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Space For Loneliness Games Rated Mature (M) and Older

In a culture that often assumes that the route to happiness is with another person, it can benefit us to acknowledge that being alone is not always a bad thing. We teamed up with Courtney Garcia’s Screen Therapy channel to curate a list of games that give us a chance to experience being alone in different ways.

Garcia’s Screen Therapy project employs Positive Media Psychology research to highlight and interpret meaningful experiences with games and movies. “With mindfulness, there are even more benefits to gain from intentional consumption of media,” she says, “games can be tools we use to recover or grow, psychologically, and our time with them isn't wasted if they provide us insights or rest we need.”

This list was inspired by the experience of playing the unusually solitary (and long) game The Longing and the Twitter thread that followed. In it, you spend 400 elapsed days waiting for the King to wake up and living at a slow pace. The other games offer their own lens on loneliness and solitary seasons of life. These games offer us insight into the benefits of appreciating time alone, such as opportunities for self-reflection, self-discovery, and the chance to curate enriching experiences or environments for ourselves.

Some of the games, like Never Alone, Journey and The Long Dark place you in a harsh environment that emphasises your diminutive size when faced with the expanse of nature. Other games in the list, like Thomas Was Alone and Bird Alone offer you the chance to reflect on friendship and the need to nurture relationships. Then there are games we included like Shadow of the Colossus that let you get lost in the vastness of its landscape. Finally, a few of the games like The First Tree and Sunlight invite you to make a connection to other players, once you have come to terms with a journey on your own.

This list includes 38 games from the last 17 years, with 661 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to understand loneliness.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 7 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE 10+ to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: M to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Communication, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth
Total Likes: 661
 

 

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)

Players: This is a single-player game

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture lands you in a fictional deserted English village in 1984. As you walk the streets of another era you discover bright human forms who re-enact events like a radio play. Through their eyes, you see a web of fear,...

The Long Dark

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/09/2014

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Hinterland Games (@HinterlandGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Long Dark is a thoughtful exploration-survival game where you have crash-landed in the icy Canadian wilderness after a global disaster and must find a way to survive. Through exploring, crafting and fighting you must look after your body...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-18 year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

This game departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and the passage of the sun and moon...

Firewatch

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/09/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Camposanto (@Camposanto)

Players: This is a single-player game

Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show [link to...

Portal (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/10/2007, updated in 2011

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Valve Software (@ValveSoftware)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

You are in a science laboratory where you seem to be being tested. Watched by the artificial intelligence GLaDOS, you have a gun that can create a pair of magic portals on any surface: one is an entrance and the other is an exit. Through a series of...

Road 96

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Digix Art (@DigixArt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Road 96 is a narrative adventure where you play a teenager trying to escape an oppressive, authoritarian country by reaching the border. Through a series of vignettes, you experience the most important and poignant parts on an epic road trip through a...

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Ninja Theory (@NinjaTheory)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a dark fantasy adventure, drawing on Norse and Celtic mythology, where you play a young female Pict warrior, Senua. You explore and fight your way to Helheim to rescue the soul of her dead lover. As you play, though, you hear multiple voices in...

Forever Ago

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: 3 rd Shift Studio (@3rdShiftStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Forever Ago is a narrative adventure where you embark on a road trip through beautiful places, capturing memories with your camera and making new friends. You explore forest lakes, dusty barrens and sweltering deserts, interacting with objects you find...

Heavy Rain

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 06/10/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Quantic Dream (@Quantic_Dream)

Players: This is a single-player game

Heavy Rain is from the same Quantic Dream studio who made Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human. It preceded these games but shared the same branching narrative and photo-realistic aspirations.

Alien: Isolation

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 06/10/2014, updated in 2019

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Stealth

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Feral Games (@FeralGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 1-player online game

Alien: Isolation is an adventure horror game set in space, remastered in 2019 from the 2014 game due to its popularity. You play Amanda who is trying to find out the truth behind her mother's disappearance. You explore Sevastopol, a decommissioned...

Shadow Of The Colossus

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/10/2005

Platforms: PS2, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

You play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the Colossus stands apart in many ways.

Hitchhiker

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 15/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Mad About Pandas (@MadAboutPandas)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hitchhiker is a narrative game set on lost highways. Unlike other interactive stories, Hitchhiker is intentionally dense and hard to follow. In fact, your goal is to unravel the puzzle of your own backstory.

Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/08/2013, updated in 2015

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Starbreeze AB (@StarbreezeAB)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an action-adventure game where you control two brothers at the same time with a single controller. After their mother passes away, they must find some water from the Tree of Life to save their father. The controls weave...

Limbo

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 05/06/2013, updated in 2015

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Android, PS Vita, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Playdead (@Playdead)

Players: This is a single-player game

Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...

The White Door

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 09/01/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

The White Door is an adventure that you play by exploring each room, finding and interacting with items and people. Along with its unusual black and white visuals, The White Door is also notable for the topic of mental health and memory loss it takes on.

Sea of Solitude

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/07/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Cornelia Geppert (@CorneliaGeppert)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sea of Solitude is an adventure where you play a young woman, Kay, with such strong loneliness that her feelings turn her into a monster. As you explore a flooded city you discover dark creatures that you must deal with -- by uncovering their underlying...

She Dreams Elsewhere

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Studio Zevere (@StudioZevere)

Players: This is a single-player game

She Dreams Elsewhere is a surreal adventure. You explore the dreams and real life of Thalia, an anxiety-ridden, comatose woman on a journey to confront the nightmares preventing her from awakening.

Disco Elysium

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 15/10/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Studio ZAUM (@StudioZAUM)

Players: This is a single-player game

Disco Elysium The Final Cut is a role-playing game set in the fictional city of Revachol where you play Harrier "Harry" Du Bois who must solve a complex murder. Unusually, your choices and actions not only determine how the story unfolds but affect...

