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Games on IOS

Apple TV, iPhones, iPod Touch and iPad devices offer an increasingly powerful way to play games. Along with the Apple Arcade subscription service you can access a large library of console-like experiences that can be played on your mobile device.

Like Android games, you can play on the smaller screen, making use of touch and tilt interactions. Or you can connect a Bluetooth controller or gamepad (including the PlayStation and Xbox controllers) to give games a more console feel. You can also send the visuals and sound to a TV via Apple TV to have a big screen gaming experience.
 

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.


Cricket Through The Ages

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Sports

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Cricket Through the Ages is a competitive sport game themed around cricket but with little to do with the rules of that game. Players face off and aim for each other as much as wickets. Controls work by holding or tapping the screen to spin limbs and...


A Mortician's Tale

Platforms: PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Duration: Between 1 hour and 75 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

A Mortician's Tale is a management game where you play as a mortician, Charlie, working in a funeral home. As you play, you handle bodies of the deceased, including cleaning and beautifying them, as well as dealing with embalming and cremation. The dead...


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...


Collapsus

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

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

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: Free-to-start.

Collapsus is a puzzle game where you match tiles. You rotate the screen to adjust which way is down, then tapping a single tiles makes it disappear. And vertical or horizontal lines with matching colours you create also disappear. Tapping a single tile...


Here Kitty!

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Here Kitty! is a real-world hide and seek game you play by hiding your phone. It's from the same team behind Heads Up. When the child calls out or gets near the phone makes cat noises to give them clues to find it. When it's...


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...


GPS Pong

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

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

Costs: Free.

GPS Pong is a game of retro pong played in the real world by running and walking to move your bat. Once you have set up the game on two smartphones you specify how much space you have and then move to position your bat to return the virtual ball to the...


Twelve a Dozen

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

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

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Twelve a Dozen (originally called just, Twelve) is a running and jumping game where you solve mathematical based logic problems to help Dot save her family. While many games use learning as a gate to the reward of some fun, Twelve integrates the maths...


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...


Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind

Platforms: PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind is a storybook strategy game, set in the same world as King of Dragon Pass. Similar to games like HeroQuest, RuneQuest or God Wars but unusual because you make decisions at your leisure then see them play out through static...


The Kingdom of Istyald

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Duration: Between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

The Kingdom of Istyald is a text adventure that takes you on a strange journey while also introducing Fantasy as a literary genre. As you play you not only meet fantastic creatures but meet its main tropes: Elves, Dwarves, Warlocks, Dragons. Whether...


Run To My Heart

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Physically Active

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Run To My Heart is an adventure game, where you run in the real world to collect potions from different locations. You work with friends to find and collect the most potions. Players become part of the Potato Rescue Squad, collecting potions and fight...


Florence

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a little puzzle game that tells the story of a relationship, following the usual stages of loneliness, meeting, dating, falling for and moving in with another person. At first, the puzzle interactions seem trivial and the game doesn’t change...


That Dragon, Cancer

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Duration: Between 105 minutes and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

A game about a family with a young son who has terminal brain cancer. It sounds off-putting and morbid but this living biography invites you to join the family and find hope, faith and love in the face of an insurmountable challenge. It’s a unique...


Mini Metro

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, 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...


Monument Valley (Series)

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2 are puzzle mazes made from optical illusions. You interact with each level to change the pathway and get your character to the exit. Its striking, calm visual theme is used to build atmosphere and slowly reveal a...


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...


Alto’s Adventure (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Racing

Duration: Between 1 minute and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Descend beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to worry about is tapping to jump to avoid chasms, rockfall and other hazards. It’s simple and moreish due to the stunning landscapes...


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.


Vignettes

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Explore shapes that change into different objects as you spin them around with your fingers. What starts as a novelty evolves into a collecting challenge where interacting with one item leads to another. Rescue a stray cat, awaken an ancient...


Marching Order

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Marching Order puts you in charge of a disorderly animal marching band. Listen to each animal’s requests to get them in the right order in the game about sequence, rules and order.


