Best Emotional Games on Steam

Steam currently has 3,207 Emotional games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Emotional game rankings were last updated on 5/18/2024.

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1. ATRI -My Dear Moments-

"As the world sank, I found you." In the near future, a sudden and unexplained sea rise has left much of human civilization underwater. In a little town slowly being enveloped by the ocean, an unforgettable summer is about to begin for a boy and a mysterious robot girl...

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ATRI -My Dear Moments- holds the #1 spot for "best Emotional game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,634 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,447 positive reviews and 187 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $20.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $20.99
Release Date 6/18/2020
Franchise ANIPLEX.EXE
Developers
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Steam App Id 1230140

2. Grimm's Hollow

A spooky, freeware RPG where you search the afterlife for your brother. Reap ghosts with your scythe, explore haunted caves, and eat ghostly treats on your journey through death.

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Grimm's Hollow has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Emotional games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 12,926 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 12,754 positive reviews and 172 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Grimm's Hollow on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 10/30/2019
Developer ghosthunter
Publisher ghosthunter
Steam App Id 1170880

3. Pineapple on pizza

Can a video game convey a flavor?

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Pineapple on pizza has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Emotional games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 21,870 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 21,426 positive reviews and 444 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Release Date 3/28/2023
Developer Majorariatto
Publisher Majorariatto
Steam App Id 2263010

4. The Walking Dead

A five-part adventure horror series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series.

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The Walking Dead has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Emotional games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 67,280 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 65,389 positive reviews and 1,891 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 4/24/2012
Developer Telltale Games
Publisher Skybound Games
Steam App Id 207610

5. Persona 4 Golden

A coming of age story that sets the protagonist and his friends on a journey kickstarted by a chain of serial murders.

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Persona 4 Golden has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Emotional games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 69,227 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 67,189 positive reviews and 2,038 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 6/13/2020
Franchise ATLUS
Developer ATLUS
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 1113000

6. CLANNAD

From the world renowned visual novel studio Key, the highly rated story of CLANNAD is now available on Steam! Improved visuals, achievement integration, and Dangopedia make this the best version of CLANNAD to date.

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CLANNAD has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Emotional games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,665 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,536 positive reviews and 129 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $44.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run CLANNAD on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $44.99
Release Date 11/23/2015
Franchise VISUAL ARTS
Developer VisualArts/Key
Publisher Sekai Project
Steam App Id 324160

7. Finding Paradise

A story-driven experience about two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man's memories to fulfill his last wish.

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Finding Paradise has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Emotional games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,038 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 16,679 positive reviews and 359 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Finding Paradise on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 12/14/2017
Franchise Freebird Games
Developer Freebird Games
Publisher Freebird Games
Steam App Id 337340

8. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Play the critically acclaimed masterpiece. Embark on a new journey in a vast, exotic world where you’ll encounter towering enemies and challenging puzzles on your quest to unravel Ori’s destiny.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Emotional games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 126,630 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 122,339 positive reviews and 4,291 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Ori and the Will of the Wisps on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 3/11/2020
Franchise Ori Franchise
Developer Moon Studios GmbH
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Steam App Id 1057090

9. God of War

His vengeance against the Gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive… and teach his son to do the same.

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God of War has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Emotional games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 129,694 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 125,278 positive reviews and 4,416 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $49.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $49.99
Release Date 1/14/2022
Franchise PlayStation Studios™
Developer Santa Monica Studio
Publisher PlayStation PC LLC
Steam App Id 1593500

10. Persona 5 Royal

Don the mask and join the Phantom Thieves of Hearts as they stage grand heists, infiltrate the minds of the corrupt, and make them change their ways!

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Persona 5 Royal has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Emotional games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 68,039 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 65,904 positive reviews and 2,135 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $59.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $59.99
Release Date 10/21/2022
Franchise ATLUS
Developer ATLUS
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 1687950

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Pineapple on pizza on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). The Walking Dead on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 17). Persona 4 Golden on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 13). CLANNAD on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 3). Finding Paradise on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 2). God of War on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Persona 5 Royal on Steam. Steam Store.

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