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Winding Down

Children love to play exuberant and exciting video games with their friends. While these offer a wide range of benefits, it can be good to transition to something less energetic as the day draws to a close.

We have worked with Moshi Sleep on this list of games and apps that are a great way to help children wind down as they transition to night time. It creates mindfulness experiences for children to “enjoy calmer day times and quicker bedtimes”.

These are playful ways to calm the brain, ease anxiety and generally get little heads ready to rest. Some of them are ideal to play right before sleeping and even let you turn off the screen to listen along when you are finished interacting. Others, like Frost or Lifelike, offer gentle, tranquil interactions to still the mind and escape the world. Some, like Flower or Alto’s Adventure, create calm with simple repetition of tasks and process in a world where the sun slowly sets.

These games, together with some screen-free time in the lead up to sleep are a great way for children to develop healthy bedtime habits.

This list includes 39 games from the last 12 years, with 215 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to share a relaxing story.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 7
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 215
 

 

Flower

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-11 year-olds

Release Date: 12/02/2009

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: @ThatGameCompany

Players: This is a single player game

Control the breeze blowing across fields of grass and blow petals into other flowers to make them bloom. Flower is simple and single-purpose in evoking the feeling of the wind. What starts as an awkward struggle to control the breeze soon turns into a...

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Kirby's Epic Yarn is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character that can (usually) suck enemies into their large mouth to gain new abilities. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming...

Hoa

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 24/08/2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @HoaTheGame

Players: This is a single player game

Hoa is an adventure game where you walk and jump through a hand-painted world as the mysterious main character. You solve environmental puzzles and meet magical creatures while trying to find your way back home. It's unusual because of its handcrafted...

Moshi: Sleep and Mindfulnes‪s‬

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2020

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 15 features

Players: This is a single player game

Moshi: Sleep and Mindfulnes‪s‬ is a narrative experience designed to aid sleep. Children can select stories, sounds, meditation or music and calm colours to help them drift off to sleep quickly. Once started the original stories and sounds play with...

Legend Of The Skyfish (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 24/02/2017, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @MGaiaStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Legend of Skyfish is a puzzle exploration game where you head into a dangerous land, hopping from island to island, solving puzzles and battling enemies. Each arcade-style level is a chance to put your unusual weapon to use -- for fighting but also for...

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 and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Racing

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @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...

Teacup

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: @Smarto_Club

Players: This is a single player game

Teacup is a narrative adventure about a shy young frog who loves drinking tea and reading. You explore the world and make choices that change the direction of the story. It's a gentle game about friendship, stepping out into the world and, of course,...

Everything

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @DavidOreilly

Players: This is a single player game

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.

Haven Park

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @FabienWeibel

Players: This is a single player game

Haven Park is a strategy game where you build camping spots in a national park. You play Flint, who is repairing his grandma's park to attract new campers. It's an intricate open island that packs in plenty to discover. As a game made by one person,...

Wind Peaks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/07/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: @ActoonStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Wind Peaks is a puzzle game where you find hidden objects by clicking on objects. It's similar to the Where’s Wally books, but offers an ongoing narrative about children searching for treasure in a forest and campsite.

Monument Valley (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @UstwoGames

Players: This is a single player game

Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2 are puzzle mazes made from optical illusions. You interact with each level to change the pathway and get your character to the exit. Its striking, calm visual theme is used to build atmosphere and slowly reveal a...

Evergarden

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/07/2018

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Flippfly

Players: This is a single player game

Evergarden is a puzzle game where you grow gardens by combining plants into strange new forms. You use the tile-based layout to populate each area in flora in connect-four style.

Luna The Shadow Dust

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: @LanternStudio_

Players: This is a single player game

Luna The Shadow Dust is an adventure game where you play two companions drawn together in a hand-animated world. Each part of the game is beautifully realised and presents a puzzle to solve.

Under Leaves

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-8 year-olds

Release Date: 27/04/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @CircusAtos

Players: This is a single player game

Under Leaves is a puzzle game where you search for colour-filled hidden objects in scenes made of flora and fauna. Each one is a hand-drawn watercolour illustrations and accompanied with a soothing soundscape. It's a game about observation and attention...

Chuchel

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-8 year-olds

Release Date: 07/03/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @Amanita_Design

Players: This is a single player game

Chuchel is a comedy adventure game. You play hairy hero Chuchel and his rival Kekel to solve simple puzzles and challenges in their quest to retrieve the precious cherry. It looks like a children's storybook animation with strange, peculiar creatures.

Playne

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/06/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @playne

Players: This is a single player game

Playne is a narrative-driven meditation game that helps you build daily meditation habits. With each meditation session, Playne's story begins to unfold and the life on your island begins to grow providing you with more environments to meditate in.

Shine – Journey of Light

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @_FoxAndSheep

Players: This is a single player game

Shine – Journey of Light is an adventure puzzle game where you guide a ball of light through a world of light and shadow. As you delve deep into the world you discover a lost civilisation and piece together the stories of the past.

Words For A Bird

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 04/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @BartBonte

Players: This is a single player game

Words For A Bird is a short adventure you play by completing sentences. You follow the story of a purple bird. Each sentence is completed with letters from the tree in which the bird sits, along with a clue tile in the middle of the screen.

