Common Sense Selections: Video Games

The Common Sense seal program recognizes outstanding media with an official seal for quality and impact. Common Sense Selections include age-appropriate movies, TV series/specials, and games that have the potential to spark family conversations, entertain families of all kinds, and make a positive, lasting impact. Honoring the best new video games for families to enjoy playing together, this inaugural list of video game Selections features titles with engaging gameplay, fun multiplayer matches, and great experiences for friends and family.

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Gigantosaurus Game Poster Image
Charming, smile-worthy adventure for young players.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Game Poster Image
The island life is idyllic in this latest adventure sim.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
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Beyond Blue Game Poster Image
Lovely undersea adventure with strong conservation message.
Platforms: Apple Arcade, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics Game Poster Image
Collection of classics promotes friendly social experiences.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Game Poster Image
Terrific building game with positive messages and teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2021)
(2021)
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Moving Out Game Poster Image
Fun co-op sim is appropriate for all ages, skill levels.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Paper Mario: The Origami King Game Poster Image
Highly enjoyable adventure folds up fun for all players.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
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Stonefly Game Poster Image
Gripping exploration pilots mech-focused adventure.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2021)
(2021)
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Super Mario 3D All-Stars Game Poster Image
Fantastic must-have collection of classic Mario games.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Game Poster Image
Kid-friendly classic gets fun add-ons for a new generation.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2021)
(2021)
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The Last Campfire Game Poster Image
Utterly charming, brilliantly made puzzle game.
Platforms: Apple Arcade
(2020)
(2020)
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Dreams Game Poster Image
Extraordinary collection of powerful content-creation tools.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2020)
(2020)
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Game Builder Garage Game Poster Image
Get tools to make your own games in stellar design package.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2021)
(2021)
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Ikenfell Game Poster Image
Indie tactical tale has a diverse cast of strong characters.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Lost Words: Beyond the Page Game Poster Image
Beautiful adventure deals with grief, perseverance, growth.
Platforms: Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Game Poster Image
Excellent simulator encourages interest in flight/piloting.
Platforms: Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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The Oregon Trai‪l‬ (Apple Arcade Edition) Game Poster Image
Stellar (and more accurate) reboot of a simulation classic.
Platforms: Apple Arcade
(2021)
(2021)
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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Game Poster Image
Beautiful run-and-jump adventure with environmental themes.
Platforms: Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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Subnautica: Below Zero Game Poster Image
Stellar adventure sequel has fantastic hero in aquatic tale.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2021)
(2021)
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Wildermyth Game Poster Image
Story-driven tales with great heroes, positive themes.
Platforms: Windows
(2021)
(2021)
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Windbound Game Poster Image
Terrific survival adventure has strong, smart female hero.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
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I Am Dead Game Poster Image
Mature themes handled delicately in heartwarming puzzler.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy Game Poster Image
Alchemist returns with right formula for a perfect sequel.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows
(2021)
(2021)
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Demeo Game Poster Image
VR tabletop adventure is the next best thing to being there.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift
(2021)
(2021)
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Falcon Age Game Poster Image
Take flight with cultural tale of friendship, rebellion.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Nintendo Switch, Oculus Rift, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition Game Poster Image
Gripping drama with tough female hero is a must-play tale.
Platforms: Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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Immortals Fenyx Rising Game Poster Image
Adventure stresses being true to yourself, helping others.
Platforms: Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2020)
(2020)
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Marvel's Avengers Game Poster Image
Epic adventure lets players live their superhero dreams.
Platforms: Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2020)
(2020)
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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Game Poster Image
Amazing sequel catches positivity, new hero in its webs.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
(2020)
(2020)
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Monster Hunter Rise Game Poster Image
Combat-focused adventure "rises" as a must-have experience.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2021)
(2021)
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Murder by Numbers Game Poster Image
Fun mystery puzzler with a logical, likeable heroine.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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Rune Factory 4 Special Game Poster Image
Farming and monster fighting combine for fantasy fun.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Game Poster Image
Seamless genre mashup drives strong, carefully woven story.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle Game Poster Image
Green-themed expansion encourages ecological thinking.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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Tell Me Why Game Poster Image
Emotionally charged story invites dialogue and reflection.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
(2020)
(2020)
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