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In September 2022 there were huge queues along the banks of the River Thames as people waited to pay their respects to the Queen. The queue became something of a phenomenon, with its own website, toilets, water points. Some people waited more than 24 hours as they slowly walked the 10 miles.The experience of queuing for something is quintessentially British, although no one seems to be able to put their finger on why. When we Brits see a queue there is the urge to join it, even before we know what the queue is for. Perhaps, living on our crowded little islands makes us wary of missing out.These video games lean into this idea of waiting a long time for something you need. This might be daylight in a game like The Longing where you literally have to wait hundreds of days before you can escape your underground dwelling. Or it can be something like Bird Alone, where you make conversation with the other creature who is waiting with you, in this case a friendly parrot. Or maybe you wait with other people slowly recovering in hospital, in a game like Wayward Strand, who appreciate the company.These games all share a common disempowerment of the player. There's little you can do to move the clock forwards or progress time, apart from being willing to wait and find patience. This list includes 11 games from the last 11 years, with 295 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to wait a long time.
Release Date: 22/09/2014
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
The Long Dark is a thoughtful exploration-survival game where you have crash-landed in the icy Canadian wilderness after a global disaster and must find a way to survive. Through exploring, crafting and fighting you must look after your body...
Release Date: 30/01/2013
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita and PS3
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Proteus is a narrative adventure game which takes you to a pixelated island. As you explore you discover that your presence changes the seasons and time of day. Delving deeper, there are rudimentary interactions with the creatures that inhabit the land,...
Release Date: 15/09/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Wayward Strand is a narrative game about Casey Beaumaris, an intrepid teenage journalist. You visit an airborne hospital, uncover the airship's mysteries, and explore the lives of its inhabitants. It's a Tintin-style point-and-click adventure with a...
Release Date: 01/01/2018
The Mind is a cooperative sequence card game with a telepathic twist. Each card has a single number on it. Your task is to play them in order, the lowest first. However, you are not allowed to communicate physically or verbally to coordinate who plays...
Release Date: 05/03/2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Persistant World and Pixels
The Longing is a point-and-click adventure about waiting and loneliness. It's an intentionally slow game that takes 400 elapsed days to finish. It draws on the Idle Game genre, where you use minor interactions to incrementally advance. Here though, the...
Release Date: 27/12/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC and Web
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Last Minute Love is an adventure where you play an "old person" in a nursing home who is looking for love. This takes the dating simulator style of game in an unusual direction. You explore the home in your wheelchair, meet a quirky cast of people and...
Release Date: 16/04/2015, updated in 2016
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person and Text
Lifeline is a narrative adventure where you interact with an astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.
Release Date: 06/06/2019, updated in 2020
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Road to Guangdong is a road trip adventure game about family and travel. You drive across 1990s Guangdong, fix your car and explore the places you pass. You play as Sunny, just after a family tragedy, travelling with Guu Ma, her aunt. They have the task...
Release Date: 15/06/2020
Out Now: iOS
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Hand-Made
Bird Alone is a narrative game where you befriend a bird. Your feathered companion encourages the conversation in the direction of real life worries while you make music, draw pictures and write poetry. It’s a slow game that unfolds in real time with...
Release Date: 07/02/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
The Stillness of the Wind is a narrative puzzle game where you play an old woman who looks after a dilapidated farm. Over the course of a few hours, no matter what your efforts, the farm falls apart as you learn about the woman’s family and have the...
Release Date: 16/09/2016
Out Now: PC
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is an intentionally dull (and weird) adventure game about picking up trash as a Janitor. You work to find garbage for the incinerator (or to sell) with the thin hope of leaving the planet for a better life. It's a bizarre...