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These are the games we've just added to the database this month, because they are of particular interest to families. You can read more about how we hand-pick games for a few reasons:

  • Importance: They are important for parents to know about, perhaps because of some unexpected content.
  • Popularity: They are really popular with children, who will be asking to play them.
  • Significance: They offer an unusual experience we think families will love.

 
This list includes 2906 games from the last 89 years, with 46,061 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to discover new games.

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Tinytown

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks, Day and Night and Grid

Tinytown is a creative puzzle game where you build and refine a miniature living-breathing city out of tiles. Play is simple yet strategic: you must place each tile to maximise your score and make efficient use of the limited space until you fill-up the...

Rotwood

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Rotwood is an action fighting game set in a cartoony fantasy forest, where you fight off hordes of monsters until you die, then upgrade your gear and do it over again. As you play, you unlock ever more outlandish and extravagant weapons with which to...

Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed is a running and jumping adventure where you play Mickey Mouse and use a magical paintbrush to restore the world. You explore a dilapidated land inhabited by forgotten Disney characters and use your paintbrush to restore or...

Hermit and Pig

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Hermit and Pig is an action-adventure game about a socially anxious hermit and his pig companion who must save a village from hunger. Along with exploring the world to complete quests, you fight a menagerie of whimsical creatures by picking attacks,...

Firebird

Release Date: 02/08/2023, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made

Firebird is a narrative game about taking on a dangerous road trip to make money in the hostile Great North. Play involves talking with characters, managing your resources, and making story-changing decisions. It's unique because it explores Slavic...

Tiny Terry's Turbo Trip

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Tiny Terry’s Turbo Trip is a bizarre action-adventure game where you must build a car capable of driving up a huge skyscraper into outer space. Play focuses on exploring the open-world city and interacting with its inhabitants to get the necessary...

Children Of The Sun

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Children of the Sun is a shooting game where you control a bullet as it flies through the air. When it hits a target, you change its direction so that it hits another target, and so on until all enemies are killed. This unusual interaction means you...

Southfield

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Southfield is a cooperative farming simulator where your crops are as strange and powerful as the rag-doll antics and wacky world you explore. Play focuses on planting seeds and gathering resources to expand your farm and provide for the locals. But it...

Sokobond Express

Release Date: 22/02/2024

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Sokobond Express is a puzzle game where you build tracks for atoms to guide them in the right order to combine and create molecules. You plan a route for each atom so it can get close enough to attach to other atoms in the right order and create the...

Helldivers 2

Release Date: 08/02/2024

Out Now: PC and PS5

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Helldivers 2 is a cooperative shooting game where you travel to other worlds and repel an alien invasion. You must use team tactics and communication to defeat hordes of insectoid enemies with guns, grenades and airstrikes. A sequel to [link to...

Enshrouded

Release Date: 24/01/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Enshrouded is a role-playing action game where you work with your friends to explore a corrupted world full of monsters to build extravagant bases. As you embrace the darkness, you must defeat the forces of evil, grow in strength, and gather resources...

Berserk Boy

Release Date: 06/03/2024

Coming Soon: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Berserk Boy is a running and jumping game that updates the classic retro formula by letting you switch between different elemental abilities as you battle through pixelated levels. Play focuses on fast-paced movement and attack combos while you juggle...

Monterona

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks, Cartoon, Day and Night and Grid

Monterona is a creative game where you build Italian-style towns, inspired by your grandma’s stories. Play focuses on imaginatively placing and detailing houses, walkways, green spaces and canals to create your own unique town. It stands out from...

Smushi Come Home

Release Date: 10/06/2023

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Smushi Come Home is a running, jumping, climbing and gliding game where a small mushroom explores a whimsical forest to make its way home. You talk to the people you meet, search for items, and use the oversized environment to get around as you move...

Dead Static Drive

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Open World

Dead Static Drive is a traversal game about a nightmarish road trip in a sinister version of 1980s small-town America. Play involves moving through the world in your car, getting out to scavenge for supplies and defend locals. Unlike other driving...

1000xResist

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person

1000xResist is a sci-fi adventure set 1000 years in the future where humanity has been wiped out by an alien occupation. You play one of the underground survivors who form a community around an immune immortal girl and work to revisit and decypher her...

SPGP Super Polygon Grand Prix

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person

SPGP Super Polygon Grand Prix is an arcade racing game based on classic 90's games like Virtua Racing. Play is all about having quick reactions and finding the perfect racing line. It stands out not only for recreating a classic game style but also for...

