The Best Post-apocalyptic Games

Update : Synergy added at rank #4.
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Death Stranding Director's Cut (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS IOS iPhone Playstation 5

Death Stranding is a unique title that blends traditional gameplay tropes with imaginative innovations and tells the story of protagonist Sam Porter Bridges as a courier across a devastated United States. With celebrity appearances and intriguing trailers, it piqued the interest of both critics and gamers alike.

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What we like:
  • Memorable moments
  • Organic choices
  • Beautiful visuals and soundtrack
  • Plot that takes effort to get invested in but pays off eventually
  • Realistic motion capture performances from celebrities
What could be improved:
  • Monotonous nature at times due to being mostly delivery focused
  • Passable combat scenarios

  • walking-simulator
  • post-apocalyptic
  • stealth
  • racing
  • open-world
  • vehicle
  • story
  • combat
  • narrative
  • fps
  • controller-support
  • cross-over
  • shooter
  • supernatural
  • sci-fi

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Metro Exodus (2019)

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Xbox One Linux Mac OS stadia Playstation 5 Xbox Series X PC Windows Playstation 4

Flee the shattered ruins of the Moscow Metro and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across the post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness. Explore vast, non-linear levels, lose yourself in an immersive, sandbox survival experience, and follow a thrilling story-line that spans an entire year in the greatest Metro adventure yet.


  • shooter
  • post-apocalyptic
  • first-person
  • fps
  • stealth
  • survival
  • survival-horror
  • open-world
  • story
  • novel

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FAR: Lone Sails (2018)

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Android Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One IOS iPhone

In FAR: Lone Sails, you'll navigate a post-apocalyptic world in a unique, upgradable vehicle. Uncover the story of a civilization on the run as you journey across a dried-out ocean, solving puzzles and managing scarce resources. Immerse yourself in a hauntingly beautiful landscape, guided by an atmospheric soundtrack. Experience a serene, contemplative adventure that's as much about the journey as the destination.


What we like:
  • Unique and captivating gameplay
  • Beautiful art and haunting soundtrack
  • Emotional connection with the vehicle
  • Engaging puzzles and resource management
  • Atmospheric post-apocalyptic world
What could be improved:
  • Gameplay too short
  • Controls can be finicky
  • Some visual elements can be obscured

  • vehicle
  • post-apocalyptic
  • puzzle
  • steampunk
  • atmospheric
  • platform
  • 2.5d
  • short
  • story
  • survival
  • side-scrolling
  • driving
  • adventure
  • exploration
  • experience

4

Synergy (2024)

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early access Linux PC Windows Mac OS

Synergy is a city-building game in which humanity must survive in a strange and hostile world. Build a city while respecting the ecosystem. Explore and analyze your environment. Provide for the needs of your citizens.


  • diplomacy
  • post-apocalyptic
  • economy
  • base-building
  • city-building
  • building
  • trading
  • steampunk
  • resource-management
  • survival
  • management
  • simulation
  • strategy
  • farming

5

ATOM RPG: Post-apocalyptic indie game (2021)

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Linux series s series x Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS

Atom RPG is an old school post-apocalyptic game set in Russia. The character creation is reminiscent of games like Fallout, with skills, stats and traits that affect the game's difficulty. Combat is turn-based and action point based, while crafting gives players the chance to create objects using various pieces of rubbish found in the wasteland. There are plenty of NPCs with their own stories, as well as a main storyline to follow.


What we like:
  • Rich character customization options
  • Turn-based combat system
  • Variety of NPCs with stories
  • Crafting system based on scavenging for resources
  • Main storyline and side quests
What could be improved:
  • Aiming at body parts rarely has an effect
  • Speechcraft skills are essential for success in some situations
  • Some NPCs have more personality than others

  • rpg
  • post-apocalyptic
  • turn-based
  • old-school
  • isometric
  • atom
  • classic
  • survival
  • combat

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Steel Assault (2021)

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

Punch, whip, and zipline your way through a post-apocalyptic America in this 16-bit retro-style action platformer! Play as Taro Takahashi, a resistance soldier on a revenge mission against the dictator who lords over the ashes.


  • platform
  • post-apocalyptic
  • retro
  • arcade
  • old-school
  • pixel
  • action
  • america
  • 2d
  • perma-death
  • scroller
  • futuristic
  • classic
  • mech
  • fast-paced

7

Cloud Gardens (2020)

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Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Xbox One Mac OS PC Windows

A chill game about using plants to overgrow abandoned wasteland dioramas

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  • sandbox
  • relaxing
  • post-apocalyptic
  • nature
  • puzzle
  • meditative
  • experimental
  • procedural
  • simulation
  • atmospheric
  • building
  • challenge-less
  • goal-free

8

Fallout 76 (2018)

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Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 4

Bethesda Game Studios welcome you to Fallout 76. Twenty-five years after the bombs fall, you and your fellow Vault Dwellers emerge into post-nuclear America. Explore a vast wasteland in this open-world multiplayer addition to the Fallout story.


  • post-apocalyptic
  • rpg
  • open-world
  • shooter
  • crafting
  • first-person
  • combat
  • survival
  • robots
  • inventory
  • exploration
  • war
  • fps
  • multiplayer

9

Meet Your Maker (2023)

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

Meet your Maker is a post-apocalyptic first-person building-and-raiding game where every level is designed by players. Play solo or with a friend as you mastermind devious maze-like Outposts full of traps and guards, then gear up for methodical fast-paced combat raiding other players’ creations.

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  • first-person
  • post-apocalyptic
  • base-building
  • shooter
  • asynchronous
  • fps
  • cooperative
  • maze
  • editor
  • level
  • multiplayer
  • building
  • asymmetric
  • resource
  • tactical

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DEATH STRANDING (2019)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Embark on an adrenaline-fueled journey in a post-apocalyptic world with [Game Name]. Engage in heart-stopping action, solve intricate puzzles, and engage in epic battles. With a deep, meaningful story and stunning graphics, you'll be craving more. Unleash your inner hero and connect with players worldwide in a seamless online multiplayer experience.


What we like:
  • Unique and engaging gameplay
  • Stunning graphics and animations
  • Deep and meaningful story
  • Well-written characters
  • Seamless integration of online multiplayer
What could be improved:
  • Gameplay can feel repetitive
  • High-octane sequences may be frustrating
  • Story may not appeal to all

  • stealth
  • post-apocalyptic
  • narrative
  • walking-simulator
  • open-world
  • asynchronous
  • boss-fight
  • sci-fi
  • online
  • story
  • supernatural
  • combat
  • management
  • vehicle
  • multiplayer

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