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Penrose is a text adventure, where you don't only read the story and choose its next step, but can go back into the text to change it in all sorts of mind-bending ways. As the developer describes it, "Penrose is a non-linear narrative adventure game about time, choice, and the nature of obsession."
Unfortunately, Penrose is not available on Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One or Xbox X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:
Release Date: 01/09/2020
Out Now: Android, Web and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Genres: Brain Game, Narrative (Adventure and Creative)
Accessibility: 19 features
Components: 2D Side-On and Text
Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)
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Release Date: 03/10/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, Mac and PC
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: Day and Night and Text
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Release Date: 08/03/2023
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo is a horror narrative game about a seemingly unconnected group of people in a suburb of Tokyo caught up in an ancient rite of resurrection. You search for clues and talk to characters all the while trying to...
Release Date: 04/05/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android and iOS
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Knights of San Francisco is a text adventure with simulated combat. Through a series of textual choices and encounters, you explore what remains of the ancient city of San Francisco. It stands out for a complex evolving world and simulated combat all...
Release Date: 31/07/2023
Out Now: PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Venba is a narrative cooking game where you play an Indian mother who emigrated to Canada in the 1980s. You cook various traditional Indian dishes and restore lost recipes which were damaged in the move to Canada. As you cook, you talk to your family...
Release Date: 19/09/2019, updated in 2021
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS
Dear Reader is a word puzzle game. It takes classical literature and (by removing words, rearranging passages and introducing spelling errors) it tasks you with the puzzle of proofreading. Progression through the game unlocks numerous works that are...
Release Date: 22/07/2019
Out Now: Mac and PC
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Elsinore is a mystery-adventure set in Shakespeare's Hamlet. You play Elsinore who repeats the same four days as she tries to find a way to avoid the tragedy that lies before her.
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Release Date: 08/04/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, PC and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon
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Release Date: 23/03/2023
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
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Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016
Out Now: Mac, PC and PS4
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Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
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Release Date: 20/12/2021
Out Now: Web
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Text
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Release Date: 01/03/2020
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Release Date: 24/06/2015
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
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Release Date: 07/01/2013, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
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Out Now: Switch, Web and iOS
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Release Date: 22/07/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
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Release Date: 06/09/2013, updated in 2020
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Release Date: 31/07/2019, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
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Release Date: 05/03/2021
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Release Date: 19/04/2019, updated in 2023
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels
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Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
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Release Date: 25/06/2012
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Components: 3D Third-Person
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If you like the sound of Penrose but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
These are our hand-picked alternatives to Penrose. 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 Penrose. This includes games from the Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Brain Game genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
If you like the sound of Penrose but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features.
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