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48 Great Games Like Conduct Together

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

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one station to the next as quickly and safely as possible, without the timer running out. New levels bring challenges and increase in difficulty the more you complete.

Unfortunately, Conduct Together is not available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Hey Northplay (@HeyNorthplay)

Players: 1-4

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

39 Hand Picked Video Games Like Conduct Together

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Conduct Together. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Conduct Together. 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...

Tracks The Train Set Game

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Whoop Group (@WhoopGroup)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a digital version of wooden toy train sets, without the costs of buying more and more track pieces. You build your toy train set and towns and then jump into the driver's seat and drive the train, seeing your toy world to scale. It's a very...

Dorfromantik

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/03/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Toukana (@_Toukana)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dorfromantik is a peaceful village-building strategy puzzle game for one player. It's inspired by tile-based board-games like Carcassonne and Tantrix.

Mini Metro

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/01/2015

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

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Dinopolo Club (@DinopoloClub)

Players: This is a single-player game

Create an ordered, efficient underground train system. It sounds like hard work, but the simple Tube-map visuals, calm music, and streamlined interactions make this relaxing, like sudoku. Dip your toe in this strategy challenge and keep the system...

Mini Motorways

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Dinopolo Club (@DinopoloClub)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mini Motorways is by the same developer as Mini Metro but tasks you with planning a road network rather than subway. You lay down roads, traffic lights and motorways to ensure enough cars can get to the buildings that pop up in your city as time passes....

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...

Traffic Jams

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/04/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: Oculus, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Vertigo Games (@VertigoGames)

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

Traffic Jams is a puzzle party game where you direct traffic in VR using just hand gestures. It looks like a Pixar movie when you put the headset on, but the fun here is controlling the chaos (or often not controlling it). Along with the single-player...

Overcooked! All You Can Eat (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-13 year-olds

Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018

Price: 37% off

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

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Team 17 (@Team17)

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

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated...

Moving Out

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/04/2020

Price: 75% off

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Smg Studio (@SmgStudio)

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

Moving Out is an action-puzzle game where you play a removal company. With up to four players you work together to get items out of the house and into the van. Although this starts simply you soon find furniture that is an awkward shape or needs two...

Pile Up

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/03/2021

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Handy Games (@Handy_Games)

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

Pile Up is a running and jumping game where up to four of your play as boxes. You run (slide?) and jump around the level and need to jump gaps, open doors and solve puzzles to progress. You need to coordinate with each other to progress through the...

Hogwash

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/11/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: Bossa Studios (@BossaStudios)

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

Hogwash is an action battle game where you play as the farmer or as one of three pigs. The farmer's goal is to capture the pigs while the pigs aim to cause mayhem and get three specific areas on the farm covered with mud.

Tren (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Johnee B (@Johnee_B)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tren is a puzzle platform game where you explore a hand-crafted world as a wooden train, sailing boats and helicopters. You control points, shunt trucks around, operate cranes and generally move cargo from one location to the next. Like an escape room...

Unrailed!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Price: 75% off

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Indoor Astronaut (@IndoorAstronaut)

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

Unrailed! is a co-op strategy game where you work with friends to build a train line across endless landscapes. Along with finding the resources to build track, bridges and tunnels you need to deal with local inhabitants, upgrade your train and watch...

Locomotion

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 10/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Poly Fox Gaming (@PolyFoxGaming)

Players: This is a single-player game

Locomotion is a puzzle game where you are a train chasing an alien who stole your gold. You control the direction of the train and the points. Each level is a puzzle where you need to find all the gold and hidden items. It's like a simplified western...

Work At A Pizza Place (Roblox)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/03/2008, updated in 2021

Price: Free

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

Genres: Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Dued 1 Roblox (@Dued1_Roblox)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 12-player online game

Work At A Pizza Place is a strategy game where you take on the role of a team member in a pizza restaurant. When you start you choose a role and work with other online players to fulfil orders, cook pizzas, manage stock and other aspects of the business.

Cosmic Defenders

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/03/2020

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Fiery Squirrel (@FierySquirrel)

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

Cosmic Defenders is a team shooting game about a group of unconventional superheroes. Players cooperate to protect the galaxy in 'Story', 'Survival' and 'Versus' Mode with up to four players with unique abilities.

Death Crown

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/08/2013, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Co 5 monaut (@Co5monaut)

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

Death Crown is a minimalist strategy game where you play Death commanding her legions and punishing humanity. You play in a world of hexagons to place buildings and send troops to attack or defend as you try and defeat the opposing castle.

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...

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’,...

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.

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...

