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Sea of Solitude
Sea of Solitude

Adventure 05 July 2019

An episodic action platformer that deals with themes of love and loneliness. In Sea of Solitude you play as a young girl named Kay, who begins to transform into a dark monster one day. During her solitary journey across the flooded world Kay is trying to find out what exactly is happening to her. Soon she realizes that her true enemy are not monsters encountered on the way, but something much more powerful and dangerous. Gameplay in Sea of Solitude is presented in third-person perspective, and focuses on exploration, solving logic puzzles, and completing arcade challenges. The protagonist can run, jump, swim (or travel by boat), and move various objects in order to open a way for herself to hardly accessible places. Sea of Solitude stands out with its original graphics, resembling an animated motion picture. The game also conveys a deeper meaning, the message being that a desperately lonely person may gradually become a monster.

Arise: A Simple Story
Arise: A Simple Story

Adventure 03 December 2019

An adventure game with platform elements in which we play the role of a hero taking part in a journey through the afterlife, which is a metaphor of his life. Arise: A Simple Story was developed by the independent Piccolo Studio team and released by Techland Publishing.

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Adventure 11 August 2015

An unusual FPP adventure game that lets you relive the last day of several characters facing impending apocalypse. The game was created by The Chinese Room, the developer known for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Dear Esther. The game is set in a small village in Britain. Each playthrough lasts 60 minutes and you have no clear objectives to follow. The open world is inhabited by 6 independent characters, each one having their own ideas on how to spend the last moments of life. Playing as one of them you get to freely explore the world and interact with other characters to influence their fate and behavior. The game was designed for multiple playthroughs, each time to discover something new and shape the story differently. The game’s world created with CryEngine 3 features high level of interactivity, as almost every object can be manipulated.

Kona
Kona

Adventure 17 March 2017

A first-person adventure game featuring survival elements. It is the first major project of the Canadian Parabole studio. The story is set in the northern regions of the Quebec province, in the 1970s. The game tells the story of a conflict between the owner of the most profitable copper mine in the region - a rich man called W. Hamilton, and the native local community accusing him of devastating sacred sites in search for more profit. The player is put in the shoes of a detective hired by Hamilton after his chalet in the mountains has been devastated. After his arrival, the protagonist discovers that his employer as well as the entire local community went missing. The gameplay focuses on exploration, finding clues and solving puzzles. However, the game features survival elements as well - the player has to tend to the protagonist's health and face many different dangers, such as low temperatures, predators, etc.

Robinson: The Journey
Robinson: The Journey

Adventure 08 November 2016

A first-person adventure game focused on exploration. The game was developed by the German team at Crytek (famous for the best-selling Crysis series) and designed to support virtual reality technology. The story is set on an unknown distant planet combining tropical flora with prehistoric fauna embodied by powerful dinosaurs. The surface of the planet is littered with remnants of technologically advanced but now extinct civilization. The player takes control of a small boy, the sole survivor of a spaceship crash. He has to explore the mysterious land through his adventures and interactions with the environment. The game stands out with the latest generation of CryEngine ensuring high-quality visuals that put this game ahead of the majority of games supporting VR goggles.

Spirit of the North
Spirit of the North

Adventure 01 November 2019

An adventure game inspired by Nordic folklore. While playing Spirit of the North we control a fox that is crossing Iceland in the company of a spirit fox guardian. By solving environmental riddles and travelling through various locations, the protagonist learns the history of an ancient civilization that has disappeared in the midst of history.

Chernobyl VR Project
Chernobyl VR Project

Simulation 27 September 2016

Chernobyl VR Project is an extraordinary exploration game, which utilizes virtual reality to take the players into the ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, as well as the city of Pripyat. Chernobyl VR Project has been developed by The Farm 51 – the studio known for such games as Get Even, Deadfall Adventures, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation or the NecroVision series. This is an interactive story of the fate that befell the citizens of the city, and areas around the power plant, most severely affected with the disaster. Instead of fighting mutants, the player roams the desolate locations and examines encountered items, left behind by the inhabitants in 1986. Thanks to Virtual Reality technology, as well as other modern techniques, such as 3D scanning, Chernobyl VR Project offers extremely pretty graphics and moving experiences – especially since the developers have based their game on the account of eye-witnesses of the terrible event, as well as journalists (including the Nobel Prize laureate – Svetlana Alexievich) in order to produce a game as faithful to history as virtually possible.

