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Simulation Video Games

Simulation video games aim to create play around closely simulated real-world activities. This could be a battlefield, landscape, motor racing, farming, flying or just a kitchen.

The novelty is that you are not only playing a game but interacting with complex systems modelling the real-world in some way. This opens the door for creative and inventive approaches to succeeding in the game. It also provides the player with an open-world in which to spend time simply experiencing the simulation.

Almost any game can offer a simulation experience as this can combine with most genres to skew gameplay in a more realistic and open direction. This can mean that players enjoy a particular game not because of the shooting or racing but because it's a chance to spend time in a simulated world or system they enjoy.

From an educational and experiential perspective, a simulation game offers an entirely new way to learn and understand the world. Rather than a cold or external understanding of how things work, this offers an embodied experience of a system as the player moves and interacts with the simulation from within.

Grounded

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Grounded is a survival game where you are tiny and find yourself in someone’s back yard 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...


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Drink More Glurp

PEGI Rating 3+ for Drink More GlurpESRB Rating EVERYONE 10+ for Drink More Glurp

Drink More Glurp

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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....


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Boomerang Fu

PEGI Rating 3+ for Boomerang FuESRB Rating EVERYONE 10+ for Boomerang Fu

Boomerang Fu

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 4 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Boomerang Fu is a fighting game where you control small food-like characters. Using your boomerang the aim is to slice the other players with ranged or melee attacks. You can use a large range of power-ups such as: explosive boomerangs, disguise and...


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Wildfire

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wildfire is a running, jumping and hiding game where you hide from (and distract) enemies to get through levels and complete missions. You have specific powers to start fires, freeze water, and move earth that offer different ways to solve the puzzle of...


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Thousand Threads

Thousand Threads

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Thousand Threads is an open world game of consequences. You are free to interact with the world, animals and people however you like, give, take, save, kill, inform, hide, befriend, betray. But how you do this will have ongoing and unavoidable...


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Townscraper

Townscraper

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 minute and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Townscraper 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.


Kids

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Kids is an unusual game where you tap to interact with groups of monochrome cartoon children. Seeing the little kids run around and respond to each other creates a playful and intriguing game than only lasts half an hour but will be played many times.


The Endless Forest

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 50 players online.

Costs: Free.

This is a whimsical online multiplayer game where you play deer in a peaceful forest. You freely explore ruins and ponds, and meet other players, communicating in symbols. The world is like a moving painting, but one that players have a strong sense of...


Quantum League

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Quantum League is a shooting game where you go back in time when you die, to play through the same loop of the battle. You have three lives and so play through the same short gun-fight three times. But each time you have more knowledge about what the...


Spek

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

A puzzle game where objects are seen only in outline and you must travel the world with your dot, by manipulating the perspective. You navigate through minimalist yet colourful environments full of challenging puzzles, dangerous inhabitants, and...


Autonauts

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is an adventure game where you tame new worlds. You start with a blank slate similar to Sim City, but her you must build each dwelling, tool, vehicle yourself. It’s a task that’s too complex for any one person to handle. You are soon forced to...


Among Trees

Platforms: PC

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Among Trees is a game you play in a forested wilderness full of creatures and fauna. It's handcrafted by a small team and creates a vibrant world to explore. This is a game you aim to win or dominate, but rather find your place in.


Regular Human Basketball

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Sports

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Regular Human Basketball is a very different sports game. You play basketball by jumping around inside the robot players to control their moves. It sounds both strange and hard work, but in reality it's a lot of fun.


Islanders

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Islanders is city-building game where you carefully place structures to earn points from their geographic location and relation to other features and buildings on your islands. Earn enough points and you unlock new buildings and eventually the chance to...


SoundSelf: A Technodelic

Platforms: PC

Genres: Simulation

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

SoundSelf is an interactive guided meditation. Using the microphone, and optionally enhanced by VR, the game leads you through a landscape that responds to the sounds of your breath. This encourages you to make the Ujjayi Pranayama sound on your...


