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56 Great Games Like Knights And Bikes!

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Knights And Bikes!. We also offer games selected by matching genre and age rating.
 

Enter a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British island and work together as Nessa and Demelza to explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons, tape cassettes and puddle-stomping. And as you explore the island, you acquire new abilities. As the two heroes encounter an adult world, it’s their ingenuity, friendship and wide-eyed-wonder that guides the adventure.

Unfortunately, Knights And Bikes! is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @FoamSwordGames

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

Costs: Purchase cost

Hand Picked Games Like Knights And Bikes!

These are our hand-picked games similar to Knights And Bikes!. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Knights And Bikes!. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Roki
PEGI Rating 12+ for Roki

Roki

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 23/07/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: @PolyTreehouse

Players: This is a single player game

Röki is a Scandinavian folklore point-and-click style adventure game where you play Tove on a journey to save her family. As you help her to come to terms with loss, you explore deep into a snowy fairytale landscape with strange locations and creatures.

Lego (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

Price: 75% 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...

New Super Lucky's Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6+ 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...

It Takes Two

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 26/03/2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @HazelightGames

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

It Takes Two is a running, jumping and exploring game that tells a story of a young girl, Rose, whose parents are divorcing. The girl creates two dolls to represent her parents, which unexpectedly trap the clashing-couple in them. You and a friend...

Haven
PEGI Rating 12+ for Haven

Haven

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 03/12/2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @TheGameBakers

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

Haven is an adventure about companionship and exploration in space. As star-crossed lovers Yu and Kay, you escape to a forgotten planet to stay together and set up home against the odds. You explore the world around you, able to glide over the plains,...

Tearaway

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/11/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: PS Vita and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @MediaMolecule

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

Tearaway on PlayStation Vita and Tearaway Unfolded on PlayStation 4 create a game world entirely from paper as the setting for this fantastical adventure. It’s beautiful and funny, and offers a running, jumping exploration challenge. Drawing on...

Ibb and Obb

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @Sparpweed

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

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

Oxenfree

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 14/01/2016, updated in 2016

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @NightSchoolers

Players: This is a single player game

Oxenfree is an adventure game where a teenagers’ beach party spirals into a supernatural story. You guide the outcome with your choices as the well-written dialogue reveals characters coming to terms with family breakdown, death of a sibling, blame...

Cuphead

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @StudioMDHR

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

Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.

Unravel (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 09/02/2016, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @ColdwoodGame

Players: This is a single player game

Unravel and the two-player Unravel Two are a pair of jumping and swinging platform games where you control a character made out of wool. As well as making him look super cute, the wool is used to swing around and interact with objects.

Night in the Woods

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 10/01/2017, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @NightInTheWoods

Players: This is a single player game

Night in the Woods follows college dropout Mae Borowski returning home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. But the place is different now her friends have grown and changed. There’s something suspicious happening in the nearby...

Disney Infinity (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 18/08/2013

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World and Platform

Developer: @AvalancheWb

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

Disney Infinity is an action game with themed adventures around iconic Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters. Players unlock content in the game with physical figurines and PlaySet pieces placed onto a Base peripheral plugged into the console...

Teacup

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Smarto_Club

Players: This is a single player game

Teacup is a narrative adventure about a shy young frog who loves drinking tea and reading. You explore the world and make choices that change the direction of the story. It's a gentle game about friendship, stepping out into the world and, of course,...

The Wild At Heart

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 20/05/2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @MoonlightKids_

Players: This is a single player game

The Wild At Heart is an adventure puzzle game where you play two children fleeing hardship. Unlike other adventures, play here extends beyond conversations, exploring and fetch quests. You interact with the world by collecting a swarm of small magical...

Alan Wake

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/05/2010

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @RemedyGames

Players: This is a single player game

Bright Falls is the sleepy Midwest setting for this Twilight Zone-style horror game. The action focuses on surviving attacks from possessed ‘Taken’ locals. You use flashlights to burn away the possession before dispatching them with firearms. It’s...

A Way Out

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 23/03/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @HazelightGames

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

From the same developer as Brothers A Tale of Two Sons, this is another game centred around two playable characters simultaneously. With another player, you control Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who...

