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62 Great Games Like Chariot

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

Chariot is a co-op platform game where you haul around a wheeled Chariot, to the end of each level. Pushing, pulling or dragging with ropes, you need to use the real physics of the game to solve puzzles and time jumps to get the heavy object to the destinations.

Unfortunately, Chariot is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 30/09/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Frima Studios (@FrimaStudios)

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

43 Hand Picked Video Games Like Chariot

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

Wilmot's Warehouse

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Finji Co (@FinjiCo)

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

This is a game for people who like to organise things. You are in charge of a warehouse and must manage 100s of items of stock. These identical square boxes are labelled with rudimentary icons. On your own or with another player, you must decipher what...

Knights And Bikes!

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Foam Sword Games (@FoamSwordGames)

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

Enter a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British island and work together as Nessa and Demelza to explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons, tape cassettes and...

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...

Heave Ho

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Le Cartel Studio (@LeCartelStudio)

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

Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make...

Snipperclips

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: SFB Tom (@SFBTom)

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

This is a game where you play a piece of paper that can be cut into different shapes. Through a series of puzzle levels, you adjust your shape by clipping and overlapping other players. Sometimes this is to match a shape, at others it is to catch a ball...

Bonkies

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 29/01/2021

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Bonkie Corp (@BonkieCorp)

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

Bonkies is a co-operative building game where you construct buildings from different blocks. With a jetpack and a grab-arm you work with other players to manoeuvre the blocks into place. It starts quite simply but soon gets everyone shouting.

Ibb and Obb

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/08/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Sparpweed (@Sparpweed)

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

Ibb & Obb is a puzzle game where you run, jump, land on enemies and solve momentum puzzles. The novelty is that it's a game designed for co-operation. One player controls the green creature, Ibb, and the other controls the pink creature, Obb. The world...

Yoshi's Wooly World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

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

Yoshi's Woolly World is a platform game of knitted yarn. You explore, jump and run your way around, solving puzzles and collecting items to complete each stage.

A Fold Apart

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/04/2020

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

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: LR Gthunder (@LRGthunder)

Players: This is a single-player game

A puzzle game that explores the emotional rollercoaster of a long-distance relationship — in a world of folding paper. After career choices force them along separate paths, a Teacher and Architect vow to make their long-distance relationship work at...

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/09/2018

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: Asteroid Base (@AsteroidBase)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers a space-survival challenge where you must collaborate to defend your circular spaceship. Each player needs to take on specific tasks to manage offensive or defensive duties.

Rolando

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Hand Circus (@HandCircus)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rolando is a puzzle-adventure game where you control the ball-like Rolandos. You direct the collection of creatures through levels by tilting the device and interacting with elements like conveyor belts and elevators via the touch screen. It's a lovely...

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...

Koloro

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 22/12/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and Switch

Genres: Platform

Developer: Qubic Games (@QubicGames)

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

Koloro is a sliding and jumping game you play with a single button. You time jumps and dodge blades to move your square character through complex maze-levels and take on enemies.

Phogs

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/06/2020

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Coatsink (@Coatsink)

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

Phogs is a game where you control a stretchy dog that has a head at both ends of its body. It sounds a little strange, but is actually an endearing adventure where, on your own or with another person, you control each end of the dog separately to...

Down in Bermuda

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Wii U, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: Yak and Co (@YakAndCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Down in Bermuda is a puzzle game where you are stranded on a set of interconnected islands. You push, pull and manipulate objects to solve puzzles and explore the world. Each one you complete brings you closer to getting back home.

Fly Together

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/04/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Hey North Play (@HeyNorthPlay)

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

Fly Together is a strategy puzzle game where you need to direct planes to different airports so passengers can get to their destinations. You do this against the clock, by drawing flight paths and avoiding collisions in increasingly challenging...

Cosmic Express

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 16/05/2017

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cosmic Express is a puzzle game where you plan a train route to collect the waiting passengers. Although the game looks super simple, as it progresses you have to also deal with different hazards and requirements for your route.

Death Squared

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/03/2017

Price: 92% off

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Smg Studio (@SmgStudio)

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

Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle game for 1, 2 or 4 players. Together, you solve puzzles by guiding a robot to a colour-coded goal. Getting there requires co-operation and communication as each player's path has deadly traps and hazards.

Koala Boutique

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Tech People Lab (@TechPeopleLab)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Koala Boutique is a strategy game about running a shop on the brink of bankruptcy. Unusually, it's a game designed for two players to play distinct roles. You don't have to play at the same time, but work together to progress as a team. The Adventurer...

