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15 Great Games Like Penrose

These are hand-picked games similar to Penrose. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Penrose. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Penrose, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB EVERYONE 10+ games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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 time, choice, and the nature of obsession."

Unfortunately, Penrose is not available on Mac, PC, 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 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Creative and Narrative

Developer: @DoubleSpeakGame

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Free

Last Stop

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @VariableState

Players: This is a single player game

Last Stop is an adventure set in London. You play three interconnected characters, making choices that shape their conversations, and determine where their stories lead.

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Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 07/11/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @UNIofSkovde

Players: This is a single player game

This is a point and click adventure. You play young radio reporter Patricia who has just started her first job at a radio station. However, strange things are happening. Richard, her friend who got her the job has vanished and someone is tampering with...

Closed Hands

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 05/03/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative

Developer: @PassengerGames

Players: This is a single player game

Closed Hands is an text adventure game set in the lead-up and aftermath of a terror attack in a fictional UK city. You follow five core characters brought together by the same event. It's a branching story that you discover and influence as you read and...

Bury Me My Love

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Developer: @BMMLgame

Players: This is a single player game

Don’t be put off by the name and theme of this intriguing game, an adventure played by choosing responses in what looks like a messaging app. You take the role of the husband of a Syrian migrant travelling to Europe. As the game unfolds in real time,...

Kind Words

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative and Narrative

Developer: @Popcannibal

Players: This is a single player game

Kind Words is unusual because of the main interaction. You write letters to real people and receive back encouraging letters in return. Set in a cosy room with soft furnishings and relaxing music, it creates a space in which to find support and...

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Ord

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/06/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @JoniTweetsGames

Players: This is a single player game

Ord is an unusual text adventure, rather than one grand story, you embark on a series of distinct quests. Whether it's defeating an evil warlock or creating your own world as a god, Ord tells stories through simple series of words and word associations...

Typoman

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/11/2015

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

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BrainSeed_Fcty

Players: This is a single player game

Typoman is a running, jumping puzzle game where you use letters and words to solve puzzles and progress. You play as a character made of letters in a hostile land with evil creatures. As this unusual character, you make your way through the world...

A Dark Room

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Continuities

Players: This is a single player game

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. It has a similarly simple start – a single option to stoke a fire – but also evolves into an incrementally complex system of resource management as a larger story unfolds.

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @ChineseRoom

Players: This is a single player game

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,...

Her Story

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 24/06/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @MrSamBarlow

Players: This is a single player game

Solve the 1994 mystery of a murdered man by searching an old police computer archive of interview videos of his wife. The game presents a retro computer interface but the interviews themselves are short films with real actors. Although there are only...

Lifeline (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 16/04/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @3MinuteGames

Players: This is a single player game

Lifeline is a narrative adventure where you interact with am astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.

Sticky Terms

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/03/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @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.

Elsinore

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 22/07/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @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.

Nanotale - Typing Chronicles (Series)

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 23/09/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Stadia

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

Developer: @FishingCactus

Players: This is a single player game

Nanotale is an adventure game where you type to progress through a magical planet on the brink of extinction. You play as Rosalind, a novice Archivist, in a journey to study and catalogue the mysteries of the dying planet. Your goal is to gather rock &...

Telling Lies

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 31/07/2019

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @MrSamBarlow

Players: This is a single player game

Telling Lies is from the same developer as Her Story. It's named as an investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling by the developer.

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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 Penrose in the following lists:

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.
 

Get Children Reading

Image 221We 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.

Image 241There 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.

 

Bend Time To Your Advantage

Time in video games is a valuable thing. Unlike in the real world where it proceeds in a linear fashion, in a game it may speed up, slow down or even go backwards. There are some games where controlling time becomes a crucial and fascinating game mechanic. The best of these integrate your time travelling powers with both characters and narrative to create a compelling experience.
 

Learn English As Second Language

For those learning to read, or learning to read English as a second language, video games offer an opportunity play and interact with the meaning of words. Many games include written dialogue or subtitles of the spoken performances, but more interesting in this context are games that use words and sentences as the form of interaction.

There are games like A Dark Room, that offer nouns and verbs as the means of interacting with the world. There are games like Scribblenauts, that let the player enter words to conjure items to solve problems. There are games like Nanotale where you need to enter words to record items in your catalogue and advance the story.

Other games are also useful to those learning English as a second language as you easily can switch between different languages. Also you can play dialogue heavy games at your own pace as the action won’t advance without you.
 


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