Mountain

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Duration: Between 45 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a game from the same developer as Everything that simulates a mountain. You influence how each of the rising land masses turns out by drawing different objects. The game then evolves before you, offer a gentle...


Nira

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Nira is a survival game where pixilated characters explore the primitive world to find resources to survive. It's unusual not only because of its basic art-style but because its simplicity gives rise to emergent and open play. Something like a cross...


Littlewood

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 25 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Change: A Homeless Survival Experience

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Change is a survival game where you play a homeless person trying to make it against the odds. It's intentionally hard to do well as you explore an endless city that's different every time you play.


Spring Falls

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spring Falls is a puzzle where you erode a geometric landscape to let water flow down the mountain and help plants grow. Along with the low-pressure puzzle play, the game offers a calming experience with soft visuals, ambient music and interactive...


Skate Story

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Narrative, Rhythm and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Skate Story is a skateboarding game that focuses on the skill, weight and locomotion of controlling the board. Running through the game is a story where you explore the underworld beneath New York City.


Witch It

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Witch It is a game where you play a witch or a hunter. The witches run and hide in the village and can turn into every-day items. Transforming into these props in such a way as they look like part of the world is key to hiding. Observing the placement...


Scrap Mechanic

Platforms: PC

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

Duration: Between 12 hours and 14 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Scrap Mechanic is an open world-building game. You collect materials that are used to design machines, vehicles and buildings. You start at the site of a crashed spaceship, with just a few items and must hunt for supplies, fuel and food in order to...


Ete

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Ete (été, which means summer) is a gentle adventure where you discover memories by exploring with your camera, music and paint. The screen starts almost entirely blank, and as you move around and interact you create vivid colourful memories.


Bugsnax

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick and catch anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you each the tasty little morsels you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of [link to...


Elsinore

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Elsinore is a mystery-adventure set in Shakespeare's Hamlet. You play Elsinore who repeats the same four days as she tries to find a way to avoid the tragedy that lies before her.


Exo One

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Exo One is a surreal exploration game where you guide a small transforming object to drift, flow and soar across enigmatic landscapes with a gravity based movement system. The game aims to create an out of body other-worldly experience with atmospheric,...


Art Of Rally

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Art of Rally is a racing game that focuses on stylised off road motion from the creator of Absolute Drift. Slide through the hand-crafted stages set in Finland, Japan and Spain with varying weather and time of day.


The Eternal Cylinder

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Eternal Cylinder is a strategy game where you survive by evolving your creatures to adapt to the environment. Your herd explore a strange world filled with exotic lifeforms and environments. All the while a menacing firey cylinder rolls towards you.


Just Die Already

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Just Die Already is a sandbox game where you play a retiree in a near future where people aren’t having any children and pensions funds are drying up. It's an intentionally absurd set-up of old people fending for themselves in a world that wants them...


Maquette

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Maquette is a puzzle game played in a series of nested identical worlds. What you do in the larger world effects things in the smaller one, and so on. Every building, plant, and object are simultaneously tiny and staggeringly huge.


Bird Alone

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Bird Alone is a narrative game where you befriend a bird. Your feathered companion encourages the conversation in the direction of real life worries while you make music, draw pictures and write poetry. It’s a slow game that unfolds in real time with...


Sloppy Forgeries

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Sloppy Forgeries is a painting game where you race an opponent at copying a famous art piece as quickly and accurately as possible. You win by having the largest percentage of paint in the correct areas. The game randomly selects a painting to copy and...


Everwild

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Everwild is a fantasy adventure where characters work together to tame the wild and survive the night. Working with the indigenous creature of the land and with the power of ritual and combat you need to subdue nature by working with it.


Mini Motorways

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 1 hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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....


Mini Metro

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Go Vacation

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 19 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a resort exploration game where 50 mini-games can be discovered and played. The mini-golf, skating, surfing, volleyball, car racing, tennis and other games use the Wii and Switch motion-sensitive controllers and are simple fun for youngsters....


