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Come To Terms with Ageing

In a culture that holds up youth as an ideal rather than a stage of life, it can be hard to embrace our ageing lives, bodies and dreams. The games in this list offer a chance to step into the shoes of older protagonists as well as spend time with people coming to terms with the ticking clock themselves.

Tree

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 13/08/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

Tree is a short 15 minute game that tells the story of a boy who plants a small tree. You control the planting, watering and how the tree grows each season. As you do this the years pass and the boy...


Before I Forget

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 01/07/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @3foldgames

Players: This is a single player game

Before I Forget is an exploration adventure, where you play Sunita, a woman alone in a house with early-onset dementia. As you wander from room to room, you discover mysterious objects, each holding a fleeting, fragmented memory. Examine faded...


Ete

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Ete (été, which means summer) is a gentle adventure where you discover memories by exploring with your camera, music and paint. The screen starts almost entirely blank, and as you move around and interact you create vivid colourful memories.


Lake

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Sable

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Players: This is a single player game

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.


Bird Alone

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @GeorgeBatch

Players: This is a single player game

Bird Alone is a narrative game where you befriend a bird. Your feathered companion encourages the conversation in the direction of real life worries while you make music, draw pictures and write poetry. It’s a slow game that unfolds in real time with...


Love - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 21/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Rocketship_Park

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Song of Bloom

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Song of Bloom is a narrative puzzle game where you explore chalk drawn animations to discover a melancholy story. Working through these moving pictures you interact with clue elements highlighted in red that unlock the next chapter of the story.


The First Tree

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/10/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

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...


One Person Story

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

This is a simple puzzle game played by pressing a single button to help a bouncing ball through a maze. It's voiced with a narrative about life's difficulties and challenges. It starts simply but gets more difficult as you have to open and close doors,...


Old Man’s Journey

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 17/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

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 Gardens Between

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 20/09/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @TheVoxelAgents

Players: This is a single player game

The Gardens Between is a puzzle game set in dreamlike island gardens where you play as best friends Arina and Frendt. You work around the island levels collecting balls of light in your lantern, manipulating time to solve puzzles and removing obstacles....


Takeshi and Hiroshi

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure and Role-Playing

Developer: @OinkGms

Players: This is a single player game

Takeshi & Hiroshi is a role-play adventure game about two brothers. Its unusual animation and light touch battles, where you chose your enemies rather than how to fight them, make it an ideal game to introduce the genre and for younger players.
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Road to Guangdong

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @ExcalPublishing

Players: This is a single player game

Road to Guangdong is a road trip adventure game about family and travel. You drive across 1990’s Guangdong, fix your car and explore the places you pass. You play as Sunny, just after a family tragedy, travelling with Guu Ma, her aunt. They have the...


She Remembered Caterpillars

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 17/01/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @TheJumpSuits

Players: This is a single player game

She Remembered Caterpillars is a colour-matching puzzle game with an unusual look and emotional story to tell. Through the unsettling fungi-punk aesthetic you work out how to get your characters to the endpoint of each stage. As you do you eavesdrop on...


I Am Dead

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 07/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @A_i

Players: This is a single player game

I Am Dead is a puzzle game from the creators of Wilmot's Warehouse. You play a recently-deceased museum curator trying to avert a disaster from his home town of Shelmerston.


Lost Words: Beyond the Page

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/12/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Lost Words is an adventure game where you run, jump and explore inside a young girl’s diary. You control Izzy as she writes her diary by walking on words, move them around and solve different puzzles. This develops two parallel stories, one about Izzy...


Passage

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/01/2007

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Passage passage.toolness.org is a super-simple game from the same developer as One Hour One Life on the theme of a life well lived. Although just a few minutes long, it offers an unusual interactive metaphor for the...


One Hour One Life

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/02/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

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...


Arise: A Simple Story

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 03/12/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Piccolo_Studio

Players: This is a single player game

Arise: A Simple Story is a narrative game about an old man living in a pre-agricultural tribe. He has just been cremated and as get travels to the next life, begins a pilgrimage of revisiting memories of his life.


