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PC (Personal computer) - one of the most popular home platforms and the only one which doesn’t offer playing video games as its main purpose. PC was born in the 1970s, but it is impossible to give an exact moment of its birth or even a name of its creator. However, IBM is the one who gave computers their present shape, using, at the beginning of the 1980s, an idea of open architecture – which is today one of the most important differences between computers and consoles.

The foundations of PC as a gaming platform are currently systems of digital distribution of video games (Steam, Origin, Uplay) and MMO games that mostly work in f2p (free-to-play) model.

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Exploration games
No Man's Sky (PC)
No Man's Sky (PC)

Action 12 August 2016

A science-fiction, sandbox action game with a focus on multiplayer mode. It was created by Hello Games, company known for the colorful arcade production Joe Danger. The game is set in the distant future in the yet uncharted parts of the cosmos, and the gameplay is presented in two forms. We explore the successive corners of the universe piloting a spacecraft, like we do in typical space-sim productions. Upon landing on a newly discovered planet, the game switches to first-person view. The authors emphasize the complete freedom given to the player during exploration. While visiting places featuring different animals, plants, or even varying composition of the planet's atmosphere, we can focus on exploration, acquisition of raw materials, or the combat against various predators. An important element of the game is the system of procedural generation of worlds, which creates their virtually every element, from the smallest features of the surface to the entire star systems and galaxies.

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The Long Dark (PC)
The Long Dark (PC)

Action 01 August 2017

A first person survival sandbox game, developed by independent Canadian studio Hinterland. The team includes veteran game developers, who previously worked for Relic Entertainment, Volition, and BioWare. The game takes you into a post-apocalyptic world after a massive geomagnetic storm. With all electronic devices disabled and water and food supplies running low, the player has to struggle to survive the incoming winter. The game’s sandbox mechanics and its open-world structure give much freedom of gameplay, whose biggest challenges are survival and making difficult moral choices. The game features a compelling narrative written by Marianne Krawczyk, the author of scripts for such titles as God of War and L.A. Noire. The game’s unique character is emphasized by its unusual graphics, designed by Hokyo Lima (known for League of Legends).

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The Witness (PC)
The Witness (PC)

Logic 26 January 2016

A first-person adventure game with logic puzzles, developed by the creator of Braid – Jonathan Blow and his independent studio Number None. The game takes you to a large, mysterious island, whose all inhabitants vanished without a trace. Gameplay has you explore this vast world, solve logic puzzles, and search for clues that will help you solve the mysteries of this place. Game mechanics resemble the cult Myst series. As you play, you have to display remarkable patience, observance, and the ability to connect different pieces of the story. Many things here have secret meanings, and the key symbols, hints, and markings were cleverly hidden within the game’s environment. The Witness features simple, but charming, 3D graphics and supports the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PC)
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PC)

Adventure 25 September 2014

A dark, first-person adventure game developed by The Astronauts - a Polish team led by Adrian Chmielarz, the co-founder of People Can Fly. The player is put in the shoes of Paul Prospero - a detective who has developed certain paranormal abilities. The protagonist tries to solve the mystery behind the vanishing of a young boy. The player traverses an extensive, open world - the game is non-linear and the player is free to explore and look for subsequent clues. The game offers many unique mechanics related to making links between different pieces of the puzzle. Walking around the grim areas of Red Creek Valley, the protagonist makes use of his extraordinary abilities, making contact with the dead, experiencing various visions and visiting alternative realities. Utilizing the Unreal Engine 3, the game stands out with its high-quality visuals supported by technologies allowing to convert photographs of real-existing places into digital pictures.

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Observer (PC)
Observer (PC)

Adventure 15 August 2017

First-person psychological horror from Polish development studio Bloober Team, known best for another horror game, entitled Layers of Fear. Observer is set in a cyberpunk universe, in Cracow of 2048. In the game you play as Daniel Lazarski (starred by Rutger Hauer, known from the film Blade Runner), a detective able to hack into people’s minds. The game’s story starts when the main hero gets a letter from his missing son, who turns out to be a high-ranking engineer working for a powerful corporation. The protagonist picks up an investigation that takes him to the slums of Cracow and forces him to relive dark memories and nightmares of both criminals and their victims. When it comes to gameplay, Observer is a first-person adventure game with survival horror mechanics. Most of the time the player explores grim locations and interacts with characters encountered on the way. An important aspect of gameplay are sequences in which the protagonist hacks into minds of suspects and becomes part of their worst nightmares.

