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While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.

This list includes 102 games from the last 31 years, with 624 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to harm no living thing.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 624
 

 
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A Short Hike

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PEGI Rating 3+ for A Short HikeESRB Rating EVERYONE for A Short Hike

A Short Hike

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Open World

Developer: @adamgryu

Players: This is a single player game

In A Short Hike you play penguin-like character Claire, who needs to climb a mountain in a beautiful national park to receive an important phone call. Presented in cute pixel graphics, the game invites you to explore the park, help other animals, find...


Pokémon Cafe Mix

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Pokémon Café Mix is a puzzle game. Similar to the icon-connection challenge of Disney Tsum Tsum, you play as Eevee and delivering orders in a cafe by linking Pokemon icons in a ring. It's a low pressure puzzle with a swirl-to-connect interaction that...


PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/11/2020

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @Outright_Games

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay is a running, jumping and exploration game. It expands this platforming action towards a full 3D world, while keeping accessibility focused on younger players.


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Roki

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PEGI Rating 12+ for RokiESRB Rating TEEN for Roki

Roki

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/07/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @PolyTreehouse

Players: This is a single player game

Röki is a Scandinavian folklore point-and-click style adventure game where you play Tove on a journey to save her family. As you help her to come to terms with loss, you explore deep into a snowy fairytale landscape with strange locations and creatures.


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Stormworks: Build and Rescue

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Stormworks: Build and Rescue

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Developer: @Dan_Games

Players: You can play this with 5 players online

Stormworks is an open world adventure where you design, build and pilot your own air sea rescue service. You create programmable vehicles using it's block-building system and pilot them into dangerous situations to rescue stricken vessels or...


Thousand Threads

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 30/07/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Developer: @ThreadsGame

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Rocket League

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...


Spyder

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/03/2020

Platforms: Mac and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @SpyderTheGame

Players: This is a single player game

Spyder is a puzzle adventure where you play as Agent 8, a small 6-legged spider-robot that was designed by a British spy agency for attempting to stop an evil organization. You take on different challenges using your special abilities in a game that...


Littlewood

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 18/06/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @SeanYoungSG

Players: This is a single player game

Littlewood (coming to Switch soon) is a town and farming simulator a little like Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing. Here though, the twist is that the game is set after a grand adventure. You...


Katamari Damacy Reroll

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/12/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action and Open World

Developer: @BandaiNamcoUS

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Katamari Damacy Reroll is a puzzle game where you control a sticky ball. The aim is to roll up as much stuff as possible, making yourself as big as possible. The game starts small by simply having you pick up thumbtacks, game pieces, and caramels....


The Witness

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

The Witness combines maze puzzles in an abandoned world with its own mythology, secrets, themes and story. It’s a game with puzzles at the core, but the real mystery is solving what has happened in the world you find yourself in.


The Touryst

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/11/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @ShinenGames

Players: This is a single player game

The Touryst is a puzzle based adventure, where you seek to unlock the mysteries of an archipelago of sun-drenched islands. That's if you want to of course, because the adventure can wait if you'd rather soak up the sun and make the most of your time...


El Hijo - A Wild West Tale

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/12/2020

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

Genres: Action, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @HonigStudios

Players: This is a single player game

El Hijo - A Wild West Tale is a stealth puzzle game, where you play a 6-year-old boy on his quest to find his mother. It's a non-violent adventure game where you must sneak past the dangers of the Wild West to build self-confidence, cunning, and new...


Return of the Obra Dinn

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Human Fall Flat

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/12/2017, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

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

Human: Fall Flat takes the idea of rag-doll characters and movement in the direction of a platform game. You run, jump and solve puzzles with your elastic character, either on your own or with another player. Get it wrong and you fall flat on your face,...


Portal (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/10/2007, updated in 2011

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

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

You are in a science laboratory where you seem to be being tested. Watched by the artificial intelligence GLaDOS, you have a gun that can create a pair of magic portals on any surface: one is an entrance and the other is an exit. Through a series of...


The Cost of Recovery

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @OffTheBtnTrack

Players: This is a single player game

The Cost of Recovery is a narrative adventure where you play as four different people, one of whom has a stroke. How this impacts each of them is experienced first hand. Can they all get through this together or will everything start to fall apart?


Overcooked (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Developer: @Team17Ltd

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...


