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The child watches the parent or sibling play. They don't have a controller themselves, but can offer suggestions and advice to the player. The parent can ask the child to direct them to different tasks or make decisions about priorities in the game.
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: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid, Open World and Pixels
Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is inviting for young players to try their...
Release Date: 27/02/1996, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, Game Boy and Switch
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Pokémon Sword and Shield are role-playing games where you explore a fictional world and collect different creatures called Pokémon. You progress through the game by exploring the world, talking to characters and winning turn-based battles with the...
Release Date: 02/02/1998, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS2, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Open World
Age of Empires IV is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focuses on...
Release Date: 26/10/2013, updated in 2020
Out Now: Switch and Wii U
Components: 3D First-Person and Day and Night
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the latest in a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to...
Release Date: 09/11/2015, updated in 2019
Out Now: GameCube, Mac, PC, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Tomb Raider is a longstanding series that has been rebooted in recent years. This means it not only gets a fresh coat of paint like a re-release but is built from the ground up. All the games feature Lara Croft as the titular hero. She shoots, runs,...