Time taken to play fully: 3
Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
TowerFall Ascension is a running, jumping and archery game where each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. Play is about quick reactions and second-guessing what your...
Release Date: 06/08/2020
Out Now: PC and Switch
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up...
Release Date: 20/12/2021
Out Now: Web
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Text
Wordle is a daily puzzle game where you (and anyone else playing that day) try and guess the secret word. You get six guesses that must be real words. Each letter is then coloured to provide clues: green for the right letter in the right place, yellow...
Release Date: 13/03/2020
Components: Cards, Score Board and Tokens
The Crew: The Quest For Planet Nine is a cooperative trick-making card game. You play as a set of astronauts completing missions in a space adventure. Unlike competitive trick-making games like Bridge, Euchre or Hearts, here you work together to ensure...
Release Date: 28/03/2019
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Shipped is a multiplayer boat fighting game where you steer, bash and shoot your way through simple seas of islands. You play by steering your ship and turning to aim cannons. It stands out for the simple approachable fun and range of modes you can...
Release Date: 01/04/2019, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (known as TABS) is a fighting game where you choose different armies and troops to battle each other in an automatic simulation that models their offensive and defensive abilities. Once set up, the fight is largely...
Release Date: 15/12/2020
Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Pokémon Cafe Mix is a puzzle game. Similar to the icon-connection challenge of Disney Tsum Tsum, you play as Eevee and deliver orders in a cafe by linking Pokemon icons in a ring. It's a low-pressure puzzle with a swirl-to-connect interaction that is...
Release Date: 30/04/2020
Out Now: Android and iOS
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
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...
Release Date: 02/08/2012, updated in 2013
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Clash of Clans is a cartoony strategy war game played on smartphones and tablets. Set in a fantasy world, you take charge of a village and must build defences against attacks from other players. Likewise, you gain resources by attacking others.
Release Date: 01/12/2018
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Hand-Made
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build is a puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen. On each level, you must roll your snowballs to be the right size and then position them on each other to make a snowman.
Release Date: 06/09/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Railbound is a track-bending puzzle game where you lay track, switch points, and use tunnels to get the carriages to the engine in the right order. Although it's the puzzles that keep you playing, there's also a real joy in connecting tracks and seeing...
Release Date: 12/12/2018
Out Now: Android, PC, Web and iOS
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...
Release Date: 25/01/2019
Out Now: Android, PC and iOS
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...
Release Date: 24/09/2020
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS and Switch
Kirby Fighters is a light-hearted fighting game where you play as the round Nintendo character, Kirby. You can choose from various abilities that your character "copies" from opponents. You fight other characters from the Kirby games in fights against...
Release Date: 06/03/2022
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS
Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Cards and Grid
Ploppy Pairs is a card matching puzzle game. Along with the sanitary humour, it's a simple and approachable game for very young players. The SharePlay via FaceTime means you can play and connect with family members online or in the same room.
Release Date: 12/08/2012
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
Components: 3D First-Person
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are...
Release Date: 24/02/2009, updated in 2018
Zen Bound is a puzzle game about wrapping objects in rope. With a relaxing soundtrack and calm visuals you are present with different objects with an attached rope of a specific length. Using a mouse, touch or tilt controls you transfer paint from the...
Release Date: 01/01/2020
Components: Cards, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens
Herd Mentality is a communication game where players aim to score points by sharing the same ideas as others. One person reads out a question, then everyone secretly writes an answer trying to match the most popular answer. It's unusual because the...
Release Date: 21/12/2010
Out Now: Mac, PC and Web
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly coordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...
Release Date: 14/09/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
You Suck At Parking is a tactical racing game where the ultimate goal is to stop in a parking spot. The game features cartoon-style parkour racing tracks with loops, sharp bents, bombs and other hazards, on the route to a parking spot.
Release Date: 05/10/2021
Out Now: PC, Web and iOS
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...
Release Date: 12/08/2018
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS
Khan Academy Kids is a free series of game activities staring bright animal characters. Matching animals and photos, solving maths, social scenarios or enjoying some art time, Khan Academy Kids provides a playful framework.
Release Date: 17/11/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Blocks
Spring Falls is a puzzle where you erode a geometric landscape to let water flow down the mountain and help plants grow. Along with the low-pressure puzzle play, the game offers a calming experience with soft visuals, ambient music and interactive...