The Stanley Parable
The Stanley Parable

Adventure 17 October 2013

The Town of Light
The Town of Light

Adventure 26 February 2016

First-person adventure game in the form of a psychological thriller and the debut of an independent Italian studio Lka.it. The game's plot is set in an mental institution located in the Italian town of Volterra. Creators of The Town of Light decided to depict in their game the history of an actually existing place, focusing on dramas of its residents, treated by facility staff like animals. In the game we play the part of a 16-year-old girl named Renee who comes to the asylum in hope of recovering her lost memories. Her task is complicated by the fact that she suffers from schizophrenia, and during exploration she is constantly accompanied by her various fears and other symptoms of her condition. During the game we explore subsequent, carefully reproduced rooms of the asylum, slowly discovering all of its dark secrets. Depending on our actions, story can develop in a nonlinear way.

Dear Esther
Dear Esther

Adventure 14 February 2012

Dear Esther is an adventure game with a first person perspective, with a rather heavy and dark climate. Here we are only exploring the surroundings and listening to the scraps of stories, which we have to put together into a coherent story.

The Turing Test
The Turing Test

Logic 30 August 2016

A sci-fi FPP logic puzzle game by Bulkhead Interactive, a studio founded by the creators of Pneuma: Breath of Life. The story takes place an unspecified number of years in the future, when scientists discover a seemingly harmless alien life form on Jupiter's moons. You play as an astronaut named Ava Turing, whose task is to examine the new species, and who ends up finding more than she expected. The Turing Test is a part of the FPP logic puzzle genre, popularized by the Portal series. There's no combat in the game, and the gameplay is entirely focused on solving puzzles. To do this, you mostly use a special device that allows you to manipulate energy and transfer if from object to object. You also have to operate various mechanisms and intelligent machines, as well as complete occasional platform challenges.

Among Trees
Among Trees

Simulation TBA

A sandbox survival FPP game. In Among Trees players try to survive alone in the wilderness. While having fun, we explore the vast forest, acquire resources and expand our own wooden cottage.

Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Greece
Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Greece

Adventure 10 September 2019

A stand-alone version of the exploratory educational mode, using the world of ancient Greece, created for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. During the game, players have the opportunity to take part in guided virtual travels, learning about the secrets of architecture, philosophy, politics, art and everyday life of the Greeks.

Treasure Hunter Simulator
Treasure Hunter Simulator

Simulation 06 December 2018

A simulator enabling us to assume the role of a treasure seeker equipped with a metal detector. The game is characterized by simple mechanics and detailed visuals.

In the Valley of Gods
In the Valley of Gods

Adventure 2020

In the Valley of Gods is an adventure game, in which the players assume the role of a female adventure seeker who joins her forces with her old female partner. Together they explore the ruins hidden deep in the Egyptian deserts. During the game, the players mostly explore and discover the story. The title also features decisions that impact the plot.

Valley
Valley

Adventure 24 August 2016

An FPP action-adventure game featuring sci-fi elements and focusing on exploration. It was developed by Blue Isle Games - a Canadian team popular for Slender: The Arrival. The player is taken to the titular valley, which is a mysterious place located somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Assuming the role of an unspecified character, the player traverses a set of diversified locations, trying to discover the secrets hidden in the area. The protagonist makes use of the L.E.A.F. exoskeleton, which belongs to the latest inventions in technology. However, thanks to the possibilities the exoskeleton offers, the exploration is very dynamic, for the protagonist can access locations an ordinary human being would not be able to reach. One of the most important uses of L.E.A.F. is control over life and death - the player can both deprive organisms of their lives or literally breathe life into them. There is a price to be paid for this ability however, because each death of the protagonist causes the entire valley to decay gradually.

Trailmakers
Trailmakers

Action 18 September 2019

A children-friendly sandbox and a debut of Lightbulb Games, a studio established by former employees of Press Play. The players enter a vast world inspired by desert areas of Colorado in a quest to choose the greatest explorer alive. The game sees us explore the vast depths of the available world and engage in various activities, from discovering oasis, through scaling mountains, up to taking part in wild racing. The means of transport are created from scratch using a set of tools and ready-made elements. The used vehicle can be modified and upgraded to suit the needs at hand, as well as repaired after wearisome journeys. The game offers both single and multiplayer modes, but as could be expected, the online features are especially interesting, offering multiplayer racing or joint exploration. Trailmakers is characteristic for its detailed visuals, mixing post-apocalyptic environments with pastel colors and friendly atmosphere.

Martha is Dead
Martha is Dead

Adventure 2020

First-person adventure game maintained in the genre of a dark psychological thriller. Martha is Dead transfers us to Tuscany in 1944. The production is the responsibility of an independent studio LKA, the creator of The Town of Light.

11-11: Memories Retold
11-11: Memories Retold

Adventure 09 November 2018

An adventure game, the action of which was set during World War I. During the game we play the roles of Harry and Kurt, i.e. soldiers standing on opposite sides of the barricade, whose fates are interwoven with each other.

