24 Games Like Journey

Games Like Journey
Our list of games like Journey features more titles that blur the lines between art and gaming. Explore unique environments and gameplay in these adventures.

Journey is an independent video game that was released in 2012 for the PlayStation platform. Aiming to capture a sense of wonder and discovery the game launched to critical acclaim for its blend of artistic design with gameplay.

Set in a world free of words players explore sand dunes across an endless desert. Slowly through exploration players will unlock the secrets of this world and the eroded civilization that once called this place home.

Gameplay wise players lead their very own robed figure across this landscape. Uniquely players can run into other players during their adventure, while the same wordless rules apply to these encounters this doesn’t stop players from helping each other out though through other means. Controls are fairly basic allowing players to glide across the sand dunes, jump or emit a musical sound which changes based on how long the button is pressed.

The games like Journey here offer a similar experience with a mixture of games that offer artistic design within their gameplay. From other games that feature no spoken words to environments that will mesmerise you these games have it all.

Games Like Journey

ico

Ico

Ico (ICO) mixes puzzles and action-adventure like many games before it but does so more impressively than most. With Team Ico behind the game, who has a strong history of development the PS2 title was eventually bundled with Shadow of the Colossus for release on PS3. Playing as a young boy name... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(7 votes)
the-last-guardian

The Last Guardian

With action-adventure gameplay, a strong bond with a giant animal and an unnamed young boy The Last Guardian has pieces of games you’ve likely seen before but now combines them together into a single journey. Released for the PlayStation 4 and coming from Team Ico who has an impressive hi... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(6 votes)
grow-home

Grow Home

Grow Home is an adventure where you’ll literally have to grow their Star Plant to be able to return home. While there is some platforming involved this short robotic adventure is more about the exploration based journey than the challenge. Set in a colourful game world players control B.U... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(8 votes)
flower

Flower

Flower is a relaxing musical driven adventure that is exclusive to the PlayStation consoles. From the same company (Thatgamecompany) that brought you Flow and eventually went on to develop Journey this title is visually enjoyable but still offers some challenge. The game itself starts off with ... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(3 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
8.3
(4 votes)
shelter-2

Shelter 2

Shelter 2 is the second survival journey, while the game is similar in design to the original Shelter this time around you’ll be playing the predator as you control a mother Lynx. While you might have upgraded from badger though there are still deadly enemies and a harsh environment to de... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(34 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
8.4
(5 votes)
never-alone

Never Alone

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) takes an interesting idea and turns it into an even more interesting experience. With a strong atmosphere blending with puzzle and platform mechanics Never Alone tells an insightful story of Alaska Natives. During the adventure you play as a young Inupiat girl (N... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(15 votes)
machinarium

Machinarium

Machinarium offers a unique and addicting puzzle adventure game across a number of platforms. The game was originally released in 2009 for Windows and Mac with follow up releases for PlayStation 3, Android and iOS. Machinarium uses a point and click style of adventure along with a unique art st... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(31 votes)
to-the-moon

To the Moon

To the Moon is an adventure game released in 2011 by Freebird Games who have developed a number of games in this niche (To the Moon being one of the most well received). Made with RPG Maker XP the game spans half a dozen hours. To the Moon uses a unique story premise that revolves around a tech... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(10 votes)
eufloria

Eufloria

Eufloria offers strategy gameplay in an artistic wrapper. Available on a huge range of platforms the game is uniquely satisfying, relaxing and challenging. Released in 2009 for Windows and the game quickly conquered other platforms and eventually saw a HD release. Set in a space environment you... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(6 votes)
osmos

Osmos

Osmos is a relaxing puzzle game available across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices. Using simple mechanics and great game design Osmos has captured plenty of praise for its enjoyable, atmospheric and eventually challenging gameplay. The premise of Osmos is simple with players advancing thro... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(6 votes)
flow

Flow

Flow (flOw) offers an indie experience similar to that of the first stage in Spore. The game has grown from a simple flash game into a popular past time on your PlayStation devices and PC (online and download). The gameplay of Flow is extremely simple but this also means that you will be hooked... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(17 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)
limbo

Limbo

Limbo is a dark experience and one of the best in the puzzle-platform genre. Available for all modern platforms there is no excuse to pass up this experience. Using 2D side scrolling Limbo is a journey that takes place entirely in a black and white game world. It’s similar to film noir st... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(7 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
8.2
(6 votes)
entwined

Entwined

Entwined tells the story of a fish and bird that are in love, using this unique idea the game offers a journey of visuals and music. It’s a relaxing game that is ideal if you’re looking to sit back and take in the experience. Following the souls of said fish and bird the game opens ... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 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)
shadow-of-the-colossus

Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus will take you on an action adventure in a game world that is linked to that of Ico (a previous game from the same developer). Originally launching in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 the game was re-released with Ico in a bundled HD version for PS3 in 2011. The game is set in a... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(18 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)
brothers-a-tale-of-two-sons

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an adventure game with an impressive story and interesting list of mechanics. The game was released in late 2013 and is available on Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The story follows the journey of two brothers (players control both characters) as they attem... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(28 votes)
nihilumbra

Nihilumbra

Nihilumbra blends puzzles and platforming gameplay to deliver a very interesting and dark game for PC and iOS devices. The games plot is a very simply one and has players entering the game world as Born, a creature that comes from the nothingness that is the Void. The Void wants you back though... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(9 votes)
lost-in-shadow

Lost in Shadow

Lost in Shadow is a unique 2D platform game that has you trapped as your own shadow, limiting you to interaction with only the shadows of objects. The game was released in 2011 for the Nintendo Wii. In Lost Shadow you’ll be spending your time in the background of some impressive game environmen... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(7 votes)
botanicula

Botanicula

From the same studio that brought you Machinarium comes Botanicula, a point-and-click game that boasts intricate, captivating graphics and calming background music. Botanicula is centred on five adorable “tree creatures” that resemble a big walnut, an onion, a lanky mushroom, a twig... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(9 votes)