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One Button Games for 3-year-olds (Nursery)

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 4 games from the last 30 years, with 105 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.


 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

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

Price: 26% off

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

Genres: Action and Race

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 12-player online game

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.

Am I The Baddie?

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-8 year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Stealth

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Am I The Baddie (@AmITheBaddie)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room or as a 5-player online game

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...

Fledgling Heroes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-6 year-olds

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Subtle Boom (@SubtleBoom)

Players: You can play with 1 to 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.

Painted Waters

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/01/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Numinous Games (@Numinous_Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

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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