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Video games often place you in positions of power, saving the world, righting the wrongs and bringing justice. Of course, real life isn't neat and tidy like that. There are many games where you are challenged to make difficult decisions and some of those put you in situations without power, where the kindest thing to do is to lie.Whether it's not telling Ellie the truth about her unique response to the infection so she can have a "normal" life in The Last Of Us, lying about who's drugs they are to save a friend in Life Is Strange, deciding not to be honest with friends to save their feelings and avoid confrontation in Oxenfree or rearranging an old man's memory so he thinks he's made it to his dream in To The Moon, telling lies is sometimes the right thing to do.The games in this list challenge our neat conceptions of right and wrong. Playing them, we face the messiness of real-world justice and consider the power of withholding the truth. We might not always agree with the reasons or ethics, but we have a chance to revisit our values as we play. This list includes 35 games from the last 22 years, with 1,056 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to tell white lies.
Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their spaceship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real-time the impostor...
Release Date: 23/03/2023
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Storyteller is a puzzle game about building stories. You use a set of icons to match what is happening in each frame of the story. It's a simple challenge that gets the mind-stretching as you construct some of history’s greatest stories using building...
Release Date: 16/08/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Road 96 is a narrative adventure where you play a teenager trying to escape an oppressive, authoritarian country by reaching the border. Through a series of vignettes, you experience the most important and poignant parts on an epic road trip through a...
Release Date: 19/01/2016
Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Life Is Strange is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at a high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover...
Release Date: 14/06/2013
Out Now: PS3 and PS4
Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Weather
The Last Of Us is an action-adventure where You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a...
Release Date: 14/01/2016, updated in 2016
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Oxenfree is an adventure game where a teenagers’ beach party spirals into a supernatural story. You guide the outcome with your choices as the well-written dialogue reveals characters coming to terms with family breakdown, death of a sibling, blame...
Release Date: 06/10/2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
There Is No Game is a comedic adventure with a strange twist. From the outset, the game’s narrator insists that there is no game to play. As you inevitably ignore his instruction you go on a journey through silly and unexpected video game universes.
Release Date: 22/07/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon
Last Stop is an adventure set in London. You play three interconnected characters, making choices that shape their conversations, and determine where their stories lead.
Release Date: 29/08/2002, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Mafia Definitive Edition is a series of action/adventure games about being in the Mafia. You play Tommy Angelo, a poor hard-working cab driver who gets caught up in a fight between two crime families. You explore a large open city taking on criminal...
Release Date: 24/04/2012, updated in 2018
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
The Walking Dead is a survival adventure game series. You explore locations and gather a ragtag group of survivors. How you interact with each of them and make decisions about various dangers results in a branching story where no one is guaranteed to...
Release Date: 31/07/2019, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Telling Lies is from the same developer as Her Story. It's named as an investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling by the developer.
Release Date: 09/11/2016, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Side-On
Beholder is a detective game where you spy on tenants in a building, discover their secrets and report violations of laws to the authorities. As the game unfolds and you see more of the controlling totalitarian state, an uneasy tension develops between...
Release Date: 05/10/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Side-On and Text
Headliner: NoviNews is a narrative-driven simulation game where you play as the person in charge of the headlines and stories that are released to the public. Each article you approve from your office has a direct impact on the world outside. Which news...
Release Date: 22/04/2021, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is an action role-play game where you play a Turnip working hard to pay off a massive tax bill to Mayor Onion. The setup soon gives way to a series of Zelda-style quests, dungeons and puzzles that earn new items and...
Release Date: 08/04/2021
First Class Trouble is a survival puzzle game where six players must work together and against each other to survive a disaster. It's a social deduction game, like Among Us, so the real trick to surviving is working out which players are robot Personoids.
Release Date: 13/07/2021
Out Now: PS4
Where the Heart Leads is an adventure game where you make life-choices and then see their impact. You play Whit Anderson, as he revisits and alters his past, present, and future. It's a game that creates a surreal dream-like narrative, but one that is...
Release Date: 01/09/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC and Switch
Gerda: A Flame in Winter is a narrative adventure game set in the small Danish village. Gerda's quiet life is turned upside down during the World War 2 occupation of her home. You choose where to go, how to act, and who to trust. It stands out for the...
