The Best Narrative Games

Update : Harold Halibut added at rank #1.
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Harold Halibut (2024)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Xbox One Playstation 4 j

Harold Halibut is a handmade narrative game about friendship and life on a city-sized spaceship submerged in an alien ocean. Join Harold as he explores a vibrant retro-future world in his quest to find the true meaning of ‘home’.


  • well-written
  • narrative
  • cinematic
  • walking-simulator
  • lore
  • adventure
  • sci-fi
  • fiction
  • interactive
  • city-sized
  • narration
  • mystery
  • retro-future
  • drama
  • story

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Open Roads (2024)

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

Tess Devine and her mother, Opal, embark on a road trip adventure to explore a series of long-abandoned family properties, unearthing the past. Featuring star performances by Keri Russell (The Americans, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker) and Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart, Uncharted 4)


  • mystery
  • narrative
  • walking-simulator
  • interactive
  • story
  • adventure
  • first-person
  • hand-drawn
  • exploration
  • walking
  • discovery
  • investigation
  • fiction
  • cinematic
  • grand

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The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend ft. Lucy Liu (2024)

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PC Windows

The Pirate Queen is a multi-award winning narrative adventure starring Lucy Liu. Climb aboard a 19th century Chinese pirate ship, explore moonlit cabins, unearth treasure and embark on a journey to become the most powerful pirate of all time. Do you have what it takes to be crowned The Pirate Queen?

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  • pirates
  • narrative
  • vr
  • historical
  • adventure
  • story
  • atmospheric
  • heart-racing
  • stick
  • exploration
  • puzzle
  • action-adventure
  • single-player

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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden (2024)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Xbox Series X/s

Embark on a haunting, choice-driven journey in 'Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden'. Navigate the dark narrative and moral dilemmas of the 1695 cursed New Eden as ghost hunters Red and Antea. Unravel mysteries, combat spectral foes, and decide the fates of the living and dead. Will love triumph, or will sacrifices be made? Every choice you make shapes this emotional, visually stunning RPG adventure.

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What we like:
  • Exceptional narrative and voice acting
  • Engaging side quests and rich world exploration
  • Dynamic combat with evolving skills
  • Deeply emotional character relationships
  • Beautiful visuals and atmospheric design
What could be improved:
  • Combat can initially feel clunky
  • Some gameplay elements feel outdated

  • rpg
  • supernatural
  • narrative
  • story
  • combat
  • open-world
  • action
  • third-person
  • exploration
  • choices
  • vampire
  • fantasy
  • cinematic
  • narration
  • emotional

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Jusant (2023)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 PC Windows

Ascend the enigmatic tower of Jusant and uncover the echoes of a lost civilization. Immerse yourself in a serene world filled with lush biomes, master intuitive climbing mechanics, and let the haunting soundtrack elevate your adventure. Solve puzzles with your adorable companion, Ballast, and experience a story that intertwines resilience and mystery in every climb.


What we like:
  • Intuitive climbing gameplay
  • Rich, immersive environments
  • Engaging puzzles with helpful companion
  • Profound storytelling
  • Beautiful soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Occasional collision issues
  • Some story elements are cryptic

  • vertical
  • puzzle
  • platform
  • narrative
  • controller-support
  • exploration
  • story
  • meditative
  • atmospheric
  • rock-climbing
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • rhythm
  • mystery
  • cute

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Gloomhaven Mercenaries Edition (2023)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Gloomhaven Mercenaries Edition includes Gloomhaven base game and the Solo Scenarios: Mercenary Challenges DLC. Carve your way through terrifying dungeons, dreadful forests and dark caves filled with horrific monsters to reap your rewards.

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  • dungeon
  • card
  • narrative
  • boss
  • challenging
  • rpg
  • online
  • multiplayer
  • combat

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Under the Waves (2023)

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

Stan, a professional diver in the North Sea, is struggling to overcome a life-changing loss during an extended mission underwater. Stuck in his self-imposed solitude, he starts to experience strange events and will have to make the most significant choice of his life...

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  • underwater
  • submarine
  • narrative
  • techno-futuristic
  • story
  • adventure
  • crafting
  • exploration

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The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Step into the enchanting world of The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood, where you, as Fortuna, a witch in exile, form a pact with a forbidden creature to regain your freedom. Craft your own Tarot-like cards, delve into the pasts and futures of your Witch friends, and uncover a political plot that will shape the fate of the Cosmic Witch society. With a captivating narrative, beautiful visuals, and enchanting music, this game will keep you spellbound.


What we like:
  • Engaging story with impactful decisions
  • Well-developed characters with intriguing twists
  • Trans-friendly representation
  • Beautiful art and design
  • High replayability due to choices that matter
What could be improved:
  • Gameplay doesn't meet expectations
  • Disappointing ending
  • Difficulty in collecting certain energy

  • card
  • narrative
  • pixel
  • interactive
  • deckbuilder
  • fiction
  • politics
  • political
  • crafting
  • visual-novel

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Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical (2023)

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

Gods. Romance. Murder. Musical Numbers?! Play as Grace in a world where Greek Gods live in hiding among us. Change your fate as you draw friends, foes & lovers into song using your powers of musical persuasion to unravel the mystery of the Last Muse's death.


  • mythology
  • roleplaying
  • narrative
  • visual-novel
  • choices
  • romance
  • mystery
  • interactive
  • story
  • rpg
  • adventure
  • fantasy
  • self-discovery
  • graphic
  • novel

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Venba (2023)

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

Embark on a touching journey with Venba, a heartwarming game that immerses you in the vibrant world of South Indian cuisine. Unravel a story of family, love, and self-discovery, restore lost recipes, and dive into mouthwatering dishes. With beautiful art, a delightful Tamil-inspired soundtrack, and engaging puzzles, Venba is a short but well-paced adventure waiting for you.


What we like:
  • Beautiful art and sound design
  • Heartfelt storytelling
  • Authentic representation of immigrant experience
  • Engaging gameplay with satisfying puzzles
  • Well-paced narrative
What could be improved:
  • Cooking puzzles may be too easy
  • Game length may leave players wanting more
  • Lack of touchscreen support
  • Absence of a glossary for recipes

  • narrative
  • cooking
  • 1980s
  • puzzle
  • conversation
  • visual-novel
  • emotional
  • soundtrack
  • cinematic
  • stylized
  • fiction
  • story
  • interactive
  • choices

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