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You can aid the happiness of your brain by taking on activities that generate key experiences and chemicals:
Release Date: 11/04/2016, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Subnautica is an open-world adventure where you explore the ocean on an alien planet after crashlanding. You collect resources and fight creatures to survive. This enables you to establish an underwater base, gain new craft and equipment and explore...
Release Date: 08/12/2017
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Hello Neighbor is a stealth survival game with a horror feel where you try and sneak into the basement of your neighbour’s house to uncover a "horrible secret". The game responds to your strategy by setting traps along paths the player followed in...
Release Date: 22/10/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Lonely Mountains Downhill is a racing game where you traverse a mountain on a bike. Make your way through thick forests, narrow trails and wild rivers. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash all the way from the peak to the valley. You choose your route...
Release Date: 10/11/2021, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Wavetale is a surfing and jumping adventure in a world of sunken cities, dangerous water and oppressive fog. You play as Sigrid, a young girl who works to restore the decaying archipelago and befriends a mysterious shadow that lets her walk on water...
Release Date: 06/10/2014, updated in 2019
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Alien: Isolation is an adventure horror game set in space, remastered in 2019 from the 2014 game due to its popularity. You play Amanda who is trying to find out the truth behind her mother's disappearance. You explore Sevastopol, a decommissioned...
Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Descenders is a downhill mountain biking game with a focus on skill. In each downhill run, your goal is to score as many points as possible by completing skill-based challenges and executing as many tricks and flips as you can, all while you try to...
Release Date: 14/05/2010
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Alan Wake is a shooting game with a horror tone where you must survive the darkness and the terrors that dwell within it. You use your torch to weaken the monsters that hunt you, then switch over to conventional weapons to dispatch them. It stands out...
Release Date: 26/07/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Side-On
MultiVersus is a fighting game like Smash Brothers where you team up with or against other players. The novelty is this teamwork and the deep catalogue of characters you can fight with. Batman, Shaggy from Scooby Do, Superman, Bugs Bunny and so on.
Release Date: 22/03/1996, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Resident Evil Village is a survival horror adventure. It follows on the narrative of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and the first person perspective. As in the other games, you play Ethan Winters who is searching for his kidnapped daughter in a village...
Release Date: 16/03/2018, updated in 2018
Out Now: GameCube, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Burnout Paradise is the latest game in the Burnout series, an over-the-top racing game where you’re encouraged to crash, bash and ram other cars. Throughout the series the bravado and crashing increase, but they all have the same novel core gameplay.
Release Date: 21/06/2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Switch
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Just Shapes & Beats is a two player rhythm game where you dodge bullets in time with the music. As well as this unusual premise, play extends the novelty as you have to both avoid the various shapes and move to the Beats. It’s a new spin on the shoot...
Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2017
Out Now: PS3, PS4 and PSP
Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person
Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or supercars, this game lets you step into the world of the...
Release Date: 04/09/2020
Out Now: DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Tony Hawk 1 and 2 is a sports simulation skateboarding game series. It features the famous skater in 19 different games. From its start in 1999 on PlayStation it is now available on most consoles and has recently been re-released in updated as Tony...
Release Date: 21/11/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Weather
Climber: Sky is the Limit is a survival climbing adventure, where you scale the peaks of the highest and most famous mountains in the world. Plan the best route, select the correct equipment and avoid dangerous hazards as you ascend. It's a unique blend...
Release Date: 14/12/2006, updated in 2012
Out Now: PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4 and PSP
Motorstorm is a series of games started on the PlayStation 3 with innovative tracks that got muddier as you raced. This, along with a wide variety of vehicles and routes through each of the courses makes for an entertaining and light-hearted racing...
Release Date: 30/06/1995, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is the latest flying and shooting game in the Ace Combat series of games. It features lots of real-life aircraft to master and weather conditions that impact gameplay and controls, while still retaining a fast-paced...
Release Date: 22/09/2022
SpiderHeck is a chaotic fighting game where a weaponised spider tries to take down opponents. You sling webs, shoot and slash at enemies, while frantically jumping about the dangerous arenas to land the decisive blow for victory. It's a strange concept,...
Release Date: 22/09/2016, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Klang 2 is a psychedelic rhythm-action game. You take on enemies in this symbolic universe of three attacks: stikes, dashes and holds. The simple system interplays with the pulsing music to create a rhythm based high-speed combat challenged. Like the...
Release Date: 22/02/2020, updated in 2020
Out Now: PS4 and PS5
Rally 2020 is a single-player rally racing game. Drive through a cross-country course in Germany from the viewpoint of the driver with your co-driver giving you navigation. It's novel because of the simple intensity of this task. Don't fall in the water...
Release Date: 17/10/2022, updated in 2022
Terror of Hemasaurus is a retro fighting game where you smash up a destructible city as a giant monster. Play is like the classic Rampage arcade game, here though you can use the game's physics to inflict greater damage, chain reactions and combos. It's...
Release Date: 19/06/2015, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, PS4, Switch and iOS
Arcade Archives is a series of games that faithfully recreates classic Arcade games from their original software. Along with the play modes of the original games you can adjust settings like the difficulty dip-switches, like arcade owners could.
Release Date: 24/08/2023
Blasphemous II is a running, jumping and fighting game set in the same horrific world as the first game. The follow-up focuses on quality over quirkiness which makes the exploration and combat smoother but a little more derivative. There's more...
Release Date: 16/08/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Rollerdrome is a single-player skating and shooter game with fluid movements and trick-making fun. You play in a comic-book style dark-dystopian world set in 2030 where the public are inoculated from sinister politics by this brutal new sport.
Release Date: 22/02/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Switch
Sol Cresta is a classic-style arcade shooting game. It follows previous Cresta games (Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta) focus on bullet dodging, ship augmenting action. Here though you have three ships that can combine their weapons in different ways.
Release Date: 16/02/2016, updated in 2020
Out Now: PC and PS4
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Street Fighter V (Street Fighter 5) is a competitive fighting game. First introduced in 1987, this classic game from Japan has inspired a whole genre. You choose a champion fighter from around the world, each with unique abilities, then fight one-on-one...
Release Date: 10/03/2017, updated in 2019
Streets of Rogue is a fast-paced action role playing game where your overarching goal is to take down the mayor, and how you do it is completely up to you: clever hacker, charming bartender soldier, thief or assassin. It's all about experimentation and...
Release Date: 10/09/2019, updated in 2020
Blasphemous is a running, jumping and fighting game set in a horrific world of corrupted catholicism and unnerving contorted characters. You explore, upgrade your abilities, and execute the hordes of enemies that stand between you and your quest to...