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Wield Absolute Control

Things don’t stay put. You’re the only one keeping the ship afloat. You can’t get people to do what you tell them. The effort you spend doesn’t produce the results it deserves. Well, in these video games you get to wield complete control over people, things, situations or even whole worlds.

If games offer an escape from chaos, these games are particularly good at granting a sense of satisfying agency and power as they do that. Whether it’s ordering the perfect stock room in Wilmot’s Warehouse, organising your island in Animal Crossing, perfectly controlling the flow of traffic in Mini Motorways or even build civilisation just the way you want it in Civilization the sense of satisfaction and calm from the achievement is second to none.

This list includes 116 games from the last 22 years, with 1,024 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to control and order things.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 1,024
 

 

Osu!

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 16/09/2007, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: Ppy (@Ppy)

Players: This is a single player game

Osu is a rhythm action game where you tap the screen in time to the music similar to the Elite Beat Agents games. This starts as a simple challenge but develops in speed and complexity. At higher levels the games is an esport with people competing to...

Astro's Playroom

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-13 year-olds

Release Date: 19/11/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Astro's Playroom is a running and jumping game that launched with the PlayStation 5. It not only showcases the PS5's new DualSense controller but offers a loveable adventure with novel interactions and considerable substance.

Mini Metro

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/01/2015

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

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Dinopolo Club (@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...

Minecraft

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-16 year-olds

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Mojang (@Mojang)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...

Townscaper

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/06/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Osk Sta (@OskSta)

Players: This is a single player game

Townscaper is a town building toy. You pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.

Stardew Valley

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Concerned Ape (@ConcernedApe)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is as inviting for young players to...

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/04/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Landfall Games (@LandfallGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (know as TABS) is a fighting game where you choose different armies and troops to battle each other in an automatic simulation that models their offensive and defensive abilities. Once setup, the fight is largely...

Paradise Killer

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Kaizen Game Works (@KaizenGameWorks)

Players: This is a single player game

Paradise Killer is a detective game set in the open world of Paradise Island. It's a strange place with quirky characters and an alien obsessed, demon worshiping world. You are an exiled investigator brought back to solve the mass murder of the island's...

Game Builder Garage

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

Game Builder Garage enables anyone to make video games. Unlike other game makers, this offers in-depth lessons to take you from the basics to advanced techniques. The cute Nodon characters that power the visual drag-and-drop construction, enable players...

Slime Rancher (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2016

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Monomi Park (@MonomiPark)

Players: This is a single player game

Slime Rancher is a farming simulation with a difference. Rather than chickens, sheep or cows, you farm slimes. You explore the open world from a first-person perspective to find and collect slimes. As you develop your farm in numerous ways you generate...

Littlewood

Release Date: 18/06/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Sean Young SG (@SeanYoungSG)

Players: This is a single player game

Littlewood (coming to Switch soon) is a town and farming simulator a little like Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing. Here though, the twist is that the game is set after a grand adventure. You...

Lego Worlds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2016, updated in 2017

Price: 44% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Developer: TT Games (@TTGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Lego Worlds takes virtual building back to the classic bricks with familiar figures, buildings and challenges from other Lego video games in an open world where your imagination can go wild in a bottomless bucket of bricks.

Mini Motorways

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Dinopolo Club (@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....

Puzzle Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/03/2007, updated in 2019

Platforms: DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: i 2 Games (@i2Games)

Players: This is a single player game

Puzzle Quest 3 is the latest in a series of games that combine role-playing with tile-matching puzzles. Set in a fantasy world, you move around the map, encountering monsters and other enemies. When you go the battle are played out as tile puzzles where...

Triple Town

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/10/2010, updated in 2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Spry Fox (@SpryFox)

Players: This is a single player game

Triple Town is a puzzle game where you expand an empire by building cities in a limited space. You combine lower value pieces into better ones to improve your city and make best use of available space. It's simple and quick to pick up but requires...

Hundred Days, Winemaking Simulator

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 13/05/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Stadia, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Broken Arms Games (@BrokenArmsGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Hundred Days is a strategy game about making wine. You control every aspect of a new Winery, choose vines, learn how to grow them and when to harvest. You make decisions about the process with a simple interface that takes you through each day. It's a...

Grounded

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2020

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Grounded The Game (@GroundedTheGame)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Grounded is a survival game where you are tiny and find yourself in someone’s back garden. It’s like Honey I Shrunk The Kids meets Fortnite. Ants, cockroaches, and bees pose a threat along with environmental hazards like water, tall grass and large...

Orwell's Animal Farm

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Nerial (@Nerial)

Players: This is a single player game

Orwell's Animal Farm is an adventure game with a decent slice of strategy, all brought to life with beautiful hand-drawn storybook art. As the name suggests, the game is based on the 1945 literary classic Animal Farm by George Orwell, which uses a farm...

Zoo Tycoon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 17/10/2001, updated in 2017

Platforms: DS, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Zoo Tycoon is a zoo simulator series where you take charge of a zoo business, build the park, care for animals and attract visitors. You can build, expand, and upgrade the zoo by purchasing animals, creating suitable animal habitats, and allocate staff...

