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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds on Mac

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.

This list includes 59 games from the last 30 years, with 1,003 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to nourish youthful ambition.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 1,003
 

 

Conduct Together (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Hey Northplay (@HeyNorthplay)

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

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one station...

Rocket League

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action and Sports

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Psyonix Studios (@PsyonixStudios)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Terraria

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

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...

Roblox

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2020

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Roblox (@Roblox)

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

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 11/12/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Us Two (@UsTwo)

Players: This is a single player game

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when...

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...

Hot Lava

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Klei (@Klei)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Hot Lava is a running and jumping game where you mustn't touch the floor because it's covered in lava. It takes the childhood playground game online as you work to cross nostalgia-filled maps on your own or with other players

Bugsnax

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Young Horses (@YoungHorses)

Players: This is a single player game

Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick, catch and eat anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you do, you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of [link to game/Octodad+Dadliest+Catch...

Savior

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Starsoft PDX (@StarsoftPDX)

Players: This is a single player game

Savior is an action adventure game with hand-animated pixelated graphics. You play as Sam, a mysterious woman with hidden powers and innate acrobatic skills who has lost her memory and all possessions. Use diplomacy, parkour, and intricate combat to...

Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, 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)

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Totally Reliable Delivery Service

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/06/2019

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

Genres: Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Werefivegames (@Werefivegames)

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

Totally Reliable Delivery Service is a package delivery game, where you use different means to get parcels to their rightful owners in the time limit.

Cat Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: 13/09/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: The Gentlebros (@TheGentlebros)

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

Cat Quest 2 is an adventure game, the sequel to Cat Quest, about a fantasy realm of cats and dogs. You explore and talk to characters who send you on quests to kill enemies in caves or retrieve hidden items. The addition of two player in the second game...

Legend Of The Skyfish (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 24/02/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: M Gaia Studio (@MGaiaStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Legend of Skyfish is a puzzle exploration game where you head into a dangerous land, hopping from island to island, solving puzzles and battling enemies. Each arcade-style level is a chance to put your unusual weapon to use -- for fighting but also for...

Wonderbox

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5-14 year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: Aquiris GS (@AquirisGS)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Wonderbox is a action-adventure game where you tap to build beautiful miniature diorama scenes in which to explore. Like Toad Treasure Tracker Each of these worlds has its own micro-adventure with enemies,...

Haven Park

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Fabien Weibel (@FabienWeibel)

Players: This is a single player game

Haven Park is a strategy game where you build camping spots in a national park. You play Flint, who is repairing his grandma's park to attract new campers. It's an intricate open island that packs in plenty to discover. As a game made by one person,...

Skatebird

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/09/2021

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

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Glass Bottom Game (@GlassBottomGame)

Players: This is a single player game

SkateBird is a running (rolling) and jumping game where you play a skateboarding bird who performs tricks and explores skate parks. The skate parks are made of everyday objects such as pencils, books, and staplers which have been transformed into ramps...

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....

Bad North

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

Players: This is a single player game

Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...

Sniks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/08/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Shelly Alon (@ShellyAlon)

Players: This is a single player game

Sniks is a puzzle game about guiding colourful worms to matching coloured fruit and food. Each level is a self contained arena with a number of snakes. Each snake can only consume fruit of a matching colour and they can't pass each other. It poses some...

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.

House Flipper

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 17/05/2018, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Frozen District (@FrozenDistrict)

Players: This is a single player game

House Flipper is a simulation game where you renovate old broken houses to make money. It's a blend of money management, detailed interior design and repair right down to the electric circuitry. It fosters a sense of creativity and imagination in how...

The Solitaire Conspiracy

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Strategy

Developer: Mike Bithell (@MikeBithell)

Players: This is a single player game

The Solitaire Conspiracy takes the well known Solitaire card game and integrates it into a neon drenched cyberpunk spy story to create a fresh take.

Akurra

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/07/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Gojirra (@Gojirra)

Players: This is a single player game

Akurra is a block pushing puzzle and exploration game. Its look is inspired by classic games like Zelda, Star Tropics, and Chip’s Challenge. It looks simple, but offers a rich and complex puzzles backed by visuals and sounds that take you back to the...