Part Time UFO

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: HAL Laboratory (@HAL_Laboratory)

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

Part Time UFO is a puzzle game where you use your flying craft and claw to solve various problems. Sort out a farm, support cheerleaders, cook up the ultimate dessert at a restaurant or even build a castle. It's sort of like the coin-operated crane...

Degrees of Separation

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/02/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Dofs Game (@DofsGame)

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

Degrees of Separation is a running and jumping game where you control two characters from different seasons, Ember and Rime. Each has different abilities to change the environment and help you to progress: freezing water, melting ice and the like.

Find the Balance

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 28/09/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Digital Melody Pl (@DigitalMelodyPl)

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

Find the Balance is a puzzle game where you stack awkwardly shaped objects - stones, boxes, bananas. You place these items to create stable towers by planning, selecting and rotating objects before cutting the line and dropping them gently.

Rainbow Islands

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1989, updated in 2009

Platforms: PS2 and Xbox

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Taito (@Taito)

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

Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 is a running and jumping game where you play a character who can create rainbows to traverse levels and attack enemies. The game followed up Taito's hit Bubble Bobble from the previous year. As well as...

Tied Together

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/10/2018

Price: 85% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Headup Games (@HeadupGames)

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

Tied Together is a platform game for two to four players tied together. Like a three-legged-race you have to co-ordinate how you move. But here you are negotiating jumps and enemies too. Any player can grab the ground and act as a fixed point for...

Very Very Valet

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 24/05/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Race and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Toyful Games (@Toyful_Games)

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

Very Very Valet is a strategy game where you must park cars neatly and return them to guests as they need them. With up to four people you run a team of puppet valets to conquer a range of parking and retrieval challenges

Linelight

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/01/2017

Platforms: Android, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Linelight Game (@LinelightGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Linelight is a puzzle game about complex circuits. Your task is to move a small line of light along the correct path to collect diamonds and unlock the next area. It's an ingenious puzzle game, with pared-down symbolic visuals that accentuate the...

Megabyte Punch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/08/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Reptile Games (@ReptileGames)

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

Megabyte Punch is run, jump and fight game where you play a customisable robot. Along with the retro visuals, as you defeat enemy robots you collect their special parts to make yourself the ultimate fighter. At the end you can then battle your robot in...

Zip Zap

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/09/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single-player game

Zip Zap is a puzzle game with a simple premise. You move Erector/Meccano-style metal plates to get a ball in a white circle for at least a couple of seconds. It sounds simple. It is simple, although actually, it soon becomes head scratching to get the...

Cookies Must Die

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/02/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Rebel Twins (@Rebel_Twins)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cookies Must Die is a platform game where you fight mutant cookies. Your character is a genetically modified superhuman who now, thanks to the scientists, has the ability to hurl itself across the lab facility, aiming at foes and avoiding obstacles.

Robotry

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Lock Pickle (@LockPickle)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game

Robotry is an unusual platform game where you don't have a jump button. Instead you use two analog sticks to control each leg of your robot and in this way you take on a range of puzzles and challenges.

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...

Sometimes You Die

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/03/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sometimes You Die is an unusual sliding and jumping game. As you play there is a written narrative on the walls of each level that discusses game design, player motivation and the metaphysics of life. More unusual though, is that to progress you have to...

The Adventure Pals

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 03/04/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Massive Monsters (@MassiveMonsters)

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

The Adventure Pals is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play duo Sparkles the giraffe and Mr. Rock. By making jumps, exploring levels and defeating enemies you try and stop Mr.B from capturing the elderly, including your dad, and turning...

Trine (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Frozen Byte (@FrozenByte)

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

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is the latest game in the Trine series of running, jumping, fighting and puzzle adventures. You play as one of three characters in a beautifully drawn fantasy realm; a wizard, thief or knight, each with their own special...

Blanc

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-10 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Traversal

Developer: Casus Ludi (@CasusLudi)

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

Blanc is a black and white adventure for two players. You play a fawn and a wolf cub stranded in a vast, snowy wilderness. As you use each other's abilities to progress through the world, you form an unlikely partnership and hope to find both their...

Eagle Island

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/07/2019, updated in 2021

Price: 33% off

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Screenwave Media (@ScreenwaveMedia)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a running and jumping adventure where you play Quill and his owl companion Koji as they uncover the secrets of Eagle Island. You work your way through levels using falconry-inspired attacks to take down enemies.

