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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

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...

Krunker

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 29/01/2019

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Krunkerio

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Krunker (Krunker.io and Krunker Free) is a shooting game where you compete against online opponents in various maps. As you level up you unlock weapons that help you in the game. It's unusual because you play it in any web browser with no need to...

Fortnite

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @EpicGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online

Fortnite (sometimes misspelled Fortnight) rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is...

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Raft

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 23/05/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @RedbeetOfficial

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Raft is a survival game where you work to build a raft while stranded at sea. You start the game on a small raft with only a hook made of old plastic, with which you use to pull in floating barrels and planks of wood.

Transformers: Battlegrounds

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Developer: @Outright_Games

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Transformers: Battlegrounds is a strategy game that's accessible for a range of abilities. It offers a robot-themed XCOM style game for younger players.

Hotshot Racing

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/09/2020

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

Genres: Racing

Developer: @CurveDigital

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

Hotshot Racing is a simple and fast racing game. You have to drift round corners, hit the apex on razor-sharp bends in coastal, jungle, alpine and Las Vegas desert environments.

Scribble It

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @DetachOfficial

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 16 players online

Scribble It is a digital take on the classic board game Pictionary. You take turns drawing a word as the other players try to be the first one to guess it. The benefit is that you don't have to be in the same place to play. Also, there's the added...

Pac-Man Party Royale

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 21/10/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Pac-Man Party Royale is a four player version of Pac-Man. You must be the last man standing to win. You eat pellets to speed up and aim to the Super Pellet first to send opponents and ghosts running. There's a twist though, each opponent you eat turns...

Phasmophobia

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @KineticGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) is a horror survival game where you and your team investigate paranormal activity. It focuses on creating a realistic world built to get your heart racing, through the interactive ghost hunting equipment and teamwork.

Blaseball

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 20/07/2020

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Narrative, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @TheGameBand

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Blaseball is an online baseball simulation. Unusually though, it blends-in an absurd horror story where players are incinerated and the rules can change -- a little like the board game Blood Bowl. Players compete not so much to get their team to win,...

Legends of Runeterra

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 24/01/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @RiotGames

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Legends of Runeterra is a collectible card game that takes place in the League of Legends universe. You battle other players using the cards you've collected that bring in champions, creatures, weapons, and powers.

Just Dance (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 17/11/2009, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Web Browser, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 64 players online

Dancing in front of each other isn’t something we often do in families. Just Dance is released with new songs and features each year. It gets parents, carers, children and even grandparents off the couch and dancing along with the on-screen moves....

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.

Free Fire (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @FreeFire_NA

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Garena Free Fire (also called Free Fire Battlegrounds, Free Fire, Garena Free Fire-New Beginning) is a shooting game like Fortnite but only played on mobile phones and tablet devices. It is highly popular for its online battles where 50 players search...

Gang Beasts

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/12/2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

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

Gang Beasts is an over the top brawling game where you play wobbly characters who kick, throw, push, pull and pummel up to seven other rivals to win. The game models real physics so you have to work with the grappling and jelly-like bodies to both get...

A Hat in Time

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019

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

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

Developer: @HatInTime

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 50 players online

A Hat in Time is a running, jumping and exploring game inspired by retro platform games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Psychonauts. As you explore each of the worlds, you discover characters to talk to, enemies to battle and an...

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...

Distrust

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Distrust is a survival game where you try to survive after a helicopter crash at an arctic base. Inspired by The Thing film, this is a horror game that initially seems to be about surviving the wild, but soon descends into something darker and...

Royale High

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 04/10/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Role-Playing

Developer: @NightBarbie

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Royale High Roblox is a role play game about a fantasy school. You dress-up, visit different themed realms collecting items and interacting with other people. It draws inspiration from the pageantry world and integrates it with different locations to...

Bonkies

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/01/2021

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

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @BonkieCorp

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

Bonkies is a co-operative building game where you construct buildings from different blocks. With a jetpack and a grab-arm you work with other players to maneuver the blocks into place. It starts quite simply but soon gets everyone shouting.

Farm Together

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/02/2018, updated in 0019

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

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

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

Farm Together is a low-pressure farm simulator. You develop your farm by yourself or cooperate with your friends. Starting with an empty plot you can grow crops, plant trees, take care of the animals, add buildings and facilities, and unlock new items...

KeyWe

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @StoneWheat

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

KeyWe is a puzzle game where you control two Kiwi birds running a postal service. At first the jobs are simple but as you complete more missions they start to become more complex. These tasks range from typing out telegrams, sending urgent messages and...

Deep Rock Galactic

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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).

Dauntless

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 21/05/2019

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

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

Developer: @phoenixlabs

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

Dauntless is an action fighting video game where you play a monster hunter in a fantasy world. Cataclysmic events have released Behemoth creatures that prey on the surviving humans. You play a Slayer you take down the Behemoths, collect treasure and...

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 31/03/2017

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...

Risk of Rain 2

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 30/08/2019

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

Genres: Adventure and Shooting

Developer: @HopooGames

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Risk of Rain 2 is a multiplayer adventure game where you have to fight to survive and escape a planet you've crash-landed on. It's formatted like a 'Roguelike' game: an iterative type of game that requires multiple goes to complete a level and where...

