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Space For Loneliness Games Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10 and Younger

In a culture that often assumes that the route to happiness is with another person, it can benefit us to acknowledge that being alone is not always a bad thing. We teamed up with Courtney Garcia’s Screen Therapy channel to curate a list of games that give us a chance to experience being alone in different ways.

Garcia’s Screen Therapy project employs Positive Media Psychology research to highlight and interpret meaningful experiences with games and movies. “With mindfulness, there are even more benefits to gain from intentional consumption of media,” she says, “games can be tools we use to recover or grow, psychologically, and our time with them isn't wasted if they provide us insights or rest we need.”

This list was inspired by the experience of playing the unusually solitary (and long) game The Longing and the Twitter thread that followed. In it, you spend 400 elapsed days waiting for the King to wake up and living at a slow pace. The other games offer their own lens on loneliness and solitary seasons of life. These games offer us insight into the benefits of appreciating time alone, such as opportunities for self-reflection, self-discovery, and the chance to curate enriching experiences or environments for ourselves.

Some of the games, like Never Alone, Journey and The Long Dark place you in a harsh environment that emphasises your diminutive size when faced with the expanse of nature. Other games in the list, like Thomas Was Alone and Bird Alone offer you the chance to reflect on friendship and the need to nurture relationships. Then there are games we included like Shadow of the Colossus that let you get lost in the vastness of its landscape. Finally, a few of the games like The First Tree and Sunlight invite you to make a connection to other players, once you have come to terms with a journey on your own.

This list includes 62 games from the last 36 years, with 912 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to understand loneliness.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 12
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Australian Ratings: G to M
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth and Strategy
Total Likes: 912
 

 

Florence

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 64% off

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Developer: Mountains Games (@MountainsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a little puzzle game that tells the story of a relationship, following the usual stages of loneliness, meeting, dating, falling for and moving in with another person. At first, the puzzle interactions seem trivial and the game doesn’t change...

Journey

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 14/03/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: That Game Company (@ThatGameCompany)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Journey is an adventure game set in a desert. Exploring the eerie sand-scape, you discover a world abandoned by the race that created it. The sense of space and scale evokes feelings of aloneness and being lost. But then the game pairs you with other...

Subnautica (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Unknown Worlds (@UnknownWorlds)

Players: This is a single-player game

Subnautica is an open-world adventure where you explore the ocean on an alien planet after crashlanding. You collect resources and fight creatures to survive. This enables you to establish an underwater base, gain new craft and equipment and explore...

Thomas Was Alone

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/04/2013, updated in 2014

Platforms: PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Mike Bithell (@MikeBithell)

Players: This is a single-player game

Control different-coloured rectangles in this simple running, jumping and puzzle solving platform game. It sounds boring and derivative but each of the distinctly coloured shapes comes to life in the game as a character embroiled in this escape story...

Abzu

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 02/11/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Giant Squidology (@GiantSquidology)

Players: This is a single-player game

Abzu is an adventure in a lush underwater world. You descend into the heart of the ocean to find ancient secrets and encounter majestic creatures. This combines the beautiful weightlessness of diving with an ancient story of meaning and place in the world.

Before Your Eyes

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Goodbye World (@Goodbye__World_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Before Your Eyes is a narrative game you play with a webcam. It detects each time you blink and advances the story. In this way you work through different scenes from your life, looking around with the mouse and choosing interactions by blinking. It...

Gris

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/10/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Nomada Studiobcn (@NomadaStudiobcn)

Players: This is a single-player game

Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...

Outer Wilds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/12/2018, updated in 2019

Price: 40% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Mobius Games (@Mobius_Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

Outer Wilds is an exploration space mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time-loop. After 20 minutes of game time, you must start again – but each time brings a new opportunity to learn how you ended up on the planet and solve the...

Celeste

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Exok Games (@Exok_Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on...

