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Drink More Glurp
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC
Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports
Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online.
Costs: Purchase cost.
Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation
Duration: Between 3 minutes and 4 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Boomerang Fu is a fighting game where you control small food-like characters. Using your boomerang the aim is to slice the other players with ranged or melee attacks. You can use a large range of power-ups such as: explosive boomerangs, disguise and...
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4
Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports
Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 60 players online.
Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out you have to control top-heavy...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Strategy
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 4 players online.
Quantum League is a shooting game where you go back in time when you die, to play through the same loop of the battle. You have three lives and so play through the same short gun-fight three times. But each time you have more knowledge about what the...
Genres: Creative and Narrative
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.
Kind Words is unusual because of the main interaction. You write letters to real people and receive back encouraging letters in return. Set in a cosy room with soft furnishings and relaxing music, it creates a space in which to find support and...
Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Rhythm
This is a game about fishing and music. You drop your line into the water, catch a fish and make music along the way. There are different animal DJ's to choose, each with a different sound and 21 different underwater courses to fish in.
Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS
Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Spring Falls is a puzzle where you erode a geometric landscape to let water flow down the mountain and help plants grow. Along with the low-pressure puzzle play, the game offers a calming experience with soft visuals, ambient music and interactive...
Genres: Action, Creative, Narrative, Racing, Rhythm and Sports
Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
This is a rhythm game where you press buttons in time with the music to score points. It sounds simple, but similar to games like Guitar Hero, it soon gets more complex. Unusually the rhythm play has a futuristic racing story.
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Creative and Puzzle
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Collapsus is a puzzle game where you match tiles. You rotate the screen to adjust which way is down, then tapping a single tiles makes it disappear. And vertical or horizontal lines with matching colours you create also disappear. Tapping a single tile...
Tint is a puzzle game you solve by painting. You mix watercolours to match the colour of the origami. The aesthetic and the low-pressure puzzles make for a soothing experience. There are no timers, no countdowns, no points and certainly no rush,...
Crossy Road Castle
Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform
Duration: Between 1 minute and 10 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Crossy Road Castle, is the follow up to the simple frogger Cross Road game. You play pixilated animals racing to the top of various towers that change every time you play.
Hide and seek game where you control a bush. You move around the screen in the dark during the night. Then, the next day, one of the players tries to spot where the bushes are by observing what has changed. The seeking player stands in the middle with a...
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 16 players online.
Witch It is a game where you play a witch or a hunter. The witches run and hide in the village and can turn into every-day items. Transforming into these props in such a way as they look like part of the world is key to hiding. Observing the placement...
Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle
Combo Postage is a jumping and stacking game. You play as Sue at her summer job as she dodges, tapes, and stomps boxes with a high-tech tape gun. Run into a box to tape it up then stomp to seal. It’s simple, hectic fun and as you realise you can line...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC
Kissy Kissy! is a running-around game where you build defences against getting kissed by the grannies. You play Tiger and Bee, onesie-wearing grandchilden who don't want to be kissed
Toodee and Topdee
Genres: Platform and Puzzle
Toodee and Topdee is a platform puzzle game where you control two characters to complete single-screen levels. The twist is that each character exists in a different plane. Toodee is a top-down block-pushing world, while Topdee is side-on platforming....
Pac-Man Party Royale
Genres: Action and Strategy
Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to complete.
Pac-Man Party Royale is a four player version of Pac-Man. You must be the last man standing to win. You eat pellets to speed up and aim to the Super Pellet first to send opponents and ghosts running. There's a twist though, each opponent you eat turns...
Platforms: Web Browser
Genres: Action and Shooting
Duration: Between 6 minutes and 7 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 10 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game 'loot box' purchases.
Krunker is a shooting game where you compete against online opponents in various maps. As you level up you unlock weapons that help you in the game. It's unusual because you play it in any web browser with no need to download anything.
Platforms: Android and iOS
Marching Order puts you in charge of a disorderly animal marching band. Listen to each animal’s requests to get them in the right order in the game about sequence, rules and order.
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.
DragonBox is an educational series of games that teaches young children maths, such as algebra using pattern matching with symbols. Unlike other educational games, the fun is in the doing in DragonBox, rather than incentivising learning with separate...
Genres: Action and Sports
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.
Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.
Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...
Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle
Bounden is a smartphone dance game that gets players to use their bodies. Two people hold opposite ends of one smartphone then move together to keep a cursor over the ball.
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Web Browser, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 6 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 64 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.
Dancing in front of each other isn’t something we often do in families. Just Dance is released with new songs and features each year. It gets parents, carers, children and even grandparents off the couch and dancing along with the on-screen moves....
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing
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.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
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...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.
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...
QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.
KartRider is an online kart racing game. You race and customise your kart on a variety of different circuits. Along with the usual fantasy vehicles this includes real cars. It's similar to Mario Kart and has power-ups and drift...
Super One More Jump
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS
Genres: Action and Platform
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.
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Players: You can play with 12 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
12 Orbits is a tactical game where you control a small coloured ball by pressing a single button. When you are over the grey circles you press to orbit that circle, otherwise pressing the button will dodge.
Tower of Babel No Mercy
Genres: Action and Simulation
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...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Racing and Simulation
Supermarket Shriek is a kart racing game where you control a shopping trolley with a goat co-pilot. You have to navigate through obstacles and challenges in a range of shops, boutiques and supermarkets.