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What Remains of Edith Finch (PC)
What Remains of Edith Finch (PC)

Adventure 25 April 2017

What Remains of Edith Finch is a unique adventure game developed by Giant Sparrow, which focuses on the evanescence of life. The game tells a set of short stories about the fate of the members of a certain American family that has been cursed. The history told in those episodes takes place over a span of one hundred years in Washington state, a place filled with forests and mountains, a location that resembles a little the cult TV show Twin Peaks. In terms of gameplay mechanics, What Remains of Edith Finch is your typical first-person adventure game. The climate and gameplay mechanics change depending on which family member we are currently controlling. What connects every story told in the game is the fact that in each and every one of them our protagonist dies. Another common ground between them is the titular character of Edith, who tries to discover her family's dark secret and find out why she is the only surviving member.

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Firewatch (PC)
Firewatch (PC)

Adventure 09 February 2016

An indie FPP adventure game and the debut production of the American Campo Santo studio. The team comprises of veteran developers, previously working on such titles as The Walking Dead, Mark of the Ninja, BioShock 2, and Brutal Legend. The story of Firewatch takes place in an enormous forest in the American state of Wyoming, where our hero is trying to escape his day-to-day problems by becoming a ranger. This seemingly calm profession turns into an extremely complicated one, when various unexplainable events take place in the area that our character is charged with patrolling. The incidents are directly connected to our hero’s boss – Delilah, with whom we constantly keep in touch via radio. Building up relations with our superior is one of the key aspects of the game, as she is the only NPC featured in the production. The gameplay revolves exclusively around the single player mode; the popular Unity engine powers the game’s visuals.

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Worlds Adrift (PC)
Worlds Adrift (PC)

Action 2020

An MMORPG by Bossa Studios, the creators of crazy simulation games that base on playing with physics, for example I Am Bread and Surgeon Simulator. Worlds Adrift takes us to a land filled with islands that float in the air, and we move between them on board various flying vessels. Taking care of the ship’s state and enhancing it is a key element of the gameplay, while you have to remember that the bigger the ship, the more players it needs to be properly staffed. The vehicles of other participants can be attacked, taken over, and even stealthily sabotaged. Worlds Adrift lets us interact with the environment in numerous ways. Throwing items and moving them, as well as all kinds of collisions have certain results that are based on the weight and speed of these objects and even the weather. Moreover, players have a universal tool at their disposal that gathers resources which then can be used to craft various items and enhancements.

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Kholat (PC)
Kholat (PC)

Adventure 09 June 2015

A first-person survival horror game developed by Polish development studio IMGN.pro. The game's story is inspired by true events that took place in 1959 at the Dyatlov Pass in the Ural mountains, where the dead bodies of nine Russian hikers were found, and the cause of their death remained unclear. We only know that most of them died of hypothermia, and evidence indicates that they were forced to flee from an unknown danger. In the game we explore an open, icebound world, having only a map and a compass at our disposal. On our way to reach the goal, we have to deal with many dangers lurking in the mountains. There is no combat, and the only way to survive is by escaping. A special system called "fear manager" has been developed for the game. Depending on the player's actions, it adequately handles all the factors responsible for building an eerie atmosphere, which makes each new game a bit different.

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Obduction (PC)
Obduction (PC)

Adventure 24 August 2016

A first-person perspective adventure game with logic elements, developed by Cyan - the creators of the cult adventure game series, Myst. Obduction, created as a Myst’s spiritual successor, tells a story of a man who finds a bizarre organic artifact that fell from the sky and is taken by it into a strange world. In the game, our task is to figure out where are we, and then find a way back home. Similarly to the aforementioned Myst series, the key element of the gameplay is gradual uncovering of the game world and its laws and then using this knowledge to overcome the obstacles we encounter. Therefore, the game focuses mainly on exploration and solving subsequent logic puzzles of various difficulty level. The game does not offer any cutscenes, and most of its story is learned by means of exploration, environment analysis, and reading journals we find throughout the world.

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In The Valley of Gods (PC)
In The Valley of Gods (PC)

Adventure 2019

In the Valley of Gods is an adventure game developed for {PLAT}. 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 making decisions that impact the plot.

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Rime (PC)
Rime (PC)

Arcade 26 May 2017

A third-person view adventure game developed by Tequila Works studio from Spain, which successfully debuted in 2012 with a post-apocalyptic platformer Deadlight. You assume the role of a boy who is trying to escape a mysterious island that conceals a sinister past. During the course of the game you will solve numerous puzzles, using a magical artifact that allows you to manipulate the environment and time. The title, despite being an action game also includes many platformer elements. The hero travels through an open world, climbs craggy cliffs, and jumps over chasms. Apart from being skilled, you also have to be perceptive, as light, sound, and touch (thanks to the technology offered by PS Vita and DUALSHOCK 4) play a vital role in Rime. The game features a 3D environment, colorful visuals, and a comic book-like visual style.

