The Best Emotional Games

Update, : Inner Ashes added at rank #26.
1

Gibbon: Beyond the Trees (2022)

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IOS iPhone Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS

Gibbon: Beyond the Trees is a hand-drawn adventure following a lost gibbon as they embark on a dangerous journey into unknown lands. Master the gibbon’s art of brachiation (swinging from branch to branch) at high speed, building momentum, pulling off spectacular somersaults. Race to freedom in liberation mode, or play through an hour-long narrative that captures the real struggle of living creatures.

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  • nature
  • emotional
  • hand-drawn
  • platform
  • 2d
  • family-friendly
  • story
  • narration
  • colourful
  • atmospheric
  • action-adventure
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • cute
  • procedural

2

The Wild at Heart (2021)

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

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

3

Opus: Echo of Starsong - Full Bloom Edition (2022)

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Mac OS Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Echo of Starsong is a visual novel style adventure game. Eda, a girl who can hear mysterious sound waves known as starsong, crosses paths with a young man in search of their source. Together, they venture out to the heart of space to unravel an ancient myth.


  • visual-novel
  • emotional
  • soundtrack
  • japanese
  • fiction
  • 2.5d
  • anime
  • space
  • walking-simulator
  • interactive
  • story
  • jrpg
  • exploration
  • 2d
  • atmospheric

4

Hindsight (2022)

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Android Nintendo Switch Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone

What if the physical objects of everyday life, the possessions we hold close, were actual windows to the past? Peer into distant memories and unseen futures in Hindsight.


  • narrative
  • narration
  • cinematic
  • emotional
  • exploration
  • point-and-click
  • story
  • hidden-object
  • interactive
  • drama
  • stylized
  • fiction
  • relaxing
  • colourful
  • puzzle

5

The Spirit and the Mouse (2022)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Bring kindness and light to the people of Sainte-et-Claire as Lila—a tiny mouse with a big heart! Explore a quaint French village, make electrifying new friends, and do good deeds for those in need in this lush narrative adventure game.


  • platform
  • 3d
  • collectathon
  • emotional
  • puzzle
  • cute
  • exploration
  • colourful
  • narrative
  • story
  • atmospheric
  • fantasy
  • adventure
  • single-player
  • head-scratch

6

My Child Lebensborn (2018)

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early access IOS iPhone Android Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

Experience the emotional and challenging journey of raising an adopted child in post-WWII Norway in My Child Lebensborn. Balance your time and resources to provide for your child's needs while navigating a world filled with hate and bullying. This BAFTA-award winning game offers a genuine and immersive nurturing simulation that will tug at your heartstrings.


Pros:
  • Impactful story
  • Emotional journey
  • Realistic characters
  • Meaningful choices
  • Good replay value
Cons:
  • Fairly linear gameplay
  • Some may find it too emotionally taxing

  • simulation
  • war
  • emotional
  • time-management
  • choices
  • life
  • story
  • hand-drawn
  • social
  • historical
  • crafting
  • casual
  • atmospheric
  • management
  • education

7

CURSES (2022)

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PC Windows Android vita Playstation 4

A short visual novel, CURSES is a game about a girl with troubles and dark feelings. Help her cope with them with the aid of a cynical cat and sprinkle of magic.


  • emotional
  • brawler
  • choices
  • magic
  • lgbtq
  • cats
  • conversation
  • wave
  • 1990s
  • point-and-click
  • dark
  • comedy
  • boss
  • beat-em-up
  • story

8

Outcore (2022)

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PC Windows

Join Lumi, a lost girl living on your desktop, and solve desktop puzzles to recover her memories in Outcore: Desktop Adventure. Fight against the worst characters ever written and experience a captivating story. Don't miss out on the unique experience of clicking the wishlist button, which scientists say can increase your lifespan. Had fun with Outcore? Check out Do Not Buy This Game, recommended by the developer's friend.

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Pros:
  • Creative and fun gameplay
  • Engaging story
  • Masterpiece with no cost
Cons:
  • Little time is needed to get used to the controls

  • emotional
  • choices
  • comedy
  • 2d
  • cute
  • pixel
  • visual-novel
  • funny
  • psychological
  • villain
  • colourful
  • story
  • anime
  • horror

9

Know By Heart (2022)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows

Childhood friends reunite after spending a long time apart, revisiting old memories and rekindling their friendship. However, something beyond their control will ruin this reunion.

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  • emotional
  • atmospheric
  • narration
  • story
  • romance
  • retro
  • multiple-endings
  • visual-novel
  • minimalist
  • adventure
  • 3d

10

Boxville (2022)

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

Boxville is an adventure puzzle game about speechless cans living in the city of boxes and drawing doodles on cardboards to tell the stories. Made in Ukraine.


  • logic
  • emotional
  • point-and-click
  • hand-drawn
  • investigation
  • family-friendly
  • puzzle
  • relaxing
  • cartoony
  • experiences
  • colourful
  • atmospheric
  • exploration
  • adventure
  • story

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