Toca Life (Series)

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

The Toca Boca, Toca Life, series of games comprise what are essentially toys in electronic form. They build on the Sago Mini games for 6-10-year-old children. Recreating interactive everyday settings like shopping, hospital,...


Sizzle And Stew

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Sizzle & Stew is a cooking game where you don’t have to follow the rules. It’s a lot of fun and works well in the two-player split-screen mode. Experiment as you explore all the kitchen gadgets to make a meal, or just see what happens when you put a...


Donut County

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

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Donut County offers a similarly simple style of play. You drag a hole around the screen; the more things you can make fall in, the bigger the hole gets. You start with bricks, road cones and bushes, but eventually you’re swallowing whole houses.


Prune

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Prune involves slicing, but here you must carefully cut off tree branches to encourage the tree to grow in a particular direction. It starts simply but turns into a challenge for parents and young children to work on together.


Gran Turismo (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Portable

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 8 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or super cars, this game lets you step into the world of the...


Flower

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Feather

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This game brings you, as a bird, to a beautiful island. You can explore freely, collecting items and soaring on the breeze. Often, other players will join you to create a flock of birds to fly together, making music on the wind. Communication is kept to...


Viva Pinata

Platforms: Nintendo DS, PC and Xbox 360

Genres: Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Proteus

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 hour and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This game takes you to a pixelated island. As you explore you discover that your presence changes the seasons and time of day. Delving deeper, there are rudimentary interactions with the creatures that inhabit the land, and rain clouds that blow in from...


Animal Crossing (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected minutiae of this diorama that makes...


Endless Ocean

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 8 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Endless Ocean (Endless Ocean: Blue World in the US) and its sequel Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep are versions of a diving adventure game where you explore the Manaurai Sea to identify different fish and recover artefacts. As experience is...


Heave Ho

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make...


Castaway Paradise

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

This game places you on your own tropical island. Make the place your own with decorations and furniture, dress up, collect bugs, fish, grow crops and help your new neighbours. It's an open-world game that offers an Animal Crossing style experience on...


Everything

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Super Mario Galaxy (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Simulation

Duration: Between 16 hours and 26 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mario Galaxy is a different style of running, jumping and exploration game. It takes the Mario character to 100s of different planet shaped levels adding more realistic physics to the platform Ing play. Each world, or collection of worlds is different...


Manifold Garden

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Manifold Garden is inspired by Escher drawings and the reality-bending moments in the film Inception. You play from a first-person perspective and explore a beautiful, and what seems to be an abstract world, bereft of colour. It takes time to master and...


Good Job!

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You play an office employee with a difference. Together with a friend you must climb the corporate ladder to take over the family business. But rather than starting as tea boy and working up, you have a set of more bizarre office problems: building zen...


Sociable Soccer

Platforms: Android and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 40 hours and 60 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Sociable Soccer is a fast-paced, quick to pick-up, slow to master, football game. Unlike the intricated lifelike simulation of FIFA, this game wants to recreate the frantic feel of classic arcade football games. It has its heritage back in Sensible...


FIFA (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...


Tracks The Train Set Game

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a digital version of wooden toy train sets, without the costs of buying more and more track pieces. You build your toy train set and towns and then jump into the driver's seat and drive the train, seeing your toy world to scale. It's a very...


Kerbal Space Program

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 105 hours and 205 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation game. You direct a space program, staffed and crewed by aliens. It looks like a cute game for kids, but under its comic exterior is a hugely complex and engaging space simulation.


Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

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

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

Duration: Between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an adventure where you explore a world seeking out and collecting magical creatures, known as sprites, to banish an ominous shroud known as the Murk. As you do this, you make your way in the world, farming,...


Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 6 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a strange game about movement and momentum. You are tasked with climbing a mountain. However, your only means of locomotion is a hammer that can stick to objects and drag you forwards.


QWOP

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...


