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50 Great Games Like Astro's Playroom

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Astro's Playroom and have found the following:

Astro's Playroom is a running and jumping game that launched with the PlayStation 5. It not only showcases the PS5's new DualSense controller but offers a loveable adventure with novel interactions and considerable substance.

Unfortunately, Astro's Playroom is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-13 year-olds

Release Date: 19/11/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: 1

Costs: Free

34 Hand Picked Video Games Like Astro's Playroom

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

Submerged Hidden Depths

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/12/2020, updated in 2022

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

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 43 features

Developer: Uppercut Games (@UppercutGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Submerged: Hidden Depths is an adventure game where you boat, climb and explore the ruins of a sunken world. With light puzzle solving and no combat you discover a drowned city, crumbling skyscrapers and deserted villages. It's the sequel to the first...

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

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

Kirby's Epic Yarn is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character that can (usually) suck enemies into their large mouth to gain new abilities. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming...

New Super Lucky's Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Playful Studios (@PlayfulStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a platform game where you play a fox on a quest to recover pages from a magical book that will save his world. It takes gameplay in a more action-oriented direction but the islands and characters are full of quirky character and treasures like...

A Hat in Time

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019

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

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

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Hat In Time (@HatInTime)

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

A Hat in Time is a running, jumping and exploring game inspired by retro platform games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Psychonauts. As you explore each of the worlds, you discover characters to talk to, enemies to battle and an...

Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/11/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Ravn Studio (@RavnStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond is a pirate adventure where you run, jump and explore the world of the film. You play as either Pinky or Veronica, and join the legendary pirate Captain Sabertooth’s crew on the hunt for a mysterious magic...

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Moon Game Studios (@MoonGameStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...

Ben 10: Power Trip

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/10/2020

Price: 28% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Outright Games (@Outright_Games)

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

Ben 10: Power Trip is an open-world action game where you run, jump and explore to save the day. It's simple platforming and brawling that you can play alone or in split-screen more with another player as Kevin Levin.

Freddy Spaghetti

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Ratalaika Games (@RatalaikaGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Freddy Spaghetti is a running and jumping game. But you play a piece of spaghetti rather than a person. The game simulates the pasta’s physics as you use two trigger-buttons and a joystick to steer the main character across a wide variety of levels,...

Super Mario Galaxy (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2007

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Mario Galaxy is a different style of running, jumping and exploration game. It takes the Mario character to hundreds of different planet shaped levels adding more realistic physics to the platforming play. Each world, or collection of worlds is...

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)

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

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is running and jumping game. It's a spinoff of the LittleBigPlanet series and follows Sackboy and three friends as they explore, collect and battle their way through a fantasy world.

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...

New Super Mario Bros. U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room

New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 03/09/2018

Price: 65% off

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob)

Players: This is a single-player game

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a running, jumping, bashing and exploring game. It’s a re-release of the classic platform games featuring the purple dragon, Spyro. The attraction is the well designed levels, collecting and exploration. It’s an amiable...

Lego City: Undercover

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/04/2017

Price: 66% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Developer: TT Games (@TTGames)

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

Lego City Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.

Yoshi's Crafted World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-14 year-olds

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Price: 21% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

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

Yoshi's Crafted World is a running and jumping game where you control a friendly dinosaur, Yoshi. You work through each level, eating or jumping on enemies while searching for hidden items and collectables.

Wavetale

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2021

Platforms: PC and Stadia

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Thunderful Games (@ThunderfulGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wavetale is a surfing and jumping adventure in a world of sunken cities and fog. It wasn't always like this, and you help restore the decaying archipelago as Sigrid, a young girl who befriends a mysterious shadow that provides her with the power to walk...

Factorio

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/08/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Factorio Game (@FactorioGame)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 700-player online game

Factorio is a construction strategy game where you crash-land on an alien planet and must harvest resources to create industry to build a rocket to escape (or fall in love with running your factory and stay on longer).

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/03/2022

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: HAL Laboratory (@HAL_Laboratory)

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

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a running, jumping game where you explore a mysterious world with Nintendo's famous character who can inhale enemies to gain their powers. With a nod to Super Mario Odyssey, this version of Kirby has a full 3D world to...

Bubble Bobble

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/10/1986, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Taito (@Taito)

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

Bubble Bobble is a running and jumping game where you control a small dragon that can blow and jump on bubbles. It rose to popularity in the arcades when released in 1986. In each of the 100 levels you and another player defeat each enemy by trapping...