Goop Loop

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-13 year-olds

Release Date: 21/07/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Jitspoe (@Jitspoe)

Players: This is a single-player game

Goop Loop is a traversal game where you control a sticky lump of goo stuck inside a concrete loop. You can use the momentum of your goo and the world's gravity to get the loop to roll through the level. In this way you face all sorts of physics...

Qube 2 (Q.U.B.E. 2) (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Toxic Games (@ToxicGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Qube 2 is a puzzle adventure game where you play as archaeologist, Amelia Cross, who has awoken in an alien building with no memory of why she is there (and what the strange gloves she is wearing are for). What emerges is a unique puzzle game with...

Sonority

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Puzzle, Sequencing and Traversal

Developer: HG Interactive (@HG_Interactive)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sonority is a fantasy adventure where you progress by solving musical puzzles. You help Esther explore a lost world to collect musical notes and playing arrangements next to blocks to unlock the way forward. What's clever is the connection between the...

The Cub

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Demagog Studio (@Demagog_Studio)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Cub is a retro running and jumping game where you play a small child in the same post-environmental disaster as Highwater and Golf Wasteland. It's like playing a classic console platform game but with modern parkour movement and puzzles to bring it...

The Ogglies Tower

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-6 year-olds

Release Date: 01/04/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Fox and Sheep (@_FoxAndSheep)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Ogglies Tower Stacking Game is a puzzle game where you try and create the largest stack of garbage. A little like Tetris, only here you have to balance your old household items. The game features the Ogglies characters from the film series.

Train Braining

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/03/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

Train Braining is a puzzle game where you lay train track to then deliver passengers to their required platforms. While sounds simple, but due to the minimal passenger room on your train and the layout of each miniature level, the solution is rarely as...

Wibble Wobble (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/01/2022, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Entropy Tamed (@EntropyTamed)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wibble Wobble is a running and balancing game. A bit like a super-hard egg-and-spoon race, you manoeuvre a bowl through a timed obstacle course while balancing a ball inside. The twist is that the bowl can pass through some obstacles that the ball...

4 Board Game Alternatives to Chariot

These are our hand-picked alternatives to Chariot. 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.
 

16 Video Games Like Chariot Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Chariot. This includes games from the Puzzle, Action, Adventure, Platform and Brain Game genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

4 Easier Video Games than Chariot

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

Chariot 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 Chariot in the following lists:

Play With Experts And Novices

We all have a different level of experience, ability and connection to video games. Finding a game to play with another person who has less (or more) expertise of playing can be a challenge.

This list is designed to help you find games to solve this. Some of these games, like Super Mario Odyssey or Spiritfarer, let one player help the other. Other games, like Kingdoms or Chariot let you work together to progress with enough time for one player to help the other. Then there are games, like Affordable Space Adventures or Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes where each player takes on a different role. Some games like Tick Tock A Tale For Two or Get Together let you play on separate devices and talk to each other to solve collaborative puzzles. Finally, there are single player games, like Detroit Become Human or Return of the Obra Dinn where one player can control things while the other makes suggestions.

Whether you are a parent playing with a gaming expert son or daughter, or a partner of someone who plays less or more games, these are a great place to find common ground.
 

Thinky Puzzle Games

All games make you think in some way or other. However, some are designed to stretch your puzzle-knowhow more than others. There are games that don't lean on reactions or visuals to tell a story. Instead, they offer a conundrum to get you thinking.

I've worked with some people from the Thinky Puzzle Game movement to track down the best little games that get you thinking. "The devotees of such games have been known to smile at all sorts of diverse puzzles and conundrums. Puzzle games, platformers, number games, word games, games with or without grids, games with or without secrets. Easy games. Hard games. But keep it thinky and save your FPS games and dexterity-intensive platformers for another day."

Many of the games in this list look simple and, well, a bit basic. But that is part of the charm. The clever bit is how their design draws you in and gets you thinking. If you want more like this, you can find helpful people on the Thinky Puzzle Discord group.
 

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.
 

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 

It Really Is That Hard, Embrace Frustration

Some games hold your hand and lead you forward with respect for your time and ability. This is lovely. There are some other games, though, that intentionally make the going tough.

These tough masters aren't afraid to let us lose progress, waste our time, or feel frustrated. In fact, they revel in their ability to take us to the very edge of throwing something.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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