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Pattern (2020) is a game about exploring different worlds. It's novel because of the lack of objective or direction. You are left to explore each world, with only the smokestack of a fire in the distance as a waypoint. When you reach the fire you can choose to rest and move to the next world.

Play involves exploring each environment at your own pace, and taking photos as you go. As you move through the world it responds to you to some extent. Plants grow, the sun rises and sets. You discover broad vistas, towering cliff-sides, and hidden structures. The music matches the spaces that you pass through. It's procedurally created to change based on your location and what surrounds you.

Once you have visited each world once, you can start again to see the thoughts of the developer embedded in the world as blue orbs. It's an unusual insight into the world of the creator in whose world you are roaming.

The result is a game about note taking, orienteering and diary making. It's up to you how you document your journey. It's a journal-like story about the process of creating art discovered through play.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Pattern 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 21 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Simulation game with Narrative and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete. You could race through the game in as little as 30 minutes but slower, more considerate, play is more rewarding here.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Play is simple and has a low skill barrier, but to process the meaning and open narrative requires interpretation and comprehension.


Pattern usually costs £1.76 to £11.39.


Steam Store PC £11.39
Steam Store Mac £11.39
Steam Store PC £1.76
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 07/04/2020

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Simulation (Narrative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Ice Water Games (@IceWaterGames)

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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