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Most Creative Artistic Games of All Time

By Eric Soul | Updated 6 months ago | 5 Min Read

Games are considered as modern artwork, developing a successful game depends upon various factors, like character design, animations, colors, lighting, story, optimization, and overall gameplay. With modern gaming technologies, graphic design has drastically changed, developers are competing for creating beautiful artistic games for players.

There are tons of games with beautiful graphics, but for this list, we will pick top artistic games with a high rating, creativity, artwork, and good reviews. Each game on the list has unique gameplay with visually appealing graphics.

Being honest with you guys, never judge any game by just looking at its rating because everyone in this world is different, some like PUBG, others like Fortnite, and I like both. Games in this list don’t follow any particular genre, it’s just about creativity.

Journey

Journey
Journey

Rating: 9.2/10
Year: 2012
Platform: Windows, PS4, PS3, iOS
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

Journey is an indie adventure game, considered one of the greatest games of all time. A player has to travel a vast desert and reach the mountains at a great distance, two players can assist each other but cannot communicate directly.

Even though it’s just a long journey, the game offers a dynamic storyline, beautiful scenery. Journey was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media in 2013 Grammy Awards. Journey tells the story in the unique world as we travel across the vast desert.

Firewatch

Firewatch
Firewatch

Rating: 9.1/10
Year: 2016
Platform: Windows, Linux, macOS, PS4, NS, Xbox One
Modes: Singleplayer

Firewatch is a story about Henry, who works at Shoshone National Forest as a fire lookout. Working for a month, he uncovers strange things happening to him and his supervisor. He started investigating the surrounding area and spotted a shadowy figure watching him from far away. The game is first-person, where the goal is to uncover the secret of mysterious occurrences by exploring the environment and interacting with objects.

Bastion

Bastion
Bastion

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2011
Platform: Windows, Linux, macOS, PS4, NS, Xbox One, iOS
Modes: Singleplayer

Bastion is an RPG game, takes place in the isometric fantasy world where a kid has to win different levels. The player as a kid has to collect different items and attack on the enemies that try to kill him.

The objective is to reach the end of the map, the player has a special ability, but with limited access. There are different levels designed with unique challenges and takes in different places like cities, forests, and bogs.

Transistor

Transistor
Transistor

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2014
Platform: NS, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux, PS4, tvOS
Modes: Singleplayer

A famous singer of Cloudbank, Red lost her voice, when an unknown man was murdered by the glowing great-sword called Transistor. Transistor absorbed Red's voice and the dead man's consciousness, Now Red has to fight the army of intelligent robots to restore her voice. The game has stunning isometric graphics with a turn-based strategy RPG element.

Don't Starve

Don't Starve
Don't Starve

Rating: 9.8/10
Year: 2013
Platform: Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, macOS, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U
Modes: Singleplayer, Multiplayer

Don't Starve is a dark survival game, where a scientist named Wilson is trapped inside a dreary world and wants to come back to his home. He has to survive as long as possible, he must be healthy, fed, and mentally stable while the creatures in the dark are trying to kill him.

There are plenty of interactive objects in the game, Wilson has to cut, build, create, travel, fight, defend, and hunt to survive. The main villain of the game is Maxwell, who Wilson has to fight one day. The difficult part of the game is that once the player is dead, he/she has to repeat the game from scratch.

Braid

Braid
Braid

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2008
Platform: Android, Windows, Linux, macOS, PS3, Xbox 360
Modes: Singleplayer

Braid is a puzzle-solving 2D platformer with an overarching gameplay mechanic on every level. Tim has to rescue the princess from the evil monster who is six worlds apart. Each world has a unique environment with different enemies. To clear the level, the player has to collect the key to open the door and all puzzle pieces to unlock the last stage.

Celeste

Celeste
Celeste

Rating: 9.2/10
Year: 2018
Platform: Linux, macOS, Windows, NS, PS4, Xbox One
Modes: Singleplayer

Madeline wants to climb the Celeste Mountain but has to survive many deadly obstacles to reach the top. On the way, she has a nightmare where the dark reflection of herself stops her to climb the mountain. She started chasing after the dark shadow, during her quest, she encounters many travelers, makes friends, and also enemies. She climbs mountains by jumping, climbing up walls, and striking enemies in mid-air.

Mark of the Ninja

Mark of the Ninja
Mark of the Ninja

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2012
Platform: Windows, Linux, macOS, PS4, NS, Xbox One, Xbox 360
Modes: Singleplayer

Mark of the Ninja set with the story of protagonist ninja, who has Sharpe senses and reflexes, sneaks, and kills everyone silently. The tattoo on his body gives him the great ability and uses him to destroy enemies. He wants to take revenge against PMCs, who are responsible for the attack on his dojo. Even though it's a platform, the effects and story are extremely good with great sound effects.

Okami

Okami
Okami

Rating: 8.8/10
Year: 2006
Platform: Windows, PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii
Modes: Singleplayer

Okami is a fascinating action-adventure 3D game with classic Japanese ink-illustration. Okami Amaterasu is the white wolf, destined to face the Yami, the final boss. The game explores various genres like action, adventure, puzzle-solving, animation, anime, ninja, and western style. It's unique because the player has control animals, does ink-painting, and fights like a platformer. Game include has a deep thriller with beautiful animations and background music.

Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango
Grim Fandango

Rating: 8.8/10
Year: 1998
Platform: Linux, macOS, Windows, NS, PS4, DOS, PS Vita
Modes: Singleplayer

The story is set in the Land of the Dead, the eighth underworld, where all the dead people are departed for the living world. With good deeds, one can travel happily to the Land of Eternal Rest, the ninth underworld. The player has to live along with the characters of the Land of the Dead and understand their daily life, jobs, and who they are frustrated with. The gameplay is more like watching and experiencing the movie and getting to know the characters.

Last Words

As a developer, I know that building any games or applications is challenging and requires a unique approach to solve various problems. Making beautiful graphic design and animations is not enough, adding smooth functionality and user experience is also important. Today's list describes the games that are good looking, unique, and not laggy. If you want to play any of these games, then just start with Celeste or Braid. Okay, gang, that's it for this list, see you in the next one.

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