The Best Adventure exploration Games

Update : Jusant added at rank #28.
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A Short Hike (2019)

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PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux

Join Claire on her vacation and take a hike to the top of Hawk Peak in A Short Hike. Meet quirky characters, gather collectibles and uncover secrets across the charming island park. Enjoy the original soundtrack that perfectly captures the game's atmosphere. Don't let the game's title fool you, there's plenty of adventure waiting for you on this short hike.


What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with a captivating story and charming characters
  • Beautiful pixel art and evocative soundtrack that complement the game's atmosphere perfectly
  • Rich and detailed world with lots of secrets to uncover
  • Short and concise game that provides an enjoyable and fulfilling experience
  • Great value for money
What could be improved:
  • Cumbersome inventory system
  • No map

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

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Tomb Raider (2014)

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Xbox One Playstation 3 Linux 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
  • platform
  • combat
  • action
  • shooter
  • narrative
  • survival
  • underwater
  • third-person
  • multiplayer

3

Teacup (2020)

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

Teacup is a short and wholesome narrative adventure game with a focus on exploration and non-linear progression. You play as the titular Teacup, a shy and introverted young frog who loves drinking tea and reading. The day before she is to host a tea party at her house, she realizes she is completely out of tea, and thus must venture into the woods around her to find the herbs she needs to restock her pantry. During your adventure you will meet the charming inhabitants of the forest. Some are talkative, some are grumpy, but all of them will lend you an ear on your adventure. Explore this gorgeous watercolor world filled with friendly animals, playful minigames, puzzles, and beautiful, calming wilderness.


  • nonlinear
  • scroller
  • cute
  • exploration
  • adventure
  • narrative
  • relaxing
  • horror
  • family-friendly
  • colourful
  • coffee
  • story
  • non-linear
  • funny
  • 2d

4

Supraland (2019)

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Xbox One PC Windows

Supraland is a first-person adventure puzzle game that is a unique blend of genres, with a sandbox setting full of creativity and versatility. You'll explore a vast interconnected world filled with challenging puzzles that are both new and original. Try the demo to see if this game is for you, and if you like it, your progress will continue into the full version!


What we like:
  • Unique and challenging puzzles
  • Rewarding exploration
  • Fun mix of action, puzzles, humor, and silliness
  • Nostalgic appeal for older gamers
What could be improved:
  • Easy to miss crucial item
  • Jumping puzzles in first-person games
  • Confusing level design

  • puzzle
  • sandbox
  • metroidvania
  • first-person
  • exploration
  • platform
  • adventure
  • combat
  • open-world

5

Outer Wilds (2019)

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

Unravel the mysteries of the universe in Outer Wilds, an award-winning open world game. Explore an ever-evolving solar system, uncover alien secrets, and enjoy a thought-provoking narrative. With no enemies to fight, you're free to discover at your own pace. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in space!


What we like:
  • Unique and immersive gameplay experience
  • Beautiful and intricate world-building
  • Thought-provoking narrative
  • Encourages fearless discovery
  • Captures the mysteries of the universe
What could be improved:
  • May cause motion sickness
  • Game's physics can lead to unexpected deaths

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

6

Eastshade (2019)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One

Embark on a peaceful and wholesome adventure as a traveling painter exploring the beautiful island of Eastshade. Engage with unique and captivating characters, complete quests, and create works of art that impact the world around you. With stunning visuals and a mesmerizing score, Eastshade offers a unique and uplifting experience that will leave a lasting impression on you.

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What we like:
  • Captivating characters and engaging quests
  • Stunning visuals and attention to detail
  • Art creation adds an extra layer of gameplay depth
  • Soothing and relaxing experience
  • Strong plot and exploration opportunities.
What could be improved:
  • Technical flaws including glitches and crashes
  • Mixed bag of voice acting.

  • open-world
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • walking-simulator
  • crafting
  • beautiful
  • combat-free
  • rpg
  • first-person
  • atmospheric
  • photography
  • adventure
  • story
  • fantasy
  • violent

7

God of War: Ragnarok (2022)

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Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Follows Kratos and his son Atreus on their journey through the Norse lands. You will join them in an epic adventure to save the nine realms from the never-ending Fimbulwinter.


What we like:
  • Intricate story with complex characters
  • Ability to switch between weapons and use both elemental powers and shield abilities
  • Improved verticality for exploration and combat
  • Wide range of upgradeable weapons and armor sets with unique characteristics
  • Challenging bosses with unique movesets
What could be improved:
  • Standard enemies may become repetitive after some time
  • Limited graphic options on standard PS4

  • mythology
  • combat
  • puzzle
  • fight
  • boss-fight
  • narrative
  • battle
  • boss
  • story
  • exploration
  • violent
  • adventure
  • action
  • war
  • combo

8

OPUS: Echo of Starsong (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch

Take a thrilling journey through the Thousand Peaks galaxy in OPUS: Echo of Starsong. You'll embark on a narrative-driven adventure, solve engaging puzzles, and form deep connections with well-developed characters. Manage your ship's resources, face unpredictable events, and immerse yourself in the game's emotionally gripping story. Experience a heart-wrenching tale beautifully crafted with stunning visuals and magnificent music.


What we like:
  • Immersive and detailed world-building
  • Richly developed characters
  • Engaging puzzles and exploration mechanics
  • Beautiful art style and music
  • Unpredictable gameplay due to random events
What could be improved:
  • First few chapters can feel stiff
  • Resource management can be frustrating
  • Random elements require high player involvement
  • Generic anime character designs

  • visual-novel
  • exploration
  • emotional
  • interactive
  • fiction
  • anime
  • pirates
  • narrative
  • soundtrack
  • sci-fi
  • japanese
  • story
  • adventure
  • puzzle
  • 2.5d

9

Alba: a Wildlife Adventure (2020)

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90
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IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure takes you to a beautiful Mediterranean island to save endangered animals and clean up litter. With over 60 species to document, using your phone app, you'll go on an adventure to make a difference in the world around us. Enjoy a relaxing and feel-good experience with a great soundtrack and stunning visuals. Join Alba and her friend Ines and help them on their mission to save the island and the world!


What we like:
  • Cute and wholesome with calming music and nice art
  • Addictive gameplay focused on exploring and photographing wildlife
  • Strong sub-theme of photography
  • Fun story with a good message
  • Bug-free and runs smoothly
What could be improved:
  • Limited achievements
  • Traversal can be boring towards the end of the game
  • Game could have been longer with more content

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

10

TOEM (2021)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Xbox One

Embark on a heartwarming journey in TOEM, a delightful photography game set in a magical black-and-white world. Help quirky characters, solve puzzles, and capture the beauty of your surroundings with your camera. Enjoy the relaxing landscape, chill beats, and the freedom to explore at your own pace. Despite its short length, TOEM's charming and pressure-free gameplay will leave you wanting more.


What we like:
  • Sweet art style
  • Cute music
  • Engaging and addictive gameplay
  • Freedom to complete quests at own pace
  • Dense and filled with opportunities for photography
What could be improved:
  • Relatively short game
  • Limited camera movement
  • Absence of a fast travel system
  • Almost entirely in black and white

  • editing
  • hand-drawn
  • photo
  • relaxing
  • cute
  • exploration
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • soundtrack
  • photography
  • cozy
  • wholesome
  • music
  • funny
  • nature

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