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21 Great Games Like Empty

These are hand-picked games similar to Empty. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Empty. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Empty. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Empty is a minimalist puzzle game that teaches the value of simplicity in life. You rotate and interact with different vignettes to line up items with the same background colour. As you do this they disappear and the scene slowly empties.

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

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Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibilty: 12 features

Developer: @_Dstrm

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Free

Assemble With Care

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 19/11/2019

Platforms: PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @UsTwoGames

Players: This is a single player game

From the makers of Monument Valley, this puzzle game is a unique way to consider how physical objects become meaningful and hold our memories. You play a restorer who repairs people's favourite possessions: from family heirlooms to broken statues to...

Superliminal

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Puzzle

Accessibilty: 10 features

Developer: @Pillowcastle

Players: This is a single player game

Superliminal is a puzzle game incorporating optical illusions and forced perspective. As you play and explore you can manipulate objects so that when put down their perspective, scale and size has changed. This enables you to progress through areas...

Sniks

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 05/08/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibilty: 19 features

Developer: @ShellyAlon

Players: This is a single player game

Sniks is a puzzle game about guiding colourful worms to matching coloured fruit and food. Each level is a self contained arena with a number of snakes. Each snake can only consume fruit of a matching colour and they can't pass each other. It poses some...

Fishy 3D

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 07/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibilty: 17 features

Developer: @SokPopCo

Players: This is a single player game

Fishy 3D is a small game where you play a little fish in a polluted riverbed. Your objective is simply to escape to the sea! This is done by navigating through your pond and eventually releasing enough water that you can reach the pipe that leads to the...

Donut County

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 15/08/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Torahhorse

Players: This is a single player game

Donut County offers a similarly simple style of play. You drag a hole around the screen; the more things you can make fall in, the bigger the hole gets. You start with bricks, road cones and bushes, but eventually you’re swallowing whole houses.

Metamorphabet

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 12/02/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @Vectorpark

Players: This is a single player game

Explore the alphabet by pushing and pulling the letters around to create different things beginning with that letter. It’s simply presented with sound effects and voiced words for each object. It excels at making each letter and object feel tactile...

Maquette

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 02/03/2021

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @MaquetteGame

Players: This is a single player game

Maquette is a puzzle game played in a series of nested identical worlds. What you do in the larger world effects things in the smaller one, and so on. Every building, plant, and object are simultaneously tiny and staggeringly huge.

Monument Valley (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @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...

Under Leaves

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 27/04/2017

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @CircusAtos

Players: This is a single player game

Under Leaves is a puzzle game where you search of colour-filled hidden objects in scenes made of flora and fauna. Each one is a hand-drawn watercolour illustrations and accompanied with a soothing soundscape. It's a game about observation and attention...

Kolumno

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 15/11/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 30% off

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

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibilty: 7 features

Developer: @DevilishGames

Players: This is a single player game

Kolumno is a puzzle game where you drop a ball down the side of a sphere aiming to reach the bottom without being blocked. Your task is to manipulate the ball so it fits the rotating elements with gaps in them.

The White Door

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 09/01/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibilty: 22 features

Developer: @RustyLakeCom

Players: This is a single player game

The White Door is an adventure that you play by exploring each room, finding and interacting with items and people. Along with its unusual black and white visuals, The White Door is also notable for the topic of mental health and memory loss it takes on.

Burly Men at Sea

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/09/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Brain_And_Brain

Players: This is a single player game

Burly Men at Sea is an adventure where you play three seafaring brothers who explore the Scandinavian seas. It's novel because it requires multiple playthroughs to discover the full narrative. It has a unique cyclical gameplay loop that remembers your...

Unpacking

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @WitchBeamGames

Players: This is a single player game

Unpacking is a mediative puzzle game where you unpack your belongings into a series of either spaces, each representing a stage in life.

Gravity Rush

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017

Price: 42% off

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Gravity Rush is a running, jumping and exploration adventure game. You play as Kat, an amnesiac with the power to manipulate gravity. She uses this ability to help her community and uncover the mystery of her past.

Inner Tao

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 12/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibilty: 25 features

Developer: @LeSloDev

Players: This is a single player game

Inner Tao is a puzzle game where you move two circles, manoeuvring objects to their destinations, marked by small squares. This starts simply but soon has you manipulating multiple elements and moving between the white and black halves of each puzzle....