HoloVista

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/09/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Aconite Co (@AconiteCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Holovista is an adventure game where you play by taking and sharing photographs. You play as Carmen an up-and-coming architect who is tasked to live in and take photographs at mysterious mansion. Your job is to take photographs of specific objects and...

Orchids to Dusk

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/12/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Ko Op Mode (@KoOpMode)

Players: This is a single-player game

Orchids to Dusk is a short wandering adventure. You are an astronaut stranded on an alien planet, with only a few minutes of oxygen. You explore the world and discover fantastic gardens on the planet.

The Magnificent Trufflepigs

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 03/06/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Thunkd Games (@ThunkdGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a narrative game where you use a metal detector to explore an old farm. As you do you retread old relationships in the English countryside. You'll find and dig up treasures to share with your friend Beth over a...

Where the Heart Leads

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 13/07/2021

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Armature Studio (@ArmatureStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Where the Heart Leads is an adventure game where you make life-choices and then see their impact. You play Whit Anderson, as he revisits and alters his past, present, and future. It's a game that creates a surreal dream-like narrative, but one that is...

Chrono Sword

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Play

Developer: David Space Duck (@DavidSpaceDuck)

Players: This is a single-player game

Chrono Sword is an adventure game about Aenor, a time traveller attempting to prevent the death of her loved ones. You learn technical combat, explore the world, switch timelines and fight off enemies to discover the secrets of the past.

Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 07/11/2017

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Guerrilla (@Guerrilla)

Players: This is a single-player game

Horizon Frozen Wilds extends the Horizon Zero Dawn post-apocalyptic action-adventure where you explore an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life. The story of Aloy continues as she sets out to investigate a plague terminating...

Vokabulantis

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: The Kong Orange (@TheKongOrange)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Vokabulantis is a puppet-animated running and jumping game about two children, Karla and Kurt, who have fallen in love. Just as they find each other though, the world starts falling apart and they discover they can’t speak to each other because their...

Hypnospace Outlaw

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Tendershoot (@Tendershoot_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hypnospace Outlaw is a puzzle game where you explore a simulation of the internet in the 1990s. Your role is to enforce good behaviour by finding misconduct on the pixelated pages. It's not only a unique piece of historical fiction but because its web...

Land of Screens

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 04/02/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Serenity Forge (@SerenityForge)

Players: This is a single-player game

Land of Screens is a narrative adventure about someone who has had a recent relationship breakup. We soon discover that despite best efforts to keep things private, her shared connected world immediately knows all about it. In her rush to get away and...

Cube Escape Collection

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/04/2015, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Cube Escape Collection is a set of 9 point-and-click escape room style games set within the Rusty Lake universe. As you follow a murder case through the games, you uncover secrets and hidden meaning in unusual places that enable you to piece...

Sunless Sea

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/02/2015, updated in 2020

Price: 70% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Failbetter Games (@FailbetterGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sunless Sea is a sea-faring adventure where you pilot a small steamship to explore a Victorian-era London that has been moved beneath the earth's surface. You take on the role of captain but select different ambitions that determine how you will play.

I Am Alive

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/03/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single-player game

I Am Alive is an action adventure in a post apocalyptic future where an event has reduced cities to rubble. You traverse the country to find your wife and child. It draws on end of humanity fiction like The Road, and stands out for its commitment to...

One Night Hot Springs

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 30/08/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: npckc (@npckc)

Players: This is a single-player game

One Night, Hot Springs is a narrative game where you play Haru, a 19-year-old transgender woman in Japan. She's invited by an old friend on an overnight trip to a hot springs resort. You make dialogue and interactive choices as you discover that Haru is...

The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Falling Squirrel (@FallingSquirrel)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Vale: Shadow of the Crown is an audio-based role-play adventure where you play Alex, a blind princess. After your brother takes his place as king, you are made warden of a small castle on the outskirts of the kingdom. Without sight from birth and...

Death Trash

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play, Shooting and Stealth

Developer: Death Trash (@DeathTrash)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Death Trash is a role-play game set in a post-apocalyptic, horror open world. Humans travelled to the stars, but unearthed machines and killer worms so had to flee into enclosed habitats. You play an outcast in the wasteland with a dangerous burden to...

Minute of Islands

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/06/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: Minute Of Islands (@MinuteOfIslands)

Players: This is a single-player game

Minute of Islands is a running, jumping and exploring game where you play Mo, a skilled tinkerer living in the dilapidated poisoned ruins of an ancient race of giants. You scavenge parts from their strange machines to get them running and clean the air....

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/02/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Dim Bulb Games (@DimBulbGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a narrative adventure game about sharing stories. You travel across the Depression-era United States discovering and collecting the stories of the people and places you encounter on your journey. You use this...

A Plague Tale: Requiem

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS5, Switch and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

A Plague Tale: Requiem is an action adventure where you play a pair of siblings Hugo and Amicia. The story continues from the first game's discovery of the plague of rats and Hugo's latent abilities. Standing out again for weaving the sibling...

Song of Iron

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 31/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Song Of Iron (@SongOfIron)

Players: This is a single-player game

Song of Iron is a Norse fighting game where you explore an ancient, and mysterious homeland. Through forests, into caves and over mountains you seek vengeance. It's an unusual combination of side-on action and beautifully rendered visuals. You must keep...

Citizen Sleeper

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/05/2022

Platforms: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Communication, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Role-Play and Sequencing

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Jump Over The Age (@JumpOverTheAge)

Players: This is a single-player game

Citizen Sleeper is a role-play game set in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism. You are an escaped worker exploring a lawless space station, making friends and (ultimately) trying to escape your past. Each cycle you roll dice and decide how to spend...

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