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49 Great Games Like A Dark Room

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to A Dark Room.
 

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. It has a similarly simple start – a single option to stoke a fire – but also evolves into an incrementally complex system of resource management as a larger story unfolds.

Unfortunately, A Dark Room is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Continuities

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

Hand Picked Games Like A Dark Room

These are our hand-picked games similar to A Dark Room. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed A Dark Room. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Penrose

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative and Narrative

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @DoubleSpeakGame

Players: This is a single player game

Penrose is a text adventure, where you don't only read the story and choose its next step, but can go back into the text to change it in all sorts of mind-bending ways. As the develop describes it, "Penrose is a non-linear narrative adventure game about...

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/11/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @Bfod

Players: This is a single player game

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a strange game about movement and momentum. You are tasked with climbing a mountain. However, your only means of locomotion is a hammer that can stick to objects and drag you forwards.

The Red Lantern

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @TimberlineGames

Players: This is a single player game

The Red Lantern is a personal adventure about making something of your life. You and a team of sled dogs head into the wilderness and must navigate the ever-changing events of the Alaskan bush to find your way home.

Lifeline (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/04/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @3MinuteGames

Players: This is a single player game

Lifeline is a narrative adventure where you interact with an astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.

Celeste

Content Rating: PEGI 7

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

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

Genres: Platform

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @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...

Among Trees

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 14/06/2020

Platforms: PC

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

Developer: @AmongTreesGame

Players: This is a single player game

Among Trees is a game you play in a forested wilderness full of creatures and fauna. It's handcrafted by a small team and creates a vibrant world to explore. This isn't a game you aim to win or dominate, but rather find your place in.

Mini Motorways

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @Dinopoloclub

Players: This is a single player game

Mini Motorways is by the same developer as Mini Metro but tasks you with planning a road network rather than subway. You lay down roads, traffic lights and motorways to ensure enough cars can get to the buildings that pop up in your city as time passes....

Oxenfree

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/01/2016, updated in 2016

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @NightSchoolers

Players: This is a single player game

Oxenfree is an adventure game where a teenagers’ beach party spirals into a supernatural story. You guide the outcome with your choices as the well-written dialogue reveals characters coming to terms with family breakdown, death of a sibling, blame...

Bad North

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @RawFury

Players: This is a single player game

Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...

Closed Hands

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/03/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @PassengerGames

Players: This is a single player game

Closed Hands is an text adventure game set in the lead-up and aftermath of a terror attack in a fictional UK city. You follow five core characters brought together by the same event. It's a branching story that you discover and influence as you read 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

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.

Everything

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @DavidOreilly

Players: This is a single player game

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.

Our Personal Space

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/02/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Developer: @Rachel_Helps

Players: This is a single player game

Our Personal Space is a text adventure where, rather than surviving alien attack or harsh environments, it's your marriage that you are fighting for. You play a newly married doctor on a space colony and must decide how she spends her time, responds to...

Outer Wilds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

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

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @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...

Democratic Socialism Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 20/02/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @MolleIndustria

Players: This is a single player game

Democratic Socialism Simulator is a puzzle game where you run for office and then run a country. It offers a flow of questions with a yes or no response. Each answer has consequences in the minds of the voters and the prosperity of the country. It's an...

Dwarf Fortress

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/08/2006

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Bay12Games

Players: This is a single player game

Dwarf Fortress is a longstanding strategy game set in a fantasy world where you control a group of dwarves wanting to construct a wealthy fortress. It's unusual not only for it's text-based appearance but for it's expansive scope, and intricately...

Myst
PEGI Rating 7 for Myst

Myst

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/01/1983

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PSP and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @CyanWorlds

Players: This is a single player game

Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and selling over six million copies, it pre-dates many modern adventure games and created a new genre for gaming. Exploring by clicking in the world to move, you use a special book to...

The Kingdom of Istyald

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 28/11/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @laBnF

Players: This is a single player game

The Kingdom of Istyald is a text adventure that takes you on a strange journey while also introducing Fantasy as a literary genre. As you play you not only meet fantastic creatures but meet its main tropes: Elves, Dwarves, Warlocks, Dragons. Whether...

Curious Expedition (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/05/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @MaschiMensch

Players: This is a single player game

Curious Expedition is an expedition simulation, in the late 19th century. You join historical people to explore a world map to gain fame, science and treasures. Each time you set out the world is different, with unique challenges requiring particular...

Inside

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 29/06/2016, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @Playdead

Players: This is a single player game

Inside is from the same developer as Limbo. As such, you play another boy in a dark dream-light and horrific world. Here though, it's more modern-day and realistic.

Morkredd

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/12/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @HyperGames

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

Morkredd is a puzzle game about light and shadow, where two characters work together to push a glowing orb of light in a pitch black world, avoiding to step into shadow - even each others' - which results in their death.

Ord
PEGI Rating 3 for Ord

Ord

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/06/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @JoniTweetsGames

Players: This is a single player game

Ord is an unusual text adventure, rather than one grand story, you embark on a series of distinct quests. Whether it's defeating an evil warlock or creating your own world as a god, Ord tells stories through simple series of words and word associations...

Pilgrims

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 07/10/2019

Platforms: PC and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @Amanita_Design

Players: This is a single player game

Pilgrims is an adventure game where you help the characters you meet by playing cards. As you progress you assist them to complete their little stories in different ways. It's a little like Scribblenauts, but with less focus on the breadth of options...

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: @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...

Words For A Bird

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 04/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @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.

Dicey Dungeons

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: @TerryCavanagh

Players: This is a single player game

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

Fate of Kai

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/03/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @TryLightGames

Players: This is a single player game

Fate of Kai is a narrative puzzle game where you control the story rather than the characters. You discover Kai's story by walking through the panels of a comic book. It's a tale about a boy who wakes in a strange land handcuffed to a mysterious chest....

Reigns (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/08/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @DevolverDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Take charge of a kingdom, one decision at a time. Each choice is presented to you as a playing card with some advice or a question from one of the 38 different characters. Swipe left or right to make a decision that will impact the church, people,...

The Longing

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/03/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @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...

Typoman

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/11/2015

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BrainSeed_Fcty

Players: This is a single player game

Typoman is a running, jumping puzzle game where you use letters and words to solve puzzles and progress. You play as a character made of letters in a hostile land with evil creatures. As this unusual character, you make your way through the world...

Wildermyth

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 35 features

Developer: @Wildermyth

Players: This is a single player game

Wildermyth is a medieval role-playing game about diverse heroes and themes. You take on evil in a number of stories, each with different heroes and settings. The focus is on the characters as much as their adventures, who are believable, diverse and...

Ashwalkers

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 15/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @_Nameless_XIII_

Players: This is a single player game

Ashwalkers is an adventure survival game where you play a small group facing the aftermath of an apocalyptic volcano. You journey through a wild landscape, encountering dangers and strangers. It's a challenge of survival notable for its understated...

Colt Canyon

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/06/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @Retrific

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

Colt Canyon is a pixel-styled shooting game where you play a cowboy, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the bandits and get back home. Players shoot their way through a hostile canyon using their guns and TNT. Hidden treasures and...

In Other Waters

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 03/04/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @JumpOvertheAge

Players: This is a single player game

This is an underwater exploration game where you play an Artificial Intelligence assistance to a stranded xenobiologist in a mysterious alien ocean. The world is not seen except through the instrumentation available to you. This creates a non-violent...

Kingdom (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/10/2015

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: @RawFury

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

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...

Mana Spark

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 22/12/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @KishimotoStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Mana Spark is a fantasy adventure where you explore a Tolkein-esque dungeon to fight smart enemies that will plan and collaborate between themselves to defeat you. It's a game you play over and over, improving not only your skill but equipment and...

Nira

Nira

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 24/04/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @BaselineGames_

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Nira is a survival game where pixilated characters explore the primitive world to find resources to survive. It's unusual not only because of its basic art-style but because its simplicity gives rise to emergent and open play. Something like a cross...

