Best Narrative Games on Steam

Steam currently has 400 Narrative 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. Narrative game rankings were last updated on 5/23/2024.

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1. The Case of the Golden Idol

A new kind of detective game that allows you to think and investigate freely. Discover clues surrounding 12 strange and gruesome deaths and build your own theory. Pick your suspect, deduce the motive, unmask the awful truth.

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The Case of the Golden Idol holds the #1 spot for "best Narrative game on Steam" with a Player Score of 95. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,267 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,181 positive reviews and 86 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $17.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Case of the Golden Idol on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $17.99
Release Date 10/13/2022
Franchise Playstack
Developer Color Gray Games
Publisher Playstack
Steam App Id 1677770

2. 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 #2 spot for the best Narrative games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 58,461 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 56,594 positive reviews and 1,867 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 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 $19.99
Release Date 7/7/2016
Developer Playdead
Publisher Playdead
Steam App Id 304430

3. Before Your Eyes

Embark on an emotional first-person narrative adventure where you control the story—and affect its outcomes—with your real-life blinks. With this innovative technique you will fully immerse yourself in a world of memories, both joyous and heartbreaking, as your whole life flashes before your eyes.

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Before Your Eyes has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Narrative games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 13,533 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 13,237 positive reviews and 296 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

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

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 4/8/2021
Franchise Skybound Games
Developer GoodbyeWorld Games
Publisher Skybound Games
Steam App Id 1082430

4. Sally Face - Episode One

Delve into a dark adventure following the boy with a prosthetic face and a tragic past. Unravel the sinister mysteries of Sally's world to find the truth that lies hidden beneath the shadows.

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Sally Face - Episode One has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Narrative games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 18,390 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,877 positive reviews and 513 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.99 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 $2.99
Release Date 12/14/2016
Developer Portable Moose
Publisher Portable Moose
Steam App Id 541570

5. Scarlet Hollow

From the developers of Slay the Princess, return to the crumbling coal town your family built generations ago for the funeral of your aunt. You won't be able to save everyone. You might not even be able to save yourself. Welcome home.

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Scarlet Hollow has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Narrative games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,012 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,995 positive reviews and 17 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 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 $24.99
Release Date 6/11/2021
Franchise Black Tabby Games
Developer Black Tabby Games
Publisher Black Tabby Games
Steam App Id 1609230

6. Impostor Factory

A bonkers time-loop tragicomedy murder mystery thriller featuring multiple casualties and a suspicious cat, from the creator of To the Moon & Finding Paradise.

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Impostor Factory has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Narrative games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,470 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,059 positive reviews and 411 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 Impostor Factory on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 9/30/2021
Franchise Freebird Games
Developer Freebird Games
Publisher Freebird Games
Steam App Id 1182620

7. Endless Monday: Dreams and Deadlines

"Endless Monday: Dreams and Deadlines" - In this short story from the Endless Monday, Penny, a mild-mannered corporate grunt, spends a weekend at the office in an effort to finish her project on time while overcoming distractions from coworkers, space aliens, imaginary friends, and herself.

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Endless Monday: Dreams and Deadlines has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Narrative games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,001 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 993 positive reviews and 8 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, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 5/4/2023
Franchise Endless Monday
Developer hcnone
Publisher hcnone
Steam App Id 2262610

8. Journey

Explore the ancient, mysterious world of Journey as you soar above ruins and glide across sands to discover its secrets.

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Journey has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Narrative games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 30,567 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 28,899 positive reviews and 1,668 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.49 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 $4.49
Release Date 6/11/2020
Developer thatgamecompany
Publisher Annapurna Interactive
Steam App Id 638230

9. Night in the Woods

NIGHT IN THE WOODS is an adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world.

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Night in the Woods has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Narrative games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 16,713 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,830 positive reviews and 883 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 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 $19.99
Release Date 2/21/2017
Developer Infinite Fall
Publisher Finji
Steam App Id 481510

10. If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers

If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers is a narrative-driven point-and-click adventure with horror elements that explores the stories of four characters in a masked ball taking place aboard a train in the late 1920s.

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If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Narrative games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,007 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,940 positive reviews and 67 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Release Date 9/21/2021
Developer Dead Idle Games
Publisher Dead Idle Games
Steam App Id 1603980

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). The Case of the Golden Idol on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). INSIDE on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Before Your Eyes on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 25). Sally Face - Episode One on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). Scarlet Hollow on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Impostor Factory on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Endless Monday: Dreams and Deadlines on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Journey on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Night in the Woods on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 29). If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers on Steam. Steam Store.

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