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Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 4-12 year-olds
Release Date: 30/01/2013
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4
Genres: Open World and Simulation
Accessibility: 3 features
Developer: A Twisted Tree (@ATwistedTree)
Players: This is a single-player game
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...
Skill Rating: 5-11 year-olds
Release Date: 12/02/2009
Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and iOS
Genres: Open World, Race and Simulation
Accessibility: 2 features
Developer: That Game Company (@ThatGameCompany)
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...
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds
Release Date: 21/08/2021
Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle
Accessibility: 23 features
Developer: Ember Lab (@EmberLab)
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their...
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 6-13 year-olds
Release Date: 19/11/2020
Genres: Platform and Puzzle
Accessibility: 14 features
Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)
Astro's Playroom is a running and jumping game that launched with the PlayStation 5. It not only showcases the PS5's new DualSense controller but offers a loveable adventure with novel interactions and considerable substance.
Release Date: 14/03/2012, updated in 2019
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4 and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle
Accessibility: 8 features
Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game
Journey is an adventure game set in a desert. Exploring the eerie sand-scape, you discover a world abandoned by the race that created it. The sense of space and scale evokes feelings of aloneness and being lost. But then the game pairs you with other...
Release Date: 28/10/2016
Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Simulation
The Last Guardian is a running, jumping and exploring adventure about a boy who befriends a giant half-bird, half-mammal creature, Trico. You work together to navigate the world, solve puzzles and reach new heights. Unusually, you have to build trust...
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Release Date: 22/11/2013, updated in 2015
Platforms: PS Vita and PS4
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform
Developer: Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)
Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room
Tearaway on PlayStation Vita and Tearaway Unfolded on PlayStation 4 create a game world entirely from paper as the setting for this fantastical adventure. It’s beautiful and funny, and offers a running, jumping exploration challenge. Drawing on...
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 13-18 year-olds
Release Date: 23/08/2017
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Stealth
Accessibility: 27 features
Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)
Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is an action-adventure game where you Chloe Frazer and your counterpart Nadine Ross seek the Tusk of Ganesh. Set in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of India in the midst of a civil war, it's the first Uncharted game not to...
Release Date: 13/10/2009, updated in 2015
Platforms: PS3 and PS4
Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting and Stealth
Accessibility: 20 features
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an action-adventure game that puts you in the role of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. You head to Nepal looking for the lost city of Shambala, unfortunately, you're not the only one looking for it. On your journey, you'll...
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds
Release Date: 14/02/2014
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth
Accessibility: 21 features
The Last of Us is a survival adventure game where you play Joel, a father figure, looking to protect a girl in his care, Ellie. The game creates a fimlic and emotional experience that extends beyond the usual zombie shooting to offer an interactive...
Release Date: 19/11/2016, updated in 2017
Accessibility: 33 features
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-adventure game set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. You play Nathan Drake, a happily married former treasure hunter coaxed out of retirement by his brother. This leads into...
Release Date: 19/06/2020
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play, Shooting and Stealth
Accessibility: 49 features
The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Release Date: 07/09/2018
Platforms: PS4 and PS5
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Stealth
Accessibility: 18 features
Developer: Insomniac Games (@InsomniacGames)
Marvel's Spider-Man is a series of superhero adventures where you swing through an open-world city fighting crime and advancing a film-like story. There are also many side quests and missions you can take along the way.
Release Date: 12/11/2020
Accessibility: 30 features
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an action-adventure game based on the Marvel Comics superhero Miles Morales. It is similar to the first Marvel's Spider-Man game in mechanics although Miles Morales extends this...
Release Date: 10/04/2020
Genres: Action, Narrative and Role-Play
Accessibility: 16 features
Developer: Square Enix (@SquareEnix)
Final Fantasy VII Remake is an action role-playing game set in a decaying cyberpunk metropolis. It is the first in a series of games that remake the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. You play the role of a mercenary named Cloud Strife who joins...
Release Date: 16/12/2021
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Stealth
Developer: Steel Wool Studio (@SteelWoolStudio)
Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach is a survival-horror game where you explore a vast pizzeria and shopping centre while hunted by a murderer. In addition to continuing the intricate and multi-layered story of the previous games, this is the first...
Release Date: 27/09/2020
Platforms: Android, PC, PS4 and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Role-Play
Developer: Genshin Impact (@GenshinImpact)
Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game
Genshin Impact is a role-playing adventure set in a fantastical open world you explore by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Like the Zelda games, you can collect items, and craft new weapons. However, in this game to create a party...
Release Date: 30/05/2014
Platforms: PC and PS4
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation
Developer: End Night Game (@EndNightGame)
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.
Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds
Release Date: 04/11/2002, updated in 2016
Platforms: PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5 and PSP
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Shooting
Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game
Ratchet & Clank looks more cartoony but still offers the B-movie-style action. As Ratchet, you explore planets and space stations, battling enemies with a variety of weapons and gadgets. Sidekick Clank sits on Ratchet’s back and offers more abilities,...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle
Accessibility: 28 features
Sackboy: A Big Adventure is running and jumping game. It's a spinoff of the LittleBigPlanet series and follows Sackboy and three friends as they explore, collect and battle their way through a fantasy world.
Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016
Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World
Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture lands you in a fictional deserted English village in 1984. As you walk the streets of another era you discover bright human forms who re-enact events like a radio play. Through their eyes, you see a web of fear,...
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7
Release Date: Coming soon
Platforms: PC and PS5
Genres: Adventure and Narrative
Developer: Scav Studio (@ScavStudio)
Season: A Letter to the Future is a narrative adventure where you take a bicycle road trip game. You play as a young woman leaving a secluded community, exploring the world for the first time. Collect artefacts and memories as you explore because soon,...
Release Date: 25/05/2018
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting
Accessibility: 9 features
Developer: Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream)
This is a branching narrative game from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. This is the third game in the series and offers a more refined version of the filmic branching experience.
Skill Rating: 14-18 year-olds
Release Date: 01/03/2017
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Shooting, Stealth and Traversal
Developer: Guerrilla (@Guerrilla)
Horizon Zero Dawn, and the follow-up game Horizon Forbidden West, has a post-apocalyptic feel familiar from movies like Planet of the Apes. It plunges you into an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life where animalistic machines...
Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds
Release Date: 25/04/2019, updated in 2021
Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle
Accessibility: 31 features
Developer: Lumbox S (@LumboxS)
Splatty’s Adventure is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a small (4-year-old) hero who must escape an oversized bedroom and get on your way to save the world from destruction. Like stepping into a Toy Story film, but here you wield a...
Release Date: 14/06/2013
Accessibility: 22 features
You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...
Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds
Release Date: 11/06/2021
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Shooting
Accessibility: 25 features
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a running, jumping and shooting game. The latest in the series, Rift Apart focuses on jumping between parallel worlds.
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Release Date: 23/06/2006
Platforms: PS Vita, PS4 and PSP
Accessibility: 1 feature
This creates a world of plants and creatures to investigate. The novelty, besides the character’s singing and cute aesthetic, is that you control the game with just two buttons, tilting and bumping your characters through each level.
Release Date: 17/07/2020
Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Stealth
Accessibility: 4 features
Developer: Sucker Punch Prod (@SuckerPunchProd)
Ghost of Tsushima is a stealth and action adventure set in 13th century Japan, where you play as a clan leader and samurai warrior trying to protect your people and the Tsushima Island against Mongol invaders.
Release Date: 08/04/2021, updated in 2021
Platforms: Oculus, PC, PS4 and PS5
Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle
Accessibility: 11 features
Developer: Vertigo Games (@VertigoGames)
Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room
Traffic Jams is a puzzle party game where you direct traffic in VR using just hand gestures. It looks like a Pixar movie when you put the headset on, but the fun here is controlling the chaos (or often not controlling it). Along with the single-player...
Release Date: 19/11/2007
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is an action-adventure where you, treasure hunter Nathan Drake, follow in the footsteps of your ancestor Sir Francis Drake in search of El Dorado. You run, jump, fight, shoot, and explore a rich world that unfolds a film-like...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Rhythm and Simulation
Accessibility: 36 features
Developer: Awaceb (@Awaceb)
Tchia is an adventure where you play a young girl (Tchia) who can climb, glide, swim, and sail around a beautiful archipelago. Along with the usual sandbox missions and play the game offers an unusual ability to take control (and become) any animal or...
Release Date: 06/10/2010, updated in 2019
Platforms: PC, PS3 and PS4
Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative
Accessibility: 24 features
Heavy Rain is from the same Quantic Dream studio who made Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human. It preceded these games but shared the same branching narrative and photo-realistic aspirations.
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and iPhone, iPad
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation
Developer: Giant Squidology (@GiantSquidology)
The Pathless is a mythic adventure about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest. You use timed button presses to use your bow and discover the open world, and unlock a mystical island and dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world.
Release Date: 01/11/2011
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is an action-adventure game and the third entry in the Uncharted series. In Uncharted 3 you once again take the role of Nathan Drake, treasure hunter, in the hunt for the lost city Ubar (also known as Atlantis of the...
Release Date: 19/07/2022
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle
Developer: HK Dev Blog (@HKDevBlog)
Stray is a game about a cat lost in a futuristic city where robots live. You guide your feline friend in and out of buildings, across roads and generally poke your nose in to see what is going on.
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Release Date: 04/07/2017
Genres: Creative and Puzzle
Developer: Wish Studios (@WishStudios)
Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game
That's You! is a family quiz game played on the PlayStation using Android or iOS phones/tablets as controllers. The game displays a challenge on the main TV screen that each player tries to complete on the device in their hand.
Release Date: 08/10/2013, updated in 2019
Beyond: Two Souls is from the same developer as Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain. Although not a series, they follow a similar style and approach. They provide a filmic interactive experience of a story that branches in substantial ways depending on...
Release Date: 20/04/2018
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Play and Shooting
Developer: Sony Santa Monica (@SonySantaMonica)
You play super-strong Norse fantasy hero Kratos as he takes his son Atreus on a brutal quest in the wake of his mother’s death. The exploration, puzzle solving, climbing and fighting gameplay intertwines with a mythological family drama played out in...
Release Date: 18/10/2005
Platforms: PS2, PS3 and PS4
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation
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.