Frog's Princess

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/12/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 40 features

Developer: @KathyGameDesign

Players: This is a single player game

Frog's Princess is a narrative game about a kingdom surrounded by evil. You play a young princess who must save her kingdom. Along the way, you encounter a frog prince on a quest to rescue his bodyguard and find your plans overturned.

Inbento

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/03/2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @AfterburnGames

Players: This is a single player game

Inbento is a food-themed puzzle game where you solve puzzles to prepare lunch boxes. As you complete each "bento" lunch box a story unfolds about the highs and lows of parenthood. There are over 100 fun puzzles, aesthetically served with traditional...

MoonLite

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Physically Active

Developer: @MoonliteWorld

Players: This is a single player game

Moonlite is a narrative experience for small children. It combines traditional storybooks with your smartphone light to create projected pictures with sounds and interactions.

Pok Pok Playroom

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-6 year-olds

Release Date: 20/05/2021

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @PlayPokPok

Players: This is a single player game

Pok Pok Playroom is a storybook game, filled with interactive digital toys for children to discover and explore as they scroll through a series of settings. It's for children 2-6 years-old and offers open-ended play where the focus isn't on right and...

Frog Detective (Series)

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 22/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: @GraceBruxner

Players: This is a single player game

This is a comedy adventure game where you play a detective frog, named (unsurprisingly) "Frog Detective".

Knight's Retreat

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @QubyteGames

Players: This is a single player game

Knight's Retreat is a chess-themed puzzle game. It's not played on a chess board, but the pieces do move as they usually do. Rather than check-mate, your aim is to get your Knights back to their home squares in each level.

Little Orpheus

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @ChineseRoom

Players: This is a single player game

Little Orpheus is a running and jumping game set in 1962 where you play Ivan Ivanovich as he explores lost civilisations, undersea kingdoms and prehistoric jungles. The game is played in retrospect as you explain your adventures to a general suspicious...

SpellTower

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2012

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @Helvetica

Players: This is a single player game

Spelltower+ is a word-spotting game a little like Boggle mixed with Tetris. As you play, more tiles rise from the bottom of the screen so you need to pick good words to clear down the letters and avoid any letters make it to the top row.

Clawfish

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @DavidCzar_

Players: This is a single player game

Clawfish is a puzzle game with a strong focus on relaxation rather than skill or difficulty. Similar to an arcade claw machine, you try and catch fish from various fish tanks, collecting all the different types, before putting the fish back into the...

Color Jumper

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Ben_Burnes

Players: This is a single player game

Color Jumper is a running and jumping game where you control a square. Each side of the square has a different colour and rotates each time you jump. To get through a level you can only use platforms that are white or match your current colour. This...

Frost

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 25/03/2017

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @KunabiB

Players: This is a single player game

Frost is a puzzle game where you control living particles with gestures to guide them home. Using flocking mechanics the game lets you direct thousands of elements with super simple controls. Each level presents a different scene in which to direct the...

Inner Tao

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @LeSloDev

Players: This is a single player game

Inner Tao is a puzzle game where you move two circles, manoeuvring objects to their destinations, marked by small squares. This starts simply but soon has you manipulating multiple elements and moving between the white and black halves of each puzzle....

Nice Skating

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-5 year-olds

Release Date: 17/12/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Sports

Developer: @_FoxAndSheep

Players: This is a single player game

Nice Skating is a simple ice skating game for youngsters. You want to become a professional ice skater and experiment with different tricks and outfits.

Nour: Play With Your Food

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS5

Genres: Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: @_Teejay5

Players: This is a single player game

Nour: Play With Your Food is an experimental music game where you create different dishes and plates of food. Unusually, the focus is on sound rather than just visuals. As you add ingredients and food elements they each add sounds.

Sound Shapes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: 07/08/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Creative, Platform, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Mango_Lychee

Players: This is a single player game

Sound Shapes is simple rolling and jumping game where you make music by completing the levels. It features music from artists such as Beck and visual elements from other games and game makers. Originally on the Vita, it uses that systems touch screens...

Staxel

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

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

Accessibility: 35 features

Developer: @StaxelGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Staxel is a strategy farming game. It looks like Minecraft and has block building tools that are similar. However, this is a farming game more like Stardew Valley rather than open-world adventure. There are no monsters or dangers you find in other...

Stonefly

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

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

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

Developer: @FlightSchoolHQ

Players: This is a single player game

Stonefly is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an out-sized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and...

Lifelike

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/10/2019

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @KunabiB

Players: This is a single player game

Lifelike: Chapter One is a light-touch simulation game where you interact with flocking particles to create a soothing and meditative experience. It's an exercise in attending to something playful and the pleasure and escape that come from this.

Not Chess

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @OvidiuTepes

Players: This is a single player game

Not Chess is a puzzle game similar to Chess, but you only have one piece, which morphs into whatever piece you take. It's a simple way of getting to grips with some of the basic rules of chess in a low-pressure, single-player environment, while also...

Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/01/2014, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @Chrixeleon

Players: This is a single player game

Catlateral Damage is a running, jumping and knocking-things-over game where you play a mischievous cat who wants to knock its owner's belongings onto the floor. "Bother that cat," as one children's book puts it.

Doodle Jump (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/04/2009, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @LimaSky

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

Doodle Jump is a jumping video game where you guide a hand-drawn four-legged creature up an endless series of platforms. Once you fall to the bottom of the screen it's game over.


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