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The dream of being able to fly seems to be a universal human desire. It's not surprising then, that many video games are popular because they grant the player the ability to soar through the air.These games can range from novel superpowers that let you swing, boost or bounce your way into the sky like Marvel's Spider-Man, to serious experiences that simulate the complexities of flying a jumbo jet in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Along with games where flying is front and centre, many other games offer nuanced flight as part of their experience, like Rocket League. There are other examples that use trajectory to get to hard platforms, like Ibb and Obb and other games like Slime Rancher where you can unlock a jetpack.The games we have collected together in this list, enable you to experience flight in some way. Educationally, this isn't only a novelty to inspire other learning but offers an embodied appreciation of gravity, air currents, g-force, pitching, yawing and how materials respond at high speed. This list includes 65 games from the last 29 years, with 1,617 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to learn about aeronautics.
Release Date: 05/04/2019, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World, Pixels and Weather
A Short Hike is an adventure traversal game where you play the penguin-like character Claire, who needs to climb a mountain in a beautiful national park to receive an important phone call. Presented in cute pixel graphics, the game invites you to...
Release Date: 28/08/2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Rocket League is a sports action game where you drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It's a 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...
Release Date: 12/02/2009
Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and iOS
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Open World and Weather
Flower is a traversal collecting game where you control the breeze across fields of grass and blow petals into other flowers to make them bloom. Flower is simple and single-purpose in evoking the feeling of the wind. What starts as an awkward struggle...
Release Date: 29/07/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Omno is a running, jumping and surfing game where you explore an ancient fantastical world. As you explore you meet all manner of strange and wonderful lifeforms, from cute critters to enigmatic giants. It stands out for the approachable collectibility...
Release Date: 16/02/2018
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Fe is a platform-traversal game where you play a fox in a magical fairy tale forest. The world extends in front of you in stylised form, with trees, mountains and streams glistening with sparkles of life. You run, jump, climb and dip your paws in every...
Release Date: 01/08/2013, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3 and Switch
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Ibb and Obb is a puzzle game where you run, jump, land on enemies and solve momentum puzzles. The novelty is that it's a game designed for cooperation. One player controls the green creature, Ibb, and the other controls the pink creature, Obb. The world...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Open World and Weather
Flock is a cooperative traversal and collecting game where you take on the role of a flying shepherd. To play you move around the world tending to your unique herd of flying creatures. It sounds complicated but really it's just a big wild place on the...
Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019
Out Now: PC and PS4
Vane is an ethereal adventure in a ruined desert where strange golden dust transforms a free-spirited bird into a determined young child. The premise is not all that uncommon, but Vane stands out for how you soar over the desert and climb your way...
Release Date: 05/10/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Jett: The Far Shore is a sci-fi adventure where you play inquisitive pilot Mei, exploring a mysterious planet on a nimble jet-powered craft. It draws on films like 2001: Space Odyssey and takes its time building atmosphere. Once it gets going it becomes...
Release Date: 28/04/2023
Out Now: Android and iOS
Laya's Horizon is a traversal and collection flying game where you plunge from mountains, weave through forests and glide down rivers to unlock new abilities and discover a huge tranquil world. Coming from the people behind Alto's Odyssey it's no...
Release Date: 18/08/2020
Out Now: PC and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is a flight simulator game in the long-running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft, you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from maps and...
Release Date: 03/12/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Haven is a narrative-traversal adventure about companionship and exploration in space. As star-crossed lovers Yu and Kay, you escape to a forgotten planet to stay together and set up home against the odds. You explore the world around you, able to glide...
Release Date: 15/11/2021
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Halo Infinite is the latest release in the longstanding Halo series of first-person shooting games. This latest entry continues the story, while adding new abilities, such as the grapple and weapons, differentiating it from the other...
Release Date: 28/02/2020
Out Now: PC and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
Trailmakers is a game where you explore an open world in vehicles you have made from Lego-like blocks. Build a car, a plane, a boat or a combination of these, a car plane boat. The game's physics encourages players to imaginatively combine propulsion,...
Release Date: 14/10/2016
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
Slime Rancher is a farming simulation with a difference - rather than chickens, sheep or cows, you farm Slimes. As you gather more Slimes and species, you collect more types of Plorts from them, which can be used to upgrade your farm and your gear. It...
Release Date: 18/07/2019
Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Open World and Persistant World
Sky Children of the Light (Sky Children of Light) is a huge open-world online game designed to create altruism between players. From the developer of Flower and Journey, it takes you on a social adventure in an ever-expanding world with up to 8 other...
Release Date: 12/11/2020, updated in 2023
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
The Pathless is a mythic adventure about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest. You use timed button presses to use your bow and discover the open world, unlock a mystical island and dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world.
Release Date: 05/04/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Feather is an adventure traversal game that brings you, as a bird, to a beautiful island. You can explore freely, collecting items and soaring on the breeze. Often, other players will join you to create a flock of birds to fly together, making music on...
Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...
Release Date: 18/11/2021
Exo One is a surreal exploration game where you guide a small transforming object to drift, flow and soar across enigmatic landscapes with a gravity-based movement system. The game aims to create an out-of-body other-worldly experience with atmospheric,...
Release Date: 14/09/2017
Out Now: Mac and PC
Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World and Pixels
Fugl is a flying simulation game where you play a bird and launch yourself into the sky to explore a vast world. Rather than search for things, fight, or take on challenges, all you have to do is wend your way through the air currents and glide your way...
Release Date: 31/03/2016, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation game where you direct a space program, staffed and crewed by aliens. It looks like a cute game for kids, but under its comic exterior is a hugely complex and engaging space simulation.
Release Date: 12/10/2022
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks and Cartoon
Lego Bricktales is a physics-based puzzle where you work to help your grandfather relaunch his rundown amusement park. You explore a series of jungle, desert, city, castle and island dioramas to help people by building things. Unlike other Lego games...
Release Date: 02/06/2021, updated in 2023
Components: 3D Third-Person, Hand-Made and Open World
Stonefly is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of an insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an outsized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and...
Release Date: 10/11/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Weather
The Falconeer is an action game where you play a pilot who flies a weaponised falcon through dramatic locations. You battle the rivalling factions to uncover the secrets of long-forgotten gods and ancestors. Although the gameplay is all flying and...
Release Date: 29/04/2021
Out Now: Switch
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
Fly Together is a strategy puzzle game where you need to direct planes to different airports so passengers can get to their destinations. You do this against the clock, by drawing flight paths and avoiding collisions in increasingly challenging action...
Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017
Out Now: PS Vita and PS4
Gravity Rush is a running, jumping and exploration adventure game. You play as Kat, an amnesiac with the power to manipulate gravity. She uses this ability to help her community and uncover the mystery of her past.
Release Date: 17/11/2018
Components: 2D Side-On
Shine – Journey of Light is an adventure puzzle game where you guide a ball of light through a world of light and shadow. As you delve deep into the world you discover a lost civilisation and piece together the stories of the past.
Release Date: 26/08/2002, updated in 2020
Out Now: Switch and Wii
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Super Mario Sunshine is a running, jumping and water-shooting game. It follows Super Mario 64 as the second 3D Mario game. You play Mario, who is marooned on Isle Delfin, convicted of vandalism and graphite. You explore the island to visit other...
Release Date: 15/08/2019, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS
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...
Release Date: 19/09/2019
Out Now: Apple TV, PC, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Hand-Made and Open World
Lifeslide is an adventure where you fly a paper plane through an ever-changing landscape. It's a metaphorical journey through the stages of life as you learn to use eddies and up-drafts to soar higher and further.
Release Date: 09/11/2017
Out Now: PC
Superflight is a game where you control a risk-taking man in a flight suit. You control your flight with the aim of buzzing the landscape. The closer you come without crashing the more points you get. If you can do this a few times in a row you get...
Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2020
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC and PSP
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Weather
Air Traffic Controller (Airport Hero) is a series of games where you take charge of an airport. You deal with landing planes, directing them to runways and gates while ensuring things run on time and without accidents. Each session is a unique set of...
Release Date: 11/12/2009, updated in 2021
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Web, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Angry Birds is a series of puzzle games where you catapult cartoon birds to destroy the pigs who have stolen their eggs. The latest game, Angry Birds Reloaded, is a remake with new levels, graphics, locations, birds, and story elements. The series'...
Release Date: 15/09/2021
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Rescue: Mayday is a helicopter adventure where you are putting out fires and rescuing civilians. You play the game in a team of two, each on your own device. The Pilot player flies the helicopter but has no visibility and must use information from the...
Release Date: 14/10/2021
Bonito Days is a pastel-retro rolling, jumping and gliding game. You roll down a slope to launch yourself into the air and then glide around before landing. It's a simple challenge that combines with the breezy summer aesthetic with lite touch...
Release Date: 07/05/2020
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Fledgling Heroes is a fun flying game where you tap or press to guide a path 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.
Release Date: 25/02/2022
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS
Gibbon: Beyond The Trees is a swinging, sliding and somersaulting adventure that tells an ecological story about freedom and survival. You explore hand-painted jungle in a parkour style and slowly uncover the story of a lost gibbon searching for home...
Release Date: 12/05/2008, updated in 2016
Out Now: PC, Wii and iOS
Lost Winds is a running and jumping video game with a difference. As well as controlling a young boy named Toku you also control the wind. On the Wii, you do this by gesturing with the Wii Remote controller, on iOS you draw the direction on the screen...
Release Date: 11/06/1999, updated in 2021
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Mario Golf: Super Rush is a sports game that combines running and jumping with golfing skills. It's a proper recreation of golf, but with novelties, modes and characters to make it more entertaining for younger players.