The Smurfs Mission Vileaf

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2021

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

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

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Osome Studio (@OsomeStudio)

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

The Smurfs Mission Vileaf is an exploration running, jumping and shooting game. You battle the wizard Gargamel to free imprisoned Smurfs and return the sarsaparilla fields to health. to do this you must track down the ingredients for the antidote.

The Snowgardens (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Half Up (@HalfUp_)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Snowgardens is a running, jumping and exploration game where you are a child stranded on a beautiful archipelago. Once the home to an ancient time-altering civilisation but now abandoned, leaving strange technology for you to operate to progress.

Spelunky 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/09/2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Moss Mouth (@MossMouth)

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

Spelunky 2 is, like the classic Spelunky, a running and jumping game where you exploring mysterious caves on the moon looking for your missing parents. On your journey, you will find unique environments, treasure, and people to join you as you delve...

Thinkrolls: Kings and Queens (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 16/11/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Avokiddo Games (@AvokiddoGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Thinkrolls: Kings and Queens is a puzzle game where you roll your character around castles to collect keys, food and gems for the dragon that lives there. Complete a level to be awarded with customising pieces to decorate your ball as a king or queen....

Big Hops

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Chris Wade (@ChrisWade__)

Players: This is a single-player game

Big Hops is running, jumping and swinging game where you play a parkour frog. You use your long tongue and unusual ways to adjust the world to get around. Your mission is to get back home after being frog-mapped. Along the way you meet a charming cast...

Frogun

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Molegato (@Molegato)

Players: This is a single-player game

Frogun is a traversal game where you use a frog-shaped gun to interact with the world and navigate the levels. You play Renata, who comes from a family of explorers, archeologists and inventors but finds herself alone in the jungle. It's classic...

Time Loader

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 03/11/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Flazm Games (@FlazmGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Time Loader is a rolling, climbing, jumping robot puzzle game where you have travelled back in time to prevent a tragic accident. With a Back To The Future 90s vibe, you control a rover-style robot and use various tools and features to navigate the...

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Playtonic Games (@PlaytonicGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee. You control Yooka, a male chameleon, and Laylee, a female bat and take on a level...

Mail Mole

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 04/03/2021

Price: 33% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Undercoders (@Undercoders)

Players: This is a single-player game

MailMole is a running, jumping and tunnelling game where you play a mole delivering letters through a series of fantasy levels. It's like the Mario platform game, but with a greater focus on movement and flow than jumping on enemies.

Marsupilami: Hoobadventure

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5-8 year-olds

Release Date: 16/11/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Ocellus Art (@OcellusArt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Marsupilami: Hoobadventure is a comic book inspired running and jumping game with some puzzles.
You jump on and over platforms, avoid spikes and other hazards while you collect special items to unlock extra areas and secret levels. It's unusual...

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2002, updated in 2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One

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

Developer: Krome Studios (@KromeStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger is simple and silly running, jumping and exploration game from the early 2000's. You play Ty as he searches for eggs to power a machine that will locate five scattered talismans and free his family. It's unusual for offering a...

Demon Turf

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/11/2021

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

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

Developer: Fabrazz (@Fabrazz)

Players: This is a single-player game

Demon Turf is a 3D running, jumping, rolling and flying game set in a world inhabited by all kinds of enemies. As a young demon, your job is to take on the different gangs and bring them down. It's unusual because you can shape-shift but also stands out...

Great Job Human (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/09/2019, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: V Vander Media (@VVanderMedia)

Players: This is a single-player game

Great Job Human is a running, jumping and puzzle game. You play as a robot with his companion searching for twelve ancient relics in a world made of microchips. It's an unusual mix of platforming and world manipulation. You must try not fall off the...

Clive ‘N’ Wrench

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Classic GJ (@ClassicGJ)

Players: This is a single-player game

Clive ‘N’ Wrench is a 3D running and jumping game where you play duo, Clive the rabbit and Wrench the monkey on his back. Like Banjo Kazooie and more recent Yooka Laylee, you explore the world to collect tokens and unlock new areas. It's novel as a...

