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Space For Grief Games on Android

Games include interactions, narratives and characters dealing with all aspects of life (and death). This means that some care is necessary if players are sensitive to losing significant people. But also, games can provide a helpful space in which to process, consider and understand death and loss.

Image 162 I've come up with some games that explore this topic, along with help and suggestions from Gaming The Mind (Twitter), an organisation of UK-based mental health professionals who aim to promote positive mental health within the gaming community. By focusing on the intersection between gaming and mental health, they want to raise awareness of mental health challenges and reduce the stigma surrounding these issues.

"We express grief in different ways depending on our age," they said. "To help children cope with loss, it is important that they receive honest explanations about death, appropriate to their level of understanding. With these games, players may find valuable space in which to acknowledge grief as a completely normal reaction to bereavement."

"The games we have selected don't necessarily offer an ideal way to cope with death but tackle the topic of death openly and with a positive attitude. They can help show the player that they are not alone in what they are going through. Playing these games with young people, and answering questions they might have along the way, can be a useful starting point for important conversations about grief."

This list includes 13 games from the last 24 years, with 159 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to process loss.

DetailsPlatform Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play and Simulation
Era: 1998 - 2020
Total Games: 13
Total Likes: 159
 

 

Florence

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Developer: Mountains Games (@MountainsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a little puzzle game that tells the story of a relationship, following the usual stages of loneliness, meeting, dating, falling for and moving in with another person. At first, the puzzle interactions seem trivial and the game doesn’t change...

That Dragon, Cancer

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/01/2016, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Numinous Games (@Numinous_Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

A game about a family with a young son who has terminal brain cancer. It sounds off-putting and morbid but this living biography invites you to join the family and find hope, faith and love in the face of an insurmountable challenge. It’s a unique...

Old Man's Journey

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 17/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

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

Developer: Broken Rules (@BrokenRules)

Players: This is a single-player game

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 First Tree

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/10/2018

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

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: David Wehle (@DavidWehle)

Players: This is a single-player game

The First Tree is an exploration narrative game. In a dream, you explore a forest wilderness as a mother fox looking for her cubs. Simultaneously, you revisit childhood memories in spoken reflection from two lovers remembering the dream and their...

My Brother Rabbit

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/11/2018

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

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Artifex Mundi (@ArtifexMundi)

Players: This is a single-player game

My Brother Rabbit is a hand-drawn hidden-object puzzle game about an ill sister. As her plight is told through water-colour animation, you play her brother's rabbit and unfold a parallel story in a fantasy world.

Photographs - Puzzle Stories

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Luca Redwood (@LucaRedwood)

Players: This is a single-player game

"Have you ever made a mistake, or hurt people you care about?" Asks the Photographs trailer. It's a puzzle game that aims much higher than to distract you while on the way to work.

Love You To Bits

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/10/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

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

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Alike Studio (@AlikeStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Love You to Bits is an adventure where you tap to move and interact with objects, like classic point-and-click games. You play Kosmo, a clumsy, rookie space explorer in search of Nova, his robot girlfriend. After a fatal accident, all of Nova’s pieces...

Shine – Journey of Light

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Fox and Sheep (@_FoxAndSheep)

Players: This is a single-player game

Shine – Journey of Light is an adventure puzzle game where you guide a ball of light through a world of light and shadow. As you delve deep into the world you discover a lost civilisation and piece together the stories of the past.

#SelfCare

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/07/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Simulation

Developer: Luv Tru Luv (@LuvTruLuv)

Players: This is a single-player game

#SelfCare is a companion game that aims to create space for your feelings. Unlike other apps that remind or incentivise you to take a break, breath or even just to stand up, #SelfCare offers interactions and narrative that create a context for you to...

Fête de Famille

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Atomic Raccoon FR (@AtomicRaccoonFR)

Players: This is a single-player game

Fete de Famille (Family Gathering) is a text adventure about families. About what happens when families get together. It's an acid portrait of a contemporary French family that asks why, how and what are the bonds that tie them together.

Unworded

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2000, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Bento Studio (@Bento_Studio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Unworded is a narrative visual puzzle where you use letter shapes to create objects and solve puzzles. As you progress through the five chapters, you uncover the story of a writer who is in the hospital recovering from a serious accident.

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...

Grim Fandango Remastered

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/10/1998, updated in 2015

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

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

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Double Fine (@DoubleFine)

Players: This is a single-player game

Grim Fandango Remastered is a point and click adventure. Set in the Mexican Land of the Dead, you are Manny Calavera, a travel agent for the recently deceased. After struggling to earn enough commission you steal a virtuous client from a colleague and...

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