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63 Great Games Like Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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

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 to access areas originally impossible to get to.

Unfortunately, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is not available on Android, Mac, PS4, PS5 or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @MoonGameStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Free-to-start

PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/11/2020

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @Outright_Games

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

PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay is a running, jumping and exploration game. It expands this platforming action towards a full 3D world, while keeping accessibility focused on younger players.

Savior

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @StarsoftPDX

Players: This is a single player game

Savior is an action adventure game with hand-animated pixelated graphics. You play as Sam, a mysterious woman with hidden powers and innate acrobatic skills who has lost her memory and all possessions. Use diplomacy, parkour, and intricate combat to...

Super Mario Odyssey

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/10/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...

Astro's Playroom

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/11/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Astro's Playroom is a running and jumping game that launched with the PlayStation 5. It not only showcases the PS5's new DualSense controller but offers a loveable adventure with novel interactions and considerable substance.

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Horace

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 18/07/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Developer: @HoraceDev

Players: This is a single player game

Horace is a platform adventure full of nostalgic pop-culture references and British humour. You run and jump through a funny and heartfelt story told by Horace, the game's charming robot protagonist. Adopted by a wealthy family for reasons unknown,...

Sonic Mania (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @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.

Frogger In Toy Town

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/10/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Konami

Players: This is a single player game

Frogger In Toy Town is a jumping and running game that updates the classic Frogger road-crossing challenge. You play in rich three dimensional environments with objects that interact with each other. As well as looking nice, this adds a physical...

Celeste

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

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

Genres: Platform

Developer: @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...

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Hoa

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/04/2021

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HoaTheGame

Players: This is a single player game

Hoa is an adventure game where you walk and jump through a hand-painted world as the mysterious main character. You solve environmental puzzles and meet magical creatures while trying to find your way back home.

Voyage

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @VenturousGames

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

Voyage is a short cinematic adventure puzzle game, where you play alone or cooperatively to guide two survivors on their journey to unravel a mystery from the past and find their way home.

Journey

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/03/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure

Developer: @ThatGameCompany

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2 players online

This is an adventure in a desert. Exploring the eerie sand-scape, you discover a world abandoned by the race that created it. The sense of space and scale evokes feelings of aloneness and being lost. But then the game pairs you with other players, one...

Hollow Knight: Silksong (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/12/2021

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Developer: @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...

Little Nightmares (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/02/2021

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @TarsierStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Little Nightmares II is a running and jumping game wrapped in a horror theme. You play a little boy named Mono who explores a dark and disturbing world. On your journey, you meet a little girl called Six and together you try to survive and uncover the...

Lost Ember

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/07/2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: @MooneyeStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Lost Ember is an animal exploration adventure game. While forward progress is relatively linear, it involves beguiling flying, swimming, digging and running to explore the mysterious world through the eyes of different animals.

Among Trees

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 14/06/2020

Platforms: PC

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

Developer: @AmongTreesGame

Players: This is a single player game

Among Trees is a game you play in a forested wilderness full of creatures and fauna. It's handcrafted by a small team and creates a vibrant world to explore. This isn't a game you aim to win or dominate, but rather find your place in.

Dandara: Trials of Fear

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @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...

Yoku's Island Express

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 29/05/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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

Developer: @YokuGame

Players: This is a single player game

Yoku's Island Express combines pinball and running and jumping games. You run, bounce and collect special items, engage in battles with fantasy enemies and explore a large open-world. Just like a classic pinball machine you use paddles and bumpers...

Knight of Exile

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 03/01/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @DonXugloGames

Players: This is a single player game

Knight of Exile is a running, jumping and combat game where you play Cormac, the commander of the royal guard fighting to return from exile to restore order to the kingdom. It's unusual because of the combat mechanics that require players to react...

Cuphead

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @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.

