challenge that gets the mind-stretching as you construct some of history’s greatest stories using...

Fancade

Release Date: 30/04/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Fancade is a collection of simple games played on smartphones. It offers simple running, jumping, puzzle, shooting challenges depicted with simple pixel visuals. Like Roblox, these offer simple versions of other commercial games. Unlike Roblox, these...

Wordle

Release Date: 20/12/2021

Platforms: Web

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Wordle is a daily puzzle game where you (and anyone else playing that day) try and guess the secret word. You get six guesses that must be real words. Each letter is then coloured to provide clues: green for right letter in the right place, yellow for...

Clash of Clans

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

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

Release Date: 01/12/2018

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

A Good Snowman (Is Hard To Build) is puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen. On each level you must roll your snowballs to be the right size and then position them on each other to make a snowman.

Soccer Physics

Release Date: 12/12/2018

Platforms: Android, PC, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Soccer Physics is a super simple football game you play by pressing one button. Made by Otto-Ville Ojala who also made the similar one-button games Wrestle Jump and Tank of Tanks, it's designed to be silly and fun. The matches are 2-on-2 and you time...

Tren (Dreams)

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Tren is a puzzle platform game where you explore a hand-crafted world as a wooden train, sailing boats and helicopters. You control points, shunt trucks around, operate cranes and generally move cargo from one location to the next. Like an escape room...

Kirby Fighters (Series)

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and Switch

Kirby Fighters 2 is a light hearted fighting game where you play as the round Nintendo character, Kirby. You can choose from various abilities that your character "copies" from opponents. You fight other characters from the Kirby games in fights against...

Railbound

Release Date: 06/09/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Railbound is a track-bending puzzle game where you lay track, switch points and use tunnels to get the carriages to the engine in the right order. Although it's the puzzles that keep you playing, there's also a real joy in connecting tracks and seeing...

Zen Bound

Release Date: 24/02/2009, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Zen Bound is a puzzle game about wrapping objects in rope. With a relaxing soundtrack and calm visuals you are present with different objects with an attached rope of a specific length. Using a mouse, touch or tilt controls you transfer paint from the...

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Series)

Release Date: 12/08/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are...

QWOP

Release Date: 21/12/2010

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...

A Dance of Fire and Ice

Release Date: 25/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

A Dance of Fire and Ice is a one-button rhythm game where you control a pair of spheres. You press a button to the beat of the music to progress through the mazes. Each press pivots the direction of motion of the paired spheres to make turns and cross...

Traffix

Release Date: 08/07/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Traffix is a puzzle game that puts you in charge of traffic lights on different road systems. By changing the lights to red, orange and green you work to get traffic to flow on increasingly complex and busy roads. It sounds complex, but with simple...

Bonito Days

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Bonito Days is a pastel-retro rolling, jumping and gliding game. You roll down a slope to launch yourself into the air and then glide around before landing. It's a simple challenge that combines with the breezy summer aesthetic with lite touch...

Ploppy Pairs

Release Date: 06/03/2022

Platforms: Apple TV, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Ploppy Pairs is a card matching puzzle game. Along with the sanitary humour, it's a simple and approachable game for very young players. The SharePlay via FaceTime means you can play and connect with family members online or in the same room.

You Suck at Parking

Release Date: 14/09/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

You Suck At Parking is a tactical racing game where the ultimate goal is to stop in a parking spot. The game features cartoon style parkour racing tracks with loops, sharp bents, bombs and other hazards, on the route to a parking spot.

Spring Falls

Release Date: 17/11/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Spring Falls is a puzzle where you erode a geometric landscape to let water flow down the mountain and help plants grow. Along with the low-pressure puzzle play, the game offers a calming experience with soft visuals, ambient music and interactive...

The Crew: The Quest For Planet Nine

Release Date: 13/03/2020

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards, Score Board and Tokens

The Crew is a cooperative trick-making card game. You play as a set of astronauts completing missions in a space adventure. Unlike competitive trick-making games like Bridge, Euchre or Hearts, here you work together to ensure specific players get...

Am I The Baddie?

