exploration games


'Sunless Skies' Tells Its Stories Slowly, But They're Worth the Trip

The horror of an empire on which a Clockwork Sun never sets.
Rob Zacny
Asemblance: Oversight

Memory Is a Mystery in this Conspiracy-Driven Sci-Fi Puzzler

The sequel to 2016's minor stream phenomenon 'Asemblance' is everything that game was and more, with wild imagery and even wilder puzzles.
Danielle Riendeau
Where the water tastes like wine

Loneliness, The Open Road, And 'Where the Water Tastes Like Wine'

'Where the Water Tastes Like Wine' is a very pretty, often lonesome trek across a land of myths and tall tales.
Danielle Riendeau
open thread

Damn, I Really Like Pressing Buttons In Video Games

There’s a certain satisfaction in games that are all about turning knobs and hitting buttons. Not on a controller, on a screen.
Danielle Riendeau
free play

Find a Cure for Open World Fatigue on the Waterfront of Limbo

'The Exile on the Long Shore' is a spare, small game that evokes rather than overwhelms.
Cameron Kunzelman

How Games Make Me Confront the Terror of Open Spaces

'Sunless Sea' is about wonder and despair in dark places.
Cameron Kunzelman

The Open World of 'Yonder' Is Supremely Pretty, But So Shallow

There's a kindness to 'Yonder,' but I want to like it more than I do.
Janine Hawkins
free play

Wander a Trippy Forest in ‘Lands of Yocta’

Let's take a voyage through the voxelly woods.
Danielle Riendeau
indie games

Abstract Alien Architecture is Really Pretty, Ok?

I’m playing an out-there exploration game called 'ESSENCE,' and (don’t laugh at me), I think it’s pretty cool.
Danielle Riendeau
free play

Explore Colorful Realities in ‘Catacombs of Solaris’

​‘Catacombs of Solaris’ is a first-person trip to a dimension of color, space, and impossible corridors.
Danielle Riendeau
no man's sky

You Can Build Your Dream Home in No Man's Sky

The Foundation Update offers new modes of play, including base-building.
Danielle Riendeau
Small Radios, Big Televisions

‘Small Radios, Big Televisions’ is a Perfect Late-Night Puzzler

‘Small Radios, Big Televisions’ is the prettiest, most relaxed puzzle game I’ve played since ‘Monument valley.’
Danielle Riendeau