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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.
 
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Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond

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Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 20/11/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond is a pirate adventure where you run, jump and explore the world of the film. You play as either Pinky or Veronica, and join the legendary pirate Captain Sabertooth’s crew on the hunt for a mysterious magic...


Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must face and overcome the spirits of the past and discover the secrets of this overgrown...


Webbed

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @sbuggames

Players: This is a single player game

Webbed is a running and jumping game with a twist. You play a spider who can make webs, swing, climb and all the while create music as she goes. It follows the story of our happy little spider on an adventure to save her boyfriend from a big dumb...


KeyWe

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @StoneWheat

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

KeyWe is a puzzle game where you control two Kiwi birds running a postal service. At first the jobs are simple but as you complete more missions they start to become more complex. These tasks range from typing out telegrams, sending urgent messages and...


Wreckout

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Sports

Developer: @huey_games

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

Wreckout is a competitive sports game where you drive cars that catapult a ball into targets. Drawing on the classic Speedball games with a touch of Breakout, Micro Machines and Rocket League it offers a high octane and...


Wonderbox

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @AquirisGS

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Wonderbox is a action-adventure game where you tap to build beautiful miniature diorama scenes in which to explore. Like Toad Treasure Tracker Each of these worlds has its own micro-adventure with enemies,...


Hot Lava

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @klei

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Hot Lava is a running and jumping game where you mustn't touch the floor because it's covered in lava. It takes the childhood playground game online as you work to cross nostalgia-filled maps on your own or with other players


Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

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...


The Gecko Gods

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Inresin

Players: This is a single player game

The Gecko Gods is a puzzle game where you control a small lizard reptile exploring a world and solving puzzles. You interact with the flora and fauna, catch insects and visit other animals. Because you have sticky feet you can climb any surface.


Space Wave Race

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 07/07/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Racing

Developer: @RisingPixel

Players: This is a single player game

Space Wave Race is a racing game. You compete in an intergalactic racing championship where you will challenge the best pilots in the galaxy. It's designed to be able to be played with just the audio feedback, and offers a challenge for both sighted and...


King Pins

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 25/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @SokpopCo

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

King Pins is a small real time strategy game where you command a small group of people to gather resources, build bases, farms and towers to defend yourself or attack the three other encampments. It's like Age of Empires but in miniature fashion....


Super Mario Maker (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/09/2015

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

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...


Rocket League

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

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...


REKT! High Octane Stunts

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Racing

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

This is a stunt racing game for up to four players on one system. Players compete to chain tricks, to nail landings, drift corners and unlock more cars. The multiplayer game is where things really heats up, as players attack each other and score points...


Gran Turismo (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2017

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Portable

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or super cars, this game lets you step into the world of the...


Tori

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Tori combines physical and virtual play. The game comes with toys that you place on a play surface to control the game’s spaceships and catapults. Children can also create and colour their own cardboard versions of the toys and use them to control the...


Pikmin 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/10/2004, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @NintendoUK

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

Pikmin 2 is the second in the Pikmin Series, Captain Olimar is joined by his assistant Louie on a mysterious planet. You are collecting treasures consisting of scrap metal, broken toys. You do this by controlling plant like creatures called Pikmin,...


Hey! Pikmin (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 28/07/2017

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: This is a single player game

Hey! Pikmin is a spinoff game from the Pikmin series. In this game Captain Olimar crash lands on a planet and needs to find fuel to escape, leading a group of Pikmin through 2D side scrolling levels collecting the Sparklium. Players enter a level and...


Silly Walks

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/08/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @ParttimeMonkey

Players: This is a single player game

Silly Walks is an adventure where you control household-objects by tapping the screen to get them to walk. Each tap switches legs so you can control their direction as well as their speed. It sounds simple but takes some considerable skill. The...


Pikmin (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 26/10/2001, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: This is a single player game

Pikmin is a real time strategy game where the main character Captain Olimar crash lands on an alien planet filled with strange small creatures called Pikmin. You are able to control and use these creatures to knock down walls, build bridges and attack...


F1 Race Stars

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/11/2012, updated in 2014

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

Genres: Action and Racing

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online

F1 Race Stars is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and short-cuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.


Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee. You control Yooka, a male chameleon, and Laylee, a female bat and take on a level...


One Person Story

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

This is a simple puzzle game played by pressing a single button to help a bouncing ball through a maze. It's voiced with a narrative about life's difficulties and challenges. It starts simply but gets more difficult as you have to open and close doors,...


