There are many reasons, stages of life and circumstances that can leave us feeling isolated and lonely (and of course at the moment this is intensified with the virus lockdown). Being unable to be in the same place as loved ones. Not understanding the modern world. Barriers of mobility or impairments. Social anxiety and other mental health issues.Video games are one way that we can reconnect with each other, without needing to be in the same place. Finding games to play online with grandparents and carers is not only a good way to keep in touch but a lot of fun. The games on this page are part of the PLAY&TALK Weekend, which has launched in time for National Loneliness Awareness Week, aims to reduce feelings of isolation by getting people to talk with friends or family safely online. Backed by over 30 companies in the games industry, the Play&Talk weekend hopes to initiate 10,000 extra conversations across the UK through the power of games.
The Endless Forest
Genres: Open World and Simulation
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 50 players online.
This is a whimsical online multiplayer game where you play deer in a peaceful forest. You freely explore ruins and ponds, and meet other players, communicating in symbols. The world is like a moving painting, but one that players have a strong sense of...
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4
Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports
Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 60 players online.
Costs: Purchase cost.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out you have to control top-heavy...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC
Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.
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...
Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii
Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.
Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.
You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected minutiae of this diorama that makes...
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action and Sports
Duration: Between 4 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.
Videoball is a minimalist sports game for up to six players. The aim is to get one of the balls into the opponent’s goal by shooting it with triangles. It’s highly skilled, frantic and works brilliantly in a competitive family setting.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.
This battle puzzle uses shapes but instead of creating lines you must balance them in towers that mustn’t fall over. Real-world physics apply, along with wind and attacks from other players to make your stack topple. Up to four players can race to...
Tick Tock: A Tale For Two
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.
Played simultaneously with a friend, this is a narrative-driven puzzle game where you must escape an eerie world created by a clockmaker. It's unusual because each player's game is slightly different and must be combined to solve the puzzles. Through...
The First Tree
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4
Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.
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...
Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Phogs is a game where you control a stretchy dog that has a head at both ends of its body. It sounds a little strange, but is actually an endearing adventure where, on your own or with another person, you control each end of the dog separately to...
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.
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...
Words With Friends
Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS
Genres: Strategy and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.
Words with Friends is online Scrabble. You take turns placing tiles to make words crossword-style. Because the game is online you can play with people in different places, but also without having to be online at the same time with its asynchronous play.
Horizon Chase Turbo
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Duration: Between 11 hours and 20 hours to complete.
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...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action and Puzzle
Overcooked and Overcooked 2 is a collaborative cooking game 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 as you prepare food in ever...
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...
Genres: Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Moving Out is an action-puzzle game where you play a removal company. With up to four players you work together to get items out of the house and into the van. Although this starts simply you soon find furniture that is an awkward shape or needs two...
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Web Browser, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 6 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 64 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.
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....
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports
Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.
FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X
Genres: Action, Adventure and Racing
Duration: Between 50 hours and 55 hours to complete.
Dirt 5 is the latest game in a series of the extreme sports racing game. Like Forza Horizon or the older MotorStorm games, the series focuses on exuberance and party atmosphere rather than just...
Deep Time Walk
Genres: Narrative, Open World and Physically Active
Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 3 hours to complete.
Deep Time Walk is a game where you go for a walk as you listen to a history of the Earth that's tied to each step. The game calculates your speed and distance to match your real-world progress and translates it to a journey across 4.6bn years of time,...
Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
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...
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and iOS
Duration: Between 2 and a half hours and 5 hours to complete.
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...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Abzu is an adventure in a lush underwater world. You descend into the heart of the ocean to find ancient secrets and encounter majestic creatures. This combines the beautiful weightlessness of diving with an ancient story of meaning and place in the world.
Sky Children of Light
Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation
Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online.
This 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 players.
Knights And Bikes!
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative
Duration: Between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.
Enter a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British island and work together as Nessa and Demelza to explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons, tape cassettes and...
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
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.
Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.
This is a fantasy war game, similar to Advanced Wars from the Gameboy era, where players take turns in a variety of battles. Computer-controlled and human opponents compete to achieve objectives and be the last player remaining.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.
This is a long-standing turn-based multiplayer combat game. The twist is that all the players are worms. With bizarre attacks on opponents that range from exploding sheep to self-deploying ninja rope, the battle is on the far end of crazy.