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Looping Stories

Some games are designed to be finished in one go. Others require multiple sittings. But there are some that want to be played over and over again, Groundhog Day-style. These looping experiences are designed to slowly make sense as you repeat the same short period of time.

Looping games not only put you back at the start, but have events unfold exactly the same each time you play. This means you're not only given a second chance to do better, but another opportunity to understand what is happening and what you need to do in the game.

This can be to understand a set of complex systems. It can be to discover the order in which you need to do things to get the desired result. Or maybe it is to let you understand the characters enough to know what they need you to do.

The cherry on the top of these looping experiences is that after many many loops you are able to complete the game, with the realisation that you could have done this right at the start if you knew then what you know now.

This list includes 29 games from the last 13 years, with 275 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to peel back the onion skin.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 275
 

 

Loop Hero

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 03/02/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: F Qteam (@_FQteam)

Players: This is a single-player game

Loop Hero is a dungeon exploring adventure game where you use cards to create a world for your character to survive. Rather than control the hero yourself, you take the role of designer (or Dungeon Master) who use cards to create a world that is hard...

Overboard

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 13-15 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Overboard is a murder mystery narrative game played in reverse. You murder your husband at the start of the game and then try and get away with it. It's played on a ship where the characters are affected by your choices and change their actions...

Hades

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

Price: 25% off

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 fighting 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...

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...

Oxenfree

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/01/2016, updated in 2016

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Night Schoolers (@NightSchoolers)

Players: This is a single-player game

Oxenfree is an adventure game where a teenagers’ beach party spirals into a supernatural story. You guide the outcome with your choices as the well-written dialogue reveals characters coming to terms with family breakdown, death of a sibling, blame...

Twelve Minutes

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 19/08/2021, updated in 2021

Price: 40% off

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Faca Electrica (@FacaElectrica)

Players: This is a single-player game

12 Minutes is an adventure thriller game about a single apartment building. You view things from above and can interact with a simple click and drag interface. What starts as a romantic evening with your wife turns into a nightmare when a police...

Heaven's Vault

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/04/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

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

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

In Heaven’s Vault you play an archaeologist translating an ancient alien language whose decrypting weaves through an unfolding drama. While doing real linguistic work you interact with companions and locals. Your choices can open or close vast swathes...

The Forgotten City

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Mod N Story Teller (@ModNStoryTeller)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure. You explore and relive the final days of a cursed Roman city, where if one person sins, everyone dies. It starts as a bewildering array of characters, locations and information but over multiple goes your...

Ghost Trick

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/06/2010

Platforms: DS and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a game where you play a ghost that can stop time to solve crimes and save lives. You can inhabit and control objects and possess corpses to alter what happens. His ultimate aim is to use his memories to find out how he...

Returnal

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: PS5

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: House Marque (@HouseMarque)

Players: This is a single-player game

Returnal is a sci-fi shooting game played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating...

Quantum League

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2020

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Nimble Giant Ent (@NimbleGiantEnt)

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

Quantum League is a shooting game where you go back in time when you die, to play through the same loop of the battle. You have three lives and so play through the same short gun-fight three times. But each time you have more knowledge about what the...

Alt-Frequencies

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 16/05/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Accidental Q (@AccidentalQ)

Players: This is a single-player game

Alt-Frequencies is an adventure game played by listening to a series of radio shows. It's a story about people stuck in a time loop without realising it and what you can do to save them.

Burly Men at Sea

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/09/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Brain and Brain (@Brain_And_Brain)

Players: This is a single-player game

Burly Men at Sea is an adventure where you play three seafaring brothers who explore the Scandinavian seas. It's novel because it requires multiple playthroughs to discover the full narrative. It has a unique cyclical gameplay loop that remembers your...

Minit

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2018

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

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single-player game

Minit is retro puzzle game where you complete small tasks in within a 60 second time frame. You must dodge or fight foes, cut through the undergrowth, explore your world and find keys and swords. You start from the same place for each of your 60 second...

The Stanley Parable

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 31/07/2011, updated in 2022

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Hello Cakebread (@HelloCakebread)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Stanley Parable is an interactive drama with no combat or action to speak of apart from walking around and interacting with everyday objects. You guide a silent protagonist, Stanley, while discouraging narration plays in your ear. As you discover...