Yoshi's Crafted World

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Adventure and Platform

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

Yoshi's Crafted World is a running and jumping game where you control a friendly dinosaur, Yoshi. You work through each level, eating or jumping on enemies while searching for hidden items and collectables.


Totally Reliable Delivery Service

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 24/06/2019

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

Genres: Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

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

Totally Reliable Delivery Service is a package delivery game, where you use different means to get parcels to their rightful owners in the time limit.


Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/10/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @MonolithSoft

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

Pikmin is a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to destroy obstacles, avoid...


Dirt (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/01/2007, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Racing

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Dirt 5 is the latest game in a series of the extreme sports racing game. Like Forza Horizon or the older MotorStorm games, the series focuses on exuberance and party atmosphere rather than just...


Lego Super Mario

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/08/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Lego Super Mario is a running and jumping game you play in the real world with an electronic Mario toy. A series of Lego sets provide special bricks that the Mario toy can detect. The timer starts as you move the toy through the level and trigger...


Street Power Football

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/08/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Rhythm, Simulation and Sports

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

Street Power Football (Street Power Soccer) is a rhythm and timing game where you compete in a range of competitions that require timing, quick reactions and finesse. Some of these are a pure rhythm action or aiming challenge while others offer a full...


Gerrrms

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/07/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

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

Gerrrms (yes, Germs with three r's) is a light-hearted infection themed fighting game. You control one of 12 tiny germs and fight for dominance within the human body. However, you can only move around by swinging from hooks inside a corporeal arena....


Conduct Together (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

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

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one...


Yoshi's Wooly World

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/06/2015, updated in 0017

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

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

Yoshi's Woolly World is a platform game made of knitting. You explore, jump and run your way around, solving puzzles and collecting items to complete each stage.


Fling Smash

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/11/2010

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

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

Fling Smash is an action throwing game where you direct a ball-shaped hero by flicking the controller.


Wii Party

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/07/2010

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

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

Wii Party is a party game that offers a variety of challenges that each use the Wii Remote motion controls. These 80 mini game challenges are organised through three sections of the game: Party Games, House Party Games, and Pair Games.


Grand Slam Tennis (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/06/2009, updated in 2009

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Simulation and Sports

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

Grand Slam Tennis is a tennis game. You choose one of the 23 real tennis players or create your own. You can play either singles or doubles. Unlike other tennis games, this focuses on hitting the ball with a gesture via the Wii Remote. This extends the...


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/11/2014, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @NintendoUK

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

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Todette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...


Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 04/08/2020

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Developer: @FallGuysGame

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out you have to control top-heavy...


Locomotion

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @PolyFoxGaming

Players: This is a single player game

Locomotion is a puzzle game where you are a train chasing an alien who stole your gold. You control the direction of the train and the points. Each level is a puzzle where you need to find all the gold and hidden items. It's like a simplified western...


Sonic Mania (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

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.


Dodo Peak

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/09/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @DodoPeak

Players: This is a single player game

Dodo Peak is a platform game where you play as a dodo bird, rescuing your babies scattered across each level. The simple layout and clever design is reminiscent of the classic QBert game, and presents streamlined logic puzzles to solve. The hand crafted...


Cosmic Express

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 16/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @Draknek

Players: This is a single player game

Cosmic Express is a puzzle game where you plan a train route to collect the waiting passengers. Although the gamelooks super simple, as it progresses you have to also deal with different hazards and requirements for your route.


Ultra Space Battle Brawl

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 05/07/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Developer: @MojikenStudio

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

Ultra Space Battle Brawl is a team competitive battle a little like Pong/Breakout. The aim is to smash a glowing disc past the opponents' defences, rather than directly hitting the other players which gives it a sports rather than combat feel.


Riders Republic

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Riders Republic is an extreme sports game. You can mountain bike, ski, snowboard, fly in a wingsuit and rocket-suit. This builds on other spots games with tens of online players competing at once in each event.


Unrailed

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @IndoorAstronaut

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

Unrailed! is a co-op strategy game where you work with friends to build a train line across endless landscapes. Along with finding the resources to build track, bridges and tunnels you need to deal with local inhabitants, upgrade your train, and watch...


Unspottable

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: @GrosChevaux

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

Unspottable is a puzzle game where you try and work out which of the identical characters are controlled by other players and which are computers. It's a race to punch your friends before they punch you, but the more times you get it wrong the more...


The Touryst

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/11/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @ShinenGames

Players: This is a single player game

The Touryst is a puzzle based adventure, where you seek to unlock the mysteries of an archipelago of sun-drenched islands. That's if you want to of course, because the adventure can wait if you'd rather soak up the sun and make the most of your time...


