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Happy Brain With
Dopamine Games

You can aid the happiness of your brain by taking on activities that generate key experiences and chemicals:

  • Dopamine for motivation, learning and pleasure.
  • Oxytocin for trust and building relationships.
  • Serotonin for significance and importance.
  • Endorphins for euphoria and elation.

Without dopamine, you can be subject to procrastination, low self-esteem, inability to focus and feelings of hopelessness. It's the chemical that can give you the determination to accomplish goals, desires and needs.

Along with getting outside for exercise, eating well and nurturing conversations, video games can also help. Games that generate dopamine are those where you can complete repeating tasks, like Fortnite or Rocket League, which have a lot of chances to win or excel. Other games, like Animal Crossing or Adopt Me, offer the feeling of a job well done. This is increased in games where you are doing this not only for yourself but for the group you are a part of, like playing in a team in Sea of Thieves, Apex Legends or Sky Children of the Light, where new players also need help and kindness.
This list includes 4 games from the last 10 years, with 3 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to generate dopamine.

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Release Date: 27/10/2016

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead

PinOut is an action pinball game played against the clock in a Tron-like world. You use your flippers to work up through an endless series of tables, collecting time to stay alive. It stands out not only for the endless pinball challenge but the...

I Commissioned Some Bees (Series)

Release Date: 30/05/2022, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

I Commissioned Some Bees is a puzzle game series where you search original artwork to find bees hidden in them. There are many bees in every picture, so you can normally find one in a couple of seconds, although finding all of them can be challenging...

RunMan Turbo

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

RunMan Turbo is a traversal game where you race through a brightly coloured world. You play by bouncing, sliding, jumping, tumbling and running as fast as you can over obstacles and towards a finishing line. It is a game of instinct, where you must...

Smash Hit

Release Date: 06/03/2014

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Smash Hit is a surreal adventure where you shoot balls to smash the stylised world in harmony with the music. The challenge comes from your limited supply of balls, that must be topped up by hitting key objects. It stands out for offering a meditative...

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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