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One Button Games
 

The games here can be played with a single button. Although ranging in difficulty they are a good place to start for those needing simpler controls.

It should be noted that many of these games need to be started with more than one button. Some are played by tapping at a fixed point on a touchscreen. We haven't included games that require a motioned-touch.

For those needing alternative access there are many possibilities with an accessibility switch. These "switches" come in many shapes and sizes including jumbo buttons, super-sensitive finger switches and sound sensors. In some cases, the spacebar or a Bluetooth keyboard can work just fine. If the player can activate the control and if it can be connected to the games machine, then one-button play becomes a possibility.

This list was compiled with the help of Barrie Ellis, who runs One Switch. On that site you can find equipment to enable a far wider range of games to be played by accessibility switch users. OneSwitch also supports a range of other accessible gaming solutions.
 
This list includes 34 games from the last 15 years, with 524 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play with one button.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Release Date: 28/04/2017, updated in 2022

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a go-kart racing game where you race against Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power-ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic but still requires skills to do well.

The Alto Collection

Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Weather

The Alto Collection is a series of games including Alto's Odyssey and Alto's Adventure. Both are action traversal games where you explore beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to...

OCO

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

OCO is a sliding and jumping game set with simple colourful levels each set in a rotating planetoid. Unlike other platform games, you control everything with a single button. Each different colour of platform you slide along grants different abilities...

Forza Motorsport 7

Release Date: 03/10/2017, updated in 2023

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Weather

Forza Motorsport 7 immerses players in the exhilarating thrill of competitive racing. From mastering the new motorsport-inspired campaign to collecting a wide range of cars to experiencing the excitement of driving at the limit, this is Forza reimagined.

Rhythm Doctor

Release Date: 26/02/2021

Out Now: PC

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Rhythm Doctor is a rhythm game about shocking patients' hearts back in sync with their heartbeats to save their lives. You press a single button on the 7th beat to defibrillate each patient. It sounds simple but each level has a unique illnesses based...

Geometry Dash

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you use to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...

Dreams Party! (Dreams)

Release Date: 17/03/2020, updated in 2020

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Dice and Grid

Dreams Party! is a turn-based family board game for up to 4 players. There are two boards to choose from, Welcome Garden and Halloween. Like Mario Party, it creates the fun of a real board game but combines it with mini-games when players land on the...

Soccer Physics

Release Date: 12/12/2018

Out Now: Android, PC, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Soccer Physics is a super simple football game you play by pressing one button. Made by Otto-Ville Ojala who also made the similar one-button games Wrestle Jump and Tank of Tanks, it's designed to be silly and fun. The matches are 2-on-2 and you time...

Super Mario Run

Release Date: 15/12/2016, updated in 2017

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. Your character automatically runs and you just tap at the right time to avoid obstacles and jump on enemies. It sounds too simple to be fun but is actually a cleverly...

A Dance of Fire and Ice

Release Date: 25/01/2019

Out Now: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

A Dance of Fire and Ice is a one-button rhythm game where you control a pair of spheres. You press a button to the beat of the music to progress through the mazes. Each press pivots the direction of motion of the paired spheres to make turns and cross...

Fête de Famille

Release Date: 01/09/2022

Out Now: Android and iOS

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Fête de Famille (Family Gathering) is a text adventure about families. About what happens when families get together. It's an acid portrait of a contemporary French family that asks why, how and what are the bonds that tie them together.

12 Orbits

Release Date: 27/04/2018

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

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

12 Orbits is a tactical game where you control a small coloured ball by pressing a single button. When you are over the grey circles you press to orbit that circle, otherwise pressing the button will dodge.

Cricket Through The Ages

Release Date: 03/10/2019, updated in 2021

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Cricket Through the Ages is a competitive sports game themed around cricket but with little to do with the rules of that game. Players face off and aim for each other as much as wickets. Controls work by holding or tapping the screen to spin limbs and...

Ord

Release Date: 05/06/2019, updated in 2020

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

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Text

Ord is an unusual text adventure, rather than one grand story, you embark on a series of distinct quests. Whether it's defeating an evil warlock or creating your own world as a god, Ord tells stories through simple series of words and word associations...

Am I The Baddie?

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Out Now: PC, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Am I The Baddie? is a running and collecting game of hide and seek where you control a character on a simple maze of streets. Up to five people compete on separate devices or computers. One person is the baddie who tries to collect the clues without...

Painted Waters

Release Date: 28/01/2021

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Open World

Painted Waters is a simple adventure for young children. You explore a secret miniature world on a Walker Doodle (the game's version of caterpillar) using a single button to get around and play the puzzles and challenges you find. It's unique not only...

