Everything

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Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Released: March 2017, updated in 2019. Added to this library 5 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Overview

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.

As you do this you overhear dialogue from the things in the world. Sometimes this is a cheery greeting, while at others the questions and comments are deeper. Wondering why they've spent so much time on collecting things in their lives. Or looking for friendship. Or, even, sadness at not knowing their parents as well as they might.

Running through this absurd space are spoken quotes from philosopher Alan Watts, which further challenges consumer and capitalist assumptions about what is important in life.

As you move around the world you can collect similar objects into your rolling flock. If you leave the game idle it will slowly play through scenes and inhabit objects on its own. Because of this, it's particularly easy for new or very young players.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 3 hours and 7 hours to complete. You can progress through the main thread of the game quite quickly but to find every object for the game's Encylopedia will take 10s of hours.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Ratings

Rating PEGI 3+ in UK and for EVERYONE in the US with Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Mild Language, Violent References. In addition to the official rating, parents should note that some of the dialogue in the game is quite dark and talks about assisted suicide.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more.


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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 Everything in the following lists:

Inhabit Another World

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Nurture Child-Like Imagination in 3-6 Year-Olds

These games are for children under seven years old, who will, with some help, discover activities they want to try that will expand their imaginations while establishing the role of your guidance and engagement as part of the gaming world as they grow up. The more open imagination of young children lends itself to games that offer an open world. Rather than forcing the player in a particular direction open world games let players explore wherever they want. The games here offer unusual and age-appropriate experiences that are often educational but keep the emphasis on the sheer joy of interactive play rather than hard learning.
 

Unusual Locomation

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.
 

Great Games Without In-App Purchases

In-app purchases are small items that you can spend real money on in games. These often add levels, a new character or different attire. Games that are either free to start playing, like Fortnite or Roblox often make money via the in-app purchase route.

The games in this list are really good for families but have all been selected because they don't include any in-app purchase costs. You either pay a single up-front cost or they enable you to play them for free.
 

Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.
 

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Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

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Interpret Deeper Meaning

Image 159The games in this list have been the subject of a series of articles I have written about video games and faith. Firstly, from 2013-2015 for ThirdWay magazine, and more recently for Youth and Children's Work (YCW) magazine.

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