/ LISTS / Identity / Space for Gender
/ Search Database Or Try Advanced Search
We've worked with the Mermaids charity to find games that create space for gender identity including trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse perspectives. Mermaids has been supporting trans, non-binary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995.The games in this list offer a chance to play a wide range of genders as well as assign various roles to characters regardless of their identity.Some games, like Animal Crossing, offer a chance to step out of the common binary choices and instead play as a character without having to define a specific gender identity. Other games, like A Fold Apart, allow players to combine genders, roles, careers and relationships as they want. Then there are games, like The Last Of Us II, that include trans, non-binary, gender-diverse characters.The games in this list all offer space to consider these topics and themes through different lenses and experiences. They can provide parents, carers and young people with a common (non-confrontational) ground and are a unique way to gain an understanding of this complex area of life. This list includes 26 games from the last 28 years, with 1,198 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to consider gender.
Release Date: 25/04/2020
Out Now: Switch
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a role-play collecting game where you live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game...
Release Date: 05/10/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a role-play adventure where you save the world from colourless darkness. Unusually, battles are won through listening and conversation rather than traditional attacks. It combines the excitement and strategy...
Release Date: 02/11/2016, updated in 2018
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Abzu is an adventure in a lush underwater world. You descend into the heart of the ocean to find ancient secrets and encounter majestic creatures. This combines the beautiful weightlessness of diving with an ancient story of finding meaning and your...
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: 23/03/2023
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Storyteller is a puzzle game about building stories. You use a set of icons to match what is happening in each frame of the story. It's a simple challenge that gets the mind-stretching as you construct some of history’s greatest stories using building...
Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Celeste is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is haunted by self-doubt at the scale of the task at hand. She presses on but is...
Release Date: 14/02/2014
Out Now: PS3 and PS4
The Last Of Us Left Behind is a survival adventure game where you play Joel, a father figure, looking to protect a girl in his care, Ellie. The game creates a filmic and emotional experience that extends beyond the usual zombie shooting to offer an...
Release Date: 15/09/2015, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Undertale is a 2D adventure game where you don't have to kill anyone. Providing you with unique ways to avoid combat, from dancing with a slime to whispering your deepest secret to a knight. However, you could just ignore this option and rain...
Release Date: 27/12/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC and Web
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Last Minute Love is an adventure where you play an "old person" in a nursing home who is looking for love. This takes the dating simulator style of game in an unusual direction. You explore the home in your wheelchair, meet a quirky cast of people and...
Release Date: 27/08/2020
Out Now: PC and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Tell Me Why is a narrative game following the story of twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan, as they unravel the truth about their childhood and why they were separated. It's a story about the impact of families and the lengths we go to make them right.
Release Date: 17/10/2006, updated in 2016
Out Now: Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Bully (Canis Canem Edit in Europe) is a role play adventure from the people who make Grand Theft Auto. You play juvenile delinquent student Jimmy Hopkins who aims to rise through the ranks of the school system in order to put a stop to bullying.
Release Date: 19/05/2020
Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS
If Found is an interactive narrative game about searching for connection. You touch the screen to rub out and erase text and drawings. Set on December 31st 1993 in the crumbling ruins of a mansion on Achill Island, you play Kasio as she destroys her diary.
Release Date: 27/04/2018, updated in 2020
Monster Prom is a role-playing game set in a high school for monsters where you are looking for love. You make choices about the dating-focused narrative by exploring the campus and talking to different monster characters. It has some light...
Release Date: 22/03/1996, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Resident Evil Village is a survival horror adventure. It follows on the narrative of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and the first person perspective. As in the other games, you play Ethan Winters who is searching for his kidnapped daughter in a village...
Release Date: 11/04/2020
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
A Fold Apart is a puzzle game that explores the emotional rollercoaster of a long-distance relationship — in a world of folding paper. After career choices force them along separate paths, a Teacher and Architect vow to make their long-distance...
Release Date: 20/09/1996, updated in 2022
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Persona 5 (also known as Shin Megami Tensei: Persona) is the latest game in a series of role-playing games that focus on a group of students. You explore the world and take on enemies like other role play games. Here though, you manage relationships...
Release Date: 05/10/2019
Components: 2D Side-On and Text
Headliner: NoviNews is a narrative-driven simulation game where you play as the person in charge of the headlines and stories that are released to the public. Each article you approve from your office has a direct impact on the world outside. Which news...
Release Date: 30/08/2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
One Night Hot Springs is a narrative game where you play Haru, a 19-year-old transgender woman in Japan. She's invited by an old friend on an overnight trip to a hot springs resort. You make dialogue and interactive choices as you discover that Haru is...
Release Date: 11/09/2020
Out Now: iOS
Holovista is an adventure game where you play by taking and sharing photographs. You play as Carmen an up-and-coming architect who is tasked to live in and take photographs at a mysterious mansion. Your job is to take photographs of specific objects and...
Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017
Out Now: PS Vita and PS4
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
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: 21/09/2017
Components: 2D Side-On
Another Lost Phone places a stranger’s smartphone in your hands. As you use the phone interface to explore the social life of its young woman owner, Laura, you piece together messages, pictures and profiles to solve her disappearance. Although it...
Release Date: 09/12/2020
Out Now: Android, Mac and iOS
Frog's Princess is a narrative game about a kingdom surrounded by evil. You play a young princess who must save her kingdom. Along the way, you encounter a frog prince on a quest to rescue his bodyguard and find your plans overturned.
Release Date: 11/08/2021
Out Now: PC, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead
Boyfriend Dungeon is an adventure set in an urban dungeon where weapons transform into potential dating partners. It's a mix of a brawling action game and a dating simulator.
Release Date: 06/02/2015, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Open World
Sunless Sea is a sea-faring adventure where you pilot a small steamship to explore a Victorian-era London that has been moved beneath the earth's surface. You take on the role of captain but select different ambitions that determine how you will play.
Release Date: 21/01/2021, updated in 2021
Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights is a platform game based in a fictional world called Land's End. Rainfall has transformed all living things into monsters known as the Blighted. You control Lily, a bright white figure, who awakens as the last...
Release Date: 14/10/2021
Out Now: PC and Switch
Mon Amour is a platform game about love and diversity. You play with one button to keep jumping and stay in the air, Flappy Bird style, in an effort to save people by kissing them (and setting them free from their nightmare). Like Flappy Bird, you will...