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Persevere After Losing Games Rated Parental Guidance (PG) and Younger

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:

This list includes 73 games from the last 41 years, with 381 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to cope with losing.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 381
 

 

Iris and the Giant

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/02/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 36 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Louis Rigaud (@LouisRigaud_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Iris and the Giant is a narrative strategy card game about a young girl named Iris who braves an imaginary world to tackle her inner demons and face her fears. It's a game about depression and anxiety and shows Iris coping with her life with escapism,...

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: Fighting, Sequencing, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

Players: You can play with 1 to 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...

Don't Starve

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Klei (@Klei)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game

This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to...

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Race

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Built By Snowman (@BuiltBySnowman)

Players: This is a single-player game

Descend beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to worry about is tapping to jump to avoid chasms, rockfall and other hazards. It’s simple and moreish due to the stunning landscapes...

Geometry Dash

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Rob Top Games (@RobTopGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you used to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...

Splatty's Adventure (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/04/2019, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Lumbox S (@LumboxS)

Players: This is a single-player game

Splatty’s Adventure is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a small (4-year-old) hero who must escape an oversized bedroom and get on your way to save the world from destruction. Like stepping into a Toy Story film, but here you wield a...

One Hour One Life

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 27/02/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Jason Rohrer (@JasonRohrer)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game

This is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you can soon fend...

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/02/2021

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Role-Play

Developer: Helio C Studios (@HelioCStudios)

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

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos is a fighting game where you battle Titans and explore the dungeons of an expansive over-world. It's unusual because it combines the homemaking of Stardew Valley with classic Zelda style adventures and lets you play with up...

Dwarf Fortress

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/08/2006

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Play and Strategy

Developer: Bay 12 Games (@Bay12Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dwarf Fortress is a longstanding strategy game set in a fantasy world where you control a group of dwarves wanting to construct a wealthy fortress. It's unusual not only for it's text-based appearance but for it's expansive scope, and intricately...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/01/2022

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the latest game in the longstanding Pokémon series of role-playing games where you collect and battle Pokémon. Like those previous games, you compete in turn-based battles and try and collect as many...

Unrailed!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Price: 75% off

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 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

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...

Death's Door

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/07/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Acid Nerve (@AcidNerve)

Players: This is a single-player game

Death's Door is a noir adventure game where you play a crow whose job it is to reap the souls of the dead. When one goes missing you must fight, run and jump through a fantasy world to get it back. It's a simple combat game at heart, but the unusual...

Dicey Dungeons

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 19 features

Pieces: Cards and Dice

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

Dome Romantik

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Bippin Bits (@BippinBits)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dome Romantik is a strategy game where you mine to collect resources in between defending the dome that protects your world from terrible monsters. It's a hard game and when your dome is destroyed you die permanently and have to start from the...

Minit

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single-player game

Minit is retro puzzle game where you complete small tasks in within a 60 second time frame. You must dodge or fight foes, cut through the undergrowth, explore your world and find keys and swords. You start from the same place for each of your 60 second...

Ico

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2001, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS2 and PS3

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

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

Ico is a running, jumping and exploring game where you rescue a princess from her evil mother. You take her hand to help her escape, guiding her along the pathways and protecting her from the hordes of enemies. Together, you jump chasms and scale walls...

Ord

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/06/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Joni Tweets Games (@JoniTweetsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ord is an unusual text adventure, rather than one grand story, you embark on a series of distinct quests. Whether it's defeating an evil warlock or creating your own world as a god, Ord tells stories through simple series of words and word associations...

Dreamscaper

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/04/2020, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: Dreamscaper Game (@DreamscaperGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dreamscaper is an adventure where you control a woman's subconscious whilst she dreams. In the dreams you battle enemies with different surrealist abilities and weapons: finger guns, move the earth, control time, warp landscapes, many melee weapons and...

Firegirl

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/12/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Dejima Games (@DejimaGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Fire Girl is a running, jumping and hosing game set in a fantasy world of living fire-monsters. You help Firegirl in her first night working in the fire brigade. Rescue survivors, extinguish fire monsters and uncover the mystery behind the fire monster...

