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42 Great Games Like Overcooked

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Overcooked. We also offer games selected by matching genre and age rating.
 

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated as you prepare food in ever more fantastical locations.

Unfortunately, Overcooked is not available on Android or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 7-13 year-olds

Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @Team17Ltd

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Hand Picked Games Like Overcooked

These are our hand-picked games similar to Overcooked. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Overcooked. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Bake 'n Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @Bakenswitch

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

Bake 'n Switch is a puzzle fighting game where 2-4 players are apprentice bakers fighting the "Mould" and taking on various Guardian bosses. It's ridiculously cute and a lot of silly fun, as you catch, merge and sacrifice the anthropomorphised dough...

Good Pizza, Great Pizza

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: @TapBlaze

Players: This is a single player game

Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a simulation game where you run your own Pizza shop, fulfilling orders from customers while making enough money to keep your shop open. You can upgrade your shop with new toppings and equipment to compete against your...

Mario Party (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing and Sports

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Mario Party (Wii, Wii U, 3DS and Gamecube) is an interactive board game. Players compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw dice and proceed around the board. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...

Snipperclips

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @SFBTom

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

This is a game where you play a piece of paper that can be cut into different shapes. Through a series of puzzle levels, you adjust your shape by clipping and overlapping other players. Sometimes this is to match a shape, at others it is to catch a ball...

Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 05/10/2012

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

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Chubigans

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

Cook, Serve, Delicious! is a series of three games where you run a restaurant. You have full control over how you improve your restaurant and what food or drink you want to sell. Each game plays in a similar way, adding new locations, challenges and modes.

Moving Out

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/04/2020

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @SmgStudio

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

Moving Out is an action-puzzle game where you play a removal company. With up to four players you work together to get items out of the house and into the van. Although this starts simply you soon find furniture that is an awkward shape or needs two...

Heave Ho

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @LeCartelStudio

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

Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make...

Trash Sailors

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 30/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action and Strategy

Developer: @FluckyMachine

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

Trash Sailors is a hand-drawn sailing game, where you control the group of castaways after a tsunami flooded the world. You navigate the ocean and build your raft with trash nearby which you can recycle into fuel, raft spare parts, and even weapons....

Nintendo Land

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 30/11/2012

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Nintendoland is a collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the...

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2016

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @SteelCrateGames

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room

In this game you’re confronted with a bomb on the screen that has to be defused, requiring a series of modules to be disarmed. The bomb defuser player can see and operate the bomb but the other players, who have the defuse instructions, can’t. The...

Hogwash

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 22/11/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @BossaStudios

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

Hogwash is an action battle game where you play as the farmer or as one of three pigs. The farmer's goal is to capture the pigs while the pigs aim to cause mayhem and get three specific areas on the farm covered with mud.

Conduct Together (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @HeyNorthplay

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

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one station...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019

Price: 5% off

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

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Developer: @SEGA

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.

Unrailed!

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @IndoorAstronaut

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

Unrailed! is a co-op strategy game where you work with friends to build a train line across endless landscapes. Along with finding the resources to build track, bridges and tunnels you need to deal with local inhabitants, upgrade your train and watch...

Good Job!

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/03/2020

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @PaladinStudios

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

You play an office employee with a difference. Together with a friend you must climb the corporate ladder to take over the family business. But rather than starting as tea boy and working up, you have a set of more bizarre office problems: building zen...

Going Under

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Developer: @AggroCrabGames

Players: This is a single player game

Going Under is a satirical adventure game where you play an intern in a failing start-up company. The game proceeds like other dungeon adventures with enemies to defeat and quests to find items, only here it's all in aid of keeping your boss happy while...

Radical Relocation

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 31/08/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @_Winglett

Players: This is a single player game

Radical Relocation is an action-puzzle game about moving house. You load objects onto a vehicle and drive from point A to point B without losing or breaking any. Carefully stack and balance your belongings on top of different vehicles before driving...

