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Along with platform games that focus on jumping and running around video game worlds, many games offer more exploration focused interactions. This can be movement around a grid-map to position yourself for attack or defence. Or if can be following a pre-made path in an effort to get your characters home. Then there are games where you create routes and networks to gain points and help other elements of the game make their journeys.Movement-Get HomeMovement-GridNetwork and Route Building
Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019
Out Now: PC and PS4
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Vane is an ethereal adventure in a ruined desert where strange golden dust transforms a free-spirited bird into a determined young child. The premise is not all that uncommon, but Vane stands out for how you soar over the desert and climb your way...
Release Date: 26/09/2022
Out Now: Web
Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels
Kinsplant is an adventure about searching for a fabled artefact buried somewhere in one of the four realms. Play is like a retro adventure game where you move around, fight enemies and hunt for an ancient artefact. However, the twist is that it has been...
Release Date: 31/07/2014, updated in 2016
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
Lovely Planet is a shooting game which focuses on athletic flow and accuracy rather than headshots and gore. You jump and shoot your way through five worlds full of treacherous enemies with your trusty pop-gun. It's an unusual, almost balletic, shooting...
Release Date: 05/04/2019, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World, Pixels and Weather
A Short Hike is an adventure traversal game where you play the penguin-like character Claire, who needs to climb a mountain in a beautiful national park to receive an important phone call. Presented in cute pixel graphics, the game invites you to...
Release Date: 03/03/2017
Out Now: Switch and Wii U
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and...
Release Date: 11/04/2016, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Subnautica is an open-world adventure where you explore the ocean on an alien planet after crashlanding. You collect resources and fight creatures to survive. This enables you to establish an underwater base, gain new craft and equipment and explore...
Release Date: 28/04/2017, updated in 2022
Out Now: Switch
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a go-kart racing game where you race against Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power-ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic but still requires skills to do well.
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: 19/07/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Stray is an adventure traversal game about a cat lost in a futuristic city where robots live. You guide your feline friend in and out of buildings, across roads and generally poke your nose in to see what is going on.
Release Date: 26/03/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
It Takes Two is a running, jumping and exploring game that tells the story of a young girl, Rose, whose parents are divorcing. The girl creates two dolls to represent her parents, which unexpectedly traps the clashing couple in them. You and a friend...
Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Everything is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in...
Release Date: 21/08/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their...
Release Date: 12/02/2009
Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person, Open World and Weather
Flower is a traversal collecting game where you control the breeze across fields of grass and blow petals into other flowers to make them bloom. Flower is simple and single-purpose in evoking the feeling of the wind. What starts as an awkward struggle...
Release Date: 30/11/2012
Out Now: Wii U
Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person
Nintendo Land is a collection of Nintendo games that was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen...
Release Date: 10/06/2021, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
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...
Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Weather
The Alto Collection is a series of games including Alto's Odyssey and Alto's Adventure. Both are action traversal games where you explore beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to...
Release Date: 17/03/2023
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Open World and Weather
Tchia is an adventure where you play a young girl (Tchia) who can climb, glide, swim, and sail around a beautiful archipelago. Along with the usual sandbox quests and play, the game offers an unusual ability to take control (and become) any animal or...
Release Date: 04/04/2017
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon and Open World
Lego City: Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.
Release Date: 20/01/2021
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Hand-Made
Nuts is an adventure game where you play a rookie field researcher. You use your camera, caravan, GPS and map to investigate the depths of the enigmatic Melmoth Forest. As you study the local squirrel population you uncover a strange mystery.
Release Date: 29/07/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Omno is a running, jumping and surfing game where you explore an ancient fantastical world. As you explore you meet all manner of strange and wonderful lifeforms, from cute critters to enigmatic giants. It stands out for the approachable collectibility...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC and Switch
The Gecko Gods is a puzzle game where you control a small lizard reptile exploring a world and solving puzzles. You interact with the flora and fauna, catch insects and visit other animals. Because you have sticky feet you can climb any surface.
Release Date: 22/10/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Lonely Mountains Downhill is a racing game where you traverse a mountain on a bike. Make your way through thick forests, narrow trails and wild rivers. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash all the way from the peak to the valley. You choose your route...
Release Date: 23/09/2021
Sable is an adventure game where you play a young girl, Sable, alone in the world, but bravely exploring ancient monuments, ruined architecture, and fallen ships to uncover her place in it. It's an adventure without combat that calls you to find your...
