The Best Narrative Games

Update, : Deliver Us Mars added at rank #30.
1

Pentiment (2022)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X PC Windows

Pentiment can be seen as a educational game set in the 15th century, combining point-and-click adventure with role-playing elements and a branching narrative. It follows Andreas Mahler as he tries to clear his friend's name while uncovering the secrets of a small Bavarian town.

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Pros:
  • Captivating story
  • Immersive atmosphere
  • Beautiful visuals and sound
  • Interesting characters and dialogue
  • Deep RPG elements and replayability
Cons:
  • Limited number of puzzles which are not particularly challenging

  • historical
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • medieval
  • choices
  • rpg
  • book
  • crime
  • adventure
  • detective
  • story
  • fiction
  • stylized
  • local
  • education

2

Beacon Pines (2022)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Beacon Pines is a cute and creepy adventure set within a mysterious book. Sneak out late, make new friends, uncover hidden truths, and collect words that will change the course of fate!


  • choices
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • cozy
  • visual-novel
  • cute
  • adventure
  • narration
  • exploration
  • story
  • emotional
  • colourful
  • interactive
  • horror
  • conspiracy

3

Before Your Eyes (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS Android IOS iPhone ps1 vr2 Playstation 5

The story of Before Your Eyes begins after your death, aboard the ship of a mythical Ferryman tasked with shepherding souls to the afterlife. In this unique VR experience, you will fully immerse yourself in a world of memories, both joyous and heartbreaking. You will learn to control the flow of the narrative with your actual eyes–blinking through precious memories of family, first love, and the rise of an artistic career.


  • narrative
  • story
  • first-person
  • emotional
  • innovative
  • walking-simulator
  • interactive

4

Mutazione (2019)

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

Get lost in the magical world of Mutazione, a narrative-driven adventure game where you explore an island filled with quirky mutant characters and their secrets. Grow musical gardens, attend BBQs, and embark on a spiritual journey to save the community from a looming darkness. With beautiful hand-illustrated art and unpredictable twists, Mutazione is a mutant soap opera that you won't want to miss.


Pros:
  • Unique and beautiful art style
  • Relaxing music
  • Story-focused gameplay
  • Quirky and interesting characters
  • Encourages the player to slow down and relax
Cons:
  • Repetitive gameplay, mostly a visual novel
  • No voice acting
  • Slow parts may be boring for some players
  • Contains adult themes that may not be suitable for younger children

  • drama
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • walking-simulator
  • point-and-click
  • nature
  • exploration
  • fiction
  • music
  • story
  • scroller
  • bird
  • procedural

5

Sumire (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Mac OS Android

One Day, One Life. Sumire is a magical narrative adventure about choices made, and dreams lost and found. Embark on a mysterious journey to help Sumire achieve her deepest wishes, before the day ends and the sky turns to twilight.


  • narrative
  • choices
  • adventure
  • visual-novel
  • card
  • fiction
  • anime
  • emotional
  • colourful
  • supernatural
  • relaxing
  • collectathon
  • cute
  • interactive
  • well-paced

6

Detroit: Become Human (2018)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows

Detroit: Become Human puts the destiny of both mankind and androids in your hands, taking you to a near future where machines have become more intelligent than humans. Every choice you make affects the outcome of the game, with one of the most intricately branching narratives ever created.


  • narrative
  • detective
  • quick-time-event
  • crime
  • interactive
  • sci-fi
  • story
  • robots
  • choices
  • futuristic
  • drama
  • violent

7

Bugsnax (2020)

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

Catch mysterious living snacks and feed them to your friends in this unusual island adventure!

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  • puzzle
  • narrative
  • horror
  • adventure
  • mystery
  • inventive
  • discovery
  • cute
  • muppet
  • comedy
  • story
  • colourful
  • psychological
  • first-person
  • collector

8

Season: A Letter to the Future (2023)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows Playstation 5

Leave home for the first time to collect memories before a mysterious cataclysm washes everything away. Ride, record, meet people, and unravel the strange world around you. Immerse yourself in the world of Season, a third-person meditative exploration game.

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  • narrative
  • walking-simulator
  • editing
  • mystery
  • photo
  • exploration
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • philosophical
  • emotional
  • open-world
  • controller-support
  • music
  • cinematic
  • war

9

Gerda: A Flame in Winter (2022)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch

The tale unfolds not on the front line, but in the intimate setting of the small Danish village where she has lived her whole life. Your personality traits are your skills in this unique narrative RPG-lite experience, and your connections with others also determine how the story unfolds. Gerda: A Flame in Winter is a tale of compassion, community, and courage inspired by real-life experiences and events.


  • world-war-2
  • rpg
  • narrative
  • historical
  • war
  • dice
  • multiple-endings
  • adventure
  • emotional
  • driven
  • narration
  • interactive
  • stylized
  • choices
  • fiction

10

Wayward Strand (2022)

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

Wayward Strand is a heartfelt story told in a curious way. Hop aboard an airborne hospital and meet its fully-voiced cast of eclectic characters. As time passes for everyone on board, explore the interwoven lives of the patients and staff; discover something new on each and every playthrough.

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  • narrative
  • wholesome
  • cozy
  • choices
  • story
  • drama
  • emotional
  • conversation
  • real-time
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • book
  • stylized
  • historical
  • mystery

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