Release Date: 08/07/2019
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Traffix is a puzzle game that puts you in charge of traffic lights on different road systems. By changing the lights to red, orange and green you work to get traffic to flow on increasingly complex and busy roads. It sounds complex, but with simple...
Release Date: 14/10/2021
Out Now: Switch
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Bonito Days is a pastel-retro rolling, jumping and gliding game. You roll down a slope to launch yourself into the air and then glide around before landing. It's a simple challenge that combines with the breezy summer aesthetic with lite touch...
Release Date: 28/09/2017, updated in 2021
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Stick Fight: The Game is a vicious fighting game depicted with stick men. You play by controlling small coloured stick men, who mimic real-world physics and bodily movement. To win you need to use the physics-based movement to land punches, kicks and...
Release Date: 14/01/2022
Crossout Mobile is a smartphone version of the popular online vehicular combat game Crossout. While it retains all the core mechanics of the main version, including the modular vehicle designs, customisation and skilful gameplay,...
Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2016
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, Wii and Wii U
Rhythm Paradise (also known as Rhythm Heaven, Rhythm World and Rhythm Tengoku) is a Japanese rhythm game where you perform everyday action in time with a musical beat.
Release Date: 15/05/2018, updated in 2021
Splitter Critters is a puzzle game where you cut up the world to connect platforms and get to the exit. You split and rearrange each level so you can avoid deadly lasers and create floating swimming pools to guide alien critters back to their spaceship.
Release Date: 26/03/2018
Supertype is a puzzle game you play with letters, but isn't about making words. You use the peculiar shapes of these most familiar of symbols to cover one or more dots on the level. Each letter has different uses as you try and get them to land where...
Release Date: 21/04/2020
Blackbird is a strategy game where you are a blackbird collecting food for your young. You need to scour the forest to find enough insects to keep them alive and them fly the nest (or die trying).
Release Date: 26/01/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
OddBallers is an over-the-top action party game where you compete in dodgeball-style battles, only here you throw more explosive things not just balls. From wacky ball games to fistfights on moving ships dodging crates, each battle is unique and offers...
Release Date: 01/01/2022
Team Team is a communication game where you work together to be the fastest to organise tiles into different patterns. There are two roles, the Speaker and the Builder. The Speaker can only repeat one word and only the Builder can move tiles. It is...
Release Date: 10/01/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: PS4 and PS5
Wibble Wobble is a running and balancing game. A bit like a super-hard egg-and-spoon race, you manoeuvre a bowl through a timed obstacle course while balancing a ball inside. The twist is that the bowl can pass through some obstacles that the ball...
Release Date: 02/08/2021, updated in 2022
Bomb Club is a puzzle game where you use an arsenal of whacky bombs to clear the board with a chain reaction. You place and trigger the bombs to ensure a single chain and complete the level. It's a novel combination of fun explosions and puzzle solving...
Release Date: 06/11/2020
Cunch-Line Chronicles is a simple running and jumping game with an unusual and controversial theme. It aims to depict "gritty reality of life" and tasks you with avoiding obstacles, delivering and collecting drugs and avoid the police. Its name comes...
Release Date: 16/06/2021
Out Now: PC
Components: 2D Overhead
Twilight Drive is a racing game where you turbo, drift, and use a grappling hook to turn corners and get fast lap times. Along with racing your own times, an on-line leaderboard lets you compete with friends and family. It's a cross between Micro...
Release Date: 19/11/2021, updated in 2023
Devolver Tumble Time is a puzzle game where you connect groups of matching icons. As you play, you unlock new characters and icons from Devolver-published games that offer wacky powerups and abilities to clear the board and complete objectives. It...
Release Date: 06/12/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Divine Knockout (DKO) is a fighting game where you play small-but-mighty greek gods. Play is like Smash Bros, only here you play in 3D and your characters are themed around different greek myths. It stands out for the simple, yet compelling online...
Release Date: 16/07/2019, updated in 2019
Ommy Kart is a single player racing game. Race around Starfish Island as either Ommy, Frederick Fox, Artio, or Stanley the Bear. Try to beat the computer-controlled drivers to the finish line. You can collect offensive and defensive items along the way,...