Dragon Box

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

DragonBox is an educational series of games that teaches young children maths, such as algebra using pattern matching with symbols. Unlike other educational games, the fun is in the doing in DragonBox, rather than incentivising learning with separate...


Metamorphabet

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Explore the alphabet by pushing and pulling the letters around to create different things beginning with that letter. It’s simply presented with sound effects and voiced words for each object. It excels at making each letter and object feel tactile...


Hidden Folks

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

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Hidden Folks tasks you with exploring hand-drawn worlds to find particular people. It’s simple enough for youngsters to control but complex enough to keep parents and carers involved too.


REKT! High Octane Stunts

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 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.

This is a stunt racing game for up to four players on one system. Players compete to chain tricks, to nail landings, drift corners and unlock more cars. The multiplayer game is where things really heats up, as players attack each other and score points...


Tori

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Tori combines physical and virtual play. The game comes with toys that you place on a play surface to control the game’s spaceships and catapults. Children can also create and colour their own cardboard versions of the toys and use them to control the...


The Stillness of the Wind

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

In The Stillness of the Wind you are an old woman who looks after a dilapidated farm. Over the course of a few hours, no matter what your efforts, the farm falls apart as you learn about the woman’s family and have the chance to ruminate on her...


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...


Old Man’s Journey

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Old Man’s Journey is a game about memory and old age. You help a grandfather-figure traverse the countryside by raising and lowering the landscape. Along the way he visits places that evoke the story of his life: a wife, a child and a love of the sea.


Fez

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Fez is a dimension based puzzle game where you, as a small character called Gomez, can rotate between four 2D views of the 3D world (as four sides around a cube-like space). This sounds confusing but actually develops into a mind-stretching and...


Bounden

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 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.

Bounden is a smartphone dance game that gets players to use their bodies. Two people hold opposite ends of one smartphone then move together to keep a cursor over the ball.


Anki Overdrive

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Racing

Duration: Between 12 hours and 14 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Anki Overdrive is a physical slot-car racing game you control with your smartphone. The cars are intelligent and follow the track so you can focus on steering them round the best racing line and triggering virtual weapons. Although discontinued,...


Spaceteam (Series)

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

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

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’,...


Heads Up!

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour 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 purchases.

Heads Up! is a word-guessing game where one person holds the tablet or smartphone on their forehead and guesses the word it displays from clues given by the other players. The others confirm if they got it right or wrong and they flip the smartphone up...


Triple Agent

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 9 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...


Beast of Balance

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This game comes with beautifully sculpted physical toys that interact with your iPad to create and nurture creatures in a magical land. You place a toy creature on the plinth provided and it appears in the game. Balance another creature on top of the...


What The Golf

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action and Sports

Duration: Between 3 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

What the Golf? is a golf game as bonkers as WarioWare. Each golf course has an unexpected twist, such as hitting yourself into the hole rather than the ball. It’s a brilliant parody that’s as much about making you laugh as getting a hole in one.


The Witness

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Duration: Between 18 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Witness combines maze puzzles in an abandoned world with its own mythology, secrets, themes and story. It’s a game with puzzles at the core, but the real mystery is solving what has happened in the world you find yourself in.


Tick Tock: A Tale For Two

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

Genres: Puzzle

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


Wilmot's Warehouse

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 9 hours and 11 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a game for people who like to organise things. You are in charge of a warehouse and must manage 100s of items of stock. These identical square boxes are labelled with rudimentary icons. On your own or with another player, you must decipher what...


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...


The First Tree

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

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The First Tree is an exploration narrative game. In a dream, you explore a forest wilderness as a mother fox looking for her cubs. Simultaneously, you revisit childhood memories in spoken reflection from two lovers remembering the dream and their...


Hidden Through Time

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

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a spot the item game that also takes you on a journey through different time periods. You are task with finding specific items and must zoom, interact and uncover things to find each one.


Teach Your Monster To Read

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Teach Your Monster to Read is a game about phonics, letters and reading. Children create a monster for a journey through three games. The combination of colourful well-animated characters and proper reading learning is both fun and powerful.


Just Dance (Series)

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

Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 6 minutes to play a round.

