What's New on Family Video Game Database Today

With the database regularly growing with new games, this is the best place to find out what we've added and updated. Check back to find out what New Games, New Lists and Updated Games are on the database today.

Recently Added To Database

We constantly add new games recommended by families or for new lists we are creating. If you’d like to suggest a new game or list that we should add please do email. You can see a full list of new games, as well as the ones we've added over the last few:

New Releases

The following games have just come out. While we continue to add games new and old to the database, these are the ones the press will be reviewing and talking about right now. You can browse a full list of games ordered by release date, or check out the most recent releases here:


As well as individual games, here are the series we've been trying out in the family:

Upcoming Releases

The following games are coming out later this year or have been recently released. As with all the games in the database these are the titles we are most excited about playing and from what we have seen think they will be a great match for a range of families. You can browse a full list of upcoming games or check out the most recent ones here:

Recently Added Game Lists

To help you discover games, we organise games in lists. These group together games that offer a similar experience and range from the common (Compete on the Couch) to the less usual (Solve a Mystery). Here are the three most recent lists we've added:

The Great British Video Game

There are 2,277 active games companies in the UK employing 20,430 people. The biggest concentration spread through the country in cities and towns like London, Manchester, Brighton, Guildford, Aldershot, Bristol, Sheffield, Glasgow and Liverpool. The UK market for video games reached a record £7bn in 2020.

Many of the biggest video game franchises have been created in the UK. Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Football Manager, Elite Beat Agents, Fable and Batman: Arkham Asylum. But along with these well-known titles are some amazing games for families and children.

There are some amazing (and huge) series of games made in the UK that are perfect for families. Forza Horizon, Lego Games, Fall Guys, LittleBigPlanet and Viva Pinata. Then there are games from smaller and independent UK game studios: Overcooked, Wilmot’s Warehouse, TerraTech, Phogs, Snake Pass and Chime to name a few.
 

Games for Change Awards

Games for Change is a charity that aims to empower game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games and immersive media. These might be games that inspire youth to explore civic issues, learn science skills or look after mental health.

Each year Change Awards celebrates games for social impact and learning through their awards. All awards are competitive, and submissions are reviewed through a rigorous evaluation process by expert jurors. Games that win demonstrate creativity and embrace experimentation to break conventions of form or concept in a manner that may pave new ways for the sector.

This includes:
  • Best Gameplay: Recognizes games that demonstrate highly compelling, polished and engaging gameplay and which incorporate gameplay mechanics that align with and reinforce the intended impact goals of the project.
  • Best Learning: Recognizes games that offer meaningful engagement around intended learning objectives, and successfully balance the ‘learning’ with fun, engaging gameplay.
  • Significant Impact: Recognizes games that target specific social issues with proven outcomes/actions.
 

Asymmetrical Multiplayer

Multiplayer games often pride themselves in balancing. This is ensuring that each player has the same balanced role. However, there are some multiplayer games that intentionally create unbalanced and differing roles for teams of players.

Asymmetrical multiplayer games might put one player in the role of the catcher and the other players have to hide. Other games, like Affordable Space Adventure, may put players on the same team but with very different roles. Games like Mario Chase in the game Nintendo Land, has one player using the Wii U tablet screen to chase down the other players who are using the TV. Or Luigi's Ghost Mansion, also in Nintendo Land, has one player using the Wii U tablet to be the ghost while the other player uses the TV to hunt them down. In fact, the Wii U has many games that use the second screen of the Gamepad to achieve this kind of asymmetrical play.
 

Recently Updated Game Details

We also go back and check older games as more families feed into our information and advice. The games we’ve updated or added to new lists are as follows.


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