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Video games and work don’t usually go together. Not, that is, unless you work in the video game industry. The Safe In Our World charity addresses this world of work and video games to foster positive mental health wellbeing and deliver support for players, developers, publishers and retailers.

Image 244“The worlds we create are a refuge for many,” they say about video games, to highlight the importance of also looking after those people who make these amazing spaces. They have some excellent resources available for free and global helplines for a range of emotions and stresses people might be feeling, not to mention some great training resources for companies. Most recent is their Level Up campaign that challenges businesses within the video games industry to unite and commit to change.

The games in this list offer space to reflect and escape work for a while. But not only to get some distance, but to play something that shines a light on why we do what we do. Some address the world of work directly, while others enable us to consider our choices about how we spend our working hours.

Whether it’s escaping for a lunchtime walk with A Short Hike. Trying to manage crunch time with Going Under, or not succumbing to Tom Nook’s invitation for ever bigger mortgages in Animal Crossing, there are lots of games that can help us find some balance.

Other games, like Coffee Talk and Neo Cab help us consider the people we serve at work. This might be conversations with customers, but also the other people we work with in the office or workplace we find ourselves in. Like the game Good Job encourages us to do.

Then there are games that make us aware of our co-workers. Whether it’s collaborating to identify and store stock in Wilmot’s Warehouse or getting the furniture into the van neatly in Moving Out, how we work together and treat the people around us is important.

This list includes 30 games from the last 20 years, with 552 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to see work in a new light.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 16+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy
Total Likes: 552
 

 

Animal Crossing (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @NintendoAmerica

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected drama of the world and characters...

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A Short Hike

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PEGI Rating 3+ for A Short HikeESRB Rating EVERYONE for A Short Hike

A Short Hike

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Open World

Developer: @Adamgryu

Players: This is a single player game

In A Short Hike you play penguin-like character Claire, who needs to climb a mountain in a beautiful national park to receive an important phone call. Presented in cute pixel graphics, the game invites you to explore the park, help other animals, find...

Bake 'n Switch

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @bakenswitch

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Bake 'n Switch is a puzzle fighting game where 2-4 players are apprentice bakers fighting the "Mould" and taking on various Guardian bosses. It's ridiculously cute and a lot of silly fun, as you catch, merge and sacrifice the anthropomorphised dough...

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Stormworks: Build and Rescue

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Stormworks: Build and Rescue

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Developer: @Dan_Games

Players: You can play this with 5 players online

Stormworks is an open world adventure where you design, build and pilot your own air sea rescue service. You create programmable vehicles using it's block-building system and pilot them into dangerous situations to rescue stricken vessels or...

Pokémon Cafe Mix

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Pokemon Cafe Mix is a puzzle game. Similar to the icon-connection challenge of Disney Tsum Tsum, you play as Eevee and delivering orders in a cafe by linking Pokemon icons in a ring. It's a low pressure puzzle with a swirl-to-connect interaction that is...

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @AsoboStudio

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is the latest flight simulator game in the long running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from data Maps...

Kill It With Fire

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 13/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @tinybuild

Players: This is a single player game

Kill It With Fire is a fighting game where you kill spiders. Lifting objects, looking under things and generally exploring the houses means you find spiders. The challenge is then to kill them with increasingly ridiculous weapons.

Good Pizza, Great Pizza

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: @TapBlaze

Players: This is a single player game

Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a simulation game where you run your own Pizza shop, fulfilling orders from customers while making enough money to keep your shop open. You can upgrade your shop with new toppings and equipment to compete against your...

Moving Out

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/04/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

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

Moving Out is an action-puzzle game where you play a removal company. With up to four players you work together to get items out of the house and into the van. Although this starts simply you soon find furniture that is an awkward shape or needs two...

Mini Metro

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/01/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @dinopoloclub

Players: This is a single player game

Create an ordered, efficient underground train system. It sounds like hard work, but the simple Tube-map visuals, calm music, and streamlined interactions make this relaxing, like sudoku. Dip your toe in this strategy challenge and keep the system...

Balance - Power Grid

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/08/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @HyperGames

Players: This is a single player game

Balance - Power Grid is a puzzle game about power grids. You place cables, pylons and power generators to make sure there are no blackouts. Through a series of challenges you build power grids that are functional, and that produce the right amount of...

Escape from Tarkov

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 27/07/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @BStateGames

Players: You can play this with 14 players online

Escape from Tarkov is an online shooting game set in the fictional Norvinsk region in Northwest Russia. You play during a war between two private military companies and join matches to fight others for loot, survival and ultimately escape.