Towerfall

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2013

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 19/09/2018

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @AsteroidBase

Players: This is a single player game

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers a space-survival challenge where you must collaborate to defend your circular spaceship. Each player needs to take on specific tasks to manage offensive or defensive duties.

Spaceteam (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 01/12/2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: @Hengineer

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

Players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’,...

Out of Space

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/11/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: @BeholdStudios

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

Out of Space is a co-operative game about living together on a space ship. You and your cohabitants have to build a sustainable spaceship, as well as making it a cosy home. All is not plain sailing though, as you come across deadly alien infestations, a...

KeyWe

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 31/08/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @StoneWheat

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

KeyWe is a puzzle game where you control two Kiwi birds running a postal service. At first the jobs are simple but as you complete more missions they start to become more complex. These tasks range from typing out telegrams, sending urgent messages and...

Peggle (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 4-11 year-olds

Release Date: 27/02/2007, updated in 2014

Platforms: Android, DS, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @Popcap

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

In Peggle, you fire a small ball into an array of pins that are triggered and disappear when the ball touches them. It's like a bright, saccharine pachinko game. But being electronic you can earn all sort of bonus balls and abilities by hitting...

Tower of Babel No Mercy

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/02/2020

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Simulation

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: @DNAStudiosTwitt

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

Tower of Babel is a game where you work with friends to build a tower out of buildings. You control the game with a single button (and one more for special abilities) to drop your building on the stack. It swings left and right so you have to time it...

Cosmic Defenders

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 11/03/2020

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @FierySquirrel

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

Cosmic Defenders is team shooting game about a group of unconventional superheroes. Players cooperate to protect the galaxy in the Story, Survival and Versus Mode with up to four players with unique abilities.

Tricky Towers

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/07/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @WeirdBeardGames

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

This battle puzzle uses shapes but instead of creating lines you must balance them in towers that mustn’t fall over. Real-world physics apply, along with wind and attacks from other players to make your stack topple. Up to four players can race to...

Catastronauts

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 28/11/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @Inertia_Game

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

Catastronauts is a team-work space survival game where you must take on tasks to keep your ship together and also fire at enemy invaders. Controlling a team of Cat Astronauts, it’s a management challenge as you repair systems, extinguish fires, arm...

Bomber Crew

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 12/08/2018

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @RunnerDuckGames

Players: This is a single player game

Bomber Crew is a cartoon-styled World War 2 strategic bombing simulator. While it avoids the grim reality of these missions, it connects players to the extreme difficulty and danger of making it out and back again.

Death Squared

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 14/03/2017

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @SmgStudio

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

Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle game for 1, 2 or 4 players. Together, you solve puzzles by guiding a robot to a colour-coded goal. Getting there requires co-operation and communication as each player's path has deadly traps and hazards.

Runbow

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 27/08/2015

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Developer: @13amgames

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 9 players online

Runbow is an unusual racing game where each player controls a coloured figure who must run and jump their way through the platform levels ahead of their opponents who are trying to do the same thing.

Riverbond

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

Release Date: 10/06/2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @Cococucumberco

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

Riverbond is a frantic adventure in a blocky world. With four people on one system you take on an adventure to defeat evil and free the charming citizens. It's a brawling game with the emphasis on fun and over the top cartoon combat.

Scrappers

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @PixelJunkNews

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

Scrappers is a futuristic fighting game with a twist. You are not only battling the bots but fighting to manage waste as you traverse the city streets and take out the trash. You can play the game on your own or in a team of four mechanised trash...

Brunch Club

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @FoggyBoxHQ

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

Brunch Club is a cooking game where you possess and move food around the kitchen to complete different recipes. This unusual way to cook creates a unique and silly challenge you take on with up to four people.

Rip Them Off

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 24/03/2021

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

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @Lozange_Lab

Players: This is a single player game

Rip Them Off is puzzle game where you build businesses to attract customers. It's an economic management version of tower defence. Rather than stopping soldiers by shooting them, you are stopping citizens by selling them things. You choose locations,...