Phogs

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Phogs is a game where you control a stretchy dog that has a head at both ends of its body. It sounds a little strange, but is actually an endearing adventure where, on your own or with another person, you control each end of the dog separately to...


Football Manager 2020 (Series)

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

Genres: Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 141 hours and 170 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Football Manager is a football management simulation video game that started back in 1992 and has evolved each year. Now fully licenced for most of the Football Leagues, it offers an intricate way to manage a Football Club of your own.


No Heroes Here

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

No Heroes Here is a co-operative defend your castle game for up to four players. In simple pixel graphics, you have to work together to prepare your defences and then use them as the armies attack. The key to success is that everyone needs a role,...


KartRider (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

KartRider is an online kart racing game. You race and customise your kart on a variety of different circuits. Along with the usual fantasy vehicles this includes real cars. It's similar to Mario Kart and has power-ups and drift...


Slime Rancher

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Pikuniku

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Pikuniku is an adventure where you play a red creature, Piku, on a mission to harvest the colourful world's resources. You interact with different objects to trigger switches and open doors. You can also lasso your legs to swing from hooks or curl into...


Sim City (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

SimCity is a series of city-building game, created by Will Wright. Since their inception as educational experiences in 1989, the games have enabled players to design ambitious cities. The attraction is the open-ness of play, where you can let your...


Cities Skylines

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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...


Supermarket Shriek

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Supermarket Shriek is a kart racing game where you control a shopping trolley with a goat co-pilot. You have to navigate through obstacles and challenges in a range of shops, boutiques and supermarkets.


Farm Together

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

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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...


Beyond Blue

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Beyond Blue is an underwater exploration game where you play Mirai, a deep-sea explorer and scientist. You see, hear, and interact with the ocean and the creatures in it as you discover an untouched world.


12 Orbits

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

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 12 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start.

12 Orbits is a tactical game where you control a small coloured ball by pressing a single button. When you are over the grey circles you press to orbit that circle, otherwise pressing the button will dodge.


Tower of Babel No Mercy

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 minute and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Tower of Babel is a game where you work with friends to build a tower out of buildings. You control the game with a single button (and one more for special abilities) to drop your building on the stack. It swings left and right so you have to time it...


Totally Reliable Delivery Service

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

Genres: Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 9 hours and 10 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Totally Reliable Delivery Service is a package delivery game, where you use different means to get parcels to their rightful owners in the time limit.


Sago Mini (Series)

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Sago Mini games are designed for 3-5 year old pre-school children. Like Toca Boca games for younger kids, they offer interactive storybook characters with light narratives and open-ended play. Superheroes, space explorers, boat...


Subdefuge

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

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...


Koral

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Koral is a diving exploration game where you play the sea current. This sounds a little odd, playing a flow of energy, but works brilliantly.


Zoo Tycoon (Series)

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 25 hours and 28 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


Spiritfarer

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

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

Duration: Between 28 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spiritfarer is a boat building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.


Absolute Drift

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Absolute Drift is a skill-based racing game where the focus is on accuracy and elegance rather than just speed. You aim is to use a controlled skid to get around corners with the perfect racing line and score more points.


Formula Retro Racing

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Formula Retro Racing is a retro 90's arcade racing game. This Virtua Racing style combines the simplicity of visuals and racing style with some proper attention to the skill needed to get to the front of the grid.


Ingress Prime

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Duration: Between 45 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 1000 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

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...


Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 14 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Pikmin is a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to destroy obstacles, avoid...


Two Point Hospital

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 30 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Two Point Hospital is a light-hearted healthcare simulator. You take charge of a hospital, similar to Theme Hospital, where you must construct and maintain wards, machines and staff.


Battloon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Battloon is a colourful battle game, where each of the four players controls a balloon-like creature. You try and bounce the other players into spikes on the arena walls by puffing out air to propel yourself in a direction.


Street Power Football

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

Genres: Action, Rhythm, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Street Power Football (Street Power Soccer) is a rhythm and timing game where you compete in a range of competitions that require timing, quick reactions and finesse. Some of these are a pure rhythm action or aiming challenge while others offer a full...


