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60 Great Games Like Alto's Odyssey

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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.

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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, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Platform and Race

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Built By Snowman (@BuiltBySnowman)

Players: 1

Costs: Free

60 Hand Picked Video Games Like Alto's Odyssey

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

Sheepo

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2020, updated in 2021

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

Sheepo is a running and jumping game where you explore a vibrant world in a quest to collect an egg from every species in the universe to save them from extinction. You take on bosses like other platforming games, but here you use the surroundings...

Vane

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PC and PS4

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...

OCO

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

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...

The Artful Escape

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2021

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

The Artful Escape is a narrative adventure with running and jumping sections that combine platform action with music-playing. You are Francis Vendetti as he traverses the universe, jamming on his guitar and harmonising with the various bizarre...

Lonely Mountains Downhill

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2019

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

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

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/02/2009

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

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...

Monument Valley (Series)

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

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...

Sky Children of the Light

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/07/2019

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

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...

Webbed

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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)

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

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,...

Gris

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/10/2019

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

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...

Moshi: Sleep and Mindfulnes‪s‬

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2020

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

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...

Breath of Light

Release Date: 25/03/2015

Platforms: iOS

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...

The First Tree

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/10/2018

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

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...

Exo One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/11/2021

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

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,...

Seasons After Fall

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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...

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Skill Rating: 8+ 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

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...

Where Cards Fall

Release Date: 15/09/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Pieces: Cards

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...

Shine – Journey of Light

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

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 3 (Series)

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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...

Steep

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/12/2016

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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...

Bonito Days

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: Switch

Bonito Days is a pastel-retro rolling, jumping and gliding game. You roll down a slope to launch yourself into the air and then glide around before landing. It's a simple challenge that combines with the breezy summer aesthetic with lite touch...

Burly Men at Sea

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

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

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...

Little Bug

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Minit

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

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

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...

Paradise Marsh

Release Date: 03/02/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Paradise Marsh is an open-world collecting and exploring game where the emphasis is on relaxation and contemplation rather than performance. You wander an endless wetland and collect creatures, skim stones and more as you find a way to put the stars...

Trials (Series)

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

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

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

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...

Art Of Rally

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2020, updated in 2021

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

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.

Doodle Jump (Series)

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

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.

Shu

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4 and Switch

Shu is a platform game where you are a member of a bird tribe tasked 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...

Summer Catchers

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

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

Release Date: 16/08/2016

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

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/09/2015

Platforms: Android and iOS

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...

Night Skate

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Night Skate is a one-button skating and jumping game where you play a skateboarder endlessly trundling and tricking their way through the world at night. You use a single button to jump, float and land. In this way you can build up combos and tricks to...

OlliOlli World (Series)

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/01/2014, updated in 2022

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

OlliOlli World is a skateboarding game where you roll, jump and trick your way around the vibrant world of Radlandia. It's hard to start, but once it clicks the controls are designed to let you flow through different moves. You meet colourful characters...

Solar Ash

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/12/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

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...

Fledgling Heroes

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Switch and iPhone, iPad

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.

Gibbon: Beyond The Trees

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Gibbon: Beyond The Trees is a swinging, sliding and somersaulting adventure that tells an ecological story about freedom and survival. You explore hand-painted jungle in a parkour style and slowly uncover the story of a lost gibbon searching for home...

Golf Club: Wasteland

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

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

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

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/09/2011

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

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.

Karawan

Release Date: 04/10/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Karawan is a meditative puzzle game where you journey to escape a desolate, crumbling world. It requires significant route-planning strategy, as you work to find optimum path to gather resources without running out of food. The novelty is extended by...

Oddworld Soulstorm (Series)

Skill Rating: 10+ 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

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 Exoddus and a sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. Its...

Rogue Legacy (Series)

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

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

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...

Rudi Rainbow

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/06/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

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.

Sequence Storm

Release Date: 21/12/2018

Platforms: PC

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 Story

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

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.

Sonic Colours Ultimate

Release Date: 07/09/2021

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

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...