Very Very Valet

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 24/05/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Racing and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @Toyful_Games

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

Very Very Valet is a strategy game where you must park cars neatly and return them to guests as they need them. With up to four people you run a team of puppet valets to conquer a range of parking and retrieval challenges

No Heroes Here

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 03/10/2017

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @MadMimic

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

No Heroes Here is a co-operative defend your castle game for up to four players. In simple pixel graphics, you have to work together to prepare your defences and then use them as the armies attack. The key to success is that everyone needs a role,...

This Means Warp

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @OutlierSocial

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

This Means Warp is a strategy combat game where four players work together to run a spaceship as you travel the solar system. Together you have to manage the ship, repair damage and take charge of shooting enemies. It's frantic battling and a lot of fun...

Embr

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 21/05/2020

Platforms: PC and Stadia

Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: @EmbrGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Embr, is an action fire-fighting game. You join the Emergency Services Revolution and respond to fires to make money, climbing the ladder of success and score points.

Games Like Overcooked Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Overcooked. This includes games from the Puzzle and Action genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

Overcooked 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 Overcooked in the following lists:

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 
PixArk
PEGI Rating 12+ for PixArk
Ink
PEGI Rating 3+ for Ink
Pode
PEGI Rating 3+ for Pode
Haven
PEGI Rating 12+ for Haven
Nira

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 these categories:
  • 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.

 
Hades
PEGI Rating 12+ for Hades
Roki
PEGI Rating 12+ for Roki
Halo
PEGI Rating 16+ for Halo

DualSense PlayStation 5 Games

The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller added new features over the PlayStation 4 DualShock controller. It added a higher-quality microphone, a larger more sensitive touchpad, longer battery and more robust USB C charger cable. That last one is a welcome addition as DualShock controllers charge cables often wore out over time.

In addition to these improvements it added two new features:
  • Haptic Feedback - Detailed vibration and movement from within the controller to extend immersion of the game to your hands: the pattering of rain or a blast of energy.
  • Adaptive Triggers - The triggers on the controller can be made harder or softer to press by the game. This offers a nuanced way to feel more in the game, while also to provide more information about aiming.

The games in this list all use these Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers functionality.
 

Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7+ for Ico
Hoa
Kine
PEGI Rating 3+ for Kine
Pode
PEGI Rating 3+ for Pode
Roki
PEGI Rating 12+ for Roki
Gris
PEGI Rating 7+ for Gris
Eco
PEGI Rating 7+ for Eco
Portal
PEGI Rating 12+ for Portal
Fez
PEGI Rating 3+ for Fez

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as who to shoot in the head next.
 
Haven
PEGI Rating 12+ for Haven

Ease Loneliness With Intergenerational Games

There are many reasons, stages of life and circumstances that can leave us feeling isolated and lonely. Being unable to be in the same place as loved ones. Not understanding the modern world. Barriers of mobility or impairments. Social anxiety and other mental health issues.

Video games are one way that we can reconnect with each other, without needing to be in the same place. Finding games to play online with grandparents and carers is not only a good way to keep in touch but a lot of fun.

Image 171 The games on this page are part of the PLAY&TALK Weekend, which has launched in time for National Loneliness Awareness Week, aims to reduce feelings of isolation by getting people to talk with friends or family safely online. Backed by over 30 companies in the games industry, the Play&Talk weekend hopes to initiate 10,000 extra conversations across the UK through the power of games.

All the games have been select to be easy to play for new gamers and many of them have been used in a broad range of cultural settings, being incorporated into Cathedral services, arts festivals, well-being retreats and educational contexts.
 

Designed With Deaf and Hard of Hearing Features

Video games are a medium that can be enjoyed by a diverse audience, but sometimes, Deaf or hard of hearing players can struggle to enjoy a game due to information not being conveyed to them properly. Audio cues without visual indicators or captions, spoken narrative or direction without subtitles, for example.

However, games that include well-illustrated subtitles or captions can enable these players to understand what's being spoken through dialogue, and what's going on in the surrounding area.