Ooblets

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Ooblets is a farming and creature collecting game where you tend your animals, explore the world and bring home new wild Ooblet animals from the wild. You can then battle in turn-based dance-offs.


Grand Slam Tennis (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Grand Slam Tennis is a tennis game. You choose one of the 23 real tennis players or create your own. You can play either singles or doubles. Unlike other tennis games, this focuses on hitting the ball with a gesture via the Wii Remote. This extends the...


Eco

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 hours and 50 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Eco extends the resource-collecting and building of Minecraft by introducing environmental implications to your actions. Using resources like trees will erode the soil; mining might pollute the river; and each animal depends on another.


Stardew Valley

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

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

Duration: Between 51 hours and 75 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


One Hour One Life

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

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

Duration: Between 1 hour and 1 hour to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Outer Wilds

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 16 hours and 21 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Outer Wilds is an exploration space mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time-loop. After 20 minutes of game time, you must start again – but each time brings a new opportunity to learn how you ended up on the planet and solve the...


No Man's Sky

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 30 hours and 90 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

This game invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a rhythm of survival, combat and trading draw you into a space drama of your...


Burnout (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Duration: Between 14 hours and 30 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Burnout series is an over-the-top racing game where you’re encouraged to crash, bash and ram other cars. Throughout the series the bravado and crashing increases, but they all have the same novel core gameplay.


Octodad: Dadliest Catch

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

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Most games design their controls to be easy and accessible. Octodad: Dadliest Catch takes a different approach. Using a combination of sticks and buttons, it creates an awkward, stomach-churning feeling of having too many limbs that you can’t directly...


Subnautica (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 27 hours and 37 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Dive into an underwater ocean on an alien planet and collect the resources you need to establish a base and survive. There’s an open and immersive watery world to discover as you construct tools, bases and submersibles, and interact with wildlife....


I Am Bread

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 and a half hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

I Am Bread takes the malleable, real-world physics gameplay and applies it to a slice of bread. By controlling each corner with a different stick or button you make your way around the kitchen and other rooms of the house. Playing a slice of bread is...


Sky Children of Light

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

This is a huge open-world online game designed to create altruism between players. From the developer of Flower and Journey, it takes you on a social adventure in an ever-expanding world with up to 8 other players.


Lego Worlds

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

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

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


Elite Dangerous

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 60 hours and 100 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a new version of the classic 1980s space game Elite. Like the original it’s a space exploration, trading and combat game that provides a huge and rich universe rather than a specific story. You can trade goods, become a bounty hunter, fight...


Crossout

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Players: You can play this with 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Crossout is an online vehicle combat game set in a Mad Max, post-apocalyptic world. Players design modular vehicles combine weapons, armour and engines. As you progress in the game you earn currency to upgrade components and access more powerful parts....


Summer in Mara

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

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Skies of Fury

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

This is a World War I fighter pilot game set during the Bloody April battles. You pilot one of 10 aircraft from WWI era and take on missions as a single player before challenging friends to the multiplayer, split-screen battles.


Astroneer

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

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

Duration: Between 14 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Astroneer is an open-world space adventure where you colonize planets by creating habitable structures, farming and mining resources. There is no specific story, although the challenges of each planet give rise to struggles of achievement to placate the...


Windbound

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

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Windbound is an adventure game where you hunt, explore and craft to survive. But unlike games like Zelda when you die you start over and the world is endlessly changing for each new adventure.


Bomber Crew

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 16 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Bomber Crew is a cartoon-styled World War 2 strategic bombing simulator. While it avoids the grim reality of these missions, it connects players to the extreme difficulty and danger of making it out and back again.


Starlink: Battle for Atlas

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Starlink is a space exploration and battle game. But unlike Elite, or No Man's Sky the focus is on arcade fun and quirky characters and Pixar-style storytelling for younger players.


