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Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:

This list includes 150 games from the last 41 years, with 963 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to cope with losing.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 963
 

 

Iris and the Giant

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/02/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 36 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Louis Rigaud (@LouisRigaud_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Iris and the Giant is a narrative strategy card game about a young girl named Iris who braves an imaginary world to tackle her inner demons and face her fears. It's a game about depression and anxiety and shows Iris coping with her life with escapism,...

Elden Ring

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Elden Ring (@EldenRing)

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

Elden Ring is a role-play game set in a fictional world created by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, with a focus on combat similar to Demon's Souls and an open world with real time and weather like Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Griftlands

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/06/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 30 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Klei (@Klei)

Players: This is a single-player game

Griftlands is an adventure game where you use cards to fight and negotiate your way through a broken-down sci-fi world. You will die or fail often, but then use your knowledge and growing deck of cards to have a better chance of survival on your next...

Hades

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/12/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 25% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Supergiant Games (@SupergiantGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hades is a fighting game where you battle your way through dungeons to escape hell and the clutches of Hades. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades and through the game you'll meet many recognisable greek gods like Zeus, Athena and Posiedon who will try...

Kingdom (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/10/2015

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

Genres: Fighting, Sequencing, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...

Don't Starve

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Klei (@Klei)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game

This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to...

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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

Price: Free

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...

Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/12/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Stealth

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Steel Wool Studio (@SteelWoolStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach is a survival-horror game where you explore a vast pizzeria and shopping centre while hunted by a murderer. In addition to continuing the intricate and multi-layered story of the previous games, this is the first...

Phasmophobia

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Kinetic Game (@KineticGame)

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

Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) is a horror survival game where you and your team investigate paranormal activity. It focuses on creating a realistic world built to get your heart racing, through the interactive ghost hunting equipment and teamwork.

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...

Granny

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/11/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Play

Developer: D Vapps (@_DVapps_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Granny is a horror adventure game where you are locked in a house by a creepy grandma. You wake up in a dark room and have to carefully work your way through the house to escape without being caught. It's noted for the tense gameplay and jump scares.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 15/07/2003, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Obsidian (@Obsidian)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is a series of hard narrative-driven role-playing and combat games set in the Star Wars universe, 4000 years before Luke Skywalker and the Empire. You fight enemies and discover secrets by talking to the...

Splatty's Adventure (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/04/2019, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Lumbox S (@LumboxS)

Players: This is a single-player game

Splatty’s Adventure is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a small (4-year-old) hero who must escape an oversized bedroom and get on your way to save the world from destruction. Like stepping into a Toy Story film, but here you wield a...

One Hour One Life

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 27/02/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Jason Rohrer (@JasonRohrer)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game

This is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you can soon fend...

Enlisted

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14-18 year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Enlisted Game (@EnlistedGame)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 50-player online game

Enlisted is an online shooting game set in historically accurate World War II battle. You play a squad of soldiers and can switch between them as you take on other players doing the same in large online battles. It's unusual not only for its historical...

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/02/2021

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Role-Play

Developer: Helio C Studios (@HelioCStudios)

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

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos is a fighting game where you battle Titans and explore the dungeons of an expansive over-world. It's unusual because it combines the homemaking of Stardew Valley with classic Zelda style adventures and lets you play with up...

Hitman (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2021

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: IO Interactive (@IOInteractive)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.

Monster Prom

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/04/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 69% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Btfl Glitch (@BtflGlitch)

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

Monster Prom is a role-playing game set in a high school for monsters where you are looking for love. You make choices about the dating-focused narrative by exploring the campus and talking to different monster characters. It has some light...

Dead Cells

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-14 year-olds

Release Date: 10/05/2017, updated in 2018

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Play

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where you are escaping a prison. In a bright pixelated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time...

Star Wars: Republic Commando

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 28/02/2005, updated in 2021

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Aspyr Media (@AspyrMedia)

Players: This is a single-player game

Star Wars: Republic Commando is a shooting game set in the Star Wars universe, where you complete missions as part of an elite squad of Clones. Still regarded as one of the best Star Wars games over 16 years after its initial release, its fast-paced...

Bad North

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...

Sifu

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Slo Clap (@SloClap)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind.

