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One Button Games on Nintendo Switch

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 11 games from the last 30 years, with 158 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.

DetailsPlatform Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE
Australian Ratings: G
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Sports
Era: 1992 - 2021
Total Games: 11
Total Likes: 158
 

 

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Race

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Built By Snowman (@BuiltBySnowman)

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...

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.

Ord

Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Joni Tweets Games (@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...

12 Orbits

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 27/04/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Uj Rom (@UjRom)

Players: You can play with 1 to 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.

Kolumno

Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 7 features

Developer: Devilish Games (@DevilishGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

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.

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.

Tower of Babel No Mercy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/02/2020

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Simulation

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: DNA Studios Twitt (@DNAStudiosTwitt)

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

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...

One Person Story

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-11 year-olds

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Lampogolovii (@Lampogolovii)

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,...

Switch 'N' Shoot

Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Crowbarska (@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).

Super One More Jump

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/01/2018

Price: 82% off

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Premo Games (@PremoGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

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.

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...

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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