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42 Great Games Like Oddworld Soulstorm

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Oddworld: Soul Storm is a running and jumping game where you guide members of your species through labyrinthine levels to free them from brutal oppression. It's a remake of 1998's Oddworld: Abe's Exodus and a sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. Its thought-provoking and unique depiction of oppression, capitalism and colonialism combined with its difficult yet entertaining levels make the game a fresh offering and experience.

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DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/1997, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Oddworld Inc (@OddworldInc)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

37 Hand Picked Games Like Oddworld Soulstorm

These are our hand-picked games similar to Oddworld Soulstorm. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Oddworld Soulstorm, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

OCO

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Spectrum 48 Games (@Spectrum48Games)

Players: This is a single player game

OCO is a sliding and jumping game set with simple colourful levels each set in a rotating planetoid. Unlike other platform games, you control everything with a single button. Each different colour of platform you slide along grants different abilities...

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

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

Kirby's Epic Yarn is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character that can (usually) suck enemies into their large mouth to gain new abilities. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming...

The Last Guardian

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 28/10/2016

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

The Last Guardian is a running, jumping and exploring adventure about a boy who befriends a giant half-bird, half-mammal creature, Trico. You work together to navigate the world, solve puzzles and reach new heights. Unusually, you have to build trust...

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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

Price: Free

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Racing

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Built By Snowman (@BuiltBySnowman)

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...

Webbed

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 7 features

Developer: S Bug Games (@SBugGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Webbed is a running and jumping game with a twist. You play a spider who can make webs, swing, climb and all the while create music as she goes. It follows the story of our happy little spider on an adventure to save her boyfriend from a big dumb...

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/11/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Bfod (@Bfod)

Players: This is a single player game

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a strange game about movement and momentum. You are tasked with climbing a mountain. However, your only means of locomotion is a hammer that can stick to objects and drag you forwards.

Lego
PEGI Rating 7 for Lego

Lego (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

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: TT Games (@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...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018

Price: 23% off

Platforms: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Moon Game Studios (@MoonGameStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...

Super Mario Bros. 35

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/10/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Arika CO JP (@Arika_CO_JP)

Players: You can play this with 35 players online

Super Mario Bros.35 is Mario combined with Fortnite's battle royale online competition. You play a Mario game, but as you score points you send one of the other 35 players enemies and hazards. Jump on a Koopa and send it to the leader on points or...

Spiritfarer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/08/2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Thunder Lotus (@ThunderLotus)

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

Spiritfarer is a boat building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.

Celeste

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Exok Games (@Exok_Games)

Players: This is a single player game

This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on...

Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Sonic hedgehog (@Sonic_hedgehog)

Players: This is a single player game

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.

Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris

Gris

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Nomada Studiobcn (@NomadaStudiobcn)

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...

Super Mario Maker (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2015

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

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: Studio MDHR (@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.

Hollow Knight (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/06/2018, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Team Cherry Games (@TeamCherryGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Hollow Knight is a game where you run, jump, and battle your way through the underground kingdom of Hallownest. It’s not uncommon for platform games to invest in the environments through which you pass, but the haunting depths in this game contain...

Geometry Dash

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Rob Top Games (@RobTopGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you used to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...

New Super Mario Bros. U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...

Shadow Of The Colossus

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/10/2005

Platforms: PS2, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

You play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the Colossus stands apart in many ways.

Carrion

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 23/07/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Kroskiewicz (@Kroskiewicz)

Players: This is a single player game

Carrion is a horror game where you play the amorphous alien as well as human protagonists. This reverse-horror scenario puts you in control of an organic tentacled monster to make your way through the facility, stalking and killing humans in your path.

Hollow Knight: Silksong (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/12/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Developer: Team Cherry Games (@TeamCherryGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Hollow Knight: Silksong is an upcoming sequel to Hollow Knight. The game provides similar gameplay to its predecessor where you run, jump, and battle your way through a kingdom inhabited by bugs. Unlike the first game, you...

Jump King

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 03/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Nexile Games (@NexileGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Jump King is a high stakes jumping game, where you control a character ascending a series of increasingly spread out platforms. You can control how high each jump is by the length of your button press. This enables you to judge difficult and long jumps...

Dandara: Trials of Fear

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Long Hat House (@LongHatHouse)

Players: This is a single player game

Dandara: Trials of Fear is a running, jumping and puzzle solving game where you play Dandra, the Afro-Brazilian warrior of the colonial period of Brazil. You can defy gravity to jump from wall to wall and ceilings to ceiling. This combines the action of...