Penny's Big Breakaway

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC, PS5, Switch and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Penny’s Big Breakaway is a running and jumping game in which you also swing and roll your way through a colourful world filled with obstacles and enemies. Play focuses on your yo-yo powers that offer varied traversal and point-multiplying tricks. It...

Over Jump Rally

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Weather

Over Jump Rally is a racing game where you rally and drift through classic courses as fast as possible. It focuses on evoking the success and nostalgia of the 90s Sega Rally game while updating aspects for newer generations. The fun lies in the...

Once Again

Release Date: 03/10/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Text

Once Again is a narrative game where you uncover a story about endings and goodbyes through photography. While other visual novels offer a branching story, here the focus is on triggering events with novel interactions like developing photos and taking...

It's OK To Fail

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

It's OK to Fail is a traversal game where you use your spring-like jumps to reach the end of each stage in under 15 minutes. Each stage would be easy to traverse, but because of only being able to rotate and jump you must use every platform, rail and...

Just A Guy

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Just A Guy is a running and jumping adventure where you explore a colourful world with your ragdoll hero. Play involves using the physics of the work to get around and discover all the different themed activity areas.

The Baby in Yellow

Release Date: 23/05/2023

Out Now: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

The Baby in Yellow is a life simulation babysitting game where you have to look after a baby with demonic powers. Play starts with feeding and reading to the baby, but things soon become more challenging as the child starts to try and take over control...

BEAST: Bio Exo Arena Suit Team

Release Date: 19/12/2023, updated in 2024

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

BEAST: Bio Exo Arena Suit Team is a shooting game where teams of anthropomorphic animals battle with the aid of their mech suits and weapons. Play involves joining a team of three heroes to go head-to-head with another team. It stands out for the...

Frag Pro Shooter

Release Date: 27/02/2019, updated in 2024

Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Frag Pro Shooter is a bright and light-hearted team-based shooting game where you lead a team of computer characters against other players. Play involves traversing the arena to target opponents and score points by hitting their base. Unusually, you...

Lucky Life (CrazyGames)

Release Date: 24/01/2019, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Web and iOS

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Lucky Life is a traversal game where you navigate dangerous obstacles to get to the flag. To play you move left or right and can jump or crouch. In this way, you work with the game's physics to avoid dangerous saws, knives, arrows, spikes and bombs.

Back To The Dawn

Release Date: 03/11/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Open World

Back To The Dawn is a role-play game where you play a wrongly convicted reporter who must win favour and escape to clear his name. Play involves exploring the prison, forging alliances, completing mini-games for money and working towards a plan to get...

Cash Cow DX

Release Date: 16/02/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Cash Cow DX is a running and jumping game styled on classic 80's action. Play involves travelling the platforms to collect all the gems while avoiding the enemies. It stands out for perfectly capturing the sounds, visuals and pixel-perfect jumps of...

Backpack Hero

Release Date: 14/11/2023

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Grid and Pixels

Backpack Hero is an equipment-collecting dungeon role-play game that rewards efficiently packed backpacks. Play focuses on how you position items in your backpack to gain enhanced attacks. This takes classic dungeon fighting and exploration in a more...

Go Mecha Ball

Release Date: 25/01/2024

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Pixels

Go Mecha Ball is a rolling, shooting game that weaponises pinball to turn it into a boss battle adventure. You blast your way through isometric levels, controlling the rolling with one stick and shooting with the other.

Data Jack 2020

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, 3D Third-Person, Open World and Pixels

DataJack 2020 is a stealth action game where you play a mercenary in the dystopian underworld of the East Coast Hub. Drawing inspiration from cyber-hacking role-play of games like Shadowrun and Syndicate, you take contracts to steal data by hacking...

Cosmic Collapse

Release Date: 12/01/2024

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Cosmic Collapse is a puzzle game where you aim to drop planets onto each other so they touch and merge. Based on the similar game Suika, play is simply deciding where to drop each planet and working with the simulated interactions of where they fall so...

Remote Planets

Release Date: 24/04/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Remote Planets is a block-pushing puzzle game where moving the blocks also changes the world. You work to push blocks onto target locations, but the twist is that certain blocks also reshape the level itself. This means that solving puzzles is as much...

Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit

Release Date: 06/05/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Hand-Made

Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit is a point-and-click story game where you discover the truth behind a family secret. You explore real European locations for clues about an ancient relic to which your family is somehow linked. It's like other...

Billy Bumbum: A Cheeky Puzzler

Release Date: 07/09/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks, Cartoon and Grid

Billy Bumbum: A Cheeky Puzzler is a puzzle game about guiding a cube (with a little human bottom on it) through a series of pathways to land bum-down on the final tile. Play involves avoiding tiles that fall away after you step on them and pushing...

LOK Digital

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Text

LOK Digital is a word search puzzle about spotting a handful of alien words to black out each grid. Success isn't just finding the words, but deciding which to select first and which tiles to black out to ensure you can succeed. It stands out for the...

Hello Kitty: Island Adventure

Release Date: 26/06/2023

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Open World

Hello Kitty: Island Adventure is a role-play game where you're stranded on an island with other Hello Kitty characters. You build a town, interact with the villagers, and explore the island for resources and to meet new characters. It brings Animal...

2048 (CrazyGames)

Release Date: 09/03/2014

Out Now: Android, PC, Web and iOS

Components: 2D Side-On and Grid

2048 is a puzzle where you merge tiles in the grid by swiping matching numbers together. To play you simply select one of the four directions to move the tiles, aiming to get matching numbers to hit one another and merge. The catch is that all the tiles...

Todo Math

Release Date: 09/06/2016

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Todo Math is an educational game for young children with fun mathematics games about everyday life. From basic numeracy to taking measurements to telling the time, there are loads of ways to strengthen understanding of each topic. While other...

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle is an action game where you play the renowned archaeologist on a globe-trotting adventure. As you travel from your university to the Vatican and Egypt's pyramids to Sukothai's temples, you uncover a murky Nazi plot...

Craftomation 101

Release Date: 19/02/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Open World

Craftomation 101 is a simulation adventure where you must survive after landing on a frozen planet. Play involves defrosting land to harvest and combine materials to survive. You can do it all yourself, or you can build robots to automate every task to...

Math Makers

Release Date: 19/03/2021

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Math Makers is an educational brain game for primary school-age children to gain confidence in maths. It breaks down each topic, from arithmetic to logic circuits, into straightforward and easy-to-understand minigames where you help animals. It stands...

While True: Learn()

Release Date: 17/01/2019

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

While True: Learn() is a simulation puzzle where you, as its unusual name suggests, automate systems to perform real-world tasks. To play you select and connect different elements to create logic to do things like drive a car or interpret cat language...

Little Inferno

Release Date: 19/11/2012, updated in 2017

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Little Inferno is a simulation game about throwing everyday objects into a fire to find which combinations cause the biggest blaze. It's an exploration challenge to work through the wide-ranging objects to see how they interact with each other once lit.

Funexpected Math

Release Date: 13/07/2021

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Funexpected Math is an educational brain game for young children to help them learn and develop mathematics skills. Through a series of short fun challenges, you learn the basics of important maths concepts in a playful environment that encourages...

The Password Game

Release Date: 27/07/2023

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: Text

The Password Game is a brain game where you must create a password that obeys an increasingly complex set of rules. It starts like any other password request, needing a capital, number and symbol, but the criteria soon get more complex, demanding, and...

Human Resource Machine

Release Date: 15/10/2015, updated in 2017

Out Now: Android, PC, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Human Resource Machine is a strategy game where you program little office workers to solve puzzles. Play involves giving each worker instructions so they complete the jobs you are assigned for the day. It stands out not only for sneakily teaching kids...

Metavaxx (Punkcake)

Release Date: 10/08/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Metavaxx is a shooting game where you play a vaccine out to destroy infected cells (or peacefully clear your way around them). You direct yourself through the levels, identifying which cells are infected from Minesweeper-style number clues.

Rush For The Ages (Punkcake)

Release Date: 23/08/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Cards and Pixels

Rush For The Ages is a fast-paced strategy game where you play cards to build a civilisation faster than your opponents. Play involves choosing cards that build your civilisation and hamper your opponents. It stands out for the interlocking complexity...

The Wratch's Den (Punkcake)

Release Date: 17/08/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Pixels

The Wratch's Den is a strategy game where you play a dungeon keeper with minions to construct defences and hunt for treasure. You switch between your minions to dig out the dungeon, construct new tunnels and expand your architectural and training...