N++ (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...

Road Not Taken

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/08/2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Spry Fox (@SpryFox)

Players: This is a single-player game

Road Not Taken is a puzzle adventure game where you help a village from losing its children in the storms. It's a low pressure, but complex, puzzle where you head into the forest to find and free the children by moving items and enemies around. You fail...

Wildfire

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Wildfire Game (@WildfireGame)

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

Wildfire is a running, jumping and hiding game where you hide from (and distract) enemies to get through levels and complete missions. You have specific powers to start fires, freeze water, and move earth that offer different ways to solve the puzzle of...

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...

Temple of Rubbo (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 08/03/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

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

Temple of Rubbo is an action adventure game where you fight through dungeons to rescue an ancient wizard as a band of pirates trapped on an island and transformed into animals. Desperate to become human again, they fight their way through all kinds of...

868-Hack

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single-player game

868-HACK is a puzzle game where you hack a computer program to collect as much data as you can. It's a unique puzzle as collecting data triggers more enemies to appear so you walk a delicate balance between collecting as much as possible, but not so...

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...

Bring You Home

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Alike Studio (@AlikeStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bring You Home is a running and jumping game with a difference. You play a doddery Polo trying to get your pet back by completing various platform levels. Unusually, though, when you die the game rewinds so you can change the level by swiping the panels...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Meka Skull (@MekaSkull)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Race the Sun

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 19/08/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Action and Race

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Flippfly (@Flippfly)

Players: This is a single-player game

Race the Sun is an arcade-inspired racing game where you helm a solar-powered craft. Your objective is simple, hurdle towards the sun dodging obstacles for as long as possible before the sun sets.

Rogue Legacy (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 27/06/2013, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Cellar Door Games (@CellarDoorGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rogue Legacy is a dungeon fighting game. Each time you die you go back to the start. However, you are resurrected as a character with different challenges: colourblind, dyslexic, a dwarf and so on. You can use gold, collected form previous lives, to...

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 Race

Developer: Noodle Cake Games (@NoodleCakeGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 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...

Altered

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/03/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: The Mesh Potato (@TheMeshPotato)

Players: This is a single-player game

Altered is a demanding-yet-meditative puzzle game where must get your character to the end of the level. It's unique because to get there, you change your physical characteristics (extending, elongating, splitting into two, or attaching yourself to...

Children of Morta

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 03/09/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Developer: Dead Mage Studio (@DeadMageStudio)

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

Children of Morta is an adventure game about a family of heroes, each with different abilities and enhancements. You battle enemies and bosses while exploring dungeons within the cavern of Mount Morta and must avoid the corruption as it spreads.

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.

Imbroglio

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/05/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single-player game

Imbroglio is a puzzle game where you take a character into a dungeon and progress by collecting stars. The twist is that combat is focused not only your abilities but the tile you are standing on when you attack. Although each character has different...

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...

Sheepo

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2020, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Kyle Thompson Dev (@KyleThompsonDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sheepo is a running and jumping game where you explore a vibrant world in a quest to collect an egg from every species in the universe to save them from extinction. You take on bosses like other platforming games, but here you use the surroundings...

Sigi

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 07/09/2018

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Pixel Games (@PixelGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sigi is a retro-styled running, jumping and attacking game. You are on a Knight’s quest to locate Melusina, his true love that he inadvertently scared away with a bout of bad gas. Like games from the 80s you have to work through levels to find keys,...

Thoth

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/10/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Carlsen Games (@CarlsenGames)

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

Thoth is a shooting game with a twist: you shoot the colour out of objects as they move in ways that make it hard to avoid them. It's quite challenging as the levels are fast-paced and often introduce new mechanics that you need to learn to cope with,...

Candleman

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/02/2017

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

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Candleman Games (@CandlemanGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Candleman is a running and jumping game. You play as a tiny candle in the dark lighting their way through a dark and foreboding environment. It's unusual because your candle only last for 10 seconds, after which it's dark and really hard to navigate so...

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