The Best Exploration Games for Xbox Series X

Update, : Descend added at rank #2.
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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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Descend (2022)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X

Descend is a faithful depiction of SCP-087.


  • horror
  • casual
  • exploration
  • walking-simulator
  • controller-support
  • adventure
  • 3d
  • first-person
  • single-player

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The Prince of Landis (2021)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 5 Xbox Series X

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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Sable (2021)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Mac OS Xbox Series X/s

Embark on a unique and unforgettable journey and guide Sable through her Gliding; a rite of passage that will take her across vast deserts and mesmerizing landscapes, capped by the remains of spaceships and ancient wonders.


  • exploration
  • open-world
  • platform
  • puzzle
  • sci-fi
  • narrative
  • spaceships
  • adventure
  • lore
  • story
  • combat
  • two-person

6

Before I Forget (2020)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Explore the present to uncover the past, in a short story of love and loss and a life well-lived.A narrative exploration that examines a world where memories are constantly fading and jumbled. A game about dementia and what happens when you can't hold onto the things you've done or the people you've loved.


  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • exploration
  • emotional
  • beautiful
  • mystery
  • narrative
  • atmospheric
  • first-person
  • thought-provoking
  • stylized
  • 3d
  • piano
  • colour
  • dream

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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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No Man's Sky (2016)

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No Man's Sky is a game about exploration and survival in an infinite procedurally generated universe.

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  • inventory
  • survival
  • exploration
  • sci-fi
  • crafting
  • resource
  • pirates
  • trading
  • discovery
  • aliens
  • endless
  • management
  • space
  • sandbox
  • narrative

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Manifold (2021)

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

The game takes place in a "universe with a different set of physical laws" where the player can manipulate gravity, being able to "turn walls into floors".[6] The player must solve puzzles using the world's geometry in addition to devices within the architecture of the world.[6] To aid the player, the world's tone takes on one of six colors depending on which direction they have manipulated gravity. Several facets of the game's world may only be interacted with when the gravity is oriented directly, with these objects sharing one of the six colors.


  • escher
  • philosophical
  • 3d
  • nonlinear
  • abstract
  • surreal
  • puzzle
  • exploration
  • psychedelic
  • platform
  • cinematic
  • atmospheric
  • artificial
  • intelligence
  • experimental

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Teacup (2020)

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

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

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