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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 Collosus 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.
 

Change: A Homeless Survival Experience

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Change is a survival game where you play a homeless person trying to make it against the odds. It's intentionally hard to do well as you explore an endless city that's different every time you play.


Sequence Storm

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Narrative, Racing, Rhythm and Sports

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start.

This is a rhythm game where you press buttons in time with the music to score points. It sounds simple, but similar to games like Guitar Hero, it soon gets more complex. Unusually the rhythm play has a futuristic racing story.


Combo Postage

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Combo Postage is a jumping and stacking game. You play as Sue at her summer job as she dodges, tapes, and stomps boxes with a high-tech tape gun. Run into a box to tape it up then stomp to seal. It’s simple, hectic fun and as you realise you can line...


Art Of Rally

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Art of Rally is a racing game that focuses on stylised off road motion from the creator of Absolute Drift. Slide through the hand-crafted stages set in Finland, Japan and Spain with varying weather and time of day.


Returnal

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Returnal is a sci-fi adventure played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating problem.


Elsinore

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Elsinore is a mystery-adventure set in Shakespeare's Hamlet. You play Elsinore who repeats the same four days as she tries to find a way to avoid the tragedy that lies before her.


Toodee and Topdee

Platforms: PC

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Toodee and Topdee is a platform puzzle game where you control two characters to complete single-screen levels. The twist is that each character exists in a different plane. Toodee is a top-down block-pushing world, while Topdee is side-on platforming....


The Eternal Cylinder

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Eternal Cylinder is a strategy game where you survive by evolving your creatures to adapt to the environment. Your herd explore a strange world filled with exotic lifeforms and environments. All the while a menacing firey cylinder rolls towards you.


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Thousand Threads

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Thousand Threads is an open world game of consequences. You are free to interact with the world, animals and people however you like, give, take, save, kill, inform, hide, befriend, betray. But how you do this will have ongoing and unavoidable...


Spin Rhythm XD

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Rhythm

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spin Rhythm is a music-timing game where you match button presses and stick movement with music indicators on the screen. It's intuitive and fun. Once you get the hang of it it feels like making music.


Timelie

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Timelie is a stealth puzzle game played in a surreal world where a girl and a mysterious cat work together to escape a series of room patrolled by enemy robots. The novelty is that you can control and rewind time to help you solve each puzzle. This not...


Hot Lava

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Hot Lava is a running and jumping game where you mustn't touch the floor because it's covered in lava. It takes the childhood playground game online as you work to cross nostalgia-filled maps on your own or with other players


Drone The Game

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Racing, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Drone The Game is a shooting battle with a highly controllable drone against other online players in arenas like maps. It's unusual because you build and customize your drone by dragging and dropping functional blocks that affect how the drone will fly....


Qomp

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 2 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Qomp is a bat and ball game with a difference. You control the ball rather than the bat. Trapped in between paddles for decades, you finally escape and start an adventure through a maze of dungeons.


Noita

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Platform, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Noita is platform adventure game in a world where each and every pixel is physically simulated. This means that the tiny elements that make up the landscape and characters have their own properties that: melt, burn, evapourate, explode, flow, float,...


Unto The End

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Fighting, Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Unto The End is a cinematic combat-adventure where the fighting is modelled in a read-and-react style. It requires time to master the unusual system but offers many ways to take on foes. Tactics and intelligent decisions are as important for survival as...


Phasmophobia

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Duration: Between 17 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) 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.


Ultrakill

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Ultrakill is a fast very violent retro shooting game. It's like the games that created this genre, Quake, Doom and the more recent Devil May Cry. You must use quick reactions to move and shoot before you yourself are shot. You can find weapons to help,...


Offroad Mania

Platforms: PC and Web Browser

Genres: Puzzle and Racing

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Offroad Mania is a physics focused driving game that has you trying to navigate difficult off-road terrain. It's unusual because of the focus on travseral, vehicle administration and driving skill.


Gutwhale

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 hour and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Gutwhale is a challenging shooting game set inside a whale. Unusually, you only have one single bullet, which you must continue to collect after each use if you want to shoot again. The game is split into three distinct levels, each with four sub-levels...


Mutant Mudds

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it Is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...


Manifold Garden

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Manifold Garden is inspired by Escher drawings and the reality-bending moments in the film Inception. You play from a first-person perspective and explore a beautiful, and what seems to be an abstract world, bereft of colour. It takes time to master and...


Rocket League

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...


Dicey Dungeons

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 22 hours and 28 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice roles to determine who wins battles.


Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 6 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


QWOP

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...


Cities Skylines

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Cities: Skylines is a city-building simulation. It rekindled the attention to detail and ambitious city planning of the Sim City games. You zone buildings, place roads, set taxation, provide public services and public...


Sim City (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

SimCity is a series of city-building game, created by Will Wright. Since their inception as educational experiences in 1989, the games have enabled players to design ambitious cities. The attraction is the open-ness of play, where you can let your...


Switch 'N' Shoot

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 minute and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Switch 'N' Shoot is a shooting game controlled by a single button. You pilot a star-fighter, each time you press to shot you change direction. It's a novel way to play but also can be good for players with motor impairment (and fast reactions).


Super One More Jump

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Super One More Jump is a jumping platform game you control with a single tap or button press. You control the little character who automatically moves forward. Your task is to press jump at the right time so you can progress through the level.


Supermarket Shriek

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Supermarket Shriek is a kart racing game where you control a shopping trolley with a goat co-pilot. You have to navigate through obstacles and challenges in a range of shops, boutiques and supermarkets.


HyperDot

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

HyperDot is a dodging game, where you control a small circle and must move to avoid collisions with other shapes. It sounds too simple to be fun, but the cover design and variation in challenge make it a really enjoyable game.


Totally Reliable Delivery Service

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 9 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Totally Reliable Delivery Service is a package delivery game, where you use different means to get parcels to their rightful owners in the time limit.


Subdefuge

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Subterfuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the...


Jump King

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Jump King is a high stakes jumping game, where you control a character ascending a series of increasingly spread out platforms. You can control how high each jump is by the length of your button press. This enables you to judge difficult and long jumps...


Absolute Drift

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Absolute Drift is a skill-based racing game where the focus is on accuracy and elegance rather than just speed. You aim is to use a controlled skid to get around corners with the perfect racing line and score more points.


Dirt Rally (Series)

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 45 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Dirt Rally is a series of racing games, originally called Colin McRae Rally. They simulate the experience of dangerous and perilous rally stages. You drive from an in-car experience and are given spoken directions from your co-pilot. It's thrilling but...


Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 4 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso is a rhythm game where you play classical piano music by pressing buttons in time with each note. This starts easily buy builds up so you are playing complex pieces of music from a range of composers.


Conduct Together (Series)

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Ghost Grab

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Ghost Grab is a puzzle game where you shoot a beam of light at ghosts to chain them together before popping them to score points. It's simple to start with but soon gives way to a frantic score-attack challenge with it's unique way to score points.


Drink More Glurp

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....


Ibb and Obb

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 3

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Ord

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 45 minutes and 1 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Ord. is an unusual text adventure. Rather than one grand story, you embark on a series of distinct quests. Whether it's defeating an evil warlock or creating your own world as a god, Ord tells stories through simple series of words and word associations...


Blind Spot

Platforms: Android

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Blind Spot is a hidden target game. However you have to identify the location of the targets without any audio or visual clues. As you run your two fingers over the screen you are provided vibration feedback that increases as you home in on the two...


Traffix

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Traffix is a puzzle game that puts you in charge of traffic lights on different road systems. By changing the lights to red, orange and green you work to get traffic to flow on increasingly complex and busy roads. It sounds complex, but with simple...


Universal Paperclips

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 7 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Universal Paperclips is an adventure game about making paperclips. It sounds simple, but behind the incremental process of clicking a button to create these paperclips is a story about how the desire to make paperclips (or anything) if fully realised...


Minit

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Minit is retro puzzle game where you complete small tasks in within a 60 second time frame. You must dodge or fight foes, cut through the undergrowth, explore your world and find keys and swords. You start from the same place for each of your 60 second...


Jumpy Wall

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 1 minute and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Jumpy Wall is a game where you must climb up a shaft by jumping between two walls. As you progress you'll meet more obstacles that aim to kill your little pixel character. Wall jump from left to right to get higher and higher while avoiding spikes and...


Race the Sun

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Duration: Between 1 minute and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Race the Sun is an arcade-inspired racing game where you helm a solar-powered craft. Your objective is simple, hurdle towards the sun dodging obstacles for as long as possible before the sun sets.


Downwell

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Downwell is a vertically scrolling platform game where you frantically shoot snail-like enemies to gain points and upgrades. You will die frequently, but that's part of the fun. Each go, you have a chance to learn from what went wrong last time as you...


Celeste

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Platform

Duration: Between 13 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on...


Elite Dangerous

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 60 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a new version of the classic 1980s space game Elite. Like the original it’s a space exploration, trading and combat game that provides a huge and rich universe rather than a specific story. You can trade goods, become a bounty hunter, fight...


Hollow Knight

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Run, jump and battle your way through the underground kingdom of Hallownest. It’s not uncommon for platform games to invest in the environments through which you pass, but the haunting depths in this game contain more than a veneer of ancient...


Ori and the Blind Forest (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...


Canabalt

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 1 minute and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Canabalt is a side-on running game where you press jump at the right time to keep a small character from falling off buildings or crashing into things. With minimalist visuals, you play the small suited man fleeing from an unknown threat. As the game...


Cuphead

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.


