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A Blind Legend

Release Date: 07/04/2016

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

A Blind Legend is an adventure game that is played without graphics. You use headphones to play this game. You play Edward Blake, a blind knight who is guided by his daughter Louise. You use the audio based interactions to find your way, avoid traps and...

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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...

Cities: Skylines

Release Date: 10/03/2015, updated in 2018

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Cities: Skylines is a city-building simulation. It rekindled the attention to detail and ambitious city planning of the Sim City games. You zone buildings, place roads, set taxation, provide public services and public...

Eidolon

Release Date: 01/08/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Eidolon is a narrative game where you slowly explore a massive, post-human Western Washington. Unlike other action-oriented adventures, here you navigate an open world without threat. It's simply been reclaimed by nature, so your task is to discover...

Gravity Rush

Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017

Platforms: PS Vita and PS4

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Gravity Rush is a running, jumping and exploration adventure game. You play as Kat, an amnesiac with the power to manipulate gravity. She uses this ability to help her community and uncover the mystery of her past.

It Takes Two

Release Date: 26/03/2021, updated in 2022

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

It Takes Two is a running, jumping and exploring game that tells a story of a young girl, Rose, whose parents are divorcing. The girl creates two dolls to represent her parents, which unexpectedly trap the clashing-couple in them. You and a friend...

Kill It With Fire

Release Date: 13/08/2020

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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.

Overwatch

Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Overwatch is a shooting game but with the focus on teamwork and skill rather than violence. Along with games like Rocket League it has professional e-sports competitions where players compete for prizes.

The Walking Dead (Series)

Release Date: 24/04/2012, updated in 2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Walking Dead is a survival adventure game series. You explore locations and gather a ragtag group of survivors. How you interact with each of them and make decisions about various dangers results in a branching story where no one is guaranteed to survive.

Townscaper

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

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

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

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.

This War Of Mine

Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016

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

Inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a...

XCOM (Series)

Release Date: 01/01/1994, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

X-Com (which became XCOM) is a science fiction strategic battle game where you control units to stop an alien invasion. The long running series has come in many forms, but always has in common the finely tuned turn-based ground combat where you control...

Day and Night

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Day and Night is a puzzle game where you match blocks to score points. Unusually the game switches between different time periods that affect what you can match and how the rules work.

Blazing Beaks

Release Date: 10/05/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Blazing Beaks is a shooting adventure where you enter a colourful world as an armed bird blazing their way through piles of mutants, monsters and creepy creatures. Each run is different although the levels steadily get harder.

DungeonTop

Release Date: 21/06/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

DungeonTop SpellSword Cards is a dungeon-exploring adventure where you play cards to fight your way through the monster-infested levels to collect loot. As you play you collect Spells, Weapons and Unit cards to help your fight. Where it really comes to...

Tharsis

Release Date: 12/01/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Pieces: Dice

Tharsis is a tough strategy-simulation game where you must survive a doomed mission to Mars. You roll dice whose outcome can either help repair the ship or make things worse by injuring crew mates or causing further damage. The dice foreground the...

10 Second Ninja X

Release Date: 29/06/2016

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

10 Second Ninja X is a super-fast puzzle game with a difference: every level lasts ten seconds or less. In each level, your challenge is to destroy all of the enemies on screen before the timer runs out. The faster you complete each level, the higher...

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise

Release Date: 28/10/2015, updated in 2019

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise is a puzzle game where you infiltrate a spy hideaway to stop an evil plan. Each location is full of retro futuristic contraptions, hidden gizmos, gadgets and clever logic based puzzles.

Battlefield (Series)

Release Date: 19/10/2018

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One

Battlefield V is the latest in a series of first-person shooting games set in various locations, such as Norway, France and Germany, during World War II. Like Call of Duty this aims to recreate the adrenaline, excitement and...

Beat Cop

Release Date: 27/11/2018, updated in 2019

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

Beat Cop is a police crime drama where you have been framed for murder. Back on the street, you navigate the pixilated 80’s Miami Vice world to find out who did it. Your approach and decisions matter. Will you go in with the mafia or stay straight?...

