Release Date: 28/02/2018
Out Now: Mac and PC
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Open World and Weather
Stormworks is an open world adventure where you design, build and pilot your own air sea rescue service. You create programmable vehicles using it's block-building system and pilot them into dangerous situations to rescue stricken vessels or...
Release Date: 11/04/2016, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Coming Soon: Xbox Series X|S
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Subnautica is an open-world adventure where you explore the ocean on an alien planet after crashlanding. You collect resources and fight creatures to survive. This enables you to establish an underwater base, gain new craft and equipment and explore...
Release Date: 19/06/2020
Out Now: PS4
Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Day and Night
The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...
Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks, Day and Night, Hand-Made and Open World
Don't Starve is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays...
Release Date: 01/03/2017
Out Now: PC and PS4
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Horizon Zero Dawn, and the follow-up game Horizon Forbidden West, has a post-apocalyptic feel familiar from movies like Planet of the Apes. It plunges you into an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life where animalistic machines...
Release Date: 24/03/2003, updated in 2013
Out Now: GameCube and Wii U
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an adventure game in the Zelda series. This one is set on a group of islands in a vast sea and follows Link as he attempts to save his sister from the sorcerer Ganon. This soon develops into a struggle to find the...
Release Date: 02/02/1998, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS2, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Coming Soon: Mac
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Open World
Age of Empires is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focuses on...
Release Date: 18/02/2022
Out Now: PS4 and PS5
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Horizon Forbidden West is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure where you explore an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life. The story of Aloy continues as she sets out to investigate a plague terminating from an arcane frontier...
Release Date: 28/01/2022
Out Now: Switch
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the latest game in the longstanding Pokémon series of role-playing games where you collect and battle Pokémon. Like those previous games, you compete in turn-based battles and try and collect as many...
Release Date: 20/07/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Cris Tales is a role-playing game where you see how your actions in the present affect the past and future. You play as Crisbell in a cartoon-looking adventure through four Kingdoms in a bid to stop the powerful Time Empress and rewrite the future of...
Release Date: 21/03/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PSP, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Grid, Hand-Made and Weather
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a turn-based strategy game where you take command of a squad of soldiers and use your wits and tactics to plan and lead them to battle. You play as Commander Claude Wallace and the soldiers of Squad E and experience a gripping...
Release Date: 01/12/2009, updated in 2011
Out Now: DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Grid and Pixels
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is a strategic battle puzzle where you position units to form patterns that determine how they behave. The play combines the simple matching of Candy Crush with the complex strategy of Advance Wars or Fire Emblem. It...
Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2019
Out Now: Android, DS, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Grand Theft Auto is a series of action-adventure game where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and other vehicles.
Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Open World
Sid Meier's Civilization is a long-running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter-gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps by building wonders to impress other...
Release Date: 05/10/2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing game set in the years 431–422 BCE during a mythological history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. You play as a male or female mercenary fighting on both sides and attempting to...
Release Date: 29/08/2017
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Grid
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a chess-like strategy game where you control cartoon rabbits (the Rabbids) and Nintendo characters in turn-based battles with fantastical weapons through four different worlds.
Release Date: 26/10/2017
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Assassin’s Creed Origins is an adventure set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period (49–44 BC). This game in the series goes back to the start of the centuries-long conflict between the Assassins (who fight for peace by promoting...
Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5
Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather
Death Stranding is an exploration game where you deliver supplies across a vast shattered, post-apocalyptic America while protecting and caring for a baby. It's intentionally slow, sometimes excruciatingly so, which means you carefully consider your...
Release Date: 03/11/2009, updated in 2014
Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person
The Dragon Age series are narrative-driven role playing games with an emphasis on combat and player choices. You play the hero in the medieval fantasy world of Thedas, exploring the world and using your power to stop the impending darkness spread across...
Release Date: 05/10/2020
Out Now: PC
Components: 2D Side-On, Open World and Pixels
Noita is platform adventure game in a world where each and every pixel is physically simulated. This means that the tiny elements that make up the landscape and characters have their own properties that: melt, burn, evaporate, explode, flow, float,...