A Hat in Time

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HatInTime

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

A Hat in Time is a running, jumping and exploring game inspired by retro platform games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Psychonauts. As you explore each of the worlds, you discover characters to talk to, enemies to battle and an...

Hey! Pikmin

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 28/07/2017

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: This is a single player game

Hey! Pikmin is a spinoff game from the Pikmin series. In this game Captain Olimar crash lands on a planet and needs to find fuel to escape, leading a group of Pikmin through 2D side scrolling levels collecting the Sparklium. Players enter a level and...

Tunic

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @Dicey

Players: This is a single player game

You wake up on an island as a small fox, with no memory of how you got there. From a fixed overhead perspective, you push through trees, pick up weapons and learn new moves to discover an expanse of forests, caves and landscapes. Choose your own way...

Hollow Knight (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @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...

MO: Astray

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @MOAstrayRayark

Players: This is a single player game

MO:Astray is a puzzle, jumping and exploration game. Rather than control a character who runs, you control an amorphous blob. To get around you have to use the game's unique movement mechanics to take advantage of the cleverly designed levels.

Penko Park

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Simulation

Developer: @GhostButter

Players: This is a single player game

Penko Park is an adventure about exploring an abandoned wildlife park, taking photos of the weird and creepy creatures which you find. Like exploring a children's story book world, you collect these snapshots along with fur samples and fossils to add to...

Sky Children of the Light

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/07/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @ThatGameCompany

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online

Sky Children of the Light (Sky Children of Light) is a huge open-world online game designed to create altruism between players. From the developer of Flower and Journey, it takes you on a social adventure in an ever-expanding world with up to 8 other...

The Last Campfire

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 27/08/2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HelloGames

Players: This is a single player game

The Last Campfire, from the same developer as No Man's Sky, is an adventure about Ember who is trapped a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home. As you travel you take a flame with you to the world, lighting...

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @EmberLab

Players: This is a single player game

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their...

A Juggler's Tale

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 27/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @kaleidoscube

Players: This is a single player game

A Juggler's Tale is a running and jumping game where you guide Abby, a string puppet through a dangerous world where you need to solve puzzles and avoid traps. You move crates, pull levers, jump over hazards and try to outrun chasers.

Braid

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/08/2008

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @Jonathan_Blow

Players: This is a single player game

Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story...

Never Alone

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 18/12/2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @NeverAloneGame

Players: This is a single player game

Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 04/05/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @RetroStudios

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

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a running, jumping and collecting game where you control Donkey Kong. A second player can control the Diddy Kong sidekick. The challenge is getting to the end of each level, but there are also letters and items to...

Endling

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @HerobeatStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Endling is an exploration platform game where you struggle to survive. It's a game about extinction with a strong ecological conscience. You are the last fox on earth, trying to survive a world ravaged by the human race.

Typoman

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/11/2015

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

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BrainSeed_Fcty

Players: This is a single player game

Typoman is a running, jumping puzzle game where you use letters and words to solve puzzles and progress. You play as a character made of letters in a hostile land with evil creatures. As this unusual character, you make your way through the world...

The Artful Escape

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @A_i

Players: This is a single player game

The Artful Escape is a running and jumping game that combines this 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...

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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

Developer: @ZoinkGames

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...

Wandersong

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/09/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @TheBanov

Players: This is a single player game

In Wandersong you play a bard on a quest to gather parts of a song. Uniquely, you interact with the environment and inhabitants by singing. Controlled by one of the direction sticks, you can access different notes on the coloured ‘Song Wheel’. This...

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Hue

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 30/08/2016

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HenryHoffman

Players: This is a single player game

Hue is a puzzle game where you run and jump through platforms. You explore a grey land while searching for your missing mother. The novelty is in the coloured pieces you uncover, which when matched against obstacles will cause them to disappear,...

Evergate

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/09/2020

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @StnLntrnGames

Players: This is a single player game

Evergate is a running and jumping game where you can slow down time to make difficult jumps through hand-drawn environments. It combines the need for timing and puzzle solving in a game that slowly tells the story of the characters you meet.

