The Best Exploration Games for Xbox One

Update, : Stay away from zombies added at rank #44.
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Alba: a Wildlife Adventure (2020)

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

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

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Pyramid Quest (2022)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One

Pyramid Quest is an exploration and treasure-hunting game inspired by classic platform games. The goal is to find the three parts of an artefact and open the gate to the next level while collecting diamonds and coins.


  • platform
  • exploration
  • precision
  • 3d
  • 2.5d
  • classic
  • 1990s
  • challenging
  • arcade
  • puzzle

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RiME (2017)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox 360

A third-person exploratory action/adventure title in which a boy ends up on a mysterious island and makes his way through its highly stylized environments, containing puzzles and slight navigation challenges, to get to the bottom of why he's ended up there and to reach the end of the road he's inadvertently begun to travel.

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  • puzzle
  • discovery
  • exploration
  • platform
  • adventure
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • single-player
  • open-world

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Epitasis (2019)

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Xbox One PC Windows Mac OS

After discovering an ancient portal, you suddenly find yourself among the remnants of an ancient alien civilization. Technological relics, sprawling ruins, and cryptic puzzles are all that remain. If you are to learn their secrets, you must unearth the fate of the race that called this world home.


  • puzzle
  • nature
  • crowdfunded
  • exploration
  • psychedelic
  • sci-fi
  • science
  • surreal
  • nonlinear
  • space
  • relaxing
  • atmospheric
  • open-world
  • puzzle-exploration
  • platform

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Outer Wilds (2019)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Outer Wilds is a 2019 action-adventure game developed by Mobius Digital and published by Annapurna Interactive. It was first released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in 2019, with a planned Nintendo Switch release in 2021. The game features the player character exploring a solar system stuck in a 22-minute time loop, which ends as the sun goes supernova. The player continually repeats this cycle by gaining knowledge, which is retained, that can help them on later loops. The game received critical acclaim and won several awards, including for game of the year.


  • exploration
  • mystery
  • space
  • sci-fi
  • puzzle
  • first-person
  • open-world
  • grand
  • action-adventure
  • narrative
  • adventure

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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

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The Prince of Landis (2021)

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In the year 198X, young Evan must survive a bleak life in the snowy backwater of Landis, Oregon. One fateful day, his existence is forever changed by the dark influences of a strange visitor from another world. With the guidance of his new ally, can Evan stand up against schoolyard bullies? Will he have the courage to stand up for himself? The Prince of Landis combines the character-driven story and dialog of a visual novel with the exploration and puzzle-solving of an adventure game. Features: * Shocking character-driven story * 2d exploration and puzzle-solving * Original art and sound


  • character-driven
  • visual-novel
  • conversation
  • horror
  • exploration
  • emotional
  • point-and-click
  • 1980s
  • hand-drawn
  • choices
  • psychological
  • action-adventure
  • drama
  • crime
  • cartoony

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The Gunk (2021)

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Xbox Series X PC Windows Xbox One

The Gunk is an action-adventure game in which you play as Rani, part of our duo of gritty space haulers. As they’re struggling to bring in funds, they chance upon an untouched planet brimming with life. They came in search of valuable resources, and it looks like they’ve hit the jackpot…


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

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Bouncy Bullets 2 (2021)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5

In this colorful world, shoot bouncing bullets to achieve victory!


  • physics
  • exploration
  • first-person
  • classic
  • shooter
  • online
  • combat

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LOST EMBER (2019)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Explore the remains of a fallen world from fascinating perspectives! Slip into the role of different animals to uncover the fate of an ancient world. Dive into deep waters, fly at lofty heights, dig underground as a mole or even climb steep cliffs with a mountain goat, there are lots of ways of getting around.


  • beautiful
  • exploration
  • walking-simulator
  • relaxing
  • experience
  • narration
  • story
  • kickstarter
  • atmospheric
  • sandbox
  • narrative
  • cute
  • adventure
  • stylized
  • short

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