Asphalt 9: Legends (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing and Rhythm

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Game Loft (@GameLoft)

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

Asphalt 9: Legends is a racing game in the series that focuses on fast driving fun. This year the game adds new cars, a wide range of accessible control schemes, race modes, and nitro boosts for extra speed.

Garden Story

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-12 year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Picogram Art (@Picogram_Art)

Players: This is a single player game

Garden Story is a role-playing adventure, crafting and farming game similar to Stardew Valley. It also features combat, dungeons and puzzles similar to the Zelda games. You defend your garden-home from an invasion on...

Unrailed!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2020

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Indoor Astronaut (@IndoorAstronaut)

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

Unrailed! is a co-op strategy game where you work with friends to build a train line across endless landscapes. Along with finding the resources to build track, bridges and tunnels you need to deal with local inhabitants, upgrade your train and watch...

Cloud Gardens

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2020, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Noio Games (@Noio_Games)

Players: This is a single player game

Cloud Gardens is a puzzle game where you grow vegetation over a dilapidated post-apocalyptic world. It's a low-pressure puzzle, from the team behind Kingdom. It has the same pixel-art style, but here you are left to take your time...

Kingdom (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/10/2015

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

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

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...

Screencheat

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 23/01/2016

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Samurai Punk (@SamuraiPunk)

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

Screencheat pits four players against each other in a shooting battle on one system but keeps the violence low by making the players invisible. You win by peeking at other players’ portion of the screen to figure out where they are as you hunt them...

Costume Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2010, updated in 2011

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Double Fine (@DoubleFine)

Players: This is a single player game

Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...

King Pins

Release Date: 25/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

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

King Pins is a small real time strategy game where you command a small group of people to gather resources, build bases, farms and towers to defend yourself or attack the three other encampments. It's like Age of Empires but in miniature fashion....

Yooka-Laylee

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2017

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

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

Developer: Playtonic Games (@PlaytonicGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book...

Lunark

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Canari Games (@CanariGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Lunark is a platform game with simple pixelated graphics that tell a cinematic story. It's similar to games like Flashback that were popular in the 80s and 90s. You run, jump, hang, climb, roll, and shoot your way through mysterious alien ruins, a...

Riverbond

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

Release Date: 10/06/2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Cococucumber Co (@CococucumberCo)

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

Riverbond is a frantic adventure in a blocky world. With four people on one system you take on an adventure to defeat evil and free the charming citizens. It's a brawling game with the emphasis on fun and over the top cartoon combat.

Summer Catchers

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 16/07/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Racing

Developer: Noodle Cake Games (@NoodleCakeGames)

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

Summer Catchers is a whimsical adventure about driving across the frozen north to find summer, dodging obstacles and fighting bosses along the way. It's super simple to control but hazards require specific power-up button presses. The trial and error...

World of Goo

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-11 year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2008, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Tomorrow Corp (@TomorrowCorp)

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

World of Goo is a puzzle game where you use balls of goo to create bridges that span increasingly large chasms and obstacles. The game simulates real-world physics to determine if structures are strong enough and when they collapse. This means that...

Chroma Squad

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/04/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Behold Studios (@BeholdStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Chroma Squad is a strategy game themed around the The Power Rangers TV show. Rather than the heroes, you play the stunt actors who quit the show to start their own Power Rangers-inspired series. Rather than kill enemies in the turn based encounters,...

Growbot

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 21/10/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Growbot Game (@GrowbotGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Growbot is a point-and-click adventure from the developers of Machinarium. In Growbot you explore beautifully drafted locations to find objects and solve puzzles.

Knight Squad 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 28/05/2014, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Chainsaw Games (@ChainsawGames)

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

Knight Squad and Knight Squad 2 are a series of short fighting games where you battle other people to win the most rounds. Like other fight games it's fast-paced, lighthearted, and chaotic. More unusual are the novel modes and themes: from football to...

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