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.
This list includes 39 games from the last 14 years, with 166 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play aging characters.
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Last Minute Love
Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 27/12/2018, updated in 2020
Platforms: Mac, PC and Web Browser
Genres: Adventure and Narrative
Players: This is a single player game
Last Minute Love is an adventure where you play an "old person" in a nursing home who is looking for love. This takes the dating simulator style of game in an unusual direction. You explore the home in your wheelchair, meet a quirky cast of people and...
Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: Coming soon
Platforms: PC and PlayStation 5
Seasons is a narrative adventure where you take a bicycle road trip game. You play as a young woman leaving a secluded community, exploring the world for the first time. Collect artefacts and memories as you explore because soon, a mysterious cataclysm...
Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 19/05/2020
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC
Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation
Umurangi Generation is an adventure you play by exploring a city and taking photographs. Unlike other games where the photography is secondary, this is the main way you progress. As you do, you discover a story about ecology, friendship and the...
Hundred Days, Winemaking Simulator
Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 13/05/2021
Platforms: Android, PC, Stadia and iOS
Genres: Creative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based
Hundred Days is a strategy game about making wine. You control every aspect of a new Winery, choose vines, learn how to grow them and when to harvest. You make decisions about the process with a simple interface that takes you through each day. It's a...
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.
Photographs - Puzzle Stories
Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 03/04/2019
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Genres: Narrative and Puzzle
"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.
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
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.
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
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: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Open Roads is an adventure game about a girl who finds out that her grandma has a different past than she thought. The girl and her mother go on a journey to look deeper into her grandma's life by revisiting abandoned family properties and looking...
Night in the Woods
Release Date: 10/01/2017, updated in 2017
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
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...
Release Date: 24/09/2020
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing
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...
One Hour One Life
Release Date: 27/02/2018
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...
Wide Ocean Big Jacket
Release Date: 07/02/2020
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Genres: Narrative and Open World
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
Release Date: 05/07/2019
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform
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...
Road to Guangdong
Release Date: 06/06/2019, updated in 2020
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...
A Juggler's Tale
Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 27/08/2020
Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle
A Juggler's Tale is a running and jumping game where you guide Abby, a string puppet through a dangerous world where you need to solve puzzles and avoid traps. You move crates, pull levers, jump over hazards and try to outrun chasers.
Genres: Creative, Narrative and Puzzle
Dordogne is a narrative adventure where you play as Mimi, a 32-year-old woman who returns to the house of her recently deceased grandmother. You explore the house and area to find letters and puzzles that bring back memories of the past.
Release Date: 28/11/2021
Venba is a narrative-cooking game about an Indian mother who immigrated to Canada in the 1980s. You cook various traditional Indian dishes and restore the lost recipes which were damaged in the move to Canada. As you talk to your mother's family you...
Old Man’s Journey
Release Date: 17/05/2017
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS
Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
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.
South of the Circle
Release Date: 20/10/2020
Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade
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...
Release Date: 14/01/2021
Genres: Narrative and Simulation
Sunlight is a short adventure game where you explore an uncharted forest, guided by harmonised whispers. As you move from tree to tree you discover different voices, genders and dialects, speaking as one. Taking artistic inspiration from expressionist...
The Gardens Between
Release Date: 20/09/2018
Genres: Adventure and Puzzle
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....
The White Door
Release Date: 09/01/2020
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.
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 05/11/2020
YesterMorrow is running, jumping, climbing and collecting game where you play Yui, whose world has been destroyed and family kidnapped. To save them you journey through the four islands, forest, desert, ice, and clockwork, to collect "everlight" and...
Journey of the Broken Circle
Release Date: 18/09/2020
Journey of the Broken Circle is a rolling and jumping game about looking for a life partner. You play as a simple circle with a piece missing. As you progress by making jumps and solving puzzles, you meet partners who slot in specific abilities and...
Release Date: 05/03/2020
Platforms: Mac and PC
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation
The Longing is a point-and-click adventure about waiting and loneliness. It's an intentionally slow game that takes 400 elapsed days to finish. It draws on the Idle Game genre, where you use minor interactions to incrementally advance. Here though, the...
Last Day of June
Release Date: 31/08/2017
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4
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...
Lost Words: Beyond the Page
Release Date: 01/12/2019
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...
Release Date: 23/01/2020
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative
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...
Milkmaid of the Milky Way
Release Date: 22/08/2019
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.
Far From Noise
Release Date: 14/11/2017
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS
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...
Takeshi and Hiroshi
Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Adventure and Role-Playing
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....
She Remembered Caterpillars
Release Date: 17/01/2017
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...
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 25/05/2017, updated in 2021
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting
Everspace 2 is a space shooting and exploration game. You travel star systems, gaining goods and items from the planets you find, but soon encounter a unravelling narrative that draws you in. Unlike other space games, it combines elements of open world...
The First Tree
Release Date: 11/10/2018
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS
Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle
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...
Children of Morta
Release Date: 03/09/2019, updated in 2019
Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing
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.
Release Date: 01/01/2007
Platforms: Web Browser
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 Person Story
Release Date: 23/08/2018
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,...
Arise: A Simple Story
Release Date: 03/12/2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
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.
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