Release Date: 28/02/2018, updated in 2019
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a narrative adventure game about sharing stories. You travel across the Depression-era United States discovering and collecting the stories of the people and places you encounter on your journey. You use this...
Release Date: 01/12/2019
Out Now: Web
Components: 2D Side-On, Hand-Made and Text
Bad News is a role-play game about building a news media organisation. It's designed to highlight bias in the news by putting you in charge of a series of decisions to build a profitable company. All you do is answer questions, but as you do the...
Release Date: 20/07/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: Android and iOS
Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...
Release Date: 22/09/2022
Out Now: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Beacon Pines is a storybook adventure game where you play as a small fawn named Luka trying to solve a mystery in a creepy town full of intrigue. You play by collecting words that change the story, so you can go back through the book to play out...
Release Date: 07/03/2017
Components: 2D Side-On, Open World and Text
Subdefuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the...
Release Date: 18/08/2021
Ambition: A Minuet in Power is a text adventure that offers a historical twist on the dating game genre. You play a young woman far from home, abandoned by the love of her life in the city of Paris. Rather than sorrow or shame, this ignites ambition for...
Release Date: 28/05/2020, updated in 2021
Components: 3D First-Person, Hand-Made and Open World
Sludge Life is an open world adventure where you play as Ghost, a graffiti artist determined to put his tag all over Sludge City. You play in an adult world full of lived-in locations and intriguing characters. It requires some caution, but beyond the...
Release Date: 06/11/2020
Harmony Square is a text-based adventure game about fake news. You live in idyllic Harmony Square and are hired as Chief Disinformation Officer whose job is to disturb the square’s peace and quiet by fomenting internal divisions and pitting its...
Release Date: 19/09/2023
Lies of P is a fighting game where you try to survive in a dark twist on the Pinnochio story. You explore a gothic steam-powered world, fighting off enemies with well-timed moves and choosing whether to tell the truth or lie in ways that alter the...
Release Date: 11/04/2016
Out Now: Web and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
MP For A Week is a puzzle game where you play an MP for a week. That might sound sedate and a little boring, but things soon kick off as you try and survive a week in politics. Like Reigns, you need to balance keeping your party, your voters and the...
Release Date: 16/06/2020, updated in 2021
Components: 2D Side-On and Day and Night
The Magister is a roleplaying adventure where you play a detective sent to investigate the murder of a fellow Magister. You explore the point-and-click adventure to find clues, follow leads and befriend villagers. But then there's a card game to uncover...
Release Date: 14/11/2018, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World
Fallout 76 is an open world adventure. You are a survivor of a nuclear war from Vault 76, which was designed to contain the best and brightest people, trained to restart society once the radiation levels were safe to do so. Unlike other [link...
Release Date: 26/01/2022
Out Now: PC
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Dread Hunger is a strategy survival game where you venture into the arctic wastes to find coal and food to keep your ship running, while trying to uncover the players who are two secret killers. In many ways like the hugely popular [link to...
Release Date: 15/12/2014, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Web and iOS
Town of Salem is a social deduction strategy game where you work with (or against) other players trying to save a village from zany villains and murderers. Like Among Us, no one knows anyone else's role; everyone must carefully...
Release Date: 02/06/2022
Components: 2D Side-On, Cards and Hand-Made
Card Shark is an adventure game about a French 18th century con artist. With your partner, you go from location to location swindling politicians and royals with the devious card cheat mini-games you learn. It looks like a card game, but actually it's a...
Release Date: 29/04/2022
Components: 2D Overhead
Ravenous Devils is a strategy game where you manage a tailor shop with a dark and sadistic secret, they kill clients and serve the bodies in their pub. Drawing on Sweeney Todd themes, you play Percival and Hildred who manage the stomach turning shop...
Release Date: 31/08/2021, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
The Big Con is coming of age adventure game where you break the law to make your way in the world. You play a curious high schooler who ditches band camp to go on a cross-country road trip to save her mum's video store.
Release Date: 29/11/2022, updated in 2023
Components: 2D Side-On and Cards
The Knight Witch is a shooting game where you fly through narrow caverns and avoid obstacles as you fight enemies with guns and magic powers. Alongside the exploration and combat, you buy weapons and armour upgrades, obtain cards that let you use...