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Digital Toy Boxes

Video games and toys are two seperate things in a child's life. Online and in stores they are sold separately. At home, however, children will move from toys to video games without such strong distinctions. This list draws together all the games that cross over with toys in this way.

Very young players are often drawn to games with toy-like play. Whether Toca Boca or Sago Mini offer video game interactions but without missions, tasks or scores. They are games that create space, characters, locations and items for children to make up their own fun.

Then there are games that import physical toys into the play-process of the game. Sometimes this is to have a figure unlock items and save progress like in Skylanders or sometimes this is to create new ways to interact like Tori, Hotwheels id or game/Anki.
 

Here Kitty!

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 04/05/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Here Kitty! is a real-world hide and seek game you play by hiding your phone. It's from the same team behind Heads Up. When the child calls out or gets near the phone makes cat noises to give them clues to find it. When it's...


Townscaper

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 30/06/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @OskSta

Players: This is a single player game

Townscaper is a town building toy. You pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.


Maquette

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Maquette is a puzzle game played in a series of nested identical worlds. What you do in the larger world effects things in the smaller one, and so on. Every building, plant, and object are simultaneously tiny and staggeringly huge.


Wonderbox

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @AquirisGS

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Wonderbox is a action-adventure game where you tap to build beautiful miniature diorama scenes in which to explore. Like Toad Treasure Tracker Each of these worlds has its own micro-adventure with enemies,...


Hot Lava

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @klei

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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


Rain on Your Parade

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Rain on Your Parade is a slapstick puzzle game where you play a mischievous cloud ruining everybody’s day. "You are a cloud jerk," says the trailer. In each of the varied levels you have to work out what it is you need to do to make people's lives a...


Love - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 21/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Rocketship_Park

Players: This is a single player game

Love - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories is a puzzle game about regret. You interact with and explore a single apartment building. As you do you learn about the lives of the people that live there. You can manipulate the building to move floors between...


Noita

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 05/10/2020

Platforms: PC

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

Developer: @NollaGames

Players: This is a single player game

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,...


Tabletop Simulator

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 05/06/2015

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: @BerserkGames

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

Tabletop Simulator is a way to play classic board and card games on a computer. It is a system that provides a simulated gaming table for you to enjoy as you wish. The game provides you with all the physics, pieces, and table space for you to play on.


King Pins

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 25/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @SokpopCo

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

King Pins is a small real time strategy game where you command a small group of people to gather resources, build bases, farms and towers to defend yourself or attack the three other encampments. It's like Age of Empires but in miniature fashion....


Rolando

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Rolando is a puzzle-adventure game where you control the ball-like Rolandos. You direct the collection of creatures through levels by tilting the device and interacting with elements like conveyor belts and elevators via the touch screen. It's a lovely...


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...


Pikmin 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/10/2004, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @NintendoUK

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

Pikmin 2 is the second in the Pikmin Series, Captain Olimar is joined by his assistant Louie on a mysterious planet. You are collecting treasures consisting of scrap metal, broken toys. You do this by controlling plant like creatures called Pikmin,...


Pikmin (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 26/10/2001, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: This is a single player game

Pikmin is a real time strategy game where the main character Captain Olimar crash lands on an alien planet filled with strange small creatures called Pikmin. You are able to control and use these creatures to knock down walls, build bridges and attack...


Tori

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Tori combines physical and virtual play. The game comes with toys that you place on a play surface to control the game’s spaceships and catapults. Children can also create and colour their own cardboard versions of the toys and use them to control the...


Toca Life: World (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Players: This is a single player game

The Toca Boca, Toca Life, series of games comprise what are essentially toys in electronic form. They build on the Sago Mini games for 6-10-year-old children. Recreating interactive everyday settings like shopping, hospital,...


Anki Overdrive

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/05/2010

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Racing

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

Anki Overdrive is a physical slot-car racing game you control with your smartphone. The cars are intelligent and follow the track so you can focus on steering them round the best racing line and triggering virtual weapons. Although discontinued,...


Beast of Balance

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/11/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle

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

This game comes with beautifully sculpted physical toys that interact with your iPad to create and nurture creatures in a magical land. You place a toy creature on the plinth provided and it appears in the game. Balance another creature on top of the...


