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19 Great Games Like The Unfinished Swan

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

The Unfinished Swan invites you to explore a world by splashing paint on it. The tactile experience leads you into a fairy tale about an unfinished painting that leads a child back to his parent.

Unfortunately, The Unfinished Swan is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS5, Switch, 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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Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 16/10/2012

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibilty: 21 features

Developer: @GiantSparrow

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Free

Shady Part of Me

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 10/12/2020

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @ShadyPartOfMe

Players: This is a single player game

Shady Part of Me is a narrative platform game where you play as a young girl and her shadow. You help her overcome emotional struggles through solving 2D and 3D puzzles. The game world is based within the young girl's dreams. The young girl is afraid of...

The Pathless

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and iOS Apple Arcade

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

Accessibilty: 21 features

Developer: @GiantSquidology

Players: This is a single player game

The Pathless is a mythic adventure about an archer and an eagle in a vast forest. You use timed button presses to use your bow and discover the open world, and unlock a mystical island and dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world.

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Gris

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 06/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibilty: 14 features

Developer: @NomadaStudiobcn

Players: This is a single player game

Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...

Before I Forget

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 01/07/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibilty: 9 features

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...

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibilty: 45 features

Developer: @theBanov

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

Chicory: A Colourful Tale is an adventure where you play a dog wielding a magic brush. The world starts black and white and you paint to solve puzzles, help your animal friends and restore colour.

Detroit: Become Human

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 25/05/2018

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibilty: 6 features

Developer: @Quantic_Dream

Players: This is a single player game

This is a branching narrative game from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. This is the third game in the series and offers a more refined version of the filmic branching experience.

What Remains of Edith Finch

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 18/04/2017, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @GiantSparrow

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Outer Wilds

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 11/12/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @Mobius_Games

Players: This is a single player game

Outer Wilds is an exploration space mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time-loop. After 20 minutes of game time, you must start again – but each time brings a new opportunity to learn how you ended up on the planet and solve the...

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PEGI Rating 3+ for Ink

Ink

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 05/08/2015

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

Genres: Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SpaceboyGames

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

Ink is a running (sliding) and jumping game where you see the platforms you are jumping on by splashing them with ink. You control a little white square that, along with splashing colour everywhere, can jump on enemies and climb walls.

Beyond Eyes

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 04/08/2015

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Team17Ltd

Players: This is a single player game

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 immediately around you, and further away if things are...

The Talos Principle

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 11/12/2014, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Croteam

Players: This is a single player game

The Talos Principle is a narrative driven puzzle game, praised for its cerebral and philosophical nature, where you play an android with a human conscience. You explore environments to complete complex brain-teasing puzzles to collect "sigils".

Papo and Yo

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 14/08/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 3

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @We_are_minority

Players: This is a single player game

Papo & Yo pits you as a young boy, Quico, exploring a Brazilian city slum. As you solve puzzles and perform well-timed jumps to progress through the city, you must also deal with a monster – both real and metaphorically representing your alcoholic...

Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 07/08/2013

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @StarbreezeAB

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

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an action-adventure game where you control two brothers at the same time with a single controller. After their mother passes away, they must find some water from the Tree of Life to save their father. The controls weave...

De Blob 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 26/09/2008, updated in 2011

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BlitWorks

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

De Blob is a platform-puzzle game where you explore cartoon-style urban landscapes to recolour the city. You play a sponge-like creature that can collect coloured paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...

Dear Esther

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 14/02/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibilty: 3 features

Developer: @ChineseRoom

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Last Day of June

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 31/08/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Ovosonico

Players: This is a single player game

Last Day of June is a game about a couple called Carl and June, who suffer a tragedy when a car accident takes June's life and leaves Carl in a wheelchair. You control Carl, remembering life with June and discover that you can interact with her...

Waking

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: @Jasonoda

Players: This is a single player game

Waking is a world exploration game where you play a character in a coma. You enter their dreams, The Mindscape, in the recesses of their mind and follow voices calling you home.

Colors!

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 05/04/2012, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Creative

Developer: @Llerd

Players: This is a single player game

Colors! is a painting game for handheld gaming devices. It introduces concepts of creating digital art in an easy and accessible way. You take on challenges to draw pictures and can share them with others online. You can also play back your drawings to...

Art Academy

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/12/2009, updated in 2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Creative

Accessibilty: 10 features

Developer: @HeadstrongGames

Players: This is a single player game

Art Academy is a creative painting game for Nintendo systems, that leads children through step-by-step art lessons. An in-game tutor teaches you to develop basic art skills and techniques. Along with the lessons, there's a free paint mode with all the...

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Wake Up Your Emotions

Video games are known for high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled entertainment, but there are many that address the player’s emotions as much as their dexterity. Often overlooked by younger or more competitive players, these experiences can provide a helpful variety in the diet of games your family enjoys.
The games selected below create emotionally rich spaces in which to explore scenarios with feelings rather than facts. In some games this is achieved with beautiful or soothing interactive visuals; others create charged relationships and settings that invite players to take a role in processing these emotions.
 

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 
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Shu

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Shu
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Ink

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PEGI Rating 3+ for Ink
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Kine

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PEGI Rating 3+ for Kine
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Fe

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Fe
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Abzu

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Abzu

PlayStation Move Games

The PlayStation Move controllers look similar to the Wii Remote, although black and with more buttons and a rubber light-up bulb. They offer a different and intuitive way to control compatible games.

Although it's possible to use them without a camera, best results require a PlayStation Eye or a PlayStation VR camera. This increases the fidelity of tracking and enables other 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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Ico

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Ico
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Hoa

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Kine

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PEGI Rating 3+ for Kine
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Pode

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PEGI Rating 3+ for Pode
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Roki

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PEGI Rating 12+ for Roki
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Gris

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Gris
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Eco

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Eco
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Portal

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PEGI Rating 12+ for Portal

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."
 

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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