Limbo

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 05/06/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, PS Vita, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Playdead (@Playdead)

Players: This is a single player game

Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...

Seasons After Fall

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 02/09/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Swing Swing Sub (@SwingSwingSub)

Players: This is a single player game

Seasons After Fall is a running and jumping game where you traverse through forests in search of the lost spirits of the four seasons. As you progress, you unlock the ability to change the season at will, altering the dynamic of the level and letting...

Inside

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 29/06/2016, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Playdead (@Playdead)

Players: This is a single player game

Inside is from the same developer as Limbo. As such, you play another boy in a dark dream-light and horrific world. Here though, it's more modern-day and realistic.

The Artful Escape

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/09/2021

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

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Developer: A i (@A_i)

Players: This is a single player game

The Artful Escape is a running and jumping game that combines platform action with music-playing. You play as Francis Vendetti as he traverses the universe, jamming on his guitar and harmonising with the various bizarre creatures he encounters on his...

Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico

Ico

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2001, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS2 and PS3

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

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

Ico is a running, jumping and exploring game where you rescue a princess from her evil mother. You take her hand to help her escape, guiding her along the pathways and protecting her from the hordes of enemies. Together, you jump chasms and scale walls...

Beard Blade

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Glovebox Games (@GloveboxGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Beard Blade is a running and jumping game where you use your beard to climb, swing, glide and defeat enemies. It sounds like a silly concept, but along with the day-night cycle that completely changes levels, introduces fresh mechanics into this...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Meka Skull (@MekaSkull)

Players: This is a single player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Little Bug

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Buddy System LA (@BuddySystemLA)

Players: This is a single player game

Little Bug is a running and jumping game where you move through a surreal, abstract world by swinging on ropes. Unlike similar games, you control both character movement and the position of a helper spirit that can shoot and levitate you. This unusual...

Golf Club: Wasteland

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2021, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Demagog Studio (@Demagog_Studio)

Players: This is a single player game

Golf Club: Wasteland is a golf game in an unusual setting. You play on an earth decimated by an environmental catastrophe. Through beautiful visuals and eerie audio, you piece together what has happened to the planet to cause such devastation. It's an...

Rog & Roll

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Clayzulah (@Clayzulah)

Players: This is a single player game

Rog and Roll is a running and jumping game where you fight enemies and avoid traps. Unusually, you play a former henchman on a quest to save his friends from re-emerging tyranny. It features retro-inspired graphics and a humorous story where characters...

The Swapper

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/05/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Face Palm Games (@FacePalmGames)

Players: This is a single player game

The Swapper is a platform-adventure where you explore a damaged space station to collect orbs that open doors into other areas. Unusually, you can clone your character multiple times and then control it to help you solve puzzles and progress in various...

Canabalt

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 31/08/2009

Platforms: Android, PC, PSP and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Semisecret (@Semisecret)

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

Canabalt is a side-on running game where you press jump at the right time to keep a small character from falling off buildings or crashing into things. With minimalist visuals, you play the small suited man fleeing from an unknown threat. As the game...

Planet of the Eyes

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/08/2015

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Cococucumber Co (@CococucumberCo)

Players: This is a single player game

Planet of the Eyes is an atmospheric running and jumping game where you play a robot stranded on a mysterious planet. You progress by well timed jumps and puzzle solving to traverse a fantastical planet with a dark secret.

7 Games Like Oddworld Soulstorm Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Oddworld Soulstorm. This includes games from the Adventure, Platform and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

6 Easier Games than Oddworld Soulstorm

If you like the sound of Oddworld Soulstorm but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating required.
 

12 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Oddworld Soulstorm

If you like the sound of Oddworld Soulstorm but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Oddworld Soulstorm Accessibility Report.
 

Oddworld Soulstorm 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 Oddworld Soulstorm in the following lists:

Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.
 
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Fuel
PEGI Rating 7 for Fuel
Haven
PEGI Rating 12 for Haven
Sable
Ete
Pine
PEGI Rating 12 for Pine
Hitman
PEGI Rating 18 for Hitman

Build Personal Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves "bouncing back" from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

Games, by design, present players with adversity and much of the joy of gaming comes from taking on and overcoming unnecessary obstacles. Whether you’re saving the universe from an alien invasion or tending crops in your animal community, playing games mimics the process of resilience.

Image 163 This list of games that can help foster various forms of psychological resilience is compiled with the expert help of Take This. They aim to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. They encourage a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators.

The Portal series tell a narrative that you are going to fail. You’re told to give up, but if you ignore this barrage of discouragement you can use it as a way to strengthen your resolve and complete the puzzles even if you have failed twenty times in the process. The Stanley Parable is all about trying again. You can try and re-try your decision making, reaching a variety of different endings.

Dark Souls is a hallmark for a punishing challenge that require resilience. You journey through elaborate lands to adventure, explore, and take heed lest they encounter a battle with a boss or enemy. Celeste is the story of Madeline and the enemies she overcomes while climbing Celeste Mountain. The game specifically calls out that Madeline has anxiety, and the challenges she faces in the environment reflect her own internal struggles and triumphs. Cuphead challenges players to battle relentless bosses in combat-heavy play. Cartoonish and playful, it balances challenging players to grow in skill and offers plenty of entertaining environments and aesthetics to keep you playing.

In Kingdom Hearts you meet many characters that need help - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world. Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where one player’s mistake makes everyone else lose. You learn cooperative resilience in trying again admits humorous judgments from the unseen “hosts” of the game.

In Animal Crossing you get help from the animal neighbours. You learn to lean on this social and environmental resilience to persevere at building social connections with computer villagers and friends online. Stardew Valley’s farming is about growing and maintaining a homestead. Interweaving the busy work are relationships with the other villagers, many of whom are social models for resilience in their storylines.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Sable
Rust
PEGI Rating 16 for Rust
Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki
Portal
PEGI Rating 12 for Portal

Branching Stories With Multiple Endings

All games offer you agency. You can win or lose. You can complete them or stop at any time. But there are some games that offer a story that genuinely branches. Where you end up will be different from other players. This not only makes your actions really matter but also gives you a reason to play them again.

Setting aside games that evolve through simulation, or games where once you die it's game over, these branching narrative games tell a story that ends in a certain way because of the choices you made.
 
Ord
PEGI Rating 3 for Ord
Sable
Pyre
PEGI Rating 7 for Pyre

Develop Critical Thinking

Being able to discern between reliable sources and unreliable sources of information is an important skill for children to develop. This starts with questions of trust and authority but then leads to decisions about how we use and share information ourselves.

We've worked with Childnet International on this list of games that help children and young people experiment with what they should trust and the potential unintended consequences. Childnet International is an online safety charity working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. They believe that the internet is a wonderfully positive tool for children and young people. Childnet are also part of the UK Safer Internet Centre and organise Safer Internet Day in the UK every February.

Some of the games, like Thousand Threads, either put them in a world where what people say and believe impacts the other characters. Other games, like Headliner, put the player in charge of information so they can see the consequences first hand of its misuse. There are even games, like Papers Please, that enable the player to police who is and isn't allowed access to information or even access to the country.

As Childnet write, "Critical Thinking is an important skill that we need in order to navigate the internet safely and find the latest news headlines or facts and information. With the amount of content that is online sometimes it’s quite easy to be reading something that is inaccurate without realising."

These games each provide different ways for players to develop critical thinking. They provide a space where trust and authority can be experienced first hand, and where the negative and positive consequences of how we handle these topics play out.
 

Great Guidance From PlayStation 5 Activity Cards

PlayStation 5 Activity Cards are a part of the operating system that provide a quick and easy way to see your progress, and get helping progressing (or finding what you’ve missed) in games. It’s a really neat part of the system that you can pop-up while playing by pressing the PlayStation button on the controller.

They are like your very own guide, tailored to your current play through, providing information on progress, tips on things you've missed, more things to do (and how long they will take) and short videos of how to complete objectives (that you can pin to the side of the screen while you are playing).

However, as with the use of PS5 Dual Sense features, different games do this in different ways. Some just include Activity Cards to load and save your game or access a game mode (which saves time but isn't a game changer) while others go to town on tips, hints and other helpful ways to get more from their game.

As one player put it, "Honestly, I'm just really enjoying them in Control where they tell me where to go when I'm lost in the wonderfully convoluted building. Then in Maquette it's extremely useful to just get a step solved for me when otherwise I'd switch to another game. These are the kind of frustrations that generally stop me from beating games. It's like having a Prima guide on my PS button."

The games in this list are those we think do a great job with Activity Cards. This not only provides quick travel, fast loading, how long main- and side-quests will take, tips and video guides but is a real reason to consider buying the PlayStation 5 version over the Xbox Series X|S.
 

