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36 Great Games Like Gone Home

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

Gone Home places you in the role of Katie, returning from overseas to her family home. But the house is deserted and by exploring the rooms you piece together what happened to her sister, Sam. It’s a mystery to solve, but a common one of family disagreements, identity and sexual preferences.

Unfortunately, Gone Home is not available on Android or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/08/2013, updated in 2016

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

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Fullbright Games (@FullbrightGames)

Costs: Purchase cost

24 Hand Picked Video Games Like Gone Home

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Gone Home. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Gone Home, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16 or ESRB MATURE 17+ games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Lake

Release Date: 01/09/2021

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

Lake is a narrative adventure where you play Meredith Weiss on a career break in 1986 while she returns to her hometown and ends up delivering the mail. As you talk to locals, meet up with old school friends and even fan a few romantic flames from your...

Dear Esther

Release Date: 14/02/2012, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

In Dear Esther you explore an uninhabited Hebridean island while an old man reads a series of letters to his eponymous deceased wife. Themes of love, loss, guilt and redemption intertwine with the bleak geography and orchestral music. As you explore the...

Eliza

Release Date: 10/10/2019

Platforms: PC and Switch

Eliza is an interactive narrative where you play Evelyn, a young woman burnt out from the pressures of a high-tech job. She now works for a virtual counselling service called Eliza, that guides counsellors to provide the ideal response to patients.

Paradise Killer

Release Date: 04/09/2020

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

Paradise Killer is a detective game set in the open world of Paradise Island. It's a strange place with quirky characters and an alien obsessed, demon worshiping world. You are an exiled investigator brought back to solve the mass murder of the island's...

Firewatch

Release Date: 20/09/2016

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

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show [link to...

Open Roads

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Open Roads is an adventure game about a girl who finds out that her grandma has a different past than she thought. The girl and her mother go on a journey to look deeper into her grandma's life by revisiting abandoned family properties and looking...

Life Is Strange (Series)

Release Date: 19/01/2016

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

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...

What Remains of Edith Finch

Release Date: 18/04/2017, updated in 2022

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

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Edith Finch is the surviving member of the Finch family, who seem to have died from a curse. In first-person perspective, you return to the family’s coastal home to learn about each relative’s final hours by exploring their rooms in turn.

To The Moon

Release Date: 10/11/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

To the Moon is a story-adventure following two doctors trying to fulfil a dying man's last wish to go to the moon. With only a few ways to interact with the game, you control the doctors, exploring and solving puzzles to reconstruct the dying man's...

Her Story

Release Date: 24/06/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Solve the 1994 mystery of a murdered man by searching an old police computer archive of interview videos of his wife. The game presents a retro computer interface but the interviews themselves are short films with real actors. Although there are only...

LOCK (Dreams)

Release Date: 17/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

LOCK is a puzzle game about escaping rooms. LOCK stands for Logic Operated Combination Keep, referring to a digital password protected door lock. You must discover secret four letter word clues by exploring each space, in order to unlock panels, collect...

Fractured Minds

Release Date: 14/11/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Fractured Minds is a short game that explores the implications of living with mental illness. It aims to promote awareness and empathy for these issues. You explore everyday spaces that behave in strange and sometimes disturbing ways. To progress, you...

The Walking Dead (Series)

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

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

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.

Tacoma

Release Date: 24/04/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Tacoma is set aboard a space station in the year 2088. As you explore you can discover how the station’s crew lived and worked, using an AR device that lets you review past actions and conversations, you discover clues that unravel a plot of trust,...

Adios

Release Date: 17/03/2021

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Adios is a narrative game about a farmer with a deal-gone-bad with a crime family. Although the setting and scenario are macabre and could be pulled from shows like Ozark and Breaking Bad, the understated atmosphere and sombre tone powerfully...

Rivals

Release Date: 21/09/2020

Platforms: PC

Rivals is a puzzle game where you piece together the story of Josh and Luke and the breakup of their band. Playing detective, similarly to Return of the Obra Dinn, but rather than murder it's musical betrayal you are sleuthing here. You inspect sources,...