Sago Mini (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 09/06/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Players: This is a single player game

Sago Mini games are designed for 3-5 year old pre-school children. Like Toca Boca games for younger kids, they offer interactive storybook characters with light narratives and open-ended play. Superheroes, space explorers, boat...


Lego Super Mario

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/08/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Lego Super Mario is a running and jumping game you play in the real world with an electronic Mario toy. A series of Lego sets provide special bricks that the Mario toy can detect. The timer starts as you move the toy through the level and trigger...


Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Developer: @VelanVentures

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

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, Mario Kart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around...


Cats Are Cute

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 02/09/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @KKirukStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Cats are Cute is a pet care game where you look after cats and build a town. You collect a variety of cats and buildings around which the cats play and hide. It's really easy to play for youngsters and relaxing for older players.


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Stormworks: Build and Rescue

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...


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...


Blek

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/12/2013

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Wii U and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @KunabiB

Players: This is a single player game

Blek is a puzzle game where you control the repeating motion of a moving line. Your challenge is to pass through coloured dots. However, you can only enter a short motion that repeats. In this way you have to draw in a motion that, as it repeats,...


Hot Swap

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/11/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @JoGribbin

Players: This is a single player game

Hop Swap is a platform game where you can flip gravity and jump through the ground. The sky becomes the ground and the ground becomes the sky. This simple premise is used to create a complex and weaving puzzle adventure where you journey through two...


Lego Hidden Side

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/08/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Physically Active, Puzzle and Shooting

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

Lego Hidden side is an adventure game you play by building physical Lego kits and then interacting with them via an augmented reality app on your Smartphone. After building, when you put the kids on the camera they come to life on the screen, offering...


Teardown

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @TuxedoLabs

Players: This is a single player game

Teardown is a strategic game where you plan and execute a heist in a fully destructible environments. Your objective is to claim the key cards that are hidden around the map. However taking one triggers the alarm, giving you only sixty seconds before...


Skylanders (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 14/10/2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

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

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.


Lego Dimensions

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/11/2015

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

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

Lego Dimensions is like other Lego games but uses real Lego sets to unlock content like Skylanders. Although it’s not being updated any longer, its interactive cooperative brick format offers a novel way to play...


Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/10/2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Shooting and Simulation

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

Starlink is a space exploration and battle game. But unlike Elite, or No Man's Sky the focus is on arcade fun and quirky characters and Pixar-style storytelling for younger players.


Disney Infinity (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 18/08/2013

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World and Platform

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

Disney Infinity is an action game with themed adventures around iconic Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters. Players unlock content in the game with physical figurines and PlaySet pieces placed onto a Base peripheral plugged into the console...


Nintendo Labo

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/04/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Nintendo Labo is another game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. Here, though, you get a cardboard pack with the game that folds up to make objects into which you slot the screen and controllers. Whether it’s cardboard steering...


De Blob (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/09/2008, updated in 2011

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

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

De Blob is a platform-puzzle game where you explore cartoon-style urban landscapes to recolour the city. You play a sponge-like creature that can collect colour paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...


Jailbreak

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/08/2017

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Badimo

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

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


Toy Story 3

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/09/2010

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Platform

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

Toy Story 3 (Toy Story 3: The Video Game) is a running, jumping and exploration game from the developers who went on to make Disney Infinity. It is loosely based on the film and features the voice cast from the film.


A Hat in Time

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HatInTime

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 50 players online

A Hat in Time is a running, jumping and exploring game inspired by retro platform games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Psychonauts. As you explore each of the worlds, you discover characters to talk to, enemies to battle and an...


Deiland Pocket Planet

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 09/08/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @ChibigStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Deiland is an adventure set on a small spherical planet. You farm, craft, and build your own world. Improve your skills, craft tools, cook food, brew potions, and create tools. As you make your home, you will attract merchants to trade materials and...


Astro's Playroom

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/11/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Astro's Playroom is a running and jumping game that launched with the PlayStation 5. It not only showcases the PS5's new DualSense controller but offers a loveable adventure with novel interactions and considerable substance.


Grounded

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 28/07/2020

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @GroundedTheGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Grounded is a survival game where you are tiny and find yourself in someone’s back yard garden. It’s like Honey I Shrunk The Kids meets Fortnite. Ants, cockroaches, and bees pose a threat along with environmental hazards like water, tall grass and...


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...



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