Rahul is a video game addict. Some of his favorite games are "Red Dead Redemption 2" and "The Witcher 3."
Gone Home is an unusual video game. You don’t fight evil or complete generic quests. Instead, you explore a house to unravel the mystery of a family who lives there. Some games tell a beautiful story, and the Greenbrair’s is one of them. There is meaning behind everything you see in the house. Everything helps you solve the mystery; from faded photographs and written notes to a dent in the wall. It’s when you put all these stories together, you find out how beautiful and intimate Gone Home really is. If you are looking for something similar to this great game, here are 11 titles that will spark your curiosity and evoke similar emotions.
11 Games Like Gone Home
- Dear Esther
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
- The Stanley Parable
- Slender: The Arrival
- The Path
- The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
- Among the Sleep
The only shortcoming of Gone Home is that it’s not a very long game, which leaves you begging for more. So it’s only fitting for you to look for similar titles once you are done with it. So go ahead and start making your way down this list, you won't be disappointed.
1. Dear Esther
Dear Esther is not so much a video game but a two-hour-long interactive movie. If you are going to spend your 10 bucks on Dead Esther expecting it to be a traditional adventure game, you are going to be disappointed.
It doesn’t matter whether Dear Esther is considered a video game or not (there has been a lot of debate about it). This haunting tale told on a lonely island has a lot to offer for as little as $10.
Describing the story and setting in more detail will probably spoil the game—but you can trust me when I say you definitely want to boot up Dear Esther. Despite being a short game, the complex content is good enough to support multiple playthroughs. There are hints, hidden areas, and subtle references you are bound to miss in your first sitting. Put simply, it’s one of the best adventure games like Gone Home that you can enjoy again and again.
2. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
A dying father sends his two young sons to find a cure for his illness that can only be found in the wilderness. You must guide them through the treacherous paths in a beautiful world full of challenges and mind-bending puzzles.
These puzzles require you to think out of the box. While the little brother can squeeze through narrow gaps, the big brother's sheer strength can be used to do more laborious work. Sometimes, you’ll have to switch between them quite frequently to solve a puzzle.
The beauty of the environment never ceased to amaze me. The way Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons continues to take you from one setting to another seamlessly is quite fascinating. You embark on your journey in a village full of people, make your way to frozen lakes, rivers flowing with blood, and desolate battlefields.
The only downside is the lack of dialogue. The brothers do not communicate with each other at all throughout the journey. But don't let this stop you from finishing this sweet and emotional journey—it's definitely one of the best indie games like Gone Home.
3. The Stanley Parable
I just finished The Stanley Parable for the eighth time. It didn’t take me long, but I definitely came across something new that I had completely missed in my previous seven playthroughs. It’s not a very long game by any means, but It’s certainly full of excellent gameplay.
Originally launched as a free Half-Life 2 mod, The Stanley Parable was released as a full-fledged adventure game in October of 2013. Apparently, it’s smarter, funnier, and more in-depth than the initial launch.
The game puts you in the shoes of Stanely, a regular guy in his late 30s. One day he was working at his mundane job when all of a sudden, his colleagues disappear. He decides to take a look around, which leads him to the deepest and darkest parts of his office.
You are not alone in the journey, though. There is a disembodied voice narrating Stanley’s tale. When the voice says “Stanely gets up from the chair, you get up from the chair. When he says Stanely walks through the hall, you walk through the hall. When he says Stanley takes a right turn, you . . . wait. It’s around that time you realize that you can turn left is you want and take a risk of not following the narrator's version of the story. There is a sense of rebellion and satisfaction in disregarding what the narrator says. That’s when the story starts to branch out. As you progress through the game and start making your own choices, will you be ready to face the petty consequences of not following the rules?
The Stanley Parable is frequently surprising and hilarious. You’ll always want to know what would have happened if you had taken another way. If you are looking for some games like Gone Home, a game with multiple endings like The Stanley Parable will surely keep you busy.
Proteus is an explorer game where you don’t have anything else to do but walk. Proteus confidently changes the way we think about gaming with its breathtaking landscapes and lack of purpose.
Some people refuse to call it a game, but does that matter? While it’s directionless with no real objectives, this is the real hook of Proteus. The lack of traditional action is actually like a breath of fresh air.
If you are looking for games like Gone Home, but want something a little less stressful and a little more relaxing with something new, Proteus is an indie game that you'll love.
5. Slender: The Arrival
What would you do if your friend, who lives in the middle of the woods, goes missing? You would obviously call for help instead of searching for her yourself, especially in the dark.
But Lauren, the protagonist of Slender: The Arrival, is not like us; she takes a flashlight and starts searching for clues to find her friend, Katy. Little does she know, her decision is going to cost her more than her life.
It doesn’t take long for things to go awry for her as a tall, ghostly man starts following your character. You can run away all you want, only for him to appear in front of you. He is not the only one should be wary of, though. There are a few nerve-wracking surprises waiting for you!
Overall, Slender: The Arrival is an unnerving and chilling experience, especially with headphones on. You certainly don’t want to miss out on it.
Anna is a creepy story about an amnesiac man who has been haunted by a sawmill near his house in his dreams. Intrigued and puzzled, he finally decides to pay a visit to that place . . . and everything is not as it seems. The house suddenly becomes alive, uncovering his dark past, and causing old memories regarding a woman named Anna to resurface.
You need to have your thinking cap on while playing this game. The story can be a bit confusing, but the more you explore, the more the pieces start to fall into place. Depending on how much you're willing to explore, you will experience one of the three possible ending in Anna. This makes it a game that you'll want to replay to experience all of the endings.