Untold RPG

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 09/01/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @Untold_RPG

Players: This is a single player game

Untold is an adventure game you play by reading text and choosing directions. It starts with you waking up on a beach and encounter a nomad who wants revenge on their enemies. Atmospheric sound and music extend the text experience further.

Dear Esther

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/02/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @ChineseRoom

Players: This is a single player game

In Dear Esther you explore an uninhabited Hebridean island while an old man reads a series of letters to his eponymous deceased wife. Themes of love, loss, guilt and redemption intertwine with the bleak geography and orchestral music. As you explore the...

Nanotale - Typing Chronicles (Series)

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 23/09/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Stadia

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: @FishingCactus

Players: This is a single player game

Nanotale is an adventure game where you type to progress through a magical planet on the brink of extinction. You play as Rosalind, a novice Archivist, in a journey to study and catalogue the mysteries of the dying planet. Your goal is to gather rock &...

Pony Island

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 04/01/2016

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @DMullinsGames

Players: This is a single player game

Pony Island is an adventure game where you are trapped in a computer by the Devil. You need to crash the computer to escape and stumble upon the Pony Island game that appears unstable. As you hack away at the game you uncover its corrupted code and your...

Reigns: Beyond (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @Nerial

Players: This is a single player game

Reigns: Beyond is the next game in the Reigns series that puts you in charge of making important decisions. Rather than running a kingdom, this time you are in an intergalactic indie rock band trying to gain stardom and fame.

Rip Them Off

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 24/03/2021

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

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @Lozange_Lab

Players: This is a single player game

Rip Them Off is puzzle game where you build businesses to attract customers. It's an economic management version of tower defence. Rather than stopping soldiers by shooting them, you are stopping citizens by selling them things. You choose locations,...

Universal Paperclips

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 09/10/2017

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @flantz

Players: This is a single player game

Universal Paperclips is an adventure game about making paperclips. It sounds simple, but behind the incremental process of clicking a button to create these paperclips is a story about how the desire to make paperclips (or anything) if fully realised...

West of Loathing

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/06/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @Asym

Players: This is a single player game

West of Loathing is a comedic adventure, although here you role-play as a stick-man cowboy. The quipping characters and intricate puzzles work better with teenagers, but the slapstick comedy will make anyone laugh. Traverse snake-infested gorges, punch...

Shadow Puppeteer

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/09/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC and Wii U

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Developer: @SareptaStudio

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

In Shadow Puppeteer one player controls a shadow and the other player controls the main character. Their task is to help each other progress through a series of platform levels to recover stolen shadows from their hometown.

Stoneshard

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 06/02/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: @Stone_Shard

Players: This is a single player game

Stoneshard is a role-playing game set in a medieval world. You play a mercenary travelling through the war-torn kingdom, taking contracts, fighting, mending your wounds and developing your character.

Buddy Simulator 1984

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Not_Sailor

Players: This is a single player game

Buddy Simulator 1984 is an adventure horror game. What starts as a retro-themed set of mini-games soon evolves into a tale of anxiety, friendship and depression as your buddy makes new games for you to play each with creepy anomalies and glitches. It's...

MP For A Week

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-15 year-olds

Release Date: 11/04/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @UKParlEducation

Players: This is a single player game

MP For A Week is a puzzle game where you play an MP for a week. That might sound sedate and a little boring, but things soon kick off as you try and survive a week in politics. Like Reigns, you need to balance keeping your party, your voters and the...

A Dark Room is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to A Dark Room in the following lists:

Your First Video Game

These games are perfect if you’ve never played one before, opening the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers. They are short, straightforward and easy to understand, so you don’t need to commit hours to learn to play them, and they are played on technology you probably already have in your pocket or in your home. They address mature themes such as love, hope, power, homelessness and even traffic planning by inviting you to interact and play a part in these worlds and stories.

We've found that it's not just parents who have enjoyed the way these games let them in on the world of gaming, but grandparents, uncles and aunts. In fact it's a great list for anyone who's never played a game and wants to know what all the fuss is about.
 

