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Get Children Talking

It can seem that all children do these days is stare at their screens and play video games. We worry about screen time and what the violence, addiction and gambling is doing to their brains.

However, along with screen time comes many other things we can celebrate. All kids do these days is talking to other. All kids do these days is learn the skills of rhetoric and debating. All kids do these days is develop their social confidence.

It sounds a little far fetched, but watching my kids play the new “hit” game Among Us I’ve realised these are exactly the sorts of things they are really developing when they are sat staring at their screens.

Here are some great examples where you need to talk, and talk intelligently and intelligibly, to do well in the game.

This list includes 17 games from the last 9 years, with 459 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to rediscover the art of conversation.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 12+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Genres: Action, Creative, Narrative, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 459
 

 

Among Us

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @InnerSlothDevs

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor...

Royale High

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 04/10/2017

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

Genres: Role-Playing

Developer: @NightBarbie

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Royale High Roblox is a role play game about a fantasy school. You dress-up, visit different themed realms collecting items and interacting with other people. It draws inspiration from the pageantry world and integrates it with different locations to...

Bonkies

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/01/2021

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

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @BonkieCorp

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

Bonkies is a co-operative building game where you construct buildings from different blocks. With a jetpack and a grab-arm you work with other players to maneuver the blocks into place. It starts quite simply but soon gets everyone shouting.

Overcooked (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @Team17Ltd

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

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated...

Get Together

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/05/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @StudioSterneck

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

Get Together is a puzzle adventure where you and a friend explore a strange world to solve mysteries and discover an ancient story. What's unusual is that you play on two separate devices and need to talk to each other to solve the puzzles.

Conduct Together (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/12/2018

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @HeyNorthplay

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

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one station...

Triple Agent

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 20/07/2017, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @Tasty_Rook

Players: You can play with 9 players in the same room

Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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...

Spaceteam (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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’,...

Wilmot's Warehouse

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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...

Rivals

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 21/09/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @TimSheinman

Players: This is a single player game

Rivals is a puzzle game where you piece together the story of Josh and Luke and the breakup of their band. Playing detective, similarly to Return of the Obra Dinn, but rather than murder it's musical betrayal you are sleuthing here. You inspect sources,...

Under Leaves

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/04/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @CircusAtos

Players: This is a single player game

Under Leaves is a puzzle game where you search of colour-filled hidden objects in scenes made of flora and fauna. Each one is a hand-drawn watercolour illustrations and accompanied with a soothing soundscape. It's a game about observation and attention...

That’s You!

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

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.

Unspottable

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 22/10/2020

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: @GrosChevaux

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

Unspottable is a puzzle game where you try and work out which of the identical characters are controlled by other players and which are computers. It's a race to punch your friends before they punch you, but the more times you get it wrong the more...

Tied Together

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/10/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HeadupGames

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

Tied Together is a platform game for two to four players tied together. Like a three-legged-race you have to co-ordinate how you move. But here you are negotiating jumps and enemies too. Any player can grab the ground and act as a fixed point for...

Tick Tock: A Tale For Two

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/03/2019

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @OtherTales

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

Played simultaneously with a friend, this is a narrative-driven puzzle game where you must escape an eerie world created by a clockmaker. It's unusual because each player's game is slightly different and must be combined to solve the puzzles. Through...

Heads Up!

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 16/10/2013

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @Impending

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

Heads Up! is a word-guessing game where one person holds the tablet or smartphone on their forehead and guesses the word it displays from clues given by the other players. The others confirm if they got it right or wrong and they flip the smartphone up...


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