Mutazione

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 23/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative and Narrative

Developer: @GuteFabrik

Players: This is a single player game

In Mutazione you play as a 15-year-old girl visiting her grandfather on a faraway island inhabited by friendly but mutated villagers. By finding seeds, tending to gardens and talking to people, you uncover a tightly knit web of characters with...

Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/08/2013

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @StarbreezeAB

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

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an action-adventure game where you control two brothers at the same time with a single controller. After their mother passes away, they must find some water from the Tree of Life to save their father. The controls weave...

Ratchet and Clank (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 04/11/2002, updated in 2016

Platforms: PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5 and PSP

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @InsomniacGames

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

Ratchet & Clank looks more cartoony but still offers the B-movie-style action. As Ratchet, you explore planets and space stations, battling enemies with a variety of weapons and gadgets. Sidekick Clank sits on Ratchet’s back and offers more abilities,...

Biped

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/07/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @NextStudios

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

Biped is an adventure game where two players closely collaboration to walk through levels, solve problems. It has unusual controls and friendly cute characters that make it great to share in the family.

Where Cards Fall

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 15/09/2019

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @TheGameBand

Players: This is a single player game

Where Cards Fall, from the same developer as Alto's Adventure, is an adventure where you build houses of cards to advance. In a beautifully hand-drawn world, you need to create pathways with the cards through the dreamlike...

Costume Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2010, updated in 2011

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @DoubleFine

Players: This is a single player game

Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...

Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/09/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @PaperBugDev

Players: This is a single player game

Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling is a role-play game reminiscent of the Paper Mario games. You play three bugs, Vi, Kabbu, and Leif, as they search for The Everlasting Sapling. Explore, level-up and take on fun battles in this lovable adventure.

Vokabulantis

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @TheKongOrange

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

Vokabulantis is a puppet-animated running and jumping game about two children, Karla and Kurt, who have fallen in love. Just as they find each other though, the world starts falling apart and they discover they can’t speak to each other because their...

Knack 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 12/09/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

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

Knack is a platform action series where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Through beautiful arcade-style battles and worlds, you collect Relics that enable you to grow bigger and gain more powers.

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 26/06/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @DONTNOD_Ent

Players: This is a single player game

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is an adventure game set between Life Is Strange and Life is Strange 2. You play Chris Eriksen, a young boy who creates the superhero alter ego Captain Spirit to deal with the loss of his mother.

Way Of The Passive Fist

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 11/04/2019

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @HHGamesInc

Players: This is a single player game

Way Of The Passive Fist is a fighting game where you parry, dodge, dash and counter-attack to outwit and outlast your enemies rather than kill them.

Embracelet

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @MachineboyCom

Players: This is a single player game

Embracelet is an adventure game, where you use a magical bracelet to interact with objects and solve puzzles. As you explore the fishing community, make friends and solve puzzles, you subtlety affect the outcome of the story.

Echo Generation

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 07/12/2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: @Cococucumber

Players: This is a single player game

Echo Generation is an adventure set during the summer of 1993. You and your friends set out to investigate the source of a mysterious crash. Complete quests, battle monsters and level up your party to save your hometown from danger in a heroic tale of...

Pupperazzi

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @KitFoxGames

Players: This is a single player game

Pupperazzi is an adventure game where you explore an island to find and photograph all manner of canine friends. You interact with the world, climb, skate and explore to get the perfect angle on the perfect pup. It starts as a silly challenge but turns...

Frog Detective (Series)

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 22/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @GraceBruxner

Players: This is a single player game

This is a comedy adventure game where you play a detective frog, named (unsurprisingly) "Frog Detective".

Pumpkin Jack

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @Nicospkr

Players: This is a single player game

Pumpkin Jack is an adventure game where you run, jump and explore a kingdom, fighting enemies and solving puzzles. Pumpkin Jack is a Halloween themed character, and the world and other characters underline this.

MoonLite

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Physically Active

Developer: @MoonliteWorld

Players: This is a single player game

Moonlite is a narrative experience for small children. It combines traditional storybooks with your smartphone light to create projected pictures with sounds and interactions.

