Screenshot of AER Memories of Old

AER Memories of OldRecommended!

Category: Adventure Games
Despite its missteps, I really enjoyed AER Memories of Old. It’s a no-combat light-puzzle/exploration game in which you take the role of a lady who can turn into a bird, and explore a beautiful but post-apocalyptic world of floating islands. There’s a lot of downsides on display here - it’s short (for a paid Steam game), the story is nonsensical, and it’s possibly the epitome of “low-poly Unity game.” It’s sort of a collection of cliches from the last decade of gaming (especially the faux-pastoral “technology is bad” philosophy).Read more...

Date posted: Sat May 26, 2018

Screenshot of Fugue in Void

Fugue in VoidRecommended!

Category: Walking Simulators
Absolutely awesome walking sim/ambient weirdness. A series of vignettes, some of which you control and some that are guided. Great visuals and haunting atmosphere. Be warned, though - the whole experience takes 30-60 minutes and has no save system (intentionally, per the developer), so strap in.Read more...

Date posted: Mon May 21, 2018

Screenshot of Marginalia


Category: Walking Simulators
Really awesome and creepy horror game. It can be easy to get lost, but worth the long stroll to the finish. I really loved the atmosphere and writing, and the nods to Lovecraft. The original on Game Jolt has been remade - grab the 2017 version from Itch.Read more...

Date posted: Fri May 18, 2018

Screenshot of Places & Sketches

Places & SketchesRecommended!

A collection of beautiful painterly environments to explore. This is actually a whole series - 11 small games in total. I discovered these a few years ago and they are wonderful. Beautiful art, nice sound. Some are downloadable and some run in the browser.Read more...

Date posted: Thu May 17, 2018

Screenshot of Myst


Category: Adventure Games
In Myst, you’re dropped onto a sunny but creepy island with no backstory and no context, and you’re left to explore and figure things out yourself. It’s a precursor to a lot of the more obtuse and “lore-heavy” games available now, but at the time it was something of a revelatory mechanic, at least to me. Myst was a minor cultural phenomenon at the time, and deservedly so, as it combines surreal (and, for the time, advanced static CG graphics), a dark story told through magic books and video clips, multiple surreal and beautiful zones to explore, and tricky, multi-screen puzzles that are still challenging.Read more...

Date posted: Fri May 4, 2018

Screenshot of Wonders Between Dunes

Wonders Between DunesRecommended!

Category: Walking Simulators
Really incredible environmental design ont his one, and great sound too. Wonders Between Dunes is easily one of the most polished (and long) “no-save” walking sims out there, and you can really tell how much care and effort has been put into every aspect. The levels, environmental effects, ambient sound, everything is incredibly well done. My only complaint for a game of this length is the lack of a save, checkpoint, or area select system - seriously, this is a big world.Read more...

Date posted: Tue May 1, 2018

Screenshot of Sacramento


Category: Walking Simulators
One of the first walking sims I ever played, and still one of the best. Lovely sound and hand drawn graphics. The glass pavilion is worth a visit. The developer contributed to Oases.Read more...

Date posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018

Screenshot of Proteus


One of the OG walking sims, and still one of the best. Generative music machine with lovely pixel graphics. Super relaxing. Same folks did Silverybield Foss, a bitsy game/walking sim, which is also lovely and probably deserves an entry of its own.Read more...

Date posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018

Screenshot of Dear Esther

Dear EstherRecommended!

Category: Walking Simulators
One I haven’t finished. This is sort of the Ur-Walking Sim in that it possibly helped coin the term. Dear Esther was polarizing when it came out, prompting a lot of people to question whether it really is a game or not, an argument that’s been rehashed about probably every game on this list. Very atmospheric, and really high production values (as is the case with all Chinese Room games). Worth a play.Read more...

Date posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018