The Best Adventure exploration Games for Xbox One

Update, : Bramble: The Mountain King added at rank #18.
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A Short Hike (2019)

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PC Windows Linux Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Mac OS

Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park as you make your way to the summit.


  • park
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • cute
  • adventure
  • flight
  • open-world
  • walking-simulator
  • inventory
  • parkour
  • funny
  • nature
  • platform
  • vertical
  • short

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Outer Wilds (2019)

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Xbox One Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Xbox Series X PC Windows Playstation 4

Named Game of the Year 2019 by Giant Bomb, Polygon, Eurogamer, and The Guardian, Outer Wilds is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning open world mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time loop.


  • exploration
  • mystery
  • puzzle
  • discovery
  • sci-fi
  • open-world
  • space
  • adventure
  • first-person
  • instrument
  • day
  • endless
  • story

3

Alba: a Wildlife Adventure (2020)

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Even the smallest person can make a big difference. Join Alba, as she sets out to save her beautiful island and its wildlife. And possibly start a revolution.


  • exploration
  • open-world
  • adventure
  • relaxing
  • cartoony
  • nature
  • collector
  • creature
  • cute
  • colourful
  • family-friendly
  • construction
  • economy
  • 3d
  • table

4

Tomb Raider (2014)

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Xbox One Playstation 3 Mac OS PC Windows Xbox 360 Android stadia Playstation 4

Tomb Raider explores the intense origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor.


  • puzzle
  • stealth
  • adventure
  • exploration
  • action-adventure
  • cover
  • combat
  • platform
  • action
  • shooter
  • narrative
  • survival
  • multiplayer
  • fight
  • underwater

5

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4

Save whimsical creatures with the power of kindness in order to recolor a black-and-white world in Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan, a wholesome 2.5D Adventure-RPG!


  • platform
  • battle
  • exploration
  • turn-based
  • puzzle
  • rpg
  • adventure
  • combat
  • colourful
  • family-friendly
  • cartoony
  • waker
  • taming
  • rhythm
  • narrative

6

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One Mac OS Linux stadia Xbox Series X

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the final installment in the rebooted franchise of Lara Croft's adventures. Set in Peru, Lara embarks on an exciting journey full of risk, intrigue and emotion. With an engaging story, lush jungle environments and puzzles reminiscent of the original Tomb Raider games, this game promises to deliver a thrilling experience that will keep you hooked until the very end!

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Pros:
  • Engaging story
  • Lush jungle environment
  • Puzzles reminiscent of original Tomb Raider games
  • Great characterisation and storytelling
Cons:
  • Limited number of puzzles which are not challenging even at end game
  • No free import option from previous game

  • stealth
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • exploration
  • underwater
  • action-adventure
  • combat
  • narrative
  • action
  • platform
  • crafting
  • survival
  • cover
  • skill
  • shooter

7

Mutazione (2019)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 IOS iPhone Mac OS Linux Xbox One Nintendo Switch

Get lost in the magical world of Mutazione, a narrative-driven adventure game where you explore an island filled with quirky mutant characters and their secrets. Grow musical gardens, attend BBQs, and embark on a spiritual journey to save the community from a looming darkness. With beautiful hand-illustrated art and unpredictable twists, Mutazione is a mutant soap opera that you won't want to miss.


Pros:
  • Unique and beautiful art style
  • Relaxing music
  • Story-focused gameplay
  • Quirky and interesting characters
  • Encourages the player to slow down and relax
Cons:
  • Repetitive gameplay, mostly a visual novel
  • No voice acting
  • Slow parts may be boring for some players
  • Contains adult themes that may not be suitable for younger children

  • drama
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • walking-simulator
  • point-and-click
  • nature
  • exploration
  • fiction
  • music
  • story
  • scroller
  • bird
  • procedural

8

The Gunk (2021)

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Xbox Series X PC Windows Xbox One

The Gunk is a story-driven, fully 3D action-adventure game that follows Rani and Becks, two scavengers exploring an alien planet to uncover its mysteries. With a captivating story and engaging gameplay loop of collecting resources and upgrading tools, The Gunk is an immersive experience full of surprises.


Pros:
  • Loveable characters
  • Captivating story
  • Engaging resource collecting loop
  • Transforming areas by freeing them from corruption
  • Smartly designed puzzles
  • Interconnecting paths in levels
  • Great art design
  • Excellent soundtrack
Cons:
  • Movement can be cumbersome at times
  • Minor technical issues

  • platform
  • exploration
  • action-adventure
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • combat
  • narrative
  • third-person
  • crafting
  • relaxing
  • metroidvania
  • mystery
  • resource
  • 3d
  • sci-fi

9

Sable (2021)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Android

Sable is an open world RPG with no combat, set in a Moebius-inspired desert. You play as Sable, about to embark on a rite of passage known as The Gliding - exploring the deserts, doing odd jobs for strangers and earning badges to turn into new masks.


Pros:
  • Unique open world setting inspired by Jean "Moebius" Giraud
  • Customizable bike and character
  • Heartfelt story of self-discovery
  • Relaxing atmosphere with stunning visuals and music
  • Many memorable moments
Cons:
  • Occasional audio bugs & stuttering
  • Limited scale world compared to larger games
  • Flattening palette in certain interiors at night

  • exploration
  • open-world
  • self-discovery
  • puzzle
  • platform
  • sci-fi
  • relaxing
  • narrative
  • adventure
  • stylized
  • comic
  • lore
  • discovery
  • book
  • combat

10

The Wild at Heart (2021)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS

The Wild at Heart is a beautiful and joyous tale of discovery, full of quirky characters, exploration and puzzles. You play as Wake, a young scallywag searching for excitement who stumbles upon an adventure to save the world and reunite the Greenshields. With its hand-drawn art style, mysterious creatures and day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay, you'll be sure to have some exciting escapades!


Pros:
  • Quirky characters with unique traits
  • Beautiful artstyle
  • Light combat & puzzles that increase in difficulty
  • Day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay
Cons:
  • The standard loop:go here - do that
  • Parts of the narrative are well-honed

  • puzzle
  • hand-drawn
  • crafting
  • story
  • action-adventure
  • fantasy
  • emotional
  • time-management
  • 2d
  • atmospheric
  • colourful
  • resource-management
  • survival
  • exploration
  • adventure

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