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35 Great Games Like Art's Dream

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Art's Dream and have found the following:

Art's Dream is an adventure game featuring different game styles, including running and jumping, combat and puzzle solving. It's particularly unusual as it has music threading through it like a musical. You play as Art, a depressed double bass player, who discovers himself through a surreal world where memories and nightmares come alive.

If you enjoyed Art's Dream, there are other games in the Dreams collection you should try. Unfortunately, Art's Dream is not available on Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/02/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)

Players: 1

Costs: Free

20 Hand Picked Video Games Like Art's Dream

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Art's Dream. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Art's Dream, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

The Artful Escape

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Price: 33% off

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: A i (@A_i)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Artful Escape is a narrative adventure with running and jumping sections that combine platform action with music-playing. You are Francis Vendetti as he traverses the universe, jamming on his guitar and harmonising with the various bizarre...

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Ember Lab (@EmberLab)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their...

Tearaway

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/11/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: PS Vita and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)

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

Tearaway on PlayStation Vita and Tearaway Unfolded on PlayStation 4 create a game world entirely from paper as the setting for this fantastical adventure. It’s beautiful and funny, and offers a running, jumping exploration challenge. Drawing on...

A Hat in Time

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019

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

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

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Hat In Time (@HatInTime)

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

A Hat in Time is a running, jumping and exploring game inspired by retro platform games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Psychonauts. As you explore each of the worlds, you discover characters to talk to, enemies to battle and an...

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Moon Game Studios (@MoonGameStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...

Moonglow Bay

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/10/2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Coat Sink (@CoatSink)

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

Moonglow Bay is a role play game where you play a rookie angler. Unlike other slice-of-life games, fishing isn't tucked away as a side quest here, it's front and centre. Set along the Canadian coastline in the 1980's, you live in a fishing town that has...

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.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 03/09/2018

Price: 65% off

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob)

Players: This is a single-player game

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a running, jumping, bashing and exploring game. It’s a re-release of the classic platform games featuring the purple dragon, Spyro. The attraction is the well designed levels, collecting and exploration. It’s an amiable...

Super Mario 3D World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2013, updated in 2013

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Super Mario 3D World (known as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on the Switch) is a platform game you can play with up to 4-players in the same place. While all Mario games are good for families, this co-operative and competitive play makes it great...

Monument Valley (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Ustwo Games (@UstwoGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2 are puzzle mazes made from optical illusions. You interact with each level to change the pathway and get your character to the exit. Its striking, calm visual theme is used to build atmosphere and slowly reveal a...

Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/08/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Starbreeze AB (@StarbreezeAB)

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

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an action-adventure game where you control two brothers at the same time with a single controller. After their mother passes away, they must find some water from the Tree of Life to save their father. The controls weave...

Seasons After Fall

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 02/09/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Swing Swing Sub (@SwingSwingSub)

Players: This is a single-player game

Seasons After Fall is a running and jumping game where you traverse through forests in search of the lost spirits of the four seasons. As you progress, you unlock the ability to change the season at will, altering the dynamic of the level and letting...

Little Orpheus

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/06/2020, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)

Players: This is a single-player game

Little Orpheus is a running and jumping game set in 1962 where you play Ivan Ivanovich as he explores lost civilisations, undersea kingdoms and prehistoric jungles. The game is played in retrospect as you explain your adventures to a general suspicious...

Wandersong

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 27/09/2018, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: The Banov (@TheBanov)

Players: This is a single-player game

In Wandersong you play a bard on a quest to gather parts of a song. Uniquely, you interact with the environment and inhabitants by singing. Controlled by one of the direction sticks, you can access different notes on the coloured ‘Song Wheel’. This...

Ico

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2001, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS2 and PS3

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

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

Ico is a running, jumping and exploring game where you rescue a princess from her evil mother. You take her hand to help her escape, guiding her along the pathways and protecting her from the hordes of enemies. Together, you jump chasms and scale walls...

Rock Band 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/10/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Physically Active, Rhythm and Simulation

Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Rock Band 4 is a music rhythm game. Play along with licensed music using specially made plastic controllers acting as guitars, drum kits and microphones. The game comes with 65 songs spanning the 1960's to 2010's. The music appears as coloured blocks...

Ancient Dangers: A Bat's Tale (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/11/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)

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

Ancient Dangers: A Bat's Tale is an action puzzle adventure. You play Scoria, a female orc, searching for a herb that will stop her Granny from snoring. However, the plant can only be found in a castle guarded by dragons. With your sword and shield and...