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

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

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


Peggle (Series)

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

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

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

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

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

In Peggle, you fire a small ball into an array of pins that are triggered and disappear when the ball touches them. It's like a bright, saccharine pachinko game. But. being electronic you can earn all sort of bonus balls and abilities by hitting...


Mutant Mudds

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it Is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...


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...


Lumines

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Rhythm

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. In-game purchases.

Lumines is a music puzzle game where you rotate and align small blocks to form squares of a single colour. As you do this, in time with the music, they are erased as the beat line passes over them. The game is lost when the blocks reach the top of the...


Meteos

Platforms: Nintendo DS and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free.

Meteos is a tile-matching game inspired by Missile Command and Tetris. You stack coloured blocks which fall from the top of the screen. The aim is to launch three or more blocks of the same colour onto the top of the screen to make them disappear.


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.


Dicey Dungeons

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 22 hours and 28 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice roles to determine who wins battles.


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...


Mario Kart (Series)

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

Genres: Action and Racing

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

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

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.


Pocket City

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Open World and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

You build your own living breathing city by creating residential, commercial, and industrial zones, as well as placing special buildings. In addition to this Sim City style play you earn points to upgrade by competing missions.


F1 Race Stars

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

Genres: Action and Racing

Duration: Between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.

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

F1 Race Stars is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and short-cuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.


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...


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...


Super One More Jump

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

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

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

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

Super One More Jump is a jumping platform game you control with a single tap or button press. You control the little character who automatically moves forward. Your task is to press jump at the right time so you can progress through the level.


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.


Super Mario Run

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 1 player online.

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

Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. You character automatically runs and you just tap at the right time to avoid obstacles and jump on enemies. It sounds too simple to be fun but is actually a cleverly...


Forza Street

Platforms: PC and iOS

Genres: Racing

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

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Forza Street is a simpler racing game from the team behind Forza Motorsport. You race other players to earn and purchase a lineup of high powered cars. Races are quick and focus on the cinematic rather than realism.


Death Squared

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

Genres: Puzzle

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle game for 1, 2 or 4 players. Together, you solve puzzles by guiding a robot to a colour-coded goal. Getting there requires co-operation and communication as each player's path has deadly traps and hazards.


Words With Friends

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Strategy and Turn-Based

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

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

Costs: Free.

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


Bubbles The Cat

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Bubbles The Cat is a platform game you play by tapping a single button to jump. Through hundreds of levels and six worlds, you automatically run forwards bu must tap at the right time to survive.


Inbento

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Inbento is a food-themed puzzle game where you solve puzzles to prepare lunch boxes. As you complete each "bento" lunch box a story unfolds about the highs and lows of parenthood. There are over 100 fun puzzles, aesthetically served with traditional...


Golf Peaks

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

Genres: Puzzle and Sports

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Golf Peaks is a golf game you play by picking different shot cards and swiping in a direction. Unlike other golf games it more of a puzzle than a test of skill or timing. You don't even need to understand of golf.


Soccer Physics

Platforms: Android, PC, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Action and Sports

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

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

Costs: Free.

Soccer Physics is a super simple football game you play by pressing one button. Made by Otto-Ville Ojala who also made the similar one-button games Wrestle Jump and Tank of Tanks, it's designed to be silly and fun. The matches are 2-on-2 and you time...


My Brother Rabbit

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


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...


Run An Empire

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Physically Active and Strategy

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

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Run an Empire is a combination of real-world running and a strategy game where you battle other players for land and resources. Once setup you run around your neighbourhood, which in the game is divided into small hexagons. As you encircle areas in the...


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...


Runbit

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Physically Active

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Runbit (and its sister app Map Hunt) is a treasure hunt game you play by running or walking in the real world. As you run a map is displayed of your area with stars to collect on pavements, moving monsters to outwit and avoid and moving animals to track...


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.


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...


Lumino City

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Lumino City is a puzzle adventure game in a hand made world. This is not unusual for a video game, but this world was literally made by hand in a physical studio and then filmed. It creates a unique experience that feels like you are poking around a...


Dirt Rally (Series)

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 45 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 8 players online.