Away: The Survival Series

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Away: The Survival Series is an open world narrative game about wildlife. It's a bit like playing inside a nature documentary. You explore, glide between the treetops, fight predators and find food on an island that has survived after a cataclysmic...

Defunct

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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....

Mon Amour

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Mon Amour is a platform game about love and diversity. You play with one button to keep jumping and stay in the air, Flappy Bird style, in an effort to save people by kissing them (and setting them free from their nightmare). Like Flappy Bird, you will...

Prune

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2015

Platforms: Android and iOS

Prune involves carefully cutting off tree branches to encourage a tree to grow in a particular direction. It starts simply but turns into a challenge that parents and young children to work on together.

Dirt n' Stone Off-Road (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Dirt n' Stone Off-Road is an off road driving game for four players, controlled with a single button. You play from side-on and press to accelerate or release to brake. The challenge is to apply the right amount of momentum to get your car over the...

Shadow Frog

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Platforms: iOS

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....

#Drive

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/02/2021

Platforms: Switch and iOS

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.

Aerial Knight's Never Yield

Release Date: 19/05/2021, updated in 2022

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

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...

Cursed to Golf

Release Date: 18/08/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Cursed to Golf is an adventure game where you progress by hitting a golf ball. You need to escape golf purgatory by navigating insane hazards, otherworldly power-ups and hole-in-ones. It's crazy golf mixed with a tough adventure game.

Super One More Jump

Release Date: 25/01/2018

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

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.

Everyday Shooter

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2008

Platforms: PC, PS Vita and PS3

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...

Get Hi

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/05/2015, updated in 2021

Platforms: iOS

Get Hi is an action puzzle game where you try and flick a ball up a series of tilting platforms. Touch the screen to tilt them one way, release to tilt them the other. All the platforms move together to keep it simple, but if the ball falls more than a...

Just Pogo (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Just Pogo is a jumping game you control with one button. You are a man on a pogo-stick and must get to the exit in each of the 18 levels. The quirk of the challenge is that you not only control the game with one button, but that button rotates your...

3 Easier Video Games than Alto's Odyssey

If you like the sound of Alto's Odyssey but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

16 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Alto's Odyssey

If you like the sound of Alto's Odyssey but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Alto's Odyssey Accessibility Report.
 

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:

Independent Games Festival Awards

Independent Games Festival (IGF) was founded in 1998 to promote independent video game developers, and innovation in video games. It cultivates innovation and artistry in all forms of interactive media. This aims to uncover how games are rich, diverse, artistic, and culturally significant.

It chooses games in a series of categories: Grand Prize, Innovation, Visual Art, Audio, Design, Technical Excellence, Best Mobile Game and Audience Award. This list highlights the games that were nominated and/or won.
 

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:
 

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. We haven't included games that require a motioned-touch.

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.
 

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.
 

Gaming 101: Action Games

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Action games.

Action video games focus on exciting or challenging activities. They are a call to "action", to play your part in exciting events that require hand-eye coordination, good timing, quick reactions and learned skills.

Commonly you will control a character to navigate a level, collect objects, avoid obstacles, and battle enemies. Equipment in the game can help progress. There will be certain points in the game where the action reaches a crescendo, perhaps with a harder "boss" enemy that must be defeated before moving on.

As opposed to Turn-Based games, that pause while the player decides their next move, action games are usually time-pressured.

In Sports games this action is focused on team or individual performance in rounds of play. In Open World games the action arises through encounters with situations and characters. In platform games the action focuses on exploration and timed jumps.
 

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.
 

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.
 

The Besties Podcast's Games of the Years

The Besties is a podcast about video games with a focus on a Game of Year format. Although episodes do cover new games like other podcasts, much of the content builds towards yearly Game of the Year shows, and head-to-head showdowns for best games in a series (Zelda, Grand Theft Auto and so on).

"It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – rank and review their favorite video games. Because shouldn't the world's best friends pick the world's best games?"

This is a list of the games that they have picked for their final game of the year show from 2014 to 2021. In some cases we didn't have the game on the database, but generally this is a good representation of their picks over the time of the show.