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Am I The Baddie? is a running and collecting game of hide and seek where you control a character on a simple maze of streets. Up to five people compete on separate devices or computers. One person is the baddie who tries to collect the clues without...

Blackbird

Release Date: 21/04/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Web

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Blackbird is a strategy game where you are a blackbird collecting food for your young. You need to scour the forest to find enough insects to keep them alive and them fly the nest (or die trying).

Khan Academy Kids

Release Date: 12/08/2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Khan Academy Kids is a free series of game activities staring bright animal characters. Matching animals and photos, solving maths, social scenarios or enjoying some art time, Khan Academy Kids provides a playful framework.

Rhythm Paradise

Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Rhythm Heaven (also known as Rhythm Paradise, Rhythm World and Rhythm Tengoku) is a Japanese rhythm game where you perform everyday action in time with a musical beat.

Supertype

Release Date: 26/03/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Supertype is a puzzle game you play with letters, but isn't about making words. You use the peculiar shapes of these most familiar of symbols to cover one or more dots on the level. Each letter has different uses as you try and get them to land where...

Bomb Club

Release Date: 02/08/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Bomb Club is a puzzle game where you use an arsenal of whacky bombs to clear the board with a chain reaction. You place and trigger the bombs to ensure a single chain and complete the level. It's a novel combination of fun explosions and puzzle solving...

Cunch-Line Chronicles

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Cunch-Line Chronicles is a simple running and jumping game with an unusual and controversial theme. It aims to depict "gritty reality of life" and tasks you with avoiding obstacles, delivering and collecting drugs and avoid the police. Its name comes...

Herd Mentality

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Herd Mentality is a communication game where players aim to score points by sharing the same ideas as others. One person reads out a question, then everyone secretly writes an answer trying to match the most popular answer. It's unusual because the...

Twilight Drive

Release Date: 16/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Twilight Drive is a racing game where you turbo, drift, and use a grappling hook to turn corners and get fast lap times. Along with racing your own times, an on-line leaderboard lets you compete with friends and family. It's a cross between Micro...

Crossout Mobile

Release Date: 14/01/2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Crossout Mobile is a smartphone version of the popular online vehicular combat game Crossout. While it retains all the core mechanics of the main version, including the modular vehicle designs, customisation and skilful gameplay,...

Deru - The Art of Cooperation

Release Date: 07/11/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Deru is a cooperative puzzle game about the flow and interaction of colour. Its stylised design hides within it complex conundrums you must work closely together to solve. Each of the two players can only touch streams of their colour, so must carefully...

Piffle

Release Date: 03/09/2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Piffle is a puzzle shooting game where you fire cat-balls at anthropomorphic shapes to clear them out of the way and finish the level. Each animal-block requires a large number of hits to remove, and the fun is rebounding your stream of cat-balls to...

PixelJunk Racers

Release Date: 13/09/2007, updated in 2010

Platforms: PS3 and PS4

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

PixelJunk Racers is racing game where the circuit is viewed from above. Like a slot car game (Anki Overdrive or Scalextrics) you race round the in one of the five separate lanes. This unusual approach makes the game about changing lanes and controlling...

Splitter Critters

Release Date: 15/05/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Splitter Critters is a puzzle game where you cut up the world to connect platforms and get to the exit. You split and rearrange each level so you can avoid deadly lasers and create floating swimming pools to guide alien critters back to their spaceship.

Sticky Bodies

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Sticky Bodies is a puzzle game about attaching Monty Python-style people to each other as they fall through the sky. The more of the rag-doll individuals you connect, the higher your score. You also need to avoid other objects that are flying around. At...

Super Sports Beat

Release Date: 28/10/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Super Bear Sports is a sports rhythm game where you move your character in time with the music to swing, volley, and score points in different events.

Team Team

Release Date: 01/01/2022

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Team Team is a communication game where you work together to be the fastest to organise tiles into different patterns. There are two roles, the Speaker and the Builder. The Speaker can only repeat one word and only the Builder can move tiles. It is...

Ten People Ten Colors

Release Date: 09/09/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Ten People Ten Colors is a puzzle game where you help walking figures get to the exit. It's unusual because you can only control the level's background colour. Using the colour wheel you can match the background to foreground elements, which makes them...

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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