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

Dirt Rally is a series of racing games, originally called Colin McRae Rally. They simulate the experience of dangerous and perilous rally stages. You drive from an in-car experience and are given spoken directions from your co-pilot. It's thrilling but...


Lego Super Mario

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Platform

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Lego Super Mario is a running and jumping game you play in the real world with an electronic Mario toy. A series of Lego sets provide special bricks that the Mario toy can detect. The timer starts as you move the toy through the level and trigger...


Deep Time Walk

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Physically Active

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Deep Time Walk is a game where you go for a walk as you listen to a history of the Earth that's tied to each step. The game calculates your speed and distance to match your real-world progress and translates it to a journey across 4.6bn years of time,...


Levelhead

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Levelhead is a game making game where you construct levels to train a delivery robot. The simple drag and drop level design develops into as complex a level maker as you want. Create simple running and jumping levels or something huge, puzzling and...


Conduct Together (Series)

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 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. In-game purchases.

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one...


Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

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

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.

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso is a rhythm game where you play classical piano music by pressing buttons in time with each note. This starts easily buy builds up so you are playing complex pieces of music from a range of composers.


Breath of Light

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Breath of Light is a meditative puzzle game where you guide the breath of light through sand and water. With no score or time-limits and with all levels unlocked from the start, the focus is on relaxation and breathing rather than the challenge and its...


Sonic Mania (Series)

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.


Shaun White's Snowboarding (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Shaun White's Snowboarding is a series of snowboard racing games that focus on recreating, move for move, the downhill and halfpipe snowbound experience. You race down a mountain landscape steering with intuitive controls and performing point-earning...


Sonic Racing (Series)

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

Genres: Racing

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

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Team Sonic Racing is the latest kart racing game in a series featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. Like Mario Kart, you control one of 15 characters in races using fantasy sports cars, while performing tricks,...


A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 minute and 2 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

A Good Snowman (Is Hard To Build) is puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen. On each level you must roll your snowballs to be the right size and then position them on each other to make a snowman.


Cosmic Express

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 14 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Cosmic Express is a puzzle game where you plan a train route to collect the waiting passengers. Although the gamelooks super simple, as it progresses you have to also deal with different hazards and requirements for your route.


Lumi Nova: Tales of Courage

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Lumi Nova: Tales of Courage is a role-playing game with puzzles and tasks that help 7-12 year olds deal with anxiety about different situations. You create a character in the game, explore dungeons and find treasure. Along the way characters offer...


The Gardens Between

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

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Gardens Between is a puzzle game set in dreamlike island gardens where you play as best friends Arina and Frendt. You work around the island levels collecting balls of light in your lantern, manipulating time to solve puzzles and removing obstacles....


Frequency Missing

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

This is a point and click adventure. You play young radio reporter Patricia who has just started her first job at a radio station. However, strange things are happening. Richard, her friend who got her the job has vanished and someone is tampering with...


Pac-Man Geo

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Pac-Man Geo combines the classic pill-collecting arcade game with the real world. Unlike Pokemon Go, you don't run around outside, but use real world locations to make the mazes around which you are chased by ghosts.


Ord

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 45 minutes and 1 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Ord. is an unusual text adventure. Rather than one grand story, you embark on a series of distinct quests. Whether it's defeating an evil warlock or creating your own world as a god, Ord tells stories through simple series of words and word associations...


Cats Are Cute

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

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

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Cats are Cute is a pet care game where you look after cats and build a town. You collect a variety of cats and buildings around which the cats play and hide. It's really easy to play for youngsters and relaxing for older players.


Traffix

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Traffix is a puzzle game that puts you in charge of traffic lights on different road systems. By changing the lights to red, orange and green you work to get traffic to flow on increasingly complex and busy roads. It sounds complex, but with simple...


Universal Paperclips

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 7 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Universal Paperclips is an adventure game about making paperclips. It sounds simple, but behind the incremental process of clicking a button to create these paperclips is a story about how the desire to make paperclips (or anything) if fully realised...


