/ STYLES OF PLAY / Co-Play / Child Plays Independently (Independent Play)
The child plays the game under their own steam. They may be keen to talk about the game with parents, and call them in to show progress, but the main aspect of play is independent.
We have other Co-Play styles of play:
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds
Release Date: 30/11/2012
Platforms: Wii U
Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Race and Shooting
Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)
Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room
Nintendoland is a collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the...
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 13-18 year-olds
Release Date: 13/10/2009, updated in 2015
Platforms: PS3 and PS4
Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting and Stealth
Accessibility: 20 features
Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)
Players: This is a single-player game
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an action-adventure game that puts you in the role of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. You head to Nepal looking for the lost city of Shambala, unfortunately, you're not the only one looking for it. On your journey, you'll...
Release Date: 19/11/2016, updated in 2017
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth
Accessibility: 33 features
Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-adventure game set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. You play Nathan Drake, a happily married former treasure hunter coaxed out of retirement by his brother. This leads into...
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds
Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020
Price: 22% off
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii
Genres: Open World, Role-Play and Simulation
Accessibility: 28 features
Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game
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...
Skill Rating: 6-10 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 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 20-player online game
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...
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 by yourself or as a 4-player online game
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...
Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds
Release Date: 27/02/1996, updated in 2019
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Switch
Genres: Role-Play and Strategy
Accessibility: 13 features
Developer: Game Freak Info (@GameFreak_Info)
Pokémon Sword and Shield are role-playing games where you explore a fictional world and collect different creatures called Pokémon. You progress through the game by exploring the world, talking to characters and winning turn-based battles with the...
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Release Date: 18/08/2020
Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S
Genres: Open World and Simulation
Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)
Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 30-player online game
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is the latest flight simulator game in the long running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from data maps...
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, Megadrive, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action and Platform
Accessibility: 3 features
Developer: Sonic hedgehog (@Sonic_hedgehog)
Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds
Release Date: 14/06/2013
Accessibility: 22 features
You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Release Date: 15/12/1993, updated in 2021
Price: 68% off
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, Megadrive, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS
Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports
Developer: EA (@EA)
Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game
FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy
Developer: Sid Meier (@Sid_Meier)
Players: You can play with 1 to 12 players in the same room
Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.
Release Date: 01/11/2011
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is an action-adventure game and the third entry in the Uncharted series. In Uncharted 3 you once again take the role of Nathan Drake, treasure hunter, in the hunt for the lost city Ubar (also known as Atlantis of the...
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Release Date: 05/04/2019
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Accessibility: 23 features
Developer: Samurai Punk (@SamuraiPunk)
This game brings you, as a bird, to a beautiful island. You can explore freely, collecting items and soaring on the breeze. Often, other players will join you to create a flock of birds to fly together, making music on the wind. Communication is kept to...
Release Date: 09/11/2015, updated in 2019
Price: 72% off
Platforms: GameCube, Mac, PC, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Shooting
Accessibility: 1 feature
Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)
Tomb Raider is a longstanding series that has been rebooted in recent years. This means it not only gets a fresh coat of paint like a re-release but is built from the ground up. All the games feature Lara Croft as the titular hero. She shoots, runs,...
Release Date: 06/08/1986, updated in 2017
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Genres: Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Play and Shooting
Developer: Retro Studios (@RetroStudios)
Metroid is a series of running, jumping and exploration games where you play bounty hunter Samus Aran who protects the galaxy from the Space Pirates. It includes the platforming of a Mario game, but the focus is more on fighting enemies, finding new...
Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2020
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC and PSP
Genres: Simulation and Strategy
Developer: Techno Brain Jpn (@TechnoBrainJpn)
Air Traffic Controller (Airport Hero) is a series of games where you take charge of an airport. You deal with landing planes, directing them to runways and gates while ensuring things run on time and without accidents. Each session is a unique set of...
Release Date: 01/01/1999, updated in 2016
Genres: Open World, Simulation, Strategy and World Building
Pharaoh (and expansion pack Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile) took the Caesar real-time strategy games to Ancient Egypt. It's a strategy game where you make decisions about a particular city and scenario. The combination of planning and real historical...