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Get Into A Video Game

Video games are exciting for children. Like anything popular for youngsters, many dream of being able to work in the video game industry when they get older. However, as a relatively new media, it can be hard to know how to help a child inspired to move from a hobby to a career.

We’ve worked with Into Games, a non-profit organisation that supports people in finding rewarding careers in the games industry. They run programmes that provide inspiration and educational pathways for anyone wanting to make video games their job.

This isn’t just about being a programmer. Whether your child is great at being organised, designing things, drawing, performing, telling Stories or working in a team there are loads of roles that might fit them: Animator, Campaign Manager, Narrative Designer, Esports Events Manager, Playtester and Voiceover Artist are just the start.

The games in this list offer the chance to not only play but to build these skills and experiences as you have fun. They are a great way to dip a toe in multifaceted roles and experience of making video games.

Some of the games, like FanCade, Super Mario Maker or Dreams, are a great way to start making your own games. Other games, Roblox and LittleBigPlanet, are a chance to see what other amateur game makers are creating. Then there are games, like Going Under, Satisfactory, Good Pizza Great Pizza and Stormworks: Build and Rescue that give you a taste of other roles in the industry.

This list includes 22 games from the last 15 years, with 1,114 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to see games as a career.

Stormworks: Build and Rescue

Release Date: 28/02/2018

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

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

Stormworks: Build and Rescue is an open-world adventure where you design, build and pilot your own air-sea rescue service. You create programmable vehicles using its block-building system and pilot them into dangerous situations to rescue stricken...

Loop Hero

Release Date: 03/02/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cards, Grid, Hand-Made and Pixels

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...

Game Builder Garage

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Game Builder Garage enables anyone to make video games. Unlike other game makers, this offers in-depth lessons to take you from the basics to advanced techniques. The cute Nodon characters that power the visual drag-and-drop construction, enable players...

Dreams (Dreams)

Release Date: 14/10/2019

Out Now: PS4

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

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...

LittleBigPlanet 3

Release Date: 27/10/2008

Out Now: PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

LittleBigPlanet 3 is part of a series of action platform games starring the Sackboy character. They offer a multiplayer running and jumping adventure but also enable players to substantially edit their character and eventually make their own levels.

Roblox (Series)

Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2022

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Roblox is a series of games where amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The...


Release Date: 28/02/2020

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

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

Trailmakers is a game where you explore an open world in vehicles you have made from Lego-like blocks. Build a car, a plane, a boat or a combination of these, a car plane boat. The game's physics encourages players to imaginatively combine propulsion,...


Release Date: 19/03/2019, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Open World

Satisfactory is a factory building set on a foreign planet. Like the popular Tycoon and Factory games in Roblox, you start with humble beginnings, you harvest what you can by hand but steadily you build a sprawling empire of automated harvesting...


Release Date: 30/04/2020

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Fancade is a collection of simple games played on smartphones. It offers simple running, jumping, puzzle, shooting challenges depicted with simple pixel visuals. Like Roblox, these offer simple versions of other commercial games. Unlike Roblox, these...

Super Mario Maker

Release Date: 10/09/2015

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

Good Pizza, Great Pizza

Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a simulation game where you run your own Pizza shop, fulfilling orders from customers while making enough money to keep your shop open. You can upgrade your shop with new toppings and equipment to compete against your...

Going Under

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Going Under is a satirical adventure game where you play an intern in a failing start-up company. The game proceeds like other dungeon adventures with enemies to defeat and quests to find items, only here it's all in aid of keeping your boss happy while...

Pony Island

Release Date: 04/01/2016

Out Now: Mac and PC

Components: 2D Side-On

Pony Island is an adventure game where you are trapped in a computer by the Devil. You need to crash the computer to escape and stumble upon the Pony Island game that appears unstable. As you hack away at the game you uncover its corrupted code and your...

Quadrilateral Cowboy

Release Date: 25/07/2016

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Quadrilateral Cowboy is an adventure in a 1990 retro-cyberpunk world where you take on covert mission to infiltrate buildings and security systems. You carefully explore each level hacking security by typing commands into your grey-market equipment.


Release Date: 08/06/2020

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Components: 2D Side-On

Levelhead is a game-making game where you construct levels to train a delivery robot. The simple drag-and-drop level design develops into as complex a level maker as you want. Create simple running and jumping levels or something huge, puzzling and...


Release Date: 07/04/2020

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

Pattern is a game about exploring different worlds. It's novel because of the lack of objective or direction. You are left to explore each world, with only the smokestack of a fire in the distance as a waypoint. When you reach the fire you can choose to...

Rabbids Coding

Release Date: 08/10/2019, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Rabbids Coding is an educational game where you use simple blocks of code to move a Rabbid and make it perform actions. It's designed as a simple way for younger children to begin to interact with code and understand how games work.

The Beginner's Guide

Release Date: 01/10/2015

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

The Beginner's Guide is a narrative game where you explore a series virtual environments while the game's creator tells a story about the person who made each space. This introspection presents a raw and at times heartbreaking look into the mind of the...


Release Date: 03/11/2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks

RoboCo is a creative physics-based robot-building game where you design and code robots to perform challenging tasks. With the multitude of parts and templates to build from, there are countless ways to approach each situation, be it by creating an...

Sometimes You Die

Release Date: 17/03/2014, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Sometimes You Die is an unusual sliding and jumping game. As you play there is a written narrative on the walls of each level that discusses game design, player motivation and the metaphysics of life. More unusual though, is that to progress you have to...

Boom Blox (Series)

Release Date: 06/05/2008, updated in 2009

Out Now: Wii

Components: 3D First-Person and Blocks

Boom Blox is a puzzle game on the Wii, designed by Steven Spielberg, where motion controls are used to direct projectiles at towers in surprisingly accurate and engaging ways. This extends beyond Jenga-style play to offer physics-based puzzles where you...

Hawks Quest (Dreams)

Release Date: 01/02/2021, updated in 2021

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Components: 3D Third-Person

Hawks Quest is an action-adventure game where you explore a toy-like world as a small girl and after the comprehensive tutorial, discover a large world full of enemies and puzzles to solve. It looks like the remastered Legend of Zelda Links Awakening,...

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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