Island Saver

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

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Island Saver is action-adventure about cleaning up litter and goop to make money. It's created by Natwest with the aim of teaching children how to manage money. Unusually for a game with ideological ambitions, it's also a lot of fun.


Jumpy Wall

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Jumpy Wall is a game where you must climb up a shaft by jumping between two walls. As you progress you'll meet more obstacles that aim to kill your little pixel character. Wall jump from left to right to get higher and higher while avoiding spikes and...


Good Pizza, Great Pizza

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

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Duration: Between 16 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a simulation game where you run your own Pizza shop, fulfilling orders from customers while making enough money to keep your shop open. You can upgrade your shop with new toppings and equipment to compete against your...


Empty

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 3 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Empty is a minimalist puzzle game that teaches the value of simplicity in life. You rotate and interact with different vignettes to line up items with the same background colour. As you do this they disappear and the scene slowly empties.


Race the Sun

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

Genres: Action and Racing

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Race the Sun is an arcade-inspired racing game where you helm a solar-powered craft. Your objective is simple, hurdle towards the sun dodging obstacles for as long as possible before the sun sets.


Bury Me My Love

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Don’t be put off by the name and theme of this intriguing game, an adventure played by choosing responses in what looks like a messaging app. You take the role of the husband of a Syrian migrant travelling to Europe. As the game unfolds in real time,...


A Dark Room

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. It has a similarly simple start – a single option to stoke a fire – but also evolves into an incrementally complex system of resource management as a larger story unfolds.


Mutazione

Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative and Narrative

Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

In Mutazione you play as a 15-year-old girl visiting her grandfather on a faraway island inhabited by friendly but mutated villagers. By finding seeds, tending to gardens and talking to people, you uncover a tightly knit web of characters with...


Reigns (Series)

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Take charge of a kingdom, one decision at a time. Each choice is presented to you as a playing card with some advice or a question from one of the 38 different characters. Swipe left or right to make a decision that will impact the church, people,...


Professor Layton

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 12 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.


Gris

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...


Fruit Ninja (Series)

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

Genres: Action

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 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.

An array of brightly coloured fruit flies into the screen area and you need to slice each piece in two before it falls to the floor. The technicolour action combines with simple interactive taps and swipes to make it accessible to all ages.


Lego (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

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

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

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...


Journey

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure

Duration: Between 2 and a half hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is an adventure in a desert. Exploring the eerie sandscape, 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 players, one at...


Roblox

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy

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

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

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

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...


Minecraft

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

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

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: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...


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 this with 4 players 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...


Kingdom (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 8 hours and 15 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 this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...


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...


Skylanders (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 20 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.

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.


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...


Bomberman (Series)

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

Genres: Action and Fighting

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

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 64 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Bomberman is the spiritual ancestor to last-player-standing battles like Fortnite and Apex Legends, but here you all play on the same screen and have the same bomb weapon. There are lots of versions, but in all of them you battle with up to eight...


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...


West of Loathing

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

West of Loathing is a comedic adventure, although here you role-play as a stick-man cowboy. The quipping characters and intricate puzzles work better with teenagers, but the slapstick comedy will make anyone laugh. Traverse snake-infested gorges, punch...


Sky Children of the Light

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch 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. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Sky Children of the Light (Sky Children of Light) 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...


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.


Myst

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and sellig over six million copies, it pre-dates many modern adventure games and created a new genre for gaming. Exploring by clicking in the world to move, you use a special book to...


Pokemon Go!

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Physically Active and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 70 hours and 140 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 20 players online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Pokémon Go is a game you play by walking outside. You play on a smartphone so it can use the GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player's real-world location.


Lost Winds (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

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.

LostWinds is a running and jumping video game with a difference. As well as controlling a young boy named Toku you also control the wind. On the Wii you do this by gesturing with the Wii Remote controller, on iOS you draw the direction on the screen. A...


Costume Quest (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...


Clash of Clans

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

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

Players: You can play this with 50 players online.

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

Clash of Clans is a cartoony strategy war game played on smartphones and tablets. Set in a fantasy world, you take charge of a village and must build defences against attack from other players. Likewise, you gain resources by attacking others.