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The Guest (PC)
The Guest (PC)

Adventure 10 March 2016

A first-person adventure game with puzzles, developed by small team at Spanish Team Gotham studio. The Guest takes place in the 80s inside an obscure hotel. The main hero is a Soviet scientist with a mysterious past, who struggles with mental issues due to his medicine addiction. After he wakes up in the middle of the night, he finds the hotel has been completely abandoned, and various obstacles are trying to take his life and prevent him from leaving the building. We move through subsequent hotel rooms trying to get outside, collecting useful items and solving many various puzzles on the way. We also learn that the story of this building somehow related to the hero's dark past.

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Among The Sleep (PC)
Among The Sleep (PC)

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.

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Gone Home (PC)
Gone Home (PC)

Adventure 15 August 2013

An original exploration adventure drama with first-person perspective. Gone Home is a debut project of an indie developer The Fullbright Company, whose members previously worked on a successful DLC for BioShock 2, Minerva’s Den. Gone Home is set in the United States of 1990s. You play as a young woman named Katy, who returns home after spending a year away in Europe. When she gets home, instead of her family she is welcomed by an empty house. In order to find out where have her close ones gone to Katy explores the house in search of notes, documents, recordings and other traces that reveal the game’s story step by step. Despite the relatively low tempo of gameplay and complete lack of supernatural events, Gone Home effectively creates and keeps an atmosphere of anxiety and motivates the player to keep searching for more and more clues. Because of its low budget, the developer decided to base the game on the popular Unity Engine, therefore it offers decent 3D graphics at low system requirements.

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Elea (PC)
Elea (PC)

Adventure August 2018

A science fiction adventure game developed by Kyodai. The developers were inspired by the works of Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, and Stanis³aw Lem. The player assumes the role of Catherine Jones; the heroine is on a space journey aboard the Pilgrimage II ship when she unexpectedly loses consciousness. Having awakened, she discovers that the vessels is abandoned, while Kazumi, the on-board artificial intelligence, is damaged and trying to take complete control of the ship. The protagonist has to face not only the aggressive program by thwarting its authoritarian inclinations, but also her own weaknesses and tragic memories. The gameplay of Project Elea is based on exploring futuristic locations and solving various environmental puzzles that involve primarily manipulating the ship's systems. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4 which provides high-quality three-dimensional graphics. The title supports VR headsets as an option.

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The Stanley Parable (PC)
The Stanley Parable (PC)

Adventure 17 October 2013

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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PC)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PC)

Adventure 14 April 2016

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.

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Kona (PC)
Kona (PC)

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.

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The Turing Test (PC)
The Turing Test (PC)

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.

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Treasure Hunter (PC)
Treasure Hunter (PC)

Simulation 30 June 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.

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The Signal From Tolva (PC)
The Signal From Tolva (PC)

Action 10 April 2017

A first-person action game with open world, set in a science fiction reality. The Signal From Tölva was developed by the independent developer Big Robot studio, the creators of the humorous Sir, You Are Being Hunted. This time, the player assumes the role of a hacker and takes control of robots that decided to explore an alien planet on their own. In this way, we have to investigate the source of a mysterious signal emitted from beneath the planet’s surface. While conducting the search in the vast, open world, we will often have to clash with hostile factions with the use of a rich arsenal of futuristic weapons and gadgets, including a plasma shield, shockwaves, and so on. Should the robot we control be destroyed, we can hack into another one’s computer and continue playing. Graphics-wise, The Signal From Tölva presents a significantly higher quality than Sir, You Are Being Hunted. The game world combines an original comic style with landscapes characteristic of the science fiction genre.

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Asemblance (PC)
Asemblance (PC)

Adventure 21 June 2016

An episodic psychological thriller exploration game, the first one by Nilo Studies, founded by Niles Sankey—formerly a member of Bungie for ten years, the creators of e.g. the Halo franchise and Destiny. The game was inspired by American TV series such as The X-Files or The Twilight Zone, as well the British series Black Mirror and video games like The Stanley Parable or P.T. (the playable teaser of the ultimately cancelled Silent Hills). In Asemblance you play as a mysterious protagonist trapped in a machine capable of memory simulation. To escape, you need to delve deep into the protagonist's mind and recover memories which would be better off forgotten. You journey through various—and at times surreal—fragments of the protagonist's past. The game utilizes the first-person perspective, and the gameplay is focused on exploration and limited interaction with the environment.

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Die Young (PC)
Die Young (PC)

Action 2018

An independent exploration game with survival elements from an in-house team of the Indie Gala company. We play as a heroine who found herself on a Mediterranean island, not knowing how, why, and by whom she was kidnapped. She must uncover the truth behind this event and escape. Die Young employs first-person perspective and focuses on exploration. Aside from that, the protagonist must fight for survival, gathering food, water and useful equipment. Because she can’t use any weapons, our heroine is forced to run from dangers and climb on her surroundings to avoid danger – otherwise, she will meet a horrible end at the hands of opponents, with decapitations with axe being common scenes. What makes Die Young stand out from other games from the genre are its high-quality visuals, with detailed, moved by wind plants.

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