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You can aid the happiness of your brain by taking on activities that generate key experiences and chemicals:
Release Date: 25/04/2020
Out Now: Switch
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a role-play collecting game where you live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game...
Release Date: 14/03/2012, updated in 2019
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4 and iOS
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Journey is an adventure game set in a desert. Exploring the eerie sandscape, you discover a world abandoned by the race that created it. The sense of space and scale evokes feelings of aloneness and being lost. But then the game pairs you with other...
Release Date: 05/10/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a role-play adventure where you save the world from colourless darkness. Unusually, battles are won through listening and conversation rather than traditional attacks. It combines the excitement and strategy...
Release Date: 26/03/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
It Takes Two is a running, jumping and exploring game that tells the story of a young girl, Rose, whose parents are divorcing. The girl creates two dolls to represent her parents, which unexpectedly traps the clashing couple in them. You and a friend...
Release Date: 31/07/2023
Out Now: PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Venba is a narrative cooking game where you play an Indian mother who emigrated to Canada in the 1980s. You cook various traditional Indian dishes and restore lost recipes which were damaged in the move to Canada. As you cook, you talk to your family...
Release Date: 06/12/2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport people from one station to the...
Release Date: 10/06/2021, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
Chicory: A Colorful Tale is an adventure where you play an everyday dog thrust into the role of wielding a magic brush. The world starts black and white but you colour it in with your paintbrush to solve puzzles and help your animal friends. It looks...
Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020
Knights And Bikes! is a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British Isles. You work together as Nessa and Demelza who explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons,...
Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Text
Bury Me My Love is a narrative adventure game where you play the husband of a Syrian woman, Nour, travelling to Europe. Play involves receiving and sending simple messages where Nout tells you how she is getting on and you influence her choices. It...
Release Date: 14/12/2022, updated in 2023
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Lil Gator Game is an action-adventure set on an island playground where a young brother invents exciting games to try and get his older sister to play like they used to. You guide your waddling gator to explore the world as you bop cardboard baddies,...
Release Date: 04/07/2017
Out Now: PS4
Components: 2D Side-On
That's You! is a family quiz game played on the PlayStation using Android or iOS phones/tablets as controllers. The game displays a challenge on the main TV screen that each player tries to complete on the device in their hand.
Release Date: 29/08/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Wilmot's Warehouse is a game for people who like to organise things. You are in charge of a warehouse and must manage 100s of items of stock. Identical square boxes are labelled with rudimentary icons. On your own or with another player, you must...
Release Date: 03/12/2015
Out Now: PC
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Orchids to Dusk is a short wandering adventure. You are an astronaut stranded on an alien planet, with only a few minutes of oxygen. You explore the world and discover fantastic gardens on the planet.
Release Date: 09/04/2015
Out Now: Wii U
Affordable Space Adventures is a communication shooting game where you work to pilot a diminutive spacecraft through a hostile environment. One player uses the Wii U game tablet to control engines, power and shields. A second player controls lights and...
Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Jett: The Far Shore is a sci-fi adventure where you play inquisitive pilot Mei, exploring a mysterious planet on a nimble jet-powered craft. It draws on films like 2001: Space Odyssey and takes its time building atmosphere. Once it gets going it becomes...
Release Date: 07/02/2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Hand-Made and Open World
Wide Ocean Big Jacket is a game about camping. Or rather, it's a game about the conversations you have while you are camping. You follow 13-year-old teenage friends Mord and Ben who recently started dating. The camping trip is with Mord’s Uncle Brad...
Release Date: 14/07/2017
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
Adopt Me! is one of the most popular Roblox games. In a rudimentary way, it simulates daily life. You can build a home, look after pets and make friends. Like many Roblox games, it's the combination of an avid community of players...
Release Date: 27/02/2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Hand-Made, Open World and Persistant World
One Hour One Life is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you...
Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Overcooked! All You Can Eat is part of a series of collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated as you...
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make...
Release Date: 22/07/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon
Last Stop is an adventure set in London. You play three interconnected characters, making choices that shape their conversations, and determine where their stories lead.
Release Date: 23/03/2018
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person
A way out is an action adventure game centred around two playable characters simultaneously. With another player, you control Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who must break out of prison and stay on the run from authorities.
Release Date: 01/12/2012
Out Now: Android and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Text
Spaceteam is a puzzle communication game where players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral...
Release Date: 12/07/2022
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night and Weather
Time on Frog Island is a world building adventure set on an island of anthropomorphised frogs where you solve puzzles to survive and thrive on an island after a shipwreck. You explore at your own pace and solve sticky situations for the colourful locals...
Release Date: 23/06/2020, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead and Blocks
Tanknarok is a high speed shooting game where 2-4 tanks battle in different toy-like arenas. Controls are simple: one stick for movement and one for aiming. It's a fast and frantic competition with each tank using guns, explosions and rockets to win.
Release Date: 27/10/2021
Components: 2D Overhead
Pikmin Bloom is an adventure strategy game you play by walking outside, like Pokemon Go. You explore your locale to find and recruit colourful Pikmin creatures with different abilities that can be used to complete in-game tasks.
Release Date: 12/02/2024
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Airhead is an exploration adventure in a sprawling interconnected world. The twist is that you play as a small Body that must keep the Head (it finds) inflated. Sometimes together, sometimes apart, you must use a growing array of abilities to find a way...
Release Date: 29/06/2016
Out Now: Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Dice
Fru is a platform game with a twist. One player uses a controller to run and jump around the level; a second player stands in front of the Xbox Kinect camera and appears on the screen in silhouette. This person must use the outline of their body to...
Release Date: 22/01/2007
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS and DS
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 is a point-and-click adventure game about detective Kyle Hyde staying in a Twin-Peaks-like, rundown motel near 1979 Los Angeles. You move around the hotel to find clues, talk to other guests and ultimately solve what happened to his...