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Video games usually let us step into the role of the hero. Sometimes our heroics result in many henchmen or even innocent bystanders getting killed. But our hearts are thought to be in the right place.The games on this list, however, are all great examples of where you intentionally ruin other people's days. Whether that's playing the blood-sucking alien in Carrion or just stealing, breaking and hiding things in Untitled Goose Game it's both intriguing and entertaining to not play by the usual moral rules of the game.Then there are games where you think you are doing things for the right reason but this turns out not to be the case, like Braid or Spec Ops The Line. Or games where the slow drip of doubt builds until you regret your actions, like Shadow of the Colossus. This list includes 136 games from the last 27 years, with 3,175 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to ruin someone's day.
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: 30/07/2019, updated in 2022
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night, Hand-Made and Open World
Sneaky Sasquatch is an adventure game where you sneak around in campsites and try to find food from coolers and picnic baskets without getting caught. From this simple premise grows a game with endless ways to play and explore its open world: race, play...
Release Date: 29/10/2020, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Teardown is a creative traversal game where you plan and execute a heist in fully destructible environments. Play involves knocking routes through the destructible buildings to set an escape route to steal the key cards. It’s an unusual game because...
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: 02/06/2021
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Hand-Made and Text
Overboard is a murder mystery narrative game played in reverse. You murder your husband at the start of the game and then try and get away with it. It's played on a ship where the characters are affected by your choices and changes their actions...
Release Date: 24/04/2023
Out Now: PC
Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks and Open World
Shadows of Doubt is an open-world detective game set in a fully simulated city of crime and corruption. You explore the city to discover criminality, find clues, solve crimes and earn money to fund bringing a serial killer to justice. It stands out for...
Release Date: 12/08/2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Day and Night
Bomber Crew is a cartoon-styled World War 2 strategic bombing simulator. While it avoids the grim reality of these missions, it connects players to the extreme difficulty and danger of making it out and back again.
Release Date: 11/01/2024
Out Now: PC and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
Palworld is a role-play game where you befriend and collect creatures in a vast open world. It takes the Pokemon formula in an open-world survival (and gun-touting) direction. You can get the pocket-sized monsters you collect to fight, build, farm, and...
Release Date: 21/12/1998, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Dice and Open World
Baldur's Gate 3 is a role-playing game that recreates the Dungeons & Dragons experience in a digital world. You explore the world and fight enemies by rolling dice and weighing up your stats to see what happens. But...
Release Date: 11/04/2017, updated in 2017
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Crawl is a dungeon fighting game where your friends control the monsters and traps. The hero player moves around, break boxes and attack enemies while the ghost players try and stop him. Once the hero dies they become another ghost and the next player...
Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2019
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Grand Theft Auto V is the latest in a series of action-adventure games where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and...
Release Date: 15/08/2018, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Donut County offers a simple style of play. You drag a hole around the screen; the more things you can make fall in, the bigger the hole gets. You start with bricks, road cones and bushes, but eventually you’re swallowing whole houses.
Release Date: 26/10/2018, updated in 2019
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an adventure game with a wild west theme and a prequel to Red Dead Redemption. As you explore a vast and varied open world, you partake in shootouts, heists, and elaborate chases across the...
Release Date: 23/07/2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Carrion is a horror game where you play the amorphous alien as well as human protagonists. This reverse-horror scenario puts you in control of an organic tentacled monster to make your way through the facility, stalking and killing humans in your path.
Release Date: 26/03/2021
Genesis Noir is a narrative-driven puzzle game. It's a time travelling mystery to save your lover, by intervening through the history of the world to ultimately stop the expansion of the universe. Although it sounds bizarre, existential and confusing,...
Release Date: 26/03/2013, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Bioshock Infinite is an adventure shooting game. Although the story is unconnected to the previous games in the series, it raises similar themes of dictatorship communities and alternative to capitalistic society. It's another nuanced and complex story...
Release Date: 06/08/2008
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story...
Release Date: 29/10/2009, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person
Bayonetta is a fighting game where you use fantastical guns and outlandish attacks to defeat hordes of enemies in bombastic combat. As you play, you attack enemies with oversized weapons and supernatural powers. It stands out for how outrageous outfits,...
Release Date: 24/04/2013, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox 360
Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine is a heist simulation game. You control a crew of robbers who escape from jail and take on a series of increasingly complex robberies. The novelty is the simple top-down view of proceedings that allow for complex strategies...
