Update, : Dream Cycle added at rank #37.
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The Gardens Between (2018)

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The Gardens Between is a puzzle video game developed by Australian studio The Voxel Agents, released in September 2018 for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


  • time
  • puzzle
  • surreal
  • nostalgia
  • manipulation
  • narrative
  • short
  • emotional
  • soundtrack
  • walking-simulator
  • travel
  • relaxing
  • logic
  • linear
  • story

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Monument Valley (2014)

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Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile Android IOS iPhone

In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world. Guide the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.

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  • surreal
  • puzzle
  • escher
  • manipulation
  • minimalist
  • exploration

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Genesis Noir (2021)

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Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One Nintendo Switch

Genesis Noir is a point-and-click adventure game, played out across a number of vignettes. The player is prompted to move their character or interact with the scene through various on-screen prompts.[5]


  • point-and-click
  • puzzle
  • surreal
  • noir
  • narrative
  • tactile
  • exploration
  • detective
  • adventure
  • stylized
  • hand-drawn
  • minimalist
  • space
  • trading
  • atmospheric

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Monument Valley 2 (2017)

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Guide a mother and her child as they embark on a journey through magical architecture, discovering illusionary pathways and delightful puzzles as you learn the secrets of the Sacred Geometry.

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  • surreal
  • puzzle
  • meditative
  • escher
  • interactive
  • adventure
  • entertainment
  • manipulation
  • minimalist

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Promesa (2020)

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A contemplative experience where you’ll wander through the dreams, memories and fantasies emerging from a dialogue between a grandfather and his grandchild.


  • surreal
  • underground
  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • experimental
  • relaxing
  • stylized
  • narration
  • pixel
  • psychological
  • cinematic
  • atmospheric
  • shooter
  • exploration
  • story

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The Signifier (2020)

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This story-driven adventure follows a mystery of death and despair from reality into the surreal realms of objective memories and subjective experiences. Search the mind, solve puzzles, and unravel the dark truth in this psychological thriller.


  • surreal
  • psychological
  • investigation
  • emotional
  • multiple-endings
  • mystery
  • thriller
  • tech-noir
  • horror
  • dark
  • first-person
  • walking-simulator
  • choices
  • psychology
  • exploration

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When The Past Was Around (2020)

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Xbox One Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Mac OS PC Windows

When the Past was Around is an adventure point-and-click puzzle game about love, moving on, letting go, and the joy and pain of everything in between.


  • point-and-click
  • puzzle
  • surreal
  • hand-drawn
  • philosophical
  • romance
  • hidden-object
  • abstract
  • music
  • fiction
  • interactive
  • adventure
  • story
  • stylized
  • relaxing

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Dreaming Sarah (2015)

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Dreaming Sarah is a surreal adventure platformer game with puzzle elements, an engaging environment, an incredibly diverse cast of characters, and of course, a young girl named Sarah. Sarah has been in an accident and is currently in a coma. It's up to you to help her wake up by exploring her dream world. Features: * Explore mysterious psychological areas * Collect, equip and use items * Interact with a vast cast of weird characters * Solve brain-teasing puzzles


  • surreal
  • philosophical
  • platform
  • metroidvania
  • psychological
  • psychedelic
  • walking-simulator
  • puzzle
  • abstract
  • supernatural
  • exploration
  • pixel
  • atmospheric
  • relaxing
  • adventure

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Discolored (2019)

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Discolored is a strange and surreal puzzle adventure, taking place over two-or-so hours in a single desolate location. Your mission: restore the color to this once-vibrant world. What caused the colors to disappear? How can they be brought back? As you explore, you'll solve an array of inventive puzzles and uncover a selection of clues - leading you to discover the deeper secrets of this strange place at the end of an abandoned highway.Features:


  • walking-simulator
  • surreal
  • conspiracy
  • linear
  • point-and-click
  • hidden-object
  • minimalist
  • relaxing
  • puzzle
  • exploration
  • atmospheric
  • first-person
  • story
  • detective
  • mystery

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Manifold (2021)

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The game takes place in a "universe with a different set of physical laws" where the player can manipulate gravity, being able to "turn walls into floors".[6] The player must solve puzzles using the world's geometry in addition to devices within the architecture of the world.[6] To aid the player, the world's tone takes on one of six colors depending on which direction they have manipulated gravity. Several facets of the game's world may only be interacted with when the gravity is oriented directly, with these objects sharing one of the six colors.


  • puzzle
  • philosophical
  • abstract
  • 3d
  • nonlinear
  • platform
  • exploration
  • surreal
  • psychedelic
  • atmospheric
  • experimental
  • cinematic
  • scroller
  • artificial
  • intelligence

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