Papers, Please

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 08/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @Dukope

Players: This is a single player game

You play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizens’ passports and paperwork according to an increasing list of changing...


Journey

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/03/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2 players online

This is an adventure in a desert. Exploring the eerie sandscape, you discover a world abandoned by the race that created it. The sense of space and scale evokes feelings of aloneness and being lost. But then the game pairs you with other players, one at...


Undertale

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/09/2015

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

Genres: Adventure, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @TobyFox

Players: This is a single player game

Undertale is a 2D adventure game where you don't have to kill anyone. Providing you unique ways to avoid combat from dancing with a slime to whispering your deepest secret to a knight. However, you could just ignore this option and rain destruction...


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Kine

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PEGI Rating 3+ for KineESRB Rating EVERYONE for Kine

Kine

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/10/2020

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @DireGoldfish

Players: This is a single player game

Kine is a 3D puzzle game where you control three robot instruments: Roo, the accordion; Quat, the drum; and Euler, the trombone. To help them become a band, you solve puzzles that involve their different abilities in various ways.


The Wandering Villiage

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @StrayFawnStudio

Players: This is a single player game

The Wandering Village is a strategy game where you build a city to escape a world made toxic by spores. You seek shelter on the back of a giant, wandering creature called Onbu. It's unusual because as well as building a thriving settlement, you have to...


Everything

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.


Snipperclips

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

This is a game where you play a piece of paper that can be cut into different shapes. Through a series of puzzle levels, you adjust your shape by clipping and overlapping other players. Sometimes this is to match a shape, at others it is to catch a ball...


Lost Ember

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/07/2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Lost Ember is an animal exploration adventure game. While forward progress is relatively linear, it involves beguiling flying, swimming, digging and running to explore the mysterious world through the eyes of different animals.


Astroneer

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 16/12/2016, updated in 2019

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

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

Players: This is a single player game

Astroneer is an open-world space adventure where you colonize planets by creating habitable structures, farming and mining resources. There is no specific story, although the challenges of each planet give rise to struggles of achievement to placate the...


Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/10/2016

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

Genres: Puzzle

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room

In this game you’re confronted with a bomb on the screen that has to be defused, requiring a series of modules to be disarmed. The bomb defuser player can see and operate the bomb but the other players, who have the defuse instructions, can’t. The...


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Gris

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PEGI Rating 7+ for GrisESRB Rating EVERYONE for Gris

Gris

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...


Night in the Woods

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/01/2017, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Endless Ocean

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 09/11/2007, updated in 2010

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Endless Ocean (Endless Ocean: Blue World in the US) and its sequel Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep are versions of a diving adventure game where you explore the Manaurai Sea to identify different fish and recover artefacts. As experience is...


Go Vacation

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/07/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

This is a resort exploration game where 50 mini-games can be discovered and played. The mini-golf, skating, surfing, volleyball, car racing, tennis and other games use the Wii and Switch motion-sensitive controllers and are simple fun for youngsters....


Mutazione

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

In Mutazione you play as a 15-year-old girl visiting her grandfather on a faraway island inhabited by friendly but mutated villagers. By finding seeds, tending to gardens and talking to people, you uncover a tightly knit web of characters with...


Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/01/2014, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Most games design their controls to be easy and accessible. Octodad: Dadliest Catch takes a different approach. Using a combination of sticks and buttons, it creates an awkward, stomach-churning feeling of having too many limbs that you can’t directly...


Empty

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/09/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @_Dstrm

Players: This is a single player game

Empty is a minimalist puzzle game that teaches the value of simplicity in life. You rotate and interact with different vignettes to line up items with the same background colour. As you do this they disappear and the scene slowly empties.


Dorfromantik

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @_Toukana

Players: This is a single player game

Dorfromantik is a peaceful village-building strategy puzzle game for one player. It's inspired by tile-based board-games like Carcassonne and Tantrix.


Car Quest

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/10/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Racing

Developer: @EZoneCom

Players: This is a single player game

Car Quest is an exploration puzzle adventure you navigate by driving your car. With no time pressure and a relaxed vibe you can take your time to drive, collect, explore, solve, discover.


Alto’s Adventure (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Racing

Players: This is a single player game

Descend beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to worry about is tapping to jump to avoid chasms, rockfall and other hazards. It’s simple and moreish due to the stunning landscapes...