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Platforms: PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Insomniac Games (@InsomniacGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a running, jumping and shooting game. The latest in the series, Rift Apart focuses on jumping between parallel worlds.

Subnautica Below Zero (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 30/01/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Unknown Worlds (@UnknownWorlds)

Players: This is a single-player game

Subnautica: Below Zero is an open-world adventure game that follows the original game, Subnautica. You play a scientist on an alien planet searching for clues about the research team that vanished there. To do this you explore and...

The Witness

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: Thekla inc (@Thekla_inc)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Witness combines maze puzzles in an abandoned world with its own mythology, secrets, themes and story. It’s a game with puzzles at the core, but the real mystery is solving what has happened in the world you find yourself in.

The Wild At Heart

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 20/05/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Moonlight Kids (@MoonlightKids_)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Wild At Heart is an adventure puzzle game where you play two children fleeing hardship. Unlike other adventures, play here extends beyond conversations, exploring and fetch quests. You interact with the world by collecting a swarm of small magical...

Never Alone

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/12/2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Never Alone Game (@NeverAloneGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.

The First Tree

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/10/2018

Price: 70% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: David Wehle (@DavidWehle)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

AER Memories of Old

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 28/08/2019

Price: 90% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Forgotten Key SE (@ForgottenKeySE)

Players: This is a single-player game

AER Memories of Old is an exploration game where you transform from a woman to a golden eagle at will. As Auk, your quest is to save the world by finding the lost keys and restoring balance.

Pupperazzi

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: 20/01/2022

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: Kit Fox Games (@KitFoxGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pupperazzi is an adventure game where you explore an island to find and photograph all manner of canine friends. You interact with the world, climb, skate and explore to get the perfect angle on the perfect pup. It starts as a silly challenge but turns...

Bird Alone

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Developer: George Batch (@GeorgeBatch)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bird Alone is a narrative game where you befriend a bird. Your feathered companion encourages the conversation in the direction of real life worries while you make music, draw pictures and write poetry. It’s a slow game that unfolds in real time with...

Dépanneur Nocturne

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 26/05/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Developer: Ko Op Mode (@KoOpMode)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dépanneur Nocturne (which means Nighttime Convenience Store) is a short narrative adventure about the value of conversation and local shops. You explore a store late at night, to find a gift for your partner. What unfolds is a gentle search-and-suggest...

Far: Lone Sails

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 02/04/2019

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Far The Game (@FarTheGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Far: Lone Sails is an exploration adventure video game. You pilot a ramshackle amphibious vehicle propelled by large sails to explore a post-apocalypse world.

Shine – Journey of Light

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Fox and Sheep (@_FoxAndSheep)

Players: This is a single-player game

Shine – Journey of Light is an adventure puzzle game where you guide a ball of light through a world of light and shadow. As you delve deep into the world you discover a lost civilisation and piece together the stories of the past.

The Stillness of the Wind

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/02/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Stillness Game (@StillnessGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

In The Stillness of the Wind you are an old woman who looks after a dilapidated farm. Over the course of a few hours, no matter what your efforts, the farm falls apart as you learn about the woman’s family and have the chance to ruminate on her...

Arise: A Simple Story

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 03/12/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Piccolo Studio (@Piccolo_Studio)

Players: This is a single-player game

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.

Sunlight

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Simulation

Developer: Krillbite (@Krillbite)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/04/2011, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Super Brothers HQ (@SuperBrothersHQ)

Players: This is a single-player game

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an adventure game in miniature. You explore a myth-rich world and use your sword to do battle and evoke spells to solve musical puzzles. It's a world that changes with the moon as you guide your wandering warrior monk.

The Longing

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/03/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Simulation

Developer: Studio Seufz (@StudioSeufz)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

The Snowgardens (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Half Up (@HalfUp_)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Snowgardens is a running, jumping and exploration game where you are a child stranded on a beautiful archipelago. Once the home to an ancient time-altering civilisation but now abandoned, leaving strange technology for you to operate to progress.