Overwhelm

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Overwhelm is a running jumping game set in a pixilated dark bloody world. The twist, apart from the mild-horror theme, is that it's your enemies that power up rather than you. You explore the oppressive caverns of the hive, guided only by a sparse map.


Atomicrops

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Atomicrops is a farming game where you also have to defend your crops from mutant attackers. It sounds like a strange combination, but the shooting and the tending work well to counterbalance each other.


Mana Spark

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mana Spark is a fantasy adventure where you explore a Tolkein-esque dungeon to fight smart enemies that will plan and collaborate between themselves to defeat you. It's a game you play over and over, improving not only your skill but equipment and...


Singled Out

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Singled Out is a spot the difference shooting game. Like the classic Guess Who game you have seconds to identify your target in a crowd. Make sure you only shoot the character matching the eyes, nose and mouth clues and you score points. The quicker you...


Creature in the Well

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Creature in the Well is a pinball-inspired fighting game that reimagines the ball bouncing fun of Arkanoid. You play the last remaining robot who ventures deep into a desert mountain to restore power to an ancient facility and save the village that...


The Messenger

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Messenger is a platform game where you play as a young ninja after his village is attacked by a demon army. You must deliver a scroll, fighting enemies and pulling off complex acrobatic manoeuvres along the way. The game is inspired by the classic...


Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 6 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight who's primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...


Panzer Paladin

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 10 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Panzer Paladin is a platform game where you control Flame, a rescue service android who commands the Paladin robot Grit. They work together to defend against the dark Prince Ravenous and save Earth from being destroyed.


Phantom Forces

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 32 players online.

Costs: Free. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Phantom Forces (Phantom Forces Console on Xbox) is a popular 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...


Subnautica (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 27 hours and 37 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Dive into an underwater ocean on an alien planet and collect the resources you need to establish a base and survive. There’s an open and immersive watery world to discover as you construct tools, bases and submersibles, and interact with wildlife....


10 Second Ninja X

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

10 Second Ninja X is a super-fast puzzle game with a difference: every level lasts ten seconds or less. In each level, your challenge is to destroy all of the enemies on screen before the timer runs out. The faster you complete each level, the higher...


Mechstermination Force

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mechstermination Force is a shooting game with a difference. Along with jumping and climbing around the levels the focus is on battling huge boss enemies. You do this by finding weak spots and blowing them up. It's from the same creator as the Gunman...


Reigns: Beyond (Series)

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Reigns: Beyond is the next game in the Reigns series that puts you in charge of making important decisions. Rather than running a kingdom, this time you are in an intergalactic indie rockband trying to gain stardom and fame.


Assault Android Cactus

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Assault Android Cactus is a fast cartoon-style shooting game where you responds to a distress call from a crippled space freighter and defend it from wayward robot workers. One stick controls the movement while the other stick controls the direction of...


Don't Starve

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 32 hours and 46 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to...


Shadow Of The Colossus

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the Colossus stands apart in many ways.


ITTA

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Itta is a shooting adventure game set in a world filled with big monsters. You play the young girl Itta, who wakes in a strange place surrounded by her dead family and must seek out the powerful beings that did this to her. The only guide you have is a...


Jet Lancer

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Jet Lancer is a high-speed air combat game, similar to Luftrausers (and much older inertia shooting games like Virus/Zarch), where you pilot giant robots to deal with Sky Pirates. The novelty here is the nuanced and instinctive control of the craft. The...


Xenoblade Chronicles (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 70 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Xenoblade Chronicles is a series of open-world role-play games. They take place on the frozen bodies of two warring titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis. In the first game, during an attack on his colony, protagonist Shulk discovers his ability to wield...


Outward

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 50 hours and 75 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Outward is a fantasy adventure focused on an ordinary character surviving against the odds. There's a focus on realism rather than superpowers or magical abilities. You have to look after your warmth, hunger, fatigue, illness, and thirst as well as the...


Disintegration

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Disintergration is a sci-fi shooting game, from some of the developers behind Halo and XCom, that combines first-person combat and real-time battlefield strategy.


Opus Magnum

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Opus Magnum is a puzzle game about assembling machines to convert spherical chemicals into different compounds. Each challenge can be tackled by creating different machine configurations, and each is awarded points on how compact, quick and efficient...


Cross Code

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 40 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

CrossCode is a retro-inspired role-play where players control a mute character who has lost their memory called Lea. The sci-fi story contains fast-paced battles, puzzles and quests as well as a wide range of abilities and equipment to level up and...


Infernium

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Duration: Between 14 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Infernium is an adventure horror game where you need to carefully consider your strategy to progress through the non-linear interlocking chapters. Exploring the world, avoiding getting caught by the ethereal enemies and solving puzzles uncovers a story...