Ethan Goes to Work (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/02/2020, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Culosoman (@Culosoman)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ethan Goes to Work is an action adventure game where Ethan McCormick just wants to get to work and not even invading aliens on his home planet of Waffle can stop him. It's a quirky tale featuring hand-to-hand brawling with a briefcase, a gun that turns...

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Krome Studios (@KromeStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger is simple and silly running, jumping and exploration game from the early 2000's. You play Ty as he searches for eggs to power a machine that will locate five scattered talismans and free his family. It's unusual for offering a...

Ravenlok

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Play and Traversal

Developer: Coco Cucumberco (@CocoCucumberco)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ravenlok is an action adventure game that starts when you fall through a mirror into a troubled kingdom. The Alice in Wonderland similarities continue with fantastical monsters to defeat, cats and rabbits to "help" you on your way. It's a coming of age...

16 Video Games Like Art's Dream Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Art's Dream. This includes games from the Puzzle, Adventure, Narrative, Action, Fighting, Point-and-Click, Shooting and Platform genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

9 Easier Video Games than Art's Dream

If you like the sound of Art's Dream but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

8 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Art's Dream

If you like the sound of Art's Dream but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Art's Dream Accessibility Report.
 

Art's Dream 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 Art's Dream in the following lists:

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shootouts

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but, as with B-movies and 1980s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about killing. The drama may be peppered with cinematic gunfire but, like those TV series, the real draw is spending time with the heroes every week.
 

Music Powered Play

Music has been an important part of video games since specialised sound chips made composing and playing back music possible during the advent of 8-bit home computers in the 80s. This gave many games a unique sound, but it was how the music interacted with gameplay that was really interesting.

We worked on this list of games where music is integral to play with Andreas Zecher. He runs the amazing Polylists resource, a website for those working in games to share lists of recommended games under self-chosen topics. His list, here, features games where music goes further than just providing a great soundtrack. In these games, music is at the core of the player’s experience. Some putting players in a state of flow, and others reacting to the player's every action like an instrument being played.

The sensory experiences of Tetris Effect Connected or Thumper would not be possible without the music that they are based on. Everyday Shooter and Sayonara Wild Hearts let players interactively experience a lo-fi indie rock and frenzy pop music album respectively. Sound Shapes is a clever platformer that doubles as a 16-step sequencer, common in the creation of electronic dance music. These games spark curiosity in how music works as they explore rhythm, harmonies and the joy of performing and actively listening to music.
 

Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. Whether this is during the rounds of a puzzle game amidst a zombie outbreak or as we race cars around a circuit, they can offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other and to the games people play.

In contrast to films or books, characters and relationships in video games need to be discovered by the player. Some of my favourite relational moments in games happen amidst other action. Often these other actions – whether shooting, puzzle-solving, or fetching and carrying – serve to underline the difficult, awkward and snatched nature of interpersonal interactions.
 

Wake Up Your Emotions

Video games are known for high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled entertainment, but there are many that address the player’s emotions as much as their dexterity. Often overlooked by younger or more competitive players, these experiences can provide a helpful variety in the diet of games your family enjoys.
The games selected below create emotionally rich spaces in which to explore scenarios with feelings rather than facts. In some games this is achieved with beautiful or soothing interactive visuals; others create charged relationships and settings that invite players to take a role in processing these emotions.
 

On-Rails Shooters

Video games are often enjoyable because they task you with juggling multiple responsibilities at the same time (not unlike other parts of life). However, there are some games that focus on just one aspect of play.

Shooting games usually require you to navigate through the world as well as dealing with targeting and shooting enemies. On-Rails Shooters and Light-Gun games take over the movement and navigation side of things for you. You are left with the task of targeting and shooting the enemies as they come into view.

These can be classic shooting games, tailored for an on-rails experience. Sometimes a stand-alone game, and sometimes a special edition of an existing franchise. Games like Point Blank, Until Dawn Rush of Blood, House of the Dead, Dead Containment and Dead Space Extraction.

This can also be games with shooting style targeting that aren't specifically about shooting. Games like Child of Eden, Rez Infinite or New Pokemon Snap. Or games that use targets as part of a skill challenge like Osu!, Pianista or Elite Beat Agents.
 

Light Gun Shooting

Not all video games are about shooting, is something we often say to parents. But also, not all shooting games are the same. As you can see in the related lists here there are many ways these games offer competition, collaboration and a challenge to players.

