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45 Great Games Like Heave Ho

Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make long chains to get across wide gaps. Or you can let go at just the right time to throw each other where you need to be.

Unfortunately, Heave Ho is not available on Android, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @LeCartelStudio

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

Costs: Purchase cost

Cricket Through The Ages

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 03/10/2019

Platforms: Mac and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action and Sports

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

Cricket Through the Ages is a competitive sport game themed around cricket but with little to do with the rules of that game. Players face off and aim for each other as much as wickets. Controls work by holding or tapping the screen to spin limbs and...


Regular Human Basketball

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 01/08/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Sports

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.


The Pedestrian

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 29/01/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

The Pedestrian is a puzzle game where you control a stick man navigating a series of road signs around a virtual city. It sounds a little odd and quite simple, but by layering its interconnected sign-based puzzles it creates an experience that is both...


Crossy Road Castle

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 28/02/2020

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

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

Crossy Road Castle, is the follow up to the simple frogger Cross Road game. You play pixilated animals racing to the top of various towers that change every time you play.


Webbed

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @sbuggames

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Rolando

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

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...


Sizzle And Stew

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 22/02/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

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

Sizzle & Stew is a cooking game where you don’t have to follow the rules. It’s a lot of fun and works well in the two-player split-screen mode. Experiment as you explore all the kitchen gadgets to make a meal, or just see what happens when you put a...


REKT! High Octane Stunts

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Racing

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

This is a stunt racing game for up to four players on one system. Players compete to chain tricks, to nail landings, drift corners and unlock more cars. The multiplayer game is where things really heats up, as players attack each other and score points...


LocoRoco

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/06/2006

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Platform

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.


Mario Party (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing, Sports and Strategy

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

Mario Party (Wii, Wii U, 3DS and Gamecube) is an interactive board game. Players compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw dice and proceed around the board. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...


Tricky Towers

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/07/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Puzzle

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

This battle puzzle uses shapes but instead of creating lines you must balance them in towers that mustn’t fall over. Real-world physics apply, along with wind and attacks from other players to make your stack topple. Up to four players can race to...


Beast of Balance

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/11/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle

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

Beasts of Balance comes with beautifully sculpted physical toys that interact with your iPad to create and nurture creatures in a magical land. You place a toy creature on the plinth provided and it appears in the game. Balance another creature on top...


Overcooked (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action and Puzzle

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

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated...


Moving Out

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/04/2020

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

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

Moving Out is an action-puzzle game where you play a removal company. With up to four players you work together to get items out of the house and into the van. Although this starts simply you soon find furniture that is an awkward shape or needs two...


What The Golf

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/11/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

What the Golf? is a golf game as bonkers as WarioWare. Each golf course has an unexpected twist, such as hitting yourself into the hole rather than the ball. It’s a brilliant parody that’s as much about making you laugh as getting a hole in one.


Baba is You

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the...


Wattam

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/06/2019

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Open World and Puzzle

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

Wattam is an absurd adventure where characters are everyday objects with problems to solve and fun interactions to enjoy. You play as The Mayor and start on your own. As you complete simple tasks you populate the world with other strange characters.


Runbow

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/08/2015

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 9 players online

Runbow is an unusual racing game where each player controls a coloured figure who must run and jump their way through the platform levels ahead of their opponents who are trying to do the same thing.


Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/11/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a strange game about movement and momentum. You are tasked with climbing a mountain. However, your only means of locomotion is a hammer that can stick to objects and drag you forwards.


Phogs

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/06/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

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

Phogs is a game where you control a stretchy dog that has a head at both ends of its body. It sounds a little strange, but is actually an endearing adventure where, on your own or with another person, you control each end of the dog separately to...


Ibb and Obb

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 3

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

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...


Chariot

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 30/09/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

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

Chariot is a co-op platform game where you haul around a wheeled Chariot, to the end of each level. Pushing, pulling or dragging with ropes, you need to use the real physics of the game to solve puzzles and time jumps to get the heavy object to the...


