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11 Games To Play If You Liked Firewatch

Games Like Firewatch

When it comes to games that are way too much fun but also end way too soon, Firewatch has to be on the top of the list. Are there even any other games out there that could match this masterpiece while also looking and playing out similarly? Well, would you believe it, because I’ve got eleven games right here that do exactly that (and some, even more)! Buckle up because you’re about to find so many games you like, you won’t know which one to play first, starting with:

1. Journey

Journey

Developed by Thatgamecompany, this game is about, well, a journey! You’re going to embark on a desert adventure that will make you question the purpose of life, the universe, and whether your character needs good sunscreen (the answer is always yes).

As you stumble through the vast desert, you might bump into other players. Don’t worry; you won’t be exchanging pleasantries or discussing the meaning of existence because there’s no way to communicate. Instead, you’ll communicate through a series of majestic jumps, spins, and odd bird noises!

Compared to Firewatch, which has you playing as a detective in the great outdoors (*hiss*), Journey takes a more abstract approach. Personally, I loved both because they’re both captivating in their own way, but Journey comes with the bonus side effect of leaving you pondering the mysteries of life…and whether the desert heat has finally gotten to you. Apart from similar genres, though, you’re in for a brand-new game here – playable on PlayStation, PC, and iPhone.

2. The Long Dark

The Long Dark

How long is the dark? I’d say about 6 feet at least. Okay, I’m kidding; you can’t measure darkness in feet, you have to use the metric system! Jokes aside, this game is like an extended camping trip with a touch of winter wonderland. When the sun sets, you’ll find yourself cozied up by a crackling fire, contemplating the mysteries of the starry night sky.

Coming from Firewatch’s narrative-driven journey, you’ll love the similar genre here and that The Long Dark is all about embracing your inner survivalist with a cheerful smile. In some ways, this game is a test of your resourcefulness and resilience in the face of nature’s challenges in the most thrilling of ways. You’ll scavenge for supplies, outsmart wildlife, and conquer hunger and thirst like a true champion of the wild.

To try it out, you’ll need a PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Switch. All of them. At the same time.

3. Close to the Sun

Close to the Sun

Can you imagine my relief when I found that this game won’t turn me into Icarus and yeet me into the Sun? No, sir, but what it definitely will do is give you a thrilling ride on a massive ship of mysteries.

Imagine exploring a luxurious (but, of course) eerie ship, where there’s a ton of scientific and also lots of goosebumps-inducing suspense. Because who doesn’t want to stumble into a haunted mansion that happens to be floating on water, am I right? Now, don’t worry; close to the Sun won’t make you pitchfork an endless amount of firewood or chat with a sassy radio companion like Firewatch (hey, the game had its flaws, too), but it will keep you on your toes as you find out just what the heck is going on in that ship.

To play this horror game with one of the most terrifying settings imaginable (for me), you can try it out on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Switch.

4. Life is Strange

Life is Strange

Life is indeed strange, and this game wholeheartedly embraces that weirdness with a side of quirkiness, making for a grand total of some whacky stuff that you would only expect from a toddler. But in a good way!

In Life is Strange, you’ll step into the sneakers of Max, a high-schooler with a superpower that would make any comic book nerd jealous—time rewinding! If only we could all hit that rewind button during our cringe-worthy years and make everything right…no? Just me?

Now, unlike the slow-paced anxiety-inducing adventure of Firewatch, Life is Strange throws you right into the wild whirlwind of teenage existence. You’ll navigate through complex friendships, unravel mysteries, and face dilemmas that’ll make you wish you could just toss a coin and accept the outcome. But that’s the fun of it! You, too, can experience this fun, by getting the game on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, or Mobile.

5. The Witness

The Witness

The developers of this game said you know what? Gamers have it too easy these days; not enough impossible puzzles to go around, so let’s change that. And change that they did – this game is a brain-teasing puzzle extravaganza that will have you scratching your head in both anger and satisfaction (once you’re through, of course).

Imagine being on an island filled with puzzles everywhere that’ll make you question your ability to beat a fifth grader at chess. There are no enemies here except for the challenges you face and the (not so) occasional urge to throw your controller out the window.

Now, unlike the narrative-driven adventure of Firewatch, The Witness focuses more on putting you through a ton of puzzles that progress you through the game. Seriously, at times it felt like I’d signed up for the Olympics, and the sport is puzzles! I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t fun and satisfying, though, because dang it is! To play it, you’ll need a PlayStation, Xbox, or PC.

