20 Games Like The Beginner's Guide()




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These games both feature the voice of the developer as a character in the game. The developers directly use their games as a means of communicating mechanically and verbally with players. For me, Bennett's narration is what elevates Getting Over It from challenging meme game to meaningful interactive art. That sense of learning and more intimate relation to the developer is one I've experienced in only a few games but The Beginner's Guide is certainly the one that stuck out most in my head as I played.


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After a deadly circus fire shatters his world and tarnishes his name, Dropsy the Clown finds himself on a journey of self-discovery through a story that harnesses powerful themes of love and kindness. With his father gravely ill and the world turning its back on a once happy-go-lucky clown, Dropsy will need to help those in need, hug total strangers, and unravel dark and shameful secrets from his past on the way to redemption. Oh, and Dropsy can also talk to animals.

Dropsy is a non-traditional take on the classic point and click adventure formula starring the game’s perpetually carefree namesake clown as he explores a richly detailed world full of colorful characters and sinister secrets, doling out hugs along the way. Rather than lead players on a singular narrative path, players are free to choose which avenues of adventure they want to explore in an open world setting and can piece the puzzles and story together however they choose.

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Night In The Woods is an adventure game heavily focused on story, characters and exploration, with some platforming to get around town. Mae's a cat so the roofs and ledges and powerlines are all her playground, and she's not the only one up there by a long shot. You'll also be doing various activities and interacting with the world in different ways, getting to know the townspeople, hanging out with friends, exploring Possum Springs inside and out, and venturing into the surrounding areas.

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The Talos Principle is a philosophical first-person puzzle game from Croteam, the creators of the legendary Serious Sam series, written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything).

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90 / 100664.5



Run, hit, switch, fall, love, plug, pull. And push.

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80 / 10014.0



Sequel to the award-winning game Lume, Lumino City begins where that game left off. Begin by exploring the city, and using your ingenuity piece together all sorts of puzzling mechanisms to help the people who live in its unique world. Discover gardens in the sky, towers marooned high on an immense waterwheel, and houses dug precariously into cliffs. To create the environment, a ten foot high model city was built by hand and by laser cutter, with each motor and light wired up individually, bringing the scenes to luminous life.

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Channeling elements of Monty Python and the funnier episodes of the X-Files, Maize is an absurdist, first-person adventure with a cornucopia of highbrow puzzles to solve, talking oddities to meet, and mysteries to be harvested.

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80 / 10014.0



Lose yourself in The Silent Age, the thrilling point-and-click adventure with over seven million mobile downloads, completely revamped and updated for PC.

Help Joe as he travels between the groovy present of 1972 and the apocalyptic future of 2012 to discover the truth behind humankind’s extinction—a quest entrusted to him by a dying man from the future. Use your portable time travel device to solve puzzles that bring you closer to answers and saving humanity.

Winner of the 2013 Casual Connect Indie Prize and applauded for its deep story, clever puzzles and radically simple navigation, The Silent Age is an unforgettable experience. Can you, a simple janitor and literally, “the average Joe,” save humankind?

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Stories Untold is a compilation tape of four episodes from the now cancelled series of the same name, including a remaster of the original pilot episode “The House Abandon”.

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An immersive, narrative videogame that retells Joel Green’s 4-year fight against cancer through about two hours of poetic, imaginative gameplay that explores themes of faith, hope and love.

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71 / 100143.55



They may be awkward dimensions, but they're my dreams...

Interactive Dream Journal & Diary; Awkward Dimensions Redux is a personal game. Lasts 20 minutes to an hour with less traditional interaction. Focuses on getting to understand another person through an interpretation of their dreams, thoughts, fears, desires, and past work. It's a game about conversing with roosters, disembodied legs, standardized tests, Immature jokes, relationships, art, espionage, and a teenager coming to terms with life and growing up.

