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Get Children Into Flying Things

The dream of being able to fly seems to be a universal human desire. It's not surprising then, that many video games are popular because they grant the player the ability to soar through the air.

These games can range from novel superpowers that let you swing, boost or bounce your way into the sky like Marvel's Spider-Man, to serious experiences that simulate the complexities of flying a jumbo jet in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Along with games where flying is front and centre, many other games offer nuanced flight as part of their experience, like Rocket League. There are other examples that use trajectory to get to hard platforms, like Ibb and Obb and other games like Slime Rancher where you can unlock a jetpack.

The games we have collected together in this list, enable you to experience flight in some way. Educationally, this isn't only a novelty to inspire other learning but offers an embodied appreciation of gravity, air currents, g-force, pitching, yawing and how materials respond at high speed.

This list includes 34 games from the last 22 years, with 601 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to learn about aeronautics.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 12+
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 and Strategy
Total Likes: 601
 

 

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...

Trailmakers

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 28/02/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Racing

Developer: @Flashbulbgames

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

In Trailmakers, you explore an open world in vehicles you have made from Lego-like blocks. Build a car, a plane, a boat or a combination of these, a carplaneboat. The game's physics encourage players to imaginatively combine propulsion, floatation,...

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 8 features

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...

Rocket League

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action and Sports

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: @PsyonixStudios

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Slime Rancher (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @MonomiPark

Players: This is a single player game

Slime Rancher is a farming simulation with a difference. Rather than chickens, sheep or cows, you farm slimes. You explore the open world from a first-person perspective to find and collect slimes. As you develop your farm in numerous ways you generate...

Haven
PEGI Rating 12+ for Haven

Haven

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 03/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @TheGameBakers

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

Haven is an adventure about companionship and exploration in space. As star-crossed lovers Yu and Kay, you escape to a forgotten planet to stay together and set up home against the odds. You explore the world around you, able to glide over the plains,...

Ibb and Obb

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

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 Pathless

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and iPhone, iPad

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

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @GiantSquidology

Players: This is a single player game

The Pathless is a mythic adventure about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest. You use timed button presses to use your bow and discover the open world, and unlock a mystical island and dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world.

Feather

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

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...

Sky Children of the Light

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 18/07/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, 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...

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...

Omno

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Platform

Developer: @StudioInkyFox

Players: This is a single player game

Omno is a running, jumping and surfing game where you explore an ancient fantastical world. As you explore you meet all manner of strange and wonderful lifeforms, from cute critters to enigmatic giants.

Fledgling Heroes

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: @SubtleBoom

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

Fledgeling Heroes is a fun flying game where you tap or press to guide a part through landscapes and collect coins. You can swim, sprint and soar, defeat dastardly dragons, unlock wondrous new worlds, and explore limitless levels in the Lab.

The Falconeer

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 10/11/2020

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: @TheFalconeer

Players: This is a single player game

The Falconeer is an action game where you play a pilot who flies a weaponised falcon through dramatic locations. You battle the rivalling factions to uncover the secrets of long-forgotten gods and ancestors. Although the game-play is all flying and...

Exo One

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @JayWeston

Players: This is a single player game

Exo One is a surreal exploration game where you guide a small transforming object to drift, flow and soar across enigmatic landscapes with a gravity based movement system. The game aims to create an out of body other-worldly experience with atmospheric,...

Fe
PEGI Rating 7+ for Fe

Fe

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 16/02/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @ZoinkGames

Players: This is a single player game

You play a fox in a magical fairy tale forest. The world extends in front of you in stylised form, with trees, mountains and streams glistening with sparkles of life. You run, jump, climb and dip your paws in every aspect of the world. But it’s the...

Jet Lancer

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 12/05/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @Nicolaigd

Players: This is a single player game

Jet Lancer is a high-speed air combat game, similar to Luftrausers (and much older inertia shooting games like Virus/Zarch), where you pilot giant robots to deal with Sky Pirates. The novelty here is the nuanced and instinctive control of the craft. The...

Kerbal Space Program

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 31/03/2016

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 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.

Drone The Game

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 02/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Racing, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @Drone_The_Game

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Drone The Game is a shooting battle with a highly controllable drone against other online players in arenas like maps. It's unusual because you build and customize your drone by dragging and dropping functional blocks that affect how the drone will fly....

Gravity Rush

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017

Price: 42% off

Platforms: PS Vita and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Gravity Rush is a running, jumping and exploration adventure game. You play as Kat, an amnesiac with the power to manipulate gravity. She uses this ability to help her community and uncover the mystery of her past.

Lost Winds (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 12/05/2008, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, Wii and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @FrontierDev

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

LostWinds is a running and jumping video game with a difference. As well as controlling a young boy named Toku you also control the wind. On the Wii you do this by gesturing with the Wii Remote controller, on iOS you draw the direction on the screen. A...

Race the Sun

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 19/08/2013

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

Genres: Action and Racing

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @Flippfly

Players: This is a single player game

Race the Sun is an arcade-inspired racing game where you helm a solar-powered craft. Your objective is simple, hurdle towards the sun dodging obstacles for as long as possible before the sun sets.

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...

Earth Analog

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @lgnkm

Players: This is a single player game

Earth Analog is a flying adventure where you take control of the exploration vessel Eurisko XI in a quest through deep space to find our new home. Unlike other space games, the focus is on the experience of other worlds rather than battling death and...

Lifeslide

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Apple TV, PC, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @DreamTeckStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Lifeslide is an adventure where you fly a paper place through an ever-changing landscape. It's a metaphorical journey through the stages of life as you learn to use eddies and up-drafts to soar higher and further.

Jetpack Joyride

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/09/2011

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @HalfBrick

Players: This is a single player game

Jetpack Joyride is a running, jumping and shooting game you play by just tapping the screen or button at the right time to control your jetpack. You play a scientist who runs through each of the levels and must survive and get to the end.

Skies of Fury

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 12/04/2018

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @Illum_Games

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

This is a World War I fighter pilot game set during the Bloody April battles. You pilot one of 10 aircraft from WWI era and take on missions as a single player before challenging friends to the multiplayer, split-screen battles.

SuperFlight

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 09/11/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: @_GrizzlyGames

Players: This is a single player game

Superflight is a game where you control a risk-taking man in a flight suit. You control your flight with the aim of buzzing the landscape. The closer you come without crashing the more points you get. If you can do this a few times in a row you get...

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SuperMonkeyBall

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

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

Stonefly

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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

Developer: @FlightSchoolHQ

Players: This is a single player game

Stonefly is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an out-sized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and...

Jett: The Far Shore

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Racing

Developer: @SuperBrothersHQ

Players: This is a single player game

Jett: The Far Shore is a sci-fi adventure where you play inquisitive pilot Mei, exploring a mysterious planet on a nimble jet-powered craft. It's a fast action game but with deeper aspirations. Through characters, the world and its history there is a...

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.

Mario Golf: Super Rush (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/06/1999, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Role-Playing and Sports

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Mario Golf: Super Rush is a sports game that combines running and jumping with golfing skills. It's a proper recreation of golf, but with novelties, modes and characters to make it more entertaining for younger players.

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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