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Ico is a running, jumping and exploring game where you rescue a princess from her evil mother. You take her hand to help her escape, guiding her along the pathways and protecting her from the hordes of enemies. Together, you jump chasms and scale walls in your daring escape from the castle. Ico stands out not only for these unusual interactions but the fluid painterly visuals and emotive story.
If you enjoyed Ico, there are other games in the Team Ico franchise you should try. Unfortunately, Ico is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:
Release Date: 24/09/2001, updated in 2011
Out Now: PS2 and PS3
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Genres: Puzzle, Traversal (Adventure, Narrative and Platform)
Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )
Components: 3D Third-Person
Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)
Costs: Purchase cost
Here are our hand-picked short list of similar games; the perfect thing to play next if you enjoyed Ico. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Ico.
Release Date: 23/05/2023
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Planet of Lana is an adventure where you play a young girl Lana and her loyal animal friend Mui, on a rescue mission. Set on a planet under siege by old machines and unfamiliar creatures. Rather than the war, though, this is a game about a vibrant...
Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019
Out Now: PC and PS4
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Vane is an ethereal adventure in a ruined desert where strange golden dust transforms a free-spirited bird into a determined young child. The premise is not all that uncommon, but Vane stands out for how you soar over the desert and climb your way...
Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
After Us is an adventure game where you explore a surreal world as Gaia, who must salvage the souls of extinct animals. You play by traversing the world, dealing with hazards and reviving creatures to reveal their fate: the last whale harpooned, the...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC
The Milk Lake is a survival adventure where you traverse a dark forest, guided only by your light. To survive you must flee from arrows and unseen enemies and then face off against huge monsters in combat. It stands out for its horror depiction of being...
Release Date: 28/08/2013, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Shelter and its sequels are traversal games where you play as a mother animal guiding her cubs to safety. Across different environments, you need to forage for food to feed your young, protect them from predators, and get them to safety. It stands out...
Release Date: 29/09/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead
Cocoon is a puzzle adventure where you play a winged creature transporting orbs through a mysterious world. The twist is that placing orbs in a portal grants access to the worlds within worlds and creates a complex nested puzzle. It stands out for how...
Here are our hand-picked long list of similar games; the perfect thing to play next if you enjoyed Ico. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Ico.
Release Date: 14/03/2012, updated in 2019
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4 and iOS
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Journey is an adventure game set in a desert. Exploring the eerie sandscape, you discover a world abandoned by the race that created it. The sense of space and scale evokes feelings of aloneness and being lost. But then the game pairs you with other...
Release Date: 19/07/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
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Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
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Release Date: 14/05/2019, updated in 2021
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
A Plague Tale: Innocence follows Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they use stealth to escape soldiers and swarms of rats. Against the stark threat and darkness of the world, the sibling relationship develops as the two learn to trust one another...
Release Date: 29/07/2021
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
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Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and iOS
Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Death Stranding is an exploration game where you deliver supplies across a vast shattered, post-apocalyptic America while protecting and caring for a baby. It's intentionally slow, sometimes excruciatingly so, which means you carefully consider your...
Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon and Open World
Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has been developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a world made of...
Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019
Out Now: Switch and Wii U
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
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Release Date: 09/11/1996, updated in 2020
Out Now: DS, GBA, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.
Release Date: 29/05/2019
Out Now: Switch
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Yoshi's Crafted World is a running and jumping game where you control a friendly dinosaur, Yoshi in a hand-made world of paper-craft. You work through each level, eating or jumping on enemies while searching for hidden items and collectables. It stands...
Release Date: 18/04/2011, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, Switch and Xbox 360
Portal 2 is an action adventure where you traverse through increasingly complex (and dangerous) test chamber obstacle courses. By creating two connected portals (if you walk into one, you walk out the other) you must move yourself around the rooms to...
Release Date: 21/11/2013, updated in 2013
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Release Date: 04/05/2018
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Release Date: 31/10/2003, updated in 2020
Out Now: GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One
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Release Date: 25/08/2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Dice and Hand-Made
Psychonauts 2 is a running, jumping and puzzle-solving game where you play Raz who has psychic abilities that let him delve into the minds of others. In the game, you control Raz as he enters their mental worlds and uses other Psi-Powers (telekinesis,...
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Release Date: 19/09/1997, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
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Release Date: 14/07/2020, updated in 2021
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Release Date: 20/07/2021
Out Now: PC
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
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Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch
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Release Date: 31/01/2023, updated in 2023
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Release Date: 25/05/2023
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Release Date: 06/09/2022
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Release Date: 11/02/2020, updated in 2021
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Release Date: 29/09/2015, updated in 2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One
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Release Date: 06/11/2019, updated in 2020
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Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Hauntii is an adventure where you explore a dimly-lit afterlife world and meet the people living there. As you move around you shoot to defend yourself but can also possess other inhabitants and the world itself. It stands out for combining puzzles and...
Coming Soon: PC and Xbox X|S
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Release Date: 14/03/2020, updated in 2020
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If Ico is not age appropriate for your child, here are similar games ordered by age rating so you can find an age-appropriate alternative that’s also a game they will love.
If you like the sound of Ico but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
Here are a selection of games with a similar theme to Ico:
These are our hand-picked alternatives to Ico. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
These are games of a similar genre mix to Ico. This includes games from the Puzzle, Adventure, Platform, Narrative and Traversal genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Ico in the following lists: