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119 Great Games Like Hades

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

Hades is a shooting game where you battle your way through dungeons to escape hell and the clutches of Hades. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades and through the game you'll meet many recognisable greek gods like Zeus, Athena and Posiedon who will try to help you escape and give you new skills.

Unfortunately, Hades is not available on Android, 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 12

Release Date: 06/12/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Supergiant Games (@SupergiantGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

37 Hand Picked Games Like Hades

These are our hand-picked games similar to Hades. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Hades, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Dead Cells

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-14 year-olds

Release Date: 10/05/2017

Price: 40% off

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)

Players: This is a single player game

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where are escaping a prison. In a bright pixilated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time you...

Minecraft Dungeons

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Adventure

Accessibility: 40 features

Developer: Dungeons Game (@DungeonsGame)

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

Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure game that takes place in the Minecraft universe. You explore various dungeons to complete missions and collect new gear by exploring and finding treasure chests, or by defeating enemies....

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 03/12/2020

Price: 51% off

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Accessibility: 43 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single player game

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a mythical adventure game where you play Fenyx, exploring the huge open world, solving puzzles and fighting evil fantasy creatures. Fenyx is a newly winged demigod, who was prophesied to be the one to save the Greek Gods' home...

Spiritfarer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/08/2020

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

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

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Thunder Lotus (@ThunderLotus)

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

Spiritfarer is a boat building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/02/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Role-Playing

Developer: Helio C Studios (@HelioCStudios)

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

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos is a fighting game where you battle Titans and explore the dungeons of an expansive over-world. It's unusual because it combines the homemaking of Stardew Valley with classic Zelda style adventures and lets you play with up...

Sifu

Sifu

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Slo Clap (@SloClap)

Players: This is a single player game

Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind.

Returnal

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: PS5

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: House Marque (@HouseMarque)

Players: This is a single player game

Returnal is a sci-fi shooting game played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating...

Barbearian

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: Gimblll (@Gimblll)

Players: This is a single player game

Barbearian is a hectic action game where you fight through three-level missions by hacking and slashing hundreds of tiny enemies, collecting cash and rescuing minions to add to your army. It's a role play game you can take on in bite sized portions each...

Prodeus

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 09/11/2020

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Prodeus (@Prodeus)

Players: This is a single player game

Prodeus is a fast paced shooting game. It's designed to recreate the frantic reaction based play of the first shooting games like Quake and Doom. You familiarise yourself with complex levels, searching for keys, while engaging enemies in fast-paced...

Ultrakill

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 03/09/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Hakita Dev (@HakitaDev)

Players: This is a single player game

Ultrakill is a fast very violent retro shooting game. It's like the games that created this genre, Quake, Doom and the more recent Devil May Cry. You must use quick reactions to move and shoot before you yourself are shot. You can find weapons to help,...

Disc Room

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single player game

Disc Room is an action survival game set in a sprawling intergalactic slaughterhouse. You are a scientist from the future exploring the facility and must get through each room that is filled with sharp discs by running and dodging. You have special...

Chrono Sword

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 01/11/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Playing

Developer: David Space Duck (@DavidSpaceDuck)

Players: This is a single player game

Chrono Sword is an adventure game about Aenor, a time traveller attempting to prevent the death of her loved ones. You learn technical combat, explore the world, switch timelines and fight off enemies to discover the secrets of the past.

Godfall

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Playing

Developer: Play Godfall (@PlayGodfall)

Players: You can play this with 3 players online

Godfall is a fighting role-playing game that puts you in the role of a Valorian knight, masters of combat. The game revolves around loot mechanics, which mean the goal is to defeat enemies and collect the items they drop. These items are used to improve...

Hyper Light Drifter

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/03/2016, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Heart Machine Z (@HeartMachineZ)

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

Hyper Light Drifter is a fast action role-play game that combines exploration and puzzles with arcade style shooting. You play a Drifter who can access technology in a post-technological world. This grants access to upgradable energy weapons to help you...

Mortal Shell

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Developer: Mortal Shell Game (@MortalShellGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Mortal Shell is a fighting role-playing video with difficult battles. It invites you to explore and fight your way through a shattered world where the remains of humanity wither and rot.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/11/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Switch and Wii

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

Developer: Spike Chunsoft e (@SpikeChunsoft_e)

Players: This is a single player game

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is a series of fighting games where you control different cartoon creatures as they make their way through randomly-generated dungeons, defeating enemies and adding them to your team. It's a simple rogue-like game where you take...