Clash Royale

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

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

Clash Royale is a real-time strategy game where you collect cards to gain units and powers for a player vs. player battle. It's like a simpler version of Clash of Clans.


Stormbound Kingdom Wars

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

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

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

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

Stormbound is a strategic battle game combining Chess and Clash Of Clans gameplay. You build an army by earning cards for different units, defences and abilities. These have to be carefully chosen to do well in the battles...


Canabalt

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 1 minute 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.

Canabalt is a side-on running game where you press jump at the right time to keep a small character from falling off buildings or crashing into things. With minimalist visuals, you play the small suited man fleeing from an unknown threat. As the game...


Brawlhalla

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

Genres: Action and Fighting

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

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

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

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


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.


Oceanhorn (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 17 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Oceanhorn is an adventure game series that brings Zelda-style exploration, battling and dungeon solving to non-Nintendo platforms. You play as a boy on a quest to find his lost father and defeat the living fortress, Oceanhorn. You explore dungeons,...


Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 15 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.


Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise

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

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Duration: Between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


De Blob (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

De Blob is a platform-puzzle game where you explore cartoon-style urban landscapes to recolour the city. You play a sponge-like creature that can collect colour paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...


Adopt Me!

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

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

Players: You can play this with 100 players online.

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

Adopt Me is one of the most popular Roblox games. In a rudimentary way it simulates daily life. You can build a home, look after pets and make friends. Like many Roblox games, it's a combination of an avid community of players and...


King of Dragon Pass

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

King of Dragon Pass is a fantasy strategy game where you control barbarian clans settling in the dangerous frontier region of Dragon Pass.


Champions of Shenga

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Strategy

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

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


Jailbreak

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

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

Players: You can play this with 30 players online.

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

Jailbreak is a popular Roblox game about escaping prison and getting away with various crimes. Based on the popular Prison Life and Madcity Roblox games, but adds a large open world in which you could drive vehicles, earn weapons and rob various...


MeepCity

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative, Open World and Role-Playing

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

Players: You can play this with 50 players online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

MeepCity is a popular Roblox Game. It's a social game where you role-play a character to interact with other people and customise their look. Like Toontown Online or the now defunct Club Penguin, MeepCity is an evolving virtual space for players to...


Among Us

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor...


Impostor

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

Impostor is a space survival game like Among Us. It is a community created version of that official game on Roblox as Impostor, but also on Minecraft as a couple of minigames called Among Us and Impostor. The Roblox game is a version of Among Us for...


Cookies Must Die

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 6 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Cookies Must Die is a platform game where you fight mutant cookies. Your character is a genetically modified super human who now, thanks to the scientists, has the ability to hurl its self across the lab facility, aiming at foes and avoiding obstacles.


Jetpack Joyride

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Jetpack Joyride is a running, jumping and shooting game you play by just tapping the screen or button at the right time to control your jetpack. Your play a scientist who runs through each of the levels and must survive and get to the end.


Asphalt 9: Legends (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Racing and Rhythm

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

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

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

Asphalt 9: Legends is a racing game in the series that focuses on fast driving fun. This year the game adds new cars, a wide range of accessible control schemes, race modes, and nitro boosts for extra speed.


Reigns: Beyond (Series)

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Reigns: Beyond is the next game in the Reigns series that puts you in charge of making important decisions. Rather than running a kingdom, this time you are in an intergalactic indie rockband trying to gain stardom and fame.


My Child Lebensborn

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You nurture a Lebensborn child in Norway after World War II who faces a hostile community because they’ve been born to parents of both occupied and occupying forces. With meagre resources yourself, you must feed, clothe and bathe the child, but more...


80 Days

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

Genres: Adventure and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

80 Days is a travel and culture discovery game set in 1872, where decisions about your journey around the world impact the course of the story and characters.


Ghost Trick

Platforms: Nintendo DS and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a game where you play a ghost that can stop time to solve crimes and save lives. You can inhabit and control objects and possess corpses to alter what happens. His ultimate aim is to use his memories to find out how he...


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...


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...


