Google Play Pass is an alternative way to access video games on your Android smartphone or tablet device. Currently available in the US, it offers over 350 apps and games. Of these, there are around 100 or so games, that are selected to be family-friendly.
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and iOS
Genres: Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.
Costs: Purchase cost.
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...
Platforms: Android and iOS
Genres: Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 and a half hours to complete.
Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.
Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2 are puzzle mazes made from optical illusions. You interact with each level to change the pathway and get your character to the exit. Its striking, calm visual theme is used to build atmosphere and slowly reveal a...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
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.
Old Man’s Journey
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS
Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.
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.
Genres: Creative, Open World and Strategy
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.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports
Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
Absolute Drift is a skill-based racing game where the focus is on accuracy and elegance rather than just speed. You aim is to use a controlled skid to get around corners with the perfect racing line and score more points.
Platforms: Android, PC and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.
Lumino City is a puzzle adventure game in a hand made world. This is not unusual for a video game, but this world was literally made by hand in a physical studio and then filmed. It creates a unique experience that feels like you are poking around a...
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy
Duration: Between 10 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.
Take charge of a kingdom, one decision at a time. Each choice is presented to you as a playing card with some advice or a question from one of the 38 different characters. Swipe left or right to make a decision that will impact the church, people,...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 51 hours and 75 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it 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...
Genres: Adventure and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.
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.
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 50 hours and 80 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.
Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform
Duration: Between 8 hours and 9 hours to complete.
Forgotton Anne (Forgotten Anne) is a hand-animated adventure that combines cartoon (Ghibli-inspired) storytelling with running and jumping puzzles. You play as Anne, the enforcer who keeps order in the Forgotten Lands, as she sets out to squash a...
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One
Duration: Between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete.
Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete.
Framed is a puzzle adventure where you re-arrange panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome and timeline of the story. With a noir-detective look, the puzzles start simply but soon get complex.