Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB
Release Date: 15/09/2019
Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade
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.
Release Date: 30/06/2020
Platforms: Mac and PC
Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation
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.
Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 14/02/2018, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android and iOS
This is a little puzzle game that tells the story of a relationship, following the usual stages of loneliness, meeting, dating, falling for and moving in with another person. At first, the puzzle interactions seem trivial and the game doesn’t change...
That Dragon, Cancer
Release Date: 12/01/2016, updated in 2016
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Genres: Adventure and Narrative
A game about a family with a young son who has terminal brain cancer. It sounds off-putting and morbid but this living biography invites you to join the family and find hope, faith and love in the face of an insurmountable challenge. It’s a unique...
Release Date: 04/03/2019
Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy
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....
Release Date: 06/01/2015
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS
Genres: Simulation and Strategy
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...
Release Date: 11/05/2018
Genres: Platform and Puzzle
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...
Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Platform and Racing
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...
The First Tree
Release Date: 11/10/2018
Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle
The First Tree is an exploration narrative game. In a dream, you explore a forest wilderness as a mother fox looking for her cubs. Simultaneously, you revisit childhood memories in spoken reflection from two lovers remembering the dream and their...
Release Date: 29/08/2019
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
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...
Old Man’s Journey
Release Date: 17/05/2017
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS
Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
Old Man’s Journey is a game about memory and old age. You help a grandfather-figure traverse the countryside by raising and lowering the landscape. Along the way he visits places that evoke the story of his life: a wife, a child and a love of the sea.
Breath of Light
Release Date: 25/03/2015
Breath of Light is a meditative puzzle game where you guide the breath of light through sand and water. With no score or time-limits and with all levels unlocked from the start, the focus is on relaxation and breathing rather than the challenge and its...
Bury Me My Love
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based
Don’t be put off by the name and theme of this intriguing game, an adventure played by choosing responses in what looks like a messaging app. You take the role of the husband of a Syrian migrant travelling to Europe. As the game unfolds in real time,...
Release Date: 14/08/2019
Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4
Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing
Eastshade is a slow exploration game in a world you explore by walking around. Here, though, you play as a travelling artist capturing the grand flora and fauna on canvas as you go. It’s another game that places you with purpose and responsibility in...
A Dark Room
Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based
A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. It has a similarly simple start – a single option to stoke a fire – but also evolves into an incrementally complex system of resource management as a larger story unfolds.
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 11/08/2016
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based
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,...
Release Date: 07/11/2008
Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based
Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 02/11/2016, updated in 2018
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Abzu is an adventure in a lush underwater world. You descend into the heart of the ocean to find ancient secrets and encounter majestic creatures. This combines the beautiful weightlessness of diving with an ancient story of meaning and place in the world.
My Child Lebensborn
Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 08/05/2018
Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing
You nurture a Lebensborn child in Norway after World War II who faces a hostile community because they’ve been born to parents of both occupied and occupying forces. With meagre resources yourself, you must feed, clothe and bathe the child, but more...
Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 31/07/2014, updated in 2019
Genres: Adventure and Turn-Based
80 Days is a travel and culture discovery game set in 1872, where decisions about your journey around the world impact the course of the story and characters.
Thomas Was Alone
Release Date: 18/04/2013, updated in 2014
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Narrative and Platform
Control different-coloured rectangles in this simple running, jumping and puzzle solving platform game. It sounds boring and derivative but each of the distinctly coloured shapes comes to life in the game as a character embroiled in this escape story...
Age of Empires
Release Date: 02/02/1998, updated in 2019
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Strategy
Players: You can play this with 8 players online
Age of Empires is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focus on...
Wide Ocean Big Jacket
Release Date: 07/02/2020
Genres: Narrative and Open World
This is a game about camping. Or rather, it's a game about the conversations you have while you are camping. You follow 13-year-old teenage friends Mord and Ben who recently started dating. The camping trip is with Mord’s Uncle Brad and Aunt Cloanne.
Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 20/09/2016
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World
Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show [link to...
Release Date: 16/04/2015, updated in 2016
Platforms: Android, PC and iOS
Lifeline is a narrative adventure where you interact with am astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.
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