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Games often offer us the chance to step into the shoes of powerful and fantastical characters. These power fantasies are exciting and exhilarating. There are many games that invite us to step into the shoes of the disempowered.

Games where you play the underprivileged or discriminated against, not only provide information about how these unjust imbalances exist in the world but (to some extent) what it feels like to be on the receiving end of discrimination.

The logo on this page is the PEGI Discrimination descriptor. It indicates that the "game contains depictions of ethnic, religious, nationalistic or other stereotypes likely to encourage hatred. This content is always restricted to a PEGI 18 rating (and likely to infringe national criminal laws)." You won't see this in any game because the game would also be breaking the law.

The games in this list address ethnic, religious and nationalistic themes, but in a way that shines a light on discrimination and injustice. In a small way, they can help us grow in our sensitivity and awareness of these issues.
 
This list includes 27 games from the last 27 years, with 412 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to challenge discrimination.

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Bury Me My Love

Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Text

Bury Me My Love is a narrative adventure game where you play the husband of a Syrian woman, Nour, travelling to Europe. Play involves receiving and sending simple messages where Nout tells you how she is getting on and you influence her choices. It...

My Child Lebensborn

Release Date: 08/05/2018, updated in 2021

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

My Child Lebensborn is a narrative role-play game where you nurture a Lebensborn child in Norway after World War II who faces a hostile community because they’ve been born to parents of both occupied and occupying forces. With meagre resources...

Sea of Solitude

Release Date: 05/07/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Sea of Solitude is an adventure where you play a young woman, Kay, with such strong loneliness that her feelings turn her into a monster. As you explore a flooded city you discover dark creatures that you must deal with -- by uncovering their underlying...

Cart Life

Release Date: 25/04/2019

Out Now: PC

Components: 2D Side-On, Pixels and Text

Cart Life is a simulation game where you play one of three street vendors. You attempt to run their shop whilst looking after their health, interests, and families. It has simple visuals, but depicts the realities of the thin-end of life.

Detroit: Become Human

Release Date: 25/05/2018

Out Now: PS4

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Detroit: Become Human is a branching narrative game from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. This is the third game in the series and offers a more refined version of the filmic branching experience.

Coffee Talk

Release Date: 29/01/2020, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Coffee Talk is an interactive story about a barista working in a coffee shop in Seattle. You listen to customers' concerns about life and love, in a retro-pixilated world backed with lo-fi chilled hip-hop music.

Tell Me Why

Release Date: 27/08/2020

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Tell Me Why is a narrative game following the story of twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan, as they unravel the truth about their childhood and why they were separated. It's a story about the impact of families and the lengths we go to make them right.

Papers, Please

Release Date: 08/08/2013, updated in 2017

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Papers, Please is a narrative puzzle game where you play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizen’s passports and paperwork...

Photographs - Puzzle Stories

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Photographs - Puzzle Stories is a narrative puzzle game where you witness the lives and memories of five different characters. You investigate old photos for memories that advance the story and solve simple puzzles that reflect their lives. It stands...

Through the Darkest of Times

Release Date: 27/05/2020, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.

We Become What We Behold

Release Date: 20/10/2016

Out Now: Mac, PC and Web

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

We Become What We Behold is a short narrative game where you take pictures of a group of characters going about their everyday life. You play by positioning the camera with your mouse to capture moments of life. It's novel because this seemingly...

Beholder (Series)

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...

Closed Hands

Release Date: 05/03/2021

Out Now: Mac and PC

Components: 2D Side-On and Text

Closed Hands is a text adventure game set in the lead-up and aftermath of a terror attack in a fictional UK city. You follow five core characters brought together by the same event. It's a branching story that you discover and influence as you read and...

Change: A Homeless Survival Experience

Release Date: 01/05/2020

Out Now: Mac and PC

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Change: A Homeless Survival Experience is an adventure narrative game where you play a homeless person trying to make it against the odds. It's intentionally hard to do well as you explore an endless city that's different every time you play.

Dot's Home

Release Date: 22/10/2021

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Dot's Home is a narrative game where you play a black woman in Detroit exploring the impact of racism in the past and the results of it today. You travel through time and interact with the characters you meet, learning about redlining, gentrification...

Immigration Nation

Release Date: 31/07/2018, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Grid

Immigration Nation is a strategy game about guiding newcomers to the country along their path to citizenship. You are in charge of Immigration Bay with an inflow of boats, each with their own story to understand.

Not Tonight (Series)

Release Date: 17/08/2018, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Not Tonight is a tongue-in-cheek role-play adventure where you challenge the political establishment in alternative versions of Post-Brexit Britain (in the first game) or capitalism-run-rampant America (in the sequel). You take on a time pressured...

Oddworld Soulstorm (Series)

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Oddworld Soulstorm is a running and jumping game where you guide members of your species through labyrinthine levels to free them from brutal oppression. It's a remake of 1998's Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus and a sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. Its...

Treachery in Beatdown City

Release Date: 31/03/2020

Out Now: PC and Switch

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Treachery in Beatdown City is a fighting game with a retro pixelated art style. It combines the popular beat'em up mechanics from games like Double Dragon, where you take on enemy characters with fists, kicks and weapons, with role-play elements...

South Park: The Fractured but Whole (Series)

Release Date: 21/12/1998, updated in 2017

Out Now: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person

South Park: The Fractured but Whole is an adventure role-play game based on the sitcom of the same name. The most notable recent games, South Park: The Stick of Truth and South Park: The Fractured but Whole are role-playing games where you explore the...

The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature

Release Date: 30/10/2019

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Components: 2D Overhead

The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature is an adventure game that offers a fresh (and remarkably faithful) look at the myth of Frankenstein. As you move through the hand-painted world you piece together who you are and where you came from. You choose not...

A Case of Distrust

Release Date: 08/02/2018

Out Now: PC, Switch and iOS

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

A Case of Distrust is a narrative game set in the roaring 20's where you play a hardboiled detective, Phyllis Cadence Malone, investigating a mystery full of deception and doubt. You help her struggle to overcome insecurities amidst pushback against...

This is a True Story

Release Date: 22/03/2022

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Hand-Made and Weather

This is a True Story is a narrative adventure based on actual events and interviews. You play a woman in Africa on her daily journey to go and collect water for her family and witness the events that play out on the way. The simple gameplay and...

Svoboda 1945: Liberation

Release Date: 03/08/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: Filmed

Svoboda 1945: Liberation is a narrative game that uses footage of real actors to tell an interweaving story about the aftermath of the Second World War. As you talk to the villagers, explore locations untouched for years and complete puzzles, you...

The Last Night

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac, PC and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

The Last Night is a narrative game set in a neon-bathed, hyper-advanced future where you are a second-class citizen wrestling with your place in the world. As you traverse the Blade-Runner-style city districts, you talk with characters, evade constant...

Blackhaven

Release Date: 27/07/2021

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Blackhaven is a narrative adventure where you play a college intern at Blackhaven Hall, a historic mansion burned down during the American Revolution. Play involves exploring the building and discovering a trail of secrets and misdeeds that span centuries.

Cracks Where the Light Gets In

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Day and Night

Cracks Where the Light Gets In is a narrative game where you observe the day-to-day lives of different people and find your assumptions being subverted. As you watch a refugee family from hidden viewpoints, you piece together the stories of their lives...

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