Pikuniku

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 24/01/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

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

Pikuniku is an adventure where you play a red creature, Piku, on a mission to harvest the colourful world's resources. You interact with different objects to trigger switches and open doors. You can also lasso your legs to swing from hooks or curl into...


Tower of Babel No Mercy

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/02/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Simulation

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

Tower of Babel is a game where you work with friends to build a tower out of buildings. You control the game with a single button (and one more for special abilities) to drop your building on the stack. It swings left and right so you have to time it...


Supermarket Shriek

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 09/06/2019

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

Genres: Action, Racing and Simulation

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

Supermarket Shriek is a kart racing game where you control a shopping trolley with a goat co-pilot. You have to navigate through obstacles and challenges in a range of shops, boutiques and supermarkets.


Death Squared

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/03/2017

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

Genres: Puzzle

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

Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle game for 1, 2 or 4 players. Together, you solve puzzles by guiding a robot to a colour-coded goal. Getting there requires co-operation and communication as each player's path has deadly traps and hazards.


Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 04/08/2020

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Developer: @FallGuysGame

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out you have to control top-heavy...


Jump King

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/05/2019

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Jump King is a high stakes jumping game, where you control a character ascending a series of increasingly spread out platforms. You can control how high each jump is by the length of your button press. This enables you to judge difficult and long jumps...


Fledgling Heroes

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

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.


Gerrrms

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/07/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

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

Gerrrms (yes, Germs with three r's) is a light-hearted infection themed fighting game. You control one of 12 tiny germs and fight for dominance within the human body. However, you can only move around by swinging from hooks inside a corporeal arena....


Conduct Together (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/12/2018

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

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

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one...


Ghost Grab

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/07/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Ghost Grab is a puzzle game where you shoot a beam of light at ghosts to chain them together before popping them to score points. It's simple to start with but soon gives way to a frantic score-attack challenge with it's unique way to score points.


Drink More Glurp

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @DrinkMoreGlurp

Players: You can play with 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online

Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....


Brunch Club

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/08/2019

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @FoggyBoxHQ

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

Brunch Club is a cooking game where you possess and move food around the kitchen to complete different recipes. This unusual way to cook creates a unique and silly challenge you take on with up to four people.


Part Time UFO

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

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

Part Time UFO is a puzzle game where you use your flying craft and claw to solve various problems. Sort out a farm, support cheerleaders, cook up the ultimate dessert at a restaurant or even build a castle. It's like the sort of coin-operated crane...


Screencheat

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 23/01/2016

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

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

Screencheat pits four players against each other in a shooting battle on one system but keeps the violence low by making the players invisible. You win by peeking at other players’ portion of the screen to figure out where they are as you hunt them...


Towerfall

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/06/2013

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...


I Am Bread

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/01/2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

I Am Bread takes the malleable, real-world physics gameplay and applies it to a slice of bread. By controlling each corner with a different stick or button you make your way around the kitchen and other rooms of the house. Playing a slice of bread is...


Super Pole Riders

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 11/06/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Fighting and Sports

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

A cross between the high jump, jousting and basketball, Super Pole Riders is a simple game where four players must get a ball hanging from a wire to the opponent’s goal using long poles. It’s the controls that make this game so much of a giggle to...


Catastronauts

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 28/11/2018

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

Genres: Action and Puzzle

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...


LittleBigPlanet (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/10/2008

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: @MediaMolecule

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

Little Big Planet is a series of games staring the Sackboy character. They offer a multiplayer running and jumping adventure, but also enable to player to substantially edit their character and eventually make their own levels.


Ultimate Chicken Horse

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/09/2018

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

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

Ultimate Chicken Horse is a running and jumping game where you play different farmyard animals trying to get to the end of the level. The twist is that it's you and your friends who build the levels as you play, placing deadly traps before trying to...


Gang Beasts

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/12/2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

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

Gang Beasts is an over the top brawling game where you play wobbly characters who kick, throw, push, pull and pummel up to seven other rivals to win. The game models real physics so you have to work with the grappling and jelly-like bodies to both get...


