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storytime

a collection by adriene · last updated 2019-07-11 05:29:41

games that wow with impressive, original stories hitting all the right emotional notes.

Gay disaster mech pilots killing fascists
Action
Discover the world of Transistor, a sci-fi-themed action RPG from the creators of Bastion.
Action
adriene says

Probably my favorite game narrative of all time. Deals with themes of choice and agency, has a fantastically developed main character, and tons of emotional nuance. I still figure out new things about it. Killer art and soundtrack to boot.

Alternate reality internet simulator set in 1999!
adriene says

A wonderful narrative experience about online moderation and corporate irresponsibility. Explores the human elements of Online, while joyfully satirizing it. Disclaimer: Steam version will have Workshop support.

An immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator
Adventure
adriene says

An immersive, fascinating hack-em-up that deals with the actual moral implications of hacking for good or for fun, all while providing plenty of interesting detective puzzles and tests of logic. Has a DLC, Labyrinths, which is only available on Steam.

​A small little RPGmaker game about a lonely girl with a connection to another world that she sees in her dreams.
Role Playing
adriene says

From the artist of Undertale, this first foray into solo gamemaking is somber and intriguing, with plenty of great art and animation. Short and simple.

Peace. Kids playing in mech wreckage. A ghost. One last journey to find a final resting place.
adriene says

A sorrowful and effective post-apocalyptic TTRPG. Not long, and not a lot of effort to set up. Created for sadmechjam.

Big Brother has arrived - and it’s you. Investigate citizens to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks.
Adventure
adriene says

Fans of Hypnospace may like this one. Very similar playstyles, but with a focus on the dangers of hyper-surveillance and the ways it's very possible to corrupt intent from innocent people. Falters a bit at the end, but tells a compelling, well-paced narrative.

Bastion
$14.99
Discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces.
Action
adriene says

Supergiant's first work. A little unrefined, but still holds up to this day. A fantastic soundtrack and brilliant use of narration, paired with some great combat. Fans of this combat might like their newest game, Hades, which is currently tied to the Epic Games Store but should arrive on other platforms early next year.

Pyre
$19.99
Pyre is a party-based RPG from the creators of Bastion and Transistor.
Role Playing
adriene says

One of Supergiant Games' more underrated works, Pyre offers some fantastic sports/action gameplay, even for people who don't like sports game. It also has some fantastically compelling characters and a gorgeous world, paired with some of the hardest choices I've ever made in a game.

Tacoma
$19.99
The Venturis Corporation wants their AI back. That's where you come in.
Adventure
adriene says
From the creators of Gone Home, this is a sci-fi narrative game where you view and discover AR recordings of what happened in the space station, with light puzzle elements. Surprisingly optimistic.