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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. We haven't included games that require a motioned-touch.

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.

This list includes 34 games from the last 30 years, with 357 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play with one button.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 7
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Collecting, Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Stealth
Total Likes: 357
 

 

OCO

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

OCO is a sliding and jumping game set with simple colourful levels each set in a rotating planetoid. Unlike other platform games, you control everything with a single button. Each different colour of platform you slide along grants different abilities...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

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

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

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

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.

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

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

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

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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...

Geometry Dash

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you used to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...

Forza Motorsport 7 (Series)

Release Date: 03/10/2017

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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.

Soccer Physics

Release Date: 12/12/2018

Platforms: Android, PC, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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...

Super Mario Run

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

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. Your 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...

Dreams Party! (Dreams)

Release Date: 17/03/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Pieces: Dice

Dreams Party is a turn based family board game for up to 4 players. There are two boards to choose from, Welcome Garden and Halloween. Like Mario Party, it creates the fun of a real board game but combines it with mini-games when players land on the...

Cricket Through The Ages

Release Date: 03/10/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

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...

A Dance of Fire and Ice

Release Date: 25/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

A Dance of Fire and Ice is a one-button rhythm game where you control a pair of spheres. You press a button to the beat of the music to progress through the mazes. Each press pivots the direction of motion of the paired spheres to make turns and cross...

Fête de Famille

Release Date: 01/09/2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Fete de Famille (Family Gathering) is a text adventure about families. About what happens when families get together. It's an acid portrait of a contemporary French family that asks why, how and what are the bonds that tie them together.

Ord

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

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

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

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...

Rhythm Doctor

Release Date: 26/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Rhythm Doctor is a rhythm game about shocking patients' hearts back in sync with their heartbeats to save their lives. You press a single button on the 7th beat to defibrillate each patient. It sounds simple but each level has a unique illnesses based...

12 Orbits

Release Date: 27/04/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

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.

Painted Waters

Release Date: 28/01/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Painted Waters is a simple adventure for young children. You explore a secret miniature world on a Walker Doodle (the game's version of caterpillar) using a single button to get around and play the puzzles and challenges you find. It's unique not only...

Am I The Baddie?

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Am I The Baddie? is a running and collecting game of hide and seek where you control a character on a simple maze of streets. Up to five people compete on separate devices or computers. One person is the baddie who tries to collect the clues without...

Canabalt

Release Date: 31/08/2009

Platforms: Android, PC, PSP and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

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...

Jumpy Wall

Release Date: 03/09/2015

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

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...

Kolumno

Release Date: 15/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Kolumno is a puzzle game where you drop a ball down the side of a sphere aiming to reach the bottom without being blocked. Your task is to manipulate the ball so it fits the rotating elements with gaps in them.

Playerless: One Button Adventure

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Wii, Xbox One and iOS

Playerless: One Button Adventure is a puzzle adventure game you can play with a single button. You play a robot in a game who has become self-aware.

Qomp

Release Date: 15/11/2020

Platforms: PC

Qomp is a bat and ball game with a difference. You control the ball rather than the bat. You use a single button to switch the direction of your ball character. With this single ability you take on bosses, solve puzzles and overcome platforming...

Fledgling Heroes

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Switch and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

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.

Tower of Babel No Mercy

Release Date: 21/02/2020

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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...

Mon Amour

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Mon Amour is a platform game about love and diversity. You play with one button to keep jumping and stay in the air, Flappy Bird style, in an effort to save people by kissing them (and setting them free from their nightmare). Like Flappy Bird, you will...

One Button Travel

Release Date: 26/11/2015

Platforms: iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

One Button Travel is a stylish text adventure where you communicate across time to try and cancel your permanent holiday in a dystopian future. You try and save your accomplice, who's already stuck in the future, by making choices and solving puzzles....

Bubbles The Cat

Release Date: 12/04/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

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 but you must tap at the right time to survive.

Dirt n' Stone Off-Road (Dreams)

Release Date: 28/07/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Dirt n' Stone Off-Road is an off road driving game for four players, controlled with a single button. You play from side-on and press to accelerate or release to brake. The challenge is to apply the right amount of momentum to get your car over the...

One Person Story

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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,...

Switch 'N' Shoot

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

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).

Super One More Jump

Release Date: 25/01/2018

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

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.

Get Hi

Release Date: 22/05/2015, updated in 2021

Platforms: iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Get Hi is an action puzzle game where you try and flick a ball up a series of tilting platforms. Touch the screen to tilt them one way, release to tilt them the other. All the platforms move together to keep it simple, but if the ball falls more than a...

Just Pogo (Dreams)

Release Date: 28/07/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Just Pogo is a jumping game you control with one button. You are a man on a pogo-stick and must get to the exit in each of the 18 levels. The quirk of the challenge is that you not only control the game with one button, but that button rotates your...

Kami 2

Release Date: 23/01/2014, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Kami, and Kami 2 are origami-themed puzzle games where you aim to fill the screen with the same coloured paper. You play by a location to unfold paper of that colour that then spreads until it hits another colour.

Pyro Jump Rescue

Release Date: 25/08/2014, updated in 2017

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pyro Jump and Pyro Jump Rescue are a one button jumping and rolling game where you are a lump of fire leaping from one platform to the next to try to catch Princess Paper. You work through levels by jumping and the attaching to wheels and surfaces,...

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