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14 Games Like Fractured Minds

Fractured Minds is a short game that explores the implications of living with mental illness. You explore everyday spaces that behave in strange and sometimes disturbing ways. To progress, you need to solve some simple puzzles.
 

These games offer a similar experience or are about a theme that Fractured Minds addresses. Also, if you want to play a game like Fractured Minds but don’t have PC, PS4, Switch or Xbox One, these are a good alternative.

 

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/11/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle.

 

 

Before I Forget

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Duration: Between 50 minutes and 75 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Before I Forget is an exploration adventure, where you play Sunita, a woman alone in a house with early-onset dementia. As you wander from room to room, you discover mysterious objects, each holding a fleeting, fragmented memory. Examine faded...


Adventures With Anxiety

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Narrative

Duration: Around half an hour to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Adventures With Anxiety is a mini-adventure where you play, as a red dog who is the inner protective voice of a young person. Your role is to guard them against danger, although as you do you cause them anxiety in different ways.


Lumi Nova: Tales of Courage

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free.

Lumi Nova: Tales of Courage is a role-playing game with puzzles and tasks that help 7-12 year olds deal with anxiety about different situations. You create a character in the game, explore dungeons and find treasure. Along the way characters offer...


Celeste

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

Genres: Platform

Duration: Between 13 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Beyond Eyes

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Beyond Eyes is game about a Blind girl, Rae, who uses her senses to visualize the world around her. As you play, the game only shows you parts of the world you can hear. This means you can see immediatley around you, and further away if things are...


Champions of Shenga

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Champions of Shenga is a fantasy card-battling game. You assemble a deck of creatures, equipment and spells in order to compete, but play is regulated via a special heart rate monitor designed to help players track and master their emotions while...


Dear Esther

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


The White Door

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture lands you in a fictional deserted English village in 1984. As you walk the streets of another era you discover bright human forms who re-enact events like a radio play. Through their eyes, you see a web of fear,...


Gone Home

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Gone Home places you in the role of Katie, returning from overseas to her family home. But the house is deserted and by exploring the rooms you piece together what happened to her sister, Sam. It’s a mystery to solve, but a common one of family...


What Remains of Edith Finch

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Edith Finch is the surviving member of the Finch family, who seem to have died from a curse. In first-person perspective, you return to the family’s coastal home to learn about each relative’s final hours by exploring their rooms in turn.


Limbo

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...


Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Duration: Between 8 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a dark fantasy adventure, drawing on Norse and Celtic mythology, where you play a young female Pict warrior, Senua. You explore and fight your way to Helheim to rescue the soul of her dead lover. As you play, though, you hear multiple voices in...


Inside

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 8 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

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.


 
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Fractured Minds 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 Fractured Minds in the following lists:

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.
 

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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