Providing subtitles and captions is a good first step. But also important is that subtitles are readable and stand out from the game. Some games do this by adding a background, or a heavy drop shadow behind the text while others use colours to separate different meanings. Metro Exodus, for example, will inform the player where an enemy is located in the world through captions.

Where audio is used to locate events in the game world, a visual representation of this information is helpful. Games such as Fortnite have an audio visualiser ring that identifies where key audio (and the related event) is coming from. Assassin's Creed Odyssey uses a similar feature to indicate nearby dangers.

Games that enable Deaf and hard of hearing players with subtitles, captions and visual indicators are hugely welcomed by the community, with wider accessibility benefits for other players who can opt to benefit from these interface enhancements as well.
 

Get Children Talking

It can seem that all children do these days is stare at their screens and play video games. We worry about screen time and what the violence, addiction and gambling is doing to their brains.

However, along with screen time comes many other things we can celebrate. All kids do these days is talking to other. All kids do these days is learn the skills of rhetoric and debating. All kids do these days is develop their social confidence.

It sounds a little far fetched, but watching my kids play the new “hit” game Among Us I’ve realised these are exactly the sorts of things they are really developing when they are sat staring at their screens.

Here are some great examples where you need to talk, and talk intelligently and intelligibly, to do well in the game.
 

One Joy-Con Nintendo Switch Multiplayer Games

The Switch console comes with one pair of Joy Cons. These are attached to the Switch in portable mode, and detached when playing on a TV. Some games support multiplayer modes with each player only needing one Joy-Con half to play. This offers a much more affordable way to accommodate more players.
 

Play With Experts And Novices

We all have a different level of experience, ability and connection to video games. Finding a game to play with another person who has less (or more) expertise of playing can be a challenge.

This list is designed to help you find games to solve this. Some of these games, like Super Mario Odyssey or Spiritfarer, let one player help the other. Other games, like Kingdoms or Chariot let you work together to progress with enough time for one player to help the other. Then there are games, like Affordable Space Adventure or Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes where each player takes on a different role. Some games like Tick Tock A Tale For Two or Get Together let you play on separate devices and talk to each other to solve collaborative puzzles. Finally, there are single player games, like Detroit Become Human or Return of the Obra Dinn where one player can control things while the other makes suggestions.

Whether you are a parent playing with a gaming expert son or daughter, or a partner of someone who plays less or more games, these are a great place to find common ground.
 

Get Children Cooking

Video games are usually thought of as competing with family meal times and healthy eating. However, there are many games that develop a good relationship with food and cooking. The games in this list have been selected because cooking is an element of the game play or because they are set in a context where meals and mealtime is important.

Some of the games in this list, like Zelda Breath of the Wild require players to make up different recipes for a functional advantage. Other games, like Inbento, use food as a theme for a puzzle. Then there are games like Venba that use food as a cultural and story-telling element.

The games have in common that food is important. They offer an unusual way to inspire how food is prepared, shared and enjoyed. This might be to come up with new ingredient combinations for flavour or (maybe) the chemistry of how different recipes work.
 

The Game Awards

The Game Awards highlight the best video games each year. It's an award produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley. Games are selected by video game news organizations who then vote on the games to choose the winners in each of the categories.
 

The Great British Video Game

There are 2,277 active games companies in the UK employing 20,430 people. The biggest concentration spread through the country in cities and towns like London, Manchester, Brighton, Guildford, Aldershot, Bristol, Sheffield, Glasgow and Liverpool. The UK market for video games reached a record £7bn in 2020.

Many of the biggest video game franchises have been created in the UK. Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Football Manager, Elite Beat Agents, Fable and Batman: Arkham Asylum. But along with these well-known titles are some amazing games for families and children.

There are some amazing (and huge) series of games made in the UK that are perfect for families. Forza Horizon, Lego Games, Fall Guys, LittleBigPlanet and Viva Pinata. Then there are games from smaller and independent UK game studios: Overcooked, Wilmot’s Warehouse, TerraTech, Phogs, Snake Pass and Chime to name a few.
 


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