The Best Minimalist Games

Update : Cubik added at rank #30.
Here are our 10 Best Minimalist Games:
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Mini Motorways (2019)

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IOS iPhone PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch

Mini Motorways is a city-building game that challenges you to craft the road system of a growing city. You have limited resources to manage traffic, build roads and bridges, and create roundabouts. You must carefully plan your layout in order to encourage growth and minimize traffic jams.

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What we like:
  • Challenging gameplay
  • Intuitive design
  • Beautiful visuals
  • Relaxing soundtrack
  • Color-blind mode
What could be improved:
  • Can be difficult to manage traffic on complex maps
  • Limited resources can make it hard to keep up with the demand of the city

  • minimalist
  • puzzle
  • management
  • simulation
  • city-building
  • strategy 
  • strategy
  • zen
  • pause
  • relaxing
  • fast-forward
  • grid

2

Shape (2023)

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Linux Mac OS Xbox One Android PC Windows

A minimalist style but inside a complex-minded With connecting word mechanism, you can make a rule for your rooms and solve the problem. Solve the puzzle and go to the door to the next room. explore new mechanism


  • atmospheric
  • platform
  • minimalist
  • surreal
  • exploration
  • psychological
  • narration
  • philosophical
  • walking-simulator
  • 2d
  • psychedelic
  • text
  • first-person
  • puzzle
  • emotional

3

Ord. (2019)

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

Ord is a captivating text-based adventure game with five unique stories to choose from. Choose your own adventure as you become a god and create your world or take on an evil warlock in a thrilling quest. With fast-paced narratives, your choices matter, and you'll be engaged in no time. Plus, create and share your own stories with Steam Workshop support. Available in multiple languages.


What we like:
  • Cleverly conveys changes in atmosphere and mood with minimalistic visuals and sound effects
  • Multiple scenarios with vastly different outcomes provide high replayability
  • A fun and creative take on the text adventure genre
  • Multiple languages supported
  • Workshop support allows for user-generated content and experimentation with storytelling
What could be improved:
  • No save-states or continues, with every death resetting the player to the beginning
  • Poor controls and other quirks make the game feel more like an art project than a polished video game experience

  • text
  • minimalist
  • adventure
  • experience
  • story
  • narrative
  • perma-death
  • rpg
  • experimental
  • innovative
  • casual
  • book
  • fast-paced

4

hocus 2 (2021)

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Nintendo Switch Android IOS iPhone Mac OS PC Windows

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  • casual
  • minimalist
  • isometric
  • puzzle
  • logic
  • relaxing
  • thought-provoking
  • single-player
  • escher

5

Lowlander (2023)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone Android

Return with us, to the days of yesteryear. When 8 colors were enough, and the pixels were individually detectable to the human eye. This is LOWLANDER, a fantasy role-playing adventure from simpler times. This might be your father’s RPG!


  • retro-rpg
  • rpg
  • minimalist
  • adventure
  • retro
  • dungeon
  • turn-based
  • pixel
  • fantasy
  • dungeon-crawler
  • action-adventure
  • 1980s
  • story
  • faux-retro
  • combat

6

Thronefall (2023)

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early access Mac OS PC Windows

A minimalist game about building and defending your little kingdom.

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  • city-building
  • minimalist
  • tower-defense
  • medieval
  • strategy
  • isometric
  • base-building
  • real-time
  • building
  • stylized
  • 3d
  • defence
  • colourful
  • tower
  • action

7

Sizeable (2021)

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PC Windows

Sizeable is a relaxing and peacefull puzzle/exploration game! Shrink and grow your way through small dioramas in search of hidden objects!

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  • relaxing
  • hidden-object
  • minimalist
  • puzzle
  • exploration
  • isometric
  • 3d
  • top-down
  • colourful
  • casual
  • tactile
  • diorama
  • cute
  • linear
  • single-player

8

SiNKR 2 (2019)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Android IOS iPhone Xbox One

SiNKR 2 is a minimalist puzzle game evolved from the award winning SiNKR. There is just you, hooks, pucks, and various contraptions. Subtle differences within level themes drive different solutions to superficially similar scenarios.


  • minimalist
  • abstract
  • puzzle
  • touch-friendly
  • stylized
  • relaxing
  • atmospheric
  • strategy

9

Go (2022)

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Discover Go Like Never Before! Simple, elegant, and endlessly engaging, our mobile app makes mastering this classic game both accessible and enjoyable. Choose from a variety of board sizes, including the traditional 19x19 grid, as well as smaller 9x9 and 13x13 options.


  • clicker
  • point-and-click
  • minimalist
  • family-friendly
  • strategy
  • casual
  • 2d
  • network
  • physics
  • card
  • relaxing
  • rich
  • destruction
  • trial-and-error
  • single-player

10

SiNKR 3 (2022)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux

SiNKR 3 is the culmination of the award winning minimalist puzzler series. SiNKR 3 offers a new slant on the familiar contraptions with new diagonal layouts and billiards-style physics. BY PLAYER DEMAND: multi-step undo.

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  • minimalist
  • logic
  • puzzle
  • relaxing
  • abstract
  • billiards
  • strategy
  • family-friendly

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