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 21 games from the last 10 years, with 92 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 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...
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...
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.
Before I Forget
Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB
Release Date: 01/07/2020
Platforms: Mac and PC
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...
Welcome to Elk
Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 17/09/2020
Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One
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.
Love - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories
Release Date: 21/10/2020
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...
The Gardens Between
Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
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.
Journey of the Broken Circle
Release Date: 18/09/2020
Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
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...
Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 05/03/2020
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
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE
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.
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....
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...
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