Lemnis Gate

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2021

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Ratloop Canada (@RatloopCanada)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lemnis Gate is a combat game that combines turn-taking with real-time shooting. At the start of the battle, you pick one of your seven operatives for the first 25 second round. The game then rewinds to the start and you go again with your second...

Elsinore

Release Date: 22/07/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Developer: Elsinore Game (@ElsinoreGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Elsinore is a mystery-adventure set in Shakespeare's Hamlet. You play Elsinore who repeats the same four days as she tries to find a way to avoid the tragedy that lies before her.

Reventure

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/06/2019

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Play and Simulation

Developer: Pixelatto (@Pixelatto)

Players: This is a single-player game

Reventure is a running, jumping and flying game. Or, that's what it looks like. In fact, it's a game about discovering ways to die. The goal isn't the usual rescue the princess. Instead, you're on a scavenger hunt to discover the 100 different ways to die.

The Sexy Brutale

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/04/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres:

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Cavalier GS (@Cavalier_GS)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Sexy Brutale is a time-loop adventure puzzle where you explore a mansion stuck in the same day as its inhabitants are being killed off.

Deathloop

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Platforms: PC and PS5

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Arkane Studios (@ArkaneStudios)

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

Deathloop is a shooting game where you play an assassin stuck in a time loop. You wake on a beach while residents of Blackreef island have gathered for a party that seemingly lasts forever. Your mission is to assassinate 8 guests but at the end of each...

Pendragon

Release Date: 22/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Narrative and Strategy

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pendragon is a character-driven strategy game, from the creators 80 Days and Heaven’s Vault where you rally the Knights of the Round Table to reach Arthur before he meets his fate.

Temporal Fuse (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-11 year-olds

Release Date: 20/04/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Dancing Ember (@DancingEmber)

Players: This is a single-player game

Temporal Fuse is a puzzle game where you explore a building to defuse bombs. You only have 30 seconds, but time only proceeds when you move. This forces you to think carefully about each step and interaction. You will die, but each time you have learned...

Treasures of the Aegean

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/11/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Undercoders (@Undercoders)

Players: This is a single-player game

Treasures of the Aegean is a Tin Tin-style tomb raiding adventure game. You are Marie Taylor and unveil the secrets of a forgotten kingdom trapped in an endless time loop. To do this, in 15 minute runs you explore a hand-drawn world to recover valuable...

Zero Escape (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 10/12/2009, updated in 2016

Price: 70% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: Spike Chunsoft e (@SpikeChunsoft_e)

Players: This is a single-player game

Zero Escape, is a series of adventure games that follows a group of nine individuals, who are kidnapped and held captive by a person who goes by the name "Zero", and are forced to play a game of life and death in order to escape.

Katana Zero

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Askiisoft (@Askiisoft)

Players: This is a single-player game

Katana Zero is a noir-styled fighting game where you are a samurai assassin. At (literally) breakneck speed you slash, dash and jump your way through side-on missions. The twist is if you die the game rewinds time and you try that loop again.

Kraken Academy

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Happy Brocc Games (@HappyBroccGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kraken Academy is a narrative adventure where it's your first day at high school. No ordinary high school though, it's a melting pot of wacky personalities and fantasy goings-on: ghosts fill the art department, cultists meet below the monkey bars and...

Quantum Break

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2000

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Quantum Break is an adventure shooting game with action-packed combat sequences. You explore and influence a world where the time has been distorted, make important decisions in intense narrative scenes. Play in punctuated with live action TV-style...

Time Flies

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle, Simulation and Traversal

Developer: Michael Frei 10 (@MichaelFrei10)

Players: This is a single-player game

Time Flies is a traversal game about being a fly. Like the insect's own life, your life in the game is short. You fly through the black and white world with the simple aim of completing your bucket list of whimsical tasks.

Vessels

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/12/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Vessels Game (@VesselsGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Vessels is a narrative adventure where you wake to find yourself quarantined inside an airlock with no memory of how you got there. You speak to the crew to work out who you are and try to convince them not to jettison you into space. If you fail you...

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