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9 Great Games Like Griftlands

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

Griftlands is an adventure game where you use cards to fight and negotiate your way through a broken-down sci-fi world. You will die or fail often, but then use your knowledge and growing deck of cards to have a better chance of survival on your next round of the game.

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

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Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 14/06/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @Klei

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

Thousand Threads

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 30/07/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @ThreadsGame

Players: This is a single player game

Thousand Threads is an open world game of consequences. You are free to interact with the world, animals and people however you like, give, take, save, kill, inform, hide, befriend, betray. But how you do this will have ongoing and unavoidable...

The Solitaire Conspiracy

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Strategy

Developer: @MikeBithell

Players: This is a single player game

The Solitaire Conspiracy takes the well known Solitaire card game and integrates it into a neon drenched cyberpunk spy story to create a fresh take.

Fable (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 14/09/2004

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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

Developer: @WeArePlayground

Players: This is a single player game

This is an adventure role-playing game set in a fantasy world where your interactions with the world and villagers, and decisions about your use of magical power, substantially alter the story and the environment.

Pilgrims

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 07/10/2019

Platforms: PC and iOS Apple Arcade

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...

Dicey Dungeons

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 13/08/2019

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

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

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.

Signs of the Sojourner

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 14/05/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @EchodogGames

Players: This is a single player game

Signs of the Sojourner, an introspective narrative where you interact with characters by solving puzzles with cards that represent emotions. It's a coming-of-age story set in the near-future and explores how relationships form, break, and mend in the...

Golf Peaks

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/11/2018

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

Genres: Puzzle and Sports

Developer: @AfterburnGames

Players: This is a single player game

Golf Peaks is a golf game you play by picking different shot cards and swiping in a direction. Unlike other golf games it more of a puzzle than a test of skill or timing. You don't even need to understand of golf.

Steamworld Quest

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Stadia

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

Developer: @ImageForm

Players: This is a single player game

SteamWorld Quest is also turn-based, but here you pick card abilities to attack enemies, which moves the strategy from prioritisation and shooting to combining attack and defence abilities effectively.

Monster Train

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/05/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @ShinyShoeGames

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online

Monster Train is a turn-based fighting game played on a train to hell. Through a series of rounds, you collect cards which summon monsters or special moves to stop enemy armies from getting to and destroying your pyre. Because the pyre is at the top of...

Griftlands 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 Griftlands in the following lists:

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 

Face Tough Decisions

Games create virtual worlds where you can experience life from other perspectives. This can be entertaining and light-hearted, but also presents ethical scenarios that require you to think carefully about consequences.

The games selected here each place you in a challenging situation to give you a first-hand experience of what it’s like. It may be nail-biting, heart-breaking or desperate, but often, through all the trials and tribulations, there is still hope. Either way, unlike reading books or watching films about these subjects, here you are emotionally implicated in the choices you are faced with.
 

Branching Stories With Multiple Endings

All games offer you agency. You can win or lose. You can complete them or stop at any time. But there are some games that offer a story that genuinely branches. Where you end up will be different from other players. This not only makes your actions really matter but also gives you a reason to play them again.

Setting aside games that evolve through simulation, or games where once you die it's game over, these branching narrative games tell a story that ends in a certain way because of the choices you made.
 

Exuberant Games For Pre-16 Year-Olds

There's a gap when children are starting to outgrow PEGI 12 rated games but aren't necessarily ready for PEGI 16 rated shooting and fighting experiences. The games in this list offer some options that are genuinely exuberant and exhilarating but with lower levels of violence.

We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are all PEGI 12 or under, apart from Halo, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US for the latest release and mostly features space-themed rather than realistic violence.
 


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