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Video games are largely about what's on the screen, the clue's in the name, right? But there are some games that get the player to close their eyes and engage with other senses. There's something magical about relinquishing the visual world for a while and embracing the idea of engaging with a virtual world with just sound (and maybe some controller haptics).

There are games, like The Vale, designed to be played with audio only. There are games, like Before Your Eyes, that use webcams to see if your eyes are open and use that to change how you progress. Then there are games, like Season, that invite you to close your eyes for immersive moments of poetry, sound, meditation and concentration.
 
This list includes 12 games from the last 16 years, with 349 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to focus on hearing and feeling. We break them down into the following areas:

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Team 3

Team 3 is a cooperative puzzle game where three players work to build structures from Tetris-style pieces. The target build is on a card that only the Architect player can see, and this player can't speak. The Builder player can touch the pieces but...

Fire In The Hole

Fire In The Hole is a dexterity card game where you compete to throw cannonballs at a pop-up pirate ship to scavenge treasure and win the day. The aim is to land your coloured cannonballs to form a square of four in the holes of the boat, but other...

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Frequency Missing

Frequency Missing is a point-and-click adventure. You play young radio reporter Patricia who has just started her first job at a radio station. However, strange things are happening. Richard, her friend who got her the job has vanished and someone is...

Lost and Hound

Lost and Hound is an adventure puzzle game where you play as a scent-tracking rescue dogs, Corgi and Biscuit. You use your sense of smell to find things and solve mysteries. Your heightened hearing and senses enable you to find your goals, eventually...

Blind Drive

Blind Drive is a driving adventure game you play with audio rather than visuals. You are Donnie and are in a scientific study that has got out of control. You find yourself cuffed to the wheel of a car driving blindfolded against traffic. It's tongue in...

The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

The Vale: Shadow of the Crown is an audio-based role-play adventure where you play Alex, a blind princess. After your brother takes his place as king, you are made warden of a small castle on the outskirts of the kingdom. Without sight from birth and...

Ear Hockey

Ear Hockey is a bat and ball competitive game played by listening to the in-game audio alone; no screen is required. It uses spatial audio cues to signal to the player where they are in the play space and where the main game object, the ball, is...

Blind Spot

Blind Spot is a hidden target game where you have to identify the location of the targets without any audio or visual clues. As you run your two fingers over the screen you are provided vibration feedback that increases as you home in on the two targets...

Closed Eyes to Concentrate

The Witness

The Witness combines maze puzzles in an abandoned world with its own mythology, secrets, themes and story. It’s a game with puzzles at the core, but the real mystery is solving what has happened in the world you find yourself in.

Wii Fit (Series)

Wii Fit is a collection of games designed to help you exercise. They use the Wii Balance Board peripheral that works with both Wii Fit on the Wii and Wii Fit Plus on the Wii U. The Balance Board measures the pressure you place on it and enables a range...

Closed Eyes to Listen

Before Your Eyes

Before Your Eyes is a narrative game about an 11-year-old boy revisiting his life before "crossing over" to the other side. You play by exploring scenes that represent snapshots of his life. Unusually, you make choices and interact with the game by...

Season: A Letter to the Future

Season: A Letter to the Future is a narrative adventure about a young woman sent out from her secluded community to explore the world for the first time. She is tasked with documenting life in a local valley before a mysterious cataclysm washes...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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