Immigration Nation

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 31/07/2018, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: i Civics (@iCivics)

Players: This is a single-player game

Immigration Nation is a strategy game about guiding newcomers to the country along their path to citizenship. You are in charge of Immigration Bay with an inflow of boats, each with their own story to understand.

KeyWe

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/08/2021

Price: 33% off

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: Stone Wheat (@StoneWheat)

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

KeyWe is a puzzle game where you control two Kiwi birds running a postal service. At first the jobs are simple but as you complete more missions they start to become more complex. These tasks range from typing out telegrams, sending urgent messages and...

Max Traffic

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/02/2022

Platforms: Android, Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: George Kl 12 (@GeorgeKl12)

Players: This is a single-player game

Max Traffic is a minimalistic puzzle game where you manage traffic flow by controlling traffic lights. You take on different traffic systems that form the flag of different countries. It's similar in style to Traffix but offers a score challenge where...

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...

Air Traffic Controller (Airport Hero)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC and PSP

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Techno Brain Jpn (@TechnoBrainJpn)

Players: This is a single-player game

Air Traffic Controller (Airport Hero) is a series of games where you take charge of an airport. You deal with landing planes, directing them to runways and gates while ensuring things run on time and without accidents. Each session is a unique set of...

Scrappers

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

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

Scrappers is a futuristic fighting game with a twist. You are not only battling the bots but fighting to manage waste as you traverse the city streets and take out the trash. You can play the game on your own or in a team of four mechanised trash...

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

Little Fox Train Adventures

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-5 year-olds

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Fox and Sheep (@_FoxAndSheep)

Players: This is a single-player game

Little Fox Train Adventures is an interactive narrative game about a fox who drives their train to pick up and deliver different items.

Lumberhill

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/02/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Traversal

Developer: Lumber Hill Game (@LumberHillGame)

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

Lumberhill is a simple puzzle game where you take on lumberjack-related tasks against the clock. It's chaotic fun rather than complex as you fight wildfires, pirates, build bridges and herd animals. It's an unusually simple and silly co-operative...

Minesweeper Genius

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/02/2019

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: M Gaia Studio (@MGaiaStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Minesweeper Genius is the classic puzzle game with some twists and more character. You help Aristotle sweep the minefield to regain his memory. To do this you use the number clues on each column to how many bombs are in adjacent squares.

Mr Traffic

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/04/2022

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle, Sequencing and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Dumpling Design (@DumplingDesign)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mr Traffic is a sequencing game where you tap cars to get them across a busy junction safely. What starts a simple ordering challenge soon gets complicated with cars of different speeds and not everyone stopping or going straight on. It's novel because...

PixelJunk Monsters (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/01/2008, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Pixel Junk Monsters is strategy game where you build defensive towers to defeat a linear march of enemies before they reach your base and kill your creatures.

Rymdkapsel

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/04/2015

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

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Grape Frukt (@GrapeFrukt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rymdkapsel is a strategy game where you command a stylised space station filled with minions. You make decisions about to spend your manpower and expand your space station. It's minimalist and intentionally opaque to understand, but through multiple...

Blek

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/12/2013

Platforms: Android, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Kunabi B (@KunabiB)

Players: This is a single-player game

Blek is a puzzle game where you control the repeating motion of a moving line. Your challenge is to pass through coloured dots. However, you can only enter a short motion that repeats. In this way you have to draw in a motion that, as it repeats,...

Bloons TD 6 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/08/2007, updated in 2021

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS4, PSP, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Ninja Kiwi Games (@NinjaKiwiGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Bloons TD 6, the latest in a series of Bloons TD (Tower Defense) games, is a strategic puzzle game where you use various contraptions to pop balloons before they get to the end of the track. It sounds simple, but quickly escalates with faster-moving and...

Oddada

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-8 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Rhythm and World Building

Developer: Sven Ahlgrimm (@SvenAhlgrimm)

Players: This is a single-player game

Oddada is a game where you make music with toys in a miniature blocky world. You set-up your little world and then take your train through different landscapes, machines and buildings to collect melodies and rhythms.

Starship Patrol

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/12/2009, updated in 2011

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and DS

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Players: This is a single-player game

Starship Patrol (Starship Defense) is a shooting game where you defend your ship from waves of enemy attackers. You have a combination of static guns and defence ships to form an efficient strategy. It's well executed, but most unusual for its hand...

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...

7 Board Game Alternatives to Conduct Together

These are our hand-picked alternatives to Conduct Together. 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.
 

