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Mechanical Challenge Games on PlayStation Vita

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 10 games from the last 25 years, with 26 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.

DetailsPlatform Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to M
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Traversal
Era: 1997 - 2021
Total Games: 10
Total Likes: 26
 

 

Everyday Shooter

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2008

Platforms: PC, PS Vita and PS3

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Mango Lychee (@Mango_Lychee)

Players: This is a single-player game

Everyday Shooter is a collection of shooting games presented as a music album. The shooting action is familiar but here the dissolute sounds of destruction are replaced with guitar riffs harmonizing over the soundtrack. The visuals join in the...

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

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...

Gravity Rush

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017

Platforms: PS Vita and PS4

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

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Gravity Rush is a running, jumping and exploration adventure game. You play as Kat, an amnesiac with the power to manipulate gravity. She uses this ability to help her community and uncover the mystery of her past.

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...

Everybody's Golf (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 17/07/1997, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Physically Active, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Hanz en (@Hanz_en)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 20-player online game

Everybody's Golf is a series of golf games that create a detailed, gentle electronic version of the game. Although there are cartoon characters the focus is on realism and positive encouragement as you make your way around the various courses. The...

ScourgeBringer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/02/2020, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Flying Oak Games (@FlyingOakGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

ScourgeBringer is a fast running jumping and shooting game. You play Kyhra who must slash her way through ancient machines guarding the seal of her past. It's hard and unforgiving, but offers a free flowing exploration and battling that can be tailored...

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/03/2014

Platforms: PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Tribute Games (@TributeGames)

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

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition is a running and shooting game. You control an army character, craft a wide arsenal of weapons and take on bosses that retreat when they are nearly beaten. It's unusual because it leans into gaining familiarity of its...

Axiom Verge 2

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/03/2015, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: Axiom Verge (@AxiomVerge)

Players: This is a single-player game

Axiom Verge is a series of running, jumping and fighting games where you play as Trace, a scientist who wakes up in an unknown ancient world. It's similar to retro games like Metroid and Contra where you explore levels, collect items and progress your...

Battle Princess Madelyn

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/12/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Traversal

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Real Monster Bath (@RealMonsterBath)

Players: This is a single-player game

Battle Princess Madelyn is a running and jumping game where you defeat hordes of enemies like the classic arcade game Ghosts 'n' Goblins. It's similarly fast-paced and difficult, here though you have to pick your way through labyrinthine levels, and use...

PixelJunk Shooter

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 10/12/2009, updated in 2015

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

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

PixelJunk Shooter is a shooting game where you fly a subterranean vehicle to rescue scientists trapped underground. You control movement with one stick and shooting with the other. This combines with the world's physics to create a puzzling shooting...

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