Night in the Woods

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 9 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Night in the Woods follows college dropout Mae Borowski returning home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. But the place is different now her friends have grown and changed. There’s something suspicious happening in the nearby...


Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is a more substantial story told with cartoons interwoven with rhythm-action challenges. You play an 18-year-old boy with a secret identity as an art-thief. He’s searching for his father and, in order to find...


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...


Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series)

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

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 17 hours and 26 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a courtroom murder mystery series where you piece together clues to challenge testimonies and uncover the truth. It’s like a visual novel, although you must interact with characters and evidence to progress.


Another World

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Another World (Out of This World in North America) is a retro cinematic running, jumping and shooting game about a young scientist who, as a result of a failed experiment finds himself on a dangerous alien world where he is forced to fight for his...


The Secret of Monkey Island (Series)

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 7 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Secret of Monkey Island is a classic tongue-in-cheek pirate adventure game. You click or tap the screen to explore locations, find items and complete puzzles. Playing a young man, Guybrush Threepwood, with a dream of being a pirate, you become...


Oxenfree

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Duration: Between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Oxenfree is an adventure game where a teenagers’ beach party spirals into a supernatural story. You guide the outcome with your choices as the well-written dialogue reveals characters coming to terms with family breakdown, death of a sibling, blame...


Worms (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a long-standing turn-based multiplayer combat game. The twist is that all the players are worms. With bizarre attacks on opponents that range from exploding sheep to self-deploying ninja rope, the battle is on the far end of crazy.


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...


Fortnite

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

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

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

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


Dropsy

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Dropsy is an adventure video game where you move around and interact with the world by simply clicking. You play a clown called Dropsy in a surreal world. As you explore and interact with the environment, solve puzzles, and talk to characters you learn...


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...


Wide Ocean Big Jacket

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Open World

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a game about camping. Or rather, it's a game about the conversations you have while you are camping. You follow 13-year-old teenage friends Mord and Ben who recently started dating. The camping trip is with Mord’s Uncle Brad and Aunt Cloanne.


#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...


Never Alone

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.


To The Moon

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

To the Moon is a story-adventure following two doctors trying to fulfil a dying man's last wish to go to the moon. With only a few ways to interact with the game, you control the doctors, exploring and solving puzzles to reconstruct the dying man's...


Milkmaid of the Milky Way

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a puzzle game where you play a milkmaid Ruth in a remote farm, who is kidnapped by a spaceship. It sounds strange, but what unfolds is a story about boredom, parental expectation and the desire for change.


Zombies Run

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Physically Active

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Zombies Run is a combination of fitness app, radio play and zombie game. You choose the distance on the app, run in the real world and the narrative plays in your headphones.


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,...


Forgotton Anne

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 8 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Forgotton Anne (Forgotten Anne) is a hand-animated adventure that combines cartoon (Ghibli-inspired) storytelling with running and jumping puzzles. You play as Anne, the enforcer who keeps order in the Forgotten Lands, as she sets out to squash a...


Severed

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Severed is a dungeon adventure game where you wake up in a strange place, dazed and confused your family has been taken and with a severed arm. You embark on a perilous journey to find them and return home.


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...


Far From Noise

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Far From Noise is a narrative game where you play a car balancing on the edge of a cliff. You meet multiple animals that act as spiritual guides and discuss what it means to balance between life and death. When talking, you get the choice of two phrases...


Alt-Frequencies

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Alt-Frequencies is an adventure game played by listen to a series of radio shows. It's a story about people stuck in a time loop without realising it and what you can do to save them.


A Blind Legend

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Fighting

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

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


Spitkiss

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spitkiss is a game where you control a ball of saliva around the dangerous interior of different organs. The spittle is the carrier of a message of love and hope between people, but it can only get there if you precisely aim and navigate the different...


The White Door

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The White Door is an adventure that you play by exploring each room, finding and interacting with items and people. Along with its unusual black and white visuals, The White Door is also notable for the topic of mental health and memory loss it takes on.


Penrose

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative and Narrative

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Penrose is a text adventure, where you don't only read the story and choose its next step, but can go back into the text to change it in all sorts of mind-bending ways. As the develop describes it, "Penrose is a non-linear narrative adventure game about...