Release Date: 06/11/2023
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Cursorblade is a shooting game where you are a mouse cursor and use your mouse motion to move, attack and deftly dodge the deluge of bullets. Control is one-to-one with your mouse, in this way, you move through the anthropomorphized flora and fauna to...
Release Date: 10/09/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Switch
Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Cartoon
Bake 'n Switch is a puzzle fighting game where 2-4 players are apprentice bakers fighting the "Mould" and taking on various Guardian bosses. It's ridiculously cute and a lot of silly fun, as you catch, merge and sacrifice the anthropomorphised dough...
Release Date: 23/07/2014, updated in 2019
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Five Nights at Freddy's (FNaF) is a series of puzzle horror games with jump scares rather than blood and gore. You play the night-guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and have to survive the night while in your office, checking the cameras and closing the...
Release Date: 03/10/2019
Untitled Goose game is a tongue-in-cheek puzzle game where you play a dastardly goose intent on ruining the day of the inhabitants of a sleepy English village. Play involves working out the right order of interactions and distractions to let you steal...
Release Date: 15/12/2020
Out Now: PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Freddy Spaghetti is a running and jumping game where you play a piece of spaghetti rather than a person. The game simulates the pasta’s physics as you use two trigger buttons and a joystick to steer the main character across a wide variety of levels,...
Release Date: 18/10/2005
Out Now: PS2, PS3 and PS4
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Shadow Of The Colossus is an action-adventure game where you play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the...
Release Date: 20/04/2018
Out Now: PS4
God of War is an adventure fighting game where You play super-strong Norse fantasy hero Kratos, as he takes his son Atreus on a brutal quest in the wake of his mother’s death. The exploration, puzzle-solving, climbing and fighting gameplay intertwine...
Release Date: 15/07/2003, updated in 2021
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox and iOS
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is a series of hard narrative-driven role-playing and combat games set in the Star Wars universe, 4000 years before Luke Skywalker and the Empire. You fight enemies and discover secrets by talking to the...
Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019
Out Now: Switch, Web and iOS
Components: Open World and Text
A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. The world is depicted with just text but leads you into a dense narrative with intriguing visitors and a steadily expanding world. It has a simple start – a single option to stoke a...
Release Date: 17/10/2006, updated in 2016
Out Now: Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Bully (Canis Canem Edit in Europe) is a role play adventure from the people who make Grand Theft Auto. You play juvenile delinquent student Jimmy Hopkins who aims to rise through the ranks of the school system in order to put a stop to bullying.
Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.
Release Date: 10/02/2012, updated in 2020
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is an adventure where you set out from the vibrant city of Rathir to rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war. Along with its huge scale, the game offers nuanced character development and a political system where you...
Release Date: 22/02/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind. The twist is, each time you die you age which means eventually you are too old to...
Release Date: 30/03/2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Open World
Evil Genius 2 is a tongue-in-cheek strategy game where you play the evil villain. You must build a detailed, functional lair from where you can take control of the world. Similar to Sim City and 2 Point Hospital, you use your resources wisely as you...
Release Date: 22/11/2019
Hogwash is an action battle game where you play as the farmer or as one of three pigs. The farmer's goal is to capture the pigs while the pigs aim to cause mayhem and get three specific areas on the farm covered with mud.
Release Date: 09/12/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead, Hand-Made and Open World
Wytchwood is an adventure in a land of gothic fables and fairytales. You are an old witch of the woods and must explore the countryside, collect magical ingredients and brew enchantments. That much is relatively common, here though, your role is to pass...
Release Date: 29/08/2002, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One
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: 01/12/2015
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige is a 5-v-5 multiplayer tactical shooting game where you either play a terrorist or a counter-terrorist. Your job is either to defend an objective such as a bomb site, biohazard container, or hostages or to stop the...
Release Date: 20/02/2020
Out Now: Android, PC and iOS
Democratic Socialism Simulator is a puzzle game where you run for office and then run a country. It offers a flow of questions with a yes or no response. Each answer has consequences in the minds of the voters and the prosperity of the country. It's an...
Release Date: 13/01/2014, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered is a running, jumping and knocking-things-over game where you play a mischievous cat who wants to knock its owner's belongings onto the floor. "Bother that cat," as one children's book puts it.
Release Date: 24/06/2005, updated in 2020
Out Now: PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed is an action-adventure game that parodies Cold War-era alien invasion films. With open-world a bit like Grand Theft Auto, you play the alien Crypto, tasked to gather DNA from humans and explore the open-world levels to...