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47 Great Games Like Alto's Odyssey

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Alto's Odyssey.
 

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 and to a feeling of flow as you charge down the mountain, but there’s real skill to doing it well. Alto’s Adventure is a good first sports game because it’s simple to control but requires a deep understanding to master.

Unfortunately, Alto's Odyssey is not available on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Racing

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @BuiltBySnowman

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Free

Hand Picked Games Like Alto's Odyssey

These are our hand-picked games similar to Alto's Odyssey. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Alto's Odyssey. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

OCO

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @Spectrum48Games

Players: This is a single player game

OCO is a sliding and jumping game set with simple colourful levels each set in a rotating planetoid. Unlike other platform games, you control everything with a single button. Each different colour of platform you slide along grants different abilities...

Lonely Mountains Downhill

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2019

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Megagon_inds

Players: This is a single player game

Race down a mountain on a bike. Make your way through thick forests, narrow trails and wild rivers. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash all the way from the peak to the valley. You choose your route to find the fastest way to the finish line.

Flower

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-11 year-olds

Release Date: 12/02/2009

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: @ThatGameCompany

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Webbed

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 7 features

Developer: @SBugGames

Players: This is a single player game

Webbed is a running and jumping game with a twist. You play a spider who can make webs, swing, climb and all the while create music as she goes. It follows the story of our happy little spider on an adventure to save her boyfriend from a big dumb...

Toca Life: World (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-6 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

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

Developer: @TocaBoca

Players: This is a single player game

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,...

Moshi: Sleep and Mindfulnes‪s‬

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2020

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 15 features

Players: This is a single player game

Moshi: Sleep and Mindfulnes‪s‬ is a narrative experience designed to aid sleep. Children can select stories, sounds, meditation or music and calm colours to help them drift off to sleep quickly. Once started the original stories and sounds play with...

Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris

Gris

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @NomadaStudiobcn

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Breath of Light

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/03/2015

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @BreathGame

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Sky Children of the Light

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/07/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @ThatGameCompany

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

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...

The First Tree

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/10/2018

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

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

Developer: @DavidWehle

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Minit

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @DevolverDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Minit is retro puzzle game where you complete small tasks in within a 60 second time frame. You must dodge or fight foes, cut through the undergrowth, explore your world and find keys and swords. You start from the same place for each of your 60 second...

Monument Valley (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @UstwoGames

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SuperMonkeyBall

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

Burly Men at Sea

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/09/2016, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Brain_And_Brain

Players: This is a single player game

Burly Men at Sea is an adventure where you play three seafaring brothers who explore the Scandinavian seas. It's novel because it requires multiple playthroughs to discover the full narrative. It has a unique cyclical gameplay loop that remembers your...

Exo One

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @JayWeston

Players: This is a single player game

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

Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu

Shu

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 04/10/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @CoatSink

Players: This is a single player game

Shu is a platform game where you are a member of a bird tribe tasks with returning villagers back home and escaping from a purple cloud monster. You jump and glide your way around the world, meeting new villagers and characters who daisy-chain with your...

Solar Ash

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

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

Developer: @HeartMachineZ

Players: This is a single player game

Solar Ash is a running and jumping game with a strong focus on fluidity of movement and combat. You play Rei, who is trying to reclaim her homeland. You swing and float your way through a vivid, surreal landscape filled with enemies of all shapes and...

The Artful Escape

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @A_i

Players: This is a single player game

The Artful Escape is a running and jumping game that combines platform action with music-playing. You play as Francis Vendetti as he traverses the universe, jamming on his guitar and harmonising with the various bizarre creatures he encounters on his...

Vane

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PC and PS4

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

Developer: @FriendAndFoeDev

Players: This is a single player game

Vane is an ethereal adventure in a ruined desert where strange golden dust transforms a free-spirited bird into a determined young child. The premise is not all that uncommon, but Vane stands out for how you soar over the dessert and climb your way...