Release Date: 25/05/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One
Biomutant is an open world role-play adventure game where you play a Raccoon warrior in a large world filled with mutated animals. Exploring this living breathing ecosystem has the feel of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but in a broken down steampunk...
Release Date: 10/04/2020
Final Fantasy VII Remake is an action role-playing game set in a decaying cyberpunk metropolis. It is the first in a series of games that remake the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. You play the role of a mercenary named Cloud Strife who joins...
Release Date: 18/08/2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night, Hand-Made and Open World
Spiritfarer is a boat-building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.
Release Date: 29/03/2023
Smalland: Survive the Wilds is a survival adventure where you are a tiny character in an overgrown wilderness. You work with other players to make your way in the living breathing world full of hazards and opportunities. It stands out for the openness...
Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018
Out Now: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U
Components: 2D Side-On
Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.
Release Date: 27/09/2020
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4 and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Genshin Impact is a role-playing adventure set in a fantastical open world you explore by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Like the Zelda games, you can collect items, and craft new weapons. However, in this game to create a party...
Release Date: 08/02/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Coming Soon: Switch
Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world role-play game set in the world of Harry Potter. You control a wizard character who starts as a student at Hogwarts but then ventures out on a dangerous journey with a mystery to solve. You design your character, learn...
Release Date: 17/10/2001, updated in 2017
Out Now: DS, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Zoo Tycoon is a zoo simulator series where you take charge of a zoo business, build the park, care for animals and attract visitors. You can build, expand, and upgrade the zoo by purchasing animals, creating suitable animal habitats, and allocate staff...
Release Date: 12/06/2018, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
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...
Release Date: 30/05/2014
Forest is a survival horror game where you are the only passenger to live after a plane crash. You explore a mysterious forest to find food, shelter and safety but soon have to battle strange cannibalistic people.
Release Date: 18/06/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Open World and Pixels
Littlewood is a town and farming simulator a little like Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing. Here though, the twist is that the game is set after a grand adventure. You beat the boss, and...
Release Date: 10/08/2016, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
No Man's Sky is a space simulation about exploring endless planets and galaxies. It invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: Mac and PC
Components: 2D Overhead
Paralives is a simulation game where you build houses for people and then control how they live. It's inspired by games like the Sims, however, you have complete control over every aspect of the design of the house and its residents. Its balance of...
Release Date: 20/04/2006, updated in 2017
Out Now: DS, PC, PS2, PS3, Switch, Wii and Xbox One
Coming Soon: PS4
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Hand-Made and Open World
Okami (Okamiden on Nintendo DS) is an unusual action-adventure. Combat is via interactions that are achieved with brush strokes rather than weapons. It has a unique visual style that invites you to inhabit its painted world with brushstrokes of your...
Release Date: 03/09/2018
Out Now: DS, GameCube, PS2, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One
Coming Soon: PC
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a running, jumping, bashing and exploring game. It’s a re-release of the classic platform games featuring the purple dragon, Spyro. The attraction is the well designed levels, collecting and exploration. It’s an amiable...
Release Date: 17/07/2020
Components: 3D First-Person, Open World and Weather
Ghost of Tsushima is a stealth and action adventure set in 13th century Japan, where you play as a clan leader and samurai warrior trying to protect your people and the Tsushima Island against Mongol invaders.
Release Date: 15/07/2003, updated in 2021
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch, Xbox and iOS
The Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is a series of hard narrative-driven role-playing and combat games set in the Star Wars universe, 4000 years before Luke Skywalker and the Empire. You fight enemies and discover secrets by talking to the...
Release Date: 25/02/2020
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Two Point Hospital is a light-hearted healthcare simulator. You take charge of a hospital, similar to Theme Hospital, where you must construct and maintain wards, machines and staff.
Release Date: 09/09/2006
Out Now: DS, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Day and Night
Viva Pinata is a strategy garden-simulation where you tend and care for 60 different piñata animals. Play involves interacting with the Pinata themselves, but also creating the right environment to attract new creatures and helping them thrive. It...
Release Date: 21/09/2018
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Switch
Little Dragons Cafe is a strategy game about running a cafe. Unlike other farming and friendship games you don't have to earn money or toil to gain ingredients. Simply explore, collect and cook. It's a farming gaming without the stress.