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Ease Loneliness with Intergenerational Games

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.

Image 171 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.


All the games have been select to be easy to play for new gamers and many of them have been used in a broad range of cultural settings, being incorporated into Cathedral services, arts festivals, well-being retreats and educational contexts.

This list includes 39 games from the last 28 years, with 530 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to connect with grandparents.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 16+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 530
 

 

Animal Crossing (Series)

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Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @NintendoAmerica

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

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 drama of the world and characters...

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

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Release Date: 04/08/2020

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Developer: @FallGuysGame

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

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...

Bake 'n Switch

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Release Date: 10/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @Bakenswitch

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

Bake 'n Switch is a puzzle fighting game where 2-4 players are apprentice bakers fighting the "Mould" and taking on various Guardian bosses. It's ridiculously cute and a lot of silly fun, as you catch, merge and sacrifice the anthropomorphised dough...

Journey

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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure

Developer: @ThatGameCompany

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 sand-scape, 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...

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Hoa

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Release Date: 01/04/2021

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HoaTheGame

Players: This is a single player game

Hoa is an adventure game where you walk and jump through a hand-painted world as the mysterious main character. You solve environmental puzzles and meet magical creatures while trying to find your way back home.

Moving Out

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Release Date: 29/04/2020

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SmgStudio

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

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...

Knights And Bikes!

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Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: @FoamSwordGames

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

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...

Just Dance 2021 (Series)

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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

Developer: @Ubisoft

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....

Dorfromantik

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Release Date: 25/03/2021

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.

Overcooked (Series)

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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...

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Abzu

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Release Date: 02/11/2016, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Adventure

Developer: @GiantSquidology

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Ibb and Obb

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Release Date: 01/08/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 3

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Sparpweed

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

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...

The Solitaire Conspiracy

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Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Strategy

Developer: @MikeBithell

Players: This is a single player game

The Solitaire Conspiracy takes the well known Solitaire card game and integrates it into a neon drenched cyberpunk spy story to create a fresh take.

Raji: An Ancient Epic

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Release Date: 15/10/2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @RajiTheGame

Players: This is a single player game

Raji: An Ancient Epic is a running and jumping puzzle game drawing on Hindu and Balinese history. Taking inspiration from tales like Mahabharata and Ramayana you play a young girl named Raji how is chosen by the gods to defend the human race.

The Cost of Recovery

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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?

Moonglow Bay

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Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @CoatSink

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

Moonglow Bay is a role play game where you play a rookie angler. Unlike other slice-of-life games, fishing isn't tucked away as a side quest here, it's front and centre. Set along the Canadian coastline in the 1980's, you live in a fishing town that has...

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FIFA (Series)

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Release Date: 15/12/1993, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Stadia, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @EA

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

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...

Horizon Chase Turbo

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Developer: @AquirisGS

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...

Sky Children of the Light

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Release Date: 18/07/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @ThatGameCompany

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...

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Dirt (Series)

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Release Date: 01/01/2007, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Racing

Developer: @Codemasters

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

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...

Lifeline (Series)

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Release Date: 16/04/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @3MinuteGames

Players: This is a single player game

Lifeline is a narrative adventure where you interact with an astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

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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

Developer: @SEGA

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.

Road to Guangdong

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Release Date: 06/06/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @ExcalPublishing

Players: This is a single player game

Road to Guangdong is a road trip adventure game about family and travel. You drive across 1990’s Guangdong, fix your car and explore the places you pass. You play as Sunny, just after a family tragedy, travelling with Guu Ma, her aunt. They have the...

Luna The Shadow Dust

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Release Date: 13/10/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @LanternStudio_

Players: This is a single player game

Luna The Shadow Dust is an adventure game where you play two companions drawn together in a hand-animated world. Each part of the game is beautifully realised and presents a puzzle to solve.

Dordogne

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Cedric_Babouche

Players: This is a single player game

Dordogne is a narrative adventure where you play as Mimi, a 32-year-old woman who returns to the house of her recently deceased grandmother. You explore the house and area to find letters and puzzles that bring back memories of the past.

Feather

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Release Date: 05/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @SamuraiPunk

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...

Worms (Series)

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Release Date: 23/08/2016, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Team17

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

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.

Phogs

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Release Date: 01/06/2020

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

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Coatsink

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

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...

Tricky Towers

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Release Date: 05/07/2016, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @WeirdBeardGames

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...

Videoball

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Release Date: 12/06/2016

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Developer: @ActionButton

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.

Subdefuge

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Release Date: 07/03/2017

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @RonCarmel

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

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...

Dirt Rally (Series)

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Release Date: 01/07/1998, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing

Developer: @Codemasters

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

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...

Deep Time Walk

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Release Date: 09/12/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Physically Active

Developer: @Deeptimewalk

Players: This is a single player game

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,...

The First Tree

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Release Date: 11/10/2018

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

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

Developer: @DavidWehle

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...

Wargroove

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Release Date: 01/02/2019

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

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @ChucklefishLTD

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

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.

Words With Friends

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Release Date: 01/01/2009

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Zynga

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

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.

Tabletop Simulator

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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.

Tick Tock: A Tale For Two

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Release Date: 07/03/2019

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @OtherTales

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 Endless Forest

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Release Date: 15/02/2006

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @Taleoftales

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...


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