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There are times in life when something worrying is happening and the best course of action is to not think about it. Annoying, those are the times when your brain will let you think of nothing else. Having a good distraction on hand can really help.

Whether you are looking for something to take your mind off being in a metal tube full of people plummeting from the sky to hit a small strip of tarmac or something that is actually dangerous, these games may help.

This list includes 18 games from the last 16 years, with 494 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to distract yourself from anxiety. We break them down into the following areas:

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Battle, Brain Game, Collecting, Communication, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy, Traversal and World Building
Total Likes: 494

Action Distraction

Mini Metro

Mini Metro is a sequencing strategy game where you create an ordered, efficient underground train system. It sounds like hard work, but the simple Tube-map visuals, calm music, and streamlined interactions make this relaxing, like sudoku. Dip your toe...

Yoku's Island Express

Yoku's Island Express combines pinball and running and jumping games. You run, bounce and collect special items, engage in battles with fantasy enemies and explore a large open-world. Just like a classic pinball machine you use paddles and bumpers...


Ynglet is an exploration game where you jump between bubbles that float in the sky making sounds as you interact with the doodled environment. Part platform game, part dynamic soundtrack, it's a game designed to let you flow through the world to...

Calming Distraction


Townscaper is a creative town-building game where you pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.

A Little To The Left

A Little To The Left is a puzzle game where you tidy a house into meticulous order. Each puzzle presents everyday objects and some evidence of how they should be organised. The challenge is you have to deal with a mischievous cat who likes to make a mess.

Cloud Gardens

Cloud Gardens is a puzzle game where you grow vegetation over a dilapidated post-apocalyptic world. It's a low-pressure puzzle, from the team behind Kingdom. It has the same pixel-art style, but here you are left to take your time...

An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs

An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs is a bizarre adventure where you need to fly to your fiancée but the airports are all run by dogs (and you are the last two people alive). You play by exploring the airport, talking to the dogs, deciphering...


Entwined is a rhythm-action game where you play a bird and a fish dancing to the music on a quest to unite their souls. Unusually, you control each character with a different joystick on the gamepad and must move them around the screen simultaneously to...

Fidgety Distractions

Angry Birds (Series)

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'...


Inks is a messy pinball game that combines puzzle with platforming. It's like a traditional game of pinball, however you are aiming to splash the ball through each coloured area rather than rack up high scores.


Holedown is a puzzle game where you bounce balls around a well filled with Tetris-style shapes. Each shape requires a certain number of hits and you have a large number of projectiles to direct through the maze created by the shapes. Your goal is to...

Peggle (Series)

Peggle is a puzzle sequencing game where you fire a small ball into an array of pins that are triggered and disappear when the ball touches them. It's like a bright, saccharine pachinko game. But being electronic you can earn all sorts of bonus balls...


Roundguard is a dungeon adventure where your character is a pinball rather than a normal person. You work your way through different castle levels by flinging yourself around, bouncing off enemies to defeat them and into pots of gold to gain currency...

Puzzley Distractions

Loop Hero

Loop Hero is a dungeon-exploring adventure game where you use cards to create a world for your character to survive. Rather than control the hero yourself, you are tasked with playing cards to create a level that is hard enough to be rewarding without...

Dicey Dungeons

Dicey Dungeons is a video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

Zen Bound

Zen Bound is a puzzle game about wrapping objects in rope. With a relaxing soundtrack and calm visuals you are present with different objects with an attached rope of a specific length. Using a mouse, touch or tilt controls you transfer paint from the...


Prune involves carefully cutting off tree branches to encourage a tree to grow in a particular direction. It starts simply but turns into a challenge that parents and young children to work on together.

Suika Game

Suika Game, also called Watermelon Game, is a spatial puzzle challenge about matching fruits. You select where to drop each new fruit into the cup, aiming to get matching varieties touching so they merge, create bigger fruit and score points. It stands...

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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