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35 Great Games Like Carto

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Carto and have found the following:

Carto is an adventure puzzle game that is unusual in letting you rearrange the map tiles while you are playing. This enables you to access new areas of the world previously impossible to get to. This can be as simple as redirecting a river out of your way, or as complex as arranging a series of landscape features to trigger a magical item.

Unfortunately, Carto is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Sunhead Games (@SunheadGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

27 Hand Picked Games Like Carto

These are our hand-picked games similar to Carto. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Carto. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Threes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/02/2014

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Sirvo Studios (@SirvoStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Threes is a puzzle game where you slide numbered tiles on a grid. When they collide they combine their numbers, like Triple Town. You can match 1's and 2's with each other, the white tiles can match cards that are multiples of 3...

Terraria

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Terraria Logic (@Terraria_Logic)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...

Minecraft

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-16 year-olds

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Mojang (@Mojang)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...

Stardew Valley

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Concerned Ape (@ConcernedApe)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is as inviting for young players to...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 21/11/1991

Platforms: GBA, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an adventure game in a long "Zelda" series. Like the other games, you play Link, who must defeat an evil force in the land of Hyrule. You do this by exploring the world, killing spawning enemies and finding a...

The Witness

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: Thekla inc (@Thekla_inc)

Players: This is a single player game

The Witness combines maze puzzles in an abandoned world with its own mythology, secrets, themes and story. It’s a game with puzzles at the core, but the real mystery is solving what has happened in the world you find yourself in.

The Garden Path

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: From Carrot Cake (@FromCarrotCake)

Players: This is a single player game

The Garden Path is a slice-of-life simulation game about the small pleasures of gardening. You tend to a world and make it your own through fishing, growing, trading and making new friends. As you do an adventure emerges.

Curious Expedition (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/05/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Maschi Mensch (@MaschiMensch)

Players: This is a single player game

Curious Expedition is an expedition simulation, in the late 19th century. You join historical people to explore a world map to gain fame, science and treasures. Each time you set out the world is different, with unique challenges requiring particular...

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...

Fate of Kai

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/03/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Try Light Games (@TryLightGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Fate of Kai is a narrative puzzle game where you control the story rather than the characters. You discover Kai's story by walking through the panels of a comic book. It's a tale about a boy who wakes in a strange land handcuffed to a mysterious chest....

Playerless

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Wii, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Moon Lit Gs (@MoonLitGs)

Players: This is a single player game

Playerless: One Button Adventure is a puzzle adventure game you can play with a single button. You play a robot in a game who has become self-aware.

Tres Undos

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/01/2022

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Knexator (@Knexator)

Players: This is a single player game

Tres Undo is a hard puzzle game where you move blocks around a maze to fill holes and progress. The twist is that you can rewind time. On top of this the game layers the rewind ability to affect different elements differently. Then there are locations...

Down in Bermuda

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Wii U, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

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

Developer: Yak and Co (@YakAndCo)

Players: This is a single player game

Down in Bermuda is a puzzle game where you are stranded on a set of interconnected islands. You push, pull and manipulate objects to solve puzzles and explore the world. Each one you complete brings you closer to getting back home.

Nira

Release Date: 24/04/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Baseline Games (@BaselineGames_)

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

Nira is a survival game where pixelated characters explore the primitive world to find resources to survive. It's unusual not only because of its basic art-style but because its simplicity gives rise to emergent and open play. Something like a cross...

Bring You Home

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Alike Studio (@AlikeStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Bring You Home is a running and jumping game with a difference. You play a doddery Polo trying to get your pet back by completing various platform levels. Unusually, though, when you die the game rewinds so you can change the level by swiping the panels...

Framed (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 12/11/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Love Shackers (@LoveShackers)

Players: This is a single player game

Framed is a puzzle adventure where you rearrange panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome and timeline of the story. With a noir-detective look, the puzzles start simply but soon get complex.

