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39 Great Games Like Among Us

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Among Us and have found the following:

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor carefully picks off players, who can then pause the game for an emergency meeting to discuss and vote traitors off the ship.

Unfortunately, Among Us is not available on Mac, PS4 or PS5. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 25% off

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

Genres: Action and Role-Play

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Inner Sloth Devs (@InnerSlothDevs)

Players: 1-10 (14 online)

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

33 Hand Picked Video Games Like Among Us

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Among Us. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Among Us. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Overboard

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 13-15 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Overboard is a murder mystery narrative game played in reverse. You murder your husband at the start of the game and then try and get away with it. It's played on a ship where the characters are affected by your choices and change their actions...

Impostor (Roblox)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Innersloth Devs (@InnerslothDevs)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Impostor is a space survival game like Among Us. It is a community created version of that official game on Roblox as Impostor, but also on Minecraft as a couple of minigames called Among Us and Impostor. The Roblox game is a version of Among Us for...

Bake 'n Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Bakenswitch (@Bakenswitch)

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

Bake 'n Switch is a puzzle fighting game where 2-4 players are apprentice bakers fighting the "Mould" and taking on various Guardian bosses. It's ridiculously cute and a lot of silly fun, as you catch, merge and sacrifice the anthropomorphised dough...

Blankos Block Party

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/11/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative and Open World

Developer: Play Mythical (@PlayMythical)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 60-player online game

Blankos Block Party is an online game where you collect and create custom characters based on toy figurines. Along with the built-in modes of racing, platforming and shooting, you can also plug and play your own levels in a similar fashion how [link 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 by yourself or as a 4-player online game

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

Granny

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/11/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Play

Developer: D Vapps (@_DVapps_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Granny is a horror adventure game where you are locked in a house by a creepy grandma. You wake up in a dark room and have to carefully work your way through the house to escape without being caught. It's noted for the tense gameplay and jump scares.

Scribble It

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Detach Official (@DetachOfficial)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 16-player online game

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...

Return of the Obra Dinn

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Price: 30% off

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Dukope (@Dukope)

Players: This is a single-player game

You play a shipping company agent assessing what happened on board a fictional East India Company ship where all the passengers have all mysteriously died. Exploring the ship, you can revisit the moment of death for each body in order to identify each...

Dead by Daylight

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 14/06/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Stealth and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Behaviour (@Behaviour)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 5-player online game

Dead by Daylight is a survival horror game where one player takes on the role of a killer and another other four try and work together to survive. It's unusual because of this asynchronous play and its cross-over with different franchise-inspired themes.

Carrion

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 23/07/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Kroskiewicz (@Kroskiewicz)

Players: This is a single-player game

Carrion is a horror game where you play the amorphous alien as well as human protagonists. This reverse-horror scenario puts you in control of an organic tentacled monster to make your way through the facility, stalking and killing humans in your path.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2016

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Steel Crate Games (@SteelCrateGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 10 players in the same room

In this game you’re confronted with a bomb on the screen that has to be defused, requiring a series of modules to be disarmed. The bomb defuser player can see and operate the bomb but the other players, who have the defuse instructions, can’t. The...

Papers, Please

Content Rating: PEGI 16

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Dukope (@Dukope)

Players: This is a single-player game

You play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizens’ passports and paperwork according to an increasing list of changing...

Photographs - Puzzle Stories

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Luca Redwood (@LucaRedwood)

Players: This is a single-player game

"Have you ever made a mistake, or hurt people you care about?" Asks the Photographs trailer. It's a puzzle game that aims much higher than to distract you while on the way to work.

Through the Darkest of Times

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/05/2020, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Paintbucket de (@Paintbucket_de)

Players: This is a single-player game

Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.

Starbound

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/03/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Developer: Chucklefish Ltd (@ChucklefishLtd)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Starbound is an action-adventure similar from the same developer as Terraria. It takes place in a two-dimensional, procedurally generated space universe where you can explore and discover new weapons, armour, and items. You can also visit towns and...

Blaseball

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 20/07/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Narrative, Simulation and Sports

Developer: The Game Band (@TheGameBand)

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

Blaseball is an online baseball simulation. Unusually though, it blends-in an absurd horror story where players are incinerated and the rules can change -- a little like the board game Blood Bowl. Players compete not so much to get their team to win,...

