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Mechanical Challenge Games for 6 to 8 Year-Olds

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.

This list includes 42 games from the last 41 years, with 201 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to combine dexterity and instincts.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to M
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 201
 

 

OCO

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Spectrum 48 Games (@Spectrum48Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

OCO is a sliding and jumping game set with simple colourful levels each set in a rotating planetoid. Unlike other platform games, you control everything with a single button. Each different colour of platform you slide along grants different abilities...

Threes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/02/2014

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Sirvo Studios (@SirvoStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Threes is a puzzle game where you slide numbered tiles on a grid. When they collide they combine their numbers, like Triple Town. You can match 1's and 2's with each other, the white tiles can match cards that are multiples of 3...

Fancade

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Puzzle, Race and Shooting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Martin Magni (@MartinMagni)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

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...

Bonkies

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 29/01/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Bonkie Corp (@BonkieCorp)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Bonkies is a co-operative building game where you construct buildings from different blocks. With a jetpack and a grab-arm you work with other players to manoeuvre the blocks into place. It starts quite simply but soon gets everyone shouting.

Forza Horizon 5 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-18 year-olds

Release Date: 05/11/2021

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

Genres: Open World, Race, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 47 features

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 72-player online game

Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico,...

Tren (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Johnee B (@Johnee_B)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Price: 45% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Super Monkey Ball (@SuperMonkeyBall)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

Switch Sports

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/04/2022

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Nintendo Switch Sports, is the latest version of Wii Sports. It brings the classic motion sports game up to date with new sports and ways to play. You can compete in six sports, including Tennis, Volleyball, Golf, Football and Bowling. The novelty, as...

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/02/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: A Bawnanable (@ABawnanable)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream is a running and jumping puzzle game. You play as a boy ninja called Kuro who is chasing a mysterious caped figure through a colourful painted landscape. It's unusual because although you collect special abilities (higher jumps or...

Rolando

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Hand Circus (@HandCircus)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rolando is a puzzle-adventure game where you control the ball-like Rolandos. You direct the collection of creatures through levels by tilting the device and interacting with elements like conveyor belts and elevators via the touch screen. It's a lovely...

Bonito Days

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-12 year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Std Somewhere (@StdSomewhere)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

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...

Stonefly

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

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

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

Developer: Flight School HQ (@FlightSchoolHQ)

Players: This is a single-player game

Stonefly is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an outsized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and...

Doodle Jump (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/04/2009, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Lima Sky (@LimaSky)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Doodle Jump is a jumping video game where you guide a hand-drawn four-legged creature up an endless series of platforms. Once you fall to the bottom of the screen it's game over.

Grapple Dog

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/02/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Jo Gribbin (@JoGribbin)

Players: This is a single-player game

Grapple Dog is a platform game where you play a pixel dog with the ability to grapple onto surfaces to swing and jump around a level. You can extend the length of the rope for a longer swing. In this way you take on puzzles, enemies and various...

N Plus Plus (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/08/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Metanet Software (@MetanetSoftware)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

N++ (N Plus Plus) is a physics based jumping puzzle game. You run and jump around each level to collect gold tokens while avoiding hazards and unlock the door. It's unique because the simple visuals let you focus on accurate control, fast reflexes and...

Eggggg

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Platform

Developer: Hyper Games (@HyperGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Eggggg is a silly platform game where you can fly by vomiting in the opposite direction. You play Gilbert who has an extreme egg allergy. Eating them makes him vomit like a fountain which you can use as a special power.

Night Skate

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Odd Animal Games (@OddAnimalGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Night Skate is a one-button skating and jumping game where you play a skateboarder endlessly trundling and tricking their way through the world at night. You use a single button to jump, float and land. In this way you can build up combos and tricks to...

Ball World Adventures (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: @Razorfist X (@RazorfistX)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ball World Adventures is a rolling and balancing game where you move a marble through an obstacle course, like the classic Monkey Ball game. It's unusual not only for its dexterity challenge but the tactile feeling it creates as you roll along different...

Inks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: State Of Play (@State_Of_Play)

Players: This is a single-player game

Inks is a messy pinball game that combines puzzle with platforming. It's like a traditional game of pinball, however you are aiming to splash the ball through each coloured area rather than rack up high scores.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Fair Play Labs (@FairPlayLabs)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a fighting game similar to Super Smash Bros. The novelty comes not only from its roster of Nickelodeon characters, but also from its fast-paced and intense rounds, rewarding skill...

Twilight Drive

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Race

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Epony Mouse Com (@EponyMouse_Com)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

VVVVVV

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2010, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Web and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)

Players: This is a single-player game

VVVVVV is a running and jumping game, without the jumping. Not having the ability to jump may seem like a disadvantage, but instead you can flip gravity to get around the various rooms of the abandoned space station. It looks like a 1980's game for the...

Defunct

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/01/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Platform, Race and Simulation

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: FS Game Studio (@FSGameStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Defunct is an adventure game where you race through a post-human landscape. You play an old, broken racing robot with little propulsion left. However, by using the landscape and varying your gravitation pull you learn how to speed through the world....

