The Best Abstract Games

Update : Minesweeper Twist added at rank #32.
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Please, Touch The Artwork (2021)

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What happens when you DO touch the artwork? Part Zen-puzzle, part narrative-adventure, you'll explore the secret world behind iconic abstract paintings through over 160 puzzles. An aesthetic journey to the origins of modern art, set to a soothing jazzy soundtrack.


  • abstract
  • puzzle
  • relaxing
  • narrative
  • atmospheric
  • minimalist
  • stylized
  • point-and-click
  • narration
  • isometric
  • emotional
  • challenging
  • maze
  • friends-and-family

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Manifold Garden (2019)

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Rediscover gravity and explore an Escher-esque world of impossible architecture. Witness infinity in first-person and master its rules to solve physics-defying puzzles. Cultivate a garden to open new paths forward, where an eternal expanse awaits.


  • abstract
  • surreal
  • philosophical
  • nonlinear
  • puzzle
  • psychedelic
  • experimental
  • minimalist
  • multiple-endings
  • first-person
  • atmospheric
  • exploration
  • relaxing
  • colourful
  • mystery

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Ynglet (2021)

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Ynglet is a hand-drawn adventure game where you play as a jellyfish-type creature that must float and bounce through levels in search of your missing friends. Enjoy the beautiful and calming music notes as you explore each location and solve puzzles to rescue your friends!

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What we like:
  • Relaxing & meditative gameplay
  • Creative & entertaining
  • Uniquely hand-drawn game
  • Beautiful music notes & sound effects
  • Easy to play & understand
What could be improved:
  • No competitive or time-rushing gameplay
  • Limited 3D graphics and quality
  • Not too long to defeat game

  • platform
  • abstract
  • fantasia
  • casual
  • meditative
  • adventure
  • experimental
  • play

4

Youropa (2018)

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Youropa is a mind-bending puzzle adventure set in a fragmented Paris. Walk on walls, defy gravity, and challenge your perception of the third dimension. Uncover new abilities, face ferocious enemies, and explore a beautifully designed urban environment. With its unique gameplay concept, Youropa promises a polished, fun, and challenging experience that will keep you hooked.


What we like:
  • Clever and gradually introduced puzzle design
  • Beautiful graphics and environments
  • High level of polish and charm
  • No forced story
  • Lots of content and levels
What could be improved:
  • Can be very difficult and frustrating
  • Some platforming sections require precise movements
  • Camera movement can be weird

  • puzzle
  • platform
  • character
  • metroidvania
  • abstract
  • editor
  • level
  • parkour
  • exploration
  • third-person
  • surreal
  • 3d
  • building
  • relaxing
  • driving

5

OVIVO (2018)

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OVIVO is mesmerizing platformer with unusual mechanics where everything is as simple as black and white. The journey in the metaphoric world filled with illusions and hidden messages awaits you!


  • abstract
  • psychedelic
  • minimalist
  • platform
  • surreal
  • atmospheric
  • 2d
  • puzzle
  • physics
  • exploration
  • controller-support
  • mystery
  • ambient
  • single-player
  • adventure

6

Sunlight (2021)

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Game Boy Advanced (GBA) PC Windows

Traverse a harmonious hand painted forest in this first person hike. ☀️The trees guide you with gentle whispers, as you explore a philosophical story.

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  • walking-simulator
  • abstract
  • cinematic
  • experimental
  • emotional
  • philosophical
  • nature
  • walking
  • stylized
  • hand-drawn
  • 3d
  • relaxing
  • narrative
  • uk
  • narration

7

Dissembler (2018)

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Dissembler is a subtle puzzle game about unraveling playful, abstract designs one color at a time.


  • abstract
  • puzzle
  • minimalist
  • solitaire
  • logic
  • 2.5d
  • match-three
  • tutorial
  • colourful
  • procedural
  • isometric
  • relaxing
  • stylized
  • puzzling
  • family-friendly

8

Tandis (2022)

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Tandis is a short puzzle game where you discover mind-bending geometric forms.

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  • illustration
  • design
  • abstract
  • psychedelic
  • education
  • development
  • experimental
  • 3d
  • building
  • procedural
  • minimalist
  • relaxing
  • nature
  • puzzle
  • science

9

I commissioned some bees 0 (2023)

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Get ready to explore a fantasy world like no other in I commissioned some bees 0. With over 1000 hidden bees, 10 beautiful art pieces, and unlimited hints to help you along the way, this game is the ultimate challenge for any hidden object lover. Complete with an immersive soundtrack and ambiance, and the ability to restore bees to a painting, this game will have you playing again and again. Use your mouse or keyboard to move around and zoom, and discover the bees waiting to be found.

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What we like:
  • Free to play
  • Beautiful artwork
  • Multiple language options
  • Steam Deck compatibility
  • Replayability mechanic
What could be improved:
  • Levels with transparent bees are difficult

  • collector
  • creature
  • illustration
  • design
  • abstract
  • cartoony
  • comic
  • hidden-object
  • colourful
  • nature
  • psychedelic
  • 2d
  • point-and-click
  • hand-drawn
  • cute

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Induction (2021)

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Critically acclaimed and commercially successful, Wasteland was intended to be followed by two separate sequels, but Electronic Arts' Fountain of Dreams was turned into an unrelated game and Interplay's Meantime was cancelled. The game's general setting and concept became the basis for Interplay's 1997 role-playing video game Fallout, which would extend into the Fallout series. Game developer inXile Entertainment released a sequel, Wasteland 2, in 2014, and announced plans to release a third game in winter 2019.


  • puzzle
  • abstract
  • melbourne
  • travel
  • rpg
  • minimalist
  • practical
  • time
  • mind-expanding

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