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One Button Games

The games here can be played with a single button. Although ranging in difficulty they are a good place to start for those needing simpler controls.

It should be noted that many of these games need to be started with more than one button. Some are played by tapping at a fixed point on a touchscreen.

For those needing alternative access there are many possibilities with an accessibility switch. These "switches" come in many shapes and sizes including jumbo buttons, super-sensitive finger switches and sound sensors. In some cases, the spacebar or a Bluetooth keyboard can work just fine. If the player can activate the control and if it can be connected to the games machine, then one-button play becomes a possibility.

This list was compiled with the help of Barrie Ellis, who runs One Switch. On that site you can find equipment to enable a far wider range of games to be played by accessibility switch users. OneSwitch also supports a range of other accessible gaming solutions.
 

Cricket Through The Ages

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 03/10/2019

Platforms: Mac and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action and Sports

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

Cricket Through the Ages is a competitive sport game themed around cricket but with little to do with the rules of that game. Players face off and aim for each other as much as wickets. Controls work by holding or tapping the screen to spin limbs and...


Qomp

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 15/11/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @WombatStuff

Players: This is a single player game

Qomp is a bat and ball game with a difference. You control the ball rather than the bat. Trapped in between paddles for decades, you finally escape and start an adventure through a maze of dungeons.


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,...


Alto’s Adventure (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Racing

Players: This is a single player game

Descend beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to worry about is tapping to jump to avoid chasms, rockfall and other hazards. It’s simple and moreish due to the stunning landscapes...


Super Mario Run

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/12/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform

Players: You can play this with 1 player online

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...


Tower of Babel No Mercy

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/02/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Simulation

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

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...


12 Orbits

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/04/2018

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

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Players: You can play with 12 players in the same room

12 Orbits is a tactical game where you control a small coloured ball by pressing a single button. When you are over the grey circles you press to orbit that circle, otherwise pressing the button will dodge.


Super One More Jump

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/01/2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Super One More Jump is a jumping platform game you control with a single tap or button press. You control the little character who automatically moves forward. Your task is to press jump at the right time so you can progress through the level.


Switch 'N' Shoot

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Crowbarska

Players: This is a single player game

Switch 'N' Shoot is a shooting game controlled by a single button. You pilot a star-fighter, each time you press to shot you change direction. It's a novel way to play but also can be good for players with motor impairment (and fast reactions).


Mario Kart (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

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

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.


Forza Motorsport 7 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/10/2017

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Racing

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

Forza Motorsport 7 immerses players in the exhilarating thrill of competitive racing. From mastering the new motorsport-inspired campaign to collecting a wide range of cars to experiencing the excitement of driving at the limit, this is Forza reimagined.


Bubbles The Cat

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/04/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform

Players: This is a single player game

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.


Soccer Physics

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/12/2018

Platforms: Android, PC, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Action and Sports

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

Soccer Physics is a super simple football game you play by pressing one button. Made by Otto-Ville Ojala who also made the similar one-button games Wrestle Jump and Tank of Tanks, it's designed to be silly and fun. The matches are 2-on-2 and you time...


Fledgling Heroes

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

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

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.


Ord

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/06/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @JoniTweetsGames

Players: This is a single player game

Ord. is an unusual text adventure. Rather than one grand story, you embark on a series of distinct quests. Whether it's defeating an evil warlock or creating your own world as a god, Ord tells stories through simple series of words and word associations...


Jumpy Wall

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/09/2015

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @PimCoumans

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Canabalt

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 31/08/2009

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

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

Canabalt is a side-on running game where you press jump at the right time to keep a small character from falling off buildings or crashing into things. With minimalist visuals, you play the small suited man fleeing from an unknown threat. As the game...


Cookies Must Die

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 05/02/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Platform

Developer: @Rebel_Twins

Players: This is a single player game

Cookies Must Die is a platform game where you fight mutant cookies. Your character is a genetically modified super human who now, thanks to the scientists, has the ability to hurl its self across the lab facility, aiming at foes and avoiding obstacles.


Spitkiss

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 06/11/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @TripleTopping

Players: This is a single player game

Spitkiss is a game where you control a ball of saliva around the dangerous interior of different organs. The spittle is the carrier of a message of love and hope between people, but it can only get there if you precisely aim and navigate the different...


Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 11/11/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: @SquareEnix

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

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is an action-rhythm game. You play through songs from the Kingdom Hearts series of video games by hitting enemies in time with the music with your staff. This makes for a nice blend of rhythm and combat.


 


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