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 24 games from the last 14 years, with 89 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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Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: Coming soon
Platforms: PC and PlayStation 5
Genres: Adventure and Narrative
Players: This is a single player game
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...
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.
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...
One Hour One Life
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...
Road to Guangdong
Release Date: 06/06/2019, updated in 2020
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
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...
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
Genres: Narrative and Puzzle
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.
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
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
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....
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
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
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...
Lost Words: Beyond the Page
Release Date: 01/12/2019
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One
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...
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...
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
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...
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,...
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...
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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