Williams Pinball

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

Genres: Physically Active and Simulation

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

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

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

Williams are a renowned designer and manufacturer of pinball machines. Its tables can be played on different systems through games that simulate the original games. This include the physics of the ball, pixel perfect recreation of the play tables and...


Gunman Clive (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Gunman Clive is a platform game where you traverse through a hand drawn western landscape, negotiating moving platforms, traps and enemies. Shooting is a major part of the game, and the player can pick up specialized weapons such as a spread shot,...


Genshin Impact

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

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

Duration: Between 35 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game 'loot box' purchases.

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...


The Banner Saga (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

The Banner Saga is a beautiful fantasy adventure where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story and the world around you. You play as two characters, each with their own related story.


Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an action-adventure game where you control two brothers at the same time with a single controller. After their mother passes away, they must find some water from the Tree of Life to save their father. The controls weave...


Her Story

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Solve the 1994 mystery of a murdered man by searching an old police computer archive of interview videos of his wife. The game presents a retro computer interface but the interviews themselves are short films with real actors. Although there are only...


Another Lost Phone

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Another Lost Phone places a stranger’s smartphone in your hands. As you use the phone interface to explore the social life of its young woman owner, Laura, you piece together messages, pictures and profiles to solve her disappearance. Although it...


Papers, Please

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 5 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizens’ passports and paperwork according to an increasing list of changing...


Limbo

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...


Little Misfortune

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Little Misfortune is a dark adventure where you play a small girl called, Misfortune, who, guided by a voice in her head, seeks the prize of eternal happiness for her mother. It's played side-on and unfolds a narrative about the girl's family as you...


Halo (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...


XCOM (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Duration: Between 30 hours and 45 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.

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


The Walk

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Physically Active

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

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

The Walk is an adventure you play by walking in the real world. A device detonates in Inverness station, and you have a package that could save the world. To stay alive, you’ll need to walk the length of the UK.


Framed (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Framed is a puzzle adventure where you re-arrange panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome and timeline of the story. With a noir-detective look, the puzzles start simply but soon get complex.


Invisible Inc

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

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

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Invisible Inc is a tactical adventure where you direct espionage agents in covert missions to acquire resources and support to relocate your agency's computer system to a safe haven within a limited amount of time.


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.


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 3 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 100 players online.

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

Playunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a battle-royale shooting game where you take on 100 players. Like a more realistic version of Fortnite, you collect supplies and out strategise your opponents to become the last person standing.


Lifeline (Series)

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Lifeline is a narrative adventure where you interact with am astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.


Untold RPG

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 8 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Untold is an adventure game you play by reading text and choosing directions. It starts with you waking up on a beach and encounter a nomad who wants revenge on their enemies. Atmospheric sound and music extend the text experience further.


Call of Duty Mobile

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Shooting

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

Players: You can play this with 100 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game 'loot box' purchases.

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


Photographs - Puzzle Stories

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

"Have you ever made a mistake, or hurt people you care about?" Asks the Photographs trailer. It's a puzzle game that aims much higher than to distract you while on the way to work.


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...


Life Is Strange (Series)

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 15 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to...


The Walking Dead (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Narrative

Duration: Between 13 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

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

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


Inside

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 8 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

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

Inside is from the same developer as Limbo. As such, you play another boy in a dark dream-light and horrific world. Here though, it's more modern-day and realistic.


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...


Zero Escape (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Zero Escape, is a series of adventure games that follows a group of nine individuals, who are kidnapped and held captive by a person who goes by the name "Zero", and are forced to play a game of life and death in order to escape.


Mass Effect (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 75 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...


Grand Theft Auto (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Duration: Between 27 hours and 28 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 30 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Grand Theft Auto is a series of action-adventure game where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and other vehicles.


Dead by Daylight

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 7 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 5 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Dead by Daylight is a survival horror game where one player takes on the role of a killer and another other four try and work together to survive. It's unusual because of this asynchronous play and its cross-over with different franchise-inspired themes.


 




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