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Best Creative Games

While all video games could be considered creative, as you are interacting to create the experience. Creative games focus on this aspect of play. You can make something new that remains in the game world, like a picture, character, arrangement of houses, landscape or even how nations are situated on the map.

Some Creative games let you make your own levels, characters, objects or even entire playable games to share with other players. When these creations are shared online they are called "User Generated Content". This content falls outside the PEGI/ESRB ratings and is worth noting for younger players.

Creative games come in many forms. Perhaps you can create your own Platform or Puzzle levels. Or you could craft something new in an Open World. There are Racing games where you can design cars and circuits. There are Adventure games that involve drawing and sculpting to progress.

DetailsGenre Details

Era: 1989 - 2024
Total Games: 264
Total Likes: 6,433
 

 

Stormworks: Build and Rescue

Release Date: 28/02/2018

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Stormworks: Build and Rescue is an open-world adventure where you design, build and pilot your own air-sea rescue service. You create programmable vehicles using its block-building system and pilot them into dangerous situations to rescue stricken...

Townscaper

Release Date: 30/06/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Web, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Hand-Made

Townscaper is a creative town-building game where you pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Release Date: 10/06/2021, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Chicory: A Colorful Tale is an adventure where you play an everyday dog thrust into the role of wielding a magic brush. The world starts black and white but you colour it in with your paintbrush to solve puzzles and help your animal friends. It looks...

The Tomorrow Children

Release Date: 06/09/2016, updated in 2022

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

The Tomorrow Children is an online strategy game where you collaborate with other players to build, explore and develop communities. Unusually, it uses social economics and a Soviet Union-themed post-apocalyptic dystopia as the setting. You play a clone...

Mars First Logistics

Release Date: 22/06/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Mars First Logistics is a traversal game where you build robots to move awkwardly-shaped objects across the surface of Mars. It's a simple concept, but to contend with the cumbersome objects and rough terrain you need to use every tool at your disposal...

Station To Station

Release Date: 03/10/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Pixels

Station to Station is a railway-building puzzle game about connecting commerce and community to create a beautiful rail network. Play is about making connections between buildings to move materials and people around the world efficiently. It stands out...

Dreams (Dreams)

Release Date: 14/10/2019

Out Now: PS4

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Dreams is a creative game where you make your own games and play other people's creations. It's easy to dive in and create something simple using the basic controls, then as your skill and imagination grow the complexity and detail of your games can...

Minecraft

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...

Pictures

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: Bag, Cards, Placeables and Score Board

Pictures is a puzzle game about recreating pictures with everyday objects. You are assigned a picture from a grid of cards on the table and given a set of materials (cubes, sticks and stones, cards) to make it with. How well you do is determined by how...

Game Builder Garage

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Game Builder Garage enables anyone to make video games. Unlike other game makers, this offers in-depth lessons to take you from the basics to advanced techniques. The cute Nodon characters that power the visual drag-and-drop construction, enable players...

Super Mario Maker

Release Date: 10/09/2015

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

Lego Vidiyo

Release Date: 01/03/2021

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Blocks

Lego Vidiyo (pronounced Lego Video) is a music game where you use an app and physical Lego to create music videos to share. The app is free, but you buy the sets that come with special tiles that unlock music loops and effects. You can use the camera on...

Sizzle And Stew

Release Date: 22/02/2020

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Sizzle And Stew is a cooking game where you don’t have to follow the rules. It’s a lot of fun and works well in the two-player split-screen mode. Experiment as you explore all the kitchen gadgets to make a meal, or just see what happens when you put...

Sloppy Forgeries

Release Date: 26/04/2018

Out Now: PC

Components: 2D Side-On

Sloppy Forgeries is a painting game where you race an opponent at copying a famous art piece as quickly and accurately as possible. You win by having the largest percentage of paint in the correct areas. The game randomly selects a painting to copy and...

Colors!

Release Date: 05/04/2012, updated in 2020

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PS Vita, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Colors! is a painting game for handheld gaming devices. It introduces concepts of creating digital art in an easy and accessible way. You take on challenges to draw pictures and can share them with others online. You can also play back your drawings to...

Art Academy

Release Date: 25/12/2009, updated in 2016

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Wii U

Components: 2D Side-On

Art Academy is a creative painting game for Nintendo systems, that leads children through step-by-step art lessons. An in-game tutor teaches you to develop basic art skills and techniques. Along with the lessons, there's a free paint mode with all the...

Pok Pok Playroom

Release Date: 20/05/2021

Out Now: iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead

Pok Pok Playroom is a storybook game, filled with interactive digital toys for children to discover and explore as they scroll through a series of settings. It's for children 2-6 years old and offers open-ended play where the focus isn't on right and...

Swift Playgrounds

Release Date: 13/09/2016, updated in 2021

Out Now: Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Text

Swift Playgrounds (iPad and Mac) is a game where you learn to code. Three characters, Byte, Blu, and Hopper take young coders through the steps of making a game. Unlike other coding games, Swift Playgrounds includes modular lessons from a wide variety...

Different Strokes

Release Date: 10/11/2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Different Strokes is a drawing game where you collaborate to make and rate each other's art. You play by exploring the gallery and then adding to the art. The novelty is not only being able to collaborate on art, but seeing what the community does with...

Tracks The Train Set Game

Release Date: 11/10/2019, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Tracks The Train Set Game is a digital version of wooden toy train sets, without the costs of buying more and more track pieces. You build your toy train set and towns and then jump into the driver's seat and drive the train, seeing your toy world to...

Trailmakers

Release Date: 28/02/2020

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Trailmakers is a game where you explore an open world in vehicles you have made from Lego-like blocks. Build a car, a plane, a boat or a combination of these, a car plane boat. The game's physics encourages players to imaginatively combine propulsion,...

Cozy Grove

Release Date: 19/03/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Hand-Made and Open World

Cozy Grove is a life simulation where you camp on a hand-drawn island. You play a scout and explore the ever-changing island's forest to find secrets and help the local ghosts. Like Animal Crossing, it has a children's storybook look but is a...

Lego Worlds

Release Date: 26/10/2016, updated in 2017

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Lego Worlds takes virtual building back to the classic bricks with familiar figures, buildings and challenges from other Lego video games in an open world where your imagination can go wild in a bottomless bucket of bricks.

Fancade

Release Date: 30/04/2020

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

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...

Scrap Mechanic

Release Date: 20/01/2016

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon and Open World

Scrap Mechanic is an open world-building game. You collect materials that are used to design machines, vehicles and buildings. You start at the site of a crashed spaceship, with just a few items and must hunt for supplies, fuel and food in order to...

Scribble It

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Scribble It is a digital take on the classic board game Pictionary. You take turns drawing a word as the other players try to be the first one to guess it. The benefit is that you don't have to be in the same place to play. Also, there's the added...

Good Pizza, Great Pizza

Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2020

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a simulation game where you run your own Pizza shop, fulfilling orders from customers while making enough money to keep your shop open. You can upgrade your shop with new toppings and equipment to compete against your...

Haven Park

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Hand-Made and Open World

Haven Park is a strategy game where you build camping spots in a national park. You play Flint, who is repairing his grandma's park to attract new campers. It's an intricate open island that packs in plenty to discover. As a game made by one person,...

Paralives

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead

Paralives is a simulation game where you build houses for people and then control how they live. It's inspired by games like the Sims, however, you have complete control over every aspect of the design of the house and its residents. Its balance of...

Viva Pinata

Release Date: 09/09/2006

Out Now: DS, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Day and Night

Viva Pinata is a strategy garden simulation where you tend and care for 60 different piñata animals. Play involves interacting with the Pinata themselves, but also creating the right environment to attract new creatures and helping them thrive. It...

Wonderbox

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks

Wonderbox is an action-adventure game where you tap to build beautiful miniature diorama scenes in which to explore. Like Toad Treasure Tracker Each of these worlds has its own micro-adventure with enemies,...

Ollie & Bollie: Outdoor Estate (Sokpop)

Release Date: 10/10/2018

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Ollie & Bollie: Outdoor Estate is an adventure game in a simulated world. You help Ollie and Bollie, who are two bird-like people, look after their farm in the countryside by completing simple tasks. It may sound familiar but stands out because it gives...

Eco

Release Date: 06/02/2018

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks, Day and Night and Open World

Eco extends the resource-collecting and building of Minecraft by introducing environmental implications to your actions. Using resources like trees will erode the soil; mining might pollute the river; and each animal depends on another.

TerraTech

Release Date: 04/07/2018

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

Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Day and Night and Open World

TerraTech is a construction game where you create vehicles to explore the environment, find resources and craft upgrades. It includes a modular building element where your decisions affect the performance of what you make. Each building block has its...

Kerbal Space Program

Release Date: 31/03/2016, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation game. You direct a space program, staffed and crewed by aliens. It looks like a cute game for kids, but under its comic exterior is a hugely complex and engaging space simulation.

Lego Super Mario

Release Date: 01/08/2020

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks

Lego Super Mario is a running and jumping game you play in the real world with an electronic Mario toy. A series of Lego sets provide special bricks that the Mario toy can detect. The timer starts as you move the toy through the level and trigger...

Nintendo Labo

Release Date: 27/04/2018

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Nintendo Labo is a game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. You get a cardboard pack with the game that folds up to make objects into which you slot the screen and controllers. Whether it’s cardboard steering wheels, fishing rods,...

BeamNG

Release Date: 29/05/2015, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

BeamNG is a super realistic vehicle simulator where individual car components rather than just the driving experience are modelled. Play involves selecting a car and a location and then exploring how the vehicle copes with different environments. It's...

Llama Villa (Sokpop)

Release Date: 01/08/2018

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Open World

Llama Villa is a simulation game about managing a llama farm. You buy a llama, sell the wool and build him a mansion to live in with lots of llama friends. It's a super simple point-and-place building game where you can make the villa of your Dreams but...

Kind Words

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Out Now: PC

Components: 2D Side-On and Text

Kind Words is unusual because of the main interaction. You write letters to real people and receive back encouraging letters in return. Set in a cosy room with soft furnishings and relaxing music, it creates a space in which to find support and...

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