On-rails shooting is one niche where you don't control the movement and instead are just tasked with targeting. This may seem like a niche, but there is a smaller niche within this of Light Gun shooting games. These not only task you with just targeting enemies, but require you to do this with a pointing device similar to holding a real gun.

Light Gun shooting games game to popularity in the 90's arcades. These offered big cabinets sporting brightly coloured large plastic guns. Time Crisis, House of the Dead, Operation Wolf and Virtua Cop were popular examples.

These games have become harder to find, but recently are seeing a resurgence. On a console you need a way to target the screen:
  • Motion Controller: Games use the Wii Remote, Switch Joy-Con and PlayStation Move controllers in place of a gun,
  • Mouse Controls: Some games offer mouse targeting as an alternative.
  • Kinect: Some games used the Kinect camera or similar devices to let you shoot at the screen with your body.
  • Light-Guns: You can purchase a light gun (such as the Sinden) for use with PC games.

 

Build Personal Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves "bouncing back" from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

Games, by design, present players with adversity and much of the joy of gaming comes from taking on and overcoming unnecessary obstacles. Whether you’re saving the universe from an alien invasion or tending crops in your animal community, playing games mimics the process of resilience.

This list of games that can help foster various forms of psychological resilience is compiled with the expert help of Take This. They aim to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. They encourage a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators.

The Portal series tell a narrative that you are going to fail. You’re told to give up, but if you ignore this barrage of discouragement you can use it as a way to strengthen your resolve and complete the puzzles even if you have failed twenty times in the process. The Stanley Parable is all about trying again. You can try and re-try your decision making, reaching a variety of different endings.

Dark Souls is a hallmark for a punishing challenge that require resilience. You journey through elaborate lands to adventure, explore, and take heed lest they encounter a battle with a boss or enemy. Celeste is the story of Madeline and the enemies she overcomes while climbing Celeste Mountain. The game specifically calls out that Madeline has anxiety, and the challenges she faces in the environment reflect her own internal struggles and triumphs. Cuphead challenges players to battle relentless bosses in combat-heavy play. Cartoonish and playful, it balances challenging players to grow in skill and offers plenty of entertaining environments and aesthetics to keep you playing.

In Kingdom Hearts you meet many characters that need help - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world. Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where one player’s mistake makes everyone else lose. You learn cooperative resilience in trying again admits humorous judgments from the unseen “hosts” of the game.

In Animal Crossing you get help from the animal neighbours. You learn to lean on this social and environmental resilience to persevere at building social connections with computer villagers and friends online. Stardew Valley’s farming is about growing and maintaining a homestead. Interweaving the busy work are relationships with the other villagers, many of whom are social models for resilience in their storylines.
 

Get Children Making Music

Many games use rhythm as a mechanic to involve the player. But this list is devoted to the games that go one step further, and make you feel like you are creating music while you interact with the game. This may be the singing to other characters in Wandersong or Fe, or be contributing to the orchestral soundtrack in games like Flower or LocoRoco.

These are games that almost feel like you are playing a music album. They invite you to spend time in a meditative musical state that leaves you with their songs and rhythms in your head for the rest of the day - Pata Pata Pata Pon.
 

Hope Through Play

Games that embed a sense of hope by playing them. Sometimes a hopeful story, sometimes a hopeful interaction, and sometimes just an uplifting aesthetic to spend time in. These are games that leave you with an uplifted spirit, maybe not immediately (like Horizon Zero Dawn) but by the time you have finished them.

There is something innocent and childlike in play, and video games each have a slice of that in different ways. Sometimes simple and sometimes complex, games can help us return to the hope we had as children, or call us on to the wisdom and perspective of older years.
 

Hero Shooters

Video games are often known for their gunplay. However, not all shooting games are the same. The simple aiming and firing mechanic is creatively combined with other aspects of play that greatly alters the experience.

While some games add novel or fast-flowing movement to augment the shooting experience, Hero Shooter games expand the experience by offering different characters to play, each with specific abilities and shortcomings.

In the same way that fighting games encourage players to move an intricate move-set of a fighter (to become their "main" on-screen avatar), character-focused shooting games offer a wide range of styles of play across a diverse cast of people.

This not only adds novelty to the otherwise repetitive nature of shooting games, but changes how they are played more generally. While you may go head-on at enemies in a tank-style character, a medic, ranged attack or specialist character will need to be played in different ways.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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