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22 Great Games Like Monument Valley

Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2 are puzzle mazes made from optical illusions. You interact with each level to change the pathway and get your character to the exit. Its striking, calm visual theme is used to build atmosphere and slowly reveal a moving story about parenting, independence, getting lost and the bittersweet inevitability of children growing up.

Unfortunately, Monument Valley is not available on Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases


 

Assemble With Care

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 19/11/2019

Platforms: PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

From the makers of Monument Valley, this puzzle game is a unique way to consider how physical objects become meaningful and hold our memories. You play a restorer who repairs people's favourite possessions: from family heirlooms to broken statues to...


Lego Builder's Journey

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 20/12/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

This isn't what you expect it to be. Rather than a brick-based puzzle for kids it's more like a thoughtful and nostalgic work of art for adults. You work through abstract levels by following instructions but also by breaking the rules. Take the time to...


Winding Worlds

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 14/05/2020

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Winding Worlds is a colourful puzzle game played in a mythic world where you solve your way through the afterlife. The characters you meet don't always want to help, but you can help them deal with their problems and find peace. The puzzles are logic...


Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @UsTwo

Players: This is a single player game

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is an adventure game where you play as a young girl who starts a wildlife conservation club. When Alba visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island, she is excited for a summer of exploring with her friend Ines. But when...


Love - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 21/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Rocketship_Park

Players: This is a single player game

Love - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories is a puzzle game about regret. You interact with and explore a single apartment building. As you do you learn about the lives of the people that live there. You can manipulate the building to move floors between...


Alto’s Adventure (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Racing

Players: This is a single player game

Descend beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to worry about is tapping to jump to avoid chasms, rockfall and other hazards. It’s simple and moreish due to the stunning landscapes...


Prune

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/11/2015

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Prune involves slicing, but here you must carefully cut off tree branches to encourage the tree to grow in a particular direction. It starts simply but turns into a challenge for parents and young children to work on together.


Vignettes

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/03/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Explore shapes that change into different objects as you spin them around with your fingers. What starts as a novelty evolves into a collecting challenge where interacting with one item leads to another. Rescue a stray cat, awaken an ancient...


Fez

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/04/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Fez is a dimension based puzzle game where you, as a small character called Gomez, can rotate between four 2D views of the 3D world (as four sides around a cube-like space). This sounds confusing but actually develops into a mind-stretching and...


The First Tree

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/10/2018

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

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

Players: This is a single player game

The First Tree is an exploration narrative game. In a dream, you explore a forest wilderness as a mother fox looking for her cubs. Simultaneously, you revisit childhood memories in spoken reflection from two lovers remembering the dream and their...


Hidden Through Time

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/03/2020

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

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

This is a spot the item game that also takes you on a journey through different time periods. You are task with finding specific items and must zoom, interact and uncover things to find each one.


Manifold Garden

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Manifold Garden is inspired by Escher drawings and the reality-bending moments in the film Inception. You play from a first-person perspective and explore a beautiful, and what seems to be an abstract world, bereft of colour. It takes time to master and...


The Gardens Between

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 20/09/2018

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

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @TheVoxelAgents

Players: This is a single player game

The Gardens Between is a puzzle game set in dreamlike island gardens where you play as best friends Arina and Frendt. You work around the island levels collecting balls of light in your lantern, manipulating time to solve puzzles and removing obstacles....


Minit

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/08/2018

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @DevolverDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Minit is retro puzzle game where you complete small tasks in within a 60 second time frame. You must dodge or fight foes, cut through the undergrowth, explore your world and find keys and swords. You start from the same place for each of your 60 second...


Jumpy Wall

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/09/2015

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @PimCoumans

Players: This is a single player game

Jumpy Wall is a game where you must climb up a shaft by jumping between two walls. As you progress you'll meet more obstacles that aim to kill your little pixel character. Wall jump from left to right to get higher and higher while avoiding spikes and...


Empty

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/09/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @_Dstrm

Players: This is a single player game

Empty is a minimalist puzzle game that teaches the value of simplicity in life. You rotate and interact with different vignettes to line up items with the same background colour. As you do this they disappear and the scene slowly empties.


Kine

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/10/2020

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @DireGoldfish

Players: This is a single player game

Kine is a 3D puzzle game where you control three robot instruments: Roo, the accordion; Quat, the drum; and Euler, the trombone. To help them become a band, you solve puzzles that involve their different abilities in various ways.


Gris

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...


Fe

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 16/02/2018

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

You play a fox in a magical fairy tale forest. The world extends in front of you in stylised form, with trees, mountains and streams glistening with sparkles of life. You run, jump, climb and dip your paws in every aspect of the world. But it’s the...


Thomas Was Alone

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 18/04/2013, updated in 2014

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

Genres: Action, Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Control different-coloured rectangles in this simple running, jumping and puzzle solving platform game. It sounds boring and derivative but each of the distinctly coloured shapes comes to life in the game as a character embroiled in this escape story...


The Last Guardian

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 28/10/2016

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

The Last Guardian is an adventure, that follows Ico and The Shadow of the Colossus in the Team Ico trilogy. As the other games, it has an artistic look that is unusual for a video game, and a minimalist approach...


Opus Magnum

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 08/12/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Opus Magnum is a puzzle game about assembling machines to convert spherical chemicals into different compounds. Each challenge can be tackled by creating different machine configurations, and each is awarded points on how compact, quick and efficient...


Monument Valley 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 Monument Valley in the following lists:

Your First Video Game

These games are perfect if you’ve never played one before, opening the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers. They are short, straightforward and easy to understand, so you don’t need to commit hours to learn to play them, and they are played on technology you probably already have in your pocket or in your home. They address mature themes such as love, hope, power, homelessness and even traffic planning by inviting you to interact and play a part in these worlds and stories.

We've found that it's not just parents who have enjoyed the way these games let them in on the world of gaming, but grandparents, uncles and aunts. In fact it's a great list for anyone who's never played a game and wants to know what all the fuss is about.
 

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 the:
  • 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.

 

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.
 

Free With Google Play Pass

Google Play Pass is an alternative way to access video games on your Android smartphone or tablet device. Currently available in the US, it offers over 350 apps and games. Of these, there are around 100 or so games, that are selected to be family-friendly.
  • Gives access to a curated catalogue of premium apps and games.
  • No ads or in-app purchases.
  • Share access with up to 6 total family members.

 


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