Ether One
Ether One

Adventure 25 March 2014

Ether is a FPP adventure developed by the White Paper Games team, in which we play the role of a man able to explore other people's minds. The game consists mainly in exploring the location and solving riddles. The strong point of production is an unusual atmosphere and graphic design.

Figment
Figment

Adventure 22 September 2017

An action-adventure game offering a surrealistic atmosphere and developed by Bedtime Digital Games. Figment is set in a world which depicts the subconsciousness of a 40-year-old man. When his calm mind got attacked by nightmares symbolizing everyday frights, two friends stood up to them. Dusty is an embodiment of courage; as for Rusty, she manifests optimism and bears a resemblance to birds. The game is played from an isometric view and the experience is based mainly on exploring locations filled with traps and fighting enemies and bosses encountered. Interestingly, the stronger enemies sometimes are not eager to fight and only through backing them into a corner can the player confront them, which requires finding the weak spots of the adversary and taking advantage of them. The game world is filled with sounds and music, which illustrates the player's actions. The in-game environments are presented with thr use of colorful, hand-drawn graphics reminiscent of the works by Salvador Dali.

Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition

Adventure 20 September 2016

A remake of Dear Esther, a popular narrative exploration game from 2012 that started a whole new genre – the so-called walking simulators. It was developed by the independent studio The Chinese Room. Contrary to the base version of the game that was powered by the Source engine and released only on personal computers, this edition is powered by the Unity technology. This enabled the developers to release their game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well. The new version introduces completely new sounds, including the developers’ commentary that can be played during the game. In Dear Esther: Landmark Edition the player calmly travels through locations (the action is presented in a first-person perspective) and gradually discovers new pieces of the story. The plot is presented in the form of letters to the titular Esther, which are read by a mysterious male voice. Since the game lacks any interactions with the environment, it caused many discussions about whether it is still a video game or simply an interactive experience.

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Adventure 18 July 2017

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher is a fantasy action game developed by a novice Australian studio Prideful Sloth. The game takes place on a magical island Gamea and we play as a kid that was sent there by his, or hers, parents. We soon realize that our new home is not the paradise we thought it was and was overtaken by dark forces. Our task is to save Gamea. As we play, we will explore the open world of Gamea, collect various items, solve riddles, and fight with the encountered enemies. Friendly spirits that can dissipate the darkness will aid us in our adventures. The game's main story and side quests are diversified by the many additional activities, like planting and gathering crops, fishing, brewing, cooking, or crafting. As we progress, we will gather more and more resources, finding allies whose help in the war against the darkness will be essential.

Among The Sleep
Among The Sleep

Adventure 29 May 2014

A first-person horror adventure game. Our hero is a two years old child, with all the physical and mental traits of this age. He gets woken up from sleep by a mysterious sounds and realizes that his mother is missing, so he decides to search for her together with his teddy bear. The gameplay focuses on exploring the gloomy household distorted by the child's imagination, while solving simple puzzles and searching for a way to reach subsequent locations. Additionally, you have to avoid imaginary monsters and find family memories, which are the only way to tame our hero's imagination. Since you are playing as a little child, most of the time you will be crawling or walking slowly, only occasionally running, for short period of time.

ZED
ZED

Adventure 04 June 2019

A first-person exploration adventure game developed by Eagre Games led by Chuck Carter, the co-creator of the cult Myst series. The player assumes the role of a Dreamer whose task is to piece together the most important memories and pass them on to his granddaughter before his imminent death. The gameplay formula of ZED is based on exploration of an exotic, ever-changing world and solving complicated logic puzzles that reflect the process of piecing the protagonist’s fragmented memories together. In case of the especially difficult puzzles, the player can make use of various hints that can be encountered in the course of the game. The production is powered by Unreal Engine 4 which provides breathtaking graphics. Moreover, the gameplay is accompanied by atmospheric music. The title was developed after a successful fundraiser at Kickstarter.

Adr1ft
Adr1ft

Adventure 28 March 2016

An action adventure game set in a science-fiction world created by Three One Zero - a studio led by former Microsoft employee, Adam Orth. The hero of the game is an astronaut trying to survive in space after a disaster destroyed his mother station. Core of the gameplay is exploring and solving logical puzzles, which mainly consist of repairing various equipment which allows us to keep ourselves alive in space. As Adr1ft takes place in environment with no gravity, we can move freely in all directions, with the only limitation being the need to replenish our supply of oxygen and the length of the rope ensuring that we won’t float away into open space. We discover the game’s plot mainly through audio diaries, which describe the stories of people who worked on the station and answer the question concerning the cause behind this disaster.