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26 Great Games Like Ico

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

Ico is a running, jumping and exploring game where you rescue a princess from her evil mother. You take her hand to help her escape, guiding her along the pathways and protecting her from the hordes of enemies. Together, you jump chasms and scale walls in your daring escape from the castle. Ico stands out not only for these unusual interactions but the fluid painterly visuals and emotive story.

If you enjoyed Ico, there are other games in the Team Ico series you should try. Unfortunately, Ico is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2001, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS2 and PS3

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

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

Costs: Purchase cost

23 Hand Picked Games Like Ico

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

New Super Lucky's Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @PlayfulStudios

Players: This is a single player game

This is a platform game where you play a fox on a quest to recover pages from a magical book that will save his world. It takes gameplay in a more action-oriented direction but the islands and characters are full of quirky character and treasures like...

Planet of Lana

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Wishfully_Games

Players: This is a single player game

Planet of Lana is an adventure where you play a young girl Lana and her loyal animal friend Mui, on a rescue mission. Set on a planet under siege from cold machines and unfamiliar creatures. Rather than the war, though, this is a game about the vibrant...

Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/11/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @RavnStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond is a pirate adventure where you run, jump and explore the world of the film. You play as either Pinky or Veronica, and join the legendary pirate Captain Sabertooth’s crew on the hunt for a mysterious magic...

Lego (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020

Price: 80% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @TTGames

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

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...

Super Mario Odyssey

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/10/2017

Price: 27% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...

Super Mario Galaxy (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2007

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Mario Galaxy is a different style of running, jumping and exploration game. It takes the Mario character to hundreds of different planet shaped levels adding more realistic physics to the platforming play. Each world, or collection of worlds is...

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2018

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @RetroStudios

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

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a running, jumping and collecting game where you control Donkey Kong. A second player can control the Diddy Kong sidekick. The challenge is getting to the end of each level, but there are also letters and items to...

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2003, updated in 2020

Platforms: GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: @Purple_Lamp

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

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a running and jumping game based on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. It's an original story where you defend Bikini Bottom from an invasion of robots.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 14/05/2019

Price: 75% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @AsoboStudio

Players: This is a single player game

A Plague Tale: Innocence follows Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they use stealth to escape soldiers and swarms of rats. Against the stark threat and darkness of the world, the sibling relationship develops as the two learn to trust one another....

New Super Mario Bros. U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...

Crash Bandicoot (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/1996, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @ToysForBob

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

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.

Yoshi's Crafted World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-14 year-olds

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Price: 21% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @Gbit_GoodFeel

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

Yoshi's Crafted World is a running and jumping game where you control a friendly dinosaur, Yoshi. You work through each level, eating or jumping on enemies while searching for hidden items and collectables.

Omno

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/07/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Platform

Developer: @StudioInkyFox

Players: This is a single player game

Omno is a running, jumping and surfing game where you explore an ancient fantastical world. As you explore you meet all manner of strange and wonderful lifeforms, from cute critters to enigmatic giants.

Super Mario 3D World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2013, updated in 2013

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Super Mario 3D World (known as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on the Switch) is a platform game you can play with up to 4-players in the same place. While all Mario games are good for families, this co-operative and competitive play makes it great...

Vane

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PS4

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

Developer: @FriendAndFoeDev

Players: This is a single player game

Vane is an ethereal adventure in a ruined desert where strange golden dust transforms a free-spirited bird into a determined young child. The premise is not all that uncommon, but Vane stands out for how you soar over the dessert and climb your way...

Psychonauts 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 25/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @DoubleFine

Players: This is a single player game

Psychonauts 2 is a running, jumping and puzzle solving game where you play Raz who has psychic abilities that let him delve into the minds of others. In the game, you control Raz as he enters their mental worlds and uses other Psi-Powers (telekinesis,...

We Kill Monsters

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @Glass__Revolver

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

We Kill Monsters (in early development) is an adventure set in a land lost in a deep valley. You explore on foot through forests, mists and moors with the sole goal of reaching the bottom. The world is huge and labyrinthine and invites you to lose...

Beard Blade

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @GloveboxGames

Players: This is a single player game

Beard Blade is a running and jumping game where you use your beard to climb, swing, glide and defeat enemies. It sounds like a silly concept, but along with the day-night cycle that completely changes levels, introduces fresh mechanics into this...

Golf Club: Wasteland

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2021, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: @Demagog_Studio

Players: This is a single player game

Golf Club: Wasteland is a golf game in an unusual setting. You play on an earth decimated by an environmental catastrophe. Through beautiful visuals and eerie audio, you piece together what has happened to the planet to cause such devastation. It's an...

Oddworld Soulstorm (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/1997, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @OddworldInc

Players: This is a single player game

Oddworld: Soul Storm is a running and jumping game where you guide members of your species through labyrinthine levels to free them from brutal oppression. It's a remake of 1998's Oddworld: Abe's Exodus and a sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. Its...

Rog & Roll

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @Clayzulah

Players: This is a single player game

Rog and Roll is a running and jumping game where you fight enemies and avoid traps. Unusually, you play a former henchman on a quest to save his friends from re-emerging tyranny. It features retro-inspired graphics and a humorous story where characters...

The Snowgardens (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @HalfUp_

Players: This is a single player game

The Snowgardens is a running, jumping and exploration game where you are a child stranded on a beautiful archipelago. Once the home to an ancient time-altering civilisation but now abandoned, leaving strange technology for you to operate to progress.

Pip Gemwalker (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 06/11/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @DieselLaws

Players: This is a single player game

Pip Gemwalker is a running and jumping puzzle game where you control a small mole character who needs to escape a maze to find diamonds. It's similar to Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker, where each level is small enough to fit on the screen and be...

3 Games Like Ico Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Ico. This includes games from the Puzzle, Adventure, Platform and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

Ico 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 Ico in the following lists:

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

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

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-centredness 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.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Pode
PEGI Rating 3 for Pode
Pyre
PEGI Rating 7 for Pyre
Myst
PEGI Rating 7 for Myst
Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Blur
PEGI Rating 12 for Blur

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 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


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