One Night Hot Springs

Release Date: 30/08/2018

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

One Night, Hot Springs is a narrative game where you play Haru, a 19-year-old transgender woman in Japan. She's invited by an old friend on an overnight trip to a hot springs resort. You make dialogue and interactive choices as you discover that Haru is...

The Wreck

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

The Wreck is a narrative game where you play Junon, a mother at a crossroads. She's 36 but her career has stalled, she's emotionally numb, and her personal life is falling apart. It's not unfamiliar territory for a video game these days, but The Wreck...

Please Knock On My Door

Release Date: 07/09/2017

Platforms: PC

Please Knock on My Door is a narrative puzzle about someone suffering from depression and social anxiety. By making choices you help them get through work and reach out to friends. But more than the mechanics of self-care, the game engages with the...

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Release Date: 26/09/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a narrative mystery game about Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter saying he is in danger. It turns out that Ethan vanished in the wake of a brutal murder. You...

A Walk With Yiayia

Release Date: 20/08/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

A Walk with Yiayia is an adventure game where you go on a walk with your Greek grandmother after she's lost her confidence from having a fall. You reassure her and connect with conversation and help her complete small quests in a relaxing neighbourhood.

Ghost on the Shore

Release Date: 24/02/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Ghost on the Shore is a narrative adventure about emotional and community ties that last after people pass away. You encounter a headstrong ghost who urges you to investigate an island with a tragic secret. Choices in dialogue shape the bond between the...

Marie's Room

Release Date: 13/04/2018

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Marie's Room is a short narrative game where you revisit an unconventional friendship between two classmates. You play as Kelsey, exploring Marie's room as it was twenty years ago. But as you do, a story unfolds where something is not quite right and...

Blackhaven

Release Date: 27/07/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Blackhaven is a narrative adventure where you play a college intern at Blackhaven Hall, a historic mansion burned down during the American Revolution. Play involves exploring the building and discovering a trail of secrets and misdeeds that span centuries.

14 Video Games Like Gone Home Based on Genre

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

9 Easier Video Games than Gone Home

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

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Gaming 101: Narrative Games

In this series, we are learning how different aspects of video games work by playing games that offer an easy introduction to this one concept. This is designed for people new to gaming, and aims to identify games with the least barriers. In this entry we are looking at Narrative games.

Narrative video games focus on telling a story about characters, worlds and themes. Learning from the power of books and films, these games string together interactions not for excitement or competition but for storytelling beats. The best examples intertwine gameplay and storytelling, rather than interspersing short films ("Cut Scenes) between levels.

Games can use Adventure, Action and Role-Playing to communicate elements of story to players. Less obviously, games can also communicate narrative through how they Simulate the world, what needs solving in Puzzles or even the Strategies players need to employ.

The narrative of video games is not usually told (like in books) or shown (like in films) but overheard. Half caught sentences from passing characters. The architecture of the buildings. The way that levers and buttons interact. How other characters (and the world itself sometimes) reacts to your presence. What is broken in the space the game creates, and how/if it can be fixed.
 

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 

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.
 

Games for Change Awards

Games for Change is a charity that aims to empower game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games and immersive media. These might be games that inspire youth to explore civic issues, learn science skills or look after mental health.

Each year Change Awards celebrates games for social impact and learning through their awards. All awards are competitive, and submissions are reviewed through a rigorous evaluation process by expert jurors. Games that win demonstrate creativity and embrace experimentation to break conventions of form or concept in a manner that may pave new ways for the sector.

This includes:
  • Best Gameplay: Recognizes games that demonstrate highly compelling, polished and engaging gameplay and which incorporate gameplay mechanics that align with and reinforce the intended impact goals of the project.
  • Best Learning: Recognizes games that offer meaningful engagement around intended learning objectives, and successfully balance the ‘learning’ with fun, engaging gameplay.
  • Significant Impact: Recognizes games that target specific social issues with proven outcomes/actions.

 
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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