Ratchet And Clank: Rift Apart

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Platforms: PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @InsomniacGames

Players: This is a single player game

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a running, jumping and shooting game. The latest in the series, Rift Apart focuses on jumping between parallel worlds.

Chuchel

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 2-8 year-olds

Release Date: 07/03/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @Amanita_Design

Players: This is a single player game

Chuchel is a comedy adventure game. You play hairy hero Chuchel and his rival Kekel to solve simple puzzles and challenges in their quest to retrieve the precious cherry. It looks like a children's storybook animation with strange, peculiar creatures.

Sizzle And Stew

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 2-10 year-olds

Release Date: 22/02/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Cowlyowl

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...

Chariot

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

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

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo

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...

Nanotale - Typing Chronicles (Series)

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 23/09/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Stadia

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: @FishingCactus

Players: This is a single player game

Nanotale is an adventure game where you type to progress through a magical planet on the brink of extinction. You play as Rosalind, a novice Archivist, in a journey to study and catalogue the mysteries of the dying planet. Your goal is to gather rock &...

Minute of Islands

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: @MinuteofIslands

Players: This is a single player game

Minute of Islands is a running, jumping and exploring game where you play Mo, a skilled tinkerer living in the dilapidated poisoned ruins of an ancient race of giants. You scavenge parts from their strange machines to get them running and clean the air....

Digital Compass

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 07/08/2015, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @CommonSenseEd

Players: This is a single player game

Digital Compass is an adventure game set in a fictional fantasy town. You choose from a series of eight young characters facing tough decisions about civic life: social media, homework, popularity, sports and romance to name a few.

Games Like Knights And Bikes! Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Knights And Bikes!. This includes games from the Adventure and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

Knights And Bikes! 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 Knights And Bikes! in the following lists:

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 
PixArk
PEGI Rating 12+ for PixArk
Ink
PEGI Rating 3+ for Ink
Pode
PEGI Rating 3+ for Pode
Haven
PEGI Rating 12+ for Haven
Nira

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.

 
Hades
PEGI Rating 12+ for Hades
Roki
PEGI Rating 12+ for Roki
Halo
PEGI Rating 16+ for Halo

Hope Through Play

Games that embed a sense of hope by playing them. Sometimes a hopeful story, sometimes a hopeful interaction, and sometimes just an uplifting aesthetic to spend time in. These are games that leave you with an uplifted spirit, maybe not immediately (like Horizon Zero Dawn) but by the time you have finished them.

There is something innocent and childlike in play, and video games each have a slice of that in different ways. Sometimes simple and sometimes complex, games can help us return to the hope we had as children, or call us on to the wisdom and perspective of older years.
 

Space For Grief

Games include interactions, narratives and characters dealing with all aspects of life (and death). This means that some care is necessary if players are sensitive to losing significant people. But also, games can provide a helpful space in which to process, consider and understand death and loss.

Image 162 I've come up with some games that explore this topic, along with help and suggestions from Gaming The Mind (Twitter), an organisation of UK-based mental health professionals who aim to promote positive mental health within the gaming community. By focusing on the intersection between gaming and mental health, they want to raise awareness of mental health challenges and reduce the stigma surrounding these issues.

"We express grief in different ways depending on our age," they said. "To help children cope with loss, it is important that they receive honest explanations about death, appropriate to their level of understanding. With these games, players may find valuable space in which to acknowledge grief as a completely normal reaction to bereavement."

"The games we have selected don't necessarily offer an ideal way to cope with death but tackle the topic of death openly and with a positive attitude. They can help show the player that they are not alone in what they are going through. Playing these games with young people, and answering questions they might have along the way, can be a useful starting point for important conversations about grief."
 

Ease Loneliness With Intergenerational Games

There are many reasons, stages of life and circumstances that can leave us feeling isolated and lonely. Being unable to be in the same place as loved ones. Not understanding the modern world. Barriers of mobility or impairments. Social anxiety and other mental health issues.

Video games are one way that we can reconnect with each other, without needing to be in the same place. Finding games to play online with grandparents and carers is not only a good way to keep in touch but a lot of fun.

