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These are the games we've picked from up-and-coming releases this year, 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 232 games from the last year, with 1,288 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to pre-order the latest games.

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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...

Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley

Release Date: 07/03/2024

Coming Soon: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Hand-Made and Open World

Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley is a musical adventure game where you restore the harmony of Moomin Valley from grotesque parks. It's the variety of play and the beloved characters that make this game a great experience for small (and not-so-small) kids.

Summerhouse

Release Date: 08/03/2024

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels

Summerhouse is a creative game where you design little vignettes by constructing buildings by dragging and dropping doors, windows, roofs and other paraphernalia. Play is about design rather than success or failure, but still offers surprising outcomes...

Highwater

Release Date: 14/03/2024

Coming Soon: PC

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Highwater is an adventure game where you battle to survive the effects of global warming. While the elites of society make plans to leave the planet you explore a submerged and dilapidated world with your gathered crew of survivors. It stands out for...

Lightyear Frontier

Release Date: 19/03/2024

Coming Soon: PC and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

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

Lightyear Frontier is a peaceful open-world game about farming a new planet. From a first-person perspective, like Slime Rancher, you gather resources and build a working farm to harvest alien crops. It's an unusual game because you are using a Mech...

Open Roads

Release Date: 28/03/2024

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Open Roads is an adventure game about a girl who finds out that her grandma has a different past than she thought. The girl and her mother go on a journey to look deeper into her grandma's life by revisiting abandoned family properties and looking...

Pepper Grinder

Release Date: 28/03/2024

Coming Soon: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Pepper Grinder is an action adventure game about a hero with an unusual weapon: a super-powered drill. Play is all about using this drill in interesting ways, combining running and jumping with tunnelling through the dirt of the terrain. It's a novel...

Botany Manor

Release Date: 09/04/2024

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

Botany Manor is a peaceful puzzle game where you explore a 19th-century English home and gardens and care for the plants you find. By reading the newspapers, postcards and posters in the house, you discover how to look after each species, from pot size...

Another Crab's Treasure

Release Date: 25/04/2024

Coming Soon: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Another Crab's Treasure is a fighting game where you play a crab on a quest to reclaim their shell. As you explore verdant kelp forests, sandy shallows and deep trenches, you fight big crustacean enemies, unlock new abilities, and find new bits of...

Manor Lords

Release Date: 26/04/2024

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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

Manor Lords is a medieval city-building strategy game with a focus on visual and simulated realism. You grow your settlement, manage its politics and relations with other kingdoms, and fight in real-time battles, all while gathering resources and...

Pocket Oasis

Release Date: 08/05/2024

Coming Soon: PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made

Pocket Oasis is a gentle horticulture simulation where you care for plants and pets on your balcony. It's a meditative experience where the end goal, rather than being a defined objective, is simply to create a beautiful balcony with an array of...

Selaco

Release Date: 31/05/2024

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Selaco is a shooter game with a focus on fast movement and staged battles in a destructible underground facility. In many ways it's an update of classic fast shooting games like Quake and Doom, but the detail elevates Selaco to be something more than...

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl

Release Date: 05/09/2024

Coming Soon: PC and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

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

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl is a shooting adventure game where you explore a fictional rendition of the Chornobyl exclusion zone to kill mutated monsters. Alongside the fast-paced and precise shooting, there's a surprisingly likeable cast of...

Born of Bread

Release Date: 31/12/2024

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Hand-Made

Born of Bread is a role-playing adventure where you play a Loaf, flour golem and his side-kick exploring a vast baking-oriented world to battle creatures invading from another age. Play is like Paper Mario; a combination of traversing the...

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...

30 Birds

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Hand-Made

30 Birds takes you to a psychedelic hand-painted city on the hunt for birds. You explore, talk and outwit the strange characters you meet in your mission to save Simurgh, the giant bird goddess. It's a game that is inspired by Persian art, alternative...

33 Immortals

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

33 Immortals is an action-fighting game where 33 online players team up as damned souls to take on God's final judgement. Play is like the classic dungeon crawlers, Gauntlet or Castle Crashers, but the large numbers of players introduce new ways to...

A Rat's Quest

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

A Rat's Quest is a running, jumping, hiding adventure where you play a young male rat called Mat who lives in a burrow in an abandoned wine cellar. It's part platform game part Pixar story as you help Mat escape with his partner Nat. But out in the big...

Acid Knife

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Acid Knife is a running, jumping and fighting game where you carefully time attacks to defeat monsters in a dark, psychedelic world. All of your abilities, such as attacking and dodging, are tied to the items you hold which can be knocked from your hand...