Release Date: 16/02/2018
Fe is a platform-traversal game where you play a fox in a magical fairy tale forest. The world extends in front of you in stylised form, with trees, mountains and streams glistening with sparkles of life. You run, jump, climb and dip your paws in every...
Release Date: 24/03/2003, updated in 2013
Out Now: GameCube and Wii U
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an adventure game in the Zelda series. This one is set on a group of islands in a vast sea and follows Link as he attempts to save his sister from the sorcerer Ganon. This soon develops into a struggle to find the...
Release Date: 23/06/2006
Out Now: PS Vita, PS4 and PSP
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made
LocoRoco is a traversal puzzle game in a world of plants and creatures to investigate. The novelty, besides the character’s singing and cute aesthetic, is that you control the game with just two buttons, tilting and bumping your characters through...
Release Date: 04/12/2020, updated in 2022
Submerged Hidden Depths is an adventure game where you sail, climb and explore the ruins of a sunken world. With light puzzle-solving and no combat, you discover a drowned city, crumbling skyscrapers and deserted villages. It's the sequel to the first...
Release Date: 28/10/2016
Out Now: PS4
Components: 3D Third-Person
The Last Guardian is a running, jumping and exploring adventure about a boy who befriends a giant half-bird, half-mammal creature, Trico. You work together to navigate the world, solve puzzles and reach new heights. Unusually, you have to build trust...
Release Date: 10/11/2021, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Wavetale is a surfing and jumping adventure in a world of sunken cities, dangerous water and oppressive fog. You play as Sigrid, a young girl who works to restore the decaying archipelago and befriends a mysterious shadow that lets her walk on water...
Release Date: 22/11/2013, updated in 2015
Out Now: PS Vita and PS4
Tearaway Unfolded is an adventure game where you explore a folklore-filled fantasy world that's made entirely of paper. You play by moving around the world, running, jumping and collecting items to unlock doors and fight enemies. It stands out for how...
Release Date: 02/04/2020, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Wilderless is a traversal and exploration game where you are left to discover a fantasy world at your own pace without the usual hindrances. You run, jumping and glide your way around the landscape that unfolds beautifully before you. It stands out not...
Release Date: 24/02/2017, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Legend Of The Skyfish is a puzzle exploration game where you head into a dangerous land, hopping from island to island, solving puzzles and battling enemies. Each arcade-style level is a chance to put your unusual weapon to use -- for fighting but also...
Release Date: 09/03/2018, updated in 2020
Supraland is an adventure game that involves exploring, running, jumping, solving puzzles, and fighting monsters. You play a member of the Red Village and you must discover why the Blue Village has sabotaged your water supply. Your character is a...
Release Date: 28/04/2023
Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is a fighting-adventure game and a sequel to 2019's Jedi: Fallen Order. As in that game, you explore and fight enemies with your lightsaber and force powers, but here you also have a...
Release Date: 08/07/2021
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Components: 3D First-Person and Hand-Made
Boomerang X is a shooting platform game where you explore worlds and fight enemies with a boomerang-like shuriken weapon. Unusually, you can warp to your boomerang once thrown meaning you can slice, fly, and blast through arenas swarming with evil...
Release Date: 28/04/2016, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC and Switch
Components: 2D Side-On
Pico Park is a collaborative puzzle game for up to 10 players where you traverse levels using one another to solve puzzles. It's a game about communication and physics as players work to position themselves to bridge a gap, use ropes to hang off ledges...
Release Date: 30/05/2019
Out Now: PC
Components: 3D First-Person
Get To The Orange Door (GTTOD) is a platform game where you run, jump and shoot your way through minimalist levels. Movement is parkour in nature, meaning that you use architecture, street furniture and other objects to get an advantage when getting...
Release Date: 01/08/2023
Out Now: PS4 and PS5
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
Tren is a traversal-puzzle game set in a hand-crafted world as a wooden train, sailing boats and helicopters. You control points, shunt trucks around, operate cranes and generally move cargo from one location to the next. Like an escape room with toy...
Release Date: 31/10/2023
Jusant is a climbing traversal game where you take a challenging-yet-meditative climb to the top of a tall tower. You use the trigger buttons to hold on and the stick to jump and reach for the next position. In this way you methodically work your way up...
Release Date: 22/06/2021, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is a traversal maze game where you guide Pierre from the bestselling children's books Pierre The Maze Detective to find a route through the city and recover the stolen Maze Stone. Play involves exploring the...