Today, it is safe to say that most of us want escapism. Whether you’re trapped indoors, looking for adventure, or just desperately traveling, one of the best ways to explore the world is by playing.
With that in mind, here are some fun mobile games to help you explore the world, look for clues, and / or navigate an alien landscape. They are all available for Android and iOS, and many of them are also completely free to play.
It is dark. It’s mysterious. It feels like a cross between Finding Nemo and horror movies.
In the Seashinen world, you play a lonely little jellyfish looking your way through a massive underwater cave. Paint? To get out of this cave before the light disappears. If you linger too long, eat one larger fish.
Don’t let the open-minded premise of this game scare you. Seashine gameplay is really easy, and the fact that you have the opportunity to explore a dark, fantastic world full of deep-sea bioluminescent creatures can really be soothing.
While you can make in-app purchases to complete levels faster, Seashine also works great as an “expression job.”
Want to play mobile games that are equal parts of creepy, cute and beautiful? Feist is an action-adventure scroller with animations, so your character moves across the screen like water.
Feist, which features dark fairy tale coloring and delicate sound design, is located in a mystical, dim forest. You play a small, fur-covered creature who must get through this forest to save his partner. When you do so, you must avoid the more dangerous creatures lurking in the gloom.
With the pressed down controls, which consist of forward, backward and jump work, the Feist is very easy to play with almost no learning curve. It’s perfect for anyone who wants an activity they can just dive into.
3. Mars: Mars
While Mars: Mars isn’t as exploratory as some of the other games on this list, playing the game itself is so compelling that we’ll still include it. We think it’s a great tool to help you find ways to escape.
Free to play side twist, Mars goal: Mars is dead simple:
- When an occupied space operation places an astronaut on Mars, it is up to you, the player, to guide this astronaut through the landscape of Mars.
- You can do that by jumping from dock to dock with a jetpack.
- If you don’t drop to ground level, your astronaut will explode.
The controls in this game are very user friendly – left touch to left booster, right touch to right. As you go through each level, you are also expected to collect “coins”.
When you have enough coins, MarsCorp will send you a new astronaut with a new skill set. You can also purchase extra content with in-app purchases.
Overall, this game is great if you’re looking for something insane to play late at night.
4. OPUS: whisper rocket
Looking for playable mobile games that are by far the most story-based? See OPUS: Whispers Rocket, a story of hope and perseverance in the face of the decline of civilization.
While the subject may be too heavy for some – it deals with the aftermath of a pandemic – we think it still deserves mention. Following a pair of characters after about 30 years of devastating virus outbursts, the player guides his journey in search of the pieces of a broken rocket. Destination? To help the souls of the dead reach the stars through this rocket.
Best of all, you can play the game in normal or story mode. The latter allows you to focus on the complex layer of the game.
NB: Although OPUS is officially marked for free for in-app purchases, and this is technically true, you will need to purchase the entire game to play past the first “arc”.
Looking for extensive, open world mobile RPGs to help you explore? Do you want the ability to create a custom character, craft supplies, hunt animals, trade items, build houses, and interact with other players?
Then you definitely need to check out The Trail; one of the best free to play games on this list.
When it happens in a vast, pristine wilderness that looks similar to the American West, you’re playing a recently landed pioneer trying to make a name for yourself. Once you are gone, you will have to drive to the waterfall of Eden where you will start your new life.
While the controls in this game aren’t as intuitive as some of the other games on this list, once you’ve grabbed them, using the Trail becomes easy. The ads are also so small and unobtrusive that it almost feels like you’re playing paid content.
If you’re looking for other craft games and Trail doesn’t do it for you, you can also check out our list the best farming games for Android and iOS
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6. Pavilion: Touch Edition
Looking for great, beautifully animated exploration games that will force you to use your mind to move forward? Then you have to try Pavilion: Touch Edition, which charges itself as a puzzle adventure.
Although Pavilion is a paid game, we definitely believe that buying it is worth the nominal cost. The goal of the pavilion is to move a small animated character through a series of mazes. Through these mazes, you can explore hidden corridors, wander past crumbling staircases, and head to abandoned temples.
You can also open boxes, step on top of rune stones, ring bells, and turn off lights to achieve your goals.
While we love this game, we don’t recommend playing it late at night, especially if you’re just looking for something simple to make it easier to relax. You have to think critically about these riddles, don’t confuse the buttons insanely in order to progress through the maze.
7. Samorost 3
Last but not least is Samorost 3. Possibly on our favorite game list. Extremely frantic, fully escapist and beautifully animated, Samorost 3 is a puzzle-based adventure game. It’s a mix between Studio Ghibli and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal.
In the game, you play a gnome that travels through the vastness of space to find its “mysterious origin”. You can do this by using a flute to talk to those around you and exploring every corner and crane of the game to find hidden objects.
You can explore several alien worlds, and the game itself is very much a click-and-click adventure where you have to intuitively grab the controls to find clues to progress.
While Samorost 3 is a paid game, like Pavilion, we think it’s worth the price.
Explore the world at home stuck
Even if you may be stuck indoors for the time being or don’t have access to a game console or computer, you can still escape the wider world with your phone and these mobile search games.
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