Video games tend to be focused around violence and gore- but if you look hard enough, there are some gems that cater to other genres. While they may be hard to find, they are worth the search. I have compiled a list of 7 worth mentioning, and have personally played a couple of them.
Minecraft is one of the most popular non-violent games on this list, and for good reason. It keeps you busy, gets creative juices flowing, and passes time. The game involves building houses and exploring. The number of things you can build in Minecraft is basically limitless if you get creative. There are even some players who have built gigantic pieces of art in the limitless world. God knows how long it actually took for them to build a sculpture of Ironman out of tiny pixel pieces.
2. Child of Light
This is one of the games that I have played and found myself really enjoying! Child of Light is based on the life of Aurora, a 19th century Austrian girl. Aurora gets transported to a fantastical land where she has to go on quests to save the moon, sun, and stars from the Dark Queen. There are some battles in this game, but they are battles between Aurora and monsters that are found within the land, so they aren’t overly bloody.
Braid is a 2008 puzzle game. It’s unique partly due to its art style which makes it appear as if it is a moving painting. In the game, players must journey through different lands to save the princess. Users are also able to manipulate time within the game.
Stacking is a game the has heavy Russian influence. The main part of the game includes live Russian stacking dolls, in which the players inhabits in order to complete over 100 challenging levels. Each stacking doll has its own special ability that can help players through the more frustrating levels.
For romance lovers, Catherine is a great game to invest in. Catherine follows a male character named Vincent, who must choose between his girlfriend Katherine, and a woman who is also named Catherine that he woke up with one morning. Players have to be careful which decisions they make because some choices can lead to Vincent’s death. The storyline of Catherine is a nice change of pace from the usual, and the puzzle gameplay is actually pretty good, considering how much of the game is focused around the story.
Contrast is based in the 1920’s and switches between two different worlds- a 3D fantasy world, and a 2D shadowy world. The game is based off the performance art world of vaudeville and includes touches of film noir.
7. Papo & Yo
Papo & Yo is an adventure game. The game has two main characters: Quico, and Monster. Monster is a beast with razor-sharp teeth, and a strong liking for poisonous frogs and Quico is his human best friend. The game is about utilizing Monster’s strange moods to complete the game’s levels and find Quico.
The above is a list that contains only a few of the interesting games that don’t involve assassins, guns, or war. It just takes a bit of patience and fishing around to find them, but for someone who doesn’t like fighting games, finding a few gems in other genres will be worth the effort. Another plus of non-violent games, is that despite being less popular, they’re often created to be played on multiple different platforms including hand held gaming devices like the Nintendo DS.
I hope you enjoyed this list, and try out some of these titles yourself! Happy gaming!