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Get Into A Video Game Career

Video games are exciting for children. Like anything popular for youngsters, many dream of being able to work in the video game industry when they get older. However, as a relatively new media it can be hard to know how to help a child inspired to move from hobby to career.

We’ve worked with Into Games, a non-profit organisation that supports people in finding rewarding careers in the games industry. They run programmes that provide inspiration and educational pathways for anyone wanting to make video games their job.

This isn’t just about being a programmer. Whether your child is great at being organised, designing things, drawing, performing, telling Stories or working in a team there are loads of roles that might fit them: Animator, Campaign Manager, Narrative Designer, Esports Events Manager, Playtester and Voiceover Artist are just the start.

The games in this list offer the chance to not only play, but to build these skills and experience as you have fun. They are a great way to dip a toe in multifaceted roles and experience of making video games.

Some of the games, like FanCade, Super Mario Maker or Dreams, are a great way to start making your own games. Other games, Roblox and LittleBigPlanet, are a chance to see what other amateur game makers are creating. Then there are games, like Going Under, Satisfactory, Good Pizza Great Pizza and Stormworks: Build and Rescue that give you a taste of other roles in the industry.

This list includes 20 games from the last 13 years, with 644 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to see games as a career.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
IGEA Ratings: ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 644
 

 

Loop Hero

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 03/02/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: F Qteam (@_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...

Stormworks: Build and Rescue

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 28/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Dan Games (@Dan_Games)

Players: You can play this with 5 players online

Stormworks is an open world adventure where you design, build and pilot your own air sea rescue service. You create programmable vehicles using it's block-building system and pilot them into dangerous situations to rescue stricken vessels or...

Roblox

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Roblox (@Roblox)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...

Trailmakers

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 28/02/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Racing

Developer: Flashbulbgames (@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,...

Game Builder Garage

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

Game Builder Garage enables anyone to make video games. Unlike other game makers, this offers in-depth lessons to take you from the basics to advanced techniques. The cute Nodon characters that power the visual drag-and-drop construction, enable players...

Good Pizza, Great Pizza

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: Tap Blaze (@TapBlaze)

Players: This is a single player game

Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a simulation game where you run your own Pizza shop, fulfilling orders from customers while making enough money to keep your shop open. You can upgrade your shop with new toppings and equipment to compete against your...

Super Mario Maker (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2015

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

Fancade

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Martin Magni (@MartinMagni)

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

Fancade is a collection of simple games played on smartphones. It offers simple running, jumping, puzzle, shooting challenges depicted with simple pixel visuals. Like Roblox, these offer simple versions of other commercial games. Unlike Roblox, these...

Satisfactory

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 19/03/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Coffee Stain (@Coffee_Stain)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Satisfactory is a factory building set on a foreign planet. Like the popular Tycoon and Factory games in Roblox, you start with humble beginnings, you harvest what you can by hand but steadily you build a sprawling empire of automated harvesting...

Dreams

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2019

Price: 37% off

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Creative

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Media Molecule (@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,...

Going Under

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Developer: Aggro Crab Games (@AggroCrabGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Going Under is a satirical adventure game where you play an intern in a failing start-up company. The game proceeds like other dungeon adventures with enemies to defeat and quests to find items, only here it's all in aid of keeping your boss happy while...

LittleBigPlanet (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 27/10/2008

Platforms: PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)

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

Little Big Planet is a series of games staring the Sackboy character. They offer a multiplayer running and jumping adventure, but also enable to player to substantially edit their character and eventually make their own levels.

Pony Island

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 04/01/2016

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: D Mullins Games (@DMullinsGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Pony Island is an adventure game where you are trapped in a computer by the Devil. You need to crash the computer to escape and stumble upon the Pony Island game that appears unstable. As you hack away at the game you uncover its corrupted code and your...

Rabbids Coding

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-9 year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2019, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single player game

Rabbids Coding is an educational game where you use simple blocks of code to move a Rabbid and make it perform actions. It's designed as a simple way for younger children to begin to interact with code and understand how games work.

Boom Blox (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 06/05/2008, updated in 2009

Price: 57% off

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Physically Active, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: EA DICE (@EA_DICE)

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

Boom Blox is a puzzle game on the Wii, designed by Steven Spielberg, where motion controls are used to direct projectiles at towers in surprisingly accurate and engaging ways. This extends beyond Jenga-style play to offer physics-based puzzles where you...

The Beginner's Guide

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/10/2015

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Hello Cake Bread (@HelloCakeBread)

Players: This is a single player game

The Beginner's Guide is a narrative game where you explore a series virtual environments while the game's creator tells a story about the person who made each space. This introspection presents a raw and at times heart breaking look into the mind of the...

Hawks Quest (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/02/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Developer: Pay Off Wizard P S4 (@PayOffWizardPS4)

Players: This is a single player game

Hawk's Quest Trials of the Adventurers Guild. You explore a toy like world as a small girl and after the comprehensive tutorial, discover a large world full of enemies and puzzles to solve. It looks like the remastered Legend of Zelda Links Awakening,...

Levelhead

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 08/06/2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: B Scotch Shenani (@BScotchShenani)

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

Levelhead is a game-making game where you construct levels to train a delivery robot. The simple drag and drop level design develops into as complex a level maker as you want. Create simple running and jumping levels or something huge, puzzling and...

Pattern

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/04/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: Ice Water Games (@IceWaterGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Pattern is a game about exploring different worlds. It's novel because of the lack of objective or direction. You are left to explore each world, with only the smokestack of a fire in the distance as a waypoint. When you reach the fire you can choose to...

Sometimes You Die

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/03/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single player game

Sometimes You Die is an unusual sliding the jumping game. As you play there is a written narrative on the walls of each level that discusses game design, player motivation and the metaphysics of life. More unusual though, is that to progress you have to...


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