Spelunky 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 29/09/2020

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Moss Mouth (@MossMouth)

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

Spelunky 2 is, like the classic Spelunky, a running and jumping game where you exploring mysterious caves on the moon looking for your missing parents. On your journey, you will find unique environments, treasure, and people to join you as you delve...

Assault Android Cactus

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/09/2015

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Witch Beam Games (@WitchBeamGames)

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

Assault Android Cactus is a fast cartoon-style shooting game where you responds to a distress call from a crippled space freighter and defend it from wayward robot workers. One stick controls the movement while the other stick controls the direction of...

Death's Door

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/07/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Acid Nerve (@AcidNerve)

Players: This is a single player game

Death's Door is a noir adventure game where you play a crow whose job it is to reap the souls of the dead. When one goes missing you must fight, run and jump through a fantasy world to get it back. It's a simple combat game at heart, but the unusual...

Risk of Rain 2

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 30/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Shooting

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Hopoo Games (@HopooGames)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Risk of Rain 2 is a multiplayer adventure game where you have to fight to survive and escape a planet you've crash-landed on. It's formatted like a 'Roguelike' game: an iterative game that requires multiple goes to complete a level and where your...

The Binding of Isaac (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2011, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Edmund Mc Millen (@EdmundMcMillen)

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

The Binding of Isaac is a series of adventure games where you progress through randomly generated rooms, collecting items and fighting off monsters. It's a twist on the simple Zelda dungeon, with hundreds of enemies, room variations and upgrades. The...

Dodgeball Academia

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/08/2021

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

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

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Pocket Trap (@PocketTrap)

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

Dodgeball Academia is a sports game that focuses as much on story as sporting action. You play Otto, who hopes to become the ultimate dodgeball player. To do this you need to build a diverse team and learn new skills.

Full Metal Furies

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/11/2018

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Cellar Door Games (@CellarDoorGames)

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

Full Metal Furies is a co-operative fighting game where you defend the free world from tyrannical titans. With three friends you each choose a character and work together to defeat special enemies, string combination attacks and save a war torn world...

Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Simulation

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single player game

Discovery Tour is a special mode that uses the worlds created for the main Assassin’s Creed games to offer an educational exploration experience. It is available both as a free part of the original games and as a...

Mana Spark

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 22/12/2018

Price: 90% off

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Kishimoto Studio (@KishimotoStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Mana Spark is a fantasy adventure where you explore a Tolkein-esque dungeon to fight smart enemies that will plan and collaborate between themselves to defeat you. It's a game you play over and over, improving not only your skill but equipment and...

Pyre
PEGI Rating 7 for Pyre

Pyre

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 25/07/2017

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Narrative, Role-Playing and Sports

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Supergiant Games (@SupergiantGames)

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

Pyre is an unusual mix of role-playing and action sports. It takes place in a fantasy world, where you guide a caravan of exiles during fantasy sports games called Rites. As you explore you build a party of characters who encounter other groups of...

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: Cellar Door Games (@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...

Children of Morta

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 03/09/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: Dead Mage Studio (@DeadMageStudio)

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

Children of Morta is an adventure game about a family of heroes, each with different abilities and enhancements. You battle enemies and bosses while exploring dungeons within the cavern of Mount Morta and must avoid the corruption as it spreads.

Doom Eternal

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/03/2020

Price: 67% off

Platforms: PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: id Software (@idSoftware)

Players: You can play this with 3 players online

Doom is a shooting game with a focus on movement and close-quarter combat in tightly designed arenas. Originally released in 1993, it was one of the first 3D shooting games to be made and spawned numerous sequels, novels, comic books, board games, and...

Gutwhale

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/04/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: wombatstuff (@wombatstuff)

Players: This is a single player game

Gutwhale is a challenging shooting game set inside a whale. Unusually, you only have one single bullet, which you must continue to collect after each use if you want to shoot again. The game is split into three distinct levels, each with four sub-levels...

