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8 Games Like Nintendo Labo

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 or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/04/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch.

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle.

 

 

Scrap Mechanic

Platforms: PC

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

Duration: Between 12 hours and 14 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Tori

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

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

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Tearaway

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Wii Sports (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

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

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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...


Skylanders (Series)

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

Duration: Between 8 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


Pokemon Go!

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Duration: Between 70 hours and 140 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

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.


Trailmakers

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Racing

Duration: Between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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,...


 
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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:

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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.

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