The Best Walking Simulators of All Time Anything

The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

By 376 votes 124 voters 2.2k views 16 items tags f p @

List Criteria: Vote up the most playable and engrossing walking simulator games.

What are the best walking simulator games? How about we start with, "What ARE walking simulators?" Over the last few years, a new genre of game has cropped up in which the main gameplay mechanic consists not of killing things or solving puzzles or even platforming. What's left? Walking. Yes, walking (or in some cases, swimming) around the environment and discovering things is the central conceit of these games.

Yes, many gamers balk at this lack of action or interaction. In fact, it's those same naysayers that coined the term "walking simulator" to highlight the boring activity that makes up the brunt of the game. But what these folks are missing out on is some of the best storytelling in games today.

That's right - what these games lack in traditional gameplay, they often make up for in rich and emotional narratives. After all, the creators of these games have a story they want to tell and they build the entire game world around it. They don't start with a shooting or puzzle mechanic and then fill in the blanks with some story beats, like other games often do. Here, with each discovered letter or picture or ruin, a small piece of the developer's vision falls into place, and it can be very rewarding to the patient player.

So, what are the greatest walking simulator video games today? You tell us! Check out our list of the best walking simulators and vote up the ones you'd actually play.

List Photo: Campo Santo
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed
  1. 1
    + 32
    - 4
    Firewatch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    Firewatch

  2. 2
    + 22
    - 9
    ;
  3. 3
    + 24
    - 13
    ;
  4. 4
    + 18
    - 7
    Abzu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    Abzu

  5. 5
    + 15
    - 5
    ;
  6. 6
    + 14
    - 7
    Virginia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    Virginia

  7. 7
    + 20
    - 13
    Everybody's Gone to the Raptur... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

  8. 8
    + 12
    - 7
    SOMA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    SOMA

  9. 9
    + 17
    - 13
    ;
  10. 10
    + 14
    - 10
    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

  11. 11
    + 15
    - 13
    That Dragon, Cancer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    That Dragon, Cancer

  12. 12
    + 11
    - 10
    Lifeless Planet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    Lifeless Planet

  13. 13
    + 7
    - 7
    The Old City: Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    The Old City: Leviathan

  14. 14
    + 3
    - 5
    Ether One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    Ether One

  15. 15
    + 7
    - 11
    Proteus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    Proteus

  16. 16
    + 3
    - 8
    Sunset is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Walking Simulators of All Time

    Sunset

L List Options B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >