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Fidget Toys

Fidget spinners burst into the hands of children a number of years ago. While that initial trend subsided, the interest and enjoyment of tactile objects to fiddle with are very much with us.

Fidget toys are like the yo-yo or Rubik's cube but without the focus on skill. The enjoyment comes from doing something that isn't learning or achieving anything. It's no surprise that there are a number of video games that have picked up on this style of play.

Some games, like The Longing, Animal Crossing and Adopt Me, simple slow down the need to progress, so all you do is check-in, fiddle around with the game world and then leave. Then there are other games, like Townscaper and Pok Pok Playroom, that let you craft your own structures but with none of the usual video game emphasis on score and winning. Other games, like Everything and Proteus, offer a huge world to poke and prod without getting embroiled with progression.

Even games that do offer a strong sense of story and development often include post-game play or side-quest distractions that are simply there for you to spend time fiddling with rather than winning or losing. Games like A Short Hike, Alba A Wildlife Adventure or even No Man's Sky.

This list includes 42 games from the last 20 years, with 1,283 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to keep your hands busy.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 7+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 1,283
 

 

Animal Crossing (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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

Price: 26% off

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

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

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...

Adopt Me!

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @PlayAdoptMe

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Adopt Me is one of the most popular Roblox games. In a rudimentary way it simulates daily life. You can build a home, look after pets and make friends. Like many Roblox games, it's the combination of an avid community of players...

A Short Hike

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

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

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure and Open World

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @Adamgryu

Players: This is a single player game

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

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 11/12/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: @UsTwo

Players: This is a single player game

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when...

Toca Life: World (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 2-6 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Developer: @TocaBoca

Players: This is a single player game

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

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 01/04/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @LandfallGames

Players: This is a single player game

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (know as TABS) is a fighting game where you choose different armies and troops to battle each other in an automatic simulation that models their offensive and defensive abilities. Once setup, the fight is largely...

LocoRoco

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2006

Platforms: PS Vita, PS4 and PSP

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

This creates a world of plants and creatures to investigate. The novelty, besides the character’s singing and cute aesthetic, is that you control the game with just two buttons, tilting and bumping your characters through each level.

Dorfromantik

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/03/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

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.

No Man's Sky

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 48% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @HelloGames

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online

No Man's Sky is a space simulation about exploring endless planets and galaxies. It invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a...

Sago Mini (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 2-5 year-olds

Release Date: 09/06/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Developer: @SagoSagoToys

Players: This is a single player game

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

Farm Together

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2018, updated in 0019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Milkstone

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

Farm Together is a low-pressure farm simulator. You develop your farm by yourself or cooperate with your friends. Starting with an empty plot you can grow crops, plant trees, take care of the animals, add buildings and facilities, and unlock new items...

Mini Metro

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/01/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 27 features

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...

Everything

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

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.

Flower

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 5-11 year-olds

Release Date: 12/02/2009

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: @ThatGameCompany

Players: This is a single player game

Control the breeze blowing across fields of grass and blow petals into other flowers to make them bloom. Flower is simple and single-purpose in evoking the feeling of the wind. What starts as an awkward struggle to control the breeze soon turns into a...

Dwarf Fortress

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 08/08/2006

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Bay12Games

Players: This is a single player game

Dwarf Fortress is a longstanding strategy game set in a fantasy world where you control a group of dwarves wanting to construct a wealthy fortress. It's unusual not only for it's text-based appearance but for it's expansive scope, and intricately...

Naiad

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @HiWarp

Players: This is a single player game

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

Tetris (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @AlexeyPajitnov9

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Tetris is a longstanding puzzle game where you make horizontal lines by placing different shaped tiles in a well. It's simple and fun, but as the pieces speed up it gets increasingly difficult.

Cloud Gardens

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2020

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Noio_Games

Players: This is a single player game

Cloud Gardens is a puzzle game where you grow vegetation over a dilapidated post-apocalyptic world. It's a low-pressure puzzle, from the team behind Kingdom. It has the same pixel-art style, but here you are left to take your time...

Loop Hero

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 03/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @_FQteam

Players: This is a single player game

Loop Hero is a dungeon exploring adventure game where you use cards to create a world for your character to survive. Rather than control the hero yourself, you take the role of designer (or Dungeon Master) who use cards to create a world that is hard...

Hidden Folks

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/02/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @AdriaandeJongh

Players: This is a single player game

Hidden Folks tasks you with exploring hand-drawn worlds to find particular people. It’s simple enough for youngsters to control but complex enough to keep parents and carers involved too.

Kids

Kids

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/05/2019

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @Michaelfrei10

Players: This is a single player game

Kids is an unusual game where you tap to interact with groups of monochrome cartoon children. Seeing the little kids run around and respond to each other creates a playful and intriguing game than only lasts half an hour but will be played many times.

