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Create D&D Stories

Dungeons and Dragons casts its creative, communicative shadow over adventure video games, much like chess does over puzzle games. Some games try to recreate that D&D feeling with fantasy adventures and grand epic tales drawing on Tolkien-style characters. Others put you in charge of creating the sort of stories that arise during D&D role play sessions.

The games in this list are emergent ways to tell stories. Some of these, like Sea of Thieves and Valheim, put you in worlds that offer opportunities for adventures. Others, like Loop Hero, task you with setting up a challenge for adventurers to take on. Then there are games like Wildermyth and Road 96, that have near-magical algorithms that let you influence and evolve adventure stories by the choices and performance of your characters.

This list includes 26 games from the last 15 years, with 445 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to experience D&D stories.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE 10+ to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Point-and-Click, Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy
Total Likes: 445
 

 

Iris and the Giant

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/02/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 36 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Louis Rigaud (@LouisRigaud_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Iris and the Giant is a narrative strategy card game about a young girl named Iris who braves an imaginary world to tackle her inner demons and face her fears. It's a game about depression and anxiety and shows Iris coping with her life with escapism,...

Wildermyth

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Wildermyth (@Wildermyth)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wildermyth is a medieval role-playing game about diverse heroes and themes. You take on evil in a number of stories, each with different heroes and settings. The focus is on the characters as much as their adventures, who are believable, diverse and...

Hades

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/12/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Supergiant Games (@SupergiantGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hades is a shooting game where you battle your way through dungeons to escape hell and the clutches of Hades. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades and through the game you'll meet many recognisable greek gods like Zeus, Athena and Posiedon who will try...

Sea of Thieves

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 20/03/2018

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

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

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 24-player online game

Sea of Thieves is an online game where you are a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...

Subnautica (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 35% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Unknown Worlds (@UnknownWorlds)

Players: This is a single-player game

Subnautica is an open-world adventure where you explore the ocean on an alien planet after crashlanding. You collect resources and fight creatures to survive. This enables you to establish an underwater base, gain new craft and equipment and explore...

No Man's Sky

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 48% off

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

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Hello Games (@HelloGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game

No Man's Sky is a space simulation about exploring endless planets and galaxies. It invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a...

Outer Wilds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/12/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Mobius Games (@Mobius_Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

Outer Wilds is an exploration space mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time-loop. After 20 minutes of game time, you must start again – but each time brings a new opportunity to learn how you ended up on the planet and solve the...

Valheim

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PC

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

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Valheim Game (@ValheimGame)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Valheim is a Viking inspired strategy game for up to 10 players. You build, survive, conquer, and explore the world. It's popular because it combines strategy of building your town stronghold with tough adventures and encounters with the enemies of the...

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...

The Elder Scrolls (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 11/11/2011, updated in 2017

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Bethesda Studios (@BethesdaStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing games that take you to detailed open worlds with free-form gameplay. The series has sold more than 58 million copies.

Dicey Dungeons

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 19 features

Pieces: Cards and Dice

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

Dragon Age (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 03/11/2009, updated in 2014

Platforms: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Web, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

The Dragon Age series are narrative-driven role playing games with an emphasis on combat and player choices. You play the hero in the medieval fantasy world of Thedas, exploring the world and using your power to stop the impending darkness spread across...

Mass Effect (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/11/2007

Price: 65% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

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

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...

Strange Horticulture

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/01/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Bad Viking Games (@BadVikingGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Strange Horticulture is an occult puzzle detective game where you run a plant shop. While you identify and sell new plants to your customers you discover and influence their interweaving lives. It's unusual because your power is in your knowledge of...

The Binding of Isaac (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2011, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Edmund Mc Millen (@EdmundMcMillen)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

The Binding of Isaac is a series of adventure games where you progress through randomly generated rooms, collecting items and fighting off monsters. It's a twist on the simple Zelda dungeon, with hundreds of enemies, room variations and upgrades. The...

The Magister

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/06/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Nerdook (@Nerdook)

Players: You can play with 0 players in the same room

The Magister is a roleplaying adventure where you play a detective sent to investigate the murder of a fellow Magister. You explore the point-and-click adventure to find clues, follow leads and befriend villagers. But then there's a card game to uncover...

Children of Morta

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 03/09/2019, updated in 2019

Price: 65% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Developer: Dead Mage Studio (@DeadMageStudio)

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

Children of Morta is an adventure game about a family of heroes, each with different abilities and enhancements. You battle enemies and bosses while exploring dungeons within the cavern of Mount Morta and must avoid the corruption as it spreads.

Lucen

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

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

Developer: Lucen Game (@LucenGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lucen is an action adventure game where you play young Lucen, after his village is mysteriously shrouded in darkness and fellow villagers won't wake up. Armed with your sword, bow, and legends passed down by generations, you set out on a quest for help.

Project Zomboid

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2013

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Point-and-Click, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: The Indie Stone (@TheIndieStone)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Project Zomboid is a zombie-infested open-world strategy game. It's a survival game that's designed to be really hard. In fact, the game's tag line is "no help is coming, how will you die?" You of course do your best not to die by looting houses,...

Nobody Saves The World

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/01/2022

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Drink Box Studios (@DrinkBoxStudios)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Nobody Saves the World is an action role play game where you are a formless nobody, who can magically transform into multiple characters each with vastly different powers. You use these abilities to seek and complete varied challenges in order to save a...

The Past Within

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Past Within is a co-operative puzzle game where you solve a mystery by communicating with the past. You play the game with another person, either in the same room or elsewhere, by communicating what your different times and perspectives reveal.

Triangle Strategy

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/03/2022

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Square Enix (@SquareEnix)

Players: This is a single-player game

Triangle Strategy is an action role-playing game that combines a complex branching plot with grid-based battles like Fire Emblem or Advance Wars. It stands out not only for its unusual diorama visuals, but by creating an intertwining story of many...

Storybook Brawl

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Storybook Brawl (@StorybookBrawl)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Storybook Brawl is a fighting card game where you choose a unique hero to lead an expanding team of storybook characters in a short 8-player tournaments. Recruit and upgrade a characters from your favourite stories and fairy tales that take advantage of...

Galaxy of Pen & Paper (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/10/2012, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Role-Play

Accessibility: 7 features

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Behold Studios (@BeholdStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Galaxy of Pen & Paper is a role-playing game about commanding a spaceship crew on missions. You get to design and upgrade your team in a similar fashion to table-top roleplay games, like Dungeons and Dragons. Here though, it's a sci-fi world. It's the...

Roundguard

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Push-Your-Luck, Shooting and Simulation

Players: This is a single-player game

Roundguard is a dungeon adventure where your character is a pinball rather than a normal person. You work your way through different castle levels by flinging yourself around, bouncing off enemies to defeat them and into pots of gold to gain currency....

Shadow's Light - Tale of the Champions

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

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

Developer: 3 Mind Games (@3MindGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Shadow's Light - Tale of the Champions is a role-playing adventure game where you can choose which side to fight for; serve the holy kingdom as a valiant knight, or seek to destroy it as an orc chieftain. With a focus on challenging combat and...

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