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One Button Games for 12-year-olds (Year 8 Secondary School)

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 5 games from the last 9 years, with 42 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, Creative, Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation
Total Likes: 42
 

 

Geometry Dash

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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

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

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Rob Top Games (@RobTopGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Get Hi

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

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

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single-player game

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)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

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

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Mon Amour

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Onion Games (@OnionGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

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

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-12 year-olds

Release Date: 26/11/2015

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Coding Monkeys (@CodingMonkeys)

Players: This is a single-player game

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....

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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