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Webbed

Release Date: 09/09/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Webbed is a running and jumping game with a twist - you play a spider who can make webs, swing, climb and all the while creating music as she goes. It follows the story of our happy little spider on an adventure to save her boyfriend from a big dumb...

Isopod

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Isopod is an action-adventure where you play Winston the Woodlouse. Play involves exploring the out-sized world as a diminutive Pill-bug by rolling, zipping, and slamming your way to your destination. It stands out for bringing insect-style motion to...

Esophaguys

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Esophaguys is a running and swinging game where you control an old person with an extending neck. You move through the weird and surreal stages, extending your neck to bite and hold onto trees and creatures so you can swing across chasms and grapple up...

Axiom Verge 2 (Series)

Release Date: 31/03/2015, updated in 2017

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Axiom Verge is a series of running, jumping and fighting games where you play as Trace, a scientist who wakes up in an unknown ancient world. It's similar to retro games like Metroid and Contra where you explore levels, collect items and progress your...

Nuclear Blaze

Release Date: 18/10/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Nuclear Blaze is a running, jumping and fire extinguishing game from the same developer as Dead Cells. You put out fires and dodge explosions, debris and fiery chasms. Along with its uniquely intricate levels, there are...

The Gecko Gods

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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

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.

Pepper Grinder

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Pepper Grinder is an action adventure game about a hero with an unusual weapon: a super-powered drill. Play is all about using this drill in interesting ways, combining running and jumping with tunnelling through the dirt of the terrain. It's a novel...

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...

Metamorphosis

Release Date: 12/08/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person

Metamorphosis is a surrealist adventure game about a man turned into a small insect. It's inspired by Franz Kafka's books. From a first-person view you run, jump and climb around in unusual ways on your insect legs, meet bizarre characters and solve...

Stonefly

Release Date: 02/06/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Hand-Made and Open World

Stonefly is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of an insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an outsized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and...

Tinykin

Release Date: 30/08/2022

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Tinykin is a puzzle game where you play Milo. You have landed on Earth in 1991 but are tiny. To survive you catch hundreds of mysterious Tinykin who can use their powers to create ladders, bridges and explosions to help you find a way home.

Blackbird

Release Date: 21/04/2020

Out Now: Mac, PC and Web

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Blackbird is a strategy game where you are a blackbird collecting food for your young. You need to scour the forest to find enough insects to keep them alive and them fly the nest (or die trying).

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