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 19 games from the last 4 years, with 60 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 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.
Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 01/12/2020
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,...
Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: Coming soon
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...
Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
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
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle
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...
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
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...
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
Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
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...
Last Day of June
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Arise: A Simple Story
Release Date: 03/12/2019
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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