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Mechanical Challenge Games Rated PEGI 12 and Older

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 88 games from the last 26 years, with 665 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 12 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: PG to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 665
 

 

Get To The Orange Door

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/05/2019

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Hitcents (@Hitcents)

Players: This is a single-player game

Get To The Orange Door (GTTOD) is a platform game where you run, jump and shoot your way through minimalist levels. Movement is parkour in nature, meaning that you use architecture, street furniture and other objects to get an advantage when getting...

Elden Ring

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2022

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

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

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Elden Ring (@EldenRing)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Elden Ring is a role-play game set in a fictional world created by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, with a focus on combat similar to Demon's Souls and an open world with real time and weather like Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Dead Cells

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-14 year-olds

Release Date: 10/05/2017, updated in 2018

Price: 40% off

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Play

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where you are escaping a prison. In a bright pixelated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time...

The Long Dark

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/09/2014

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Hinterland Games (@HinterlandGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Long Dark is a thoughtful exploration-survival game where you have crash-landed in the icy Canadian wilderness after a global disaster and must find a way to survive. Through exploring, crafting and fighting you must look after your body...

Bioshock Infinite

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/03/2013, updated in 2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Ghost Story Games (@GhostStoryGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bioshock Infinite is an adventure shooting game. Although the story is unconnected to the previous games in the series, it raises similar themes of dictatorship communities and alternative to capitalistic society. It's another nuanced and complex story...

Demon's Souls (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/10/2011

Price: 38% off

Platforms: PS3 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: From Software PR (@FromSoftware_PR)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 6-player online game

Demons Souls is first a series of fighting and exploration games recently re-released on PlayStation 5. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters...

Crab Game

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 29/10/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Sports

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Dani Dev YT (@DaniDevYT)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 35-player online game

Crab Game is a competitive action game where you play mini-games based on the Squid Game Netflix show challenges. Similar to Fall Guys, each requires you to be the last player standing to claim the win. Here however, the game has a darker feel with...

Free Fire (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Free Fire NA (@FreeFire_NA)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 50-player online game

Garena Free Fire (also called Free Fire Battlegrounds, Free Fire, Garena Free Fire-New Beginning) is a shooting game like Fortnite but only played on mobile phones and tablet devices. It is highly popular for its online battles where 50 players search...

Apex Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Respawn (@Respawn)

Players: This is a 60-player online game

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.

Escape from Tarkov

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 27/07/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: B State Games (@BStateGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 14-player online game

Escape from Tarkov is an online shooting game set in the fictional Norvinsk region in Northwest Russia. You play during a war between two private military companies and join matches to fight others for loot, survival and ultimately escape.

Hitman (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2021

Price: 60% off

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

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: IO Interactive (@IOInteractive)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.

Outward

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/03/2019

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Nine Dots Studio (@NineDotsStudio)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Outward is a fantasy adventure focused on an ordinary character surviving against the odds. There's a focus on realism rather than superpowers or magical abilities. You have to look after your warmth, hunger, fatigue, illness, and thirst as well as the...

Sifu

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Slo Clap (@SloClap)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind.

Ready or Not

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 17/12/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth

Developer: Void Interactive (@VoidInteractive)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Ready or Not is a tactical shooting game, where you need restraint and discipline as much as a quick trigger finger. Like Rainbow Six Siege, you take on tactical missions with other people and must work together to apprehend suspects with minimal...

Skatebird

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/09/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Race, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Glass Bottom Game (@GlassBottomGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

SkateBird is a running (rolling) and jumping game where you play a skateboarding bird who performs tricks and explores skate parks. The skate parks are made of everyday objects such as pencils, books, and staplers which have been transformed into ramps...

Splitgate Arena Warfare

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/05/2019, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: 1047 Games (@1047Games)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Splitgate: Arena Warfare is a movement-focused shooting game. Building on classic quick-motion gun battles, Splitgate adds a gun that can create portals between any two locations. This combines the frantic close-quarters arena combat that was popular in...

MultiVersus

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/07/2022

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Multi Versus (@MultiVersus)

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

MultiVersus is a fighting game like Smash Brothers where you team up with or against other players. The novelty is this teamwork and the deep catalogue of characters you can fight with. Batman, Shaggy from Scooby Do, Superman, Bugs Bunny and so on.

Squad

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Off World Ind (@OffWorldInd)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game

Squad is an online-only shooting game where you fight in a team of 50 players against an opposing team. It is unusual because of a deep emphasis on teamwork, co-ordination and strategy, as well as being as realistic to real modern day warfare as...

Doom Eternal

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/03/2020

Price: 67% off

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: id Software (@idSoftware)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 3-player online game

Doom is a shooting game with a focus on movement and close-quarter combat in tightly designed arenas. Originally released in 1993, it was one of the first 3D shooting games to be made and spawned numerous sequels, novels, comic books, board games, and...

Arma 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 12/09/2013

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Bohemia Interact (@BohemiaInteract)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game

Arma 3 is a realistic military simulator. Unlike games such as Call of Duty or Battlefield Arma focuses on realism. Rather than blockbuster effects, it spends time simulating the...