Superfetch Dog (Punkcake)

Release Date: 09/11/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Superfetch Dog is a running and jumping game where you fetch and return an orb for your owner. Play involves tracking the orb in the forest, grabbing it and running back to your owner as fast as possible. It stands out for how this simple premise grows...

Super Algebrawl (Punkcake)

Release Date: 16/01/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Super Algebrawl is a battle adventure where you are a boar king with magical mathematical powers. Play involves adding, multiplying and cloning your animal underlings to match the numbers of your enemies.

Cobalt Core

Release Date: 08/11/2023

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cards and Pixels

Cobalt Core is a tactical battle game where you build a deck of cards to give orders and help your (doomed) crew battle enemies. Play involves picking characters for each encounter, to influence your attacks and cards and then choosing which to use each...

Pony Island 2: Panda Circus

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, 3D First-Person and Pixels

Pony Island 2: Panda Circus is a surreal puzzle game where you play a character hacking a computer. A sequel to Pony Island, it contains the same hacking, experimentation, and self-reflection, but adds novel mechanics such as...

Usual June

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Usual June is an action narrative game about a paranormal threat to a village community. As you play, you meet a cast of quirky characters, both alive and dead, and explore a vibrant world to defeat the invaders. Other games like this usually opt for...

Indika

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Components: 3D Third-Person

Indika is a narrative game set in alternative 19th century Russia where a young nun faces the clash of religion and the harsh realities of peasant life. Play involves navigating the distorted and confused world with only the devil as your companion. It...

The Rise of the Golden Idol

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Pixels

The Rise of the Golden Idol is a point-and-click murder mystery set in the 1970s. A sequel to The Case of the Golden Idol, you investigate different crime scenes, search for clues, question suspects, and make...

Windblown

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Windblown is a fighting game set in a cartoon world where you use the powers of past warriors to defend your home. You team up with two other players to run and dash across magical floating islands, you master skills and weapons left behind by those who...

The Smurfs 2 - The Prisoner of the Green Stone

Release Date: 02/11/2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

The Smurfs 2 - The Prisoner of the Green Stone is an exploration running, jumping and shooting game. You hunt down the scattered Green Stone pieces by exploring the levels, gathering collectables and clearing out the decomposing matter. It builds on the...

Balatro

Release Date: 20/02/2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Board, Cards and Pixels

Balatro is a card battle game where you build poker hands using special cards that turbo-charge your hand to beat the round challenge score. Play involves combining classic poker hands with Jokers, Tarot and Planet cards that create combos and...

Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach: Ruin

Release Date: 25/07/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach: Ruin is a free expansion to Security Breach that acts as a standalone game where you play Cassie as she solves puzzles and attempts to find her missing...

Verne: The Shape of Fantasy

Release Date: 14/08/2023

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Verne: The Shape of Fantasy is a narrative adventure where you play author Jules Verne as he enters the strange world of his own novels. You talk to characters and choose what to say, traverse labyrinthine stages to avoid detection and solve...

Tiny Thor

Release Date: 05/06/2023, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Tiny Thor is a retro running and jumping game where you play a young Thor on an adventure. The stages and platforms are designed around your versatile hammer, which you can throw, bounce off walls, and even use as a mobile jump pad. It's this expansion...

Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga

Release Date: 10/06/2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, 2D Side-On, Grid and Pixels

Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga is a strategy battle game where you build an army to take on rebel forces. Play draws on Fire Emblem's tactical turn-based battles, here though, you choose and arrange units into battalions more like Advance Wars. This...

Light No Fire

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Light No Fire is an adventure game where you explore a planet the size of Earth. As you traverse rolling hills, deserts, mountains and oceans, you take on monsters, build a home, gather resources, meet characters and discover new civilisations. The...

Harmonium: The Musical

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Harmonium: The Musical is an adventure where you play a young girl who became Deaf when she was very young as she goes on a grand expedition. You explore a fantastical world where music is seen as much as heard and use sign language and gestures to...

Big Walk

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Big Walk is a traversal game where you head into a wide-open world with online friends. You decide where to go together by following your nose while taking on challenges, puzzles and making discoveries. It stands out for its focus on the journey and the...

Fortnite Festival (Fortnite)

Release Date: 09/12/2023

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Fortnite Festival is a rhythm action game in Fortnite, created by the people who made Rock Band. Play involves picking a song to play, and then pressing buttons in time with the music like Guitar Hero. It's a novel way to reprise the popular play style...

