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Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.

This list includes 110 games from the last 23 years, with 801 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to learn something playing a properly great game.

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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, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 801
 

 

Stormworks: Build and Rescue

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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...

Minecraft

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Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

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

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

Developer: @Mojang

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...

Townscaper

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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.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

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Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @AsoboStudio

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is the latest flight simulator game in the long running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from data Maps...

Stranded Deep

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Release Date: 21/04/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Developer: @BeamTeamGames

Players: This is a single player game

Stranded Deep is a survival game set in the Pacific Ocean. Taking a cue from films like Cast Away, you survive a plane crash and face life-threatening scenarios in a large open world. As the weather and time of day changes with the hours, you explore...

Bee Simulator

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Release Date: 12/11/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action and Adventure

Developer: @VarsavGS

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

Bee Simulator is a strategy game you play as a honey bee, flying on expeditions from the beehive to collect pollen, fight wasps and perform missions ordered by the Queen, as well as participating in races and dancing rituals. Along the way you'll learn...

Stardew Valley

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Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018

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

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

Developer: @ConcernedApe

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is as inviting for young players to...

Lego Worlds

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Release Date: 26/10/2016, updated in 2017

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

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

Developer: @TTGames

Players: This is a single player game

Lego Worlds takes virtual building back to the classic bricks with familiar figures, buildings and challenges from other Lego video games in an open world where your imagination can go wild in a bottomless bucket of bricks.

Orwell's Animal Farm

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Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Nerial

Players: This is a single player game

Orwell's Animal Farm is an adventure game with a decent slice of strategy, all brought to life with beautiful hand-drawn storybook art. As the name suggests, the game is based on the 1945 literary classic Animal Farm by George Orwell, which uses a farm...

Super Mario Maker (Series)

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Release Date: 10/09/2015

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

Celeste

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Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Platform

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: This is a single player game

This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on...

The Eternal Cylinder

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Developer: @TheACETeam

Players: This is a single player game

The Eternal Cylinder is a strategy game where you survive by evolving your creatures to adapt to the environment. Your herd explore a strange world filled with exotic lifeforms and environments. All the while a menacing firey cylinder rolls towards you.

Potion Craft

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @TinyBuild

Players: This is a single player game

Potion Craft is a puzzle adventure game where you create potions in an ancient looking workshop. More than learning recipes, your potions need to strategically combine the qualities of each ingredient to explore the potion-map and create brews to help...

Island Saver

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Release Date: 13/05/2020

Price: Free

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

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @NatWest_Help

Players: This is a single player game

Island Saver is action-adventure about cleaning up litter and goop to make money. It's created by Natwest with the aim of teaching children how to manage money. Unusually for a game with ideological ambitions, it's also a lot of fun.

Astroneer

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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

Developer: @SES_dev

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...

There Is No Game

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Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @ThereIsNoGame

Players: This is a single player game

There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension is a comedic adventure with a strange twist. From the outset the game’s narrator insists that there is no game to play. As you inevitably ignore his instruction you go on a journey through silly and unexpected video...

Hundred Days, Winemaking Simulator

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Release Date: 13/05/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Stadia and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @BrokenArmsGames

Players: This is a single player game

Hundred Days is a strategy game about making wine. You control every aspect of a new Winery, choose vines, learn how to grow them and when to harvest. You make decisions about the process with a simple interface that takes you through each day. It's a...

Surviving Mars

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Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @HaemimontGames

Players: This is a single player game

Surviving Mars is a colony simulation game based on the real geography of Mars. You build and maintain a liveable habitat while balancing resources and researching new ways to adapt to the hostile environment. You receive occasional rockets from Earth...

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.

Crossout

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Release Date: 15/05/2015

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @TargemGames

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Crossout is an online vehicle combat game set in a Mad Max, post-apocalyptic world. Players design modular vehicles combine weapons, armour and engines. As you progress in the game you earn currency to upgrade components and access more powerful parts....

The Witness

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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: @Thekla_inc

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.

El Hijo - A Wild West Tale

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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...

Mini Metro

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Release Date: 06/01/2015

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

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Dinopoloclub

Players: This is a single player game

Create an ordered, efficient underground train system. It sounds like hard work, but the simple Tube-map visuals, calm music, and streamlined interactions make this relaxing, like sudoku. Dip your toe in this strategy challenge and keep the system...

Mini Motorways

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Release Date: 04/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Dinopoloclub

Players: This is a single player game

Mini Motorways is by the same developer as Mini Metro but tasks you with planning a road network rather than subway. You lay down roads, traffic lights and motorways to ensure enough cars can get to the buildings that pop up in your city as time passes....