Image 171 The games on this page are part of the PLAY&TALK Weekend, which has launched in time for National Loneliness Awareness Week, aims to reduce feelings of isolation by getting people to talk with friends or family safely online. Backed by over 30 companies in the games industry, the Play&Talk weekend hopes to initiate 10,000 extra conversations across the UK through the power of games.

All the games have been select to be easy to play for new gamers and many of them have been used in a broad range of cultural settings, being incorporated into Cathedral services, arts festivals, well-being retreats and educational contexts.
 

Get Children Reading

Image 221We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust to create this resource of video games that encourage and enable reading and writing skills.

The National Literacy Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of children and young people who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life.

Video games have significant benefits for children who are reluctant or struggling readers. They give them access to stories through interaction and world building which they may not have been able to read in print. Video games also have benefits for families where parents may not be confident readers, meaning that sharing stories as a family is still accessible to all. The rise of video games on smartphones and tablets, as well as more affordable game consoles has made the sharing of interactive stories easier.

Image 241There are different ways that video games create this kind of collateral reading and aid literacy:
  • Reading In Games: Video games offer all sorts of reading at all levels. This can be from simple narrative in a game like Florence to dialogue in a game like Mutazione or even just identifying useful items and game mechanics with in-game descriptions in a game like Zelda Breath of the Wild. Then there are games like Thousand Threads that help players think about the power and the consequence of words.
  • Reading Around Games: Video games create worlds that often spawn secondary texts. This can be official novels that expand the world or guide books that offer instructions and help. Knights and Bikes, for example, has spin off books, a cartoon series and recipes to read.
  • Routes Into Books: Many popular book series, such as Beast Quest, offer a range of video games as an easy first step into those worlds that lead to then reading the books themselves.
  • Communication Around Games: As well as reading, games encourage all sorts of creative output. This can be to contribute to the many online forums and message boards to talk about the game. This can also be to write fan-fiction after being inspired about a game world or character. The Sims, for example, has an avid community writing and creating all kinds of content online.

 

Play The Seasons: Fall Into Autumn Tales

Video games create spaces for us to go and play. These spaces are sometimes an escape from the real world. Equally, games can help us revel and celebrate the real world.

Inspired by an article written by Keith Stuart about autumnal games, this is a list of games that are played while the leaves are falling.

These games offer, rather than escapism, unique ways to appreciate the season we are living in. They are an exercise in the present moment, where we find writ large, the joys of harvesting apples, warm fires, crisp walks and the breathing in before the long dark of winter.
 

Games from Taming Gaming Book

When we wrote the Taming Gaming book we packed the second half with full colour game ‘recipes’ as a resource for parents and families. They are grouped in categories depending on the style of game you are looking for, whether you want to play on your own, or with your family and friends.

The Family Gaming Database grew out of the book. At first it was just going to be a way to search the 60 or so games in the book. With 1000’s of parents soon using the database it became clear we should grow it to cover more games. So, today we have 1306 games.

Here are all the games from the book:

Games for non-gaming grown-ups

These games are perfect if you have never played one before. They open the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers.

Nurture child-like imagination

These games are for children under seven years old who will, with some help, discover activities they want to try that will expand their imaginations, while establishing the role of your guidance and engagement as part of the gaming world as they grow up.

Nourish Youthful Ambition

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fabs for the latest titles. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects.

Laugh at Silliness

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. The games on this list have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together.

Inhabit Another World

The games in this list invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character.

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant all-age, competitive fun is something video games are known for. These games can play a bit-part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat.

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. Along with team work the games on this list use the fact that the players are all sitting next to each other. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.

Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. These games offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other to the games people play.

Wake up Your Emotions

Video games are known for high-octane, adrenaline fuelled entertainment, but there are many that address the players emotions as much as their dexterity. The games in the following list create emotionally rich spaces in which to explore scenarios with feelings rather than facts.

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shoot-outs

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but as with B-movies and 1980’s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about the killing.

Face Tough Decisions

Games create virtual worlds where you can experience life from another perspective. This can be lighthearted but also presents ethical scenarios that require you to think carefully about consequences. These games each place you in a challenging situation to give you a first hand experience of what it’s like.

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. The following games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique first-hand sleuthing challenge.

 


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