Vokabulantis

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: The Kong Orange (@TheKongOrange)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Vokabulantis is a puppet-animated running and jumping game about two children, Karla and Kurt, who have fallen in love. Just as they find each other though, the world starts falling apart and they discover they can’t speak to each other because their...

Black Book

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Role-Play

Accessibility: 24 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: V Beletsky (@VBeletsky)

Players: This is a single-player game

Black Book is a dark adventure, based on Slavic myths where you are a young sorceress. It combines a visual novel point-and-click adventure with card collecting to gain abilities to fight evil forces and explore the world where humans live alongside...

Land of Screens

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 04/02/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Serenity Forge (@SerenityForge)

Players: This is a single-player game

Land of Screens is a narrative adventure about someone who has had a recent relationship breakup. We soon discover that despite best efforts to keep things private, her shared connected world immediately knows all about it. In her rush to get away and...

Leaving Lyndow

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/02/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Eastshade (@Eastshade)

Players: This is a single-player game

Leaving Lyndow is a narrative adventure set a couple of generations before Eastshade. Sharing the same anthropomorphized animal society, although here at an earlier stage, it's a game about the memories we make in the places we...

Little Bug

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Buddy System LA (@BuddySystemLA)

Players: This is a single-player game

Little Bug is a running and jumping game where you move through a surreal, abstract world by swinging on ropes. Unlike similar games, you control both character movement and the position of a helper spirit that can shoot and levitate you. This unusual...

Metroid

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/08/1986, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Play and Shooting

Developer: Retro Studios (@RetroStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Metroid is a series of running, jumping and exploration games where you play bounty hunter Samus Aran who protects the galaxy from the Space Pirates. It includes the platforming of a Mario game, but the focus is more on fighting enemies, finding new...

Please, Touch The Artwork

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Studio Waterzooi (@StudioWaterzooi)

Players: This is a single-player game

Please, Touch The Artwork is a puzzle game that tells a story with real abstract paintings. Unconventionally it asks, what would happen if we did touch the artwork in museums? The answer is revealed over three stories each focusing on a different...

Vane

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Friend and Foe Dev (@FriendAndFoeDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Vane is an ethereal adventure in a ruined desert where strange golden dust transforms a free-spirited bird into a determined young child. The premise is not all that uncommon, but Vane stands out for how you soar over the dessert and climb your way...

Words For A Bird

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 04/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Bart Bonte (@BartBonte)

Players: This is a single-player game

Words For A Bird is a short adventure you play by completing sentences. You follow the story of a purple bird. Each sentence is completed with letters from the tree in which the bird sits, along with a clue tile in the middle of the screen.

Future Unfolding

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/03/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: Spaces Of Play (@SpacesOfPlay)

Players: This is a single-player game

Future Unfolding is an exploration adventure where you travel into beautiful landscapes to unfold the mysteries hidden around you. Viewed from above, you have a bird's eye view as you encounter different types of wild animals, some helpful and some...

Selfloss

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Alex Goodwin Dev (@AlexGoodwinDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Selfloss is a narrative adventure game about a kind old man in a myth-filled world. You explore the land using the light of your staff to defeat mythical creatures and help those you meet. It's unusual because of its basis in ancient Russian and...

The Outbound Ghost

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Role-Play

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Conradical Games (@ConradicalGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Outbound Ghost is a narrative role-play about a ghost on a quest to solve the cause of their own death, and help other ghosts come to terms with their own post-mortal existence. It's inspired by [link to game/Paper+Mario+The+Origami+King Paper...

Golf Club: Wasteland

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Demagog Studio (@Demagog_Studio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Golf Club: Wasteland is a golf game in an unusual setting. You play on an earth decimated by an environmental catastrophe. Through beautiful visuals and eerie audio, you piece together what has happened to the planet to cause such devastation. It's an...

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