Beyond Eyes

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Beyond Eyes is game about a Blind girl, Rae, who uses her senses to visualize the world around her. As you play, the game only shows you parts of the world you can hear. This means you can see immediatley around you, and further away if things are...


Portal Knights

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 27 hours and 29 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Portal Knights is an adventure set in a Minecraft-like world, but that focuses much more on role-play and characters. You still have the exploration and building elements, but also more story and monsters to take down.


Planet Coaster

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 25 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Planet Coaster Console Edition is a pleasure park construction and management game. It draws on games like Theme Park and RollerCoaster Tycoon. You build different theme park rides and roller-coasters in considerable detail, to score design points and...


Space Crew

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Space Crew is a strategy game where you use a team of characters to control a spaceship and explore the galaxy. Unlike other space flight games, you don't directly control your craft but get your crew to look after different aspects of the mission.


Gang Beasts

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Mana Spark

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

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

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Embr

Platforms: PC and Stadia

Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Embr, is an action fire-fighting game. You join the Emergency Services Revolution and respond to fires to make money, climbing the ladder of success and score points.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

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

Duration: Between 50 hours and 200 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This game departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and the passage of the sun and moon...


Terraria

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 50 hours and 80 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...


Starbound

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Starbound is an action-adventure similar from the same developer as Terraria. It takes place in a two-dimensional, procedurally generated space universe where you can explore and discover new weapons, armour, and items. You can also visit towns and...


Bad North

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 6 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...


Don't Starve

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 32 hours and 46 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to...


Portal (Series)

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Web Browser, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 4 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You are in a science laboratory where you seem to be being tested. Watched by the artificial intelligence GLaDOS, you have a gun that can create a pair of magic portals on any surface: one is an entrance and the other is an exit. Through a series of...


Trials (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Trials Rising is a four-player side-on motorbike racing game controlled by pressing ‘accelerate’ or ‘brake’ and using the stick to shift the weight of their riders’ bodies. The game emulates real-world physics, so you have to balance your...


The Sims (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Sea of Thieves

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 12 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 24 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Sea of Thieves is an online game where you are a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...


Dauntless

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

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

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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...


Shadow Of The Colossus

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

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

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the Colossus stands apart in many ways.


Jet Set Radio (Series)

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and iOS

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

Duration: Between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Jet Set Radio is an action game where you play a skating youth traversing Tokyo, spraying graffiti and evading authorities. It was influenced from late 90s Japanese pop culture such as the rhythm game PaRappa the Rapper.


Crazy Taxi

Platforms: Android, GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Simulation

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Crazy Taxi is a series of games where you take people to different locations in a city, as a taxi driver. It sounds a little dull, but in this brighter and bigger world it's a joy rather than a chore. When you complete a fare you get money based on how...


In Other Waters

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

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

Duration: Between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is an underwater exploration game where you play an Artificial Intelligence assistance to a stranded xenobiologist in a mysterious alien ocean. The world is not seen except through the instrumentation available to you. This creates a non-violent...


The Last Guardian

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Simulation

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Last Guardian is an adventure, that follows Ico and The Shadow of the Colossus in the Team Ico trilogy. As the other games, it has an artistic look that is unusual for a video game, and a minimalist approach...


#SelfCare

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

#SelfCare is a companion game that aims to create space for your feelings. Unlike other apps that remind or incentivize you to take a break, breath or even just to stand up, #SelfCare offers interactions and narrative that create a context for you to...


Discovery Tour (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Simulation

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Discovery Tour uses the worlds created for the main Assassin’s Creed games to offer an educational exploration experience.


Pine

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

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

Duration: Between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Pine is an adventure game where you play a primitive young man searching for new land for his tribe. You discover five tribes of anthropomorphic creatures that need to be understood and overcome to enable your tribe to have somewhere to live.


Xenoblade Chronicles (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

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

Duration: Between 70 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Xenoblade Chronicles is a series of open-world role-play games. They take place on the frozen bodies of two warring titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis. In the first game, during an attack on his colony, protagonist Shulk discovers his ability to wield...


Orna

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Duration: Between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 6 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

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,...


Opus Magnum

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Opus Magnum is a puzzle game about assembling machines to convert spherical chemicals into different compounds. Each challenge can be tackled by creating different machine configurations, and each is awarded points on how compact, quick and efficient...


Outward

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 50 hours and 75 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Outward is a fantasy adventure focused on an ordinary character surviving against the odds. There's a focus on realism rather than superpowers or magical abilities. You have to look after your warmth, hunger, fatigue, illness, and thirst as well as the...


Scribblenauts (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Observation

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Observation puts you on a space station to solve a power outage and find missing crew. However, here you play the role of the SAM, the System Administration Maintenance artificial intelligence software, rather than human protagonist. Your limited view,...


Ark: Survival Evolved

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

This game offers hunting-and-harvesting gameplay in a primal setting. Although not as polished or streamlined as a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a more ambitiously open world where you can choose your own way to survive. With crafting and...


Goat Simulator

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Goat Simulator takes the animal avatar in a cloven-hoofed direction. It’s an open-world third-person action game where you steer your goat to do as much damage as possible. What started as a joke prototype turned into this extremely silly game with a...


Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 10 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a turn based strategy game with a large strategic map that lead into multiple turn based battles. You build your empire with one of six unique factions, progress through each faction’s missions using your wits, military strength and diplomacy,...


Neo Cab

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 and a half hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a narrative adventure from behind the wheel of a cab. You play as Lina, the last human driver-for-hire on the streets of Los Ojos. Your friend and only lifeline has gone missing; with no money and nowhere to stay, your only leads are the...


The Red Lantern

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Red Lantern is a personal adventure about making something of your life. You and a team of sled dogs head into the wilderness and must navigate the ever-changing events of the Alaskan bush to find your way home.


No Time to Explain

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

No Time to Explain is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a man chasing his future self through time. As the game evolves you must progress to solve time puzzles and complete platforming challenges.


Skate 4 (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Skate is a skateboarding series with innovative controls. One stick is used to control the skater's body and the other his feet. This resulted in the need to quickly motion different patterns to intuitively achieve different tricks - what become coined...


Total War (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

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

Duration: Between 35 hours and 45 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


Through the Darkest of Times

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.


The Long Dark

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 19 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Long Dark is a thoughtful exploration-survival game where you have crash-landed in the icy Canadian wilderness after a global disaster and must find a way to survive. Through exploring, crafting and fighting you must look after your body...


Unturned

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 40 hours and 43 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Unturned is a strategy survival game where you are in a Minecraft- and Roblox-style world filled with zombies. You have to carefully explore the world, gather resources and craft weapons. This might be to go in guns blazing, sneak around making use of...


This War Of Mine

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

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Assassin’s Creed (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Duration: Between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Assassin’s Creed is a game where you enter a past civilisation and explore pseudo history of real events and locations from the past. You can climb the environment extensively, interact with different characters, collect items to unlock more the...


Dishonored (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 12 hours and 24 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Dishonored is an adventure game series set in the fictional, plague-ridden industrial city of Dunwall. You play Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles. But you are framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin.


Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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

Duration: Between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an adventure series set in Tolkein's fictional work, between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. You play Talion, a Ranger who sets out to avenge the deaths of his loved one. The...


The Elder Scrolls (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 30 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing games that take you to detailed open worlds with free-form gameplay. The series has sold more than 58 million copies.


DayZ

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 60 hours and 80 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 60 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Day Z (DayZ) is a post-apocalyptic open world survival game. The population are infected with an unknown virus and you play as one of the few who are immune. You fight other survivors for limited resources and weapons. However If you die there are no...


The Forest

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

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

Duration: Between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Forest is a survival horror game where you are the only passenger to live after a plane crash. You explore a mysterious forest to find food, shelter and safety but soon have to battle strange cannibalistic people.