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 25 games from the last 10 years, with 88 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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Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 19/05/2020
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC
Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation
Players: This is a single player game
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...
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.
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...
Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB
Release Date: Coming soon
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Adventure and Narrative
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...
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
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...
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.
Road to Guangdong
Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
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...
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...
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.
Lost in Random
Rating: PEGI 12+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Role-Playing
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...
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....
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...
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.
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...
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.
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
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...
One Person Story
Release Date: 23/08/2018
Genres: Narrative and Puzzle
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,...
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