The Best Linear Games

Update : Escape First Alchemist added at rank #15.
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Han'yo (2022)

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PC Windows

After witnessing her village being destroyed and slaughtered by the Oni demon, Hiroko has only one goal: revenge. Join this young samurai in this 2D side-scrolling platformer.

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  • scroller
  • linear
  • action-adventure
  • hand-drawn
  • stylized
  • 2d
  • short
  • atmospheric
  • fantasy

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Neighbors Back From Hell (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox One

There goes the neighborhood! Play the star of a cheeky TV Show who taking revenge on his horrible neighbor by constantly pranking him at home and around the world in the most creative and ludicrous ways.


  • cartoony
  • 2.5d
  • comedy
  • point-and-click
  • comic
  • linear
  • scroller
  • stealth
  • humor
  • parody
  • colourful
  • funny
  • book
  • old-school
  • dark

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Lingua (2019)

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PC Windows

'Lingua Fleur: Lily' is focused on friendship, love, troubles, efforts, and confusions between girls. Made with illustrations, animations, and original music, this story tells of the protagonist Yuyi Wu's secret, one very different from an 'ordinary' girl. Told in a gentle and ordinary style.

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  • lgbtq
  • word
  • visual-novel
  • linear
  • dating-sim
  • anime
  • fiction
  • story
  • cute
  • interactive
  • single-player

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Cave Crawler (2022)

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Linux PC Windows

Cave Crawler is a short horror game where you pilot a drone into a cave and discover something horrible.

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  • horror
  • linear
  • walking-simulator
  • 2d
  • scroller
  • platform
  • psychological
  • 3d
  • thriller
  • cosmic
  • first-person
  • 1990s
  • retro

5

HOOK 2 (2022)

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Linux Mac OS IOS iPhone PC Windows

Get Hook’d on unhooking the hooks again.

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  • linear
  • relaxing
  • 3d
  • puzzle
  • minimalist
  • casual
  • logic
  • abstract
  • family-friendly

6

Cube Escape (2023)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone Android

A horror game inspired by the liminal space aesthetic. Explore a huge unknown facility deep underground and solve puzzles while trying to figure out who you are, and why you are here.


  • underground
  • horror
  • editor
  • dystopian
  • level
  • sokoban
  • linear
  • psychological
  • puzzle
  • 3d
  • solitaire
  • single-player
  • exploration
  • stealth
  • first-person

7

SkyIsland (2023)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone

"SkyIsland" is made by a group of students in a college, quarter-view action-adventure game. Enjoy the wonderful world and beautiful environments as you help the protagonist, Pino, fix his broken plane and defeat monsters to return home safely.

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  • linear
  • action-adventure
  • exploration
  • lore
  • nature
  • third-person
  • single-player
  • 3d
  • top-down
  • combat
  • adventure
  • action
  • fantasy
  • atmospheric

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The Multi-Medium (2023)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux

The Multi-Medium is a visually unique 2D puzzle platform adventure in which you play as an interdimensional explorer lost in the multiverse. Travel to diverse worlds, each drawn or painted by hand in a different medium and style, in search of your place in the cosmos.

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  • platform
  • science
  • 2d
  • hand-drawn
  • scroller
  • stylized
  • linear
  • colourful
  • puzzle
  • sci-fi
  • story
  • atmospheric
  • exploration
  • fantasy
  • funny

9

FAREWELL SEN (2022)

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PC Windows

MAKE FRIENDS WITH GHOSTS

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  • rpgmaker
  • linear
  • turn-based
  • top-down
  • rpg
  • colourful
  • 2d
  • combat
  • pixel
  • exploration
  • party
  • retro
  • story
  • single-player

10

Last Days Garakowa Marshmallow (2021)

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The gods have blessed New Canaan for four hundred years, and everyone - including Sister Ginsetsu - thought it would go on forever, until the day Ginsetsu met the gods of New Canaan. Since then, the story between the maiden who calls herself a god, and the maiden who will become a god has begun.

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  • artificial
  • intelligence
  • word
  • linear
  • emotional
  • romance
  • visual-novel
  • sci-fi
  • narration
  • drama
  • text
  • fiction
  • post-apocalyptic
  • story
  • interactive

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