Games to linger in
“Did you finish it?”
It’s a question gamers often ask one another, but it often puts undue emphasis on getting to the end of an experience—if an end exists. And in rushing to finish, you sometimes miss the meaningful and beautiful details.
Here are a few games where making progress isn’t the only reward.
The Talos Principle’s amazing puzzle designs demand all of your attention, but you should still take the time to admire this world. The juxtaposition of weathered architecture and high-tech devices only reinforces the sense that there’s more going on here than you know.
The Talos Principle
Old meets new
Day of the Tentacle, launched in 1993 on floppy disk and CD-ROM, is a beloved adventure that has stood the test of time. This remastered version retains the charm and humor of the original by letting you switch at any time between the updated and original graphics. So whether you fondly remember playing decades ago or are experiencing this for the first time, you can see exactly how much care was taken to faithfully update the art for a new era.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
There’s so much to love about Oxenfree: the voice acting, the music, the art. This game makes you want to crank up the volume and immerse yourself in the supernatural story. With characters that feel human and relatable, the increasingly bizarre events are all the more affecting. This is a game to be savored, not rushed.
Choice-Based Narrative Game
Although there’s no story to link Last Voyage’s abstract puzzles, everything feels connected. Each level’s striking, minimalist art isn’t just there to gawk at; it’s integral to the gameplay. So while you’re unlocking the secrets of every design, take a moment to appreciate how developer Semidome weaves sight, sound, and interaction design to create a cohesive experience that still feels like storytelling, even without words or characters.
Journey Beyond The Stars
There’s a lot to manage in Kingdom: New Lands. You need to explore, spend currency wisely to build defenses, and fend off hostile forces. But wow, those animations are incredible. Distractingly so. To the point that it feels just as worthwhile to ride your horse to watch its mesmerizing stride as it does to explore resources. Oh wait, the base is under attack? That’s OK. We’re really into this torch’s reflection in the water right now.