Qubo's Quest: Into the Wild (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/01/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Doom Star Robo (@DoomStarRobo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Qubo's Quest: Into the Wild is a running and jumping game with some combat. You play as a tiny robot in an environment where pencils are weapons and pin tacks are deadly. There are two worlds to explore, an office and a garden. You must avoid the deadly...

16 Video Games Like Astro's Playroom Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Astro's Playroom. This includes games from the Puzzle and Platform genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

4 Easier Video Games than Astro's Playroom

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

Astro's Playroom 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 Astro's Playroom in the following lists:

Motion Controls Better Than Joysticks

Growing up playing video games has taught us that controllers with two sticks are a good way to move around a game. One controls looking and the other controls movement. Or maybe you prefer a mouse and keyboard?

However, the prevalence of these somewhat awkward schemes (similar to the prevalent but inefficient QUERTY keyboard layout) means that motion controls are often overlooked. This was made worse when the Wii failed to offer many high-end games and made motion synonymous with kid’s games.

The reality of well-implemented motion controls for aiming can make a profound difference to how approachable and accessible the experience is -- especially if two sticks don’t work for you or are unfamiliar.

We’ve worked with Jibb Smart on this list of games that offer motion controls that work as a viable (and often enhanced) replacement for stick control. He is pioneering well-executed motion controls and has created open-source tools JoyShockLibrary and JoyShockMapper to help explore the potential offered by the gyroscopes in these controllers. His website GyroWiki teaches developers how to implement these features well. In this list, we highlight games that put motion controls to good use in a way that is effective and well-executed.

Much of Jibb’s work focuses on the potential of gyro aiming. “It replaces the mouse with gyro controls. And since mouse control is a core pillar of PC gaming, it bridges a significant gap between PC and console players.” But motion controls is a very broad category. It’s worth breaking it down into more specific types of control that can help players in different ways:
  • Motion Aiming: Can use small movements of the gamepad to fine-tune aiming or as the main aiming mechanism. This is sometimes known as Gyro-Aiming. Games like The Last of Us Part II and Rogue Company provide this ability to replace one of the sticks or mouse with gyro controls. This usually requires the ability to calibrate these controls to taste. Search database for Motion Aiming games.
  • Motion Pointing: Can use the direction of the gamepad to move a cursor-target around the screen like a mouse. Games like Ghost Squad, World of Goo and Boom Blox use this to offer a light-gun experience. Search database for Motion Pointing games.
  • Motion Tilting: Can use movements of the gamepad to replace steering or left/right movement with sticks. Games like Forza, Mario Kart and Wipeout offer this to enable you to steer left or right by tilting the controller. Search database for Motion Tilting games.
  • Motion Gesture: Can motion with the controller to direct an in-game action. This can be a nuanced one-to-one motion for analogue sword (Zelda Skyward Sword) or bat movement (Wii Sports Resort). It can also be a simple shake to trigger a one-off action, like in Super Mario Galaxy. Search database for Motion Gesture games.
  • Flick Stick: Enables you control the direction you are facing in a game by pressing the controller stick in that direction, rather than a left or right relative motion. Once you are facing a direction, rotating the stick moves the camera by the same degree. The result is a quicker and simpler way to control your orientation in a game world.

 

DualSense Haptics PlayStation 5 Games

The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller added new features over the PlayStation 4 DualShock controller. It added a higher-quality microphone, a larger more sensitive touchpad, longer battery and more robust USB C charger cable. That last one is a welcome addition as DualShock controllers charge cables often wore out over time.

In addition to these improvements it added two new features:
  • Haptic Feedback - Detailed vibration and movement from within the controller to extend immersion of the game to your hands: the pattering of rain or a blast of energy.
  • Adaptive Triggers - The triggers on the controller can be made harder or softer to press by the game. This offers a nuanced way to feel more in the game, while also to provide more information about aiming.

The games in this list all use these Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers functionality.
 

New Yorker's Games of the Years

Each year, journalist Simon Parkin picks the top games for New Yorker magazine. Along with a look back on the major events in video games, these offer a window on the games that stood out for innovation, novel interactions as well as perfect execution.

This includes games from the following years: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013.
 

Digital Toy Boxes

Video games and toys are two separate things in a child's life. Online and in stores they are sold separately. At home, however, children will move from toys to video games without such strong distinctions. This list draws together all the games that cross over with toys in this way.

Very young players are often drawn to games with toy-like play. Whether Toca Boca or Sago Mini offer video game interactions but without missions, tasks or scores. They are games that create space, characters, locations and items for children to make up their own fun.