The Last Day of June

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 31/08/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Last Day of June is a game about a couple called Carl and June, who suffer a tragedy when a car accident takes June's life and leaves Carl in a wheelchair. You control Carl, remembering life with June and discover that you can interact with her...


To The Moon

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Wide Ocean Big Jacket

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 07/02/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Open World

Developer: @_TurnFollow

Players: This is a single player game

This is a game about camping. Or rather, it's a game about the conversations you have while you are camping. You follow 13-year-old teenage friends Mord and Ben who recently started dating. The camping trip is with Mord’s Uncle Brad and Aunt Cloanne.


Sea of Solitude

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 05/07/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Sea of Solitude is an adventure where you play a young woman, Kay, with such strong loneliness that her feelings turn her into a monster. As you explore a flooded city you discover dark creatures that you must deal with -- by uncovering their underlying...


Night in the Woods

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/01/2017, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Night in the Woods follows college dropout Mae Borowski returning home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. But the place is different now her friends have grown and changed. There’s something suspicious happening in the nearby...


Milkmaid of the Milky Way

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 22/08/2019

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a puzzle game where you play a milkmaid Ruth in a remote farm, who is kidnapped by a spaceship. It sounds strange, but what unfolds is a story about boredom, parental expectation and the desire for change.


Spiritfarer

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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.


Lost in Random

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

Lost in Random is an adventure where you play an anthropomorphic dice and a young girl called Even. In her world, when she turns 12 she must roll a magical die to be assigned a region to live in and a life to live. But seeing her sister go through this...


Children of Morta

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 03/09/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Children of Morta is an adventure game about a family of heroes, each with different abilities and enhancements. You battle enemies and bosses while exploring dungeons within the cavern of Mount Morta and must avoid the corruption as it spreads.


Far From Noise

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/11/2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Developer: @GeorgeBatch

Players: This is a single player game

Far From Noise is a narrative game where you play a car balancing on the edge of a cliff. You meet multiple animals that act as spiritual guides and discuss what it means to balance between life and death. When talking, you get the choice of two phrases...


The White Door

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 09/01/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @RustyLakeCom

Players: This is a single player game

The White Door is an adventure that you play by exploring each room, finding and interacting with items and people. Along with its unusual black and white visuals, The White Door is also notable for the topic of mental health and memory loss it takes on.


Going Under

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

Going Under is a satirical adventure game where you play an intern in a failing start-up company. The game proceeds like other dungeon adventures with enemies to defeat and quests to find items, only here it's all in aid of keeping your boss happy while...


South of the Circle

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @State_of_Play

Players: This is a single player game

South of the Circle is a narrative adventure game about, Peter, a Cambridge academic who finds himself fighting for survival in Antarctica during the 1960’s Cold War. You must cross desolate terrain to reach British, Norwegian and Soviet Antarctic...


198x

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/01/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @198xGame

Players: This is a single player game

198X is a pastiche of different classic games brought together to tell the story of a suburban teenager stuck between the limitations of youth and the obligations of adulthood. In the game, you discover a local arcade, and through the different games...


Twin Mirror

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

Twin Mirror is an narrative adventure where you play Sam, a 33-year old man recovering from a recent break-up who returns to his hometown for the funeral of his best friend. As you explore the world and interact with different characters, a twisting,...


Welcome to Elk

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 17/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @TripleTopping

Players: This is a single player game

Welcome to Elk is an adventure game set on a fictional island. It tells true stories and tall tales, about the people who live there.


Lair Of The Clockwork God

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 21/02/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @danthat

Players: This is a single player game

Lair Of The Clockwork God is an adventure played with two characters from different game genres. Ben is a die-hard, old-school LucasArts Adventure fan, one foot stuck in the 90s. Dan is younger, running and jumping platform character, he's hip, he's...


Photographs - Puzzle Stories

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

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.



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