Where Cards Fall

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 15/09/2019

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @TheGameBand

Players: This is a single player game

Where Cards Fall, from the same developer as Alto's Adventure, is an adventure where you build houses of cards to advance. In a beautifully hand-drawn world, you need to create pathways with the cards through the dreamlike...

Fledgling Heroes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: @SubtleBoom

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fledgeling Heroes is a fun flying game where you tap or press to guide a part through landscapes and collect coins. You can swim, sprint and soar, defeat dastardly dragons, unlock wondrous new worlds, and explore limitless levels in the Lab.

Rudi Rainbow

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-6 year-olds

Release Date: 24/06/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @_FoxAndSheep

Players: This is a single player game

Rudi Rainbow is an adventure game where you play a rainbow who has lost his colours. It's designed for really young players and offers a combination of story-book narrative and light puzzles. Along the way you learn about the weather and space.

Shine – Journey of Light

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @_FoxAndSheep

Players: This is a single player game

Shine – Journey of Light is an adventure puzzle game where you guide a ball of light through a world of light and shadow. As you delve deep into the world you discover a lost civilisation and piece together the stories of the past.

Skate Story

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Narrative, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: @BySamEng

Players: This is a single player game

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

Steep

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/12/2016

Price: 40% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @Ubisoft

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

Steep is an extreme winter sports game set in a fully explorable Alps. You can ski, snowboard, paraglide or wingsuit (fly) down various mountains, with alternate pathways to explore and create. You gain experience points from performing tricks and...

Summer Catchers

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 16/07/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Racing

Developer: @NoodleCakeGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Summer Catchers is a whimsical adventure about driving across the frozen north to find summer, dodging obstacles and fighting bosses along the way. It's super simple to control but hazards require specific power-up button presses. The trial and error...

Absolute Drift

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 16/08/2016

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

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @FunSelektor

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Jumpy Wall

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 03/09/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @PimCoumans

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Little Bug

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @BuddySystemLA

Players: This is a single player game

Little Bug is a running and jumping game where you move through a surreal, abstract world by swinging on ropes. Unlike similar, you control both character movement and the position of a helper spirit that can shoot and levitate you. This unusual...

Rogue Legacy (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 27/06/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @CellarDoorGames

Players: This is a single player game

Rogue Legacy is a dungeon fighting game. Each time you die you go back to the start. However, you are resurrected as a character with different challenges: colourblind, dyslexic, a dwarf and so on. You can use gold, collected form previous lives, to...

Seasons After Fall

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 02/09/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SwingSwingSub

Players: This is a single player game

Seasons After Fall is a running and jumping game where you traverse through forests in search of the lost spirits of the four seasons. As you progress, you unlock the ability to change the season at will, altering the dynamic of the level and letting...

Art Of Rally

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 23/09/2020

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

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: @FunSelektor

Players: This is a single player game

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

Golf Club: Wasteland

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

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

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

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @Demagog_Studio

Players: This is a single player game

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

Jetpack Joyride

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/09/2011

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @HalfBrick

Players: This is a single player game

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. You play a scientist who runs through each of the levels and must survive and get to the end.

Oddworld Soulstorm (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/1997, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @OddworldInc

Players: This is a single player game

Oddworld: Soul Storm is a running and jumping game where you guide members of your species through labyrinthine levels to free them from brutal oppression. It's a remake of 1998's Oddworld: Abe's Exodus and a sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. Its...

Sequence Storm

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 21/12/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Narrative, Racing, Rhythm and Sports

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: @SEQUENCE_STORM

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

This is a rhythm game where you press buttons in time with the music to score points. It sounds simple, but similar to games like Guitar Hero, it soon gets more complex. Unusually the rhythm play has a futuristic racing story.

Skate 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2007, updated in 2010

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @EA

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

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

Sonic Colours Ultimate

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 07/09/2021

Platforms: DS, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @Sega

Players: This is a single player game

Sonic Colors is a running, jumping and grinding game where you play the iconic blue hedgehog, Sonic. Dr. Eggman has built a giant amusement park that he's powering with a captured alien race. You use Sonic's lightning speed to free the aliens through...

