22 Games Like Firewatch

Games like FirewatchOur selection of games like Firewatch has similar interactive adventures where you will explore and interact with your surroundings while uncovering the mystery within.

Firewatch takes players to the past with a 1989 setting focused on a young Henry who works as a fire lookout in the wilderness of Wyoming. Each day Henry’s job is to look out from atop the mountain from the fire lookout for signs of smoke and keep the wilderness below safe from the deadly flames of fire that could quickly engulf the area. On one particularly hot and dry summer day Henry notices something strange in the forest that beckons him to explore the unknown environment.

Armed with your trusty handheld radio with your supervisor Deliah on the other side you’ll encounter strange events and converse with your single link to the outside world. Firewatch is primarily a game about discovery and clue collection while also offering some layer choice through dialogue options that direct the story down a particular path. While adventuring new locations and items will steadily be interested which is further enhanced through a day-night cycle creating a great sense of realism to your adventure.

The games like Firewatch found below feature other great adventures in a variety of settings where players in the driving seat as you choose dialogue, make key decisions and ultimately embark on a journey to uncover what hides beneath the surface.

The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable offers a meta-fictional interactive adventure that will mess with your mind as it takes you through a series of increasingly strange and wonderful events. While the game lacks traditional video game gameplay it more than 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 reflecting experience saw a full release in 2013 which in turn adde...[Read Review]

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Originally a PlayStation exclusive title Journey is a mysterious, moving and impressive video game that has a relaxing effect on players as they explore the endless sand dunes and ruins of the game world. 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 on the same journey without a single piece of dialogue. Players can communicate with subtle chimes and their names are also completely hidden fro...[Read Review]

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Expanding out into the world of the supernatural Oxenfree offers a unique mystery for players to uncover across a large number of game platforms which slowly expanded following the initial release success. Marking the first game from Night School Studio’s their creation attempts to deliver a highly story driven game with paranormal elements without the use of cutscenes in a 2.5D game world. In Oxenfree players take on the role of Alex who is a teenager on a visit to the local island with h...[Read Review]

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The Long Dark

In The Long Dark players will be taking on the harsh environment of the Canadian wilderness and the threats that lie within across several challenging game modes. Set after a global disaster leaves the world without power players step into the shoes of a crash landed pilot who finds himself surrounded by the cold dark environment of the wild. As one would expect from this setting players will find themselves immersed in first person survival and exploration as you navigate and scavenge from the ...[Read Review]

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Miasmata is a unique survival adventure that has you attempting to cure yourself from a deadly disease that has infected your body. The only thing that stands between you and your death is the scientific knowledge that you hold about the plant life that is scattered around your remote island location which requires you to explore and craft your way to a cure. Miasmata is one of the most unique and impressive adventure games released in recent years and even more impressive when you factor in the...[Read Review]

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Horror and adventure are blended together in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter with a story of mystery in an open world environment that encourages you to explore and collect clues while you investigate the disappearance of Ethan following a brutal murder. Originally for Windows the Redux game version expanded the list of available platforms alongside graphic enhancements and some minor gameplay tweaks. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter follows the adventure of Paul Prospero who specialises in paranorma...[Read Review]

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Dear Esther

Dear Esther is an adventure story without weapons, puzzles and other traditional video game mechanics which allow it to instead focus solely on the narrative and exploration instead. Controlling the main protagonist across a diverse range of environments you’ll step through unique locations with their own piece of the story that is slowly fed to players allowing you to piece it together one small element at a time. Originally released in 2008 as a free to play mod this first iteration was ...[Read Review]

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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 from the same creators that brought gamers Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Released in 2015 for computers, PlayStation 4 and with a 2017 Xbox One release the dark depths of SOMA provide a wealth of horrific encounters for players to overcome. Referred to as PATHOS-II this group of underground stations that you’ll explore is on th...[Read Review]

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Lifeless Planet

Lifeless Planet involves the exploration of rocky planet with a few basic platform and puzzle features thrown in as you endeavour to find out more about your surroundings and survive. Originally available for Windows Lifeless Planet is now available on a range of console platforms allowing all gamers to explore the lifeless surroundings as you unlock the surprisingly hidden secret of this planet. Set on a distant planet that feels like it was inspired by Mars and Mars-like fiction Lifeless Plane...[Read Review]

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The Wild Eternal

The Wild Eternal gives you the opportunity to reflect on reincarnation with a first person exploration based title that explores the early 1600’s with a title that encourages reflection and exploration rather than traditional video game gameplay. Out in the vast wilderness players will meet with a fox like demigod early on in their adventure who opts to help you in your journey provided you assist him. Your body for the experience ahead is that of an older woman named Ananta who after a li...[Read Review]

