Cost: Free games
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Release Date: 28/08/2018
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
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...
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Release Date: 30/06/2020, updated in 2021
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Web, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS
Townscaper is a town building toy. You pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Release Date: 15/12/2020
Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS
Pokemon Cafe Mix is a puzzle game. Similar to the icon-connection challenge of Disney Tsum Tsum, you play as Eevee and delivering orders in a cafe by linking Pokemon icons in a ring. It's a low pressure puzzle with a swirl-to-connect interaction that is...
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad
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...
Release Date: 20/10/2020
Platforms: Mac and PC
Scribble It is a digital take on the classic board game Pictionary. You take turns drawing a word as the other players try to be the first one to guess it. The benefit is that you don't have to be in the same place to play. Also, there's the added...
Release Date: 01/10/2020
Super Mario Bros.35 is Mario combined with Fortnite's battle royale online competition. You play a Mario game, but as you score points you send one of the other 35 players enemies and hazards. Jump on a Koopa and send it to the leader on points or...
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Release Date: 13/05/2020
Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Island Saver is action-adventure about cleaning up litter and goop to make money. It's created by Natwest with the aim of teaching children how to manage money. Unusually for a game with ideological ambitions, it's also a lot of fun.
Release Date: 25/09/2020
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Web and iOS
Empty is a minimalist puzzle game that teaches the value of simplicity in life. You rotate and interact with different vignettes to line up items with the same background colour. As you do this they disappear and the scene slowly empties.
Release Date: 14/10/2010, updated in 2012
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Triple Town is a puzzle game where you expand an empire by building cities in a limited space. You combine lower value pieces into better ones to improve your city and make best use of available space. It's simple and quick to pick up but requires...
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Release Date: 20/12/2021
Wordle is a daily puzzle game where you (and anyone else playing that day) try and guess the secret word. You get six guesses that must be real words. Each letter is then coloured to provide clues: green for right letter in the right place, yellow for...
Release Date: 30/04/2020
Platforms: Android and iOS
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...
Release Date: 14/10/2020
Pac-Man Geo combines the classic pill-collecting arcade game with the real world. Unlike Pokemon Go, you don't run around outside, but use real world locations to make the mazes around which you are chased by ghosts.
Release Date: 12/12/2018
Platforms: Android, PC, Web and iOS
Soccer Physics is a super simple football game you play by pressing one button. Made by Otto-Ville Ojala who also made the similar one-button games Wrestle Jump and Tank of Tanks, it's designed to be silly and fun. The matches are 2-on-2 and you time...
Release Date: 28/10/2021
Platforms: PS4 and PS5
Ensamey is a narrative game where you run and jump to explore a story told by a 4 year-old and their father. As the child tells the story, what they say and draw appears in the game for you to interact and play with.
Release Date: 18/08/2021
Everdale is an online strategy game where you build a village. With the help of friends you develop a society that survives on the basis of savvy cooperation. Unlike other civilisation games though, there is no fighting or combat. The focus is on...
Release Date: 05/08/2016
Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS
Balance - Power Grid is a puzzle game about power grids. You place cables, pylons and power generators to make sure there are no blackouts. Through a series of challenges you build power grids that are functional, and that produce the right amount of...
Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds
Release Date: 01/08/2019
Lego Duplo World (and Lego Duplo Marvel) are very simple point-and-click puzzle games. Based on the popular children's toy, it's an interactive play experience based on HeadStart’s Early Learning Outcomes Framework that encourages children to develop...
Release Date: Coming soon
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...
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Release Date: 17/03/2020, updated in 2020
Dreams Party is a turn based family board game for up to 4 players. There are two boards to choose from, Welcome Garden and Halloween. Like Mario Party, it creates the fun of a real board game but combines it with mini-games when players land on the...
Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii
Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...
Release Date: 07/08/2017
Silly Walks is an adventure where you control household-objects by tapping the screen to get them to walk. Each tap switches legs so you can control their direction as well as their speed. It sounds simple but takes some considerable skill. The...
Release Date: 15/12/2021
Babble Royale is a puzzle word game played against 16 other players online. You simultaneously race to make words as in Scrabble. Here though, you do this to inch across the board and stay out of the encroaching storm.
Release Date: 09/08/2016
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and Web
Grace's Diary is a role playing game where you play, Grace, who is concerned about her friend Natalie who's behaviour has changed since she started dating her current boyfriend. By experiencing the conversations first hand and making notes in your...
Release Date: 07/11/2018
This is a point and click adventure. You play young radio reporter Patricia who has just started her first job at a radio station. However, strange things are happening. Richard, her friend who got her the job has vanished and someone is tampering with...
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Release Date: 21/12/2010
QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...
Release Date: 20/09/2019
Tetris is a longstanding puzzle game where you make horizontal lines by placing different shaped tiles in a well. It's simple and fun, but as the pieces speed up it gets increasingly difficult.
Release Date: 16/09/2016, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android, Web and iOS
Argument Wars is an adventure game where you play a lawyer in a U.S. Supreme Court. It's a card game that recreates constitutional arguments behind some important historical cases.
Release Date: 01/09/2022
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Disney Speedstorm is a kart racing game like Mario Kart but with high-speed Disney and Pixar-inspired characters and racetracks. It's also different as it's a free-to-play with in-game purchases provided in seasons that offer new characters, circuits...
Release Date: 15/09/2021
Rescue: Mayday is a helicopter adventure where you are putting out fires and rescuing civilians. You play the game in a team of two, each on your own device. The Pilot player flies the helicopter but has no visibility and must use information from the...
Release Date: 27/07/2019, updated in 2020
Colour with Crayons is a running and jumping game. You are a crayon in a world made from art supplies. Find the required number of transparent boxes and colour them in to progress. It's an unusual premise extended by the optional hunt for cones to...
Release Date: 24/02/2020
Platforms: Android, PC and iOS
Dish Life: The Game is a puzzle narrative game where you play a stem cell researcher, managing a laboratory and growing stem cells.
Release Date: 15/09/2020
Rescue: Under Pressure is an adventure exploration game. Your task is to explore the sea and find treasure in the dark. But to do this you need the help of another player on the sonar to guide you. It's a game designed to work for players with mixed...
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Release Date: 06/09/2013, updated in 2020
Samsara Room is an abstract point-and-click puzzle-horror game. By solving the puzzles hidden throughout the room, you uncover an uneasy story about judgement and atonement told through the things you find.
Release Date: 20/07/2017, updated in 2019
Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...
Release Date: 04/06/2020
Words For A Bird is a short adventure you play by completing sentences. You follow the story of a purple bird. Each sentence is completed with letters from the tree in which the bird sits, along with a clue tile in the middle of the screen.
Release Date: 31/10/2021
Active Arcade is a motion controlled set of puzzle and action games. You control the action in the game by standing in front of your smartphone camera and moving your body, arms and hands.
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Release Date: 04/05/2013, updated in 2015
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...
Release Date: 13/06/2017
Captain Tsubasa Dream Team (Captain Tsubasa Flash Kicker Dream Team on Android) is a game set in the world of a Japanese cartoon about football. It's a tactical rather than action game. You play as the manager rather than players, but then at key...
Release Date: 28/03/2018
Do I Have A Right? is a puzzle game where you run a law firm that takes pro-bono cases where client's rights have been infringed. It's like Diner Dash, with a stream of customers whose needs must be met. Only here each client needs legal advice on...
Release Date: 30/01/2019, updated in 2020
Dog's Run and the sequel Dog's Run Generations are simple running, jump and digging games where you play a dog searching for their lost bones. It's novel because of the focus on simple exploration, jumping and collecting gems. This do get a little more...