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10 Great Games Like Nintendo Labo

These are hand-picked games similar to Nintendo Labo. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Nintendo Labo. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Nintendo Labo. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Nintendo Labo is another game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. Here, though, you get a cardboard pack with the game that folds up to make objects into which you slot the screen and controllers. Whether it’s cardboard steering wheels, fishing rods, robot suits or pianos, each item is then put to good use in specific interactive games.

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

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Release Date: 27/04/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

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Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Developer: @VelanVentures

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

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, Mario Kart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around...

Trailmakers

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Release Date: 28/02/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Racing

Developer: @Flashbulbgames

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

In Trailmakers, you explore an open world in vehicles you have made from Lego-like blocks. Build a car, a plane, a boat or a combination of these, a carplaneboat. The game's physics encourage players to imaginatively combine propulsion, floatation,...

Wii Sports (Series)

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Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club offer motion-controlled sports. Although these games are well known, the depth each of them offer is a best-kept secret. Games like bowling, tennis and boxing are easy to pick up but require considerable...

Pokemon Go!

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Release Date: 06/07/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Physically Active and Turn-Based

Developer: @NianticLabs

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 20 players online

Pokémon Go is a game you play by walking outside. You play on a smartphone so it can use the GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player's real-world location.

Tearaway

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

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

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...

Scrap Mechanic

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Release Date: 20/01/2016

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @AxolotGames

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 5 players online

Scrap Mechanic is an open world-building game. You collect materials that are used to design machines, vehicles and buildings. You start at the site of a crashed spaceship, with just a few items and must hunt for supplies, fuel and food in order to...

Moonglow Bay

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Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @CoatSink

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

Moonglow Bay is a role play game where you play a rookie angler. Unlike other slice-of-life games, fishing isn't tucked away as a side quest here, it's front and centre. Set along the Canadian coastline in the 1980's, you live in a fishing town that has...

Gogogo!

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Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: @GogogoTheGame

Players: You can play with 16 players in the same room

Gogogo! is a puzzle party game where friends and family compete in clever skill and knowledge challenges revolving around their smartphones. There are memory games, reaction games, word puzzles, challenges where you spin on the spot or tap a dot on your...

Tori

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Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Developer: @BandaiNamcoUK

Players: This is a single player game

Tori combines physical and virtual play. The game comes with toys that you place on a play surface to control the game’s spaceships and catapults. Children can also create and colour their own cardboard versions of the toys and use them to control the...

Skylanders (Series)

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Release Date: 14/10/2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

Developer: @ToysForBob

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

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.

Nintendo Labo 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 Nintendo Labo in the following lists:

Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

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.
 
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Shu

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Dirt

5
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Roblox

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Eco

2

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.

 
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Hades

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Roki

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Halo

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Get Fit Playing Great Games

There are lots of games that help you exercise and stay fit. We've pulled together a list of the best of these; games that don't just incentivise activity with on-screen rewards but that integrated the workout into the gameplay. We all know about Wii Sports but there are so many other ways that video games can help you stay healthy and active while you can't get out as much.
 

Digital Toy Boxes

Video games and toys are two seperate things in a child's life. Online and in stores they are sold separately. At home, however, children will move from toys to video games without such strong distinctions. This list draws together all the games that cross over with toys in this way.

Very young players are often drawn to games with toy-like play. Whether Toca Boca or Sago Mini offer video game interactions but without missions, tasks or scores. They are games that create space, characters, locations and items for children to make up their own fun.

Then there are games that import physical toys into the play-process of the game. Sometimes this is to have a figure unlock items and save progress like in Skylanders or sometimes this is to create new ways to interact like Tori, Hotwheels id or game/Anki.
 
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Eloh

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Shu

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PixArk

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Ink

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Fuel

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