Donkey Kong

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1981, updated in 2015

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: This is a single-player game

Donkey Kong is a series of running and jumping games where you play Mario, who navigates a single screen to rescue the princess. It was the start of the platform game genre and although is now dated, can still be played on a wide range of systems.

Rally 2020 (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/02/2020, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Race and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @Godsmackt (@Godsmackt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rally 2020 is a single-player rally racing game. Drive through a cross-country course in Germany from the viewpoint of the driver with your co-driver giving you navigation. It's novel because of the simple intensity of this task. Don't fall in the water...

Test Tube Titans

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting and Simulation

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Ghost Time Games (@GhostTimeGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Test Tube Titans is a fighting game where you create monsters in a lab, before taking them into the city to wreak havoc. It is intentionally awkward to control your monster's legs and arms, which adds an incentive to create different types of creatures.

Tetris Effect: Connected

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-16 year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/2018, updated in 2021

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Mizuguchitter (@Mizuguchitter)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Tetris Effect is a tile-matching puzzle game (just like the original Tetris) but with a surprisingly powerful aesthetic twist. The game places each level in a themed area and ties gameplay to the beat of the music across its thirty different stages.

Bam Fu

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2013, updated in 2015

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Bam Fu is a competitive puzzle game where you must change coloured icons to match your colour by tapping them. The novelty is that you play with up to four other people on one device. Each person competes to turn the tiles to their colour. It's an...

Klang 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/09/2016, updated in 2021

Price: 40% off

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

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Tinimations (@Tinimations)

Players: This is a single-player game

Klang 2 is a psychedelic rhythm-action game. You take on enemies in this symbolic universe of three attacks: stikes, dashes and holds. The simple system interplays with the pulsing music to create a rhythm based high-speed combat challenged. Like the...

The Ramp

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 03/08/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Platform and Sports

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Hyperparadise (@__Hyperparadise)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Ramp is a relaxed skating game where you perform stunts, jumps and flips with no timers, penalties scores or objectives. It's this simplicity that, along with its deep-yet-simple controls and laidback soundtrack, make it a uniquely calm and...

Zip Zap

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/09/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single-player game

Zip Zap is a puzzle game with a simple premise. You move Erector/Meccano-style metal plates to get a ball in a white circle for at least a couple of seconds. It sounds simple. It is simple, although actually, it soon becomes head scratching to get the...

Flipper Volcano (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/08/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Sock Pop Co (@SockPopCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Flipper Volcano is a pinball game where you play a ghost trying to escape a volcano with rising lava. It's an unusual take on traditional pinball where the idea is not to score points but rise up through the volcano by passing your ghost up through each...

Frozen Frenzy (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/04/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Rurouni Dan (@RurouniDan)

Players: This is a single-player game

Frozen Frenzy is a jumping/flying and swimming game. You play an ice-cube on a frozen sea and must avoid the whales, mines and other dangers. It's novel because of the risk-reward decisions you have to make if you are to collect points and survive. Each...

360 Degrees

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-11 year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PC and Web

Genres: Sports and Traversal

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Stepf 0 rd (@Stepf0rd)

Players: This is a single-player game

360 Degrees is a sports game where you play a skateboarding bunny. Using only the mouse, you perform tricks, grinds, and jumps as you knock over bins to cause havoc and score points in the streets of Melbourne. It combines these unique controls with...

JellyCar Worlds

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Traversal

Developer: Walaber (@Walaber)

Players: This is a single-player game

Jelly Car is a puzzle game about a car made of jelly traversing a squishy world. You use the physics properties of the car and the objects in the world to get from A to B. It's an action puzzle game that stands out for the joyous novelty of a malleable...

Just Pogo (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2020, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Players: This is a single-player game

Just Pogo is a jumping game you control with one button. You are a man on a pogo-stick and must get to the exit in each of the 18 levels. The quirk of the challenge is that you not only control the game with one button, but that button rotates your...

Lovely Planet (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: 31/07/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform, Shooting and Traversal

Developer: Quick Tequila (@QuickTequila)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lovely Planet is a shooting game which focuses on athletic flow and accuracy rather than headshots and gore. You jump and shoot your way through five worlds full of treacherous enemies with your trusty pop-gun. It's an unusual, almost balletic, shooting...

Slice (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/02/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Diesel Laws (@DieselLaws)

Players: This is a single-player game

Slice is a jumping and collecting game where you free an enslaved world by slicing open cursed urns and freeing souls over 25 levels. Free all the souls to open the portal to the next level, but if you touch the spikes you die. It's a game with unusual...

The Jump Yard (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/03/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Entropy Tamed (@EntropyTamed)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Jump Yard is a platform puzzle game. You control a stickman that you can fire into the air at different angles. The aim is to land them on their feet on one of the 55 spots within the junkyard. A simple, but unique premise that is much harder than...

Wibble Wobble (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/01/2022, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Entropy Tamed (@EntropyTamed)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wibble Wobble is a running and balancing game. A bit like a super-hard egg-and-spoon race, you manoeuvre a bowl through a timed obstacle course while balancing a ball inside. The twist is that the bowl can pass through some obstacles that the ball...

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