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Good For Reduced Fine Motor Control

We've worked with SpecialEffect on this list of games which aims to highlight games that are good for people with reduced fine motor control.

Special Effect is a charity that aims to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. They use technology ranging from modified joypads to eye control to find a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

“We discussed several conditions which can impact fine motor control such as cerebral palsy, brain injury, digital amputation, Nerve conditions, chronic pain, arthritis/RSI or high spinal injury. People with these and similar conditions might identify with some of the following phrases:

  • “I can hold on to things well, but I find it difficult to let go”
  • “I have one hand stronger than the other”
  • “My fingers don’t move much, but I can move my arms in big movements”
  • “Doing things with one hand or one hand at a time is easier than using both hands”
  • “Holding and using a standard controller at the same time can be tricky”
  • “I would find larger joysticks and buttons potentially helpful”

Along with physical input considerations like mounting your controller to access to more buttons or using peripherals with larger buttons and joysticks, this list focuses on games that meet some of the following criteria:
  • Require one input at a time either joystick or button: like Mario Kart, Bubbles the Cat or Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Offer button remapping: Such as Marvel's Spider-Man or Stardew Valley.
  • fewer buttons: like Oco, Mario Kart 8, Alto's Odyssey.
  • Offer motion control: Such as Splatoon, Wii Sports, Arms, Just Dance, Kinect Sports.
  • Support gamepads rather than requiring keyboards: Such as Luigi's Mansion, New Pokemon Snap, Kirby's Epic Yarn.
  • Low time pressure and give more time for larger movements: Such as Flower, A Short Hike, Alba, Firewatch, Rocket League.
  • Turn off the need for rapidly repeated button presses: Such as Sea of Thieves, Biomutant, Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

As well as the games we have picked out below that meet these criteria, there are some common searches on the database that are good for people with reduced fine motor control: 1 Stick + 1 button, 1 Stick, 1 Button, Motion Controls, Reamp Buttons or Remap Keys, Low Pressure, Rapid Pressing Optional and Co-Piloting

We hope this list helps you discover games that work for you. If you are struggling to game due to access issues caused by a physical disability do contact SpecialEffect who will offer support free of charge, as capacity allows.

This list includes 19 games from the last 30 years, with 1,126 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play games not needing fine motor control.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Role-Playing, Simulation, Sports and Strategy
Total Likes: 1,126
 

 

OCO

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @Spectrum48Games

Players: This is a single player game

OCO is a sliding and jumping game set with simple colourful levels each set in a rotating planetoid. Unlike other platform games, you control everything with a single button. Each different colour of platform you slide along grants different abilities...

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...

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Kirby's Epic Yarn is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character that can (usually) suck enemies into their large mouth to gain new abilities. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming...

Sea of Thieves

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 20/03/2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @RareLtd

Players: You can play this with 24 players online

Sea of Thieves is an online game where you are a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...

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...

A Short Hike

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure and Open World

Accessibility: 19 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...

Biomutant

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @Experiment1O1

Players: This is a single player game

Biomutant is an open world role-play adventure game where you play a Raccoon warrior in a large world filled with mutated animals. Exploring this living breathing ecosystem has the feel of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but in a broken down steampunk...

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 11/12/2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: @UsTwo

Players: This is a single player game

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when...

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Price: 21% off

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

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

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: @InsomniacGames

Players: This is a single player game

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an action-adventure game based on the Marvel Comics superhero Miles Morales. It is similar to the first Marvel's Spider-Man game in mechanics although Miles Morales extends this...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Price: 26% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Price: 30% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 41 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the twelfth game in the Assassins Creed Series, an open world action-adventure that takes place over several main story quests as well as many optional side missions.

Firewatch

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/09/2016

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @Camposanto

Players: This is a single player game

Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show [link to...

Stardew Valley

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @ConcernedApe

Players: You can play this with 4 players 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...

Marvel's Spider-Man (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/09/2018

Price: 35% off

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

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

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @Insomniacgames

Players: This is a single player game

Marvel's Spider-Man is a series of superhero adventures where you swing through an open-world city fighting crime and advancing a film-like story. There are also many side quests and missions you can take along the way.

Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @Sonic_hedgehog

Players: This is a single player game

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.

Luigi's Mansion (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Nintendo

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

The three Luigis Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles...

New Pokemon Snap

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @NintendoAmerica

Players: This is a single player game

New Pokemon Snap is the latest in the series of Pokemon Snap games. It's a puzzle safari where you are guided through the natural world of Pokemon creatures to take pictures of them in the wild. The aim is to time your photos to capture them in specific...

Bubbles The Cat

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/04/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @TeamCatsNBears

Players: This is a single player game

Bubbles The Cat is a platform game you play by tapping a single button to jump. Through hundreds of levels and six worlds, you automatically run forwards bu must tap at the right time to survive.

Doodle Jump (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/04/2009, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @LimaSky

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

Doodle Jump is a jumping video game where you guide a hand-drawn four-legged creature up an endless series of platforms. Once you fall to the bottom of the screen it's game over.


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