Imbroglio

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/05/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single player game

Imbroglio is a puzzle game where you take a character into a dungeon and progress by collecting stars. The twist is that combat is focused not only your abilities but the tile you and standing one when you attack. Although each character has different...

Room to Grow

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Mischka Kamener (@MischkaKamener)

Players: This is a single player game

Room to Grow is a puzzle game about movement and expansion. You play a plant that moves by growing and wrapping your way around a maze. You can shift your location by growing into walls which enables you to manoeuvre around obstacles and make room for...

Dungeon and Puzzles

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Digital Crafter (@Digital_Crafter)

Players: This is a single player game

Dungeon and Puzzle is a puzzle adventure game where you move through rooms, using your limited number of turns to defeat the monsters, unlock doors and (hopefully) escape. In a novel twist on the format, the monsters don't attack, they merely block your...

Gorogoa

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/12/2017, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Rebuscube (@Rebuscube)

Players: This is a single player game

Gorogoa is a puzzle game where you rearrange and resize tiles to make a singular picture. It appears to be simple, but to solve the puzzles you need to play close attention to how they interrelate. This Matryoshka Russian-Doll puzzle combines with...

Minesweeper Genius

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/02/2019

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: M Gaia Studio (@MGaiaStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

Minesweeper Genius is the classic puzzle game with some twists and more character. You help Aristotle sweep the minefield to regain his memory. To do this you use the number clues on each column to how many bombs are in adjacent squares.

Twofold Inc

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/01/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Grapefrukt (@Grapefrukt)

Players: This is a single player game

Twofold Inc is a puzzle game where you deliver requests for coloured tiles. You fulfil these orders by connecting the required coloured squares on the small grid. When you don't have the required coloured tiles to match next to each other you can also...

Homescreen (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/03/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Aevox 23 (@Aevox23)

Players: This is a single player game

Homescreen is a puzzle game. You play as a duck trapped in a house. Escape the house by solving puzzles and unlocking rooms. Escape rooms are rarely played from this top down angle and it makes for the unique experience, as if you were a giant peering...

Beast Breaker

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: Vodeo Games (@VodeoGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Beast Breaker is a role play game where you fight monsters in turn-based ricochet style puzzles. You play tiny mouse hero Skipper and must defend your friends from giant mosaic-like beasts that threaten to destroy everything.

Dr Meep

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/05/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Hyper Beard (@HyperBeard)

Players: This is a single player game

Dr. Meep is a matching puzzle game about feelings. You play telepathic psychiatrist Dr. Meep and are visited by different patience. You help them come to terms with their colour- and shape-coded feelings by getting them to match.

Lab Rat

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Dire Goldfish (@DireGoldfish)

Players: This is a single player game

Lab Rat is a tile-based puzzle game with an emphasis on satire. You work in a machine-learning facility where you take on scenarios chosen for you by the metrics-obsessed AI that monitors, profiles, and taunts you as you progress.

Loot River

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Straka Studio (@Straka_Studio)

Players: This is a single player game

Loot River is a puzzle fighting game where you explore labyrinths armed with the power of a relic that can shift the ground. This combines the combat with a Tetris-like tile shifting that alters the layout of each room to your advantage.

8 Games Like Carto Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Carto. This includes games from the Puzzle and Adventure genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

9 Easier Games than Carto

If you like the sound of Carto but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating required.
 

1 Game With More Documented Accessibility Features than Carto

If you like the sound of Carto but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Carto Accessibility Report.
 

Carto is in These Lists

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 Carto in the following lists:

Thinking Games

Most games make you think in some way or other. However, for games are designed to stretch your puzzle thinking more than others. Games that don't lean on reactions or visuals to tell a story. Instead, they offer a conundrum to get you thinking.