Firewatch

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 20/09/2016

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @Camposanto

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Monument Valley (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Old Man’s Journey

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 17/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Old Man’s Journey is a game about memory and old age. You help a grandfather-figure traverse the countryside by raising and lowering the landscape. Along the way he visits places that evoke the story of his life: a wife, a child and a love of the sea.


Sky Children of the Light

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/07/2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online

Sky Children of the Light (Sky Children of Light) is a huge open-world online game designed to create altruism between players. From the developer of Flower and Journey, it takes you on a social adventure in an ever-expanding world with up to 8 other...


Spaceteam (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/12/2012

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

Players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’,...


Unfinished Swan

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/10/2012

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

The Unfinished Swan invites you to explore a world by splashing paint on it. The tactile experience leads you into a fairy tale about an unfinished painting that leads a child back to his parent.


Heaven’s Vault

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 16/04/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

In Heaven’s Vault you play an archaeologist translating an ancient alien language whose decrypting weaves through an unfolding drama. While doing real linguistic work you interact with companions and locals. Your choices can open or close vast swathes...


Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/07/2017, updated in 2018

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

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

Developer: @PridefulSloth

Players: This is a single player game

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an adventure where you explore a world seeking out and collecting magical creatures, known as sprites, to banish an ominous shroud known as the Murk. As you do this, you make your way in the world, farming,...


Our Personal Space

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/02/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Developer: @Rachel_Helps

Players: This is a single player game

Our Personal Space is a text adventure where, rather than surviving alien attack or harsh environments, it's your marriage that you are fighting for. You play a newly married doctor on a space colony and must decide how she spends her time, responds to...


Naiad

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Naiad is a gentle adventure game where exploration is fuelled not by extreme distances, dangers or enemies, but by the simple joy of floating in rivers and pools. As a story about nature unfolds you control a nymph-like character who swims through...


Playne

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 22/06/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Simulation

Developer: @playne

Players: This is a single player game

Playne is a narrative-driven meditation game that helps you build daily meditation habits. With each meditation session, Playne's story begins to unfold and the life on your island begins to grow providing you with more environments to meditate in.


Baba is You

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Donut County

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/08/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Donut County offers a similarly simple style of play. You drag a hole around the screen; the more things you can make fall in, the bigger the hole gets. You start with bricks, road cones and bushes, but eventually you’re swallowing whole houses.


Feather

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

This game brings you, as a bird, to a beautiful island. You can explore freely, collecting items and soaring on the breeze. Often, other players will join you to create a flock of birds to fly together, making music on the wind. Communication is kept to...


Fractured Minds

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/11/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Fractured Minds is a short game that explores the implications of living with mental illness. You explore everyday spaces that behave in strange and sometimes disturbing ways. To progress, you need to solve some simple puzzles.


Heave Ho

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @LeCartelStudio

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make...


Her Story

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 24/06/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Neo Cab

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 03/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

This is a narrative adventure from behind the wheel of a cab. You play as Lina, the last human driver-for-hire on the streets of Los Ojos. Your friend and only lifeline has gone missing; with no money and nowhere to stay, your only leads are the...


Snake Pass

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/03/2017, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Snake Pass is a puzzle game where you move around objects and through the world like a snake. Rather than running around the levels like you do in games like Mario games, you have to slither along the ground and coil around...


Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Players: This is a single player game

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,...


Outer Wilds

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 11/12/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @Mobius_Games

Players: This is a single player game

Outer Wilds is an exploration space mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time-loop. After 20 minutes of game time, you must start again – but each time brings a new opportunity to learn how you ended up on the planet and solve the...


Signs of the Sojourner

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 14/05/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @EchodogGames

Players: This is a single player game

Signs of the Sojourner, an introspective narrative where you interact with characters by solving puzzles with cards that represent emotions. It's a coming-of-age story set in the near-future and explores how relationships form, break, and mend in the...


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.


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Pode

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/06/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HenchMangoon

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Pode is a co-operative puzzle game, where two players on the same system can use different abilities to help each other unlock new areas of a beautiful world and advance a cute little story. It's a good game if you like combining abilities in clever...