Brunch Club

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Brunch Club is a cooking game where you possess and move food around the kitchen to complete different recipes. This unusual way to cook creates a unique and silly challenge you take on with up to four people.

Drink More Glurp

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....

Figment

Release Date: 22/09/2017, updated in 2019

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Figment is a narrative adventure game set inside a traumatised mind. You explore a whimsical, musical world, complete puzzles, and defeat monsters to uncover a story of optimism and overcoming fear. The unusual, hand-painted art style, a musical score...

Golf Club: Wasteland

Release Date: 16/06/2021, updated in 2021

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

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Golf Club: Wasteland is a golf game in an unusual setting. You play on an earth decimated by an environmental catastrophe. Through beautiful visuals and eerie audio, you piece together what has happened to the planet to cause such devastation. It's an...

Green Hell

Release Date: 05/09/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Green Hell is an intentionally hard open-world survival game. You are abandoned in the Amazonian rain forest with no equipment or food, just your wits. In order to survive, you must utilise real-world survival technics to build your shelter; start...

Koloro

Release Date: 22/12/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and Switch

Koloro is a sliding and jumping game you play with a single button. You time jumps and dodge blades to move your square character through complex maze-levels and take on enemies.

Mana Spark

Release Date: 22/12/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Mana Spark is a fantasy adventure where you explore a Tolkein-esque dungeon to fight smart enemies that will plan and collaborate between themselves to defeat you. It's a game you play over and over, improving not only your skill but equipment and...

Mirror's Edge (Series)

Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Mirror's Edge and the follow-up, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst are free-running games where you traverse a futuristic city using aspects of urban exploration and parkour movements to complete missions and evade or fight enemies. The focus is on this...

My Brother Rabbit

Release Date: 21/11/2018

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

My Brother Rabbit is a hand-drawn hidden-object puzzle game about an ill sister. As her plight is told through water-colour animation, you play her brother's rabbit and unfold a parallel story in a fantasy world.

Need For Speed (Series)

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One

Need for Speed: Heat is an open-world racing game. Races during the day are legally sanctioned street competitions where you try to win cash prizes. Races at night are illegal races where you aim to build a reputation. When racing at night, you need to...

Syberia: The World Before (Series)

Release Date: 18/03/1999, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Syberia: The World Before is a wartime narrative adventure where you explore the past and present to unravel the mystery surrounding the two people's intertwining lives. You solve puzzles, interact with characters, and visit diverse European locations....

The Little Acre

Release Date: 13/12/2016

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

The Little Acre is an animated adventure game set in 1950's Ireland. You play Aidan and his heroic daughter Lily, on a quest to find her grandfather. Like Monkey Island, this is a point-and-click adventure, but fully voice acted and animated like a...

Toki Tori (Series)

Release Date: 12/09/2001, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Toki Tori is a puzzle game where you traverse 2D levels and use limited resources to rescue all the eggs. Similarly to the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, you can build bridges over gaps. Here though, you can also unlock...

Worms Rumble

Release Date: 01/12/2020, updated in 2021

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Worms Rumble is a multiplayer game where 32 worm characters try and shoot each other. It takes the usual turn-based Worms formula in a real time direction complete with a battle royale mode like Fortnite.

Yooka-Laylee

Release Date: 11/04/2017

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book...

Dadish

Release Date: 14/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Dadish is a pair of tongue-in-cheek running and jumping games that are simple to play. You are Dadish - half Dad and half Radish - who hops his way around enemies to reach the ends of levels in search of his lost children. The cartoon visuals and fun...

Scribblenauts (Series)

Release Date: 15/09/2009

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in...

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

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

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a fighting-adventure game set five years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and 14 years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Young Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis is hunted through the galaxy by the...

Journey of the Broken Circle

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Journey of the Broken Circle is a rolling and jumping game about looking for a life partner. You play as a simple circle with a piece missing. As you progress by making jumps and solving puzzles, you meet partners who slot in specific abilities and...

Please, Touch The Artwork

Release Date: 26/01/2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Please, Touch The Artwork is a puzzle game that tells a story with real abstract paintings. Unconventionally it asks, what would happen if we did touch the artwork in museums? The answer is revealed over three stories each focusing on a different...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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