Best Philosophical Games on Steam

Steam currently has 904 Philosophical 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. Philosophical game rankings were last updated on 5/24/2024.

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1. 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 holds the #1 spot for "best Philosophical game on Steam" with a Player Score of 95. 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

2. Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk

A short story about what sort of challenges everyday little things can be. Help the girl buy milk, be the first not to disappoint her.

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Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Philosophical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 25,020 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 24,265 positive reviews and 755 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $0.99
Release Date 8/26/2020
Developer Nikita Kryukov
Publisher Missing Calm
Steam App Id 1392820

3. Slay the Princess

You're here to slay the princess. Don't believe her lies.

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Slay the Princess has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Philosophical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,818 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,529 positive reviews and 289 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $17.99 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 $17.99
Release Date 10/23/2023
Franchise Black Tabby Games
Developer Black Tabby Games
Publisher Black Tabby Games
Steam App Id 1989270

4. The Last Campfire

The Last Campfire is an adventure, a story of a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home.

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The Last Campfire has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Philosophical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,341 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,131 positive reviews and 210 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.49 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 $1.49
Release Date 10/7/2021
Developer Hello Games
Publisher Hello Games
Steam App Id 990630

5. SOMA

From the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent comes SOMA, a sci-fi horror game set below the waves of the Atlantic ocean. Struggle to survive a hostile world that will make you question your very existence.

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SOMA has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Philosophical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 39,795 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 38,187 positive reviews and 1,608 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 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 $29.99
Release Date 9/21/2015
Franchise Frictional Games
Developer Frictional Games
Publisher Frictional Games
Steam App Id 282140

6. A Space for the Unbound

A magical adventure about two high school sweethearts set at the end of their school days - and the end of the world. Explore a crumbling town and help friends face their inner demons, which could be the key to stopping reality itself disintegrating. And don’t forget to pet the cats.

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A Space for the Unbound has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Philosophical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,452 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,349 positive reviews and 103 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 1/19/2023
Franchise Mojiken
Developer Mojiken
Publisher Toge Productions
Steam App Id 1201270

7. Hello Charlotte EP3: Childhood's End

"All ended well.There was nothing to grieve about." A farewell, and a greeting.

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Hello Charlotte EP3: Childhood's End has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Philosophical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,047 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,017 positive reviews and 30 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $3.99
Release Date 1/4/2018
Developer etherane
Publisher etherane
Steam App Id 760890

8. The Talos Principle

The Talos Principle is a first-person puzzle game in the tradition of philosophical science fiction. Made by Croteam and written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything).

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The Talos Principle has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Philosophical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 29,917 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 28,572 positive reviews and 1,345 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Talos Principle on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.49
Release Date 12/11/2014
Developer Croteam
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Steam App Id 257510

9. The Forgotten City

The Forgotten City is a narrative-driven time loop adventure in ancient Rome. Discover the ruins of an ancient underground city, travel 2000 years into the past, and unravel the mystery of who destroyed it by cleverly exploiting the power to wind back time. The fate of the city is in your hands.

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The Forgotten City has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Philosophical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,641 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,273 positive reviews and 368 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $8.74 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 $8.74
Release Date 7/28/2021
Franchise Dear Villagers
Developer Modern Storyteller
Publisher Dear Villagers
Steam App Id 874260

10. Submachine: Legacy

Submachine is a hand-drawn puzzle adventure game. You find yourself in a vast network of desolate locations containing puzzles, secrets, notes and items to collect to help you along the way. Follow the story of a banished lighthouse keeper to discover his descent into ruins.

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Submachine: Legacy has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Philosophical games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,032 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,022 positive reviews and 10 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Submachine: Legacy on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 10/13/2023
Developer Mateusz Skutnik
Publisher Mateusz Skutnik
Steam App Id 1564790

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). SOMA on Steam. Steam Store.
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