Rogue Legacy (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 16 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Rogue Legacy is a dungeon fighting game. Each time you die you go back to the start. However, you are resurrected as a character with different challenges: colourblind, dyslexic, a dwarf and so on. You can use gold, collected form previous lives, to...


Braid

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 5 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story...


Tony Hawk 1 and 2 (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Tony Hawk's is a skateboarding game series. It features the famous skater in 19 different games. From its start in 1999 on PlayStation it is now available on most consoles and has recently been rereleased in updated as Tony Hawk's 1 + 2.


Going Under

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Going Under is a satirical adventure game where you play an intern in a failing start-up company. The game proceeds like other dungeon adventures with enemies to defeat and quests to find items, only here it's all in aid of keeping your boss happy while...


Williams Pinball

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 minute and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Williams are a renowned designer and manufacturer of pinball machines. Its tables can be played on different systems through games that simulate the original games. This include the physics of the ball, pixel perfect recreation of the play tables and...


Hades

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 16 hours and 28 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Hades is a shooting game where you battle your way through dungeons to escape hell and the clutches of Hades. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades and through the game you'll meet many recognisable greek gods like Zeus, Athena and Posiedon who will try...


Gunman Clive (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Gunman Clive is a platform game where you traverse through a hand drawn western landscape, negotiating moving platforms, traps and enemies. Shooting is a major part of the game, and the player can pick up specialized weapons such as a spread shot,...


Super Punch Patrol

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Fighting

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Super Punch Patrol is a challenging fighting game where you traverse a hand drawn urban environment, battling waves of enemies with your bare fists and a variety of other hand to hand weapons.


Return of the Obra Dinn

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 9 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You play a shipping company agent assessing what happened on board a fictional East India Company ship where all the passengers have all mysteriously died. Exploring the ship, you can revisit the moment of death for each body in order to identify each...


Destiny 2 (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Destiny is a shooting game set in space. You have to play online as it focuses on grand sci-fi adventures with other players. From the same developer, it takes Halo towards a bigger online role play experience.


Dark Souls (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Strategy

Duration: Between 50 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Souls is a series of fighting and exploration games. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters progress the story. The games are known for their...


Total War (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 35 hours and 45 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

The Total War series are strategic turn-based war games. Each game has a different historical or fanstasy setting where multiple armies battle and compete for terriotry. You can win by military force, religion, diplomacy, espionage and economics.


Colt Canyon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Colt Canyon is a pixel-styled shooting game where you play a cowboy, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the bandits and get back home. Players shoot their way through a hostile canyon using their guns and TNT. Hidden treasures and...


Rust

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 80 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 250 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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)...


The Long Dark

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 19 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Long Dark is a thoughtful exploration-survival game where you have crash-landed in the icy Canadian wilderness after a global disaster and must find a way to survive. Through exploring, crafting and fighting you must look after your body...


Through the Darkest of Times

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.


Unturned

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 40 hours and 43 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Unturned is a strategy survival game where you are in a Minecraft- and Roblox-style world filled with zombies. You have to carefully explore the world, gather resources and craft weapons. This might be to go in guns blazing, sneak around making use of...


Killer Instinct (Series)

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Killer Instinct is a fighting game series. The third installation released for free with the Xbox One launch. This built on Killer Instinct and Killer Instinct 2 and added more characters as time progressed.


Untold RPG

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 8 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Untold is an adventure game you play by reading text and choosing directions. It starts with you waking up on a beach and encounter a nomad who wants revenge on their enemies. Atmospheric sound and music extend the text experience further.


Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Duration: Between 28 hours and 38 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an adventure fighting game set in the Sengoku period in Japan. You play a shinobi known as Wolf, who has lost an arm, as he attempts to take revenge on a samurai clan who attacked him and kidnapped his lord.


The Last Of Us (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...


Mass Effect (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 75 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...


Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an adventure series set in Tolkein's fictional work, between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. You play Talion, a Ranger who sets out to avenge the deaths of his loved one. The...


DayZ

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 60 hours and 80 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 60 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Day Z (DayZ) is a post-apocalyptic open world survival game. The population are infected with an unknown virus and you play as one of the few who are immune. You fight other survivors for limited resources and weapons. However If you die there are no...


The Forest

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Forest is a survival horror game where you are the only passenger to live after a plane crash. You explore a mysterious forest to find food, shelter and safety but soon have to battle strange cannibalistic people.


The Last Of Us II (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 24 hours and 26 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...


Deathloop

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Deathloop is a shooting game where you play an assassin stuck in a time loop. You wake on a beach while residents of Blackreef island have gathered for a party that seemingly lasts forever. At the end of each night time resets and starts again.


Nier: Automata

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 29 hours and 35 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Nier: Automata is a role-playing game, that span off from the Drakengard series. It's set in an alternate future where there is a war between alien machines and human androids. But this isn't a game about winning the war. It's more focused on the plight...


 




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