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15 Great Games Like Super Mario Maker

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

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 people have created.

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

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/09/2015

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

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

Costs: Purchase cost

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Roblox

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/06/2016

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Roblox

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...


Pac-Man Geo

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Pac-Man Geo combines the classic pill-collecting arcade game with the real world. Unlike Pokemon Go, you don't run around outside, but use real world locations to make the mazes around which you are chased by ghosts.


New Super Mario Bros. U

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

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...


Wonderbox

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @AquirisGS

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Wonderbox is a action-adventure game where you tap to build beautiful miniature diorama scenes in which to explore. Like Toad Treasure Tracker Each of these worlds has its own micro-adventure with enemies,...


Hidden Through Time

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/03/2020

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

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

This is a spot the item game that also takes you on a journey through different time periods. You are task with finding specific items and must zoom, interact and uncover things to find each one.


Super Mario Run

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/12/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform

Players: You can play this with 1 player online

Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. You character automatically runs and you just tap at the right time to avoid obstacles and jump on enemies. It sounds too simple to be fun but is actually a cleverly...


Dreams

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/10/2019

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Creative

Developer: @MediaMolecule

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

Anyone can learn how to create their own video games, music, animations and art in Dreams. Everything is controlled with accessible menus and interactions via the PlayStation 4 controller. This makes it easy to dive in and create something simple. Then,...


Nintendoland

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/11/2012

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

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

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

This 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 four seekers...


Fledgling Heroes

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

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

Fledgeling Heroes is a fun flying game where you tap or press to guide a part through landscapes and collect coins. You can swim, sprint and soar, defeat dastardly dragons, unlock wondrous new worlds, and explore limitless levels in the Lab.


LittleBigPlanet (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/10/2008

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: @MediaMolecule

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

Little Big Planet is a series of games staring the Sackboy character. They offer a multiplayer running and jumping adventure, but also enable to player to substantially edit their character and eventually make their own levels.


Ultimate Chicken Horse

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/09/2018

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

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

Ultimate Chicken Horse is a running and jumping game where you play different farmyard animals trying to get to the end of the level. The twist is that it's you and your friends who build the levels as you play, placing deadly traps before trying to...


Geometry Dash

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @RobTopGames

Players: This is a single player game

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping and dashing game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a small cube, which you can customize, that attempts to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube....


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

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...


Tabletop Simulator

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 05/06/2015

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: @BerserkGames

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Tabletop Simulator is a way to play classic board and card games on a computer. It is a system that provides a simulated gaming table for you to enjoy as you wish. The game provides you with all the physics, pieces, and table space for you to play on.


Levelhead

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/06/2020

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

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

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

Levelhead is a game making game where you construct levels to train a delivery robot. The simple drag and drop level design develops into as complex a level maker as you want. Create simple running and jumping levels or something huge, puzzling and...


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BAFTA Nominated Games

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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:
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Make Your Own Video Games

It can seem like making a video-games is only possible with a degree and lots of complicated equipment. The games on this list let you design and share your own levels just using your controller and tools like Scratch.

Image 174You can unleash your creativity with these games that enable you to make your own games. Start with something familiar and try making your own levels in Mario Maker or get to grips with building in Minecraft. Build your confidence and creativity and soon you’ll be creating more complicated games in Dreams or LittleBigPlanet.

We put this list together with the help of the brilliant National Videogame Museum, (NVM). The World's First Fully-Playable Cultural Centre Dedicated to Games. If you want more information about making your own videogames, the NVM has free resources to get you started.
 


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