7. The Path
Which path are you going to choose? One that is safe, but tantamount to failure, or the treacherous one full of promises? The Path drops you into a similar situation and tells you not to wander away from the safe route. You mustn’t do what you are told!
You start by choosing any one of the six sisters ranging from 9 to 19 years with a goal to reach their grandmother’s house. As I said, you have two options. You can always go for the safer one, but when you reach grandmother’s house, the game tells you that you have failed. You’d return to the starting point with the character you chose. They tell you to stay safe but want you to completely disregard it and take a wander in the woods.
The Path takes some time to unfold and pick up the pace, but don’t let the slow-burn experience stop you from playing one of the best adventure games like Gone Home.
8. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
“This narrative experience is not going to hold your hand." This sentence is displayed in bold texts at the very beginning of this game, and it holds true, for the most part. Just like Gone Home, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter drops you in a gorgeous world and lets you take charge of exploration and pacing (at your own risk).
You are put in the shoes of a detective on a mission to find a boy that has gone missing. With an uncanny ability to piece together different memory fragments, you are going to have a lot of fun solving this murder mystery by putting the fragments in order.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter encourages you to take your time and explore the beauty of the wilderness in which you are investigating. It takes around half an hour to reach the breadth of this game, but you definitely don't want to rush it. The Vanishing’s wilderness harbors important information and little details you can totally miss if you rush.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a great game. With a powerful story and breath-taking graphics, it’s certainly a worthy candidate for one of the best adventure games I've played.
9. Among the Sleep
If you are like me, you probably don’t remember when you were two years old. Have you ever wondered what’s it’s like for a toddler to experience something traumatic? Among the Sleep, the first-ever game from Krillbite Studios, let’s you experience horrors from a toddler’s perspective.
You play as a toddler who wakes up in the middle of the night to find his mother missing. As you crawl out of the safety of your home and into the darkness outside, the real story begins to unfold. You are just a kid, but bad things can happen to you. If you let the unnatural beings of the game see you, they will put an end to you and send you back to your most recent checkpoint. You are tiny, weak. and helpless—and the game makes sure that you know it by constantly throwing you into intense situations.
Your character may be weak and powerless, but he's incredibly smart for a two-year-old. He uses chairs to unlock towering doors, sneaks past the monsters lurking around, and most importantly, he knows how to complete an objective.
Among the Sleep is going to take you to some truly unsettling places where you confront your darkest childhood fears. Its unique version of a horror game is truly haunting.
The only thing that I don't like about it is it's a bit too short. While you may find yourself taking breaks frequently due to overwhelming scares, it can still be completed within a few hours. Nevertheless, Among the Sleep is a must-play horror adventure game that will make it hard to sleep at night.
Miasmata is a game about exploration, survival, and fear. If you are the type of person who loves realistic survival scenarios, you are going to love the slow-burn experience Miasmata has to offer.
You play as Robert Hughes, a scientist who is infected by a mysterious disease. Determined to cure himself, he returns to the same island where he was working with his colleagues only to find the outpost empty. Most researchers are dead now while others have mysteriously gone missing.
Everything is up to you from this point. You are free to explore any part of the island you want, but not without a price. While exploration is necessary for finding a cure, it can prove fatal if you are not careful. For example, dropping more than a few feet is a surefire way to die. Exploration is indispensable for saving your life, but it's full of risk. The island can engulf you if you are not cautious.
What if you start hearing strange noises in the dark? Do you ignore your gut feeling that someone is out there, or do you try to find out what’s behind those noises? Scratches, a horror game developed by Nucleosys, proves that when you try to investigate those weird noises, things tend to go awry.
The game puts you in shoes of Michael Arthate, a horror novelist who is looking to find an inspiration to finish his latest piece. What else could inspire your character more than buying a creepy old Victorian house in England?
Things are not quite as they seem. There is something strange and bizarre happening in the house that the previous owners did not disclose. Revealing anything else would spoil it, and believe me, you'll want to find out for yourself. If you are looking for a great adventure explorer games like Gone Home, exploring a sprawling Victorian mansion should be on top of your list.
Exploration Is Encouraged
If you enjoyed the mysterious, slightly creepy nature of Gone Home, you'll love exploring these excellent titles.
Let me know which one is your favorite in the comment section below!
Rahul Pandey (author) from Delhi, India on April 27, 2019:
Thank you for your valuable input and suggestions. I will take a look.
Matthew Hornbostel on April 18, 2019:
I'll add my own WIP which is somewhat more puzzle-heavy than 'Gone Home' but is first person exploration - somewhere between "Gone Home' and the 'Myst' series in difficulty but closer to Gone Home maybe.
My game in development is 'Miniature Multiverse' and it'll be on Steam, Itch.IO, maybe other shops, in a few months. I'm paying for its development out of pocket, to tune of $1400 or so by the time it is done, it's sort of Myst like - multiple fantasy worlds - but the graphics are made with handmade, scratchbuilt O scale miniatures! A first person realistic-miniature style hasn't been done yet as far as I know.
Also want to give a shoutout to Cyan's new non Myst IPs, Obduction and Firmament. Firmament may never happen at this rate though, it is a week off from wrapping up its Kickstarter and is only about 2/3 funded at this point. But if you want a new gorgeous 3d gameworld to explore with VR potential, take a look at that. Also: Take a look at Myst Online (Uru) as it's aging technically, but still great art direction/audio and it is now freeware, so there's no barrier to exploring these Myst worlds in realtime 3d multiplayer.