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 
Horace
PEGI Rating 12 for Horace
198x
PEGI Rating 12 for 198x

Get Children Automating

Automation is hailed as the future of work and industry is set for economic rebound. As a result, growing, managing and relating to machines are and will be important skills for children to develop.

The good news is that the process of transferring work tasks to computers and automated mechanisms is something they can try their hand at in the games in this list. Organising tasks and distributing work in the name of efficiency and effectiveness is also a common feature of many games.

We've worked with Game Academy on this list of games that help prepare players for an era where organisations are being rewritten daily, business processes reimagined and the labour market is driven by fusion skills - humans and machines coming together to form new kinds of jobs and work experiences. Game Academy is a tech venture that helps game players make the most of their in-game talent out of game. Using new game analytics, online courses and bootcamps, they help players identify their game and life skills, develop them and link game players to new work and educational opportunities.

Some games like Factorio and Satisfactory look like crafting sandboxes but soon become much more than that. You discover that it will take a very long time to extract and craft the necessary resources manually, and the surrounding monsters are not ready to wait. Automated extraction/production lines come to the rescue and their creation is the main mechanic of the game. Learning Factory is a more peaceful version of factory building. You just need to repair the Martian factory to make goods for cute cats. It also provides some links to machine learning.

Other games provide you with tools to minimise your manual labour. In a game like Stardew Valley, players spend a lot of time watering plants. A lot! But automatic sprinklers save on the grind, greatly simplifying the whole game.

At the other end of the life - and emotional scale - is Graveyard Keeper where you manage a medieval graveyard to get your character to open a portal back to his old world. You have a dozen different activities: gathering resources, brewing drinks, farming and carrying out autopsies - hilarious rather than gruesome tasks, we can assure you. But this is all hard, hard work. Fortunately, there’s a moment when you get the opportunity to create zombies and give them the hard labour. It changes the gameplay dramatically, as well as your fortune and fate.
 

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Ink
PEGI Rating 3 for Ink
Kine
PEGI Rating 3 for Kine
Stray

Be A Good Neighbour

In this list, provided by the LTN (Love Thy Nerd) editors, we bring together video games that have the potential to offer more than entertainment. It starts with 12 with a challenge us to be a good neighbour, and follows with others added over time. LTN exists to be the love of Jesus to nerds and nerd culture, you can read more about them on their website.

"What if video games have more to offer than just an exciting diversion into a digital battlefield, fantasy war, or alien invasion? While these types of games are certainly the loudest and most financially successful, there are a growing number of games asking important questions about life, the human condition, and even God."

"Our list is not 'Christian' games, but rather a list of games that pose important spiritual questions to those who play them. These are games that provide us with the opportunity to consider what a truly 'spiritual' life looks like by encouraging us to have empathy for the suffering, love for our neighbours and our enemies, and an imagination vivid enough to contemplate a better world."

Journey's understated yet deep mythology, lack of guidance and mysterious ways it brings players together will have players thinking about the course of their own lives. Dropsy is, on the surface, a silly point-and-click adventure game about a creepy but misunderstood clown, dig deeper and you’ll see this a game that challenges players to love everyone, even their enemies. Kentucky Route Zero is at its core, about rediscovery, of adventure-game mechanics and modernist aesthetics, of a more spiritual outlook on the physical world.

Gris is a platformer about the stages of grief that highlights the indelible impact of our most sacred relationships. That Dragon, Cancer is a game where Ryan and Amy Green share their grief and their hope by drawing us not only into their lives but into the common grace of the Christian faith. Myst, one of the best selling titles of all time, is a puzzle game about the beauty and mystery of creation. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a game about the spiritual impact our most precious relationships have on us. Wandersong is a game about transforming the world with music. Heroism isn’t measured in bulk or recognition but in the melodic tones of compassion and kindness. The Last Guardian confronts us with our own self-centredness and challenges us to give rather than merely take.

Pyre is a game about mercy that deconstructs player’s perceptions of winning and losing, encouraging them to see and meet the needs of those who are oppressed. My Child Lebensborn is a game that challenges players to care for a child born into a fascist regime--this is a game about the power of empathy. Celeste strikes at the centre of what it means to be a person in all of our messy humanity a wonderful reminder that even when we fall, we are lifted up again through redemptive love, forgiveness, and grace—both for ourselves and for one another.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu