What are some weird artistic games?

Submitted by selver in Games

I've only ever really played mainstream multiplayer games, mostly RTS, MMORPG, and FPS. I'm not sure what I'm looking for exactly. In film there's hollywood and then there's indie & arthouse shit, what's the gaming equivalent of arthouse films? Do they exist? I've been thinking about the radical potentials of VR lately, which prompted the question.

Preferably on PS4, but desktop works too if it doesn't require high-end hardware. I don't care about free vs proprietary.


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tranarchy wrote

there's tons of great artistic indie games out there, a good site for finding them is itch.io, i just browse until something catches my eye, but you can search for specific tags if you prefer

the first game that came to mind when i read "weird artistic game" was Joy Exhibition


Copenhagen_Bram wrote (edited )

Oooh. Communicating to aliens with images appeals to me.

Edit: fish: “./JoyExhibition.x86_64” terminated by signal SIGABRT (Abort)


manicatorman wrote (edited )

There is Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor that is pretty weird and artsy, but definitely has a good anti-capitalist message to it.

Have you played Night in the Woods or Undertale? I know both of those edge into mainstream popularity, but they both are pretty innovative and artistic. Kentucky Route Zero is another good one.

All of these should work on pretty basic desktop hardware.


sudo wrote

I think Okami fits what you're describing, but I've never played it.


LunarAPI wrote

A lot of modern adventure games fit this. Things like Night In the Woods, Firewatch, Tacoma, The Walking Dead, Read Only Memories, and Kentucky Route Zero have a lot of weird and interesting mechanics + story beats. I don't have a PS4 so I don't know what's on it (I think Firewatch and Tacoma?) but Night in the Woods and Read Only Memories should be able to run on almost any Pc.