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Persevere After Losing Games for 10 to 12 Year-Olds

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 40 games from the last 10 years, with 223 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 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 223
 

 

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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).

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...

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...

Black Desert

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2015, updated in 2019

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

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

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Play Black Desert (@PlayBlackDesert)

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

Black Desert is an online role-playing game. Unlike other large online games (often called MMOs, Massively Multiplayer Online Games), it doesn't just focus on combat; you can explore the vibrant fantasy world, interact with inhabitants and choose how...

Nerf Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-10 year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2021

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Game Mill Ent (@GameMillEnt)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Nerf Legends is a shooting game where you use Nerf guns to defeat enemies and bosses. It offers a gameplay experience similar to games such as Call of Duty, but without the realism of those games, making it...

Solar Ash

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/12/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Platform

Developer: Heart Machine Z (@HeartMachineZ)

Players: This is a single-player game

Solar Ash is a running and jumping game with a strong focus on fluidity of movement and combat. You play Rei, who is trying to reclaim her homeland. You swing and float your way through a vivid, surreal landscape filled with enemies of all shapes and...

Temple of Rubbo (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 08/03/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Temple of Rubbo is an action adventure game where you fight through dungeons to rescue an ancient wizard as a band of pirates trapped on an island and transformed into animals. Desperate to become human again, they fight their way through all kinds of...

868-Hack

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single-player game

868-HACK is a puzzle game where you hack a computer program to collect as much data as you can. It's a unique puzzle as collecting data triggers more enemies to appear so you walk a delicate balance between collecting as much as possible, but not so...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Meka Skull (@MekaSkull)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Heartbeat: Regret

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/08/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: My True Sound (@MyTrueSound)

Players: This is a single-player game

Heartbeat: Regret is a horror rhythm-typing game. It's a tough game where you are hunted in a mansion by a dark monster. Unusually, you need to press buttons in time with the audible heart beat to move around and then type directions to take specific...

Sheepo

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2020, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Kyle Thompson Dev (@KyleThompsonDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sheepo is a running and jumping game where you explore a vibrant world in a quest to collect an egg from every species in the universe to save them from extinction. You take on bosses like other platforming games, but here you use the surroundings...

Sigi

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 07/09/2018

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Pixel Games (@PixelGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sigi is a retro-styled running, jumping and attacking game. You are on a Knight’s quest to locate Melusina, his true love that he inadvertently scared away with a bout of bad gas. Like games from the 80s you have to work through levels to find keys,...

FTL: Faster Than Light

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2012, updated in 2014

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Subset Games (@SubsetGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

FTL: Faster Than Light is a strategic simulation game where you combat enemy spaceships and survive the dangers of the galaxy. Unusually, you have complete control of every function of your ship and must manage systems, crew and scenarios. It's a hard...

Jelly No Puzzle

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/12/2013

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Qrostar EN (@Qrostar_EN)

Players: This is a single-player game

Jelly No Puzzle is a game where you move cubes of jelly around to combine cubes of matching colours together. While it's a very simple concept, each level presents a unique challenge: overcoming vertical objects or getting one cube past another. The...

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/03/2014

Platforms: PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Tribute Games (@TributeGames)

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

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition is a running and shooting game. You control an army character, craft a wide arsenal of weapons and take on bosses that retreat when they are nearly beaten. It's unusual because it leans into gaining familiarity of its...

Mr Traffic

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/04/2022

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle, Sequencing and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Dumpling Design (@DumplingDesign)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mr Traffic is a sequencing game where you tap cars to get them across a busy junction safely. What starts a simple ordering challenge soon gets complicated with cars of different speeds and not everyone stopping or going straight on. It's novel because...

Nobody Saves The World

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/01/2022

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Drink Box Studios (@DrinkBoxStudios)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Nobody Saves the World is an action role play game where you are a formless nobody, who can magically transform into multiple characters each with vastly different powers. You use these abilities to seek and complete varied challenges in order to save a...