Then there are games that import physical toys into the play-process of the game. Sometimes this is to have a figure unlock items and save progress like in Skylanders or sometimes this is to create new ways to interact like Tori, Hotwheels id or Anki.
 

Great Guidance From PlayStation 5 Activity Cards

PlayStation 5 Activity Cards are a part of the operating system that provide a quick and easy way to see your progress, and get helping progressing (or finding what you’ve missed) in games. It’s a really neat part of the system that you can pop-up while playing by pressing the PlayStation button on the controller.

They are like your very own guide, tailored to your current play through, providing information on progress, tips on things you've missed, more things to do (and how long they will take) and short videos of how to complete objectives (that you can pin to the side of the screen while you are playing).

However, as with the use of PS5 Dual Sense features, different games do this in different ways. Some just include Activity Cards to load and save your game or access a game mode (which saves time but isn't a game changer) while others go to town on tips, hints and other helpful ways to get more from their game.

As one player put it, "Honestly, I'm just really enjoying them in Control where they tell me where to go when I'm lost in the wonderfully convoluted building. Then in Maquette it's extremely useful to just get a step solved for me when otherwise I'd switch to another game. These are the kind of frustrations that generally stop me from beating games. It's like having a Prima guide on my PS button."

The games in this list are those we think do a great job with Activity Cards. This not only provides quick travel, fast loading, how long main- and side-quests will take, tips and video guides but is a real reason to consider buying the PlayStation 5 version over the Xbox Series X|S.
 

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.

 

Gaming 101: Platform Games

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Platform games.

Platform games task the player with directing their character to jump, climb, run and avoid obstacles. Getting their name because of levels constructed of platforms from which you have to jump, these games usually introduce hazards to make the forward progress more hazardous.

Although often played with just a joystick and couple of buttons the timing and duration of the button presses and joystick direction requires considerable skill. When combined with Simulation genre the character responds to the physical mechanics of the game world in such a way that players need to spend time learning to use their instincts and relations to progress.

These are commonly considered Action games, but platformers (as they are often called) can also be combined with Fighting or Rhythm games to create a wide range of ways (and reasons) to traverse levels. Although Platform games are usually simpler to understand. However, when combined with Open-World or Puzzle genres they can present a larger and more complex challenge to players.
 

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 

Eggplant Podcast's Games of the Years

Eggplant: The Secret Lives of Games, is a podcast that offers a candid conversation with game creators that dives deep into the art, craft, and process of making games. It's an amazing insight into the mind of people who understand and highlight how game/play mechanics can do unexpected, magical and surprising things.

This is the list of games they have picked as their Game of the Year 2018-2021. These awards also include board games, escape rooms and game-like TV series. We have included video games here, where we have them on the database. (And in many cases have added video games to the database after listening to the show.)

It's hosted by:
  • Nick Suttner, an independent game writer/designer/consultant, who has worked on games like Celeste, Bloodroots, and Carto.
  • Andy Nealen, a game creator and scholar, artist and music maker, architect and structural engineer, and professor of cinematic arts and computer science at USC.
  • Sarah Elmaleh, actor, consultant and event organizer with a passion for collaborative creation - both as a seasoned performer and as an advocate for best practices in the games industry.
  • Zach Gage, who makes deep games that are easy to get into, like Really Bad Chess and SpellTower.
  • Douglas Wilson, who is a co-owner of Die Gute Fabrik, a games studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked on Johann Sebastian Joust, Sportsfriends, and Mutazione.
  • Laura E. Hall, is an an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer focusing on the playful intersections of arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.

The team is usually joined by Laura E. Hall for the game of the year episodes. She is an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer who focuses on the playful intersections of arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.
 

Wield Absolute Control

Things don’t stay put. You’re the only one keeping the ship afloat. You can’t get people to do what you tell them. The effort you spend doesn’t produce the results it deserves. Well, in these video games you get to wield complete control over people, things, situations or even whole worlds.

If games offer an escape from chaos, these games are particularly good at granting a sense of satisfying agency and power as they do that. Whether it’s ordering the perfect stock room in Wilmot’s Warehouse, organising your island in Animal Crossing, perfectly controlling the flow of traffic in Mini Motorways or even build civilisation just the way you want it in Civilization the sense of satisfaction and calm from the achievement is second to none.