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Exuberant Games For
Pre-16 Year-Olds
 

There's a gap when children are starting to outgrow PEGI 12 rated games but aren't necessarily ready for PEGI 16 rated shooting and fighting experiences. The games in this list offer some options that are genuinely exuberant and exhilarating but with lower levels of violence.

It's important to say that parents should take a close look at the rating information for these games and make their own judgement on appropriateness for their child.

These are intended as good first steps into older rating games, when you think your child is ready. We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are mostly all PEGI 12 or under, apart from games like Halo or Jedi Fallen Order, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US.
 
This list includes 71 games from the last 28 years, with 2,496 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to dip toe in older teenage games .

Metroid Dread, the latest Metroid game, is a running, jumping, exploring and fighting game where you progress through levels, fight challenging bosses and uncover secrets.

Metroid Dread, the latest Metroid game, is a running, jumping, exploring and fighting game where you progress through levels, fight challenging bosses and uncover secrets. It returns the franchise to the 2D side-scrolling style of platforming, and features challenging puzzles that require both skill and perseverance to beat.

Subnautica Below Zero is an open-world adventure game that follows the original game, Subnautica.

Subnautica Below Zero is an open-world adventure game that follows the original game, Subnautica. You play a scientist on an alien planet searching for clues about the research team that vanished there.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking soldiers who use ranged weapons such as shotguns and assault rifles instead of swords.

Nuclear Blaze is a running, jumping and fire extinguishing game from the same developer as Dead Cells.

Nuclear Blaze is a running, jumping and fire extinguishing game from the same developer as Dead Cells. You put out fires and dodge explosions, debris and fiery chasms.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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