Stick It to the Stickman

Release Date: 20/07/2022

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Stick It to the Stickman is a fast-paced fighting game where you play a disgruntled worker on a killing spree through their office. As you play, you unlock more ways to batter your coworkers in ever more outrageous ways, all the while grappling with the...

The Drone Racing League Simulator

Release Date: 16/06/2017, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather

The Drone Racing League Simulator is a simulation game where you build and race drones. Developed by the official Drone Racing League (DRL), it offers incredibly realistic physics, weather, flight controls, and drone creation. It takes a lot of learning...

I Commissioned Some Bees (Series)

Release Date: 30/05/2022, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

I Commissioned Some Bees is a puzzle game series where you search original artwork to find bees hidden in them. There are many bees in every picture, so you can normally find one in a couple of seconds, although finding all of them can be challenging...

Does Not Commute

Release Date: 22/04/2015, updated in 2019

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Day and Night

Does Not Commute is a traversal challenge where you drive to work multiple times in a small 1970s town. It starts with empty roads, but each journey you make adds a vehicle on that route for your next trip. It stands out for creating a fascinating...

Smash Hit

Release Date: 06/03/2014

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Smash Hit is a surreal adventure where you shoot balls to smash the stylised world in harmony with the music. The challenge comes from your limited supply of balls, that must be topped up by hitting key objects. It stands out for offering a meditative...

PinOut

Release Date: 27/10/2016

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead

PinOut is an action pinball game played against the clock in a Tron-like world. You use your flippers to work up through an endless series of tables, collecting time to stay alive. It stands out not only for the endless pinball challenge but the...

Subpar Pool

Release Date: 12/10/2023

Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cards and Cartoon

Subpar Pool is a whimsical sports game that combines golf and pool. You take on a series of pool table challenges, aiming to clear each one below a set number of shots. It stands out not only for the unusual twist on pool but how the idea is extended...

Shelter (Series)

Release Date: 28/08/2013, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Shelter and its sequels are traversal games where you play as a mother animal guiding her cubs to safety. Across different environments, you need to forage for food to feed your young, protect them from predators, and get them to safety. It stands out...

Rocket Racing (Fortnite)

Release Date: 08/12/2023

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Rocket Racing is a racing game that combines official Rocket League mechanics in the world of Fortnite. Play involves racing against opponents on a range of different tracks, using drift, fly and boost car mechanics to gain the advantage. It stands out...

Lego Fortnite (Fortnite)

Release Date: 06/12/2023

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Day and Night and Open World

Lego Fortnite is an adventure survival game that brings classic brick building to one of the Fortnite islands. Play is more like Minecraft than Fortnite (and perhaps could have been better named). Rather than shooting other players, you collaborate on...

Sun Haven

Release Date: 25/06/2021

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Pixels and Weather

Sun Haven is a role-playing adventure game where you tend the land, build relationships in a fantasy village, and fight monsters to save the realm. With magical abilities and companions, you explore towns and cities belonging to different races and...

Foxhole

Release Date: 28/09/2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Foxhole is a strategic battle, where you play with hundreds of others to manage not only the front lines of war but also the infrastructure behind your offensive. From your overhead view, you collaborate to devise strategies and build bases, railways,...

Sonic Superstars

Release Date: 17/10/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Sonic Superstars is a running, jumping and zooming game that updates the classic platform action game for 4 players. You rush through levels, collecting rings and bouncing on enemies. It stands out for the frantic 4-player cooperative challenge that...

Obby But You’re On a Bike (Roblox)

Release Date: 25/07/2023, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Obby But You’re On a Bike is a traversal action game where you ride a bike through increasingly challenging obstacle courses. To play you need to time your peddling and steering to avoid hazards and jump gaps. It stands out for combining the Total...

SCP 3008 (Roblox)

Release Date: 20/01/2019, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

SCP 3008 is an adventure game where you must survive as many nights as possible in a huge Ikea store with demented employees. You play by building a base from furniture, collecting food and trying to hide from the employees who hunt you down. It's a...

Lil’ Guardsman

Release Date: 23/01/2024

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Lil’ Guardsman is a puzzle adventure where you play a 12-year-old covering her dad's shift at the guardhouse. Play involves questioning each person who wants to pass to determine who to admit or deny. It combines Papers Please border-control decisions...