Platforms: PC and iOS
Forza Street is a simpler racing game from the team behind Forza Motorsport. You race other players to earn and purchase a lineup of high powered cars. Races are quick and focus on the cinematic rather than realism.
Super Mario Run
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...
Platforms: PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Creative and Puzzle
HyperDot is a dodging game, where you control a small circle and must move to avoid collisions with other shapes. It sounds too simple to be fun, but the cover design and variation in challenge make it a really enjoyable game.
Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii
Genres: Platform and Strategy
Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...
Pushy and Pully
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.
Pushy and Pully is a puzzle game where you push blocks into enemies to kill them, or into each other to gain special attacks. The action takes place on a single screen with up to two players. After 10 levels there is a large enemy to defeat before...
Platforms: Android, PC, Web Browser and iOS
Soccer Physics is a super simple football game you play by pressing one button. Made by Otto-Ville Ojala who also made the similar one-button games Wrestle Jump and Tank of Tanks, it's designed to be silly and fun. The matches are 2-on-2 and you time...
Formula Retro Racing
Formula Retro Racing is a retro 90's arcade racing game. This Virtua Racing style combines the simplicity of visuals and racing style with some proper attention to the skill needed to get to the front of the grid.
Battloon is a colourful battle game, where each of the four players controls a balloon-like creature. You try and bounce the other players into spikes on the arena walls by puffing out air to propel yourself in a direction.
Jump Rope Challenge
Genres: Action and Rhythm
Jump Rope Challenge is a virtual skipping game were you hold the Switch controllers like rope handles and skip. The game displays an on-screen counter and you can play with another person at the same time as you compete for a high score.
Ear Hockey is a bat and ball competitive game played by listening to the in-game audio alone; no screen required. It uses spatial audio cues to signal to the player where they are in the play-space and where the main game object, the ball, is travelling.
Genres: Fighting, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.
Gerrrms (yes, Germs with three r's) is a light-hearted infection themed fighting game. You control one of 12 tiny germs and fight for dominance within the human body. However, you can only move around by swinging from hooks inside a corporeal arena....
Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy
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...
Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso
Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm
Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso is a rhythm game where you play classical piano music by pressing buttons in time with each note. This starts easily buy builds up so you are playing complex pieces of music from a range of composers.
Shaun White's Snowboarding
Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS
Genres: Action and Racing
Shaun White's Snowboarding is a series of snowboard racing games that focus on recreating, move for move, the downhill and halfpipe snowbound experience. You race down a mountain landscape steering with intuitive controls and performing point-earning...
Grand Slam Tennis
Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Simulation and Sports
Grand Slam Tennis is a tennis game. You choose one of the 23 real tennis players or create your own. You can play either singles or doubles. Unlike other tennis games, this focuses on hitting the ball with a gesture via the Wii Remote. This extends the...
Breath of Light
Breath of Light is a meditative puzzle game where you guide the breath of light through sand and water. With no score or time-limits and with all levels unlocked from the start, the focus is on relaxation and breathing rather than the challenge and its...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.
Team Sonic Racing is the latest kart racing game in a series featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. Like Mario Kart, you control one of 15 characters in races using fantasy sports cars, while performing tricks,...
Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting
Ghost Grab is a puzzle game where you shoot a beam of light at ghosts to chain them together before popping them to score points. It's simple to start with but soon gives way to a frantic score-attack challenge with it's unique way to score points.
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting
Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 5 minutes to complete.
Passage passage.toolness.org is a super-simple game from the same developer as One Hour One Life on the theme of a life well lived. Although just a few minutes long, it offers an unusual interactive metaphor for the...
Clash of Clans
Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 50 players online.
Clash of Clans is a cartoony strategy war game played on smartphones and tablets. Set in a fantasy world, you take charge of a village and must build defences against attack from other players. Likewise, you gain resources by attacking others.
Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to complete.
Clash Royale is a real-time strategy game where you collect cards to gain units and powers for a player vs. player battle. It's like a simpler version of Clash of Clans.
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.
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action and Fighting
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.
Brawlhalla is an online fighting game where, like Smash Bros, the goal is to knock opponents off the stage. You do this by using your characters specific attacks to damage them until they can't get back to the platform.
StarCrossed is an breakout style game where you shoot a projectile between two players to hit and destroy enemies. You play one of a cast of 5 space-faring heroes, each with unique abilities. Each level pits you against enemies that shoot at you with...
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports
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.
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (know as TABS) is a fighting game where you choose different armies and troops to battle each other in an automatic simulation that models their offensive and defensive abilities. Once setup the fight is largely...
Genres: Puzzle and Shooting
Singled Out is a spot the difference shooting game. Like the classic Guess Who game you have seconds to identify your target in a crowd. Make sure you only shoot the character matching the eyes, nose and mouth clues and you score points. The quicker you...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Strategy
Players: You can play this with 7 players online.
Hello Neighbor is a stealth survival game with a horror feel. You try and sneak into the basement of their neighbour’s house to uncover a "horrible secret". The game responds to your strategy by setting traps along paths the player followed in...
Jet Lancer is a high-speed air combat game, similar to Luftrausers (and much older inertia shooting games like Virus/Zarch), where you pilot giant robots to deal with Sky Pirates. The novelty here is the nuanced and instinctive control of the craft. The...
Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation
Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in...