In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Card Shark in the following lists:
Video games are sometimes criticised for pillaged historical cultural contexts as places to pitch their shooting battles. Many games do treat historic periods or military battles to embellish the visuals with a realism.
There are, however, all sorts of games that use history as more than window dressing. This might be something as simple as accurately creating period-appropriate weapons and uniforms, like in War Thunder
. This might also be offering the player to experience battles not from the perspective of the victors. Or, like in This War of Mine
, what is was like for those caught up in conflict as civilians.
Beyond warfare, games offer a wide array of accurate depictions of different civilisations and eras. Through the Darkest of Times
is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. The Forgotten City
is a mystery adventure set in the final days of a cursed Roman city. Treasures of the Aegean
is a Tin Tin-style tomb raiding adventure game with a surprisingly accurate bronze age Aegean civilisation.
There are other games that introduce historical techniques and tools. In Heaven’s Vault
you play an archaeologist translating an ancient alien language whose decrypting weaves through an unfolding drama. In Return of the Obra Dinn
you revisit the moment of death of 60 sailors on an ancient ship and use evidence to piece together their identity and what happened.
Other game recreate a time periods' architecture and culture so you can explore it first hand. Discovery Tour
is a special mode that uses the worlds created for the main Assassin’s Creed games to offer an historical exploration experience. Discovery Tour: Viking Age is set in Britain and Norway, around 870 AD. It sheds light on the Viking era and allows players to discover more about the history and traditions of the time. Raji: An Ancient Epic
is a running and jumping puzzle game drawing on Hindu and Balinese history. Taking inspiration from tales like Mahabharata and Ramayana you play a young girl named Raji who is chosen by the gods to defend the human race.
There are even games that help players appreciate the scale of history and time. Deep Time Walk
is a game where you go for a walk as you listen to a history of the earth that's tied to each step. The game calculates your speed and distance to match your real-world progress and translates it to a journey across 4.6bn years of time, taking in every key evolutionary event as they occur.
Video games often place you in positions of power, saving the world, righting the wrongs and bringing justice. Of course, real life isn't neat and tidy like that. There are many games where you are challenged to make difficult decisions
and some of those put you in situations without power, where the kindest thing to do is to lie.
Whether it's not telling Ellie the truth about her unique response to the infection so she can have a "normal" life in The Last Of Us
, lying about who's drugs they are to save a friend in Life Is Strange
, deciding not to be honest with friends to save their feelings and avoid confrontation in Oxenfree
or rearranging an old man's memory so he thinks he's made it to his dream in To The Moon
, telling lies is sometimes the right thing to do.
The games in this list challenge our neat conceptions of right and wrong. Playing them, we face the messiness of real-world justice and consider the power of withholding the truth. We might not always agree with the reasons or ethics, but we have a chance to revisit our values as we play.
Video games usually let us step into the role of the hero. Sometimes our heroics result in many henchmen or even innocent bystanders getting killed. But our hearts are thought to be in the right place.
The games on this list, however, are all great examples of where you intentionally ruin other people's days. Whether that's playing the blood sucking alien in Carrion
or just stealing, breaking and hiding things in Untitled Goose Game
it's both intriguing and entertaining to not play by the usual moral rules of the game.
Then there are games where you think you are doing things for the right reason but this turns out not to be the case, like Braid
or Spec Ops The Line
. Or games where the slow drip of doubt builds until you regret your actions, like Shadow of the Colossus
Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.
These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.