Papers, Please

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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...

The Wandering Villiage

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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...

Through the Darkest of Times

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Release Date: 27/05/2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @Paintbucket_de

Players: This is a single player game

Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.

Akurra

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Release Date: 01/07/2021

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @Gojirra

Players: This is a single player game

Akurra is a block pushing puzzle and exploration game. Its look is inspired by classic games like Zelda, Star Tropics, and Chip’s Challenge. It looks simple, but offers a rich and complex puzzles backed by visuals and sounds that take you back to the...

Balance - Power Grid

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Release Date: 05/08/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @HyperGames

Players: This is a single player game

Balance - Power Grid is a puzzle game about power grids. You place cables, pylons and power generators to make sure there are no blackouts. Through a series of challenges you build power grids that are functional, and that produce the right amount of...

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

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Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Fighting, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Sid_Meier

Players: This is a single player game

Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.

Endless Ocean

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

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @Arika_co_jp

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...

Everything

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

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @DavidOreilly

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.

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Gris

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Release Date: 06/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @NomadaStudiobcn

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...

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

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Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: @NinjaTheory

Players: This is a single player game

This is a dark fantasy adventure, drawing on Norse and Celtic mythology, where you play a young female Pict warrior, Senua. You explore and fight your way to Helheim to rescue the soul of her dead lover. As you play, though, you hear multiple voices in...

One Hour One Life

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Release Date: 27/02/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

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

Developer: @JasonRohrer

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

This is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you can soon fend...

TerraTech

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Release Date: 04/07/2018

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

Genres: Action, Creative, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @PayloadStudios

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

TerraTech is a construction game where you create vehicles to explore the environment, find resources and craft upgrades. It includes a modular building element where your decisions affect the performance of what you make. Each building block has its...

Lego Super Mario

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Release Date: 01/08/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Platform

Developer: @Lego

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...

Wonderbox

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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,...

Hidden Through Time

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Release Date: 12/03/2020

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

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @RoguesideGames

Players: This is a single player game

This is a spot the item game that also takes you on a journey through different time periods. You are tasked with finding specific items and must zoom, interact and uncover things to find each one.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

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Release Date: 13/10/2016

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @SteelCrateGames

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...

Teach Your Monster To Read

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Release Date: 10/03/2014, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @MonstersCanRead

Players: This is a single player game

Teach Your Monster to Read is a game about phonics, letters and reading. Children create a monster for a journey through three games. The combination of colourful well-animated characters and proper reading learning is both fun and powerful.

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

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Release Date: 01/12/2018

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @Draknek

Players: This is a single player game

A Good Snowman (Is Hard To Build) is puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen. On each level you must roll your snowballs to be the right size and then position them on each other to make a snowman.

Bury Me My Love

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Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Developer: @BMMLgame

Players: This is a single player game

Don’t be put off by the name and theme of this intriguing game, an adventure played by choosing responses in what looks like a messaging app. You take the role of the husband of a Syrian migrant travelling to Europe. As the game unfolds in real time,...

Heave Ho

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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...

My Child Lebensborn

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Release Date: 08/05/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @Sareptastudio

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...

Old Man’s Journey

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Release Date: 17/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BrokenRules

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.

Professor Layton

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Release Date: 07/11/2008

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @LEVEL5_IA

Players: This is a single player game

Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.

Wilmot's Warehouse

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Release Date: 29/08/2019

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @FinjiCo

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

This is a game for people who like to organise things. You are in charge of a warehouse and must manage 100s of items of stock. These identical square boxes are labelled with rudimentary icons. On your own or with another player, you must decipher what...

Age of Empires (Series)

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Release Date: 02/02/1998, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox One

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

Developer: @Relicgames

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Age of Empires is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focus on...

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise

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Release Date: 28/10/2015, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @Yakandco

Players: This is a single player game

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise is a puzzle game where you infiltrate a spy hideaway to stop an evil plan. Each location is full of retro futuristic contraptions, hidden gizmos, gadgets and clever logic based puzzles.

A Monsters Expedition

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Release Date: 10/09/2020

Platforms: PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @Draknek

Players: This is a single player game

A Monsters Expedition is a puzzle game where a monster finds creatures on an island and learns about the history of humanity. The puzzle is how to get from one island to the next.

KeyWe

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @StoneWheat

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

KeyWe is a puzzle game where you control two Kiwi birds running a postal service. At first the jobs are simple but as you complete more missions they start to become more complex. These tasks range from typing out telegrams, sending urgent messages and...

