Best Minimalist Games on Steam

Steam currently has 5,833 Minimalist 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. Minimalist game rankings were last updated on 5/7/2024.

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1. Cats Hidden in Jingle Jam

Find and discover 100 cute cats hidden around a festive holiday village in this FREE hand-drawn hidden object game. Can you find them all?

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Cats Hidden in Jingle Jam holds the #1 spot for "best Minimalist game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,820 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,784 positive reviews and 36 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free 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.

Release Date 12/1/2023
Franchise Travellin Cats
Developer Travellin Cats
Publisher Travellin Cats
Steam App Id 2608050

2. Cats Hidden in Paris

Find 100 cats hiding in Paris, France in this cute hand-drawn hidden object game

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Cats Hidden in Paris has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Minimalist games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,401 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,255 positive reviews and 146 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free 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.

Release Date 7/17/2023
Franchise Travellin Cats
Developer Travellin Cats
Publisher Travellin Cats
Steam App Id 2313250

3. Baba Is You

Baba Is You is a puzzle game where the rules you have to follow are present as blocks you can interact with. By manipulating them, you can change how the game works, repurpose things you find in the levels and cause surprising interactions!

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Baba Is You has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Minimalist games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 19,806 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 19,383 positive reviews and 423 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 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.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 3/13/2019
Developer Hempuli Oy
Publisher Hempuli Oy
Steam App Id 736260

4. An Arcade Full of Cats

Journey through gaming history's time and space, while searching for adorable feline companions in 'An Arcade Full of Cats,' the ultimate pet'em up hidden object game.

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An Arcade Full of Cats has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Minimalist games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,285 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,223 positive reviews and 62 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play An Arcade Full of Cats on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 11/16/2023
Franchise Devcats
Developer Devcats
Publisher Devcats
Steam App Id 2368470

5. INSIDE

Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project. INSIDE is a dark, narrative-driven platformer combining intense action with challenging puzzles. It has been critically acclaimed for its moody art style, ambient soundtrack and unsettling atmosphere.

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INSIDE has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Minimalist games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 58,189 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 56,332 positive reviews and 1,857 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.99 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 $1.99
Release Date 7/7/2016
Developer Playdead
Publisher Playdead
Steam App Id 304430

6. A Castle Full of Cats

A Castle Full of Cats is a catvania hidden object game where you need to find all the cursed cats in the castle. Save each and every cat and unleash the power of love! ♡

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A Castle Full of Cats has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Minimalist games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,115 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,096 positive reviews and 19 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play A Castle Full of Cats on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $3.99
Release Date 11/9/2022
Franchise Devcats
Developer Devcats
Publisher Devcats
Steam App Id 2070550

7. Word Game: Episode 0

Word game is literally a game of words. Player controls "I" to find clues between lines, delete words to change the meaning of sentences, or shift words to rewrite facts. “I” must be wise and brave enough complete the mission of words. May the best "I” win!

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Word Game: Episode 0 has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Minimalist games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,499 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,447 positive reviews and 52 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Word Game: Episode 0 on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 1/14/2021
Developer Team9
Publisher Team9
Steam App Id 1507970

8. Patrick's Parabox

A mind-bending recursive puzzle game about boxes within boxes within boxes within boxes. Learn to use infinity to your advantage as you explore a deep and elegant system.

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Patrick's Parabox has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Minimalist games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,359 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,333 positive reviews and 26 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Patrick's Parabox on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 3/29/2022
Developer Patrick Traynor
Publisher Patrick Traynor
Steam App Id 1260520

9. 20 Small Mazes

This is a puzzle game with twenty small mazes. They're good mazes, though.

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20 Small Mazes has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Minimalist games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,194 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,148 positive reviews and 46 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 20 Small Mazes on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 2/16/2024
Developer FLEB
Publisher FLEB
Steam App Id 2570630

10. Purrgatory

A slice-of-death visual novel about making friends, cracking cat puns, and waiting for eternity to pass.

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Purrgatory has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Minimalist games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,924 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,883 positive reviews and 41 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 not possible to play or run Purrgatory on the Steam Deck.

Release Date 8/23/2021
Developer Niv (Darvin Heo)
Publisher Niv (Darvin Heo)
Steam App Id 1713610

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3/13/2019
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11/16/2023
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7/7/2016
95
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11/9/2022
95
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1/14/2021
95
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3/29/2022
95
$19.99
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20 Small Mazes steam charts
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2/16/2024
95
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8/23/2021
95
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Virtual Cottage steam charts
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10/7/2020
95
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7/7/2022
95
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11/15/2021
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95
$2.99
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11/15/2018
95
$1.99
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4/28/2022
94
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2/2/2023
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Zup! F steam charts
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 7). Cats Hidden in Jingle Jam on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 15). Cats Hidden in Paris on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Baba Is You on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, February 28). An Arcade Full of Cats on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). INSIDE on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). A Castle Full of Cats on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 24). Word Game: Episode 0 on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). Patrick's Parabox on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 13). 20 Small Mazes on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 10). Purrgatory on Steam. Steam Store.

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