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The modern field of Accountancy is a serious and honorable profession. Many human beings have spent their lives toiling over the hard science of numbers. Thousands have died so that we may get to the level of understanding that we have today. Thousands have died. However, as Accountants and Numbersmiths embraced the abacus and the calculator, today we must embrace the latest technological advancement.

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A short psychological horror game that focuses on storytelling and mystery, where you explore a mysterious abandoned building and find notes that paint a disturbing picture.

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Showered in top-scores and awards, the Deponia-Trilogy, created by the developers of Edna&Harvey: The Breakout, The Whispered World and Memoria, managed to reach cult-status almost instantly. Thanks to its exciting story, likeable characters and hilarious dialogues and a finely crafted mixture of comedy and puzzles, Deponia is enjoyable for both, young and old. Join Rufus on his thrilling journeys, for the first time in a complete edition with many new features, that will not only be a blast for hardcore adventure fans, but also those new to the genre.

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70 / 10033.5



Samorost 3 is an exploration adventure and puzzle game from the award-winning creators of Machinarium and Botanicula. Travel across space to nine unique worlds teeming with colorful challenges, creatures and surprises to discover, brought to life with beautiful artwork, sound and music.

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In einer schicksalhaften Nacht erwacht Rufus aus einem fürchterlichen Alptraum: Er hatte sich selbst geopfert, um Deponia zu retten. Aber zu welchem Preis? Elysium, die fliegende Stadt, war abgestürzt. Als scheinbar letzter Überlebender kämpfte er gegen gruselige Fewlocks, bis er nur noch einen Ausweg sah: Deponia muss gesprengt werden! Zu allem Überfluss hatte er sich einen Schnurbart wachsen lassen. Natürlich ist ihm klar, dass dieses furchtbare Schicksal unbedingt abgewendet werden muss. Sicher ist: Deponia muss überleben!

Aber war es wirklich nur ein Traum? Mit Hilfe des skurrilen Professors McChronicle, der einige seltsame Zeit-Anomalien entdeckt hat, findet Rufus heraus, dass Zeitreisende aus der Zukunft völlig verantwortungslos eine Zeitmaschine geparkt haben. Man stelle sich nur mal die Konsequenzen vor, würde diese mächtige Maschine in die falschen Hände geraten!

Stürze dich hinein in den wilden Nachfolger der kultigen Deponia-Trilogie und begleite den chaotischen Anti-Helden Rufus in seinem bislang kuriosesten Abenteuer. Auch ohne Vorkenntnisse der anderen Deponia-Spiele schlägt Deponia Doomsday kräftig auf die Lachmuskeln. Lass dich von skurrilem Humor und der einzigartig gestalteten Spielwelt fesseln und erlebe das größte und längste Deponia-Abenteuer aller Zeiten.

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Explore the inner workings of deserted factories in search of data cassettes that contain boundless virtual worlds. Collect more tapes and explore more worlds and you'll soon discover new methods of traversal and control that will take you farther than you'd ever expect.

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70 / 10013.5



Expand is a meditative video game in which you explore a circular labyrinth that constantly twists, stretches and expands underneath you.

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80 / 10014.0



A machine ponders its loneliness. It scans the radio spectrum for an answer to its question.

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50 / 10002.5



The Room Two continues the time-spanning journey of its predecessor while significantly expanding its unique puzzle gameplay. Follow a trail of cryptic letters from an enigmatic scientist known only as “AS” into a compelling world of challenging mystery and tactile exploration.

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Meadow is Might and Delight's latest release; a massively multiplayer online sandbox that allows players to interact as animals would. Described as a "forum in games' clothing", this online fable experience lets fans - old and new - come together and experience a peculiar world.

Unlike traditional titles from the Shelter franchise, in Meadow the more time spent embracing the gameplay features in the world, the more you receive. Owning any previous Shelter related title(s) or products will also unlock in-game content. The open landscape also provides ample room for exploration with new patches and additions promised.

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80 / 10004.0