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21 Great Games Like Defunct

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Defunct and have found the following:
 

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. It's an unusual way to get around that leads to a sense of achievement and flow reminiscent of skateboarding or skiing.

Unfortunately, Defunct is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

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

Costs: Purchase cost

21 Hand Picked Games Like Defunct

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

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...

Fe

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/02/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @ZoinkGames

Players: This is a single player game

You play a fox in a magical fairy tale forest. The world extends in front of you in stylised form, with trees, mountains and streams glistening with sparkles of life. You run, jump, climb and dip your paws in every aspect of the world. But it’s the...

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

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

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...

Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @Sonic_hedgehog

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Haven

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 03/12/2020

Price: 35% off

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @TheGameBakers

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

Haven is an adventure about companionship and exploration in space. As star-crossed lovers Yu and Kay, you escape to a forgotten planet to stay together and set up home against the odds. You explore the world around you, able to glide over the plains,...

The Pathless

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and iPhone, iPad

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

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @GiantSquidology

Players: This is a single player game

The Pathless is a mythic adventure about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest. You use timed button presses to use your bow and discover the open world, and unlock a mystical island and dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world.

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...

Sonic Racing (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/02/2010

Price: 43% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Racing

Developer: @SumoDigitalLtd

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

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,...

Feather

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2019

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

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @SamuraiPunk

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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

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,...

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...

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: 10 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.

The Falconeer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2020

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: @TheFalconeer

Players: This is a single player game

The Falconeer is an action game where you play a pilot who flies a weaponised falcon through dramatic locations. You battle the rivalling factions to uncover the secrets of long-forgotten gods and ancestors. Although the game-play is all flying and...

Fugl

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/09/2017

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @MeloDive

Players: This is a single player game

Fugl is a game that simulates flying. You play a bird and launch yourself into the sky to explore a vast world. Rather than search for things, fight, or take on challenges, all you have to do is wend your way through the air currents and glide your way...

Lifeslide

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Apple TV, PC, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @DreamTeckStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Lifeslide is an adventure where you fly a paper place through an ever-changing landscape. It's a metaphorical journey through the stages of life as you learn to use eddies and up-drafts to soar higher and further.

Race the Sun

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 19/08/2013

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

Genres: Action and Racing

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @Flippfly

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Earth Analog

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @lgnkm

Players: This is a single player game

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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

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Aaero

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @MadFellowsGames

Players: This is a single player game

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Jett: The Far Shore

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

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

Developer: @SuperBrothersHQ

Players: This is a single player game

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PixelJunk Shooter

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 10/12/2009, updated in 2015

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @PixelJunkNews

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

PixelJunk Shooter is a shooting game where you fly a subterranean vehicle to rescue scientists trapped underground. You control movement with one stick and shooting with the other. This combines with the world's physics to create a puzzling shooting...

5 Easier Games than Defunct

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8 More Accessible Games than Defunct

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Get Children Into Science

Science can be a subject that many of us see as something for other people. Physics, Chemistry and Biology is something for the nerds, geeks and highly intelligent children at school and not for us or our children.

"Science is an incredibly important subject that many students never fully grasp. Knowledge of chemistry or other sciences is necessary to solve many real-world problems, but the way it's taught now often fails to capture students’ imaginations, discouraging experimentation and discovery."

That quote from the creators of Happy Atoms inspired this list of games. It's true not just about their game that unlocks the wonder of chemistry, but about many other games that often get children doing science without even realising it.

This can be the simple chemical puzzle-solving of a game like Sokobond. It can be the embodied understanding of gravity and momentum in real-time physics games like Portal. It can be the way different elements combine properties in games like Zelda Breath of the Wild. It can even be gaining a sense of scale of the universe in a game like Everything.
 

Get Children Into Flying Things

The dream of being able to fly seems to be a universal human desire. It's not surprising then, that many video games are popular because they grant the player the ability to soar through the air.

These games can range from novel superpowers that let you swing, boost or bounce your way into the sky like Marvel's Spider-Man, to serious experiences that simulate the complexities of flying a jumbo jet in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Along with games where flying is front and centre, many other games offer nuanced flight as part of their experience, like Rocket League. There are other examples that use trajectory to get to hard platforms, like Ibb and Obb and other games like Slime Rancher where you can unlock a jetpack.

The games we have collected together in this list, enable you to experience flight in some way. Educationally, this isn't only a novelty to inspire other learning but offers an embodied appreciation of gravity, air currents, g-force, pitching, yawing and how materials respond at high speed.
 

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
Eco
PEGI Rating 7 for Eco
Fez
PEGI Rating 3 for Fez
Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris
Portal
PEGI Rating 12 for Portal

Digital Toy Boxes

Video games and toys are two separate things in a child's life. Online and in stores they are sold separately. At home, however, children will move from toys to video games without such strong distinctions. This list draws together all the games that cross over with toys in this way.

Very young players are often drawn to games with toy-like play. Whether Toca Boca or Sago Mini offer video game interactions but without missions, tasks or scores. They are games that create space, characters, locations and items for children to make up their own fun.

Then there are games that import physical toys into the play-process of the game. Sometimes this is to have a figure unlock items and save progress like in Skylanders or sometimes this is to create new ways to interact like Tori, Hotwheels id or Anki.
 
Eloh
PEGI Rating 3 for Eloh
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
PixArk
PEGI Rating 12 for PixArk
Ink
PEGI Rating 3 for Ink
Fuel
PEGI Rating 7 for Fuel
Tori
PEGI Rating 3 for Tori

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

Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
Sifu
Pyre
PEGI Rating 7 for Pyre
Hitman
PEGI Rating 18 for Hitman

Hope Through Play

Games that embed a sense of hope by playing them. Sometimes a hopeful story, sometimes a hopeful interaction, and sometimes just an uplifting aesthetic to spend time in. These are games that leave you with an uplifted spirit, maybe not immediately (like Horizon Zero Dawn) but by the time you have finished them.

There is something innocent and childlike in play, and video games each have a slice of that in different ways. Sometimes simple and sometimes complex, games can help us return to the hope we had as children, or call us on to the wisdom and perspective of older years.
 

Explore Physicality

Video games offer an opportunity to inhabit another body. Whether we step into the powerful frame of a trained marksman or brave adventurer, while we play we have a different sense of our physicality.

This is not only an enjoyable way to escape the reality of daily life but a chance to reflect on and understand ourselves, and our bodies, better. Stepping into the shoes of a vulnerable, small or endangered character can help us understand for a short while some of what it is like to be someone else.

Whether this is into the awkward teenage years of Mord and Ben in Wide Ocean Big Jacket, the grandparent-escaping Tiger and Bee in Kissy Kissy, the fractured heartbroken body in Gris or the haphazard movement of Octodad we have a chance to reassess our own physicality and how we respond to and treat other people's physicality.

More specifically, to use body therapy language, games offer us a chance to discover the inviolability of our bodies, personal autonomy, self-ownership, and self-determination. In travel, as Andrew Soloman says, we go somewhere else to see properly the place where we have come from. In video games, we step into other bodies so we can better understand our own and those of the people around us.
 
Sifu
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Qomp
Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.