BattleBit Remastered

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/02/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Battle Bit Game (@BattleBitGame)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 254-player online game

BattleBit Remastered is a multiplayer shooting game where teams of over 100 players compete in environments where almost everything is destructible. The simple visuals and fragility of architecture result in opportunities to launch surprise attacks, and...

Dwarf Fortress

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/08/2006

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Play and Strategy

Developer: Bay 12 Games (@Bay12Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dwarf Fortress is a longstanding strategy game set in a fantasy world where you control a group of dwarves wanting to construct a wealthy fortress. It's unusual not only for it's text-based appearance but for it's expansive scope, and intricately...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/01/2022

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the latest game in the longstanding Pokémon series of role-playing games where you collect and battle Pokémon. Like those previous games, you compete in turn-based battles and try and collect as many...

Reigns (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/08/2016

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single-player game

Take charge of a kingdom, one decision at a time. Each choice is presented to you as a playing card with some advice or a question from one of the 38 different characters. Swipe left or right to make a decision that will impact the church, people,...

Unrailed!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Price: 75% off

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Indoor Astronaut (@IndoorAstronaut)

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

Unrailed! is a co-op strategy game where you work with friends to build a train line across endless landscapes. Along with finding the resources to build track, bridges and tunnels you need to deal with local inhabitants, upgrade your train and watch...

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/11/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Switch and Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Play

Developer: Spike Chunsoft e (@SpikeChunsoft_e)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is a series of fighting games where you control different cartoon creatures as they make their way through randomly-generated dungeons, defeating enemies and adding them to your team. It's a simple roguelike game where you take...

Curious Expedition (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/05/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Maschi Mensch (@MaschiMensch)

Players: This is a single-player game

Curious Expedition is an expedition simulation, in the late 19th century. You join historical people to explore a world map to gain fame, science and treasures. Each time you set out the world is different, with unique challenges requiring particular...

Deep Rock Galactic

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Ghost Ship Games (@GhostShip_Games)

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

Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).

Demon's Souls (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/10/2011

Platforms: PS3 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: From Software PR (@FromSoftware_PR)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 6-player online game

Demons Souls is first a series of fighting and exploration games recently re-released on PlayStation 5. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters...

Death's Door

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Acid Nerve (@AcidNerve)

Players: This is a single-player game

Death's Door is a noir adventure game where you play a crow whose job it is to reap the souls of the dead. When one goes missing you must fight, run and jump through a fantasy world to get it back. It's a simple combat game at heart, but the unusual...

Dicey Dungeons

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2019, updated in 2020

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 19 features

Pieces: Cards and Dice

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

Dome Romantik

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Bippin Bits (@BippinBits)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dome Romantik is a strategy game where you mine to collect resources in between defending the dome that protects your world from terrible monsters. It's a hard game and when your dome is destroyed you die permanently and have to start from the...

Due Process

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Enemy Crab Games (@EnemyCrabGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Due Process is a tactical shooting game that focuses on both the planning and execution of missions. You are presented with a unique mission where teams of five either have to defend or attack a particular location. Spending time talking through tactics...

Minit

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single-player game

Minit is retro puzzle game where you complete small tasks in within a 60 second time frame. You must dodge or fight foes, cut through the undergrowth, explore your world and find keys and swords. You start from the same place for each of your 60 second...

Noita

Release Date: 05/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Platform, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Nolla Games (@NollaGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Noita is platform adventure game in a world where each and every pixel is physically simulated. This means that the tiny elements that make up the landscape and characters have their own properties that: melt, burn, evaporate, explode, flow, float,...

Death Stranding

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Stealth

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Hideo Kojima EN (@Hideo_Kojima_EN)

Players: This is a single-player game

Death Stranding is an exploration game where you deliver supplies across a vast shattered, post-apocalyptic America while protecting and caring for a baby. It's intentionally slow, sometimes excruciatingly so, which means you carefully consider your...

Disc Room

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single-player game

Disc Room is an action survival game set in a sprawling intergalactic slaughterhouse. You are a scientist from the future exploring the facility and must get through each room that is filled with sharp discs by running and dodging. You have special...

Ico

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2001, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS2 and PS3

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Ico is a running, jumping and exploring game where you rescue a princess from her evil mother. You take her hand to help her escape, guiding her along the pathways and protecting her from the hordes of enemies. Together, you jump chasms and scale walls...

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