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18 Great Games Like Heat Signature

These are hand-picked games similar to Heat Signature. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Heat Signature. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Heat Signature, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Heat Signature is a tactical shooting game where you break into spaceships on missions to hijack them, steal important technology, assassinate crew members and rescue captives. With simple visuals, viewed from above, you can approach this in many ways using the game's in-depth simulation of combat. With the flexibility and realism comes high consequences that mean you will die a lot and try again.

Unfortunately, Heat Signature is not available on Android, Mac, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

DetailsGame Details

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 21/09/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibilty: 10 features

Developer: @GunpointGame

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

Among Us

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 20% off

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibilty: 30 features

Developer: @InnerSlothDevs

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

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor...

Five Nights at Freddy's (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 23/07/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibilty: 2 features

Developer: @SteelWoolStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Five Nights at Freddy's (FNaF) is a series of puzzle horror games with jump scares rather than blood and gore. You play the night-guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and have to survive the night while in your office, checking the cameras and closing the...

Hitman (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2021

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibilty: 23 features

Developer: @IOInteractive

Players: This is a single player game

Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.

Distrust

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Distrust is a survival game where you try to survive after a helicopter crash at an arctic base. Inspired by The Thing film, this is a horror game that initially seems to be about surviving the wild, but soon descends into something darker and...

Terraria

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Stadia, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Terraria_Logic

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019

Price: 67% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Sid_Meier

Players: This is a single player game

Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.

Out of Space

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/11/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibilty: 9 features

Developer: @BeholdStudios

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

Out of Space is a co-operative game about living together on a space ship. You and your cohabitants have to build a sustainable spaceship, as well as making it a cosy home. All is not plane sailing though, as you come across deadly alien infestations, a...

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 19/09/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @AsteroidBase

Players: This is a single player game

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers a similar space-survival challenge, but this time you must collaborate to defend your circular spaceship. Each player needs to take on specific tasks to manage offensive or defensive duties.

Kerbal Space Program

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 31/03/2016

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @SquadDevs

Players: This is a single player game

Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation game. You direct a space program, staffed and crewed by aliens. It looks like a cute game for kids, but under its comic exterior is a hugely complex and engaging space simulation.

Catastronauts

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 28/11/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @Inertia_Game

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

This is a team-work space survival game where you must take on tasks to keep your ship together and also fire at enemy invaders. Controlling a team of Cat Astronauts, it’s a management challenge as you repair systems, extinguish fires, arm the...

Spaceland

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 30/10/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @TortugaTeam

Players: This is a single player game

Spaceland is a quick turn-based strategy game where you command sci-fi troopers to shoot, kick, blow up and destroy the enemy. It's a little like a game of chess as you equip and plan your missions, before carefully moving and attacking on your turn.

Heavenly Bodies

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @2ptStudio

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

Heavenly Bodies is a puzzle exploration game about cosmonauts working in space. You use one controller stick for each arm and a button for each leg. In this way, you navigate around the space station and complete tasks that would be relatively simple if...

Gunpoint

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 03/06/0013

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SuspiciousDev

Players: This is a single player game

Gunpoint is a stealth puzzle game where you play freelance spy Richard Conway, tasked with infiltrating buildings. To succeed you must avoid guards and bypass security, using various high-tech gadgets. Through these missions you seek to clear your name...

Starbound

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 20/03/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Developer: @ChucklefishLTD

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Starbound is an action-adventure similar from the same developer as Terraria. It takes place in a two-dimensional, procedurally generated space universe where you can explore and discover new weapons, armour, and items. You can also visit towns and...

Space Crew

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibilty: 14 features

Developer: @CurveDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Space Crew is a strategy game where you use a team of characters to control a spaceship and explore the galaxy. Unlike other space flight games, you don't directly control your craft but get your crew to look after different aspects of the mission. It's...

This Means Warp

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @OutlierSocial

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

This Means Warp is a strategy combat game where four players work together to run a spaceship as you travel the solar system. Together you have to manage the ship, repair damage and take charge of shooting enemies. It's frantic battling and a lot of fun...

Tactical Breach Wizards

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Pentadact

Players: This is a single player game

Tactical Breach Wizards is a small-scale, turn-based fighting and shooting game. You play a team of wizards in modern-day tactical gear, breaching and clearing rooms full of enemies with a combination of guns, abilities and spells.

Affordable Space Adventures

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @NapNokGames

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room

Three people work to pilot a diminutive spacecraft through a hostile environment. One player uses the Wii U game tablet to control engines, power and shields. A second player controls lights and weapons. A third player steers the craft through the...

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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 Heat Signature in the following lists:

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:
 

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 Collosus 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.
 
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Ico

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Ico
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Horace

19
PEGI Rating 12+ for Horace
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Hades

13
PEGI Rating 12+ for Hades
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Qomp

4
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Rust

29
PEGI Rating 16+ for Rust
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ITTA

1
PEGI Rating 12+ for ITTA

Be The Villain

Video games usually let us step into the role of the hero. Sometimes our heroics result in many henchmen or even innocent bystanders getting killed. But our hearts are thought to be in the right place.

The games on this list, however, are all great examples of where you intentionally ruin other people's days. Whether that's playing the blood sucking alien in Carrion or just stealing, breaking and hiding things in Untitled Goose Game it's both intriguing and entertaining to not play by the usual moral rules of the game.

Then there are games where you think you are doing things for the right reason but this turns out not to be the case, like Braid or Spec Ops The Line. Or games where the slow drip of doubt builds until you regret your actions, like Shadow of the Colossus.
 

Designed For Reduced Motor Function

These games’ mechanics and options make it possible to adapt the experience to be accessible for people depending on your physical capabilities.
  • Remap Controls: Remapping buttons and swapping joysticks (like Fortnite) help customize the player’s way to interact with the game, also helping players that use only one hand.
  • No Holding: Some games (like Moving Out) also offer the option to avoid having to hold any buttons down for actions like aiming, opening or equipping. You can use simple taps or toggles instead to reduce muscular fatigue.
  • Sensitivity: Some of these games (like Fortnite) also enable you to adjust control sensitivity as well as controller vibration if that is present.
  • Fewer Buttons: Simpler controls (like FIFA) are good to consider, as well as those that offer extensive difficulty settings.
  • Speed: Reducing how fast a game plays (like Eagle Island) is a helpful setting.
  • Difficulty: Offering customisable difficulty, like how fast a game plays (like Eagle Island) or adding invincibility (like Celeste), and other features allow tailoring the game to the player’s needs.

This list and accessibility details in each game was compiled the help of Antonio Ignacio Martínez and Kyle “onehandmostly”. Please be aware that options may vary depending on the platform you choose to play. Also there is no game that works the same for everyone, so be mindful of your own needs when considering this information.
 

Bend Time To Your Advantage

Time in video games is a valuable thing. Unlike in the real world where it proceeds in a linear fashion, in a game it may speed up, slow down or even go backwards. There are some games where controlling time becomes a crucial and fascinating game mechanic. The best of these integrate your time travelling powers with both characters and narrative to create a compelling experience.
 

Digital Toy Boxes

Video games and toys are two seperate 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 game/Anki.
 
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Eloh

2
PEGI Rating 3+ for Eloh
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Shu

3
PEGI Rating 7+ for Shu
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PixArk

27
PEGI Rating 12+ for PixArk
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Ink

4
PEGI Rating 3+ for Ink
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Fuel

2
PEGI Rating 7+ for Fuel

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 satsifying.

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 combinatino of angles and trajectories in Video Ball. 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 oppoenents.
 


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