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Grandparent Heroes

Video games are often considered to be a young person's pastime. These days though, people of all ages play games. The average age of a video game player is late 30's and 31% of 45-64-year-olds in Europe play games regularly.

It's therefore, no surprise that games are made to appeal to a wide range of ages and address topics that are important at different stages of life. There are some games that specifically star older characters as the main protagonist.

This may be because of the stage of life they are at, or because of a role they play in the game's narrative. Either way, these games offer a chance to step into the shoes of a senior character.

This includes games where an older character has a heroic role, like Joel in The Last of Us or Corvo Attano from Dishonored 2. There are other games where the character has a mythic quality that disguises old game, like Geralt in The Witcher 3 or Kratos in God of War.

There are other games where you create your own character and it enables you to choose someone who looks older. Games like Watchdogs 3, Red Dead Redemption, Sea of Thieves and Fallout.

This list includes 16 games from the last 14 years, with 145 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play as an older hero.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy
Total Likes: 145
 

 

Littlewood

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 18/06/2019

Price: 15% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: @SeanYoungSG

Players: This is a single player game

Littlewood (coming to Switch soon) is a town and farming simulator a little like Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing. Here though, the twist is that the game is set after a grand adventure. You...

Last Minute Love

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 27/12/2018, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and Web Browser

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @ThePhilipCal

Players: This is a single player game

Last Minute Love is an adventure where you play an "old person" in a nursing home who is looking for love. This takes the dating simulator style of game in an unusual direction. You explore the home in your wheelchair, meet a quirky cast of people and...

Sea of Thieves

Rating: PEGI 12+

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: 24 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...

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 18/05/2010, updated in 2019

Price: 35% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: @RockstarGames

Players: You can play this with 32 players online

Red Dead Redemption is a series of open world adventures with a wild west theme. The rich world offers many things to do along with a main story line. It's this living breathing world that attracts players, both in its diversity and beauty.

The Last Of Us

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 14/06/2013

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: This is a single player game

You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...

Forever Ago

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @3rdShiftStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Forever Ago is a narrative adventure where you embark on a road trip through beautiful places, capturing memories with your camera and making new friends. You explore forest lakes, dusty barrens and sweltering deserts, interacting with objects you find...

I Am Dead

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 07/10/2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @A_i

Players: This is a single player game

I Am Dead is a puzzle game from the creators of Wilmot's Warehouse. You play a recently-deceased museum curator trying to avert a disaster from his home town of Shelmerston.

Old Man's Journey

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 17/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BrokenRules

Players: This is a single player game

Old Man’s Journey is a game about memory and old age. You help a grandfather-figure traverse the countryside by raising and lowering the landscape. Along the way he visits places that evoke the story of his life: a wife, a child and a love of the sea.

Before I Forget

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 01/07/2020

Price: 10% off

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: @3FoldGames

Players: This is a single player game

Before I Forget is an exploration adventure, where you play Sunita, a woman alone in a house with early-onset dementia. As you wander from room to room, you discover mysterious objects, each holding a fleeting, fragmented memory. Examine faded...

God of War

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 20/04/2018

Price: 25% off

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @SonySantaMonica

Players: This is a single player game

You play super-strong Norse fantasy hero Kratos as he takes his son Atreus on a brutal quest in the wake of his mother’s death. The exploration, puzzle solving, climbing and fighting gameplay intertwines with a mythological family drama played out in...

Venba

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 28/11/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @TmoritaA

Players: This is a single player game

Venba is a narrative-cooking game about an Indian mother who immigrated to Canada in the 1980s. You cook various traditional Indian dishes and restore the lost recipes which were damaged in the move to Canada. As you talk to your mother's family you...

Hindsight

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @McDJoel

Players: This is a single player game

Hindsight is a narrative puzzle game where you memories combine with objects to transport you into the past. Rather than a fantastical adventure, this is a gentle game that asks you to slow down and pay attention to the little things left behind. Piece...

Tree

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 13/08/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 13 features

Players: This is a single player game

Tree is a short 15 minute game that tells the story of a boy who plants a small tree. You control the planting, watering and how the tree grows each season. As you do this the years pass and the boy...

Burly Men at Sea

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/09/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Brain_And_Brain

Players: This is a single player game

Burly Men at Sea is an adventure where you play three seafaring brothers who explore the Scandinavian seas. It's novel because it requires multiple playthroughs to discover the full narrative. It has a unique cyclical gameplay loop that remembers your...

Passage

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 01/01/2007

Price: Free

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @JasonRohrer

Players: This is a single player game

Passage passage.toolness.org is a super-simple game from the same developer as One Hour One Life on the theme of a life well lived. Although just a few minutes long, it offers an unusual interactive metaphor for the...

Watch Dogs (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 27/05/2014

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Watch Dogs an open world adventure. It's the first instalment in the Watch Dogs series. You navigate and explore the world on foot or in a variety of vehicles. The novelty is the futuristic setting that highlights the use (and misuse) of social media to...


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