Rymdkapsel

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/04/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita and iOS

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Grape Frukt (@GrapeFrukt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rymdkapsel is a strategy game where you command a stylised space station filled with minions. You make decisions about to spend your manpower and expand your space station. It's minimalist and intentionally opaque to understand, but through multiple...

Temporal Fuse (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-11 year-olds

Release Date: 20/04/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Dancing Ember (@DancingEmber)

Players: This is a single-player game

Temporal Fuse is a puzzle game where you explore a building to defuse bombs. You only have 30 seconds, but time only proceeds when you move. This forces you to think carefully about each step and interaction. You will die, but each time you have learned...

Unsighted

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Developer: Studio Pixel Punk (@StudioPixelPunk)

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

Unsighted is an action role-play game where you race against the clock to save your robot friends. You play a robot called Alma who has lost their memory and lives in a ruined world after the human war. The inhabitant robots are low on energy and will...

Enter The Gungeon

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Dodge Roll Games (@DodgeRollGames)

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

Enter the Gungeon is a shooting game where you use one stick for running around and the other to aim. These twin-stick controls combine with loads of enemy bullets to dodge to create a tough challenge. You play four adventurers descending into the...

Cubric (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2019, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: V Vander Media (@VVanderMedia)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cubric is a puzzle game where you play a robot trapped inside a maze. Unusually, the maze is three dimensions and made up of six moveable cubes. To escape you turn and twist the cubes in three dimensions to match up paths, avoid hazards, and enable your...

Draw! (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/03/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Creative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Players: This is a single-player game

Draw! is a puzzle game where you draw your own platforms in order to get a stick figure to run and jump through the level to an exit. It is designed to look like drawings on a notepad with you as the artist.

Flinthook

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/04/2017

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Tribute Games (@TributeGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Flinthook is running, swinging and shooting game where you get around using a grappling hook. It stands out for its focus on movement flow. As you learn how to move around quickly, you progress through a series of three ship-based levels to find and...

Kiri's Garden

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Tim Knauf (@TimKnauf)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kiri's Garden is a pixel-puzzle about planting trees, growing grass, and moving flowers. You must plant trees to finish a level, but this is only possible once you've covered every other square in either grass or some other plant. It sounds simple but...

Nuclear Blaze

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-13 year-olds

Release Date: 18/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)

Players: This is a single-player game

Nuclear Blaze is a running, jumping and fire extinguishing game from the same developer as Dead Cells. You put out fires and dodge explosions, debris and fiery chasms. Along with its uniquely intricate levels, there are...

Selaco

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Traversal

Developer: Selaco Game (@SelacoGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Selaco is a shooter game with a focus on fast movement and staged battles in a destructibile underground facility. In many ways it's an update of classic fast shooting games like Quake and Doom, but the detail elevates Selaco to be something more than...

Seven Scrolls

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/03/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Developer: Jesse Venbrux (@JesseVenbrux)

Players: This is a single-player game

Seven Scrolls is a puzzle game where you explore a dungeon, kill enemies and get to the exit. What's unusual is that the rules of the game change as you pick up scrolls.

Squid Game (Roblox)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/09/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Role-Play

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

Roblox Squid Games (Fish Game) is a game that replicates the Squid Game South Korean TV horror series about a fictional game show. A group of 456 people from all different areas of life who come to play a series of children's games to win a millions of...

Tiny Quest (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2020, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: 800 Pixel Gorilla (@800PixelGorilla)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tiny Quest is a running, jumping and carrying puzzle game where you help Anton become king. The game is played on a single screen, but the world and your character are tiny. At first you have minimal powers but as you progress you gain more abilities...

Vampire Survivors

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-14 year-olds

Release Date: 17/12/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Shooting

Developer: Poncle Soft (@Poncle_Soft)

Players: This is a single-player game

Vampire Survivors is a simple silly survival game where you battle to stay alive against waves of enemies. The twist is that you can only control your movement, not your attacks. This creates an unusual game where you must use your automatic attacks to...

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