De Blob (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/09/2008, updated in 2011

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

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

De Blob is a platform-puzzle game where you explore cartoon-style urban landscapes to recolour the city. You play a sponge-like creature that can collect colour paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...


Trials (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

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

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

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Heave Ho 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 Heave Ho in the following lists:

Embrace Silliness

The games in this section have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together. It’s tongue-in-cheek entertainment with challenges that don’t take themselves too seriously – not seriously at all, in fact. Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together.

Whether it's the crazy puzzles in Baba is You or Twister-like contorsions of Fru or stomach churningly difficulty of walking in Octodad Deadliest Catch, these are games that will make you shreek and laugh together. Then there are silly multiplayer games like Super Pole Riders, Heave Ho or Wii Party where parents, carers and children take on bizarre or precarious challenges. The play often descends into giggling and laughter.
 
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Boomerang Fu

PEGI Rating 3+ for Boomerang FuESRB Rating EVERYONE 10+ for Boomerang Fu

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.
 

Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.
 

Be A Good Neighbour

In this list, provided by the LTN (Love Thy Nerd) editors, we bring together video games that have the potential to offer more than entertainment. It starts with 12 with a challenge us to be a good neighbour, and follows with others added over time. LTN exists to be the love of Jesus to nerds and nerd culture, you can read more about them on their website.

"What if video games have more to offer than just an exciting diversion into a digital battlefield, fantasy war, or alien invasion? While these types of games are certainly the loudest and most financially successful, there are a growing number of games asking important questions about life, the human condition, and even God."

"Our list is not 'Christian' games, but rather a list of games that pose important spiritual questions to those who play them. These are games that provide us with the opportunity to consider what a truly 'spiritual' life looks like by encouraging us to have empathy for the suffering, love for our neighbours and our enemies, and an imagination vivid enough to contemplate a better world."

Journey's understated yet deep mythology, lack of guidance and mysterious ways it brings players together will have players thinking about the course of their own lives. Dropsy is, on the surface, a silly point-and-click adventure game about a creepy but misunderstood clown, dig deeper and you’ll see this a game that challenges players to love everyone, even their enemies. Kentucky Route Zero is at its core, about rediscovery, of adventure-game mechanics and modernist aesthetics, of a more spiritual outlook on the physical world.

Gris is a platformer about the stages of grief that highlights the indelible impact of our most sacred relationships. That Dragon, Cancer is a game where Ryan and Amy Green share their grief and their hope by drawing us not only into their lives but into the common grace of the Christian faith. Myst, one of the best selling titles of all time, is a puzzle game about the beauty and mystery of creation. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a game about the spiritual impact our most precious relationships have on us. Wandersong is a game about transforming the world with music. Heroism isn’t measured in bulk or recognition but in the melodic tones of compassion and kindness. The Last Guardian confronts us with our own self-centeredness and challenges us to give rather than merely take.

Pyre is a game about mercy that deconstructs player’s perceptions of winning and losing, encouraging them to see and meet the needs of those who are oppressed. My Child Lebensborn is a game that challenges players to care for a child born into a fascist regime--this is a game about the power of empathy. Celeste strikes at the centre of what it means to be a person in all of our messy humanity a wonderful reminder that even when we fall, we are lifted up again through redemptive love, forgiveness, and grace—both for ourselves and for one another.
 

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.
 

Remote Play Together With Steam

Some games are designed with online play. For those that only have local multiplayer, you can use a feature on Steam called Steam Remote Play Together to play these games with a friend in another place as if they were sat next to you. You can use online chat pass the controls back and forth or each control different players to co-operate or compete.

Not all games support these feature but for those that do, listed here, all you need is one copy of the game for the two of you, an account on Steam and a PC to play on in your separate locations and a good internet connection.

You can also use the Steam Remote Play Anywhere feature to stream your games from you PC to another device like a smartphone or tablet. This enables you to play in a different room of the house or on the go.
 

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.
 


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