Playerless: One Button Adventure

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Android, PC, PS4, Wii, Xbox One and iOS

Components: 2D Overhead

Playerless: One Button Adventure is a puzzle adventure game you can play with a single button. You play a robot in a game who has become self-aware.

Fledgling Heroes

Release Date: 07/05/2020

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Fledgling Heroes is a fun flying game where you tap or press to guide a path through landscapes and collect coins. You can swim, sprint and soar, defeat dastardly dragons, unlock wondrous new worlds, and explore limitless levels in the Lab.

Canabalt

Release Date: 31/08/2009

Out Now: Android, PC, PSP and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Canabalt is a side-on running game where you press jump at the right time to keep a small character from falling off buildings or crashing into things. With minimalist visuals, you play the small suited man fleeing from an unknown threat. As the game...

Jumpy Wall

Release Date: 03/09/2015

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Jumpy Wall is a game where you must climb up a shaft by jumping between two walls. As you progress you'll meet more obstacles that aim to kill your little pixel character. Wall jump from left to right to get higher and higher while avoiding spikes and...

Kolumno

Release Date: 15/11/2018, updated in 2020

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

Components: 2D Overhead

Kolumno is a puzzle game where you drop a ball down the side of a sphere aiming to reach the bottom without being blocked. Your task is to manipulate the ball so it fits the rotating elements with gaps in them.

One Button Travel

Release Date: 26/11/2015

Out Now: iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Text

One Button Travel is a stylish text adventure where you communicate across time to try and cancel your permanent holiday in a dystopian future. You try and save your accomplice, who's already stuck in the future, by making choices and solving puzzles...

Qomp

Release Date: 15/11/2020

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Qomp is a bat and ball game with a difference. You control the ball rather than the bat and only use a single button to switch the direction of your ball character. With this single ability, you take on bosses, solve puzzles and overcome platforming...

Dirt n' Stone Off-Road (Dreams)

Release Date: 28/07/2020, updated in 2020

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Dirt n' Stone Off-Road is an off road driving game for four players, controlled with a single button. You play from side-on and press to accelerate or release to brake. The challenge is to apply the right amount of momentum to get your car over the...

Tower of Babel No Mercy

Release Date: 21/02/2020

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Tower of Babel No Mercy is an action platform game where you work with friends to build a tower out of buildings. You control the game with a single button (and one more for special abilities) to drop your building on the stack. It swings left and right...

Mon Amour

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Mon Amour is a platform game about love and diversity. You play with one button to keep jumping and stay in the air, Flappy Bird style, in an effort to save people by kissing them (and setting them free from their nightmare). Like Flappy Bird, you will...

One Person Story

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

One Person Story is a simple puzzle game played by pressing a single button to help a bouncing ball through a maze. It's voiced with a narrative about life's difficulties and challenges. It starts simply but gets more difficult as you have to open and...

Bubbles The Cat

Release Date: 12/04/2019

Out Now: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Bubbles The Cat is a platform game you play by tapping a single button to jump. Through hundreds of levels and six worlds, you automatically run forwards but you must tap at the right time to survive.

Just Pogo (Dreams)

Release Date: 28/07/2020, updated in 2020

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Just Pogo is a jumping game you control with one button. You are a man on a pogo stick and must get to the exit in each of the 18 levels. The quirk of the challenge is that you not only control the game with one button, but that button rotates your...

Kami 2

Release Date: 23/01/2014, updated in 2022

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Hand-Made

Kami, and Kami 2 are origami-themed puzzle games where you aim to fill the screen with the same coloured paper. You play by a location to unfold paper of that colour that then spreads until it hits another colour.

Super One More Jump

Release Date: 25/01/2018

Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Super One More Jump is a jumping platform game you control with a single tap or button press. You control the little character who automatically moves forward. Your task is to press jump at the right time so you can progress through the level.

Switch 'N' Shoot

Release Date: 10/04/2019, updated in 2020

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Switch 'N' Shoot is a shooting game controlled by a single button. You pilot a star-fighter, and each time you press to shoot you change direction. It's a novel way to play but also can be good for players with motor impairment (and fast reactions).

Get Hi

Release Date: 22/05/2015, updated in 2021

Out Now: iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Get Hi is an action puzzle game where you try and flick a ball up a series of tilting platforms. Touch the screen to tilt them one way, release to tilt them the other. All the platforms move together to keep it simple, but if the ball falls more than a...

Pyro Jump Rescue

Release Date: 25/08/2014, updated in 2017

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Pyro Jump Rescue is a one-button jumping and rolling game where you are a lump of fire leaping from one platform to the next to try to catch Princess Paper. You work through levels by jumping and attaching to wheels and surfaces, being careful to not be...

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