Part Time UFO

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Part Time UFO is a puzzle game where you use your flying craft and claw to solve various problems. Sort out a farm, support cheerleaders, cook up the ultimate dessert at a restaurant or even build a castle. It's like the sort of coin-operated crane...


Magnibox

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 26/03/2019

Platforms: PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @JoGribbin

Players: This is a single player game

Magnibox is a puzzle game about a magnet that's also a box. Through 160 hand made levels, you have to use your magnetic and box-like abilities to collect all the keys and stars. The game starts simple but steadily adds in lots of clever twists and...


Disjunction

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @ApeTribeGames

Players: This is a single player game

Disjunction is an intense cyberpunk stealth-action game set in 2048. You take on missions as one of three characters that lean towards different skills. Use lethal force, hide in the shadows or distract for non-violent ways to reach your objective.


Good Job!

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/03/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

You play an office employee with a difference. Together with a friend you must climb the corporate ladder to take over the family business. But rather than starting as tea boy and working up, you have a set of more bizarre office problems: building zen...


Horizon Chase Turbo

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

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

This is an arcade racing game with the focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo Challenge. It balances modern affordances with retro...


My Child Lebensborn

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 08/05/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Little Misfortune

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 18/11/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @KillMondayGames

Players: This is a single player game

Little Misfortune is a dark adventure where you play a small girl called, Misfortune, who, guided by a voice in her head, seeks the prize of eternal happiness for her mother. It's played side-on and unfolds a narrative about the girl's family as you...


Tangle Tower

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Tangle Tower is a murder mystery game, from the same developer as Snipperclips, where you explore a grand old house and it’s intertwining families to solve a mysterious murder. You are given the events of the murder, each...


Eastshade

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 14/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

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

Players: This is a single player game

Eastshade is a slow exploration game in a world you explore by walking around. Here, though, you play as a travelling artist capturing the grand flora and fauna on canvas as you go. It’s another game that places you with purpose and responsibility in...


The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 26/06/2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is an adventure game set between Life Is Strange and Life is Strange 2. You play Chris Eriksen, a young boy who creates the superhero alter ego Captain Spirit to deal with the loss of his mother.


Lonely Mountains Downhill

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 22/10/2019

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

Race down a mountain on a bike. Make your way through thick forests, narrow trails and wild rivers. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash all the way from the peak to the valley. You choose your route to find the fastest way to the finish line.


A Mortician's Tale

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 18/10/2017

Platforms: PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

A Mortician's Tale is a management game where you play as a mortician, Charlie, working in a funeral home. As you play, you handle bodies of the deceased, including cleaning and beautifying them, as well as dealing with embalming and cremation. The dead...


Way Of The Passive Fist

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 11/04/2019

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Players: This is a single player game

Way Of The Passive Fist is a fighting game where you parry, dodge, dash and counter-attack to outwit and outlast your enemies rather than kill them.


Lumino City

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 02/11/2014

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Lumino City is a puzzle adventure game in a hand made world. This is not unusual for a video game, but this world was literally made by hand in a physical studio and then filmed. It creates a unique experience that feels like you are poking around a...


Infernium

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 05/04/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Asphalt 9: Legends (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 08/10/2019

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

Genres: Action, Racing and Rhythm

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

Asphalt 9: Legends is a racing game in the series that focuses on fast driving fun. This year the game adds new cars, a wide range of accessible control schemes, race modes, and nitro boosts for extra speed.


Out of Space

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/11/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @BeholdStudios

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Out of Space is a co-operative game about living together on a space ship. You and your cohabitants have to build a sustainable spaceship, as well as making it a cosy home. All is not plane sailing though, as you come across deadly alien infestations, a...


Teacup

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Smarto_Club

Players: This is a single player game

Teacup is a narrative adventure about a shy young frog who loves drinking tea and reading. You explore the world and make choices that change the direction of the story. It's a gentle game about friendship, stepping out into the world and, of course,...


Fez

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/04/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Fez is a dimension based puzzle game where you, as a small character called Gomez, can rotate between four 2D views of the 3D world (as four sides around a cube-like space). This sounds confusing but actually develops into a mind-stretching and...


Proteus

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 30/01/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

This game takes you to a pixelated island. As you explore you discover that your presence changes the seasons and time of day. Delving deeper, there are rudimentary interactions with the creatures that inhabit the land, and rain clouds that blow in from...