The Videokid

Release Date: 31/07/2017

Out Now: PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks, Cartoon and Pixels

The Videokid is a traversal game inspired by the Paperboy arcade game and the 1980s in general. It plays like an endless runner, where you switch lanes to dodge enemies and collect coins, but at the same time, you're shooting newspapers at enemies and...

Bluey: The Videogame

Release Date: 17/11/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Bluey: The Videogame is a super-simple treasure hunt adventure with characters and locations from the show. You play by exploring familiar places like Heeler House, Playgrounds, and the Creek to collect stickers, unlock outfits and find secrets. It...

Bee Swarm Simulator (Roblox)

Release Date: 21/03/2018, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Bee Swarm Simulator is a strategy game about incrementally expanding your hive of bees, to become the biggest honey producer in the world. Play is a combination of collecting pollen for honey and levelling up your swarm by hatching new bees and buying...

Arm Wrestling Simulator (Roblox)

Release Date: 14/04/2023, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Arm Wrestling Simulator is a battle clicker game where you incrementally train and then win arm wrestles by clicking. Play involves picking different styles of training to improve your biceps, hands or knuckles then taking on other players and computer...

Warrior Cats: Ultimate Edition (Roblox)

Release Date: 15/08/2019, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Warrior Cats: Ultimate Edition is a role-play game based on the feline adventures in Erin Hunter's Warriors books. You create and customise your cat character to join one of the clans to play your part in the cat hierarchy and adventures. It stands out...

Feather Family (Roblox)

Release Date: 24/01/2018, updated in 2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Feather Family is a role-play game where you play all manner of birds at different stages of development. You select your species, design your feathers and explore different locations with other players. The game lets you pick up other players, eat...

Crypt Custodian

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Open World

Crypt Custodian is an action-adventure about Pluto, a mischievous (ex)cat tasked with cleaning up the afterlife. You traverse, dash and fight your way through the world to win powerups and take on bosses. It stands out for offering an approachable...

Pokémon Sleep

Release Date: 18/07/2023

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Pokémon Sleep is a collecting game where your performance is based on how well you sleep in the real world. Depending on the length, quality and type of sleep, you are awarded with different Pokémon when you wake. In this way, you aim to improve your...

Cursorblade

Release Date: 06/11/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Cursorblade is a shooting game where you are a mouse cursor and use your mouse motion to move, attack and deftly dodge the deluge of bullets. Control is one-to-one with your mouse, in this way, you move through the anthropomorphized flora and fauna to...

Heck Deck

Release Date: 11/01/2022

Out Now: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Heck Deck is a shooting action game where all the bullets are cards and time only progresses when you move. You direct your ghost to selectively collect the cards that grant attacks, however, they also cause you damage so careful risk-reward...

This Bed We Made

Release Date: 01/11/2023

Out Now: PC and PS5

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

This Bed We Made is a neo-noir adventure mystery game where you play a 1950s maid who stumbles into deadly secrets. You go about your duties cleaning rooms, but soon notice strange clues about heartbreak and murder.

Lethal Company

Release Date: 23/10/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Lethal Company is a stealth role-play game where you work with friends to scavenge abandoned moons for scrap. To play you creep through the environment hunting scrap and on the lookout for lurking meat dogs, thumpers and other horrors. It's brilliant at...

Howl

Release Date: 14/11/2023

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Board, Grid and Hand-Made

Howl is a turn-based tactical game set in a folktale world where you battle feral beasts. Play involves planning a string of moves and attacks to outwit your enemies. It stands out for the unusual deaf hero and the welcoming forward-planning challenge.

The Flower Collectors

Release Date: 21/04/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

The Flower Collectors is a point-and-click game set in post-Franco Barcelona, about an ex-cop in a wheelchair, witnessing a murder. Play is based in your apartment, using cameras and binoculars to observe and work out what happened. Unlike other murder...

The Lion's Song

Release Date: 07/07/2016

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

The Lion's Song is a narrative adventure set in pre-war Vienna, about a talented young musician with great expectations placed upon her. Play involves traversing the city, talking to locals and deciding how best to make your way in the world. It stands...

Quadrilla

Release Date: 18/10/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Quadrilla is a puzzle game that combines line-clearing and mine-digging in a race to forge a path and stay ahead of the ever-descending mineshaft. Play is a combination of mining and Tetris, where you use your droid to dig out and arrange block lines to...

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