I've worked with some people from the Thinky Puzzle Game movement to track down the best little games that get you thinking. "The devotees of such games have been known to smile at all sorts of diverse puzzles and conundrums. Puzzle games, platformers, number games, word games, games with or without grids, games with or without secrets. Easy games. Hard games. But keep it thinky and save your FPS games and dexterity-intensive platformers for another day."

Many of the games in this list look simple and, well, a bit basic. But that is part of the charm. The clever bit is how their design draws you in and gets you thinking.

Jelly No Puzzle
Snakebird
Vertebrae
Snakehole
Tail of the Serpent
SnakekanS
Puddle Knights, Shackle
Snakeoban
Lime Rick
Wriggle 3D
Bottom Feeders
Worm Jazz
Serpent Fusio
Snake Slider, Quetzalcoatl, Snake’s Tale

https://josephmansfield.uk/blog/games-played-in-2020.html
http://www.electrondance.com/the-ouroboros-sequence/
https://pedropsi.github.io/puzzlescript-games-database.html, http://www.clickmazes.com/ps/ps-taster1.htm, https://www.jackkutilek.com/puzzlescript/collection.html and Joel's list of snake games: https://joelthefox.github.io/2019-08-21-Snake-Puzzle-Games/
 

Be A Good Neighbour

In this list, provided by the LTN (Love Thy Nerd) editors, we bring together video games that have the potential to offer more than entertainment. It starts with 12 with a challenge us to be a good neighbour, and follows with others added over time. LTN exists to be the love of Jesus to nerds and nerd culture, you can read more about them on their website.

"What if video games have more to offer than just an exciting diversion into a digital battlefield, fantasy war, or alien invasion? While these types of games are certainly the loudest and most financially successful, there are a growing number of games asking important questions about life, the human condition, and even God."

"Our list is not 'Christian' games, but rather a list of games that pose important spiritual questions to those who play them. These are games that provide us with the opportunity to consider what a truly 'spiritual' life looks like by encouraging us to have empathy for the suffering, love for our neighbours and our enemies, and an imagination vivid enough to contemplate a better world."

Journey's understated yet deep mythology, lack of guidance and mysterious ways it brings players together will have players thinking about the course of their own lives. Dropsy is, on the surface, a silly point-and-click adventure game about a creepy but misunderstood clown, dig deeper and you’ll see this a game that challenges players to love everyone, even their enemies. Kentucky Route Zero is at its core, about rediscovery, of adventure-game mechanics and modernist aesthetics, of a more spiritual outlook on the physical world.

Gris is a platformer about the stages of grief that highlights the indelible impact of our most sacred relationships. That Dragon, Cancer is a game where Ryan and Amy Green share their grief and their hope by drawing us not only into their lives but into the common grace of the Christian faith. Myst, one of the best selling titles of all time, is a puzzle game about the beauty and mystery of creation. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a game about the spiritual impact our most precious relationships have on us. Wandersong is a game about transforming the world with music. Heroism isn’t measured in bulk or recognition but in the melodic tones of compassion and kindness. The Last Guardian confronts us with our own self-centredness and challenges us to give rather than merely take.

Pyre is a game about mercy that deconstructs player’s perceptions of winning and losing, encouraging them to see and meet the needs of those who are oppressed. My Child Lebensborn is a game that challenges players to care for a child born into a fascist regime--this is a game about the power of empathy. Celeste strikes at the centre of what it means to be a person in all of our messy humanity a wonderful reminder that even when we fall, we are lifted up again through redemptive love, forgiveness, and grace—both for ourselves and for one another.
 

Independent Games Festival Awards

Independent Games Festival (IGF) was founded in 1998 to promote independent video game developers, and innovation in video games. It cultivates innovation and artistry in all forms of interactive media. This aims to uncover how games are rich, diverse, artistic, and culturally significant.

It chooses games in a series of categories: Grand Prize, Innovation, Visual Art, Audio, Design, Technical Excellence, Best Mobile Game and Audience Award. This list highlights the games that were nominated and/or won.
 
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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