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 12/08/2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Valve Software (@ValveSoftware)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are...

Death's Door

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/07/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Acid Nerve (@AcidNerve)

Players: This is a single-player game

Death's Door is a noir adventure game where you play a crow whose job it is to reap the souls of the dead. When one goes missing you must fight, run and jump through a fantasy world to get it back. It's a simple combat game at heart, but the unusual...

Steep

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/12/2016

Price: 36% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

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

Steep is an extreme winter sports game set in a fully explorable Alps. You can ski, snowboard, paraglide or wingsuit (fly) down various mountains, with alternate pathways to explore and create. You gain experience points from performing tricks and...

Chrono Sword

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Play

Developer: David Space Duck (@DavidSpaceDuck)

Players: This is a single-player game

Chrono Sword is an adventure game about Aenor, a time traveller attempting to prevent the death of her loved ones. You learn technical combat, explore the world, switch timelines and fight off enemies to discover the secrets of the past.

Dance Central 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 04/11/2010

Platforms: Oculus, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Sports

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Dance Central is a dancing rhythm game you play by moving your body in front of the Xbox Kinect camera. The focus on full body movement celebrates accurate, well-timed and energetic moves. As opposed to Just Dance's rough choreography, Dance Central...

Gravity Rush

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017

Price: 42% off

Platforms: PS Vita and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Gravity Rush is a running, jumping and exploration adventure game. You play as Kat, an amnesiac with the power to manipulate gravity. She uses this ability to help her community and uncover the mystery of her past.

Disc Room

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single-player game

Disc Room is an action survival game set in a sprawling intergalactic slaughterhouse. You are a scientist from the future exploring the facility and must get through each room that is filled with sharp discs by running and dodging. You have special...

I Am Alive

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/03/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

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

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single-player game

I Am Alive is an action adventure in a post apocalyptic future where an event has reduced cities to rubble. You traverse the country to find your wife and child. It draws on end of humanity fiction like The Road, and stands out for its commitment to...

Lemnis Gate

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2021

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Ratloop Canada (@RatloopCanada)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lemnis Gate is a combat game that combines turn-taking with real-time shooting. At the start of the battle, you pick one of your seven operatives for the first 25 second round. The game then rewinds to the start and you go again with your second...

MO: Astray

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 25/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: MO Astray Rayark (@MOAstrayRayark)

Players: This is a single-player game

MO:Astray is a puzzle, jumping and exploration game. Rather than control a character who runs, you control an amorphous blob. To get around you have to use the game's unique movement mechanics to take advantage of the cleverly designed levels.

Mortal Shell

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Play

Developer: Mortal Shell Game (@MortalShellGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mortal Shell is a fighting role-playing video with difficult battles. It invites you to explore and fight your way through a shattered world where the remains of humanity wither and rot.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 22/03/2019

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: From Software PR (@FromSoftware_PR)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an adventure fighting game set in the Sengoku period in Japan. You play a shinobi known as Wolf, who has lost an arm, as he attempts to take revenge on a samurai clan who attacked him and kidnapped his lord.

Sniper Elite 5 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 26/05/2022

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Traversal

Accessibility: 45 features

Developer: Rebellion (@Rebellion)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Sniper Elite 5 is the latest game in the shooting simulation series that focuses on tactical third-person combat, advanced gun physics, traversal and an enhanced slow motion kill camera. With realistic environments and real-world locations, customise...

Unto The End

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 09/12/2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: 2 Ton Studios (@2TonStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Unto The End is a cinematic combat-adventure where the fighting is modelled in a read-and-react style. It requires time to master the unusual system but offers many ways to take on foes. Tactics and intelligent decisions are as important for survival as...

Beat Me!

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/11/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Developer: Red Limb Studio (@RedLimbStudio)

Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game

Beat Me! is a fighting game where comical fantasy characters battle to win. Along with the fun and unusual locations, Beat Me stands out because of its use of real world physics to determine who wins.

Replaced

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Fighting, Narrative, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Coatsink (@Coatsink)

Players: This is a single-player game

Replaced is a platform game set in a grim dystopian alternate 1980s America. You play as an Artificial Intelligence trapped inside a human wanting to escape.

Arms

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Arms is a fighting game where you brawl other players with your abnormally long arms. The play is simple with motion and button controls to move around and attack the enemy player in a boxing-style arena. It's like Wii-Sports Boxing but with many more...

Back 4 Blood

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 12/10/2021

Price: 55% off

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Turtle Rock (@TurtleRock)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Back 4 Blood is a multiplayer shooting game where a team of four players work together to survive zombie-infested areas.

Black Skylands

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 09/06/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Play, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)

Players: This is a single-player game

Black Skylands is an adventure game where you pilot an airship through a sprawling open world of floating islands. You play Eva, who's ship has been destroyed and father killed. Your task is to rebuild your home from the deck up, arm and prepare for...

Ghost Squad

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/01/2008

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Sega (@Sega)

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

Ghost Squad is a shooting game where you use a light-gun or Wii Remote for shooting. This was converted from an Arcade game to the Wii (also playable on Wii U) to create a convincing and highly skilled light-gun shooting challenge for up to four players.

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