Video Games Parents Googled in January 2021

30/01/2021

Author: Andy Robertson


Here are the games that parents and carers are Googling to find out more about this week. With thousands of parents using the site every day, we have a unique view of what is topping the concerns and interest of family conversation.

This week we saw searches including "Is Rust okay for kids", "Adopt Me parents guide", "Rust age rating", "Adopt Me PEGI rating", and "What age players Rust". These searches brought the parent or carer to our pages where, hopefully, they found the information they needed.

The games bubbling up in this list usually come from children watching people online play the games on services like Twitch or YouTube and then asking parents if they can get them too. They also appear here when games have become popular because their friends have been playing them.

Top Googled Games This Month

It's a good idea to see if your children have heard of these games. Not only might it spark some interesting conversation about video game ratings, but it's also a good way to find appropriate games to play together.

Rust
PEGI Rating 16+ for Rust

Rust

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/02/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @FcPnchStds

Players: You can play this with 250 players online

Rust (also, Rust: Console Edition) is an online survival game set the wilderness. You explore, gather and craft materials to manage hunger, thirst, health and protection. The preparation is to ward off the threat of bears, wolves and (more commonly)...

Adopt Me!

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @PlayAdoptMe

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Adopt Me is one of the most popular Roblox games. In a rudimentary way it simulates daily life. You can build a home, look after pets and make friends. Like many Roblox games, it's the combination of an avid community of players...

Among Us

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @InnerSlothDevs

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor...

Phantom Forces

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 31/08/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: @StyLis_Studios

Players: You can play this with 32 players online

Phantom Forces Roblox is a popular shooting game on Roblox. Phantom Forces isn’t available on iOS or Android. It's a shooting game played in an online arena in teams. Although it looks simple, it offers a high skill challenge similar to [link to...

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/11/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @Bfod

Players: This is a single player game

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a strange game about movement and momentum. You are tasked with climbing a mountain. However, your only means of locomotion is a hammer that can stick to objects and drag you forwards.

Jailbreak

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/08/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @Badimo

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

Jailbreak is a popular Roblox game about escaping prison and getting away with various crimes. Based on the popular Prison Life and Madcity Roblox games, but adds a large open world in which you could drive vehicles, earn weapons and rob various...

Phasmophobia

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @KineticGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) is a horror survival game where you and your team investigate paranormal activity. It focuses on creating a realistic world built to get your heart racing, through the interactive ghost hunting equipment and teamwork.

Valorant

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: @Riotgames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds players spend...


Find Age Appropriate Games

If these games are rated to old for the age of your children, you can click on the entries above and scroll down to find similar experiences ordered by age rating. Also, because we have been tracking the most popular games over a longer period, the following list offers some good suggestions. They are games that have remained of interest for families over some time.


If you want more game suggestions you can browse the Lists of games or use the Search to pick the age, system and cost of a game that would suit your family. We also keep an up to the minute report of the most Popular games on the site.


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