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 14 games from the last 20 years, with 95 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 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 28/08/2018
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action and Sports
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online
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...
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018
Players: This is a single player game
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...
Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 20/09/2016
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World
Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show [link to...
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...
Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Genres: Action and Puzzle
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online
Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated...
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
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...
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...
Untitled Goose Game
Release Date: 03/10/2019
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room
This is another silly and funny game but with a dastardly vibe. You play a mean goose who is intent on ruining the day of the inhabitants of a sleeping English village. By stealing items, squawking and otherwise making a nuisance of yourself you slowly...
Bury Me My Love
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,...
Baba is You
Release Date: 13/03/2019
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC
Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the...
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...
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016
Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture lands you in a fictional deserted English village in 1984. As you walk the streets of another era you discover bright human forms who re-enact events like a radio play. Through their eyes, you see a web of fear,...
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 09/02/2016, updated in 2018
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
Unravel and the two-player Unravel Two are a pair of jumping and swinging platform games where you control a character made out of wool. As well as making him look super cute, the wool is used to swing around and interact with objects.
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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