The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from the:
This list includes 12 games from the last 20 years, with 54 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play BAFTA nominated games.
Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online
Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...
Just Dance 2021
Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 17/11/2009, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Web Browser, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 64 players online
Dancing in front of each other isn’t something we often do in families. Just Dance is released with new songs and features each year. It gets parents, carers, children and even grandparents off the couch and dancing along with the on-screen moves....
Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 14/01/2016, updated in 2016
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Adventure and Narrative
Players: This is a single player game
Oxenfree is an adventure game where a teenagers’ beach party spirals into a supernatural story. You guide the outcome with your choices as the well-written dialogue reveals characters coming to terms with family breakdown, death of a sibling, blame...
Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 14/02/2018, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS
This is a little puzzle game that tells the story of a relationship, following the usual stages of loneliness, meeting, dating, falling for and moving in with another person. At first, the puzzle interactions seem trivial and the game doesn’t change...
Night in the Woods
Release Date: 10/01/2017, updated in 2017
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle
Night in the Woods follows college dropout Mae Borowski returning home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. But the place is different now her friends have grown and changed. There’s something suspicious happening in the nearby...
Life Is Strange
Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 19/01/2016
Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing
This is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to...
Teach Your Monster To Read
Release Date: 10/03/2014, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android and iOS
Genres: Platform and Puzzle
Teach Your Monster to Read is a game about phonics, letters and reading. Children create a monster for a journey through three games. The combination of colourful well-animated characters and proper reading learning is both fun and powerful.
Bury Me My Love
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based
Don’t be put off by the name and theme of this intriguing game, an adventure played by choosing responses in what looks like a messaging app. You take the role of the husband of a Syrian migrant travelling to Europe. As the game unfolds in real time,...
That Dragon, Cancer
Release Date: 12/01/2016, updated in 2016
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
A game about a family with a young son who has terminal brain cancer. It sounds off-putting and morbid but this living biography invites you to join the family and find hope, faith and love in the face of an insurmountable challenge. It’s a unique...
Release Date: 11/05/2018
Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2 are puzzle mazes made from optical illusions. You interact with each level to change the pathway and get your character to the exit. Its striking, calm visual theme is used to build atmosphere and slowly reveal a...
My Child Lebensborn
Release Date: 08/05/2018
Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing
You nurture a Lebensborn child in Norway after World War II who faces a hostile community because they’ve been born to parents of both occupied and occupying forces. With meagre resources yourself, you must feed, clothe and bathe the child, but more...
Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 24/06/2015
Genres: Narrative and Puzzle
Solve the 1994 mystery of a murdered man by searching an old police computer archive of interview videos of his wife. The game presents a retro computer interface but the interviews themselves are short films with real actors. Although there are only...
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