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Mechanical Challenge Games for 5 to 7 Year-Olds

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.

This list includes 19 games from the last 13 years, with 113 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to combine dexterity and instincts.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 7
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 113
 

 

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: 20 features

Developer: Spectrum 48 Games (@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...

Threes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/02/2014

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Sirvo Studios (@SirvoStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Threes is a puzzle game where you slide numbered tiles on a grid. When they collide they combine their numbers, like Triple Town. You can match 1's and 2's with each other, the white tiles can match cards that are multiples of 3...

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, Race and Shooting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Martin Magni (@MartinMagni)

Players: You can play with 1 to 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...

Tren (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Johnee B (@Johnee_B)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tren is a puzzle platform game where you explore a hand-crafted world as a wooden train, sailing boats and helicopters. You control points, shunt trucks around, operate cranes and generally move cargo from one location to the next. Like an escape room...

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/02/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: A Bawnanable (@ABawnanable)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream is a running and jumping puzzle game. You play as a boy ninja called Kuro who is chasing a mysterious caped figure through a colourful painted landscape. It's unusual because although you collect special abilities (higher jumps or...

Rolando

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Hand Circus (@HandCircus)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rolando is a puzzle-adventure game where you control the ball-like Rolandos. You direct the collection of creatures through levels by tilting the device and interacting with elements like conveyor belts and elevators via the touch screen. It's a lovely...

Bonito Days

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-12 year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Std Somewhere (@StdSomewhere)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Bonito Days is a pastel-retro rolling, jumping and gliding game. You roll down a slope to launch yourself into the air and then glide around before landing. It's a simple challenge that combines with the breezy summer aesthetic with lite touch...

Stonefly

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

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

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

Developer: Flight School HQ (@FlightSchoolHQ)

Players: This is a single-player game

Stonefly is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an outsized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and...

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

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Lima Sky (@LimaSky)

Players: You can play with 1 to 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.

N Plus Plus (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/08/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Metanet Software (@MetanetSoftware)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

N++ (N Plus Plus) is a physics based jumping puzzle game. You run and jump around each level to collect gold tokens while avoiding hazards and unlock the door. It's unique because the simple visuals let you focus on accurate control, fast reflexes and...

Night Skate

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Odd Animal Games (@OddAnimalGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Night Skate is a one-button skating and jumping game where you play a skateboarder endlessly trundling and tricking their way through the world at night. You use a single button to jump, float and land. In this way you can build up combos and tricks to...

Ball World Adventures (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: @Razorfist X (@RazorfistX)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ball World Adventures is a rolling and balancing game where you move a marble through an obstacle course, like the classic Monkey Ball game. It's unusual not only for its dexterity challenge but the tactile feeling it creates as you roll along different...

Inks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: State Of Play (@State_Of_Play)

Players: This is a single-player game

Inks is a messy pinball game that combines puzzle with platforming. It's like a traditional game of pinball, however you are aiming to splash the ball through each coloured area rather than rack up high scores.

Tetris Effect: Connected

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-16 year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/2018, updated in 2021

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Mizuguchitter (@Mizuguchitter)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Tetris Effect is a tile-matching puzzle game (just like the original Tetris) but with a surprisingly powerful aesthetic twist. The game places each level in a themed area and ties gameplay to the beat of the music across its thirty different stages.

Frozen Frenzy (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/04/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Rurouni Dan (@RurouniDan)

Players: This is a single-player game

Frozen Frenzy is a jumping/flying and swimming game. You play an ice-cube on a frozen sea and must avoid the whales, mines and other dangers. It's novel because of the risk-reward decisions you have to make if you are to collect points and survive. Each...

360 Degrees

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-11 year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PC and Web

Genres: Sports and Traversal

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Stepf 0 rd (@Stepf0rd)

Players: This is a single-player game

360 Degrees is a sports game where you play a skateboarding bunny. Using only the mouse, you perform tricks, grinds, and jumps as you knock over bins to cause havoc and score points in the streets of Melbourne. It combines these unique controls with...

JellyCar Worlds

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Traversal

Developer: Walaber (@Walaber)

Players: This is a single-player game

Jelly Car is a puzzle game about a car made of jelly traversing a squishy world. You use the physics properties of the car and the objects in the world to get from A to B. It's an action puzzle game that stands out for the joyous novelty of a malleable...

The Jump Yard (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/03/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Entropy Tamed (@EntropyTamed)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Jump Yard is a platform puzzle game. You control a stickman that you can fire into the air at different angles. The aim is to land them on their feet on one of the 55 spots within the junkyard. A simple, but unique premise that is much harder than...

Wibble Wobble (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/01/2022, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Entropy Tamed (@EntropyTamed)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wibble Wobble is a running and balancing game. A bit like a super-hard egg-and-spoon race, you manoeuvre a bowl through a timed obstacle course while balancing a ball inside. The twist is that the bowl can pass through some obstacles that the ball...

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