22 Games Like Gone Home

Games Like Gone Home
This compilation of games like Gone Home features exploration titles where your objective is to take in the surroundings rather than solve puzzles or combat.

Gone Home steps back into the past with a 1995 setting. Players arrive home after spending a year abroad, walking into home you expect your family to be at home and ready to see you. Instead all players get is an eerie silence to greet them.

Where is your family and what happened to them? That is the story of Gone Home. Step into the shoes of Kaitlin as you use a first person perspective to explore the house and investigate individual items.

What Gone Home lacks in combat and puzzles it makes up for in exploration and discovery as players explore the familiar home. Every detail can be examined and not only do they slowly piece a puzzle together they also contain a number of references to a decade long past. Accordingly this lets players of Gone Home set their own pace of exploration and freely explore most of the rooms as they see fit.

The games like Gone Home below have a similar focus on exploration and discovery rather than puzzles or combat. The titles here either have none of these features or use them sparingly, instead allowing the player to unlock mystery and story through other means.

Games Like Gone Home

the-beginners-guide

The Beginner’s Guide

Following up the unique experience of The Stanley Parable is The Beginner’s Guide, a game with similar ideas around abstraction and game creation. Narrated by Davey Wreden in a similar fashion to his past game players are taken through a number of areas that feature incomplete games by a ... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
homesick

Homesick

Waking up in an abandoned building Homesick offers up a journey of clues, puzzles, exploration and self discovery. Homesick is a title that bleeds amazing atmosphere from start to finish, an adventure that will keep you entertained for approximately 3 hours. These hours start with players wakin... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
dream

Dream

Explore the subconscious of Howard Phillips, a young character who has a boring life but powerful lucid dreams. By exploring these abstract dreams you’ll solve the unique challenge within each of them while discovering secrets that tie into your own future. We’ve all find ourselves ... Read More »

User Score
6.0
(1 votes)
the-park

The Park

Told through a first person perspective the horror adventure known as The Park combines a dark eerie setting with psychological elements. Originally for Windows only the game was subsequently released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Set in the Atlantic Island Park the story follows a single moth... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
everybodys-gone-to-the-rapture

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Taking place after a potential rapture event, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture explores a small English village that has suddenly lost all if its population. Coined as a spiritual successor to Dear Esther the game has the same touch of exploration and discovery. Beginning your story in the... Read More »

User Score
6.3
(3 votes)
soma

SOMA

Explore the depths of an underwater research facility in SOMA, a game that balances science fiction, walking simulator and psychological horror into a single adventure. Referred to as PATHOS-II this group of stations that you’ll explore is on the verge of collapse after years of insuffici... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(2 votes)
dr-langeskov

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is a short free adventure that has players participating in a heist with an unseen narrator. Dr. Langeskov is primarily a game around first person exploration although your path is mostly linear the hidden elements and... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
the-witness

The Witness

The Witness combines the likes of walking simulators with the most classic puzzle games of them, Myst. The game involves players exploring a large open world setting (island) as they solve various puzzles scattered around the island, while learning more from the visual and audio pieces of infor... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(3 votes)
the-stanley-parable

The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable offers a meta-fictional interactive adventure, what the game lacks in combat it makes up for with mind messing narration that will have you guessing video games and even your own existence in the real world. First born in 2011 as a free Half Life 2 modification this self ref... Read More »

User Score
9.1
(7 votes)
the-unfinished-swan

The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan offers an adventure unlike others you’ve experience before. In this PlayStation exclusive title (PS3, PS4, Vita) you’ll chase a swan through an interesting game world that has escaped from your favourite painting. Your protagonist in this unique adventure is 10 y... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(1 votes)
dear-esther

Dear Esther

Dear Esther is a game of nothing, you won’t find guns, puzzles or much else in the game but that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable. Your role in this adventure is simply to control the main protagonist as you take in the environment and story elements that are fed to you in smal... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
kentucky-route-zero

Kentucky Route Zero

As far as indie episodic adventure games go Kentucky Route Zero has one of the most surreal settings in years. From the independent studio of Cardboard Computer the game exists thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign for the project. Split into five acts of which the first was released in e... Read More »

User Score
6.3
(3 votes)
the-vanishing-of-ethan-carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Horror and adventure are blended together in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, a story of mystery in an open world environment that encourages you to explore and collect clues. Released for Windows and PlayStation 4 the game follows investigator Paul Prospero who has a knack for the paranormal. Af... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(11 votes)
murdered-soul-suspect

Murdered: Soul Suspect

Solve the mystery of your own murder in Murdered: Soul Suspect, a unique and ghostly experience that lets you piece together the clues one by one on a large list of platforms. Set in the town of Salem, Massachusetts the game centres around the Bell Killer, a relentless serial murderer who just ... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(11 votes)
proteus

Proteus

Proteus is more of an artistic exploration experience than a game but is still very impressive and enjoyable. In Proteus you will explore a randomly generated game world and simply spend time enjoying your surroundings. If you enjoy going on exploration adventures in other randomly generated ga... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(26 votes)
until-dawn

Until Dawn

Until Dawn is a PlayStation 4 exclusive addition to the interactive drama genre. With survival and horror elements the game promises a twist filled adventure with many key decisions left in the players hand. Following the story of eight trapped friends in a remote mountain location things quick... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(12 votes)
miasmata

Miasmata

Miasmata is a unique survival adventure that has you attempting to cure yourself from a deadly disease. The only thing you have at your disposal is your scientific knowledge and the plant life around the island. Miasmata is one of the most unique and impressive adventure games released in recen... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(12 votes)
heavy-rain

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain takes you through an interactive drama on your PlayStation 3. Based on film noir thrillers the game is full of mystery with a serial killer at the heart of the plot. The game lets you experience four main characters as you advance through the various game chapters. Each of them has a... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(17 votes)
lifeless-planet

Lifeless Planet

Lifeless Planet involves the exploration of rocky planet with a few basic platform and puzzle features thrown in. Available for Windows, Mac and Xbox One your lifeless surroundings have a surprisingly hidden secret. Set on a distant planet that feels very Mars-like the game follows an astronaut... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(2 votes)
papo-and-yo

Papo & Yo

Papo & Yo is an interesting fantasy adventure, following a young Brazilian boy the game setting can only be compared to a dream like world. The game is primarily puzzle based although their simple design focuses your attention more on the adventure than puzzle solving. The game centres arou... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
journey

Journey

Journey is a PlayStation exclusive title that is mysterious, moving and impressive. Playing as a robed figure in the vast desert sands you’ll strive to reach the mountain far off in the distance while encountering other players without a single piece of dialogue. The game is all about the... Read More »

User Score
9.5
(2 votes)
shelter

Shelter

Shelter is a survival based game where players control a mother badger who attempts to protect her cubs through a journey from one home to another. The game is a simple experience but also very unique and available for Windows and Mac. The game is set in a wilderness setting with players assumi... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(35 votes)