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22 Great Games Like HackyZack

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

Hack Zack is a running and jumping game where you also have to hit a ball through the level to win. Because the game simulates real physics this can be quite a challenge. It's an unusual game that requires planning as well as careful execution.

Unfortunately, HackyZack 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

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @SpaceboyGames

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Costs: Purchase cost

16 Hand Picked Games Like HackyZack

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

Rocket League

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action and Sports

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: @PsyonixStudios

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

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Yoku's Island Express

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/05/2018

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

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

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: @YokuGame

Players: This is a single player game

Yoku's Island Express combines pinball and running and jumping games. You run, bounce and collect special items, engage in battles with fantasy enemies and explore a large open-world. Just like a classic pinball machine you use paddles and bumpers...

LocoRoco

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2006

Platforms: PS Vita, PS4 and PSP

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

This creates a world of plants and creatures to investigate. The novelty, besides the character’s singing and cute aesthetic, is that you control the game with just two buttons, tilting and bumping your characters through each level.

Snipperclips

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @SFBTom

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

This is a game where you play a piece of paper that can be cut into different shapes. Through a series of puzzle levels, you adjust your shape by clipping and overlapping other players. Sometimes this is to match a shape, at others it is to catch a ball...

Ibb and Obb

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/08/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @Sparpweed

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

Ibb & Obb is a puzzle game where you run, jump, land on enemies and solve momentum puzzles. The novelty is that it's a game designed for co-operation. One player controls the green creature, Ibb, and the other controls the pink creature, Obb. The world...

Battloon

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/02/2019

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: @NonameStudio_jp

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

Battloon is a colourful battle game, where each of the four players controls a balloon-like creature. You try and bounce the other players into spikes on the arena walls by puffing out air to propel yourself in a direction.

Alpaca Ball: Allstars

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Developer: @Salt_Castle

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

Alpaca Ball: Allstars is a football (soccer) game played with four legged furry animals. Rather than kick the ball you whack it with your head and long neck. You can also block and ram your opponents, or dive-kick them out the way.

Qomp

Qomp

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 15/11/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @WombatStuff

Players: This is a single player game

Qomp is a bat and ball game with a difference. You control the ball rather than the bat. Trapped in between paddles for decades, you finally escape and start an adventure through a maze of dungeons.

Rolando

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HandCircus

Players: This is a single player game

Rolando is a puzzle-adventure game where you control the ball-like Rolandos. You direct the collection of creatures through levels by tilting the device and interacting with elements like conveyor belts and elevators via the touch screen. It's a lovely...

Videoball

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/06/2016

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @ActionButton

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

Videoball is a minimalist sports game for up to six players. The aim is to get one of the balls into the opponent’s goal by shooting it with triangles. It’s highly skilled, frantic and works brilliantly in a competitive family setting.

Boom Blox (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 06/05/2008, updated in 2009

Price: 57% off

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Physically Active, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @EA_DICE

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

Boom Blox is a puzzle game on the Wii, designed by Steven Spielberg, where motion controls are used to direct projectiles at towers in surprisingly accurate and engaging ways. This extends beyond Jenga-style play to offer physics-based puzzles where you...

Fling Smash

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/11/2010

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Fling Smash is an action throwing game where you direct a ball-shaped hero by flicking the controller.

HyperBrawl Tournament

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres:

Developer: @MilkyTeaStudios

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

HyperBrawl Tournament is a sports combat game. Played in futuristic arenas you must smash, brawl and score your way to victory in relentless, high-adrenaline player versus player battles. It's like an updated version of the classic Speedball or...

Regular Human Basketball

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 01/08/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @Powerhoof

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

Regular Human Basketball is a very different sports game. You play basketball by jumping around inside the robot players to control their moves. It sounds both strange and hard work, but in reality it's a lot of fun.

Wreckout

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Developer: @Huey_Games

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

Wreckout is a competitive sports game where you drive cars that catapult a ball into targets. Drawing on the classic Speedball games with a touch of Breakout, Micro Machines and Rocket League it offers a high octane and...

Spitkiss

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/11/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @TripleTopping

Players: This is a single player game

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...

6 Easier Games than HackyZack

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

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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

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Horace
PEGI Rating 12 for Horace
Qomp
Ord
PEGI Rating 3 for Ord
Rust
PEGI Rating 16 for Rust
ITTA
PEGI Rating 12 for ITTA

Build Personal Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves "bouncing back" from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

Games, by design, present players with adversity and much of the joy of gaming comes from taking on and overcoming unnecessary obstacles. Whether you’re saving the universe from an alien invasion or tending crops in your animal community, playing games mimics the process of resilience.

Image 163 This list of games that can help foster various forms of psychological resilience is compiled with the expert help of Take This. They aim to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. They encourage a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators.

The Portal series tell a narrative that you are going to fail. You’re told to give up, but if you ignore this barrage of discouragement you can use it as a way to strengthen your resolve and complete the puzzles even if you have failed twenty times in the process. The Stanley Parable is all about trying again. You can try and re-try your decision making, reaching a variety of different endings.

Dark Souls is a hallmark for a punishing challenge that require resilience. You journey through elaborate lands to adventure, explore, and take heed lest they encounter a battle with a boss or enemy. Celeste is the story of Madeline and the enemies she overcomes while climbing Celeste Mountain. The game specifically calls out that Madeline has anxiety, and the challenges she faces in the environment reflect her own internal struggles and triumphs. Cuphead challenges players to battle relentless bosses in combat-heavy play. Cartoonish and playful, it balances challenging players to grow in skill and offers plenty of entertaining environments and aesthetics to keep you playing.

In Kingdom Hearts you meet many characters that need help - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world. Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where one player’s mistake makes everyone else lose. You learn cooperative resilience in trying again admits humorous judgments from the unseen “hosts” of the game.

In Animal Crossing you get help from the animal neighbours. You learn to lean on this social and environmental resilience to persevere at building social connections with computer villagers and friends online. Stardew Valley’s farming is about growing and maintaining a homestead. Interweaving the busy work are relationships with the other villagers, many of whom are social models for resilience in their storylines.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Rust
PEGI Rating 16 for Rust
Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki
Portal
PEGI Rating 12 for Portal

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

One Joy-Con Nintendo Switch Multiplayer Games

The Switch console comes with one pair of Joy Cons. These are attached to the Switch in portable mode, and detached when playing on a TV. Some games support multiplayer modes with each player only needing one Joy-Con half to play. This offers a much more affordable way to accommodate more players.
 
Ink
PEGI Rating 3 for Ink

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


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