The Best Surreal Games

Update : Please, Touch the Artwork 2 added at rank #9.
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GRIME (2021)

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

Dive into the twisted world of GRIME, a challenging yet rewarding action-adventure RPG. Absorb your enemies, use their traits against them, and explore surreal environments. Face the unknown, unlock new abilities, and indulge in death-defying combat. Are you ready to conquer this world of anatomical horror and intrigue?


What we like:
  • Compelling and twisted world
  • Satisfying and responsive combat
  • Engaging exploration and movement
  • Unique parry and absorption mechanics
  • Generous progression system
What could be improved:
  • Lacks a strong narrative
  • Map functionality could be improved
  • Occasional sound glitches during boss battles

  • souls
  • surreal
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • dark
  • platform
  • action-adventure
  • 2.5d
  • combat
  • boss-fight
  • exploration
  • rpg
  • scroller
  • cinematic
  • action

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Figment 2: Creed Valley (2022)

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Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows

Figment 2: Creed Valley invites you on a captivating musical journey through the human mind. As Dusty, you'll tackle inventive puzzles, engage in unique boss fights, and explore a world filled with creativity and emotion. With its compelling story and surreal landscapes, this game promises an unforgettable experience.


What we like:
  • Intriguing puzzles and boss fights
  • Engaging storytelling
  • Unique and creative world design
  • Improved controls and mechanics
  • Memorable music and sound effects
What could be improved:
  • Less engaging than the first game
  • Occasional bugs and visual glitches
  • Simplistic combat

  • puzzle
  • surreal
  • soundtrack
  • action-adventure
  • rhythm
  • mind-bending
  • isometric
  • boss-fight
  • hand-drawn
  • story
  • exploration
  • fight
  • cooperative
  • controller-support
  • cute

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Monument Valley (2014)

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IOS iPhone Android Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile Mac OS PC Windows

Embark on a journey of forgiveness through impossible environments and illusionary puzzles. Experience this meditative and calming puzzle game by manipulating monuments and creating evolving paths to explore new, surreal, and mysterious worlds.


  • puzzle
  • surreal
  • escher
  • illustration
  • design
  • mind-bending
  • exploration
  • minimalist
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • emotional
  • platform
  • text-driven
  • narrative
  • puzzling

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Creaks (2020)

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Mac OS IOS iPhone PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

The ground starts shaking, light bulbs are breaking - and something rather unusual is happening right behind the walls of your very room. Equipped with nothing but wit and courage, you slowly descend into a world inhabited by avian folk and seemingly deadly furniture monsters.


  • hand-drawn
  • puzzle
  • surreal
  • stylized
  • supernatural
  • platform
  • atmospheric
  • linear
  • cartoony
  • relaxing
  • 2d
  • mystery
  • story
  • dark
  • single-player

5

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

6

Smile For Me (2019)

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

A heartbroken clown, wayward souls, and juicy mechanical lips. As “The Big Event" draws near, help the troubled residents of the Habitat and de-mask the mysterious Doctor Habit... before it's too late.


  • horror
  • lgbtq
  • fmv
  • point-and-click
  • conversation
  • surreal
  • psychological
  • linear
  • hand-drawn
  • multiple-endings
  • cute
  • cartoony
  • 3d
  • first-person
  • comedy

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Rusty Lake Hotel (2015)

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Android Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone

Are you ready to serve the guests in the Rusty Lake Hotel? Solve all mysteries in this dark and eerie puzzle game. Rusty Lake Hotel is a point-and-click adventure by the creators of the Rusty Lake & Cube Escape series.


  • surreal
  • puzzle
  • point-and-click
  • horror
  • hand-drawn
  • inventory
  • puzzle-escape
  • comedy-adventure
  • story
  • adventure
  • abstraction
  • slideshow
  • mystery

8

Clash: Artifacts of Chaos (2023)

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

Hunted by mercenaries of an enemy with untold power, the fighter Pseudo and the creature under his protection begin a perilous quest to the edges of strange lands.

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  • dice
  • third-person
  • surreal
  • martial
  • exploration
  • bird
  • fight
  • pencil-drawn
  • souls
  • soundtrack
  • combat
  • brawler
  • rpg
  • fantasy
  • first-person

9

Please, Touch the Artwork 2 (2024)

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A handpainted cozy hidden object adventure. Explore a surreal world. Collect items for its quirky inhabitants. Fix damaged paintings and solve casual puzzles. Help a lost skeleton painter find his way home. This game is short but 100% FREE (no ads, no dlc's).


  • hidden-object
  • dark
  • surreal
  • zen-puzzle
  • point-and-click
  • casual
  • narrative-adventure
  • puzzle
  • humor
  • cats
  • adventure
  • hand-drawn
  • colourful
  • friends-and-family
  • exploration

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Cruelty Squad (2021)

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PC Windows

Cruelty Squad is a first-person shooter set in a science-fiction dystopia where you're a killer for hire, harvesting organs from your fallen enemies to make bank. With an array of weapons and the ability to upgrade your body with cybernetics, you must fight your way through pulsing fleshy walls and bookstores filled with sourceless, agonised wailing. Play through a unique story that questions hypercapitalism as you hunt down targets and keep your corporate overlords happy.

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What we like:
  • Unique story questioning hypercapitalism
  • Wide arsenal of weaponry
  • Interesting level design with MC Escher elements
  • Flechettes from shotgun feel solid and impactful
What could be improved:
  • Relatively low recoil on weapons
  • Difficult to differentiate friends from foes

  • shooter
  • first-person
  • capitalism
  • fps
  • surreal
  • assassin
  • immersive
  • simulation
  • psychedelic
  • stealth
  • horror
  • lore
  • tactical
  • dystopian
  • cyberpunk

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