Interpret Deeper Meaning

Video games aren't high on the list of most people's spiritual spaces. However, many games offer experiences that invite you to explore buildings, worlds, cities and the countryside full of potential for spiritual reflection.

Games offer a unique way to encounter what is beyond us: other people, the world and possibly even the divine. They include themes of hope, loss and love. They invite us to reconsider how we see the outsider and the marginalised. They offer a chance for response and emotion to grow.

The games in this list have been the subject of a series of articles I have written about video games and faith. Firstly, from 2013-2015 for ThirdWay magazine, and more recently for Youth and Children's Work (YCW) magazine.

These are two publications for Christian audiences, that have invited me to shed light on what a range of video games might mean for those communities. I aim to make connections with faith, the bible and the experience of these video games. This is one way to interpret them which of course invites further and possibly counter interpretations from other perspectives.

YCW articles:
Firewatch | Everything | Bury Me My Love | Abzu | Wilmot's Warehouse

Thirdway Articles:
Proteus | Joust | Uncharted 3 | Alan Wake | This War of Mine | Journey | Limbo | Spaceteam | A Dark Room | Altos Adventure | A Year Walk | Bioshock Infinite | The Last of Us | Disney Infinity | Everybody's Gone to the Rapture | That Dragon Cancer | Spec Ops The Line | Papo and Yo
 

Survive The Night

Surviving in games is often a key element. Some games, however, make it the main focus. With minimal resources and little light can you make it through to the morning? Can you prepare a shelter as the daylight dwindles in time for you to cope with the lurking creatures of the dark?

Whether this is as simple as closing the door to keep the zombies out in Minecraft or as complex as crafting food, clothing and medicine to cope with the freezing blackness of The Long Dark these games are exhilarating as they pose a strategic puzzle with personal consequences.

Many of these games offer an open world in which to survive, which opens up more ways of preparing for and then making it through the night time. This, of course, leads to another day where you need to spend time and resources wisely while exploring your surroundings.
 

Get Children Reading

Image 221We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust to create this resource of video games that encourage and enable reading and writing skills.

The National Literacy Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of children and young people who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life.

Video games have significant benefits for children who are reluctant or struggling readers. They give them access to stories through interaction and world building which they may not have been able to read in print. Video games also have benefits for families where parents may not be confident readers, meaning that sharing stories as a family is still accessible to all. The rise of video games on smartphones and tablets, as well as more affordable game consoles has made the sharing of interactive stories easier.

Image 241There are different ways that video games create this kind of collateral reading and aid literacy:
  • Reading In Games: Video games offer all sorts of reading at all levels. This can be from simple narrative in a game like Florence to dialogue in a game like Mutazione or even just identifying useful items and game mechanics with in-game descriptions in a game like Zelda Breath of the Wild. Then there are games like Thousand Threads that help players think about the power and the consequence of words.
  • Reading Around Games: Video games create worlds that often spawn secondary texts. This can be official novels that expand the world or guide books that offer instructions and help. Knights and Bikes, for example, has spin off books, a cartoon series and recipes to read.
  • Routes Into Books: Many popular book series, such as Beast Quest, offer a range of video games as an easy first step into those worlds that lead to then reading the books themselves.
  • Communication Around Games: As well as reading, games encourage all sorts of creative output. This can be to contribute to the many online forums and message boards to talk about the game. This can also be to write fan-fiction after being inspired about a game world or character. The Sims, for example, has an avid community writing and creating all kinds of content online.

 

Learn English As Second Language

For those learning to read, or learning to read English as a second language, video games offer an opportunity play and interact with the meaning of words. Many games include written dialogue or subtitles of the spoken performances, but more interesting in this context are games that use words and sentences as the form of interaction.

There are games like A Dark Room, that offer nouns and verbs as the means of interacting with the world. There are games like Scribblenauts, that let the player enter words to conjure items to solve problems. There are games like Nanotale where you need to enter words to record items in your catalogue and advance the story.

Other games are also useful to those learning English as a second language as you easily can switch between different languages. Also you can play dialogue heavy games at your own pace as the action won’t advance without you.
 


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