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31 Great Games Like Penrose

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

Penrose is a text adventure, where you don't only read the story and choose its next step, but can go back into the text to change it in all sorts of mind-bending ways. As the develop describes it, "Penrose is a non-linear narrative adventure game about time, choice, and the nature of obsession."

Unfortunately, Penrose is not available on Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative and Narrative

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Free

30 Hand Picked Games Like Penrose

These are our hand-picked games similar to Penrose. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Penrose, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB EVERYONE 10+ games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)

Players: This is a single player game

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture lands you in a fictional deserted English village in 1984. As you walk the streets of another era you discover bright human forms who re-enact events like a radio play. Through their eyes, you see a web of fear,...

Before Your Eyes

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Goodbye World (@Goodbye__World_)

Players: This is a single player game

Before Your Eyes is a narrative game you play with a webcam. It detects each time you blink and advances the story. In this way you work through different scenes from your life, looking around with the mouse and choosing interactions by blinking. It...

Lifeline (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/04/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: 3 Minute Games (@3MinuteGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Lifeline is a narrative adventure where you interact with an astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.

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.

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...

Bury Me My Love

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: The Pixel Hunt (@ThePixelHunt)

Players: This is a single player game

Don’t be put off by the name and theme of this intriguing game, an adventure played by choosing responses in what looks like a messaging app. You take the role of the husband of a Syrian migrant travelling to Europe. As the game unfolds in real time,...

A Dark Room

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)

Players: This is a single player game

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. The world is depicted with just text but leads you into a dense narrative with intriguing visitors and a steadily expanding world. It has a simple start – a single option to stoke a...

Wordle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/12/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Power Languish (@PowerLanguish)

Players: This is a single player game

Wordle is a daily puzzle game where you (and anyone else playing that day) try and guess the secret word. You get six guesses that must be real words. Each letter is then coloured to provide clues: green for right letter in the right place, yellow for...

Closed Hands

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/03/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Passenger Games (@PassengerGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Closed Hands is a text adventure game set in the lead-up and aftermath of a terror attack in a fictional UK city. You follow five core characters brought together by the same event. It's a branching story that you discover and influence as you read and...

Babble Royale

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/12/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Flantz (@Flantz)

Players: You can play with 16 players in the same room

Babble Royale is a puzzle word game played against 16 other players online. You simultaneously race to make words as in Scrabble. Here though, you do this to inch across the board and stay out of the encroaching storm.

Frequency Missing

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/11/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

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

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: UN Iof Skovde (@UNIofSkovde)

Players: This is a single player game

This is a point and click adventure. You play young radio reporter Patricia who has just started her first job at a radio station. However, strange things are happening. Richard, her friend who got her the job has vanished and someone is tampering with...

Her Story

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/06/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Mr Sam Barlow (@MrSamBarlow)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

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...

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.

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....

Kind Words

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative and Narrative

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Popcannibal (@Popcannibal)

Players: This is a single player game

Kind Words is unusual because of the main interaction. You write letters to real people and receive back encouraging letters in return. Set in a cosy room with soft furnishings and relaxing music, it creates a space in which to find support and...

Ord

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/06/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Joni Tweets Games (@JoniTweetsGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Ord is an unusual text adventure, rather than one grand story, you embark on a series of distinct quests. Whether it's defeating an evil warlock or creating your own world as a god, Ord tells stories through simple series of words and word associations...

Sticky Terms

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/03/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single player game

Sticky Terms is a puzzle game where you construct words from other languages with portions of letters. You rotate, drag and overlap the different elements to create words, once you do you are rewarded with a drum hit and a definition of the word.

Words For A Bird

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 04/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Bart Bonte (@BartBonte)

Players: This is a single player game

Words For A Bird is a short adventure you play by completing sentences. You follow the story of a purple bird. Each sentence is completed with letters from the tree in which the bird sits, along with a clue tile in the middle of the screen.

Typoman

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/11/2015, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Brain Seed Fcty (@BrainSeed_Fcty)

Players: This is a single player game

Typoman is a running, jumping puzzle game where you use letters and words to solve puzzles and progress. You play as a character made of letters in a hostile land with evil creatures. As this unusual character, you make your way through the world...

Buddy Simulator 1984

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Not Sailor (@Not_Sailor)

Players: This is a single player game

Buddy Simulator 1984 is an adventure horror game. What starts as a retro-themed set of mini-games soon evolves into a tale of anxiety, friendship and depression as your buddy makes new games for you to play each with creepy anomalies and glitches. It's...

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.

Kentucky Route Zero (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 07/01/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Cardboard Compy (@CardboardCompy)

Players: This is a single player game

Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realist adventure game in five acts. This means that you explore a deep and rich world backed by haunting electronic music and hymns to unfold a story of unpayable debts, abandoned futures, and the human drive to find...

Letter Rooms

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2021

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Klemens Strasser (@KlemensStrasser)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Letter Rooms is simple anagram puzzle game. You get a hint and a set of letters and rearrange them to create the answer. This starts simply but adds more complexity like turning letters on and off or flipping letters.

Say No More

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/04/2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure

Developer: Studio Fizbin (@StudioFizbin)

Players: This is a single player game

Say No More is an adventure game where you learn to say "no". You play as an intern at a new job putting up with colleagues being unpleasant. The twist is that in this world it's illegal to say "no". Eventually pushed to your limit, you discover the...

SpellTower

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2012

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: Helvetica (@Helvetica)

Players: This is a single player game

Spelltower+ is a word-spotting game a little like Boggle mixed with Tetris. As you play, more tiles rise from the bottom of the screen so you need to pick good words to clear down the letters and avoid any letters make it to the top row.

Choice of Robots

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/12/2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Choice Of Games (@ChoiceOfGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Choice of Robots is a text adventure game where you make choices to affect the story. Unlike other choose-your-own-adventure games here you are designing robots. How you put them together and treat them will change the world. Will you show them the true...

Nanotale - Typing Chronicles (Series)

Release Date: 23/09/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and Stadia

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Fishing Cactus (@FishingCactus)

Players: This is a single player game

Nanotale is an adventure game where you type to progress through a magical planet on the brink of extinction. You play as Rosalind, a novice Archivist, in a journey to study and catalogue the mysteries of the dying planet. Your goal is to gather rock &...

Dear Reader

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Local No 12 (@LocalNo12)

Players: This is a single player game

Dear Reader is a word puzzle game. It takes classical literature and (by removing words, rearranging passages and introducing spelling errors) it tasks you with the puzzle of proof-reading. Progression through the game unlocks numerous works that are...

One Button Travel

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-12 year-olds

Release Date: 26/11/2015

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Coding Monkeys (@CodingMonkeys)

Players: This is a single player game

One Button Travel is a stylish text adventure where you communicate across time to try and cancel your permanent holiday in a dystopian future. You try and save your accomplice, who's already stuck in the future, by making choices and solving puzzles....

1 Game Like Penrose Based on Genre

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

11 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Penrose

If you like the sound of Penrose 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 Penrose Accessibility Report.
 

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Get Children Reading

We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust to create this resource of video games that encourage and enable reading and writing skills.

The National Literacy Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of children and young people who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life.

Video games have significant benefits for children who are reluctant or struggling readers. They give them access to stories through interaction and world building which they may not have been able to read in print. Video games also have benefits for families where parents may not be confident readers, meaning that sharing stories as a family is still accessible to all. The rise of video games on smartphones and tablets, as well as more affordable game consoles has made the sharing of interactive stories easier.

There are different ways that video games create this kind of collateral reading and aid literacy:
  • Reading In Games: Video games offer all sorts of reading at all levels. This can be from simple narrative in a game like Florence to dialogue in a game like Mutazione or even just identifying useful items and game mechanics with in-game descriptions in a game like Zelda Breath of the Wild. Then there are games like Thousand Threads that help players think about the power and the consequence of words.
  • Reading Around Games: Video games create worlds that often spawn secondary texts. This can be official novels that expand the world or guide books that offer instructions and help. Knights and Bikes, for example, has spin off books, a cartoon series and recipes to read.
  • Routes Into Books: Many popular book series, such as Beast Quest, offer a range of video games as an easy first step into those worlds that lead to then reading the books themselves.
  • Communication Around Games: As well as reading, games encourage all sorts of creative output. This can be to contribute to the many online forums and message boards to talk about the game. This can also be to write fan-fiction after being inspired about a game world or character. The Sims, for example, has an avid community writing and creating all kinds of content online.

 

Bend Time To Your Advantage

Time in video games is a valuable thing. Unlike in the real world where it proceeds in a linear fashion, in a game it may speed up, slow down or even go backwards. There are some games where controlling time becomes a crucial and fascinating game mechanic. The best of these integrate your time travelling powers with both characters and narrative to create a compelling experience.
 

Learn English As Second Language

For those learning to read, or learning to read English as a second language, video games offer an opportunity play and interact with the meaning of words. Many games include written dialogue or subtitles of the spoken performances, but more interesting in this context are games that use words and sentences as the form of interaction.

There are games like A Dark Room, that offer nouns and verbs as the means of interacting with the world. There are games like Scribblenauts, that let the player enter words to conjure items to solve problems. There are games like Nanotale where you need to enter words to record items in your catalogue and advance the story.

Other games are also useful to those learning English as a second language as you easily can switch between different languages. Also you can play dialogue heavy games at your own pace as the action won’t advance without you.
 

Branching Stories With Multiple Endings

All games offer you agency. You can win or lose. You can complete them or stop at any time. But there are some games that offer a story that genuinely branches. Where you end up will be different from other players. This not only makes your actions really matter but also gives you a reason to play them again.

Setting aside games that evolve through simulation, or games where once you die it's game over, these branching narrative games tell a story that ends in a certain way because of the choices you made.
 
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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