Potion Craft

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/09/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)

Players: This is a single player game

Potion Craft is a puzzle adventure game where you create potions in an ancient looking workshop. More than learning recipes, your potions need to strategically combine the qualities of each ingredient to explore the potion-map and create brews to help...

Paralives

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: A Masse (@_AMasse)

Players: This is a single player game

Paralives is a simulation game where you build houses for people and then control how they live. It's inspired by games like the Sims, however, you have complete control over every aspect of the design of the house and its residents. Its balance of...

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 12/12/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

Players: This is a single player game

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a courtroom murder mystery series where you piece together clues to challenge testimonies and uncover the truth. It’s like a visual novel, although you must interact with characters and evidence to progress.

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Sid Meier (@Sid_Meier)

Players: This is a single player game

Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.

Surviving Mars

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Haemimont Games (@HaemimontGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Surviving Mars is a colony simulation game based on the real geography of Mars. You build and maintain a liveable habitat while balancing resources and researching new ways to adapt to the hostile environment. You receive occasional rockets from Earth...

Viva Pinata

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2006

Platforms: DS, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

This game is a fantasy garden-simulation game where your tending and care encourages one of 60 different piñata animals to make it their home. You use gardening tools to plough, sow seeds, create ponds and sculpt the land. Do this well and more animals...

My Time At Portia

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/01/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Pathea Games (@PatheaGames)

Players: This is a single player game

This game is set after civilization has been destroyed, and humans are emerging from underground to rebuilding society. By gathering resources, crafting and building you slowly gain the tools to collect food, store grain, chop trees and build dwellings....

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: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

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...

Outlanders

Release Date: 17/09/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: Pomelo Games (@PomeloGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Outlanders is a town-builder simulation where you are the leader of a group of regular people building a town together. Some want to survive, while others want to build amazing things. It’s up to you to guide them towards their goal

Skyblock

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Creative, Fighting, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Sky Block Server (@SkyBlockServer)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 5 players online

Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular....

Summer in Mara

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/06/2020

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

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

Developer: Chibig Studio (@ChibigStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Summer in Mara is a farming game with a strong narrative about an adventurous girl called Koa. With a full day-night and season cycle, you can take the challenge on at your own pace as you build your farm and explore the world around you.

Evil Genius (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 30/03/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Rebellion (@Rebellion)

Players: This is a single player game

Evil Genius 2 is a tongue-in-cheek strategy game where you play the evil villain. You must build a detailed, functional lair from where you can take control of the world. Similar to Sim City and 2 Point Hospital, you use your resources wisely as you...

The Wandering Village

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Stray Fawn Studio (@StrayFawnStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

The Wandering Village is a strategy game where you build a city to escape a world made toxic by spores. You seek shelter on the back of a giant, wandering creature called Onbu. It's unusual because as well as building a thriving settlement, you have to...

The Sims 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 04/02/2000

Price: 85% off

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, PS3, PS4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: This is a single player game

The Sims puts you in charge of a world of characters living normal lives. By providing a home, a job, leisure, friendships and even love interest, you work to make them happy. It’s an open-ended game as well, although the altruism is focused on...

Democratic Socialism Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 20/02/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Molle Industria (@MolleIndustria)

Players: This is a single player game

Democratic Socialism Simulator is a puzzle game where you run for office and then run a country. It offers a flow of questions with a yes or no response. Each answer has consequences in the minds of the voters and the prosperity of the country. It's an...

Papers, Please

Content Rating: PEGI 16

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Dukope (@Dukope)

Players: This is a single player game

You play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizens’ passports and paperwork according to an increasing list of changing...

Terra Nil

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Free Lives (@Free_Lives)

Players: This is a single player game

Terra Nil is a strategy game where you are using clean technology to bring back life to a barren world. It's a city building game where you aren't building a city at all, but a clean thriving ecology. It raises interesting themes of how humanity plays...

112 Operator (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/04/2020, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Jutsu Games (@JutsuGames)

Players: This is a single player game

112 Operator and its predecessor, 911 Operator, are strategy games that put you in control of the emergency services as they fight natural disasters, crime and terrorism. You choose how to deal with each scenarios and work your way up the chain of...

Buildings Have Feelings Too

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Blackstaff Games (@BlackstaffGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Buildings Have Feelings Too is set in a city where buildings can walk and talk. Not only that, but each has aspirations, hopes and fears. Your job is to create a city that works for all the buildings, a task that will see your city planning pulled in...

Factorio

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/08/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Factorio Game (@FactorioGame)

Players: You can play this with 700 players online

Factorio is a construction strategy game where you crash-land on an alien planet and must harvest resources to create industry to build a rocket to escape (or fall in love with running your factory and stay on longer).

Tetris 99 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Arika CO JP (@Arika_CO_JP)

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Tetris is a longstanding puzzle game where you make horizontal lines by placing different shaped tiles in a well. It's simple and fun, but as the pieces speed up it gets increasingly difficult.


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