Advent Neon

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Advent Neon is a fast reaction-based running, jumping and bashing game. You dash your away through retro-style levels working towards transforming into your full power state. It's like a fighting game, complete with directional attacks, mixed with a...

Akimbot

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Akimbot is an action-adventure where you are a mechanical robot in a chaotic, futuristic universe. Play involves traversing the dense levels using your wall-running and jet-boost skills. You can take on enemies from a distance or get in close for combat...

Albert Wilde: Quantum P.I.

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

Albert Wilde: Quantum P.I. is a mystery adventure where you play a detective cat in a fictional 1930's New York. It combines point-and click adventuring with e first person perspective. Solve murders, flirt badly, maybe discover a wormhole to another...

Anger Foot

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Anger Foot is a fast shooting and kicking game set in a fantasy world. You shoot and blow up enemies, kick down doors and generally cause mayhem in pursuit of a menacing merciless gangsters. It's an over the top violent rush of a cartoon battle that...

Anima Flux

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Anima Flux is a running, jumping adventure game where you fight off hordes of mutant monsters in a desperate attempt to save humanity's final stronghold. You explore the vast stages, to find new weapons to help progress through the hectic combat. While...

Animal Well

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC, PS4 and PS5

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Animal Well is a platform puzzle game where you explore a dense, interconnected labyrinth. Play involves collecting items that let you manipulate the world in unexpected ways. It's a layered experience that works as a platform game but also hides...

AntonBlast

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

AntonBlast is a frantic running-and-jumping game where you play a disgruntled construction worker who has a feud with Satan. It's reminiscent of the classic Wario Land games, as you smash through buildings, enemies, and obstacles with your hammer. It...

Aurascope

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Aurascope is a retro running and jumping game that combines elements from other genres. The platform action is central but you also have a lot of collecting and exploration to do. As much as the gameplay, the game stands out for its fast skill-based...

Baby Steps

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

Baby Steps is a tongue-in-cheek traversal game where you play Nate, an unemployed failing son who sets out on a journey of putting one foot in front of the other. The twist is that you must control and place each foot individually while ensuring you...

Baladins

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Baladins is a narrative role-play game where you play a troupe of entertainers wandering through the countryside. You visit towns, talk to the locals and complete quests over your a short span of weeks, then start again and have a new adventure. It...

Beastieball

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Grid

Beastieball is a sports adventure game where you use Pokemon-style creatures in turn-based volleyball matches. You grow your team, develop interpersonal relationships, and take on ever-stronger opponents to win the prestigious Crown Series championship...

Begone Beast

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead

Begone Beast is an action-traversal game where you fight monsters and explore a vast, dark cave. With fast-paced combat and different ways to defeat the hordes of monsters, it stands out with four person co-operative team work. It's an adventure the...

Big Hops

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

Big Hops is running, jumping and swinging game where you play a parkour frog. You use your long tongue and unusual ways to adjust the world to get around. Your mission is to get back home after being frog-mapped. Along the way you meet a charming cast...

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...

Bigger Than Me

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Bigger Than Me is a point-and-click adventure about Max, a young man full of uncertainties with a peculiar problem: he becomes giant every time he hears the word "future". You play by moving around the world and interacting with the people and objects...

Bionic Bay

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Bionic Bay is a running and jumping game with a difference. Set in a burning future you rush through the world with parkour skills and a unique swap ability. This makes play more physics-based than other platform games as you can move objects around the...

Bobby Bombastic

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Bobby Bombastic is a running, jumping (hovering) and shooting game where you explore volcanic caves on a do-it-yourself rescue mission to find some stranded explorers. You enter the jungle with nothing but your homemade helicopter-backpack, a laser...

Calorie Defenders

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Calorie Defenders is a strategy game where you place vegetable traps and shoot sugary food inside the human body. One minute you're defending the body from the sugar while running and jumping across chasms, the next you are strategically placing traps...

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...

Chrono Sword

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Chrono Sword is an adventure game about Aenor, a time traveller attempting to prevent the death of her loved ones. You learn technical combat, explore the world, switch timelines and fight off enemies to discover the secrets of the past.

Citizen Sleeper 2

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon, Dice, Grid and Text

Citizen Sleeper 2: Starward Vector continues the role-play adventure with a new story about an escaped corporate-owned android with a price on its head. Each cycle you roll dice and decide how to spend them, on repairing your ship, on trading or on...

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