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Space For Patience Games on PlayStation 4

Video games are often thought to be about the quick hit or instant rush of dopamine gratification. In fact, many video games take a long time before they are enjoyable. It takes patience and investment of effort to start making an impact in the game world, and in many ways is actually hard, slow work.

Some games double down on this mechanic, using, as Brad Gallaway recently said "using the real passage of time passing as a way to progress the story or game mechanics. Without cheating a system's clock, they're meant to play out over long periods. Seaman was something like a month, and The Longing can be as much as 400 days."

The games in this list are designed to be played slowly over a large number of days. This includes games like Animal Crossing, which requires regular visits at particular times of day to progress your island. But it also includes games like The Longing, that test the player's willingness to wait long periods of time and limit their ability to accelerate progress. Or there are games you can play quickly, but require the real passage of time for certain aspects, like Nier Replicant, forcing you to wait 24 real hours between planting a crop and harvesting it

This list includes 17 games from the last 12 years, with 82 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play slow games in real-time.

DetailsPlatform Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth and Strategy
Era: 2010 - 2022
Total Games: 17
Total Likes: 82
 

 

Cozy Grove

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 19/03/2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Spry Fox (@SpryFox)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cosy Grove is a life-simulation where you camp on a hand-drawn island. You play a scout and explore the ever changing island's forest to find secrets and help the local ghosts. Like Animal Crossing, it has a children's story-book look, but is a...

Nier: Automata

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 23/02/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Nie R Game (@NieRGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Nier: Automata is a role-playing game, that span off from the Drakengard series. It's set in an alternate future where there is a war between alien machines and human androids. But this isn't a game about winning the war. It's more focused on the plight...

Wytchwood

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/12/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 43 features

Developer: Alientrap Games (@AlientrapGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wytchwood is an adventure in a land of gothic fables and fairytales. You are an old witch of the woods and must explore the countryside, collect magical ingredients and brew enchantments. That much is relatively common, here though, your role is to pass...

Far From Noise

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/11/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Developer: George Batch (@GeorgeBatch)

Players: This is a single-player game

Far From Noise is a narrative game where you play a car balancing on the edge of a cliff. You meet multiple animals that act as spiritual guides and discuss what it means to balance between life and death. When talking, you get the choice of two phrases...

Lemnis Gate

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2021

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...

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...

Lushfoil Photography Sim

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Creative, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Cavesrd (@Cavesrd)

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

Lushfoil Photography Sim is an adventure where you explore and photograph vast faithfully recreated landscapes. While some other games offer the chance to pause and take a picture, Lushfoil doubles-down on the process, art and tranquility of photography.

Bridge Constructor (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/12/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: BC Franchise (@BC_Franchise)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Bridge Constructor games are a series of physics-based building challenges to make stable bridges over chasms and ravines. While it's a simple concept, the variety of locations and different geometry means that building a stable bridge requires...

VVVVVV

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2010, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Web and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)

Players: This is a single-player game

VVVVVV is a running and jumping game, without the jumping. Not having the ability to jump may seem a disadvantage, but instead you can flip your character from walking on the floor to walking on the ceiling. With this ability, puzzle your way through...

140

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 16/10/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Carlsen Games (@CarlsenGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

140 is a sliding, rolling and jumping game where you control a changing geometric shape to traverse a minimalist world. It's challenging for the timed jumps and reactions but keeps distractions to a minimum with its abstract colorful graphics.

A Puzzle in Time (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/02/2021, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Players: This is a single-player game

A Puzzle in Time is a puzzle game set in a laboratory. Your task is to escape the room and prove time travel is possible by solving puzzles set over four different years. Inspired by games like Portal and The Witness this short but challenging game has...

Aaero

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Mad Fellows Games (@MadFellowsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Aaero is a rhythm game where you control a spacecraft with one stick and target with the other. At times it's like flying an X-Wing on a trench run while at others it's like soaring high and free targeting enemies in a Starfox game. It's an on-rails...

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 27/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Stealth and Strategy

Developer: Panache D Games (@PanacheDGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a survival adventure. But rather than controlling a specific character, you guide an entire lineage of primates trying to survive in prehistoric Africa and facilitate its evolution. It's unusual not only for this...

Cubric (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2019, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: V Vander Media (@VVanderMedia)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cubric is a puzzle game where you play a robot trapped inside a maze. Unusually, the maze is three dimensions and made up of six moveable cubes. To escape you turn and twist the cubes in three dimensions to match up paths, avoid hazards, and enable your...

Draw! (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/03/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Creative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Players: This is a single-player game

Draw! is a puzzle game where you draw your own platforms in order to get a stick figure to run and jump through the level to an exit. It is designed to look like drawings on a notepad with you as the artist.

The Jump Yard (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/03/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Entropy Tamed (@EntropyTamed)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Jump Yard is a platform puzzle game. You control a stickman that you can fire into the air at different angles. The aim is to land them on their feet on one of the 55 spots within the junkyard. A simple, but unique premise that is much harder than...

Wibble Wobble (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/01/2022, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Entropy Tamed (@EntropyTamed)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wibble Wobble is a running and balancing game. A bit like a super-hard egg-and-spoon race, you manoeuvre a bowl through a timed obstacle course while balancing a ball inside. The twist is that the bowl can pass through some obstacles that the ball...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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