The Best Narrative Games for Linux

Update : Quant added at rank #8.
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Mutazione (2019)

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

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.


What we like:
  • Unique and beautiful art style
  • Relaxing music
  • Story-focused gameplay
  • Quirky and interesting characters
  • Encourages the player to slow down and relax
What could be improved:
  • 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

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Tacoma (2017)

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Mac OS Linux Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows

Tacoma is a sci-fi narrative adventure from the creators of Gone Home. Set aboard a high-tech space station in the year 2088, explore every detail of how the station’s crew lived and worked, finding the clues that add up to a gripping story of trust, fear, and resolve in the face of disaster.


  • narrative
  • sci-fi
  • walking-simulator
  • augmented
  • story
  • exploration
  • futuristic
  • mystery
  • pause
  • augmented-reality
  • interactive
  • discovery
  • first-person

3

Unpacking (2018)

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Experience the simple joy of Unpacking in this zen-like game. Through eight house moves, you'll uncover a heartwarming story told through objects, creating an intimate connection with a character you never see. Organize your home, enjoy the beautiful soundtrack, and immerse yourself in a unique narrative journey that mirrors the ups and downs of life.


What we like:
  • Unforgettable storytelling through objects
  • Relaxing, meditative gameplay
  • Beautiful pixel-art visuals
  • Captivating soundtrack
  • Engaging puzzle-solving experience
What could be improved:
  • Game duration is quite short
  • Limited customization options

  • pixel
  • puzzle
  • book
  • story
  • narrative
  • relaxing
  • isometric
  • cute
  • zen
  • soccer

4

Welcome to Elk (2020)

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PC Windows Mac OS Xbox One stadia Nintendo Switch Linux

Welcome to Elk is a biographical adventure set on an island like no other, where every character you encounter has a story to tell. From the weird and wonderful to the dark and desperate, all the tales told on Elk are based on true stories of life on the road less traveled.


  • narrative
  • hand-drawn
  • fiction
  • adventure
  • documentary
  • local
  • story
  • drama
  • violent
  • pretend
  • golf
  • villain
  • colourful
  • trading
  • exploration

5

Life is Strange 2 (2018)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows Mac OS Linux Nintendo Switch

After a tragic incident, brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz run away from home. Fearing the police, and dealing with Daniel's new telekinetic power, the boys head to Mexico. Each stop on their journey brings new friends and new challenges.


  • episodic
  • narrative
  • choices
  • supernatural
  • story
  • drama
  • adventure
  • mystery
  • romance
  • puzzle

6

Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 (2018)

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Xbox One Linux Mac OS PC Windows

After a tragic incident, brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz run away from home. Fearing the police, and dealing with Daniel's new telekinetic power, the boys head to Mexico. Each stop on their journey brings new friends and new challenges.


  • episodic
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • story
  • drama
  • choices
  • adventure
  • mystery
  • political
  • puzzle
  • romance

7

Beyond a Steel Sky (2020)

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

Beyond a Steel Sky is a thrilling cyberpunk adventure game with engaging puzzles and a fast-paced narrative that will keep you hooked. Follow Robert Foster as he tries to rescue a kidnapped child in Union City, a futuristic utopia controlled by an altruistic AI. The game features a beautifully detailed comic-book style world and plenty of humor. Unravel dark conspiracies and defeat a terrifying antagonist in this innovative and exciting adventure!


What we like:
  • Engaging storyline and characters
  • Built-in hints system
  • Great setting and world design
  • Innovative puzzle mechanics
  • Plenty of humor and nostalgia nods
What could be improved:
  • Controlling the character is clunky
  • Hacking can be repetitive
  • Lack of puzzle diversity
  • Story can be simplistic with bad pace
  • Cutscenes are too long and boring

  • cyberpunk
  • adventure
  • point-and-click
  • puzzle
  • dystopian
  • narrative
  • classic
  • sci-fi
  • thriller
  • futuristic
  • cult
  • third-person
  • hacking
  • political
  • inventory

8

Quant (2023)

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Quant is a colorful adventure game, that will teach you Quantum Physics! Follow Atom, in the quest for independence. Guided by Professor Svobodan Randov, he will uncover his Quantum powers, and free himself from the oppressing world!

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  • cover
  • tps
  • shooter
  • narrative
  • story
  • sci-fi
  • live-action
  • science
  • puzzle
  • metroidvania
  • third-person
  • action
  • combat
  • platform
  • action-adventure

9

Life is Strange: Before the Storm (2017)

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Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a new three part standalone story adventure set three years before the events of the first game. This time play as Chloe Price, a rebel who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber in a dramatic new story in the BAFTA award winning franchise.


  • episodic
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • story
  • choices
  • drama
  • mystery
  • adventure
  • romance
  • puzzle
  • graphic

10

The Stanley Parable (2013)

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Mac OS Linux PC Windows

The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end.


  • narration
  • narrative
  • interactive
  • first-person
  • fiction
  • story
  • comedy
  • walking-simulator
  • funny
  • satire
  • thought-provoking
  • exploration
  • surreal
  • dynamic

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