The Best Emotional Games

Update : Dragon Island added at rank #29.
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Immortality (2022)

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Android j IOS iPhone (IOS iPhone) m Xbox One Playstation 5 Mac OS Xbox Series X PC Windows IOS iPhone

Delve into the enigmatic world of IMMORTALITY, where you piece together Marissa Marcel's vanished career through lost film footage. Discover the secrets behind her unreleased movies and uncover a narrative woven with Hollywood's allure and darkness. Your curiosity unlocks a story buried in time, promising a thrilling journey through cinema history.


What we like:
  • Innovative narrative structure that immerses you in detective work
  • Stellar acting enhances the story's authenticity
  • Unique match cut mechanic offers a novel way to navigate the plot
  • Impressive production quality recreates distinct filmmaking eras
  • Rich historical setting amplifies the narrative depth
What could be improved:
  • Free-form structure may confuse new players
  • Vast amount of footage can overwhelm

  • fmv
  • interactive
  • noir
  • lgbtq
  • hidden-object
  • choices
  • emotional
  • immersive
  • detective
  • point-and-click
  • film
  • horror
  • fiction
  • story
  • drama

2

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

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

Torn Away (2023)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 j Nintendo Switch

Torn Away is an interactive story with a unique blend of adventure games, side-scrollers, and cinematic first-person levels. Experience the tragedy of World War II through the eyes of a child and survive without losing your humanity.

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  • world-war-2
  • emotional
  • war
  • narration
  • first-person
  • platform
  • story
  • cartoony
  • scroller
  • minimalist
  • adventure
  • point-and-click
  • puzzle
  • hand-drawn
  • hidden-object

5

Hindsight (2022)

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Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Mac OS PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox Series X Xbox One Android

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

6

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

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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What we like:
  • Creative and fun gameplay
  • Engaging story
  • Masterpiece with no cost
What could be improved:
  • 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

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!


What we like:
  • Quirky characters with unique traits
  • Beautiful artstyle
  • Light combat & puzzles that increase in difficulty
  • Day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay
What could be improved:
  • 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

10

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

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