Coffee Talk

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/01/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

Coffee Talk is an interactive story about a barista working in a coffee shop in Seattle. You listen to customer's concerns about life and love, in a retro pixilated world back with lo-fi chilled hip-hop music.

Satisfactory

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/03/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @Coffee_Stain

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Satisfactory is a factory building set on a foreign planet. Like the popular Tycoon and Factory games in Roblox, you start with humble beginnings, you harvest what you can by hand but steadily you build a sprawling empire of automated harvesting...

Taxi Chaos

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 28/02/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Racing

Developer: @LionCastleEnt

Players: This is a single player game

Taxi Chaos is a racing game that you play in a large open city. You're driving around the city picking up and dropping off passengers earning fares as you drive. The aim is to rush around, pick up passengers and successfully drop them off at their...

Do Not Feed the Monkeys

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/10/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @Fictiorama

Players: This is a single player game

Do Not Feed the Monkeys is an adventure game where you sit at a computer and spy on live video feeds of various events and characters. Your job is to gather information about "the monkeys" while also looking after your character's health and apartment...

Going Under

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

Going Under is a satirical adventure game where you play an intern in a failing start-up company. The game proceeds like other dungeon adventures with enemies to defeat and quests to find items, only here it's all in aid of keeping your boss happy while...

Lost and Hound

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @DaisyAleSounds

Players: This is a single player game

Lost and Hound is an adventure puzzle game where you play as a scent tracking rescue dogs, Corgi and Biscuit. You use your sense of smell to find things and solve mysteries. Your heightened hearing and senses enable you find your goals, eventually...

Wilmot's Warehouse

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @FinjiCo

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

This is a game for people who like to organise things. You are in charge of a warehouse and must manage 100s of items of stock. These identical square boxes are labelled with rudimentary icons. On your own or with another player, you must decipher what...

Mini Motorways

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 04/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Dinopoloclub

Players: This is a single player game

Mini Motorways is by the same developer as Mini Metro but tasks you with planning a road network rather than subway. You lay down roads, traffic lights and motorways to ensure enough cars can get to the buildings that pop up in your city as time passes....

Kind Words

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

Kind Words is unusual because of the main interaction. You write letters to real people and receive back encouraging letters in return. Set in a cosy room with soft furnishings and relaxing music, it creates a space in which to find support and...

Out of Space

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/11/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @BeholdStudios

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

Out of Space is a co-operative game about living together on a space ship. You and your cohabitants have to build a sustainable spaceship, as well as making it a cosy home. All is not plane sailing though, as you come across deadly alien infestations, a...

Neo Cab

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 03/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

This is a narrative adventure from behind the wheel of a cab. You play as Lina, the last human driver-for-hire on the streets of Los Ojos. Your friend and only lifeline has gone missing; with no money and nowhere to stay, your only leads are the...

Good Job!

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/03/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

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

You play an office employee with a difference. Together with a friend you must climb the corporate ladder to take over the family business. But rather than starting as tea boy and working up, you have a set of more bizarre office problems: building zen...

Patterned

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 15/09/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Patterned is a puzzle game where you piece together beautiful patterns. It's a bit like a jigsaw but without the stress of forever finding more blue sky pieces. Each pattern begins as a sketch and you use visual clues to reassemble its scrambled pieces.

King Pins

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 25/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @SokpopCo

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

King Pins is a small real time strategy game where you command a small group of people to gather resources, build bases, farms and towers to defend yourself or attack the three other encampments. It's like Age of Empires but in miniature fashion....

Craftlands Workshoppe

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 13/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @CraftlandsGame

Players: This is a single player game

Craftlands Workshoppe is a strategy game where you build and manage a crafting empire. You start the game by opening your own workshop that can specialize in one of three trades: Blacksmithing, Alchemy, or Cooking.

Sloppy Forgeries

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: @SloppyForgeries

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

Sloppy Forgeries is a painting game where you race an opponent at copying a famous art piece as quickly and accurately as possible. You win by having the largest percentage of paint in the correct areas. The game randomly selects a painting to copy and...

Space Crew

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @CurveDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Space Crew is a strategy game where you use a team of characters to control a spaceship and explore the galaxy. Unlike other space flight games, you don't directly control your craft but get your crew to look after different aspects of the mission. It's...

Radical Relocation

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 31/08/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Racing and Simulation

Developer: @_Winglett

Players: This is a single player game

Radical Relocation is an action-puzzle game about moving house. You load objects onto a vehicle and drive from point A to point B without losing or breaking any. Carefully stack and balance your belongings on top of different vehicles before driving...


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