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33 Great Games Like Dear Reader

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Dear Reader and have found the following:

Dear Reader is a word puzzle game. It takes classical literature and (by removing words, rearranging passages and introducing spelling errors) it tasks you with the puzzle of proof-reading. Progression through the game unlocks numerous works that are mostly in the public domain such as Pride and Prejudice and the Picture of Dorian Gray.

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

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Local No 12 (@LocalNo12)

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost

14 Hand Picked Video Games Like Dear Reader

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Dear Reader. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Dear Reader. These selections also include Video Game 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: Double Speak Game (@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...

Wordle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/12/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Power Languish (@PowerLanguish)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wordle is a daily puzzle game where you (and anyone else playing that day) try and guess the secret word. You get six guesses that must be real words. Each letter is then coloured to provide clues: green for right letter in the right place, yellow for...

Orwell's Animal Farm

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

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

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Nerial (@Nerial)

Players: This is a single-player game

Orwell's Animal Farm is an adventure game with a decent slice of strategy, all brought to life with beautiful hand-drawn storybook art. As the name suggests, the game is based on the 1945 literary classic Animal Farm by George Orwell, which uses a farm...

Heaven's Vault

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/04/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

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

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

In Heaven’s Vault you play an archaeologist translating an ancient alien language whose decrypting weaves through an unfolding drama. While doing real linguistic work you interact with companions and locals. Your choices can open or close vast swathes...

Lost Words: Beyond the Page

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/12/2019, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Games Sketchbook (@GamesSketchbook)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Sticky Terms

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/03/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sticky Terms is a puzzle game where you construct words from other languages with portions of letters. You rotate, drag and overlap the different elements to create words, once you do you are rewarded with a drum hit and a definition of the word.

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.

Elsinore

Release Date: 22/07/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Developer: Elsinore Game (@ElsinoreGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Elsinore is a mystery-adventure set in Shakespeare's Hamlet. You play Elsinore who repeats the same four days as she tries to find a way to avoid the tragedy that lies before her.

Letter Rooms

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2021

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Klemens Strasser (@KlemensStrasser)

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

Letter Rooms is a simple anagram puzzle game. You get a hint and a set of letters and rearrange them to create the answer. This starts simply but adds more complexity like turning letters on and off or flipping letters.

WordHunters

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/11/2018

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Thumb Food (@ThumbFood)

Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room

This is a world-travelling word game you play on the PlayStation using a smartphone or tablet rather than controller. The smartphone and tablet screens makes picking letters easy for all ages and the camera on these devices is used to put each...

Writer's Block

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Tic Toc Games (@TicTocGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Writer’s Block is a word puzzle game where you create words to fight. You take on quests and spell words to beat or evade the strange opponents. It's an unusual combination of combat and vocabulary where you battle mental monsters standing in the way...

Subwords

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Klemens Strasser (@KlemensStrasser)

Players: This is a single-player game

Subwords is trivia spelling puzzle game. Unlike other spelling challenges, words are split into syllables rather than letters. You tap them in order as fast as possible. Each level has a topic or theme that you need to learn to find the words.

Wurdweb

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 08/07/2021

Platforms: Apple TV, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wurdweb is a word puzzle game modelled on the feeling you get from completing a crossword. Only, unlike a crossword, you are given the words. You select words from your list and connect them to existing words on the board.

Ordet

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 10/08/2012, updated in 2016

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: La Nausee Apps (@LaNauseeApps)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ordet is a word puzzle game where you make as many words as possible with seven letters. If you can find a seven-letter word you advance to the next level. The novelty here is over 1000 hand crafted levels.

3 Board Game Alternatives to Dear Reader

These are our hand-picked alternatives to Dear Reader. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

16 Video Games Like Dear Reader Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Dear Reader. This includes games from the Puzzle and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

4 Easier Video Games than Dear Reader

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

10 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Dear Reader

If you like the sound of Dear Reader 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 Dear Reader Accessibility Report.
 

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Digital Nutrition

Jocelyn Brewer coined the phrase Digital Nutrition to introduce a way of thinking about technology that went beyond screen time worries, drug analogies and detoxes. Instead, she encourages us to think about the variety, context and patterns of digital consumption.

"Digital Nutrition is a guilt-free philosophy that guides you towards healthful technology habits and improving your digital literacy and wellbeing. Rather than digital detoxing and unplugging, Digital Nutrition is about intentional and intelligent use of devices and the conscious consumption of news, media and information."

I’ve worked with her on this list of games that provide particularly underserved aspects of our digital play diet. These are the vitamins of the gaming world. Essential to a healthy diet and easy to overlook if we just follow where video game advertising leads us.

Unlike the other lists on the site, it’s an eclectic collection of games. But this is for good reason. These are the games that supplement your digital diet with variety, fibre, vitamins and minerals. They are the “digital super-foods” as Jocelyn puts it.

Digital Nutrition is a brilliant antidote to the guilt, muddled advice and finger-pointing of screen time focus advice. Instead, we can consider what specific games have to offer our children and our family.

This leads to other questions about how, where and when we play. Grabbing a Pizza on the street isn’t the same as sitting down to share a slice around the meal table. Only eating Kale is as problematic disordered eating as eating too many sweets. The same is true with video games, so this list is here to offer a varied diet.
 

Get Children Reading

We 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.

There 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.

 
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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