Time taken to play fully: 5
Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their spaceship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real-time the impostor...
Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
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: 16/09/2007, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC and iOS
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Osu! is a rhythm action game where you tap the screen in time to the music similar to the Elite Beat Agents games. This starts as a simple challenge but develops in speed and complexity. At higher levels, the games is an esport with people competing to...
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: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.
Release Date: 13/08/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Boomerang Fu is a fighting game where you control small food-like characters. Using your boomerang the aim is to slice the other players with ranged or melee attacks. You can use a large range of power-ups such as explosive boomerangs, disguises and...
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
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: 05/07/2016, updated in 2017
Tricky Towers is a battle puzzle that uses shapes but instead of creating lines, you must balance them in towers that mustn’t fall over. Real-world physics applies, along with wind and attacks from other players to make your stack topple. Up to four...
Release Date: 14/09/2021
Out Now: Switch and Wii
Components: 3D Third-Person
Cruis’n Blast is a brash over-the-top racing game based on a series of big arcade machines. Competing with games like Ridge Racer, OutRun and Daytona USA, it offers whacky racing with big and bombastic visuals and characters.
Release Date: 03/12/2015
Out Now: PC
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
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: 01/09/2014
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Sushi Go! is a sushi-themed card game where you collect combinations of cards to complete sushi dishes and score points. The different dishes require a varying number of cards and related scores based on the complexity of the recipe. But there's a...
Release Date: 21/09/2021
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Chessplosion is an action, puzzle game where you drop chess pieces on a board to trigger bombs in the shape of their related chess moves. Your aim is to use the different pieces (and bomb attacks) to trap opponents like Bomberman. No prior chess...
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: 05/05/2016, updated in 2023
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Apple TV, Mac and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On, Cards and Grid
Pocket Card Jockey is a horse racing game you participate in by playing a series of Solitaire card games. You race, breed and nurture a stable of horses for a range of owners, trainers and other interesting individuals. It stands out as both a brilliant...
Release Date: 28/03/2019
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: 21/05/2014
Out Now: Android and iOS
Bounden is a smartphone dance game that gets players to use their bodies. Two people hold opposite ends of one smartphone and then move together to keep a cursor over the ball.
Release Date: 10/10/2016, updated in 2019
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Thumper is a rhythm game where you guide a beetle-like creature through music track by pressing buttons in time. Unlike other music games, the focus is on impact and combat rather than soaring tunes. It's described by the developer as a rhythm-violence...
Release Date: 18/05/2016, updated in 2020
Out Now: iOS
Imbroglio is a puzzle game where you take a character into a dungeon and progress by collecting stars. The twist is that combat is focused not only your abilities but the tile you are standing on when you attack. Although each character has different...
Release Date: 09/05/2012
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Dragon Box is an educational series of games that teaches young children maths, such as algebra using pattern matching with symbols. Unlike other educational games, the fun is in the doing in DragonBox, rather than incentivising learning with separate...
Release Date: 17/09/2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Impostor is a space survival game like Among Us. It is a community-created version of that official game on Roblox as Impostor, but also on Minecraft as a couple of minigames called Among Us and Impostor. The Roblox game is a version of Among Us for...
Release Date: 04/08/2020
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out, you have to control top-heavy...
Release Date: 16/10/2020
Out Now: Switch
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a kart racing game with a difference - You play on the Switch but use it to control a real-life Mario Kart that races around the floor of your living room. You see the race from the view of the car beamed back to the...
Release Date: 01/04/2019, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
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: 29/10/2021
Components: 3D First-Person
Crab Game is a competitive action game where you play mini-games based on the Squid Game Netflix show challenges. Similar to Fall Guys, each requires you to be the last player standing to claim the win. Here, however, the game has a darker feel with...
Release Date: 15/12/2020
Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
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: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS
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...
Release Date: 21/10/2019
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS
Pac-Man Party Royale is a four player version of Pac-Man. You must be the last man standing to win. You eat pellets to speed up and aim to eat the Super Pellet first to send opponents and ghosts running. There's a twist though, each opponent you eat...
Release Date: 01/10/2020
Super Mario Bros.35 is Mario combined with Fortnite's battle royale online competition. You play a Mario game, but as you score points you send one of the other 35 players enemies and hazards. Jump on a Koopa and send it to the leader on points or...
Release Date: 14/06/2017, updated in 2018
Brawl Stars is a fighting game where you battle the computer or other players in all against all and team matches. You can play as any of the game's 50 plus characters, called "Brawlers", in an arena. The cartoon style lends the game a more lighthearted...
Release Date: 30/04/2020
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: 11/11/2020
Out Now: PS4 and Switch
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is an action-rhythm game. You play through songs from the Kingdom Hearts series of video games by hitting enemies in time with the music with your staff. This makes for a nice blend of rhythm and combat.
Release Date: 23/01/2020, updated in 2021
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Piggy Roblox game is an adventure horror game where you are a police officer trying to survive being killed by a Piggy character. Through a series of chapters, you play in a range of scenarios where you are under threat of murder by a family of evil...
Release Date: 14/10/2010, updated in 2012
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Pixels
Triple Town is a puzzle game where you expand an empire by building cities in a limited space. You combine lower value pieces into better ones to improve your city and make best use of available space. It's simple and quick to pick up but requires...
Release Date: 08/04/2021, updated in 2021
Out Now: Oculus, PC, PS4 and PS5
Traffic Jams is a puzzle party game where you direct traffic in VR using just hand gestures. It looks like a Pixar movie when you put the headset on, but the fun here is controlling the chaos (or often not controlling it). Along with the single-player...
Release Date: 26/07/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
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: 20/09/2023
Out Now: PC and Xbox One
Party Animals is a fighting game where wobbly animal characters go toe-to-toe. Like Gang Beasts, the novelty is in the game physics that recreates realistic movement and impact with a cartoon rag-doll feel.
Release Date: 05/09/2019
June's Journey is a puzzle game where you search for objects hidden amongst the scenery that help you solve a murder. You play as June, a 1920s detective investigating the recent murder of her sister and her husband. Finding objects quickly enough earns...
Release Date: 08/10/2019
Asphalt 9: Legends is a racing game in the series that focuses on fast-driving fun. This year the game adds new cars, a wide range of accessible control schemes, race modes, and nitro boosts for extra speed.
Release Date: 25/03/2015
Breath of Light is a meditative puzzle game where you guide the breath of light through sand and water. With no score or time limits and with all levels unlocked from the start, the focus is on relaxation and breathing rather than the challenge and it's...