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23 Great Games Like Old Man’s Journey

Old Man’s Journey is a game about memory and old age. You help a grandfather-figure traverse the countryside by raising and lowering the landscape. Along the way he visits places that evoke the story of his life: a wife, a child and a love of the sea.

Unfortunately, Old Man’s Journey is not available on Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, 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+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 17/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost



 

Spring Falls

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 17/11/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Spring Falls is a puzzle where you erode a geometric landscape to let water flow down the mountain and help plants grow. Along with the low-pressure puzzle play, the game offers a calming experience with soft visuals, ambient music and interactive...


Winding Worlds

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 14/05/2020

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Winding Worlds is a colourful puzzle game played in a mythic world where you solve your way through the afterlife. The characters you meet don't always want to help, but you can help them deal with their problems and find peace. The puzzles are logic...


Tree

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 13/08/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

Tree is a short 15 minute game that tells the story of a boy who plants a small tree. You control the planting, watering and how the tree grows each season. As you do this the years pass and the boy...


Before I Forget

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 01/07/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @3foldgames

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Townscaper

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 30/06/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @OskSta

Players: This is a single player game

Townscaper is a town building toy. You pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.


Florence

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

This is a little puzzle game that tells the story of a relationship, following the usual stages of loneliness, meeting, dating, falling for and moving in with another person. At first, the puzzle interactions seem trivial and the game doesn’t change...


Donut County

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

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

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

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.


A Fold Apart

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/04/2020

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

Genres: Platform

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...


She and the Light Bearer

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 17/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @MojikenStudio

Players: This is a single player game

She and the Light Bearer is a point-and-click adventure game with hand-drawn visuals, where you find and interact with items to solve puzzles and advance through its narrative. It’s accompanied by an instrumental acoustic soundtrack that reveals a new...


Road to Guangdong

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/06/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @ExcalPublishing

Players: This is a single player game

Road to Guangdong is a road trip adventure game about family and travel. You drive across 1990’s Guangdong, fix your car and explore the places you pass. You play as Sunny, just after a family tragedy, travelling with Guu Ma, her aunt. They have the...


She Remembered Caterpillars

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 17/01/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @TheJumpSuits

Players: This is a single player game

She Remembered Caterpillars is a colour-matching puzzle game with an unusual look and emotional story to tell. Through the unsettling fungi-punk aesthetic you work out how to get your characters to the endpoint of each stage. As you do you eavesdrop on...


Eastshade

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 14/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

Eastshade is a slow exploration game in a world you explore by walking around. Here, though, you play as a travelling artist capturing the grand flora and fauna on canvas as you go. It’s another game that places you with purpose and responsibility in...


Passage

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/01/2007

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Passage passage.toolness.org is a super-simple game from the same developer as One Hour One Life on the theme of a life well lived. Although just a few minutes long, it offers an unusual interactive metaphor for the...


Celeste

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Platform

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Pokemon Go!

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 06/07/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Physically Active and Turn-Based

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 20 players online

Pokémon Go is a game you play by walking outside. You play on a smartphone so it can use the GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player's real-world location.


Rime

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/05/2017

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Players: This is a single player game

Rime is an adventure on an island where you play a boy led a fox-like spirit as a guide. To progress through the beautiful environments you solve puzzles across five large levels. You can run, climb, carry objects, and push or pull larger objects across...


Arise: A Simple Story

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 03/12/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Piccolo_Studio

Players: This is a single player game

Arise: A Simple Story is a narrative game about an old man living in a pre-agricultural tribe. He has just been cremated and as get travels to the next life, begins a pilgrimage of revisiting memories of his life.


80 Days

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 31/07/2014, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Adventure and Turn-Based

Developer: @inkleStudios

Players: This is a single player game

80 Days is a travel and culture discovery game set in 1872, where decisions about your journey around the world impact the course of the story and characters.


Sayonara Wild Hearts

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/11/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Players: This is a single player game

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a rhythm-action game where you control a running, flying, dancing or motorbike-riding character to collect coins and hearts in time with pop music. The neon visuals and emotively voiced story make this an unusual and compelling...


Braid

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/08/2008

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story...


#SelfCare

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/07/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Simulation

Developer: @LuvTruLuv

Players: This is a single player game

#SelfCare is a companion game that aims to create space for your feelings. Unlike other apps that remind or incentivize you to take a break, breath or even just to stand up, #SelfCare offers interactions and narrative that create a context for you to...


Spiritfarer

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 18/08/2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Simulation

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

Spiritfarer is a boat building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.


The White Door

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 09/01/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

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.


Old Man’s Journey 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 Old Man’s Journey 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.
 

Your First Video Game

These games are perfect if you’ve never played one before, opening the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers. They are short, straightforward and easy to understand, so you don’t need to commit hours to learn to play them, and they are played on technology you probably already have in your pocket or in your home. They address mature themes such as love, hope, power, homelessness and even traffic planning by inviting you to interact and play a part in these worlds and stories.

We've found that it's not just parents who have enjoyed the way these games let them in on the world of gaming, but grandparents, uncles and aunts. In fact it's a great list for anyone who's never played a game and wants to know what all the fuss is about.
 

Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.
 

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.
 

Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
  • Xbox Game Pass £7.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate including Xbox Live Gold for online play £10.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass PC £7.99/month
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also enables you to stream over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles, similar to the service offered by PlayStation Now, on mobile devices.

Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month and is the Xbox service that lets you play with others online. It also offers a few free games each month and substantial discounts.
 

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.
 

Space For Grief

Games include interactions, narratives and characters dealing with all aspects of life (and death). This means that some care is necessary if players are sensitive to losing significant people. But also, games can provide a helpful space in which to process, consider and understand death and loss.

Image 162 I've come up with some games that explore this topic, along with help and suggestions from Gaming The Mind (Twitter), an organisation of UK-based mental health professionals who aim to promote positive mental health within the gaming community. By focusing on the intersection between gaming and mental health, they want to raise awareness of mental health challenges and reduce the stigma surrounding these issues.

"We express grief in different ways depending on our age," they said. "To help children cope with loss, it is important that they receive honest explanations about death, appropriate to their level of understanding. With these games, players may find valuable space in which to acknowledge grief as a completely normal reaction to bereavement."

"The games we have selected don't necessarily offer an ideal way to cope with death but tackle the topic of death openly and with a positive attitude. They can help show the player that they are not alone in what they are going through. Playing these games with young people, and answering questions they might have along the way, can be a useful starting point for important conversations about grief."
 

Come To Terms With Ageing

In a culture that holds up youth as an ideal rather than a stage of life, it can be hard to embrace our ageing lives, bodies and dreams. The games in this list offer a chance to step into the shoes of older protagonists as well as spend time with people coming to terms with the ticking clock themselves.
 

Free With Google Play Pass

Google Play Pass is an alternative way to access video games on your Android smartphone or tablet device. Currently available in the US, it offers over 350 apps and games. Of these, there are around 100 or so games, that are selected to be family-friendly.
  • Gives access to a curated catalogue of premium apps and games.
  • No ads or in-app purchases.
  • Share access with up to 6 total family members.

 


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