Tacoma

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 24/04/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

Tacoma is set aboard a space station in the year 2088. As you explore you can discover how the station’s crew lived and worked, using an AR device that lets you review past actions and conversations, you discover clues that unravel a plot of trust,...


Kerbal Space Program

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 31/03/2016

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation game. You direct a space program, staffed and crewed by aliens. It looks like a cute game for kids, but under its comic exterior is a hugely complex and engaging space simulation.


Jet Set Radio (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2012

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

Jet Set Radio is an action game where you play a skating youth traversing Tokyo, spraying graffiti and evading authorities. It was influenced from late 90s Japanese pop culture such as the rhythm game PaRappa the Rapper.


Frost

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 25/03/2017

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @KunabiB

Players: This is a single player game

Frost is a puzzle game where you control living particles with gestures to guide them home. Using flocking mechanics the game lets you direct thousands of elements with super simple controls. Each level presents a different scene in which to direct the...


39 Days to Mars

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/10/2019

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @philipbuchanan

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

39 Days to Mars is a game where players cooperate to build and fix a nineteenth-century steam-powered spaceship en route to Mars. With another player, you play one of two full voice-acted characters and solve puzzles by interacting with switches, levers...


A Fold Apart

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/04/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Platform

Players: This is a single player game

A puzzle game that explores the emotional rollercoaster of a long-distance relationship — in a world of folding paper. After career choices force them along separate paths, a Teacher and Architect vow to make their long-distance relationship work at...


Let's Catch

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/06/2009

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Narrative and Rhythm

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

This is a game on the Wii about catching. It's created by Prope, who made the Sonic the Hedgehog games. You use the Wii Remote controller to motion a catch or a throw to a player in the game. The challenge is to learn how to press the button just right...


Manifold Garden

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @WilliamChyr

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Papo and Yo

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 14/08/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 3

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Papo & Yo pits you as a young boy, Quico, exploring a Brazilian city slum. As you solve puzzles and perform well-timed jumps to progress through the city, you must also deal with a monster – both real and metaphorically representing your alcoholic...


The First Tree

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/10/2018

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

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

The First Tree is an exploration narrative game. In a dream, you explore a forest wilderness as a mother fox looking for her cubs. Simultaneously, you revisit childhood memories in spoken reflection from two lovers remembering the dream and their...


Thomas Was Alone

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 18/04/2013, updated in 2014

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Control different-coloured rectangles in this simple running, jumping and puzzle solving platform game. It sounds boring and derivative but each of the distinctly coloured shapes comes to life in the game as a character embroiled in this escape story...


Eco

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

Eco extends the resource-collecting and building of Minecraft by introducing environmental implications to your actions. Using resources like trees will erode the soil; mining might pollute the river; and each animal depends on another.


Telling Lies

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 31/07/2019

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Telling Lies is from the same developer as Her Story. It's named as an investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling by the developer.


The Secret of Monkey Island (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/10/1990

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

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

Players: This is a single player game

The Secret of Monkey Island is a classic tongue-in-cheek pirate adventure game. You click or tap the screen to explore locations, find items and complete puzzles. Playing a young man, Guybrush Threepwood, with a dream of being a pirate, you become...


Crazy Taxi

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2012

Platforms: Android, GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Crazy Taxi is a series of games where you take people to different locations in a city, as a taxi driver. It sounds a little dull, but in this brighter and bigger world it's a joy rather than a chore. When you complete a fare you get money based on how...


Williams Pinball

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 09/10/2018

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

Genres: Simulation

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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...


Race the Sun

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action and Racing

Developer: @Flippfly

Players: This is a single player game

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.


Family Tree

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @InfiniteStates

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Family Tree is a pinball game where you also aim your shots like jumping around a platform game. You bounce on enemies to traverse hundreds of hand-crafted puzzles.


Impossible Bottles

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @HonigStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Impossible Bottles is a rhythm game where you control mechanical robots. You create musical loops with each robot and solve puzzle to get them in harmony. It's a game about the global energy crisis and a scientist’s effort to provide an...


HackyZack

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/08/2018

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

Genres: Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @SpaceboyGames

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Hack Zack is a running and jumping game where you also have to hit a ball through the level to win. Because the game simulates real physics this can be quite a challenge. It's an unusual game that requires planning as well as careful execution.



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