FTL: Faster Than Light

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux / Steam OS

FTL is a resource management game. It’s a great example of something easy to learn but difficult to master, and due to the permadeath system every victory feels hard fought.

FTL randomizes events, enemies, and interactions so you can play through over and over and never get the same experience twice.

Overall, it’s a game about managing your ship, giving orders to your crew, and making good decisions in the heat of combat. If you enjoy a challenge, you’ll love it.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Everyone 10+) Yes, this game has ship fires and intruders that your crew has to fight but it’s very mild fantasy violence.

Fallout 4

Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4

If you get bored with games that are purely crafting/building, you’ll enjoy this game with tons of story depth and adventure mixed in with as much or as little base building as you desire.

  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Mature) Violence, gore, and language make this a no-go for kids.

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds

Windows

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  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) We’d rate this one Teen, while it’s quite goofy there is still blood and lots of player vs player violence.

Ring of Elysium

Windows

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  • Simplicity
  • Fun
  • Creativity
  • Affordability
  • Kid-safe? (ESRB Not Rated) No, this game looks fairly realistic and contains blood and violence.