We’ve compiled a list of the eight best story-rich games, relevant to casual gamers. From the wilderness of Wyoming to the remarkable realm of Rakuen, here are eight critically acclaimed games we think you’ll like.
Firewatch is an atmospheric walking sim adventure game developed by Campo Santo. Set in 1989, you play as a man who is a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. But something strange leads you to explore the nearby forest, where you have to make decisions that can potentially build relationships, as well as destroy.
Rated ‘Very Positive’ on Steam and often praised for it’s story and interactivity, the game is definitely worth a play.
Plus, it’s currently 60% off in the Steam winter sale and is available for just £5.99
With ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ reviews, if you haven’t played this emotional game already, we recommend that you break out the tissues and get started.
Described as a Story-Rich indie Adventure game, To The Moon is somewhat like a Black Mirror episode, although without the horror. Albeit being a little old, considering it was published in 2011, the game is still highly regarded.
Two doctors are able to give patients on their deathbeds another chance to live, right from the beginning. The catch is that the experience is only in their head, and they die once they reach the end of that life.
The game features elderly patient Johnny, where the two doctors attempt to fulfil his lifelong dream. As they uncover fragments of his past, it becomes clear that he only ever had one real wish; To go ‘To The Moon’.
Again, this game is currently on sale, and with a 75% discount, is only £1.74!
Finding Paradise is a sequel to the aforementioned game, To The Moon. The game was released on 14th December 2017 and is therefore very new.
This game also has ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ reviews on Steam, and is a must-play for those who enjoyed To The Moon.
In this game, the two doctors have a patient named Colin. They attempt to unravel a life split down the middle, and fulfil his dying wish, which appears self-contradictory.
This game is 10% off and only £6.29
Undertale is a story-rich RPG by tobyfox with ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ reviews.
Described as ‘The RPG where you don’t have to destroy anyone’, Undertale is story-rich due to your character’s journey, and also due to player choices affecting the game.
You play as a human child who has fallen underground into the realm of monsters and thus, tries to find their way home. You encounter both good monsters and bad along the way, which you can choose to spare or fight. There are a variety of puzzles to complete in order to progress, and a variety of interesting areas to explore.
This game is 50% off and only £3.99.
Night in The Woods is an atmospheric story-rich indie adventure game developed by Infinite Fall.
The game features college dropout Mae Borowski who returns to her hometown. Dismayed that her home is more dead-end than she remembers it, Mae discovers people have been going missing. This combined with weird dreams and spooky encounters leads Mae to investigate; and for her friends to think she’s batty.
With a variety of characters to meet, places to explore and a clever storyline, NITW is another game where player decisions count. Although the storyline won’t change dramatically, thorough exploration allows users to have more meaningful interactions with other characters, and to build friendships with those who you choose to spend time with.
This game is 25% off and only £11.24
With ‘Very Positive’ reviews on Steam, Hollow Knight is an indie action adventure metroidvania game where players can ‘forge their own path’.
The game, developed by Team Cherry, takes place under the ‘fading town’ of Dirtmouth. Many are attracted to the kingdom below the surface in hope of wealth, power and glory.
The ancient ruined kingdom below, is an expansive inter-connected world for players to explore. From caverns, to deadly wastes, you can befriend bugs, battle baddies and solve ancient mysteries at the very heart of the kingdom.
This game is 34% off and only £7.25
Additionally, a port for the game is being released for Nintendo Switch early this year!
What remains of Edith Finch has consistently been reviewed positively by the media and has ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ reviews on Steam. Developed by Giant Sparrow, the game features Edith Finch, who is the last remaining Finch family member.
In this story-rich atmospheric walking simulator, you play as Edith, and explore the Finch’s Washington house in an attempt to uncover how the rest of the family died. You’ll experience strange tales from the distant past, right up to the near-present, each explaining how various family members died. Morbid? yes. Intriguing? Also yes.
This game is 35% off and only £9.74
We have mentioned this game before, so apologies for featuring it again. But it definitely deserves a place among the most story-rich games on Steam due to its heart-warming storyline and beautiful graphics.
This game is 35% off and only £4.54