Minecraft 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 Minecraft in the following lists:
One of the most exciting aspects of modern video games is playing with other people online. It's a big step from playing something like Mario Kart
with family and friends in the same room to going online to play with people you don't know.
With the benefits and opportunities of online play come the issues and potential dangers of children interacting with people they don't know. We've worked with the Breck Foundation to create this list of games that are great for parents, carers and children to take first steps online together.
The Breck Foundation
is a charity founded by Lorin LaFave after the tragic murder of her 14-year old son, Breck Bednar, in 2014, through online grooming. Breck was groomed while enjoying his passions of computing and gaming. The foundation aims to ensure that no child is harmed through grooming and exploitation while enjoying their time on the internet.
After speaking with Lorin on BBC Radio, together, we hatched an idea to offer this resource to help anchor online gaming as a part of family life. By playing online with your child from an early age you create a context where mistakes are made together. This establishes an open conversation where your child is more likely to tell you if something happens online that doesn't feel right, and more likely to listen to your ongoing advice and guidance.
This works with Breck Foundation's, ‘Play virtual, Live real’ motto that reminds children to never meet up alone in a private place with someone they have met only online, to ensure that online play is safe, enjoyable and connected to attentive adults.
The games in this list offer small steps to go from local play to online play. Some games, like Roblox
are designed for young players with lots of special safety settings. Other games, like Sky
, are designed to lead players into cooperating with each other with in-game purchases you give away, and interactions that start limited and expand as you gain experience. Then there are cooperative games like Ibb and Obb
where you work together and communicate with gestures on the screen.
You can use Family Settings and Parental Controls on your system to limit how your child interacts with other players online. As well as finding the right games to get them started, it's also important that you play with them and keep game screens in shared family spaces so you can see what they are doing.
Finding games to support and ease the challenges of illness, disorders and disabilities can be a time-consuming task. We have been working with experts in many fields to help individuals identify games they can enjoy, and potentially even benefit from.
We've worked with Fibromyalgia UK
, and Andrew Hardy ([link https://twitter.com/andyhardy360 andyhardy360) who lives with Fibromyalgia, to identify some searches that return useful games for Fibromyalgia sufferers. As stated on its website, "people with chronic pain conditions have often used distraction techniques as a diversion from their pain. An increasing number of people with fibro use gaming for enjoyment and as a distraction to cope with and manage their pain."
Andrew described one of his symptoms as fingers feeling like they were stuck together and being painful to move. This means that games that offer button
or keyboard remapping
are a good place to start, as the inputs can be configured to suit his varying digit mobility. Also, games you can play with fewer buttons
can be good.
This also means that vibration is an important consideration. Games that use sudden and strong vibrations
can cause Andrew pain and make it hard to keep playing. But also, he mentioned that games that offer softer and more continuous vibration
can actually offer a welcome massaging experience. Games like Lonely Mountains Downhill
or Rhythm Doctor
are good examples of this.
Andrew also described the symptom of "fibro fog" as he described it. Not being able to think clearly or quickly. This means that games that offer really clear mission guidance
and navigation assistance
are helpful to get him on his way.
The unpredictability of his pain means that Andrew often needs to stop playing unexpectedly. This means that games that let you save where you are without losing progress
are another good aspect to consider.
We put these requirements together to create a custom search for Andrew
, games with the following features:
"Large Clear Navigation"
"Head-Up Display Navigation"
You can use this as a starting point or create your own search from scratch on the game browser page
of the database. We've also picked out some games that these searches return and provided them in this list below.
One reader, Angela Hickman Newnham
, who suffers from chronic pain and fibro, said: "Video games are an important part of distraction from pain for me. Things that are important are not having rapid button presses
and flow/pacing of the game. Lots of games work for me, depending on how bad of a flare! I am often weighing the value of distraction vs effect on symptoms. Currently playing Hades, which is hard on my hands but the adaptive difficulty (God Mode
) makes it playable. It's helped me through 2 really rough weeks because of short play sessions
of less than 1 hour and the rewards cycle that keeps me engaged."