5 Video Games Like Conduct Together Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Conduct Together. This includes games from the Puzzle, Strategy and Creative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

8 Easier Video Games than Conduct Together

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

Conduct Together 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 Conduct Together in the following lists:

Nurture Neighbourhoods

In a world of technology, it’s easy to become disconnected or forgetful of the people we live with and the places we live in. Video games can be a part of this dislocation as screen time diminishes engagement with the real world. But they can also offer ways to reconnect with those around us and find a fresh (helpfully disruptive) perspective on our neighbourhoods.

This list has been created with the help of Cormac Russell, Managing Director of Nurture Development. For 25 years Cormac has helped communities, agencies and governments solve urban and rural development problems not by focusing on the deficiencies of neighbourhoods, towns, villages but by understanding that people, their families and communities, have unique competencies in building community. As Cormac puts it. “Communities can’t know what they need from outside sources until they know what they have themselves internally. And we get this the wrong way round.”

The video games here offer a range of experiences that reshape and challenge our thinking in this direction:
  • Reimagine Space: Games like Eco and Terra Nil underline our relationship with the land. Not that we need to minimise harm, but that we need to understand our presence and impact so we can balance benefits ecologically.
  • Reimagine Community: Games like One Hour One Life invite us to contribute to a community for the benefit of future players. Others, like Pilgrims, invite us to understand the interrelated needs of a small community and then use their existing resources to meet these needs. Then there are games like Thousand Threads and Fable that shine a light on inter-related tensions in groups, where helping one person may negatively impact another.
  • Community Memory: Games like Heaven’s Vault, Treasures of the Aegean and Deep Time Walk illustrate the power of community memory and tradition, and how these things are lost (and recovered) through language.
  • Community Planning: Games like Mini Metro, Townscaper or Conduct Together put us in the role of planning transportation and provision as opposed to experts. Then there are games like Buildings Have Feelings Too, that disrupt the usual remote dispassionate planning of the lived environment by giving voice to it. Or games like Everything, that invite us to physically inhabit space in a massive range of bodies – from pollen to mountains, antelope to power pylons.

Another interesting voice on the intersection between play and place is Benjamin Stokes. His book, Locally Played, encourages us to “collaborate in the creation, deployment, and study of playful ways to build local connection and restore a critical sense of vitality and even possibility to our civic lives.”
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 

When Adulting Isn't Working, Embrace Your Silly

The games in this section have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together. It’s tongue-in-cheek entertainment with challenges that don’t take themselves too seriously – not seriously at all, in fact. Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together.

Whether it's the crazy puzzles in Baba is You or Twister-like contortions of Fru or stomach churningly difficulty of walking in Octodad Deadliest Catch, these are games that will make you shriek and laugh together. Then there are silly multiplayer games like Super Pole Riders, Heave Ho or Wii Party where parents, carers and children take on bizarre or precarious challenges. The play often descends into giggling and laughter.
 

Make Your Own Video Games

It can seem like making a video game is only possible with a degree and lots of complicated equipment. The games on this list let you design and share your own levels just using your controller and tools like Scratch.

You can unleash your creativity with these games that enable you to make your own games. Start with something familiar and try making your own levels in Super Mario Maker or get to grips with building in Minecraft. Build your confidence and creativity and soon you’ll be creating more complicated games in Dreams or LittleBigPlanet.

We put this list together with the help of the brilliant National Videogame Museum, (NVM). The World's First Fully-Playable Cultural Centre Dedicated to Games. If you want more information about making your own video games, the NVM has free resources to get you started.
 

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.
 

Happy Brain With Oxytocin Games

You can aid the happiness of your brain by taking on activities that generate key experiences and chemicals:
  • Dopamine for motivation, learning and pleasure.
  • Oxytocin for trust and building relationships.
  • Serotonin for significance and importance.
  • Endorphins for euphoria and elation.

Without oxytocin you can be subject to feelings of loneliness, stress, disconnection and a general lack of motivation. It's important for bonding with loved ones and friends and without it you can feel anxious and on your own. It's the chemical that helps you give and receive love in all its forms.

Along with getting outside for exercise, eating well and nurturing conversations, video games can also help. Games that generate oxytocin are those that let you stay in the present moment with other people. Games that offer ways to communicate for the joy of conversation, or helping and being helped by other players, help your brain make this chemical. Games where you care for a pet, or look after people generate this chemical. This is maximised in experiences that combine this activity with music and a sense of creative flow in what you are doing.
 

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.
 

One Joy-Con Nintendo Switch Multiplayer Games

The Switch console comes with one pair of Joy Cons. These are attached to the Switch in portable mode, and detached when playing on a TV. Some games support multiplayer modes with each player only needing one Joy-Con half to play. This offers a much more affordable way to accommodate more players.
 
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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