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-centeredness 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.
Platforms: Mac and PC
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.
Costs: Purchase cost.
Sunset tasks you with cleaning a large apartment in a fictional 1970s South American city. But outside the apartment, there is unrest and rioting. The chaos of the country and the repetitive daily chores grate against one another to create a meditative...
Signs of the Sojourner
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle
Signs of the Sojourner, an introspective narrative where you interact with characters by solving puzzles with cards that represent emotions. It's a coming-of-age story set in the near-future and explores how relationships form, break, and mend in the...
Change: A Homeless Survival Experience
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Simulation and Strategy
Change is a survival game where you play a homeless person trying to make it against the odds. It's intentionally hard to do well as you explore an endless city that's different every time you play.
Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Narrative and Puzzle
Duration: Between 2 hours and 2 and a half hours to complete.
Winding Worlds is a colourful puzzle game played in a mythic world where you solve your way through the afterlife. The characters you meet don't always want to help, but you can help them deal with their problems and find peace. The puzzles are logic...
Toem is a small adventure about helping peoeple. You play a small figure travelling through black and white, hand drawn, scandinavian-style landscapes. As you encounter characters and architectural environments you hear about the problems people have...
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must face and overcome the spirits of the past and discover the secrets of this overgrown...
Platforms: PC and Xbox One
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World
Sable is an adventure game where you play a young girl, Sable, alone in the world, but bravely exploring ancient monuments, ruined architecture, and fallen ships to uncover her place in it.
That Dragon, Cancer
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Genres: Adventure and Narrative
Duration: Between 105 minutes and 3 hours to complete.
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...
Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make...
Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Narrative and Rhythm
Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
This is a game on the Wii about catching. It's created by Prope, who made the Sonic the Hedgehog games. You use the Wii Remote controller to motion a catch or a throw to a player in the game. The challenge is to learn how to press the button just right...
Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii
Genres: Open World and Simulation
Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.
Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.
You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected minutiae of this diorama that makes...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Pikuniku is an adventure where you play a red creature, Piku, on a mission to harvest the colourful world's resources. You interact with different objects to trigger switches and open doors. You can also lasso your legs to swing from hooks or curl into...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC
Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation
Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.
Koral is a diving exploration game where you play the sea current. This sounds a little odd, playing a flow of energy, but works brilliantly.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Simulation
Duration: Between 28 hours and 30 hours to complete.
Spiritfarer is a boat building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.
Platforms: Android, PC and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.
Lumino City is a puzzle adventure game in a hand made world. This is not unusual for a video game, but this world was literally made by hand in a physical studio and then filmed. It creates a unique experience that feels like you are poking around a...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Adventure and Puzzle
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...
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4 and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Creative and Narrative
Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.
In Mutazione you play as a 15-year-old girl visiting her grandfather on a faraway island inhabited by friendly but mutated villagers. By finding seeds, tending to gardens and talking to people, you uncover a tightly knit web of characters with...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform
Duration: Between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.
Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...
One Hour One Life
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 1 hour and 1 hour to complete.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online.
This is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you can soon fend...
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and iOS
Duration: Between 2 and a half hours and 5 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2 players online.
This is an adventure in a desert. Exploring the eerie sandscape, you discover a world abandoned by the race that created it. The sense of space and scale evokes feelings of aloneness and being lost. But then the game pairs you with other players, one at...
Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 7 hours and 15 hours to complete.
You play a fox in a magical fairy tale forest. The world extends in front of you in stylised form, with trees, mountains and streams glistening with sparkles of life. You run, jump, climb and dip your paws in every aspect of the world. But it’s the...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4
Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm
Duration: Between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.
You play a bard on a quest to gather parts of a song. Uniquely, you interact with the environment and inhabitants by singing. Controlled by one of the direction sticks, you can access different notes on the coloured ‘Song Wheel’. This unusual way of...
Summer in Mara
Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation
Summer in Mara is a farming game with a strong narrative about an adventurous girl called Koa. With a full day-night and season cycle, you can take the challenge on at your own pace as you build your farm and explore the world around you.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Duration: Between 13 hours and 30 hours to complete.
This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS
Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and sellig over six million copies, it pre-dates many modern adventure games and created a new genre for gaming. Exploring by clicking in the world to move, you use a special book to...
Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Sports
Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.
Pyre is an unusual mix of action role-playing and sports. It takes place in a fantasy world, where you guide a caravan of exiles during Rites fantasy sports games. As you explore you build a party of characters who encounter other groups of exiles and...
Platforms: PC and Stadia
Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation
Players: You can play this with 4 players online.
Embr, is an action fire-fighting game. You join the Emergency Services Revolution and respond to fires to make money, climbing the ladder of success and score points.
My Child Lebensborn
Platforms: Android and iOS
Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing
You nurture a Lebensborn child in Norway after World War II who faces a hostile community because they’ve been born to parents of both occupied and occupying forces. With meagre resources yourself, you must feed, clothe and bathe the child, but more...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle
Dropsy is an adventure video game where you move around and interact with the world by simply clicking. You play a clown called Dropsy in a surreal world. As you explore and interact with the environment, solve puzzles, and talk to characters you learn...
Kentucky Route Zero
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...
The Last Guardian
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Simulation
Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.
The Last Guardian is an adventure, that follows Ico and The Shadow of the Colossus in the Team Ico trilogy. As the other games, it has an artistic look that is unusual for a video game, and a minimalist approach...
In Other Waters
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.
This is an underwater exploration game where you play an Artificial Intelligence assistance to a stranded xenobiologist in a mysterious alien ocean. The world is not seen except through the instrumentation available to you. This creates a non-violent...
Our Personal Space
Platforms: Android, Mac and PC
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based
Our Personal Space is a text adventure where, rather than surviving alien attack or harsh environments, it's your marriage that you are fighting for. You play a newly married doctor on a space colony and must decide how she spends her time, responds to...
To The Moon
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
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...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Duration: Between 8 hours and 9 hours to complete.
Forgotton Anne (Forgotten Anne) is a hand-animated adventure that combines cartoon (Ghibli-inspired) storytelling with running and jumping puzzles. You play as Anne, the enforcer who keeps order in the Forgotten Lands, as she sets out to squash a...
Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an action-adventure game where you control two brothers at the same time with a single controller. After their mother passes away, they must find some water from the Tree of Life to save their father. The controls weave...
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X
Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Open World
Duration: Between 7 hours and 11 hours to complete.
Haven is an adventure about companionship and exploration in space. As star-crossed lovers Yu and Kay, you escape to a forgotten planet to stay together and set up home against the odds. You explore the world around you, able to glide over the plains,...
This War Of Mine
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 10 hours and 16 hours to complete.
Inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a...