A good search for Angela
could be games with the following:
Played in Short Rounds
"Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional"
Some forms of play are timeless. Running around with a stick pretending to be in the army. Chasing each other in games of tag. And, of course, hide and seek. The games in this list offer digital ways to play hide and seek with a variety of different twists.Hide In A Crowd:
There are games like Spy Party
, Thief Town
, Hidden in Plain Sight
, that let you play as a range of characters and then challenge another player to find you amongst a computer-controlled crowd, from what way you move and interact. The Fruit game
in Game & Wario
on Wii U has the same mechanics, with one person trying to steal fruit without the other players working out who they are. Wii Party
offers hiding in its Spot the Sneak mode where one player has a secret advantage in the mini-games that the other players have to spot. Another great example is Wii U Party
, Lost and Found Square mode
. One player stands in a crowd of identical people and uses the Wii U gamepad to look around and describe their location to other players, who use the TV to explore and find them. At the end, you see a map of where the players had run. Prop Hunt:
There are games with "Prop Hunt" modes where you can change into the items in the world to hide. Fortnite
has a great Prop Hunt mode, as does Minecraft
. Then there are games like Witch It
designed around this idea of transforming into normal items and hiding in a game world. Separate Screens:
There games like Mario Chase and Luigi's Ghosthouse in Nintendoland
, or Pac-Man Vs
where one person has their own screen while the others team up to hunt for them use the main TV screen. Or games you play online where everyone has their own screen and try to hide from a particular character like in Secret Neighbor
is a twist on this, where you share the same screen and try to shoot each other, but your characters are invisible.Hidden Objects:
Or there are hidden object games where the computer hides things that you have to find, like Hidden Folks
and Hidden Through Time
. There's a hidden object mode in Super Mario Odyssey
where you hunt online player's hidden balloons. A twist on this is Here Kitty
where one person hides a phone that then makes cat noises until the seeker has found it.Open World Hiding:
You can use pretty much any open-world game to make your own hiding fun. You can hide in Minecraft
(having turned nameplates off), sneak around on public transport in
or simply count to 10 while visitors hide in Animal Crossing New Horizons
Surviving in games is often a key element. Some games, however, make it the main focus. With minimal resources and little light can you make it through to the morning? Can you prepare a shelter as the daylight dwindles in time for you to cope with the lurking creatures of the dark?
Whether this is as simple as closing the door to keep the zombies out in Minecraft
or as complex as crafting food, clothing and medicine to cope with the freezing blackness of The Long Dark
, these games are exhilarating as they pose a strategic puzzle with personal consequences.
Many of these games offer an open world in which to survive, which opens up more ways of preparing for and then making it through the night time. This, of course, leads to another day where you need to spend time and resources wisely while exploring your surroundings.
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.
As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.
Things don’t stay put. You’re the only one keeping the ship afloat. You can’t get people to do what you tell them. The effort you spend doesn’t produce the results it deserves. Well, in these video games you get to wield complete control over people, things, situations or even whole worlds.
If games offer an escape from chaos, these games are particularly good at granting a sense of satisfying agency and power as they do that. Whether it’s ordering the perfect stock room in Wilmot’s Warehouse
, organising your island in Animal Crossing
, perfectly controlling the flow of traffic in Mini Motorways
or even build civilisation just the way you want it in Civilization
the sense of satisfaction and calm from the achievement is second to none.
Most online games only work if the person you are wanting to play against has the same system that you have, console, PC or smartphone. There are, however, a growing library of games that offer what is often called cross-play. This lets you play with people on different systems.
These games are a good way to extend the list of friends and family that you can play with. It also makes it less critical which system you have in your home, even if your friends have a different one.
Games use the spaces they create to tell stories. Some games do this by locking you in a key moment where the time of day doesn't change. Other games let you explore and revisit places at different times of day.
These day-night cycles invite players to explore at different times not only to find different things to do but to see how different locations change visually and audibly at different times of day.
Some games, like The Long Dark
, do this to offer a different environmental challenge at night, when the sun is in and the cold wind really affects your character. Other games offer more unusual ways to tie in-game light levels to the real world, like Unmaze
that uses your smartphone's camera to determine how much light there is in the game.