Hidden Agenda

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/10/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Super M Games (@SuperMGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room

Hidden Agenda is an adventure noir crime thriller. It's from the people who made Until Dawn, but uses the PlayLink technology to let multiple people play on the PlayStation using their smartphones to interact and make decisions.

Kirby Fighters (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and Switch

Genres: Fighting

Developer: HAL Laboratory (@HAL_Laboratory)

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

Kirby Fighters 2 is a light hearted fighting game where you play as the round Nintendo character, Kirby. You can choose from various abilities that your character "copies" from opponents. You fight other characters from the Kirby games in fights against...

Headliner: NoviNews

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Unbound Creation (@UnboundCreation)

Players: This is a single-player game

Headliner: NoviNews is a narrative-driven simulation game where you play as the person in charge of the headlines and stories that are released to the public. Each article you approve from your office has a direct impact on the world outside. Which news...

Due Process

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Enemy Crab Games (@EnemyCrabGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Due Process is a tactical shooting game that focuses on both the planning and execution of missions. You are presented with a unique mission where teams of five either have to defend or attack a particular location. Spending time talking through tactics...

Project Winter

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Strategy

Developer: Proj Winter (@ProjWinter)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Project Winter is a multiplayer survival game. Up to 8 people work to survive the winter by gathering resources, repairing structures, and braving the wilderness dangers together. However, up to two people are traitors within the group and try to dash...

First Class Trouble

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Invisible 0 walls (@Invisible0walls)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 6-player online game

First Class Trouble is a survival puzzle game where six players must work together and against each other to survive a disaster. It's a social deduction game, like Among Us, so the real trick to surviving is working out which players are robot Personoids.

Triple Agent

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 20/07/2017, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: Tasty Rook (@Tasty_Rook)

Players: You can play with 1 to 9 players in the same room

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...

Cube Escape Collection

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/04/2015, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Cube Escape Collection is a set of 9 point-and-click escape room style games set within the Rusty Lake universe. As you follow a murder case through the games, you uncover secrets and hidden meaning in unusual places that enable you to piece...

Spaceteam (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/12/2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Hengineer (@Hengineer)

Players: You can play with 1 to 8 players in the same room

Players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’,...

Samsara Room

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/09/2013, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

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.

Am I The Baddie?

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-8 year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Stealth

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Am I The Baddie (@AmITheBaddie)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room or as a 5-player online game

Am I The Baddie? is a running and collecting game of hide and seek where you control a character on a simple maze of streets. Up to five people compete on separate devices or computers. One person is the baddie who tries to collect the clues without...

Obakeidoro

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Obakeidoro En (@Obakeidoro_En)

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

Obakeidoro is a hide and seek adventure game. You play with up to four people, three are humans hiding from the other player who uses a monster to chase them down. The humans have 3 minutes to work together to get away.

The Past Within

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

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

The Past Within is a co-operative puzzle game where you solve a mystery by communicating with the past. You play the game with another person, either in the same room or elsewhere, by communicating what your different times and perspectives reveal.

Dread Hunger

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 26/01/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Communication, Fighting, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Dread Hunger Game (@DreadHungerGame)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Dread Hunger is a strategy survival game where you venture into the arctic wastes to find coal and food to keep your ship running, while trying to uncover the players who are two secret killers. In many ways like the hugely popular [link to...

Heat Signature

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/09/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Play, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Gunpoint Game (@GunpointGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Heat Signature is a tactical shooting game where you break into spaceships on missions to hijack them, steal important technology, assassinate crew members and rescue captives. With simple visuals, viewed from above, you can approach this in many ways...

Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 26/10/2016, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Brain Game, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Blue Wizard Games (@BlueWizardGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut is a macabre puzzle game. You control Skullface, a serial killer hellbent on killing every camper in this homage to 80's horror movies. It combines a basic slide the block puzzle with a cute block world but with a dark sense...

Galaxy of Pen & Paper (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/10/2012, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Role-Play

Accessibility: 7 features

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Behold Studios (@BeholdStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Galaxy of Pen & Paper is a role-playing game about commanding a spaceship crew on missions. You get to design and upgrade your team in a similar fashion to table-top roleplay games, like Dungeons and Dragons. Here though, it's a sci-fi world. It's the...

