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Most online games only work if the person you are wanting to play against has the same system that you have, console, PC or smartphone. There are, however, a growing library of games that offer what is often called cross-play. This lets you play with people on different systems.These games are a good way to extend the list of friends and family that you can play with. It also makes it less critical which system you have in your home, even if your friends have a different one. This list includes 89 games from the last 23 years, with 3,324 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play with people on different systems.
Release Date: 20/03/2018, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Sea of Thieves is an online game where you play a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...
Release Date: 28/08/2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Rocket League is a sports action game where you drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It's a game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What's not obvious from the...
Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...
Release Date: 20/05/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Pixels
Apico is a simulation game where you play a beekeeper and conservationist. You explore environments, breed rare bees and release them into the wild while growing your business. There are no enemies, time constraints or set objectives so you can focus on...
Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Fortnite is an online multiplayer shooting game where 100 people compete to be the last player standing. You stealthily traverse the world to collect weapons, out-maneuvering and out-gunning your opponents, while a storm gradually shrinks the playable...
Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Minecraft is an open-world adventure where you collect, craft and construct structures and items. Play involves exploring the world to find resources and good locations to build. Some of the best aspects of the game are less well known; along with the...
Release Date: 04/02/2019
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World
Apex Legends is a shooting game where you team up with a few other players to survive the longest on the island. Play is. combination of shooting, moving around to get the advantage and searching for weapons and supplies. Your mission is to defeat the...
Release Date: 25/10/2019, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Call of Duty Modern Warfare is an action shooting game that recreates the adrenaline of being in a warzone. The games have walked the line between glamorising this kind of heroic violence and recreating the horror of the experience. Either way, these...
Release Date: 15/11/2021
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Halo Infinite is the latest release in the longstanding Halo series of first-person shooting games. This latest entry continues the story, while adding new abilities, such as the grapple and weapons, differentiating it from the other...
Release Date: 25/09/2018, updated in 2017
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Ultimate Chicken Horse is a running and jumping game where you play different farmyard animals trying to get to the end of the level. The twist is that it's you and your friends who build the levels as you play, placing deadly traps before trying to...
Release Date: 12/09/2017
Out Now: Mac, PC and PS4
Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels
Tooth and Tail is a real-time strategy game about anthropomorphic animals. Before each match, you choose a commander from four factions and six units from a pool of twenty. You then use these units to build farms, lookouts and gather resources.
Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2022
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Roblox is a series of games where amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The...
Release Date: 23/02/2016
Out Now: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS
MeepCity is a popular Roblox Game. It's a social game where you role-play a character to interact with other people and customise their looks. Like Toontown Online or the now-defunct Club Penguin, MeepCity is an evolving virtual space for players to...
Release Date: 17/09/2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS
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: 19/01/2017, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
BedWars is a game played on Minecraft (since 2017) or Roblox servers (since 2021). It's a team game where you start on an island and must protect your bed and build bridges to attack other teams' beds. The trick is the ecosystem of items and crafting...
Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Persistant World
Ark: Survival Evolved is an adventure simulation game that offers hunting-and-harvesting gameplay in a primal setting. Although not as polished or streamlined as a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a more ambitiously open world where you can choose...
Release Date: 29/01/2019
Out Now: Web
Components: 3D First-Person and Blocks
Krunker (Krunker.io and Krunker Free) is a shooting game where you compete against online opponents on various maps. As you level up you unlock weapons that help you in the game. It's unusual because you play it in any web browser with no need to...
Release Date: 08/02/2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Rust (also, Rust: Console Edition) is an online survival game set in the wilderness. You explore, gather and craft materials to manage hunger, thirst, health and protection. The preparation is to ward off the threat of bears, wolves and (more commonly)...
Release Date: 10/08/2016, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
No Man's Sky is a space simulation about exploring endless planets and galaxies. It invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a...
Release Date: 30/06/2020
Rogue Company is an online shooting game where players compete in teams to win rounds. You play as one of the elite agents of Rogue Company, each with their own individual set of skills, and go to war in a variety of different game modes.
Release Date: 14/06/2017, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
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: 10/11/2020, updated in 2021
Enlisted is an online shooting game set in historically accurate World War II battle. You play a squad of soldiers and can switch between them as you take on other players doing the same in large online battles. It's unusual not only for its historical...
Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular...
Release Date: 13/11/2020
Components: 3D First-Person
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a shooting game. It's a direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have a Campaign, Multiplayer, Zombies, and integration into Call of Duty: Warzone. It's a game that...
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: 21/05/2019
Dauntless is an action-fighting video game where you play a monster hunter in a fantasy world. Cataclysmic events have released Behemoth creatures that prey on the surviving humans. You play a monster hunter who hunts and kills large fantasy creatures,...
Release Date: 10/03/2020, updated in 2022
Call of Duty: Warzone is a large online shooting game. It's played with 150 other players with teams in squads of 1 to 4 players. As with other battle royale games, the map on which you play shrinks to great intense finale shot downs. This, combined...
Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
Star Stable Online is a hugely popular adventure game where you care for horses, take on daily challenges, solve mysteries and explore a fantasy online world. Originally only available for PC and Mac, it's recently come to mobile devices. Star Stable...
Release Date: 14/10/2021
Out Now: Android, PC and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Get Together is a puzzle adventure where you and a friend explore a strange world to solve mysteries and discover an ancient story. What's unusual is that you play on two separate devices and need to talk to each other to solve the puzzles.
Release Date: 07/03/2019
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On
Tick Tock: A Tale For Two is a narrative-driven puzzle game played simultaneously with a friend, where you must escape an eerie world created by a clockmaker. It's unusual because each player's game is slightly different and must be combined to solve...
Release Date: 29/05/2019
Bad Business on Roblox, is a first-person shooting game. It's similar to Call of Duty and Battlefield with shooting, running and sniping with different weapons.
Release Date: 17/10/2017, updated in 2018
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Brawlhalla is an online fighting game where, like Smash Bros, the goal is to knock opponents off the stage. You do this by using your character's specific attacks to damage them until they can't get back to the platform.
Release Date: 18/08/2021
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Everdale is an online strategy game where you build a village. With the help of friends you develop a society that survives on the basis of savvy cooperation. Unlike other civilisation games though, there is no fighting or combat. The focus is on...
Release Date: 02/04/2021
L.O.L. Surprise Official Party is a Roblox game based on the popular collectable toy brand. You perform tasks such as opening furniture boxes to gain coins that are used to buy items linked to the toy brand, including interactive doll characters,...
Release Date: 09/09/2014
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person, Open World and Persistant World
Destiny 2 is a shooting game set in space. You have to play online as it focuses on grand sci-fi adventures with other players. From the same developer, it takes Halo towards a bigger online role-play experience.
Release Date: 15/07/2019, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
PK XD is an online open world game where you connect with other players as you build houses, choose your appearance and play mini games. Like Roblox, it's a social-first experience driven by ever changing content and seasonal themes. It creates an...
Release Date: 31/03/2017
Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...
Release Date: 16/08/2007, updated in 2021
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS4, PSP, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead
Bloons TD 6, the latest in a series of Bloons TD (Tower Defense) games, is a strategic puzzle game where you use various contraptions to pop balloons before they get to the end of the track. It sounds simple, but quickly escalates with faster-moving and...
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.