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What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch combines a number of strange stories about a single family together into an adventure game of art and mystery. From the same development team that brought you The Unfinished Swan as their debut title you’ll find a highly unique and humbling experience that will take players several hours to uncover. Centre stage of the story in What Remains of Edith Finch is the 17 year old Edith Finch who is also the last surviving member of her family. Returning to her family ...[Read Review]

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Until Dawn

Until Dawn is a PlayStation exclusive addition to the interactive drama genre which features a number of survival horror elements. Promising a twist filled adventure with many key decisions left to the players will encounter a number of distinct characters that each have their own personalities to explore while also dealing with the impacts of the butterfly effect. Alongside these story elements players will use the third person camera perspective to identify clue s in the environment that can h...[Read Review]

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The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan offers a unique adventure and story experience where you chase an escaped swan through a strange magical world. Available as a PlayStation exclusive title (PS3, PS4 and PS Vita) originally (later releases on Windows and iOS) The Unfinished Swan takes place in a colourless game world with a focus on completing puzzles to progress by introducing colour into the game world. Your protagonist in this unique swan based adventure is 10 year old Monroe, an orphan who was allowed to o...[Read Review]

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The Witness

The Witness combines the increasingly popular walking simulator genre with the most classic puzzle games of them, Myst. With a superb graphical experience The Witness will lure you in with it’s crisp and enticing visuals and then keep you engaged with delightful puzzles that tie into exploration of the island environment. The Witness builds on this further by offering visual and audio pieces of information that can be uncovered for additional context to the exploration of the large open wo...[Read Review]

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Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain takes you through an interactive drama that draws inspiration from film noir thrillers the game is full of mystery with a serial killer at the heart of the plot that you jump into. Originally a PlayStation 3 exclusive title released in 2010 the game was subsequently released on PlayStation 4 in 2016 and Windows in 2019. Heavy Rain lets you experience four main characters as you advance through the various game chapters with each of them having a deep background story and their own mot...[Read Review]

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Explore the subconscious of Howard Phillips, a young character who has a boring life but powerful lucid dreams that provide a unique world for players to explore in this video game adventure. By exploring these abstract dreams you’ll solve the unique challenge within each of them while discovering secrets that tie into your own future as you pace throughout a diverse number of challenging dream settings. We’ve all find ourselves lost at one point in our life needing direction and gui...[Read Review]

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Cradle mixes science fiction and walking simulation in an independent title that sees you exploring a strange world as you repair a mechanical companion and seek to also recover your lost memories. Playable on Windows and Linux Cradle offers a unique futuristic world with a range of weird science fiction components to the exploration based storyline and corresponding adventure. Amidst a neglected theme park in the year 2076 your story is set and the primary area for your exploration ahead. Playe...[Read Review]

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Proteus joins the ranks of other video games that aim to offer an artistic exploration experience rather than traditional gaming. Like others in this gaming niche though it still manages to offer an impressive, immersive and engaging adventure as you explore a randomly generated game world. With no other objective other than to take the time to enjoy your surroundings players can create their own stories from adventuring over hills or finding new unique biomes. If you enjoy going on exploration ...[Read Review]

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Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Taking place after a potential rapture level event, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture explores a small English village that has suddenly lost all if its population except for the player. Coined as a spiritual successor to Dear Esther the game has the same touch of exploration and discovery without any puzzles. Adopting similar mechanics as well Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture falls solidly in the walking simulator genre with a host of interactive objects along the way to tell the story...[Read Review]

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In the deep winter of Northern Canada in 1970 a number of vandalism attacks against a hunting manor have required that private investigator Carl Faubert be called in. Following these reports you’ll play as Carl as you attempt to uncover the true nature of this vandalism. As a highly rated private detective you have no doubt you’ll be able to uncover the heart of the vandalism in no time but this quickly becomes a second priority as you become trapped in the frigid north after a blizz...[Read Review]

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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 of your own demise one by one. With its unique premise Murdered: Soul Suspect stands out in the story and thematic video game genre and is available across Windows, Xbox and PlayStation platforms. Set in the town of Salem, Massachusetts the game centres around the Bell Killer, a relentless serial murderer who just claimed his lasted victim that just so happens to...[Read Review]

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Kentucky Route Zero

As far as indie episodic adventure games go Kentucky Route Zero has one of the most surreal settings on offer in the genre in years. From the independent studio of Cardboard Computer the game exists thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign for the project. Sold as an episodic adventure which released in parts the experience across the five acts is primarily a point and click adventure game. Split into these five acts with the first released in 2013 and the conclusion released in 2020 the seri...[Read Review]

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