Trials (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/02/2019, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

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

Aerial Knight's Never Yield

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: @Aerial_Knight

Players: This is a single player game

Aerial Knight's Never Yield is a running and jumping game where movement is timed not to beat enemies but to the rhythm of the music. Like other endless runner games, your motion is predetermined so you can focus on pressing the buttons at the right...

#Drive

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/02/2021

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Genres: Platform and Racing

Developer: @PMStudiosUSA

Players: This is a single player game

Drive is an endless driving game where you pick a car, choose a location, and see how long you can survive for and beat your previous record. Its attraction is in the simplicity and light narrative about old cars finding a new lease of life.

Defunct

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/01/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 90% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Platform, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: @FSGameStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Defunct is an adventure game where you race through a post-human landscape. You play an old, broken racing robot with little propulsion left. However, by using the landscape and varying your gravitation pull you learn how to speed through the world....

Doodle Jump (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/04/2009, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @LimaSky

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Doodle Jump is a jumping video game where you guide a hand-drawn four-legged creature up an endless series of platforms. Once you fall to the bottom of the screen it's game over.

Everyday Shooter

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2008

Platforms: PC, PS Vita and PS3

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Mango_Lychee

Players: This is a single player game

Everyday Shooter is a collection of shooting games presented as a music album. The shooting action is familiar but here the dissolute sounds of destruction are replaced with guitar riffs harmonizing over the soundtrack. The visuals join in the...

Prune

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2015

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Mcdjoel

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Shadow Frog

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Oddrok

Players: This is a single player game

Shadow Frog is a simple running and jumping game you play with a single button/tap on the screen. You play Frogo who needs to escape the caves. Using just your jump button you interact with the cave walls and platforms to get around and collect keys....

Super One More Jump

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/01/2018

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @PremoGames

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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.

Alto's Odyssey is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Alto's Odyssey in the following lists:

Interpret Deeper Meaning

Video games aren't high on the list of most people's spiritual spaces. However, many games offer experiences that invite you to explore buildings, worlds, cities and the countryside full of potential for spiritual reflection.

Games offer a unique way to encounter what is beyond us: other people, the world and possibly even the divine. They include themes of hope, loss and love. They invite us to reconsider how we see the outsider and the marginalised. They offer a chance for response and emotion to grow.

The games in this list have been the subject of a series of articles I have written about video games and faith. Firstly, from 2013-2015 for ThirdWay magazine, and more recently for Youth and Children's Work (YCW) magazine.

These are two publications for Christian audiences, that have invited me to shed light on what a range of video games might mean for those communities. I aim to make connections with faith, the bible and the experience of these video games. This is one way to interpret them which of course invites further and possibly counter interpretations from other perspectives.

YCW articles:
Firewatch | Everything | Bury Me My Love | Abzu | Wilmot's Warehouse

Thirdway Articles:
Proteus | Joust | Uncharted 3 | Alan Wake | This War of Mine | Journey | Limbo | Spaceteam | A Dark Room | Altos Adventure | A Year Walk | Bioshock Infinite | The Last of Us | Disney Infinity | Everybody's Gone to the Rapture | That Dragon Cancer | Spec Ops The Line | Papo and Yo
 

One Button Games

The games here can be played with a single button. Although ranging in difficulty they are a good place to start for those needing simpler controls.

It should be noted that many of these games need to be started with more than one button. Some are played by tapping at a fixed point on a touchscreen.

For those needing alternative access there are many possibilities with an accessibility switch. These "switches" come in many shapes and sizes including jumbo buttons, super-sensitive finger switches and sound sensors. In some cases, the spacebar or a Bluetooth keyboard can work just fine. If the player can activate the control and if it can be connected to the games machine, then one-button play becomes a possibility.