ScourgeBringer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/02/2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Flying Oak Games (@FlyingOakGames)

Players: This is a single player game

ScourgeBringer is a fast running jumping and shooting game. You play Kyhra who must slash her way through ancient machines guarding the seal of her past. It's hard and unforgiving, but offers a free flowing exploration and battling that can be tailored...

Song of Iron

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 31/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Song Of Iron (@SongOfIron)

Players: This is a single player game

Song of Iron is a Norse fighting game where you explore an ancient, and mysterious homeland. Through forests, into caves and over mountains you seek vengeance. It's an unusual combination of side-on action and beautifully rendered visuals. You must keep...

Enter The Gungeon

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Dodge Roll Games (@DodgeRollGames)

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

Enter the Gungeon is a shooting game where you use one stick for running around and the other to aim. These twin-stick controls combine with loads of enemy bullets to dodge to create a tough challenge. You play four adventurers descending into the...

Gonner (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 22/10/2020

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ditto Mat (@DittoMat)

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

Gonner 2 is a running and jumping game where you defend yourself by shooting enemies in a chaotic procedural environment as a small character called Ikk. You'll need a large amount of patience as you die a lot. To progress you need to hone your shooting...

Loot River

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Straka Studio (@Straka_Studio)

Players: This is a single player game

Loot River is a puzzle fighting game where you explore labyrinths armed with the power of a relic that can shift the ground. This combines the combat with a Tetris-like tile shifting that alters the layout of each room to your advantage.

Rogue Lords

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Cyanide Studio (@CyanideStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

This is a role-play adventure where you are able to change the rules to your advantage. You play the devil who, run after run, manages a team of famous evil geniuses to take on series of combat scenarios.

Thoth

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/10/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Carlsen Games (@CarlsenGames)

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

Thoth is a shooting game with a twist: you shoot the colour out of objects as they move in ways that make it hard to avoid them. It's quite challenging as the levels are fast-paced and often introduce new mechanics that you need to learn to cope with,...

89 Games Like Hades Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Hades. This includes games from the Role-Playing, Fighting, Action and Shooting genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

5 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Hades

If you like the sound of Hades 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 Hades Accessibility Report.
 

Hades 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 Hades in the following lists:

Eggplant Podcast's Games of the Years

Eggplant: The Secret Lives of Games, is a podcast that offers a candid conversation with game creators that dive deep into the art, craft, and process of making games. It's an amazing insight into the mind of people who understand and highlight how game/play mechanics can do unexpected, magical and surprising things.

This is the list of games they have picked as their Game of the Year since 2018. These awards also include board games, escape rooms and game-like TV series. We have included video games here, where we have them on the database. (And in many cases have added video games to the database after listening to the show.)

It's hosted by:
  • Nick Suttner, an independent game writer/designer/consultant, who has worked on games like Celeste, Bloodroots, and Carto.
  • Andy Nealen, a game creator and scholar, artist and music maker, architect and structural engineer, and professor of cinematic arts and computer science at USC.
  • Zach Gage, who makes deep games that are easy to get into, like Really Bad Chess and SpellTower+.
  • Douglas Wilson, who is a co-owner of Die Gute Fabrik, a games studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked on Johann Sebastian Joust, Sportsfriends, and Mutazione.

The team is usually joined by Laura E. Hall for the game of the year episodes. She is an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer who focuses on the playful intersections of arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.
 

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 game that they have picked for their final game of the year show from 2014 to the current year. 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.
 

Get Into Indie's Games of the Years

Get Into Indie is a YouTube channel that aims to aid discovery of really amazing independently made video games. Their approach shuns the common promotion-led cycle of new games, and instead digs deep to fund unusual and compelling games that adults as well as youngers will enjoy playing.

Each year they have selected 10-20 games as their recommended games of the year.
 

The Game Awards

The Game Awards highlight the best video games each year. It's an award produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley. Games are selected by video game news organizations who then vote on the games to choose the winners in each of the categories.
 
Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from these categories:
  • The Family Games Award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 
Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki

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

Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.
 
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Fuel
PEGI Rating 7 for Fuel
Haven
PEGI Rating 12 for Haven
Sable
Ete
Pine
PEGI Rating 12 for Pine
Hitman
PEGI Rating 18 for Hitman

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:
 


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