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Tell White Lies

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.

This list includes 25 games from the last 20 years, with 653 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to tell white lies.

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-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 653
 

 

Among Us

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Inner Sloth Devs (@InnerSlothDevs)

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor...

Life Is Strange (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 19/01/2016

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

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

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: DONTNOD Ent (@DONTNOD_Ent)

Players: This is a single player game

This is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to...

The Last Of Us

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds

Release Date: 14/06/2013

Platforms: PS3 and PS4

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

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)

Players: This is a single player game

You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...

There Is No Game

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: There Is No Game (@ThereIsNoGame)

Players: This is a single player game

There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension is a comedic adventure with a strange twist. From the outset the game’s narrator insists that there is no game to play. As you inevitably ignore his instruction you go on a journey through silly and unexpected video...

Last Stop

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/07/2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Variable State (@VariableState)

Players: This is a single player game

Last Stop is an adventure set in London. You play three interconnected characters, making choices that shape their conversations, and determine where their stories lead.

Road 96

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Digix Art (@DigixArt)

Players: This is a single player game

Road 96 is an adventure game set in the 90's in a nation of strict rules and oppression. To escape, you take on a dangerous journey to the border. As you make choices you determine your unique journey to freedom.

Storyteller

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Daniel Ben (@DanielBen)

Players: This is a single player game

Storyteller is a puzzle game about building stories. You use a set of icons to matching what is happening in each frame of the story. It's a simple challenge that gets the mind-stretching as you construct some of history’s greatest stories using...

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...

Mafia Definitive Edition (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 29/08/2002, updated in 2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Hangar 13 Games (@Hangar13Games)

Players: This is a single player game

Mafia is a series of action/adventure game about being in the Mafia. You play Tommy Angelo, a poor hard-working cab driver who gets caught up in a fight between two crime families. You explore a large open city taking on criminal activities to rise...

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...

The Walking Dead (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 24/04/2012, updated in 2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Telltale Games (@TelltaleGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Walking Dead is a survival adventure game series. You explore locations and gather a ragtag group of survivors. How you interact with each of them and make decisions about various dangers results in a branching story where no one is guaranteed to survive.

Gerda: A Flame in Winter

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: Porta Play (@PortaPlay)

Players: This is a single player game

Gerda: A Flame in Winter is a narrative adventure game set in the small Danish village. Gerda's quiet life is turned upside down during the World War 2 occupation of her home. You choose where to go, how to act, and who to trust.

Telling Lies

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 31/07/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Mr Sam Barlow (@MrSamBarlow)

Players: This is a single player game

Telling Lies is from the same developer as Her Story. It's named as an investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling by the developer.

Triple Agent

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 20/07/2017, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: Tasty Rook (@Tasty_Rook)

Players: You can play with 9 players in the same room

Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 22/04/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Y Wainczak (@YWainczak)

Players: This is a single player game

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is an action role-play game where you play a Turnip working hard to pay off a massive tax bill to Mayor Onion. The set-up soon gives way to a series of Zelda-style quests, dungeons and puzzles that earn new items and...

First Class Trouble

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: Invisible 0 walls (@Invisible0walls)

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

First Class Trouble is a survival puzzle game where six players must work together and against each other to survive a disaster. It's a social deduction game, like Among Us, so the real trick to surviving is working out which players are robot Personoids.

Headliner: NoviNews

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Unbound Creation (@UnboundCreation)

Players: This is a single player game

Headliner: NoviNews is a narrative-driven simulation game where you play as the person in charge of the headlines and stories that are released to the public. Each article you approve from your office has a direct impact of the world outside. Which news...

Beholder (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 09/11/2016

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

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Beholder Game (@Beholder_Game)

Players: This is a single player game

Beholder is a detective game where you spy on tenants in a building, discover their secrets and report violations of laws to the authorities. As the game unfolds and you see more of the controlling totalitarian state, an uneasy tension develops between...

Bad News

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/12/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: Get Bad News (@GetBadNews)

Players: This is a single player game

Bad News is a role-play game about building a news media organisation. It's designed to highlight bias in the news by putting you in charge of a series of decisions to build a profitable company. All you do is answer questions, but as you do the...

Sludge Life

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 28/05/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Devolver Digital (@DevolverDigital)

Players: This is a single player game

Sludge Life is an open world adventure where you play as Ghost, a graffiti artist determined to put his tag all over Sludge City. You play in an adult world full of lived-in locations and intriguing characters. It requires some caution, but beyond the...

Subdefuge

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/03/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Ron Carmel (@RonCarmel)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Subterfuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the...

Ambition: A Minuet in Power

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/08/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Joy Manu Co (@JoyManuCo)

Players: This is a single player game

Ambition: A Minuet in Power is a text adventure that offers a historical twist on the dating game genre. You play a young woman far from home, abandoned by the love of her life in the city of Paris. Rather than sorrow or shame, this ignites ambition for...

MP For A Week

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-15 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: UK Parl Education (@UKParlEducation)

Players: This is a single player game

MP For A Week is a puzzle game where you play an MP for a week. That might sound sedate and a little boring, but things soon kick off as you try and survive a week in politics. Like Reigns, you need to balance keeping your party, your voters and the...

Harmony Square

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: wijzijn DROG (@wijzijnDROG)

Players: This is a single player game

Harmony Square is a text-based adventure game about fake news. You live in idyllic Harmony Square and are hired as Chief Disinformation Officer whose job is to disturb the square’s peace and quiet by fomenting internal divisions and pitting its...

Fallout 76 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/11/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Bethesda (@Bethesda)

Players: You can play this with 24 players online

Fallout 76 is an open world adventure. You are a survivor of a nuclear war from Vault 76, which was designed to contain the best and brightest people, trained to re-start society once the radiation levels were safe to do so. Unlike other [link...

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