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32 Great Games Like Wayward Strand

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

Wayward Strand is a narrative game about Casey Beaumaris, intrepid teenage journalist. You visit an airborne hospital, uncover the airship's mysteries, and explore the lives of its inhabitants. It's a Tin-Tin-style point-and-click adventure with a complex branching story to investigate.

Unfortunately, Wayward Strand is not available on Android, Mac or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/09/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

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

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Ghost Pattern (@GhostPattern)

Costs: Purchase cost

16 Hand Picked Video Games Like Wayward Strand

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

Wildermyth

Release Date: 15/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Wildermyth is a medieval role-playing game about diverse heroes and themes. You take on evil in a number of stories, each with different heroes and settings. The focus is on the characters as much as their adventures, who are believable, diverse and...

Overboard

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Overboard is a murder mystery narrative game played in reverse. You murder your husband at the start of the game and then try and get away with it. It's played on a ship where the characters are affected by your choices and change their actions...

Elsinore

Release Date: 22/07/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

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.

Old Man's Journey

Release Date: 17/05/2017

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Old Man’s Journey is a game about memory and old age. You help a grandfather-figure traverse the countryside by raising and lowering the landscape. Along the way he visits places that evoke the story of his life: a wife, a child and a love of the sea.

The Forgotten City

Release Date: 28/07/2021

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

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure. You explore and relive the final days of a cursed Roman city, where if one person sins, everyone dies. It starts as a bewildering array of characters, locations and information but over multiple goes your...

The Stillness of the Wind

Release Date: 07/02/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

In The Stillness of the Wind you are an old woman who looks after a dilapidated farm. Over the course of a few hours, no matter what your efforts, the farm falls apart as you learn about the woman’s family and have the chance to ruminate on her...

Love - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories

Release Date: 21/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Love - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories is a puzzle game about regret. You interact with and explore a single apartment building. As you do you learn about the lives of the people that live there. You can manipulate the building to move floors between...

Stories of Blossom

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Stories of Blossom is a narrative point-and-click game where you play Clara as her grandfather tells her stories. In each story you take on a different character and go on adventures as you solve puzzles.

Beyond Eyes

Release Date: 04/08/2015

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Beyond Eyes is game about a blind girl, Rae, who uses her senses to visualize the world around her. As you play, the game only shows you parts of the world you can hear. This means you can see immediately around you, and further away if things are...

Embracelet

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Embracelet is an adventure game, where you use a magical bracelet to interact with objects and solve puzzles. As you explore the fishing community, make friends and solve puzzles, you subtlety affect the outcome of the story.

Time Loader

Release Date: 03/11/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Time Loader is a rolling, climbing, jumping robot puzzle game where you have travelled back in time to prevent a tragic accident. With a Back To The Future 90s vibe, you control a rover-style robot and use various tools and features to navigate the...

Minute of Islands

Release Date: 13/06/2021

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

Minute of Islands is a running, jumping and exploring game where you play Mo, a skilled tinkerer living in the dilapidated poisoned ruins of an ancient race of giants. You scavenge parts from their strange machines to get them running and clean the air....

Pendragon

Release Date: 22/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Pendragon is a character-driven strategy game, from the creators 80 Days and Heaven’s Vault where you rally the Knights of the Round Table to reach Arthur before he meets his fate.

Triangle Strategy

Release Date: 04/03/2022

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Triangle Strategy is an action role-playing game that combines a complex branching plot with grid-based battles like Fire Emblem or Advance Wars. It stands out not only for its unusual diorama visuals, but by creating an intertwining story of many...

Roguebook

Release Date: 06/06/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Pieces: Cards

Roguebook is a fighting game where you build a deck of heroes to go on an adventure. Drawing on Slay The Spire style battles, but with a world to explore and discover shops, relics, new cards and power-ups.

I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

Release Date: 25/08/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

I Was a Teenage Exocolonist is a narrative game about growing through teenage years on an alien planet. It's played by making choices about who to help or which skills to master over the ten years. This determines the course of your life on the colony...

1 Board Game Alternative to Wayward Strand

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

16 Video Games Like Wayward Strand Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Wayward Strand. This includes games from the Simulation, Puzzle, Point-and-Click and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

4 Easier Video Games than Wayward Strand

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

4 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Wayward Strand

If you like the sound of Wayward Strand 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 Wayward Strand Accessibility Report.
 

Wayward Strand 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 Wayward Strand in the following lists:

Miss the Queue? Wait Here

In September 2022 there were huge queues along the banks of the River Thames as people waited to pay their respects to the Queen. The queue became something of a phenomenon, with its own website, toilets, water points. Some people waited more than 24 hours as they slowly walked the 10 miles.

The experience of queuing for something is quintessentially British, although no one seems to be able to put their finger on why. When we Brits see a queue there is the urge to join it, even before we know what the queue is for. Perhaps, living on our crowded little islands makes us wary of missing out.

These video games lean into this idea of waiting a long time for something you need. This might be daylight in a game like The Longing where you literally have to wait hundreds of days before you can escape your underground dwelling. Or it can be something like Bird Alone, where you make conversation with the other creature who is waiting with you, in this case a friendly parrot. Or maybe you wait with other people slowly recovering in hospital, in a game like Wayward Strand, who appreciate the company.

These games all share a common disempowerment of the player. There's little you can do to move the clock forwards or progress time, apart from being willing to wait and find patience.
 

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.
 

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.

 

The Great Australian Video Game

These are games made by Australian game developers. Some have featured in the Australian Game Developer Awards, but others we have found by researching Australian developers online with the help of the IGEA.

The list includes games originally made in Australia as well as HD versions and re-releases worked on by Australian game development studios.
 

Game Time Uses Real World Clock

Video games create fantasy space in which we play. These are often enjoyable because they are an escape from everyday life. Some, however, want to become a part of our day. One way they do this is to make things happen in the game in accordance with the time (and sometimes date) in the real world.

This can be games like The Longing or Animal Crossing that tie events in the game with the passing of real world time. Maybe you have to wait for a certain number of hours, or maybe you need to come back at a certain time of day. Either way, your in-game play is linked to the real world by the hands of time.

Other games use the real clock to reward you for not playing. Neo: The World Ends With You for example, offers certain types of pins (upgrades) that level up the longer the game has been off. Games like Pokemon have creatures that change form based on the season on your DS clock. Cozy Grove is synced to real world time, and provides 30-60 minutes of new quest content each day.

Mario Party 6 has certain mini-games and game boards that are different in day and night. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker's start-up screen varies depending on the time of day you were playing. In Simpsons Hit and Run, during Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year in the real world you get game characters dressed up in a special outfit. Simpsons Hit and Run also has a different start screen depending on whether it's Christmas or another holiday. Finally, how about Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP that uses the real world lunar cycle so that certain puzzles can only be completed during a full moon, and other elements only during a new moon.

This is a novel thing for games to do. It's also quite useful for families as it means you are usually limited in what you can do in a game in any one day. These games encourage players to pop in for 30 minutes or do, do their tasks for the day, and then leave until tomorrow.
 
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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