5 Board Game Alternatives to Among Us

These are our hand-picked alternatives to Among Us. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

1 Video Game Like Among Us Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Among Us. This includes games from the Role-Play and Action genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

1 Easier Video Game than Among Us

If you like the sound of Among Us but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

1 Video Game With More Documented Accessibility Features than Among Us

If you like the sound of Among Us but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Among Us Accessibility Report.
 

Among Us is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Among Us in the following lists:

Hide and Seek

Some forms of play are timeless. Running around with a stick pretending to be in the army. Chasing each other in games of tag. And, of course, hide and seek. The games in this list offer digital ways to play hide and seek with a variety of different twists.

Hide In A Crowd: There are games like Spy Party, Thief Town, Hidden in Plain Sight and Buissons, that let you play as a range of characters and then challenge another player to find you amongst a computer-controlled crowd, from what way you move and interact. The Fruit game in Game & Wario on Wii U has the same mechanics, with one person trying to steal fruit without the other players working out who they are. Wii Party offers hiding in its Spot the Sneak mode where one player has a secret advantage in the mini-games that the other players have to spot. Another great example is Wii U Party, Lost and Found Square mode. One player stands in a crowd of identical people and uses the Wii U gamepad to look around and describe their location to other players, who use the TV to explore and find them. At the end, you see a map of where the players had run.

Prop Hunt: There are games with "Prop Hunt" modes where you can change into the items in the world to hide. Fortnite has a great Prop Hunt mode, as does Minecraft. Then there are games like Witch It designed around this idea of transforming into normal items and hiding in a game world.

Separate Screens: There games like Mario Chase and Luigi's Ghosthouse in Nintendoland, or Pac-Man Vs where one person has their own screen while the others team up to hunt for them use the main TV screen. Or games you play online where everyone has their own screen and try to hide from a particular character like in Secret Neighbor. Screencheat is a twist on this, where you share the same screen and try to shoot each other, but your characters are invisible.

Hidden Objects: Or there are hidden object games where the computer hides things that you have to find, like Hidden Folks and Hidden Through Time. There's a hidden object mode in Super Mario Odyssey where you hunt online player's hidden balloons. A twist on this is Here Kitty where one person hides a phone that then makes cat noises until the seeker has found it.

Open World Hiding: You can use pretty much any open-world game to make your own hiding fun. You can hide in Minecraft (having turned nameplates off), sneak around on public transport in or simply count to 10 while visitors hide in Animal Crossing New Horizons.
 

The Besties Podcast's Games of the Years

The Besties is a podcast about video games with a focus on a Game of Year format. Although episodes do cover new games like other podcasts, much of the content builds towards yearly Game of the Year shows, and head-to-head showdowns for best games in a series (Zelda, Grand Theft Auto and so on).

"It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – rank and review their favorite video games. Because shouldn't the world's best friends pick the world's best games?"

This is a list of the games that they have picked for their final game of the year show from 2014 to 2021. In some cases we didn't have the game on the database, but generally this is a good representation of their picks over the time of the show.
 

Transgress Intended Play

Video games are a great way for children to play. However, they are also contested spaces often created with profit as well as play in mind. How do we empower children to play, break the rules and self-determination in light of other pressures and owners of these digital spaces?

We worked with Sara Grimes on this list of games that offer new and emergent ways to provide play possibilities to children. Her book, Digital Playgrounds explores the key developments, trends, debates, and controversies that have shaped children’s commercial digital play spaces over the past two decades.

The politics of children’s play aren’t something we often talk about. This is more than decrying big business muscling in on childhood. It’s about understanding digital play in a holistic sense so it can be all it needs to be in the life of a child. Sara describes this as an embrace of the complexity of children’s online playgrounds, virtual worlds, and connected games.

It comes down to something at the heart of our database: seeing games more than mere sources of fun and diversion. “Games serve as the sites of complex negotiations of power between children, parents, developers, politicians, and other actors with a stake in determining what, how, and where children’s play unfolds.”

