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Get Children Painting

Video games often create spaces like beautiful paintings. Designers and artists spend years crafting worlds that invite us to interact with realistic or stylised brushstrokes. The games in this list let the play take part in that painting process.

Some of the games here, like Okami or Concrete Genie, use painting as a way to solve puzzles to progress through the game. Other games in the list, like Splatoon, De Blob or Chicory, use painting as a way interact with the game world itself. Then there are games like The Unfinished Swan, that use painting as a way of revealing what is in front of you, giving the impression of limit faculties. Finally, there are games like Ete or Dordogne, that use painting in the game to express emotion.

Unlike the world of real painting, in video games anyone can create a masterpiece. The game Sloppy Forgeries, uses this idea as its main mechanic. You are presented with a classic painting and given a limited time to race other players to recreate it. In amongst the frantic silliness is something lovely. The usual barriers to creativity fall, as we all get stuck in and have a go. Another notable game is If Found where you are erasing your drawings and paintings in a powerful way that aligns with a narrative of rediscovered identity.

This list includes 24 games from the last 15 years, with 121 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to paint your game world.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 12+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation
Total Likes: 121
 

 

Scribble It

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Release Date: 20/10/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @DetachOfficial

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 16 players online

Scribble It is a digital take on the classic board game Pictionary. You take turns drawing a word as the other players try to be the first one to guess it. The benefit is that you don't have to be in the same place to play. Also, there's the added...

Splatoon (Series)

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Release Date: 21/07/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...

Tearaway

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Release Date: 22/11/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @MediaMolecule

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

Tearaway on PlayStation Vita and Tearaway Unfolded on PlayStation 4 create a game world entirely from paper as the setting for this fantastical adventure. It’s beautiful and funny, and offers a running, jumping exploration challenge. Drawing on...

If Found

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Release Date: 19/05/2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Developer: @DreamFeelx

Players: This is a single player game

If Found is an interactive narrative game about searching for connection. You touch the screen to rub out and erase text and drawings. Set on December 31st 1993 in the crumbling ruins of a mansion on Achill Island, you play Kasio as she destroys her diary.

Empty

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Release Date: 25/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @_Dstrm

Players: This is a single player game

Empty is a minimalist puzzle game that teaches the value of simplicity in life. You rotate and interact with different vignettes to line up items with the same background colour. As you do this they disappear and the scene slowly empties.

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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...

Flower

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Release Date: 12/02/2009

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

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...

Okami

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Release Date: 20/04/2006, updated in 2012

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: @PG_kamiya

Players: This is a single player game

Okami (Okamiden on Nintendo DS) is an unusual action-adventure. Combat is interactions are achieved with brush strokes rather than weapons. It has a unique visual style that invites you to inhabit its painted world with brushstrokes of your own. Whether...

The Unfinished Swan

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Release Date: 16/10/2012

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @GiantSparrow

Players: This is a single player game

The Unfinished Swan invites you to explore a world by splashing paint on it. The tactile experience leads you into a fairy tale about an unfinished painting that leads a child back to his parent.

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Tint

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Release Date: 13/09/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @LykkeStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Tint is a puzzle game you solve by painting. You mix watercolours to match the colour of the origami. The aesthetic and the low-pressure puzzles make for a soothing experience. There are no timers, no countdowns, no points and certainly no rush,...

Dordogne

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Cedric_Babouche

Players: This is a single player game

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

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Ink

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Release Date: 05/08/2015

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

Genres: Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SpaceboyGames

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

Ink is a running (sliding) and jumping game where you see the platforms you are jumping on by splashing them with ink. You control a little white square that, along with splashing colour everywhere, can jump on enemies and climb walls.

Dreams

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Release Date: 14/10/2019

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Creative

Developer: @MediaMolecule

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

Anyone can learn how to create their own video games, music, animations and art in Dreams. Everything is controlled with accessible menus and interactions via the PlayStation 4 controller. This makes it easy to dive in and create something simple. Then,...

Concrete Genie

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Release Date: 20/08/2019

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Pixelopus

Players: This is a single player game

You play a young boy, who is isolated and bullied, in this exploration platform game with a twist. Using motion controls and buttons you can draw beautiful graffiti on the buildings, which come to life. These become the habitat for the creatures you...

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @theBanov

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

Chicory: A Colourful Tale is an adventure where you play a dog wielding a magic brush. The world starts black and white and you paint to solve puzzles, help your animal friends and restore colour.

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Ete

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Ete (été, which means summer) is a gentle adventure where you discover memories by exploring with your camera, music and paint. The screen starts almost entirely blank, and as you move around and interact you create vivid colourful memories.

Eastshade

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Release Date: 14/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Developer: @Eastshade

Players: This is a single player game

Eastshade is a slow exploration game in a world you explore by walking around. Here, though, you play as There may be 420 cars to earn

De Blob 2 (Series)

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Release Date: 26/09/2008, updated in 2011

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

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BlitWorks

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

De Blob is a platform-puzzle game where you explore cartoon-style urban landscapes to recolour the city. You play a sponge-like creature that can collect coloured paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...

That’s You!

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Release Date: 04/07/2017

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

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

That's You! is a family quiz game played on the PlayStation using Android or iOS phones/tablets as controllers. The game displays a challenge on the main TV screen that each player tries to complete on the device in their hand.

Nour: Play With Your Food

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 5

Genres: Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: @_Teejay5

Players: This is a single player game

Nour: Play With Your Food is an experimental music game where you create different dishes and plates of food. Unusually, the focus is on sound rather than just visuals. As you add ingredients and food elements they each add sounds.

Sloppy Forgeries

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Release Date: 26/04/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: @SloppyForgeries

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

Sloppy Forgeries is a painting game where you race an opponent at copying a famous art piece as quickly and accurately as possible. You win by having the largest percentage of paint in the correct areas. The game randomly selects a painting to copy and...

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

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Release Date: 15/10/2014

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Rhythm

Developer: @Harmonix

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

Fantasia is an Xbox Kinect camera dancing game using your whole body. Its narrative follows Disney’s Fantasia film as you take a musical journey to earn your sorcerer’s hat. Sweeping your arms to trigger the orchestra, pointing out high notes with...

Child of Eden

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Release Date: 17/06/2011

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Child of Eden is a dance and motion game that uses the Xbox Kinect camera. You use your body to shoot and move. Rather than fruit, however, here it’s beautiful firework-style visuals and music that are the challenge.

Colors!

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Release Date: 05/04/2012, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Creative

Developer: @Llerd

Players: This is a single player game

Colors! is a painting game for handheld gaming devices. It introduces concepts of creating digital art in an easy and accessible way. You take on challenges to draw pictures and can share them with others online. You can also play back your drawings to...


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