27 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.
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 journey with a reasonable amount of story woven into this adventure which is all told without the use of words, instead relying on the things you discover through gameplay and a number of cutscenes. Playe...[Read Review]

iOSPCPS3PS4
9.2 User Avg (7 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 reflecting experience saw a full release in 2013, in turn adding a number of new scenarios and paths. Actual gameplay though changed little between the versions with both giving players control over Stanley a...[Read Review]

LinuxMacPC
9.2 User Avg (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 recent years and is even more impressive when you discover the game was created by two brothers (the production quality definitely rivals that of a larger team). Not only are the environments visually attractiv...[Read Review]

PC
8.6 User Avg (14 votes)
quern-undying-thoughts

Quern – Undying Thoughts

Quern – Undying Thoughts offers a story of mystery and unique puzzles as you attempt to unlock the story of Quern’s past after becoming trapped on the island. After stepping through a strange portal that quickly zaps closed after you take your last step forward you’ll be trapped on Quern island. With a strange blend of technology and almost magic littered across the island the game’s presentation offers a unique blend alongside it’s interesting world based approach ...[Read Review]

LinuxMacPC
8.6 User Avg (21 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 environment interactions that careful players will uncover are what really makes the experience an intriguing one. The game packs in an impressive amount of detail for a story that lasts only 20 to 30 min...[Read Review]

FreeMacPC
8.6 User Avg (5 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. After reaching a fan letter from a pre-teen Ethan Carter he decides to visit his small town of Red Creek Valley, finding it has been abandoned for years and the Carter family house recently burned down with ...[Read Review]

PCPS4SwitchXbox One
8.5 User Avg (14 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 small pieces. Dear Esther spawned from a popular game mod with its first iteration released in 2008. An enhanced version (the one covered here) was released 2 years later which offers some improved elements an...[Read Review]

MacPCPS4Xbox One
8.4 User Avg (5 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 mother named Lorraine with a dark past. Struggling to survive and also being a widow takes a turn even further for the worst when Lorraine’s son Callum goes missing just as the park is closing up for the...[Read Review]

PCPS4Xbox One
8.3 User Avg (6 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 quickly take a turn for the worst when all signs lead to them not being alone. With tensions at an all time high and fear taking hold the decisions in front of you can literally mean the difference between life...[Read Review]

PS4
8.2 User Avg (15 votes)
the-unfinished-swan

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]

iOSPCPS VitaPS3PS4
8.2 User Avg (4 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 after mission failure leaves them stranded without contact to their team. This failure is made all the more mysterious by the fact that previous investigation of the planet suggested it was buzzing with l...[Read Review]

LinuxMacPCPS4SwitchXbox One
8.2 User Avg (6 votes)
the-wild-eternal

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. Out in the wilderness players will meet with a fox like demigod 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 life of suffering has ventured deep into the Himalayan wild in an attempt to find peace. After this life of suffering has Ananta wantin...[Read Review]

PC
8.2 User Avg (18 votes)
what-remains-of-edith-finch

What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch combines a number of strange stories about a single family together into a single game. From the same development team that brought you The Unfinished Swan you’ll find a very unique and humbling experience. Starting as Edith players explore the large mansion of the Finch where you’ll search for stories into the family history. As the last member of the Finch family left alive Edith hopes that it will answer questions of her existence and perhaps save her f...[Read Review]

iOSPCPS4SwitchXbox One
8.1 User Avg (23 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 insufficient maintenance has landed it in a state of utter disrepair. It’s purpose was to launch objects out into space rather than using conventional rockets to save on costs. The station unexpectedly became...[Read Review]

LinuxMacPCPS4
8.1 User Avg (10 votes)
ether-one-cover

Ether One

Designed as a first person adventure title with optional puzzles Ether One released on Windows in early 2014 with a PS4 release a year later. Your role in the adventure is that of the Restorer, a person who reconstructs the memories of an elderly lady with dementia through 3D simulations. With the rise of dementia related illnesses and research into the disease it’s a time appropriate adventure that many gamers will likely find relatable if they have grandparents currently battling dementi...[Read Review]

PCPS4
8 User Avg (16 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 with an adventure that will keep you entertained for approximately 3 hours if you take the time to search through the story that it hides. These hours start with players waking up in a run down building that has seemingly been abandoned for some time with no information provided as to how or why you’re in ...[Read Review]

PC
7.9 User Avg (7 votes)
the-witness

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]

PCPS4Xbox One
7.8 User Avg (6 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 very deep background story and are modelled after the voice actors behind them to create very believable characters. In addition to the characters that the player controls you’ll find some well-designed n...[Read Review]

PCPS3PS4
7.7 User Avg (21 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 lost at one point in our life needing direction and guidance. For Howard the solution comes in his vividly lucid dreams which spawn deserts, stairways and even the occasional dark nightmare. Exploring both...[Read Review]

PC
7.7 User Avg (7 votes)
proteus

Proteus

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]

LinuxMacPCPS VitaPS3
7.6 User Avg (26 votes)
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 person called Coda. These creations are then used as reflection points to understand who Coda is with a number of tie ins to real life and the relationship between game creators and their players. This sto...[Read Review]

LinuxMacPC
7.5 User Avg (16 votes)
everybodys-gone-to-the-rapture

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]

PCPS4
7.4 User Avg (8 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 assuming direct control over the mother badger who is accompanied by 5 badger cubs. The journey takes players from their home burrow through a linear journey to their new home. The game isn’t a single path thoug...[Read Review]

MacPC
7.2 User Avg (44 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 claimed his lasted victim, you. Stepping into the ghostly shoes of detective Ronan O’Connor players attempt to put the pieces of the puzzle together surrounding their own demise. Gameplay is a third ...[Read Review]

PCPS3PS4Xbox 360Xbox One
7.1 User Avg (13 votes)
papo-and-yo

Papo & Yo

Papo & Yo is an interesting fantasy adventure originally released on PlayStation 3 and later brought across to Windows, Mac and Linux a year after release. Papo & Yo blends the core adventure with a range of puzzles as you follow a young Brazilian boy in a dream like world of mystery and strange settings. While these puzzles litter the dream like world the majority use fairly simple mechanics with the emphasis more on the adventure rather than puzzle challenge. The game centres around Qu...[Read Review]

LinuxMacPCPS3
7 User Avg (12 votes)
kona

Kona

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]

LinuxMacPCPS4SwitchXbox One
7 User Avg (17 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 early 2013 the series follows the story of Conway the truck driver as he makes a number of mystery encounters along the fictional Route Zero which he travels on for his current delivery of antique goods whi...[Read Review]

LinuxMacPCPS4SwitchXbox One
6.2 User Avg (15 votes)