Vignettes

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 06/03/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibilty: 3 features

Developer: @SkeletonBiz

Players: This is a single player game

Explore shapes that change into different objects as you spin them around with your fingers. What starts as a novelty evolves into a collecting challenge where interacting with one item leads to another. Rescue a stray cat, awaken an ancient...

Song of Bloom

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 07/12/2019

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @Kamibox_ph

Players: This is a single player game

Song of Bloom is a narrative puzzle game where you explore chalk drawn animations to discover a melancholy story. Working through these moving pictures you interact with clue elements highlighted in red that unlock the next chapter of the story.

A Fold Apart

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 11/04/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Platform

Accessibilty: 20 features

Developer: @LRGthunder

Players: This is a single player game

A puzzle game that explores the emotional rollercoaster of a long-distance relationship — in a world of folding paper. After career choices force them along separate paths, a Teacher and Architect vow to make their long-distance relationship work at...

Manifold Garden

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @WilliamChyr

Players: This is a single player game

Manifold Garden is inspired by Escher drawings and the reality-bending moments in the film Inception. You play from a first-person perspective and explore a beautiful, and what seems to be an abstract world, bereft of colour. It takes time to master and...

Yellow

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 04/05/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @BartbBonte

Players: This is a single player game

Yellow is a spatial puzzle game. Each level you need to turn the screen yellow. How you do this varies from level to level. Dragging objects to match a silhouette, tapping and holding in time with a rhythm, spinning your finger, tapping in order. The...

Minesweeper Genius

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 12/02/2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @BigGreenPillow

Players: This is a single player game

Minesweeper Genius is the classic puzzle game with some twists and more character. You help Aristotle sweep the minefield to regain his memory. To do this you use the number clues on each column to how many bombs are in adjacent squares.

Empty 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 Empty in the following lists:

Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 
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Ico

3
PEGI Rating 7+ for Ico
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Hoa

12
Game image Kine

Kine

7
PEGI Rating 3+ for Kine
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Pode

2
PEGI Rating 3+ for Pode
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Roki

61
PEGI Rating 12+ for Roki
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Gris

8
PEGI Rating 7+ for Gris
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Eco

4
PEGI Rating 7+ for Eco
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Portal

12
PEGI Rating 12+ for Portal

Find Calm From The Storm

These games offer ways to consciously step outside the day's stresses and pressures to create space for self-care. This may be to distract yourself with calming unpressured tasks or to visit a world that is tranquil and relaxing or maybe just spend time reflecting on your emotions in a safe space.
 

Designed For Easier Play

These games go above and beyond just adding a few difficulty settings. They consider a wide range of ability and accessibilities by offering customisable difficulty settings as well as special low pressure or assist modes that aid progress.
 
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Eloh

2
PEGI Rating 3+ for Eloh
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Arms

1
PEGI Rating 12+ for Arms
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PixArk

27
PEGI Rating 12+ for PixArk
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Qomp

4

Nurture Child-Like Imagination in 3-6 Year-Olds

These games are for children under seven years old, who will, with some help, discover activities they want to try that will expand their imaginations while establishing the role of your guidance and engagement as part of the gaming world as they grow up. The more open imagination of young children lends itself to games that offer an open world. Rather than forcing the player in a particular direction open world games let players explore wherever they want. The games here offer unusual and age-appropriate experiences that are often educational but keep the emphasis on the sheer joy of interactive play rather than hard learning.
 

Get Children Painting

Video games often create spaces like beautiful paintings. Designers and artists spend years crafting worlds that invite us to interact with realistic or stylised brushstrokes. The games in this list let the play take part in that painting process.

Some of the games here, like Okami or Concrete Genie, use painting as a way to solve puzzles to progress through the game. Other games in the list, like Splatoon, De Blob or Chicory, use painting as a way interact with the game world itself. Then there are games like The Unfinished Swan, that use painting as a way of revealing what is in front of you, giving the impression of limit faculties. Finally, there are games like Ete or Dordogne, that use painting in the game to express emotion.

Unlike the world of real painting, in video games anyone can create a masterpiece. The game Sloppy Forgeries, uses this idea as its main mechanic. You are presented with a classic painting and given a limited time to race other players to recreate it. In amongst the frantic silliness is something lovely. The usual barriers to creativity fall, as we all get stuck in and have a go. Another notable game is If Found where you are erasing your drawings and paintings in a powerful way that aligns with a narrative of rediscovered identity.
 


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