Akurra

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/07/2021

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @Gojirra

Players: This is a single player game

Akurra is a block pushing puzzle and exploration game. Its look is inspired by classic games like Zelda, Star Tropics, and Chip’s Challenge. It looks simple, but offers a rich and complex puzzles backed by visuals and sounds that take you back to the...


Sniks

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/08/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @ShellyAlon

Players: This is a single player game

Sniks is a puzzle game about guiding colourful worms to matching coloured fruit and food. Each level is a self contained arena with a number of snakes. Each snake can only consume fruit of a matching colour and they can't pass each other. It poses some...


Grapple Dog

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @JoGribbin

Players: This is a single player game

Grapple Dog is a platform game where you play a pixel dog with the ability to grapple onto surfaces to swing and jump around a level. You can extend the length of the rope for a longer swing. In this way you take on puzzles, enemies and various...


Child of Eden

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 17/06/2011

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Child of Eden is a dance and motion game that uses the Xbox Kinect camera. You use your body to shoot and move. Rather than fruit, however, here it’s beautiful firework-style visuals and music that are the challenge.


Roblox

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/06/2016

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

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

Developer: @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...


Minecraft

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

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

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...


Eco

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

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

Eco extends the resource-collecting and building of Minecraft by introducing environmental implications to your actions. Using resources like trees will erode the soil; mining might pollute the river; and each animal depends on another.


Splatoon (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 21/07/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Shooting

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

Splatoon on the Wii U and Splatoon 2 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This not only...


Plants vs. Zombies (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/09/2019

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a series of third-person shooting games about the battle for supremacy between weaponised plants and attacking zombies. It's good for families because the comedic zombies and funny plant powers keep things away from...


Screencheat

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 23/01/2016

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

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

Screencheat pits four players against each other in a shooting battle on one system but keeps the violence low by making the players invisible. You win by peeking at other players’ portion of the screen to figure out where they are as you hunt them...


Stardew Valley

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

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

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

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...


Kingdom (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 21/10/2015

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

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

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...


Tearaway

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 22/11/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

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

Tearaway on PlayStation Vita and Tearaway Unfolded on PlayStation 4 create a game world entirely from paper as the setting for this fantastical adventure. It’s beautiful and funny, and offers a running, jumping exploration challenge. Drawing on...


Nintendo Labo

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/04/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Nintendo Labo is another game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. Here, though, you get a cardboard pack with the game that folds up to make objects into which you slot the screen and controllers. Whether it’s cardboard steering...


Paper Mario: The Origami King (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Players: This is a single player game

Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.


Lego City: Undercover

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 04/04/2017

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

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

Lego City Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.


Downwell

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/10/2015

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Downwell is a vertically scrolling platform game where you frantically shoot snail-like enemies to gain points and upgrades. You will die frequently, but that's part of the fun. Each go, you have a chance to learn from what went wrong last time as you...


Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/10/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Shooting and Simulation

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

Starlink is a space exploration and battle game. But unlike Elite, or No Man's Sky the focus is on arcade fun and quirky characters and Pixar-style storytelling for younger players.


Costume Quest (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/10/2010, updated in 2011

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Players: This is a single player game

Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...


Riverbond

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 10/06/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: @Cococucumberco

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

Riverbond is a frantic adventure in a blocky world. With four people on one system you take on an adventure to defeat evil and free the charming citizens. It's a brawling game with the emphasis on fun and over the top cartoon combat.


Yooka-Laylee

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 11/04/2017

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Developer: @PlaytonicGames

Players: This is a single player game

Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book...


Eagle Island

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 18/07/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @ScreenwaveMedia

Players: This is a single player game

This is a running and jumping adventure where you play Quill and his owl companion Koji as they uncover the secrets of Eagle Island. You work your way through levels using falconry-inspired attacks to take down enemies.


WarioWare (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/07/2018

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

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm and Shooting

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a one-word clue about what to do. In the few seconds of the countdown you...


SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 31/10/2003, updated in 2020

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Xbox and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a running and jumping game based on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. It's an original story where you defend Bikini Bottom from an invasion of robots.


Space Crew

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @CurveDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Space Crew is a strategy game where you use a team of characters to control a spaceship and explore the galaxy. Unlike other space flight games, you don't directly control your craft but get your crew to look after different aspects of the mission. It's...


Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @MediaMolecule

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

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is running and jumping game. It's a spinoff of the LittleBigPlanet series and follows Sackboy and three friends as they explore, collect and battle their way through a fantasy world.


Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 09/11/1996, updated in 2020

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @ToysForBob

Players: This is a single player game

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.


Game & Wario

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/06/2013

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Game & Wario is a series of small games designed for families to enjoy. Like NintendoLand it shows off the different sorts of game you can play on the Wii U not possible on other systems. Because of this the quality and depth...


Rayman Origins

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/11/2011, updated in 2013

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

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

Rayman Origins is platform game where you run, jump, swing and attack your way through fantasy cartoon levels. It stands out because of the strong characters and variety of different enemies ranging in difficulty.


Extreme Exorcism

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/10/2015

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @RipstoneGames

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

Extreme Exorcism is a running, jumping and fighting game set in a series of haunted locations. The graphics are retro but the gameplay has a novel twist. Each enemy ghost you hunt mimics your moves on previous lives.


De Blob (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/09/2008, updated in 2011

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

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

De Blob is a platform-puzzle game where you explore cartoon-style urban landscapes to recolour the city. You play a sponge-like creature that can collect colour paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...


Toy Story 3

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/09/2010

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Platform

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

Toy Story 3 (Toy Story 3: The Video Game) is a running, jumping and exploration game from the developers who went on to make Disney Infinity. It is loosely based on the film and features the voice cast from the film.


Jetpack Joyride

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/09/2011

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @HalfBrick

Players: This is a single player game

Jetpack Joyride is a running, jumping and shooting game you play by just tapping the screen or button at the right time to control your jetpack. Your play a scientist who runs through each of the levels and must survive and get to the end.


Asphalt 9: Legends (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing and Rhythm

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

Asphalt 9: Legends is a racing game in the series that focuses on fast driving fun. This year the game adds new cars, a wide range of accessible control schemes, race modes, and nitro boosts for extra speed.


Bugsnax

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick, catch and eat anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of Octodad.


Minecraft Dungeons

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Adventure

Developer: @DungeonsGame

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

Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure game that takes place in the Minecraft universe. You explore various dungeons to complete missions and collect new gear by exploring and finding treasure chests, or by defeating enemies....


Dreams

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/10/2019

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Creative

Developer: @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,...


Terraria

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...


Starbound

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 20/03/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

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

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Starbound is an action-adventure similar from the same developer as Terraria. It takes place in a two-dimensional, procedurally generated space universe where you can explore and discover new weapons, armour, and items. You can also visit towns and...


Overwatch

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 12 players online

Overwatch is a shooting game but with the focus on teamwork and skill rather than violence. Along with games like Rocket League it has professional e-sports competitions where players compete for prizes.


Bad North

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 31/10/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @RawFury

Players: This is a single player game

Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...


Civilization (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Players: This is a single player game

Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.


Clubhouse Games (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/09/2006, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Strategy

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

Clubhouse Games, is a series that offers classic board and card games in one large bundle. It's not only great value but introduces children to a wide range of real-world games to play with the family.


Kingdom Hearts (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 28/03/2002, updated in 2019

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Players: This is a single player game

Kingdom Hearts is a series of action role-playing games that combine video game and Disney characters in popular adventures. You play Sora, as he journies with various Disney, Square Enix and Pixar characters and fight multiple incarnations of games...


Trailmakers

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 28/02/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Racing

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,...


Journey to the Savage Planet

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 28/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Journey to the Savage Planet is an adventure-shooting game played from a first-person perspective. You explore a planet to catalogue various alien flora and fauna and collect the resources you need to craft items and upgrades like jetpacks and grappling...


The Falconeer

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @TheFalconeer

Players: This is a single player game

The Falconeer is an action game where you play a pilot who flies a weaponised falcon through dramatic locations. You battle the rivalling factions to uncover the secrets of long-forgotten gods and ancestors. Although the game-play is all flying and...


Hyper Scape

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 11/08/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Hyper Scape is an online shooting game where players battle to be the last man standing. It's unusual because it integrates a feature that allows viewers of matches (on Twitch) to affect the game.


Temtem

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 21/01/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Turn-Based

Developer: @playtemtem

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Temtem is a role-play game like Pokemon but played online against loads of other players. You collect and train Temtem creatures 9of which there are 161) while exploring the world. You encounter other creatures controlled by human or computer players...


Genshin Impact

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 27/09/2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

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

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Genshin Impact is a role-playing adventure set in a fantastical open world you explore by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Like the Zelda games, you can collect items, and craft new weapons. However, in this game to create a party...


Untold RPG

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 09/01/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @Untold_RPG

Players: This is a single player game

Untold is an adventure game you play by reading text and choosing directions. It starts with you waking up on a beach and encounter a nomad who wants revenge on their enemies. Atmospheric sound and music extend the text experience further.


 


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