The Best Surreal Games

Update : Indika added at rank #33.
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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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Lake Haven - Chrysalis (2023)

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PC Windows

Detective Zeke Reynold is called to investigate what he assumes will be another case he'll quickly forget, but what he finds will be sewn into the fabric of his existence forever.

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  • horror
  • third-person
  • old-school
  • dark
  • surreal
  • atmospheric
  • exploration
  • story
  • thriller
  • psychological
  • 1990s
  • action-adventure
  • single-player
  • mystery
  • controller-support

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Monument Valley (2014)

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

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

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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

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Mitoza (2021)

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Mac OS PC Windows Android IOS iPhone

It's not a game, it's a toy. Explore all cycles and prepare yourself to accept the inevitable effects of Mitoza.


  • choices
  • surreal
  • point-and-click
  • adventure

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Night Reverie (2021)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Android

Night Reverie is a Puzzle/Adventure game in which a child must solve the mystery behind the distortion of his house. Explore puzzle-filled environments and discover strange creatures living in the house as you reach the truth behind of what looks like a bizarre nightmare.


  • emotional
  • choices
  • surreal
  • exploration
  • soundtrack
  • pixel
  • relaxing
  • story
  • 2d
  • colourful
  • mystery
  • cute
  • atmospheric
  • dialog
  • controller-support

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Shapik: The Moon Quest (2020)

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SHAPIK: The Moon Quest is a touching and atmospheric quest, the story of which unfolds in a mysterious world after a nuclear war.

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  • beautiful
  • casual
  • point-and-click
  • touch-friendly
  • hand-drawn
  • cute
  • atmospheric
  • nature
  • post-apocalyptic
  • surreal
  • puzzle
  • dark
  • adventure
  • family-friendly
  • story

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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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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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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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