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Games for Change is a charity that aims to empower game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games and immersive media. These might be games that inspire youth to explore civic issues, learn science skills or look after mental health. Each year Change Awards celebrates games for social impact and learning through their awards. All awards are competitive, and submissions are reviewed through a rigorous evaluation process by expert jurors. Games that win demonstrate creativity and embrace experimentation to break conventions of form or concept in a manner that may pave new ways for the sector.This includes:
Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Everything is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in...
Release Date: 12/01/2016, updated in 2016
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
That Dragon, Cancer is a game about a family with a young son who has terminal brain cancer. It sounds off-putting and morbid but this living biography invites you to join the family and find hope, faith and love in the face of an insurmountable...
Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a dark fantasy adventure, drawing on Norse and Celtic mythology, where you play a young female Pict warrior, Senua. You explore and fight your way to Helheim to rescue the soul of her dead lover. As you play, though, you...
Release Date: 15/08/2013, updated in 2016
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Gone Home places you in the role of Katie, returning from overseas to her family home. But the house is deserted and by exploring the rooms you piece together what happened to her sister, Sam. It’s a mystery to solve, but a common one of family...
Release Date: 14/10/2019
Out Now: PS4
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Dreams is a creative game where you make your own games and play other people's creations. It's easy to dive in and create something simple using the basic controls, then as your skill and imagination grow the complexity and detail of your games can...
Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Day and Night
This War Of Mine is a narrative strategy game inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to...
Release Date: 21/05/2014
Out Now: Android and iOS
Bounden is a smartphone dance game that gets players to use their bodies. Two people hold opposite ends of one smartphone and then move together to keep a cursor over the ball.
Release Date: 09/05/2012
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Dragon Box is an educational series of games that teaches young children maths, such as algebra using pattern matching with symbols. Unlike other educational games, the fun is in the doing in DragonBox, rather than incentivising learning with separate...
Release Date: 06/10/2019
Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...
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: 19/01/2016
Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Life Is Strange is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at a high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover...
Release Date: 18/04/2017, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
What Remains of Edith Finch is a narrative puzzle game about the surviving member of the Finch family, who seems to have died from a curse. From a first-person perspective, you return to the family’s coastal home to learn about each relative’s final...
Release Date: 08/08/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Papers, Please is a narrative puzzle game where you play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizen’s passports and paperwork...
Release Date: 18/12/2014
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.
Release Date: 05/07/2019
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Sea of Solitude is an adventure where you play a young woman, Kay, with such strong loneliness that her feelings turn her into a monster. As you explore a flooded city you discover dark creatures that you must deal with -- by uncovering their underlying...
Release Date: 13/08/2018
Out Now: PC
Tree is a narrative game that tells the story of a boy who plants a small tree. You control the planting, watering and how the tree grows each season. It stands out for how it illustrates the passing of time and the way we interact and form connections...
Release Date: 10/09/2018, updated in 2023
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour is a special mode that uses the worlds created for the main Assassin’s Creed games to offer an educational exploration experience. It is available both as a free part of the original games...
Release Date: 27/04/2018
Out Now: Switch
Nintendo Labo is a game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. You get a cardboard pack with the game that folds up to make objects into which you slot the screen and controllers. Whether it’s cardboard steering wheels, fishing rods,...
Release Date: 22/10/2021
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Dot's Home is a narrative game where you play a black woman in Detroit exploring the impact of racism in the past and the results of it today. You travel through time and interact with the characters you meet, learning about redlining, gentrification...
Release Date: 03/08/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Svoboda 1945: Liberation is a narrative game that uses footage of real actors to tell an interweaving story about the aftermath of the Second World War. As you talk to the villagers, explore locations untouched for years and complete puzzles, you...