This list was compiled with the help of Barrie Ellis, who runs One Switch. On that site you can find equipment to enable a far wider range of games to be played by accessibility switch users. OneSwitch also supports a range of other accessible gaming solutions.
 

Games from Taming Gaming Book

When we wrote the Taming Gaming book we packed the second half with full colour game ‘recipes’ as a resource for parents and families. They are grouped in categories depending on the style of game you are looking for, whether you want to play on your own, or with your family and friends.

The Family Gaming Database grew out of the book. At first it was just going to be a way to search the 60 or so games in the book. With 1000’s of parents soon using the database it became clear we should grow it to cover more games. So, today we have 1403 games.

Here are all the games from the book:

Games for non-gaming grown-ups

These games are perfect if you have never played one before. They open the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers.

Nurture child-like imagination

These games are for children under seven years old who will, with some help, discover activities they want to try that will expand their imaginations, while establishing the role of your guidance and engagement as part of the gaming world as they grow up.

Nourish Youthful Ambition

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fabs for the latest titles. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects.

Laugh at Silliness

Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together. The games on this list have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together.

Inhabit Another World

The games in this list invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character.

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant all-age, competitive fun is something video games are known for. These games can play a bit-part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat.

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. Along with team work the games on this list use the fact that the players are all sitting next to each other. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.

Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. These games offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other to the games people play.

Wake up Your Emotions

Video games are known for high-octane, adrenaline fuelled entertainment, but there are many that address the players emotions as much as their dexterity. The games in the following list create emotionally rich spaces in which to explore scenarios with feelings rather than facts.

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shoot-outs

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but as with B-movies and 1980’s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about the killing.

Face Tough Decisions

Games create virtual worlds where you can experience life from another perspective. This can be lighthearted but also presents ethical scenarios that require you to think carefully about consequences. These games each place you in a challenging situation to give you a first hand experience of what it’s like.

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. The following games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique first-hand sleuthing challenge.

 

Winding Down

Children love to play exuberant and exciting video games with their friends. While these offer a wide range of benefits, it can be good to transition to something less energetic as the day draws to a close.

We have worked with Moshi Sleep on this list of games and apps that are a great way to help children wind down as they transition to night time. It creates mindfulness experiences for children to “enjoy calmer day times and quicker bedtimes”.

These are playful ways to calm the brain, ease anxiety and generally get little heads ready to rest. Some of them are ideal to play right before sleeping and even let you turn off the screen to listen along when you are finished interacting. Others, like Frost or Lifelike, offer gentle, tranquil interactions to still the mind and escape the world. Some, like Flower or Alto’s Adventure, create calm with simple repetition of tasks and process in a world where the sun slowly sets.

These games, together with some screen-free time in the lead up to sleep are a great way for children to develop healthy bedtime habits.
 

Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Nuts
Kine
PEGI Rating 3 for Kine
Pode
PEGI Rating 3 for Pode
Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki
Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris
Eco
PEGI Rating 7 for Eco
Portal
PEGI Rating 12 for Portal
Fez
PEGI Rating 3 for Fez

Your First Video Game

These games are perfect if you’ve never played one before, opening the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers. They are short, straightforward and easy to understand, so you don’t need to commit hours to learn to play them, and they are played on technology you probably already have in your pocket or in your home. They address mature themes such as love, hope, power, homelessness and even traffic planning by inviting you to interact and play a part in these worlds and stories.

We've found that it's not just parents who have enjoyed the way these games let them in on the world of gaming, but grandparents, uncles and aunts. In fact it's a great list for anyone who's never played a game and wants to know what all the fuss is about.
 

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 

Find Calm From The Storm

These games offer ways to consciously step outside the day's stresses and pressures to create space for self-care. This may be to distract yourself with calming unpressured tasks or to visit a world that is tranquil and relaxing or maybe just spend time reflecting on your emotions in a safe space.
 
Eloh
PEGI Rating 3 for Eloh
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Tint
Abzu
PEGI Rating 7 for Abzu


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