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Qomp

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Release Date: 15/11/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @WombatStuff

Players: This is a single player game

Qomp is a bat and ball game with a difference. You control the ball rather than the bat. Trapped in between paddles for decades, you finally escape and start an adventure through a maze of dungeons.

Unrailed!

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Release Date: 23/09/2020

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @IndoorAstronaut

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

Unrailed! is a co-op strategy game where you work with friends to build a train line across endless landscapes. Along with finding the resources to build track, bridges and tunnels you need to deal with local inhabitants, upgrade your train, and watch...

Headliner: NoviNews

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Release Date: 05/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @UnboundCreation

Players: This is a single player game

Headliner: NoviNews is a narrative-driven simulation game where you play as the person in charge of the headlines and stories that are released to the public. Each article you approve from your office has a direct impact of the world outside. Which news...

Endling

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Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @HerobeatStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Endling is an exploration platform game where you struggle to survive. It's a game about extinction with a strong ecological conscience. You are the last fox on earth, trying to survive a world ravaged by the human race.

Venba

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Release Date: 28/11/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @TmoritaA

Players: This is a single player game

Venba is a narrative-cooking game about an Indian mother who immigrated to Canada in the 1980s. You cook various traditional Indian dishes and restore the lost recipes which were damaged in the move to Canada. As you talk to your mother's family you...

Baba is You

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Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @ESAdevlog

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...

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Eco

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Release Date: 06/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @StrangeLoopGame

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.

Heaven’s Vault

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Release Date: 16/04/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @InkleStudios

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...

Spaceteam (Series)

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Release Date: 01/12/2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @Hengineer

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’,...

Valiant Hearts The Great War

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Release Date: 25/06/2014, updated in 2018

Price: Free-to-start

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

Valiant Hearts is an adventure game set during World War I. You play four characters who help a young German soldier find his love in a story about survival, sacrifice and friendship. This is achieved by solving puzzles and interacting with various...

Beyond Blue

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Release Date: 22/04/2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @ELineMedia

Players: This is a single player game

Beyond Blue is an underwater exploration game where you play Mirai, a deep-sea explorer and scientist. You see, hear, and interact with the ocean and the creatures in it as you discover an untouched world.

Total War (Series)

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Release Date: 13/06/2000, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @CAGames

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

The Total War series are strategic turn-based war games. Each game has a different historical or fantasy setting where multiple armies battle and compete for territory. You can win by military force, religion, diplomacy, espionage and economics.

Scribblenauts (Series)

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Release Date: 15/09/2009

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

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @5THCell

Players: This is a single player game

Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in...

LittleBigPlanet (Series)

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Release Date: 27/10/2008

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: @MediaMolecule

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

Little Big Planet is a series of games staring the Sackboy character. They offer a multiplayer running and jumping adventure, but also enable to player to substantially edit their character and eventually make their own levels.

Sokobond

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Release Date: 27/08/2013

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @Draknek

Players: This is a single player game

Sokobond is a puzzle game where you create chemical molecules by manoeuvring atoms around the screen, avoiding obstacles. The game is streamlined to not need instructions with its minimalistic design the enables ease of use. As you move through the...

Typoman

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Release Date: 19/11/2015

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

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BrainSeed_Fcty

Players: This is a single player game

Typoman is a running, jumping puzzle game where you use letters and words to solve puzzles and progress. You play as a character made of letters in a hostile land with evil creatures. As this unusual character, you make your way through the world...

Spooky Chase

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Release Date: 23/10/2020, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @QubyteGames

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

Spooky Chase is a running, jumping game where you play a ghost collecting a series of flags. However, each route you take to a flag is then followed by enemies when you go after the next one. You play each level multiple times to collect each flag, but...

Autonauts

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Release Date: 17/10/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Developer: @DenkiGames

Players: This is a single player game

This is an adventure game where you tame new worlds. You start with a blank slate similar to Sim City, but her you must build each dwelling, tool, vehicle yourself. It’s a task that’s too complex for any one person to handle. You are soon forced to...

Signs of the Sojourner

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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...

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...

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,...

Twelve a Dozen

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Release Date: 05/10/2016

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BossaStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Twelve a Dozen (originally called just, Twelve) is a running and jumping game where you solve mathematical based logic problems to help Dot save her family. While many games use learning as a gate to the reward of some fun, Twelve integrates the maths...

Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind

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Release Date: 17/10/2019

Platforms: PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @ASharpLLC

Players: This is a single player game

Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind is a storybook strategy game, set in the same world as King of Dragon Pass. Similar to games like HeroQuest, RuneQuest or God Wars but unusual because you make decisions at your leisure then see them play out through static...

Bring You Home

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Release Date: 29/10/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @AlikeStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Bring You Home is a running and jumping game with a difference. You play a doddery Polo trying to get your pet back by completing various platform levels. Unusually, though, when you die the game rewinds so you can change the level by swiping the panels...

Gogogo!

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Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: @GogogoTheGame

Players: You can play with 16 players in the same room

Gogogo! is a puzzle party game where friends and family compete in clever skill and knowledge challenges revolving around their smartphones. There are memory games, reaction games, word puzzles, challenges where you spin on the spot or tap a dot on your...

80 Days

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Release Date: 31/07/2014, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Adventure and Turn-Based

Developer: @InkleStudios

Players: This is a single player game

80 Days is a travel and culture discovery game set in 1872, where decisions about your journey around the world impact the course of the story and characters.

Dragon Box

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Release Date: 09/05/2012

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @DragonBox

Players: This is a single player game

DragonBox is an educational series of games that teaches young children maths, such as algebra using pattern matching with symbols. Unlike other educational games, the fun is in the doing in DragonBox, rather than incentivising learning with separate...

Kerbal Space Program

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Release Date: 31/03/2016

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @SquadDevs

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.

Sizzle And Stew

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Release Date: 22/02/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Cowlyowl

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

Sizzle & Stew is a cooking game where you don’t have to follow the rules. It’s a lot of fun and works well in the two-player split-screen mode. Experiment as you explore all the kitchen gadgets to make a meal, or just see what happens when you put a...

This War Of Mine

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Release Date: 14/11/2014

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

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @11BitStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a...

Rip Them Off

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Release Date: 24/03/2021

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Lozange_Lab

Players: This is a single player game

Rip Them Off is puzzle game where you build businesses to attract customers. It's an economic management version of tower defence. Rather than stopping soldiers by shooting them, you are stopping citizens by selling them things. You choose locations,...

Pocket City

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Release Date: 21/07/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @CodebrewGames

Players: This is a single player game

You build your own living breathing city by creating residential, commercial, and industrial zones, as well as placing special buildings. In addition to this Sim City style play you earn points to upgrade by competing missions.

Curious Expedition (Series)

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Release Date: 19/05/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @MaschiMensch

Players: This is a single player game

Curious Expedition is an expedition simulation, in the late 19th century. You join historical people to explore a world map to gain fame, science and treasures. Each time you set out the world is different, with unique challenges requiring particular...

Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour

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Release Date: 10/09/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Simulation

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

Discovery Tour is a special mode that uses the worlds created for the main Assassin’s Creed games to offer an educational exploration experience. It is available both as a free part of the original games and as a...

The Pedestrian

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Release Date: 29/01/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SkookumArts

Players: This is a single player game

The Pedestrian is a puzzle game where you control a stick man navigating a series of road signs around a virtual city. It sounds a little odd and quite simple, but by layering its interconnected sign-based puzzles it creates an experience that is both...

Koral

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Release Date: 16/05/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @CarlosGameDev

Players: This is a single player game

Koral is a diving exploration game where you play the sea current. This sounds a little odd, playing a flow of energy, but works brilliantly.

Opus Magnum

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Release Date: 08/12/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Zachtronics

Players: This is a single player game

Opus Magnum is a puzzle game about assembling machines to convert spherical chemicals into different compounds. Each challenge can be tackled by creating different machine configurations, and each is awarded points on how compact, quick and efficient...

Toodee and Topdee

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Dietzribi

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

Toodee and Topdee is a platform puzzle game where you control two characters to complete single-screen levels. The twist is that each character exists in a different plane. Toodee is a top-down block-pushing world, while Topdee is side-on platforming....

Operation: Tango

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Release Date: 28/08/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @CleverPlays

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

Operation: Tango is an espionage-themed cooperative adventure where two people play as agent or hacker. The agent explores the world while the hacker provides information and checks out the systems you encounter. You must communicate clearly to work...

Cosmic Express

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Release Date: 16/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @Draknek

Players: This is a single player game

Cosmic Express is a puzzle game where you plan a train route to collect the waiting passengers. Although the gamelooks super simple, as it progresses you have to also deal with different hazards and requirements for your route.

Traffix

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Release Date: 08/07/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @8InfinityGames

Players: This is a single player game

Traffix is a puzzle game that puts you in charge of traffic lights on different road systems. By changing the lights to red, orange and green you work to get traffic to flow on increasingly complex and busy roads. It sounds complex, but with simple...

Universal Paperclips

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Release Date: 09/10/2017

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @flantz

Players: This is a single player game

Universal Paperclips is an adventure game about making paperclips. It sounds simple, but behind the incremental process of clicking a button to create these paperclips is a story about how the desire to make paperclips (or anything) if fully realised...

112 Operator (Series)

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Release Date: 23/04/2020, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @JutsuGames

Players: This is a single player game

112 Operator and its predecessor, 911 Operator, are strategy games that put you in control of the emergency services as they fight natural disasters, crime and terrorism. You choose how to deal with each scenarios and work your way up the chain of...

Nanotale - Typing Chronicles (Series)

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Release Date: 23/09/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Stadia

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

Developer: @FishingCactus

Players: This is a single player game

Nanotale is an adventure game where you type to progress through a magical planet on the brink of extinction. You play as Rosalind, a novice Archivist, in a journey to study and catalogue the mysteries of the dying planet. Your goal is to gather rock &...

Knight's Retreat

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Release Date: 11/02/2021

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @QubyteGames

Players: This is a single player game

Knight's Rereat is a chess-themed puzzle game. It's not played on a chess board, but the pieces do move as they usually do. Rather than check-mate, your aim is to get your Knights back to their home squares in each level.

Down in Bermuda

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Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, Xbox One and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @YakAndCo

Players: This is a single player game

Down in Bermuda is a puzzle game where you are stranded on a set interconnected islands. You push, pull and manipulate objects to solve puzzles and explore the world. Each one you complete brings you closer to getting back home.

A Dance of Fire and Ice

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Release Date: 25/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @7thBeat

Players: This is a single player game

A Dance of Fire and Ice is a one-button rhythm game where you control a pair of spheres. You press a button to the beat of the music to progress through the mazes. Each press pivots the direction of motion of the paired spheres to make turns and cross...

39 Days to Mars

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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...

Heavenly Bodies

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @2ptStudio

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

Heavenly Bodies is a puzzle exploration game about cosmonauts working in space. You use one controller stick for each arm and a button for each leg. In this way, you navigate around the space station and complete tasks that would be relatively simple if...

Levelhead

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Release Date: 08/06/2020

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: @BScotchShenani

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

Levelhead is a game-making game where you construct levels to train a delivery robot. The simple drag and drop level design develops into as complex a level maker as you want. Create simple running and jumping levels or something huge, puzzling and...

Affordable Space Adventures

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Release Date: 09/04/2015

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @NapNokGames

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room

Three people work to pilot a diminutive spacecraft through a hostile environment. One player uses the Wii U game tablet to control engines, power and shields. A second player controls lights and weapons. A third player steers the craft through the...

Manifold Garden

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Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, 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...

Minesweeper Genius

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Release Date: 12/02/2019

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @BigGreenPillow

Players: This is a single player game

Minesweeper Genius is the classic puzzle game with some twists and more character. You help Aristotle sweep the minefield to regain his memory. To do this you use the number clues on each column to how many bombs are in adjacent squares.

Stacking

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Release Date: 08/02/2011

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @DoubleFine

Players: This is a single player game

Stacking is puzzle game where characters are Russian stacking matryoshka dolls. Controlling the smallest doll in the game, Charlie Blackmore, you go on an adventure. Your main ability is that you can stack and unstack into larger dolls and gain their...

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso

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Release Date: 25/10/2018

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Superbcorp

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

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso is a rhythm game where you play classical piano music by pressing buttons in time with each note. This starts easily buy builds up so you are playing complex pieces of music from a range of composers.

King of Dragon Pass

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Release Date: 01/01/1999

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @kingdragonpass

Players: This is a single player game

King of Dragon Pass is a fantasy strategy game where you control barbarian clans settling in the dangerous frontier region of Dragon Pass.

Not Not, A Brain-Buster

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Release Date: 20/04/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @QubicGames

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Not Not is a puzzle game about following simple instructions in limited time. All you have to do is read the instructions and then direct your character in one of four directions. It sounds simple but the instructions get increasingly convoluted and...

Factorio

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Release Date: 14/08/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @FactorioGame

Players: You can play this with 700 players online

Factorio is a construction strategy game where you crash-land on an alien planet and must harvest resources to create industry to build a rocket to escape (or fall in love with running your factory and stay on longer).


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