The Best Walking-simulator Games

Update : Harold Halibut added at rank #10.
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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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What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)

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IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One

What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she's the last one in her family left alive.


  • walking-simulator
  • story
  • narrative
  • interactive
  • book
  • horror
  • first-person
  • narration
  • exploration
  • mystery

3

Return to Grace (2023)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox One Xbox Series X

A daring space archaeologist has just unearthed the ancient resting place of a long lost A.I. god known as Grace. Adventure with various fractured A.I. personalities as you uncover the great mystery of why she was shut down all those years ago.


  • walking-simulator
  • sci-fi
  • dynamic
  • narrative
  • first-person
  • story
  • narration
  • choices
  • artificial
  • intelligence
  • multiple-endings
  • 3d

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Remains (2021)

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early access PC Windows Xbox One Android Nintendo Switch

Remains - survival in outer space orbiting the planet. Explore the area. Find a way to restore oxygen. Create tools for your needs. Beware of the dangers of outer space. Build your shelter in orbit and try not to die!


  • walking-simulator
  • narrative
  • story
  • interactive
  • book
  • exploration
  • narration
  • first-person
  • crafting
  • survival
  • open-world
  • horror
  • mystery

5

Season: A Letter to the Future (2023)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4

In SEASON: A letter to the future, you're a young woman on a mission to document memories before a cataclysm wipes everything away. Enjoy a calming, immersive journey through stunning landscapes, meet diverse characters, and make choices that shape the story. With a beautiful soundtrack and a beautifully crafted world to explore, you'll be captivated by this unique and artistic adventure.

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What we like:
  • Relaxing, immersive gameplay
  • Beautiful, meaningful story
  • Diverse, lovable characters
  • Stunning, well-crafted world
  • Choices that affect the story's outcome
What could be improved:
  • Frustrating controls
  • Overdone dialogue and narration

  • narrative
  • walking-simulator
  • exploration
  • mystery
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • controller-support
  • war
  • farming
  • editing
  • photo
  • discovery
  • pause
  • open-world
  • philosophical

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The Gap (2023)

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75
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Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 Android Xbox One PC Windows

Driven by a rare neurological affliction plaguing his family, Joshua has to recover his memories by exploring parallel realities through déjà vu. Facing the innermost depths of his past – moments both joyous and painful – seems to be the only way to get his life and family back together.


  • walking-simulator
  • minimalist
  • horror
  • exploration
  • psychological
  • atmospheric
  • sci-fi
  • thriller
  • multiple-endings
  • short
  • experimental
  • mystery
  • first-person
  • investigation
  • mature

7

Paradise Marsh (2022)

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PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One

Stars have vanished from the sky and scattered around in a perfect wetland crawling with wildlife... Catch bugs and chat with delightful characters while wandering through peaceful scenery. But don't lose sight of the night sky, the constellations need help!

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  • collector
  • creature
  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • procedural
  • experimental
  • relaxing
  • colourful
  • pixel
  • retro
  • exploration
  • firewatch
  • cute
  • open-world
  • nature

8

Eastshade (2019)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One

Embark on a peaceful and wholesome adventure as a traveling painter exploring the beautiful island of Eastshade. Engage with unique and captivating characters, complete quests, and create works of art that impact the world around you. With stunning visuals and a mesmerizing score, Eastshade offers a unique and uplifting experience that will leave a lasting impression on you.

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What we like:
  • Captivating characters and engaging quests
  • Stunning visuals and attention to detail
  • Art creation adds an extra layer of gameplay depth
  • Soothing and relaxing experience
  • Strong plot and exploration opportunities.
What could be improved:
  • Technical flaws including glitches and crashes
  • Mixed bag of voice acting.

  • open-world
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • walking-simulator
  • crafting
  • beautiful
  • combat-free
  • rpg
  • first-person
  • atmospheric
  • photography
  • adventure
  • story
  • fantasy
  • violent

9

Frequency (2023)

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early access ps2 Linux Mac OS PC Windows Android

Drive the world and make it dance as you piece together the geometric puzzles and build musical tracks that are intertwined.


  • multiple-endings
  • music
  • space
  • choices
  • instrument
  • walking-simulator
  • fiction
  • mystery
  • online-capable
  • pixel
  • cyberpunk
  • humor
  • rhythm
  • interactive
  • minimalist

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Harold Halibut (2024)

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

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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