We’re excited about games in this list as they are not only digital spaces where these things meet, but that children use them in ways they weren’t intended. These games can be places where children push back at the powers-that-be and take ownership of these digital public spheres in unexpected ways.
  • Metaverse rule making and breaking in games like Roblox and Fortnite, where the context offers more than competition. Children often invent their own rules and ways to play not instigated by the developer.
  • Citizenship their own way in games like Alba, Cozy Grove or Unpacking where children have agency to influence and contribute (or not) to public spaces. Then there's games like and Please Touch The Artwork and Sloppy Forgeries that invite usually discouraged behaviour.
  • Undirected play can lead to unintended scenarios in games like Pok Pok Playroom, Kids, A Short Hike or Townscaper where play isn’t directed or capitalised upon, but left alone to be an end in its own right.
  • Purposeless Exploration in games like , Proteus and Ynglet can be used as a way to waste time, not progress and refuse direction.
  • Misbehave in games like Untitled Goose Game, Donut County, Carrion, Fable, Scribblenauts and Beholder is expected. But how children stretch and reinvent (or refuse to partake in) this usually frowned on behaviour opens unexpected possibilities.

The Let's Game It Out YouTube channel is a great example of games you can play in ways (very) unexpected by the developers. These aren't all child friendly, but are fascinating examples of play transgressing intended rules.
 

The Game Awards

The Game Awards highlight the best video games each year. It's an award produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley. Games are selected by video game news organizations who then vote on the games to choose the winners in each of the categories.
 

Local Wireless Multiplayer On Switch

Although you can play many multiplayer Switch games on the same system. There are some that let you play with or against other players in the same room but on separate devices.

If you have more than one Switch device in your family these are a great way to play together. Or maybe you have relatives visiting for special occasions who can bring their Switch consoles with them. These games are a great way to play.

You each need a copy of the game on the system, and then use the console's local wireless feature to connect directly to the other devices. This means you don't need an internet connection and you don't need Nintendo Online.
 

Tell White Lies

Video games often place you in positions of power, saving the world, righting the wrongs and bringing justice. Of course, real life isn't neat and tidy like that. There are many games where you are challenged to make difficult decisions and some of those put you in situations without power, where the kindest thing to do is to lie.

Whether it's not telling Ellie the truth about her unique response to the infection so she can have a "normal" life in The Last Of Us, lying about who's drugs they are to save a friend in Life Is Strange, deciding not to be honest with friends to save their feelings and avoid confrontation in Oxenfree or rearranging an old man's memory so he thinks he's made it to his dream in To The Moon, telling lies is sometimes the right thing to do.

The games in this list challenge our neat conceptions of right and wrong. Playing them, we face the messiness of real-world justice and consider the power of withholding the truth. We might not always agree with the reasons or ethics, but we have a chance to revisit our values as we play.
 

Get Children Talking

It can seem that all children do these days is stare at their screens and play video games. We worry about screen time and what the violence, addiction and gambling is doing to their brains.

However, along with screen time comes many other things we can celebrate. All kids do these days is talking to other. All kids do these days is learn the skills of rhetoric and debating. All kids do these days is develop their social confidence.

It sounds a little far fetched, but watching my kids play the new “hit” game Among Us, I’ve realised these are exactly the sorts of things they are really developing when they are sat staring at their screens.

Here are some great examples where you need to talk, and talk intelligently and intelligibly, to do well in the game.
 

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 

Be The Villain

Video games usually let us step into the role of the hero. Sometimes our heroics result in many henchmen or even innocent bystanders getting killed. But our hearts are thought to be in the right place.

The games on this list, however, are all great examples of where you intentionally ruin other people's days. Whether that's playing the blood sucking alien in Carrion or just stealing, breaking and hiding things in Untitled Goose Game it's both intriguing and entertaining to not play by the usual moral rules of the game.

Then there are games where you think you are doing things for the right reason but this turns out not to be the case, like Braid or Spec Ops The Line. Or games where the slow drip of doubt builds until you regret your actions, like Shadow of the Colossus.
 

Social Deduction

Games aren't only about quick reactions and shooting things. Many games, like the parlour games of the past, are about communication and quick wits. There is a whole group of games that are more about talking to other players than anything else.

These social deduction games put players in an unusual situation to work together to survive. However, one or more participants are secretly tasks with bringing the group down from the inside. These traitors usually need to do this carefully, because being found out means the main group can expel them from the game.

Some of these games, like Thief Town, Spy Party or Unspottable, challenge players to act in such a way that their in-game behaviour won't give them away. Other games in the list, like Among Us or First Class Trouble, require players to talk in the real world as well as in-game to build a case against each other.
 

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from these categories:
  • The Family Games Award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

We’re supporting the Every Mind Matters campaign from NHS and bringing you some games that help you connect with friends and family while you look after your mental health.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as much as how to win the next race in Mario Kart.