Lunark

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @CanariGames

Players: This is a single player game

Lunark is a platform game with simple pixilated graphics that tell a cinematic story. It's similar to games like Flashback that were popular in the 80s and 90s. You run, jump, hang, climb, roll, and shoot your way through mysterious alien ruins, a...

YesterMorrow

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/11/2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BitmapGalaxy

Players: This is a single player game

YesterMorrow is running, jumping, climbing and collecting game where you play Yui, whose world has been destroyed and family kidnapped. To save them you journey through the four islands, forest, desert, ice, and clockwork, to collect "everlight" and...

Ender Lillies: Quietus of the Knights

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 21/01/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @LiveWire

Players: This is a single player game

Ender Lillies: Quietus of the Knights is a platform game based in a fictional world called Land's End. Rainfall has transformed all living things into monsters known as the Blighted. You control Lily, a bright white figure, who awakens as the last...

Child of Light

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/04/2014

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @UbisoftMTL

Players: This is a single player game

Child of Light is a platform game presented like a fairy tale, where you play a young girl, Aurora, on a quest to save her kingdom from the darkness. Battle encounters break up the adventure and power up your character. To finally make it home, you must...

Inside

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Price: Free-to-start

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @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.

Deadlight

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 10/07/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @TequilaWorks

Players: This is a single player game

Deadlight takes the monochrome running, jumping and shooting action in a more mature direction and with a deeper and coherent story. It draws on older (and equally excellent) platform games Another World and Flashback. You control Randall Wayne, a...

Mutant Mudds

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 26/01/2012, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @RenegadeKidLLC

Players: This is a single player game

Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it Is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...

Viewtiful Joe (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 07/10/2003

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @PG_kamiya

Players: This is a single player game

Viewtiful Joe is a side-on fighting game where you play a movie-lover whose girlfriend Silvia is kidnapped during a film starring your favorite superhero, Captain Blue. You enter the movie world, transformed into the tokusatsu-style persona "Viewtiful...

Yooka-Laylee

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 11/04/2017

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @PlaytonicGames

Players: This is a single player game

Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book...

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/10/2019

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @PlaytonicGames

Players: This is a single player game

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee. You control Yooka, a male chameleon, and Laylee, a female bat and take on a level...

Recompile

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @phi6

Players: This is a single player game

Recompile is a platform game about hacking and exploring an expansive virtual world. Drawing inspiration from the Tron film, It's a combination of classic platform games where you slowly get more powers to advance further, and branching narrative games....

She Remembered Caterpillars

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 17/01/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @TheJumpSuits

Players: This is a single player game

She Remembered Caterpillars is a colour-matching puzzle game with an unusual look and emotional story to tell. Through the unsettling fungi-punk aesthetic you work out how to get your characters to the endpoint of each stage. As you do you eavesdrop on...

Seasons After Fall

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @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...

Steamworld Dig (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 31/08/2017

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @ImageForm

Players: This is a single player game

The SteamWorld Dig series are action platform games where you play steam-powered robots trying to recover their lost civilisation. The two games in the series draws on classics like Dig Dug, Rick Dangerous, Repton and Boulderdash.

Wunderling

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/03/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @RetroidOfficial

Players: This is a single player game

Wunderling is a jumping game controlled by just two buttons: jumping and boost. The levels scroll automatically so you have to think ahead to decide how to get past each section. It's a combination of time reactions and forward planning.

The Messenger

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/08/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @SabotageQc

Players: This is a single player game

The Messenger is a platform game where you play as a young ninja after his village is attacked by a demon army. You must deliver a scroll, fighting enemies and pulling off complex acrobatic manoeuvres along the way. The game is inspired by the classic...

Lost Winds (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/05/2008, updated in 2016

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @FrontierDev

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

LostWinds is a running and jumping video game with a difference. As well as controlling a young boy named Toku you also control the wind. On the Wii you do this by gesturing with the Wii Remote controller, on iOS you draw the direction on the screen. A...