Pupperazzi

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @KitFoxGames

Players: This is a single player game

Pupperazzi is an adventure game where you explore an island to find and photograph all manner of canine friends. You interact with the world, climb, skate and explore to get the perfect angle on the perfect pup. It starts as a silly challenge but turns...

Pocket City

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

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.

Chuchel

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 2-8 year-olds

Release Date: 07/03/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @Amanita_Design

Players: This is a single player game

Chuchel is a comedy adventure game. You play hairy hero Chuchel and his rival Kekel to solve simple puzzles and challenges in their quest to retrieve the precious cherry. It looks like a children's storybook animation with strange, peculiar creatures.

Sizzle And Stew

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 2-10 year-olds

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...

Fugl

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 14/09/2017

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @MeloDive

Players: This is a single player game

Fugl is a game that simulates flying. You play a bird and launch yourself into the sky to explore a vast world. Rather than search for things, fight, or take on challenges, all you have to do is wend your way through the air currents and glide your way...

Proteus

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 4-12 year-olds

Release Date: 30/01/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Players: This is a single player game

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

Frost

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 25/03/2017

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @KunabiB

Players: This is a single player game

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

Rhythm Doctor

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 26/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @7thBeat

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

Rhythm Doctor is a rhythm game about shocking patients' hearts back in sync with their heartbeats to save their lives. You press a single button on the 7th beat to defibrillate each patient. It sounds simple but each level has a unique illnesses based...

Really Bad Chess

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @Helvetica

Players: This is a single player game

Really Bad Chess is like chess, but with random pieces selected for each player. Try 8 Knights, 4 Bishops, and 3 pawns. Starting positions are also non-standard. It sounds like a bad idea (hence the name) but actually opens the imposing chess challenge...

Good Soduku

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/07/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @Helvetica

Players: This is a single player game

Good Soduku is the classic puzzle game but made more accessible by removing the leg work of counting and tracking which numbers have been used where.

SpellTower

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2012

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @Helvetica

Players: This is a single player game

Spelltower+ is a word-spotting game a little like Boggle mixed with Tetris. As you play, more tiles rise from the bottom of the screen so you need to pick good words to clear down the letters and avoid any letters make it to the top row.

Lifelike

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/10/2019

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @KunabiB

Players: This is a single player game

Lifelike: Chapter One is a light-touch simulation game where you interact with flocking particles to create a soothing and meditative experience. It's an exercise in attending to something playful and the pleasure and escape that come from this.

Spek

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 22/09/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @RAC7Games

Players: This is a single player game

A puzzle game where objects are seen only in outline and you must travel the world with your dot, by manipulating the perspective. You navigate through minimalist yet colourful environments full of challenging puzzles, dangerous inhabitants, and...

Lawn Mowing Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @SkyhookGames

Players: This is a single player game

Lawn Mowing Simulator is an adventure game where you ride an authentic and expansive roster of lawnmowers. The novelty is a combination of absolute control over lawn care and weed eradication. This is extended beyond a brief distraction by the inclusion...

Blek

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 01/12/2013

Platforms: Android, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @KunabiB

Players: This is a single player game

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

Prune

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2015

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Mcdjoel

Players: This is a single player game

Prune involves slicing, but here you must carefully cut off tree branches to encourage the tree to grow in a particular direction. It starts simply but turns into a challenge for parents and young children to work on together.

Zen Bound

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/02/2009, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @SecretExit

Players: This is a single player game

Zen Bound is a puzzle game about wrapping objects in rope. With a relaxing soundtrack and calm visuals you are present with different objects with an attached rope of a specific length. Using a mouse, touch or tilt controls you transfer paint from the...

Vectronom

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @ARTEfr

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

Vectronom is a moving and jumping game where you control a block moving through a level that's changing in time with the music. The primary colours and hypnotic beats can distract at first, but as you find the flow of moving in time with the beat a...

Room to Grow

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @MischkaKamener

Players: This is a single player game

Room to Grow is a puzzle game about movement and expansion. You play a plant that moves by growing and wrapping your way around a maze. You can shift your location by growing into walls which enables you to manoeuvre around obstacles and make room for...

Shine – Journey of Light

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @_FoxAndSheep

Players: This is a single player game

Shine – Journey of Light is an adventure puzzle game where you guide a ball of light through a world of light and shadow. As you delve deep into the world you discover a lost civilisation and piece together the stories of the past.

Rocket League Sideswipe

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @PsyonixStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Rocket League Sideswipe is a competitive sport where you drive a car and aim to put a large ball in the goal. It's the mobile/smartphone version of the popular Rocket League esports game. Unlike the main game it is played in two dimensions, but still,...


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