Call of Duty Mobile

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 15/10/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Call of Duty Mobile is a shooting game where up to 100 players compete on large battlefield maps. To win, players shoot each other, ideally in the head, in a range of modes. Fast 5v5 team deathmatches. Sniper vs sniper battles.

Descenders

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @RageSquid

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Descenders is a downhill mountain biking game with a focus on skill. In each downhill run, your goal is to score as many points as possible by completing skill based challenges and executing as many tricks and flips as you can, all while you try to...

Due Process

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @EnemyCrabGames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Due Process is a tactical shooting game that focuses on both the planning and execution of missions. You are presented with a unique mission where teams of five either have to defend or attack a particular location. Spending time talking through tactics...

Project Winter

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/05/2019

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Strategy

Developer: @ProjWinter

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Project Winter is a multiplayer survival game. Up to 8 people work to survive the winter by gathering resources, repairing structures, and braving the wilderness dangers together. However, up to two people are traitors within the group and try to dash...

Subdefuge

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/03/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Subterfuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the...

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Orna

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 17/06/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Physically Active, Role-Playing, Simulation and Turn-Based

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

Orna: The GPS RPG, as its longer name suggests, is a combination of role-playing adventure and real-world (geocache-style) treasure hunt. You select a character at the start of the game, and head out on a walk. As you do you can encounter creatures,...

Auto Chess

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 18/04/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Strategy

Developer: @DrodoStudio

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Auto Chess is a strategy game where you set-up automated actions to gain a competitive advantage. As you play you purchase units that will battle for you, each unit has different attributes that can collaborate with other units. The goal ultimately is...

Planetside 2

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 20/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @RoguePlanetSD

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2000 players online

PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with thousands of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe, players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as...

League Of Legends

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 27/10/2009

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

In League of Legends you battle enemies and other players in online arenas. You choose a champion with unique abilities and battle to destroy another human or computer-controlled team's base. Other modes vary the challenge with specific objectives,...

Ear Hockey

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/12/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Sports

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

Ear Hockey is a bat and ball competitive game played by listening to the in-game audio alone; no screen required. It uses spatial audio cues to signal to the player where they are in the play-space and where the main game object, the ball, is travelling.

Total War (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 13/06/2000, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

The Total War series are strategic turn-based war games. Each game has a different historical or fanstasy setting where multiple armies battle and compete for terriotry. You can win by military force, religion, diplomacy, espionage and economics.

Champions of Shenga

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Physically Active and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Champions of Shenga is a fantasy card-battling game. You assemble a deck of creatures, equipment and spells in order to compete, but play is regulated via a special heart rate monitor designed to help players track and master their emotions while...

Drone The Game

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 02/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Racing, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @Drone_The_Game

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Drone The Game is a shooting battle with a highly controllable drone against other online players in arenas like maps. It's unusual because you build and customize your drone by dragging and dropping functional blocks that affect how the drone will fly....

New World

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/05/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @AmznGameStudios

Players: You can play this with 1000 players online

New World is an online role-playing game where you colonize a fictional land modelled after 1600s colonial America in the Atlantic Ocean. The world is persistent and accommodates 1000s of players to create a living breathing eco-system.

HackyZack

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/08/2018

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

Genres: Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @SpaceboyGames

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Hack Zack is a running and jumping game where you also have to hit a ball through the level to win. Because the game simulates real physics this can be quite a challenge. It's an unusual game that requires planning as well as careful execution.

Tick Tock: A Tale For Two

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/03/2019

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

Genres: Puzzle

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

Played simultaneously with a friend, this is a narrative-driven puzzle game where you must escape an eerie world created by a clockmaker. It's unusual because each player's game is slightly different and must be combined to solve the puzzles. Through...

Tabletop Simulator

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 05/06/2015

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: @BerserkGames

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Tabletop Simulator is a way to play classic board and card games on a computer. It is a system that provides a simulated gaming table for you to enjoy as you wish. The game provides you with all the physics, pieces, and table space for you to play on.

Brawlhalla

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 17/10/2017, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action and Fighting

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

Brawlhalla is an online fighting game where, like Smash Bros, the goal is to knock opponents off the stage. You do this by using your characters specific attacks to damage them until they can't get back to the platform.

Words With Friends

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/01/2009

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Strategy and Turn-Based

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

Words with Friends is online Scrabble. You take turns placing tiles to make words crossword-style. Because the game is online you can play with people in different places, but also without having to be online at the same time with its asynchronous play.

Ingress Prime

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/12/2013

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Physically Active, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 1000 players online

Ingress (also known as Ingress Prime) is an adventure game that uses your smartphone's GPS to locate you in a game world that correlates with reality. You interact with virtual "portals" located near statues, monuments, civic and historic buildings in...

Watch Dogs (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 27/05/2014

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Watch Dogs an open world adventure. It's the first instalment in the Watch Dogs series. You navigate and explore the world on foot or in a variety of vehicles. The novelty is the futuristic setting that highlights the use (and misuse) of social media to...

Arma 3 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 12/09/2013

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @BohemiaInteract

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online

Arma 3 is a realistic military simulator. Unlike games such as Call of Duty or Battlefield Arma focuses on realism. Rather than blockbuster effects, it spends time simulating the...

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 12/08/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @ValveSoftware

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are...


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