Super One More Jump

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/01/2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @PremoGames

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Super One More Jump is a jumping platform game you control with a single tap or button press. You control the little character who automatically moves forward. Your task is to press jump at the right time so you can progress through the level.

Eagle Island

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 18/07/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @ScreenwaveMedia

Players: This is a single player game

This is a running and jumping adventure where you play Quill and his owl companion Koji as they uncover the secrets of Eagle Island. You work your way through levels using falconry-inspired attacks to take down enemies.

Overwhelm

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 04/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Randomnine

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

Overwhelm is a running jumping game set in a pixilated dark bloody world. The twist, apart from the mild-horror theme, is that it's your enemies that power up rather than you. You explore the oppressive caverns of the hive, guided only by a sparse map.

She and the Light Bearer

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 17/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @MojikenStudio

Players: This is a single player game

She and the Light Bearer is a point-and-click adventure game with hand-drawn visuals, where you find and interact with items to solve puzzles and advance through its narrative. It’s accompanied by an instrumental acoustic soundtrack that reveals a new...

10 Second Ninja X

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/06/2016

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @GameDesignDan

Players: This is a single player game

10 Second Ninja X is a super-fast puzzle game with a difference: every level lasts ten seconds or less. In each level, your challenge is to destroy all of the enemies on screen before the timer runs out. The faster you complete each level, the higher...

Fallen Leaf

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @FallenLeafGame

Players: This is a single player game

Fallen Leaf is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a treasure hunter on the trail of a repressive, merciless ruler. It looks like an old school game with pixel visuals, but the game play is right up to date. You use magical gauntlets and...

The Long Return

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 02/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @MaxNielsenDev

Players: This is a single player game

The Long Return is a running and jumping game where you guide an orphaned cub on a journey to retrace the steps of the last adventure that he went on with his mother. Throughout the game, you solve puzzles to progress and learn more about the cub's story.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps 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 Ori and the Will of the Wisps 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.
 
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Shu

3
PEGI Rating 7+ for ShuESRB Rating EVERYONE for Shu
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Fuel

2
PEGI Rating 7+ for FuelESRB Rating EVERYONE for Fuel
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Hades

13
PEGI Rating 12+ for HadesESRB Rating TEEN for Hades
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Haven

14
PEGI Rating 12+ for HavenESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Haven
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Ete

1
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Fe

2
PEGI Rating 7+ for FeESRB Rating EVERYONE for Fe
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Hitman

14
PEGI Rating 18+ for HitmanESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Hitman

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

13
PEGI Rating 12+ for HadesESRB Rating TEEN for Hades
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Roki

60
PEGI Rating 12+ for RokiESRB Rating TEEN for Roki
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Halo

10
PEGI Rating 16+ for HaloESRB Rating TEEN for Halo

Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
  • Xbox Game Pass £7.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate including Xbox Live Gold for online play £10.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass PC £7.99/month

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also enables you to stream over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles, similar to the service offered by PlayStation Now, on mobile devices.

Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month and is the Xbox service that lets you play with others online. It also offers a few free games each month and substantial discounts.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
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Horace

19
PEGI Rating 12+ for HoraceESRB Rating TEEN for Horace
Game image Hades

Hades

13
PEGI Rating 12+ for HadesESRB Rating TEEN for Hades
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Qomp

4
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Ord

3
PEGI Rating 3+ for OrdESRB Rating EVERYONE for Ord
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ITTA

1
PEGI Rating 12+ for ITTAESRB Rating TEEN for ITTA
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QWOP

4
PEGI Rating 3+ for QWOPESRB Rating EVERYONE for QWOP
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Rust

25
PEGI Rating 18+ for RustESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Rust
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DayZ

2
PEGI Rating 18+ for DayZESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for DayZ

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.
 


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