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Nurture Child-Like Imagination in 3-6 Year-Olds

These games are for children under seven years old, who will, with some help, discover activities they want to try that will expand their imaginations while establishing the role of your guidance and engagement as part of the gaming world as they grow up. The more open imagination of young children lends itself to games that offer an open world. Rather than forcing the player in a particular direction open world games let players explore wherever they want. The games here offer unusual and age-appropriate experiences that are often educational but keep the emphasis on the sheer joy of interactive play rather than hard learning.
 
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Tracks The Train Set Game

PEGI Rating 3+ for Tracks The Train Set GameESRB Rating EVERYONE for Tracks The Train Set Game

Tracks The Train Set Game

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a digital version of wooden toy train sets, without the costs of buying more and more track pieces. You build your toy train set and towns and then jump into the driver's seat and drive the train, seeing your toy world to scale. It's a very...


Kids

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Kids is an unusual game where you tap to interact with groups of monochrome cartoon children. Seeing the little kids run around and respond to each other creates a playful and intriguing game than only lasts half an hour but will be played many times.


Monomals

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a game about fishing and music. You drop your line into the water, catch a fish and make music along the way. There are different animal DJ's to choose, each with a different sound and 21 different underwater courses to fish in.


Frog Detective (Series)

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a comedy adventure game where you play a detective frog, named (unsurprisingly) "Frog Detective".


Here Kitty!

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 minute and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Here Kitty! is a real-world hide and seek game you play by hiding your phone. It's from the same team behind Heads Up. When the child calls out or gets near the phone makes cat noises to give them clues to find it. When it's...


Kissy Kissy

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Platform

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Kissy Kissy! is a running-around game where you build defences against getting kissed by the grannies. You play Tiger and Bee, onesie-wearing grandchilden who don't want to be kissed


Sneaky Sasquatch

Platforms: Mac and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Sneaky Sasquatch is an adventure game where you sneak around in campsites and try to find food from coolers, picnic baskets without getting caught. There's a large variety of things to do. For example you can race, play golf, ski, find buried treasure,...


A Monsters Expedition

Platforms: PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

A Monsters Expedition is a puzzle game where a monster finds creatures on an island and learns about the history of humanity. The puzzle is how to get from one island to the next.


Go Vacation

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 19 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a resort exploration game where 50 mini-games can be discovered and played. The mini-golf, skating, surfing, volleyball, car racing, tennis and other games use the Wii and Switch motion-sensitive controllers and are simple fun for youngsters....


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A Short Hike

PEGI Rating 3+ for A Short HikeESRB Rating EVERYONE for A Short Hike

A Short Hike

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Open World

Duration: Between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

In A Short Hike you play penguin-like character Claire, who needs to climb a mountain in a beautiful national park to receive an important phone call. Presented in cute pixel graphics, the game invites you to explore the park, help other animals, find...


Toca Life (Series)

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

The Toca Boca, Toca Life, series of games comprise what are essentially toys in electronic form. They build on the Sago Mini games for 6-10-year-old children. Recreating interactive everyday settings like shopping, hospital,...


Sizzle And Stew

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Sizzle & Stew is a cooking game where you don’t have to follow the rules. It’s a lot of fun and works well in the two-player split-screen mode. Experiment as you explore all the kitchen gadgets to make a meal, or just see what happens when you put a...


Donut County

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

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Donut County offers a similarly simple style of play. You drag a hole around the screen; the more things you can make fall in, the bigger the hole gets. You start with bricks, road cones and bushes, but eventually you’re swallowing whole houses.


Prune

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Prune involves slicing, but here you must carefully cut off tree branches to encourage the tree to grow in a particular direction. It starts simply but turns into a challenge for parents and young children to work on together.


Vignettes

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Explore shapes that change into different objects as you spin them around with your fingers. What starts as a novelty evolves into a collecting challenge where interacting with one item leads to another. Rescue a stray cat, awaken an ancient...


Marching Order

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Marching Order puts you in charge of a disorderly animal marching band. Listen to each animal’s requests to get them in the right order in the game about sequence, rules and order.


Dragon Box

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

DragonBox is an educational series of games that teaches young children maths, such as algebra using pattern matching with symbols. Unlike other educational games, the fun is in the doing in DragonBox, rather than incentivising learning with separate...


Metamorphabet

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Explore the alphabet by pushing and pulling the letters around to create different things beginning with that letter. It’s simply presented with sound effects and voiced words for each object. It excels at making each letter and object feel tactile...


Hidden Folks

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

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Hidden Folks tasks you with exploring hand-drawn worlds to find particular people. It’s simple enough for youngsters to control but complex enough to keep parents and carers involved too.


LocoRoco

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Platform

Duration: Between 6 hours and 24 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This creates a world of plants and creatures to investigate. The novelty, besides the character’s singing and cute aesthetic, is that you control the game with just two buttons, tilting and bumping your characters through each level.


New Super Lucky's Tale

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a platform game where you play a fox on a quest to recover pages from a magical book that will save his world. It takes gameplay in a more action-oriented direction but the islands and characters are full of quirky character and treasures like...


Wattam

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Open World and Puzzle

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wattam is an absurd adventure where characters are everyday objects with problems to solve and fun interactions to enjoy. You play as The Mayor and start on your own. As you complete simple tasks you populate the world with other strange characters.


Everything

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.


Hidden Through Time

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

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a spot the item game that also takes you on a journey through different time periods. You are task with finding specific items and must zoom, interact and uncover things to find each one.


Snipperclips

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start.

This is a game where you play a piece of paper that can be cut into different shapes. Through a series of puzzle levels, you adjust your shape by clipping and overlapping other players. Sometimes this is to match a shape, at others it is to catch a ball...


Peggle (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

In Peggle, you fire a small ball into an array of pins that are triggered and disappear when the ball touches them. It's like a bright, saccharine pachinko game. But. being electronic you can earn all sort of bonus balls and abilities by hitting...


Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

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

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

Duration: Between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an adventure where you explore a world seeking out and collecting magical creatures, known as sprites, to banish an ominous shroud known as the Murk. As you do this, you make your way in the world, farming,...


Tower of Babel No Mercy

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 minute and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Tower of Babel is a game where you work with friends to build a tower out of buildings. You control the game with a single button (and one more for special abilities) to drop your building on the stack. It swings left and right so you have to time it...


Wunderling

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Wunderling is a jumping game controlled by just two buttons: jumping and boost. The levels scroll automatically so you have to think ahead to decide how to get past each section. It's a combination of time reactions and forward planning.


Super Mario Run

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 1 player online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. You character automatically runs and you just tap at the right time to avoid obstacles and jump on enemies. It sounds too simple to be fun but is actually a cleverly...


HyperDot

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

HyperDot is a dodging game, where you control a small circle and must move to avoid collisions with other shapes. It sounds too simple to be fun, but the cover design and variation in challenge make it a really enjoyable game.


Bubbles The Cat

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


Sago Mini (Series)

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Sago Mini games are designed for 3-5 year old pre-school children. Like Toca Boca games for younger kids, they offer interactive storybook characters with light narratives and open-ended play. Superheroes, space explorers, boat...


Ear Hockey

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free.

Ear Hockey is a bat and ball competitive game played by listening to the in-game audio alone; no screen required. It uses spatial audio cues to signal to the player where they are in the play-space and where the main game object, the ball, is travelling.


Jump Rope Challenge

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free.

Jump Rope Challenge is a virtual skipping game where you hold the Switch controllers like rope handles and skip. The game displays an on-screen counter and you can play with another person at the same time as you compete for a high score.


Fledgling Heroes

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Fledgeling Heroes is a fun flying game where you tap or press to guide a part through landscapes and collect coins. You can swim, sprint and soar, defeat dastardly dragons, unlock wondrous new worlds, and explore limitless levels in the Lab.


Wii Party U

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wii Party U is a collections of games to play with families in the same room. Different modes suite different groups and ages but are all light hearted fun and make use of the Wii U Gamepad in creative ways.


Drink More Glurp

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....


A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 minute and 2 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

A Good Snowman (Is Hard To Build) is puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen. On each level you must roll your snowballs to be the right size and then position them on each other to make a snowman.


Takeshi and Hiroshi

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 2 and a half hours and 3 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Takeshi & Hiroshi is a role-play adventure game about two brothers. Its unusual animation and light touch battles, where you chose your enemies rather than how to fight them, make it an ideal game to introduce the genre and for younger players.
...


Jumpy Wall

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 1 minute and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Jumpy Wall is a game where you must climb up a shaft by jumping between two walls. As you progress you'll meet more obstacles that aim to kill your little pixel character. Wall jump from left to right to get higher and higher while avoiding spikes and...


Good Pizza, Great Pizza

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

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Duration: Between 16 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a simulation game where you run your own Pizza shop, fulfilling orders from customers while making enough money to keep your shop open. You can upgrade your shop with new toppings and equipment to compete against your...


Empty

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 3 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Empty is a minimalist puzzle game that teaches the value of simplicity in life. You rotate and interact with different vignettes to line up items with the same background colour. As you do this they disappear and the scene slowly empties.


Lego Worlds

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Lego Worlds takes virtual building back to the classic bricks with familiar figures, buildings and challenges from other Lego video games in an open world where your imagination can go wild in a bottomless bucket of bricks.


Lego (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...


Fruit Ninja (Series)

Platforms: Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

An array of brightly coloured fruit flies into the screen area and you need to slice each piece in two before it falls to the floor. The technicolour action combines with simple interactive taps and swipes to make it accessible to all ages.


Patapon

Platforms: PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Duration: Between 15 hours and 24 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Patapon and its sequels take rhythmic button-pressing in a real-time battle direction. You assemble a stylized army and then take your troops to battle by tapping buttons in time with the rhythm. How well you press the buttons in time with the music...


Joust Mania

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting and Physically Active

Players: You can play with 16 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free.

This movement-sensitive game of tag is played in the real world, holding PlayStation Move motion controllers. First appearing as one of the games in the Sportsfriends pack, and then evolving as Joust Mania with more modes and up to 16 players, it’s an...


Nintendoland

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the four seekers...


Lost Winds (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

LostWinds is a running and jumping video game with a difference. As well as controlling a young boy named Toku you also control the wind. On the Wii you do this by gesturing with the Wii Remote controller, on iOS you draw the direction on the screen. A...


Singled Out

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Singled Out is a spot the difference shooting game. Like the classic Guess Who game you have seconds to identify your target in a crowd. Make sure you only shoot the character matching the eyes, nose and mouth clues and you score points. The quicker you...


 




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