Best Video Games for Non-Gamers


We all know that video games are perfect for bringing people closer together.

They allow us to practice our communication and teamwork skills in the weirdest and most unrealistic of situations. They also let us bit the crap out of our friends without hurting them physically in real life.


It can be tough trying to get your friends to play video games when they are not gamers themselves. They’ll make the excuses “It’s too difficult! I won’t be any good. I don’t like Video Games”

Yet you can prove them wrong.

Today we are going to explore:

The Best Video Games for Non-Gamers

These examples on our list today are perfect games for socialising with friend because:

  • The controls aren’t overly complicated.
  • There is no detailed story so you can play the game whenever you like without commitment.
  • No history of gaming is needed in order to understand what to do and to enjoy the game.



We recently celebrated overcooked for being a brilliant party game. 

Overcooked sees you cooking a number of food orders in a hectic kitchen with small aspects making it harder and harder to complete each order.

Sometimes, the layout of the kitchen will keep changing. Other times, the kitchen will be placed in the centre of a volcano and you have to avoid hot lava as you cook.

Not only that, but the dishes become more and more challenging as you make your way through the game.

Each player can pick a quirky character and work together in order to complete each level. Communication is key in order to complete this game. 

One of the coolest things about this game is that the controls only use 3 buttons! Also, two players can share one controller so if you don’t have many controllers but have lots of people that want to play, there is a solution.



Next on our list for Best Video Games for Non-Gamers is Kalimba.

This game offers a quirky puzzle solver with a solo or multiplayer campaign. Each player controls two totem heads that have to journey through the underworld in order to restore light to the land.

However, in order to do so, you carefully have to navigate your way through meticulously designed levels.

Each player has totem heads with a different colour to help you see which ones you are controlling.

What’s so great about this game is that it isn’t challenging your ability to use a controller. Instead, it forces you to solve problems and to think before you act.

The only controls necessary for the game is jump and move. The rest is up to your patience and problem solving techniques.

One of the greatest things about Kalimba is the price. It is only £7.99 on the Microsoft store!

Mario Kart


I bet the majority of people on this planet have played Mario Kart at some point in their lives.

Mario Kart has been a gaming sensation since the early 90s. Gamers and non gamers alike have had their fair share of mario kart experiences.

Racing around out of this world racecourses, players can choose their favourite nintendo character and battle head to head with wacky items to distract your competitors.

You can also play in battle mode where tactics and teamwork are necessary to reign champion.

This is a perfect game for non gamers – particularly with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe giving you so many options to make the driving and control much easier. Controls are quick to pick up and learn.

Mario Kart comes with so many moments of frustration and anger as well as satisfying victories creating lasting memories.

Portal 2


Portal 2 is one of the best and most successful games created. And it’s understandable why.

Your challenge is to overcome many levels only with the use of a portal gun. You can use this transfer heavy objects, move yourself across the room and more. You explore the derelict Aperture science labs that were once used to test whether human subjects you could safely navigate test chambers.

The game has been celebrated for its excellent story and gameplay after its release in 2011.

The pure focus of this game is testing your ability to cross various levels with little resources making it ideal for non-gamers.

Portal 2 also comes with individual campaigns for solo and multiplayer giving you lots to explore within the game.



It’s almost frowned upon to use your opponents screen in order to get further in the game. Many fueds have been fought just because of this.

However, winning this game purely depends on it.

In Screencheat, you can’t see yourself or any of the other players in the game – all are invisible. The aim of the game is to shoot your rivals the most amount of times and to not get shot yourself.

Therefore, in order to find anyone else, you have to look at everyone else’s screen to locate them and guess where they are to shoot them down.

Screencheat makes for an excellent party game or for any small group looking for quick, simple yet hilarious fun.

Rayman Legends


Similarly to Mario Kart, Rayman has an extensive history of successful games. However, there are more moments for teamwork than competitive rivalry.

Rayman has a wide variety of 2D levels that explore beautifully designed worlds and a variety of enemies.

There are also music based levels that can only be completed by performing actions in time with the music and timed levels where every second counts.

While there are more complex controls, the basic controls that anyone needs to know is jump, kick and run. Knowing those three, you could make your way through each level.

We have many fun memories of playing Rayman Legends along with non-gamers.

The one particular game mode we always show to non-gamers is (the football level).

There is an intense amount of competition as you each fight to shoot the ball in the goal. Of course, this minigame goes against all rules of football as you can punch and kick your opponents to your heart’s content.  Once again, there are only three controls one needs to know to play this.

That’s it for our list of the Best Video Games for Non-Gamers!

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