New Research Reveals Brits Top 8 ‘Desert Island’ Video Games

Two People Playing Video Games

New research from flat-sharing site SpareRoom has revealed the top 8 video games Brits would take with them to a desert island!

Those who are familiar with the BBC’s Desert Island Discs will know that the aim of the game is for guests to decide which eight tracks they would want to be cast away with on a desert island. As a majority of the British public are remaining indoors due to the current lockdown restrictions, SpareRoom wanted to find out what the British Publics Desert Island video games were.

After surveying almost 4,000 flatsharers, they found that these were the nation’s top eight ‘Desert Island Games’:

  • The Sims
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Super Mario Bros
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
  • Spyro the Dragon
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Final Fantasy 7
  • Tomb Raider

Despite all-time classics like Super Mario Bros. and the original Final Fantasy 7 making the cut, of the eight Desert Island Games it was The Sims which most flatsharers would choose to be cast away with. Seemingly controlling the digital lives of others is an ideal way to distract from the reality of being stranded on a desert island (or in this case, lockdown)! 

Britons are turning to the immersive virtual worlds of games in their droves as the perfect distraction at this time, as SpareRoom’s survey found that one in three (35%) flatsharers have already played their Desert Island game or plan on playing it whilst being in lockdown.  

Matt Hutchinson, SpareRoom director commented: “From Animal Crossing to The Sims, video games have become an important way to get some much needed escapism, which has never been more appealing than it is right now. The nation’s eight Desert Island Games are a mix of retro nostalgia and more modern titles. They also reflect the different kinds of gamers across the country – from titles like Skyrim and Final Fantasy 7 to The Sims.”


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