6. Gone Home

Gone Home

Who’s Gone Home, you ask? No one, apparently, because they’ve all decided to take a vacation from adulting and left you to figure out where the heck they’ve gone! It’s like a real-life version of hide and seek, except this isn’t a game, and it’s possible that your loved ones are kidnapped, and you’re their only hope. No pressure!

I liked Gone Home as a Firewatch alternative because they both involve exploration and storytelling, with their own hilarious twists, of course. In Gone Home, you become a family detective, snooping around the house for clues like you’ve snuck in after curfew and you’re searching for your missing socks.

If I’ve made this sound peaceful, I’ve misled you because this game throws you straight into the chaotic realm of family dynamics, where every room has secrets, and then it’s good luck to you to find them! The exploration is super fun and satisfying, though, and you can try it for yourself on PlayStation, PC, Xbox, Switch, and even an iPhone.

7. The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable is a game that combines the perplexing adventures of a character named Stanley with a dash of philosophical storytelling. I’m not gonna pretend I know what the word parable means, but I sure as heck know that this game loves throwing puzzles at you!

As a fan of Firewatch, this game has you in for a different kind of adventure. While they do hang out in the same genre, they’re both their own thing, and you’ll love them for just that! This means that instead of finding solace and self-discovery in the wilderness, The Stanley Parable will take you through a mind-bending experience that never lets you guess its next move. To try this mysterious adventure out, you’ll be needing a PC.

8. What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch

You just know an indie game is going to be good when the name is a whole sentence, you just know. In this game, you’ll dive into the twisted and tragic tales of the Finch family – exploring a collection of beautifully crafted short stories that will make you emotional and make you question the meaning of life.

As a Firewatch enjoyer, you’ll find yourself right at home with What Remains of Edith Finch. Seriously, this game knows how to strike an emotional chord, and it does all that by highlighting the complexity of people and emotions, and, man, the storytelling is something else! This game is perfect for those of you looking for an emotionally charged experience that’ll keep you hooked until the very end – available on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Switch.

9. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

I’m nothing if not a fan of the immersive storytelling in Firewatch, and the atmospheric mystery adventure in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter definitely has me hooked with its narrative!

In this game, you’ll step into the shoes of a detective with a talent for solving the supernatural and the…well, weird. As you prepare to dive into the mysterious disappearance of young Ethan Carter, like a paranormal investigator on a caffeine-fueled adventure (every investigator needs a coffee-drinking scene, it’s mandatory).

As you piece together clues and explore a world that’s equal parts creepy and stunning looking, you’ll find that your mind has been on something of a rollercoaster for a while now! That’s why I think this game is perfect after Firewatch; it keeps you engaged with its story but does so in its own unique setting. To play The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, you can get it on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, or Switch.

10. Call of the Sea

Call of the Sea

I was half expecting to hear some sort of whale sound when this game started, but it turns out The Call of the Sea is more than just an enchanting oceanic tune! It’s a game that immerses you in a whole adventure full of mystery and action that won’t let you look away for a second.

To get a picture for this game, I want you to picture yourself stranded on an isolated island, where you’re going to be following the whispers of the storyline in order to progress. The story is definitely the star of the show here, and it’s only fitting since this game is on a list of alternatives to Firewatch!

Speaking of which, while the two games may not be peas in a pod, they both know how to entertain and engage. In The Call of the Sea, you’ll switch from the wilderness of Firewatch to an island filled with tons of challenging puzzles and enigmatic secrets. To switch from the fire element to water, you can try this game on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

11. Dear Esther

Dear Esther

Forget about writing traditional letters. Good, now forget about writing, like, at all. Instead, you’re going to be strolling along a beautiful coastline, narrating your innermost thoughts and emotions as you play this game! That’s basically what this game is; you’re dropped on the beach with no objectives and guidelines: You just have to start wandering and finding out what’s happening.

The similarity to Firewatch that you’ll love most here is the narrative-driven experience because apart from that, Dear Esther is definitely one of the most unique games you’re ever going to play. Through its unique mechanics, you explore a rich tapestry of emotions through (here come some fancy words) evocative prose, stunning visuals, and a touch of melancholy. To play Dear Esther, you can get it on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

And that’s about it! Games that compare to Firewatch are few and far between, but you can be sure that each one of these 11 games will immerse you in the same kind of magic, mystery, and storyline that your favorite game did. With that said, which one sounds best to you, and is there any game I missed that should be on here? Let me know! Until next time, may the RNG be ever in your favor.

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