5 Interactive Story Games for Non-Gamers
As an avid gamer, I’ve waited my entire live for the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend people play more video games. And well, here we are! As part of a new #playtogetherapart initiative, WHO is suggesting people do their socializing online through video games during quarantine.
Video games are great for socializing but they’re good for other things too. Video games are a terrific distraction from the real world. You can be and do anything in games. Be a warrior, wizard, farmer, miner, space pirate, a chimp, a goose, a goat, an architect; you name it! And in a time where the world feels surreal and out of control, video games can give you that sense of control back, even if it’s just for a little while.
But I’m not into video games and wouldn’t know where to start.
Do you like books? Because there’s a whole genre of games that are basically interactive stories. Your choices and actions in the game create the ultimate outcome. There’s no frantic button mashing or complicated combos to learn. In fact, there’s nothing complicated about the games at all. They feature simple mechanics that are easy to learn and well-crafted stories that propel you forward. They’re the modern day Choose Your Own Adventure books!
So, spark up your favorite cannabis strain and get ready for some amazing stories to come to life!
Here are 5 of our favorite interactive story games for non-gamers:
Gone Home: A self-proclaimed “story exploration game,” Gone Home takes place when you return home from a year abroad and find your family’s house empty. You are free to explore every nook and cranny of the house to discover the events that took place and where everyone has gone. It’s a moving story that will touch your heart. Available on computer, console and mobile platforms.
Dear Esther: One of the earliest “walking simulator” games, Dear Esther is a first-person game about love, loss, guilt and redemption. It’s a story-driven, emotional experience. Uncover the mystery of a woman’s death through first-person exploration of a deserted island and a man’s letters to his deceased wife. Available on computer and console platforms.
What Remains of Edith Finch: What Remains of Edith Finch is an interactive collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington State. You’ll experience life as several family members during several time periods ranging from the early 1900s to the present day. You’ll follow Edith Finch as she explores the history of her family and tries to figure out why she’s the last Finch left alive. Available for Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.
Firewatch: Set in 1989 Wyoming, you play as Henry, a fire lookout, whose only connection is a voice on the other end of the radio. Something strange draws you out from your watchtower and sets you on a path of exploration and self-discovery. Firewatch received many accolades for its visual effects, characters and story. Available on computer and console platforms.
Layers of Fear: Layers of Fear is a first-person psychological horror game that’s heavily focused on character and story development. The game features exploration and puzzle solving to progress the story of a disturbed painter trying to complete his master opus. Uncover his secrets while exploring a spooky Victorian mansion. Available on computer and console platforms.
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