40 Games Like Stray To Play In 2022

A list of 40 games that are similar to the recently released cat game known as Stray.

Stray is a recently released indie game developed by BlueTwelve Studio and published by Annapurna Interactive. It is a fantastic game that has quickly gained popularity as one of the best indie games where you play as a cat. However, the game is not long, and players will be done with it quickly. Do not worry as well entail 30 games like the cat game, which you can play after you’ve seen Stray’s ending.

Stray is a simple cat game that accomplishes so much gameplay-wise. It appeals to each and every kind of gamer, especially cat lovers. You explore a cyberpunk city and solve puzzles from a cat’s pov. Little things like getting Energy Drinks from Vending Machines make the game enjoyable.

The games on our list will contain gameplay elements like those of Stray. Puzzle-solving mechanics in addition to eerie atmospheres with good quest designs while keeping the comfiness in check. Stray even has Collectibles like the Memories and puzzles like the Digicodes, so we will make sure that our list contains the games that are like the popular indie cat game.

The whole environment and art direction of Stray make it one of the best indie games. We will make sure that our list also contains such games which feature an exhilarating atmosphere that encapture your attention for hours, just like Stray did. Now we will entail the best games that are like this popular cat game.

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40. Last Day Of June

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  • Developer: Ovosonico
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Platforms: Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Puzzle, Atmospheric, Story Rich

Last Day of June is a game that is driven by its narrative and plot. It even has a beautiful atmosphere to complement its plot. It is an emotional experience filled with both sadness and joy. Players play as Carl who is trying to save his beloved from the fate of death.

You travel in the past and try to change the course of Carl’s beloved’s life by solving many challenging puzzles. Everything in the Last Day of June will remind you of Stray, from gameplay to the plot to the artistic atmosphere. We recommend that you check this game out if you loved the environment of the futuristic city in City.

39. To The Moon

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  • Developer: Freebird Games
  • Publisher: Freebird Games
  • Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, PC, Linux, Mac OS
  • Genres: Pixel Graphics, 2D, Indie, Emotional, Single Player

To the Moon is an extremely emotional experience in a video game. It is a narrative-driven indie game that relies on its plot a lot. However, the story is so good and heart-wrenching that it will leave most people crying by the end. There is not a lot to offer in the gameplay department. 

The game is based around traversing the memories of dying people and fulfilling their last wishes. The whole experience is extremely sad and emotional but it strengthens the plot of the game. If you liked the plot of Stray, then we recommend that you check out To The Moon.

38. Stardew Valley

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  • Developer: ConcernedApe
  • Publisher: ConcernedApe
  • Release Date: February 26, 2016
  • Platforms:  PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, Xbox One
  • Genres: Pixel Graphics, 2D, Farming Simulator, Relaxing, Indie

Stardew Valley uses the relaxing genre of Stray and takes it to the next level. The game is built for a relaxing time. You basically build your own farm in a valley in Stardew Valley. However, there is also a lot of exploration in the game that happens in caves.

You can use the items for cooking as well that you grow on your farm. The game even allows you to create your own special character. Additionally, there is even a multiplayer mode where you can relax with your friends. Stardew Valley is just an overall simplistic experience but there are a lot of things in the game that feel like Stray.

37. Transistor

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  • Developer: Supergiant Games
  • Publisher: Supergiant Games
  • Release Date: May 20, 2014
  • Platforms:  PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch, Mac OS, Linux, iOS
  • Genres: Adventure, Action, Indie, Cyberpunk, Sci-Fi

Transistor is another great indie game developed and published by Supergiant Games. The game is a lot like Stray in its level design department. Transistor is set in a cyberpunk city much like Stray and the areas are extremely beautiful within the game.

However, the exploration in Transistor is the only thing that will remind you of Stray. The gameplay is actually based on fast-paced action so if you were expecting a relaxing experience, Transistor won’t give you that. However, if you really liked exploring the world of Stray, then we recommend that you check Transistor out.

36. Bastion

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  • Developer: Supergiant Games
  • Publisher: Supergiant Games
  • Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Platforms:  PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Mac OS, Linux
  • Genres: Adventure, Action, Narration, 2D

Bastion is another game on our list of games like Stray. It is developed and published by one of the critically acclaimed studios, Supergiant games. These are the guys behind Hades so you can expect top-tier design from this indie game which will also remind you of Stray.

Bastion has a very deep gameplay system with a variety of enemies and bosses that you can beat. It even has a new game plus mode as there is a lot of replayability in Bastion. However, each and every background/environment in Bastion is hand painted. The game contains extremely beautiful sceneries that are reminiscent of Stray’s futuristic city.

35. Unravel

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  • Developer: Coldwood Interactive
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release Date: February 9, 2016
  • Platforms:  PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genres: Adventure, Action, Puzzle, Platformer

Unravel is one of the best platformer games that is additionally similar to Stray. The game is focused on Yarny, a creature made from a thread of yarn. In that sense, the game is very much like Stray because the gameplay is experienced is from two different creatures.

The environment that Unravel is set in is also very beautiful. So much so, that the story is not directly delivered but is expressed through Yarny’s actions and the game’s environments. There are a lot of puzzles that you can solve in Unravel as well and they are built around taking advantage of Yarny’s threads.

34. Subnautica

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  • Developer: Unknown Worlds Entertainment
  • Publisher: Unknown Worlds Entertainment
  • Release Date: January 23, 2018
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4,Playstation 5, PC
  • Genres: Adventure, Openworld, Building, Survival, Crafting

Subnautica is another great game that is built around the exploration mechanic. The game lets you explore oceanic environments as opposed to Stray’s Cyberpunk city but the exploration is very much like the cat game. However, there are certain survival aspects in play here as well.

Subnautica lets you craft your own submersible. You can then use that to explore the deep oceans in the game in search of more resources that you can later use to craft different things. The environment is beautiful in Subnautica and will make you feel like you’re exploring a real-world ocean.

33. Astroneer

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  • Developer: System Era Softworks
  • Publisher: System Era Softworks
  • Release Date: December 16, 2016
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox Cloud Gaming
  • Genres: Adventure, Openworld, Multiplayer, Survival

Astroneer is set in the distant future where humans explore outer space in search of resources. It is a survival game where you build and craft which is not like Stray. However, the general environment and design of Astroneer will remind you a lot of Stray.

Outer space in Astroneer is filled with unique planets that you can explore for resources. The planets are open world environments that can be freely explored. In that sense, Astroneer will also remind you of No Man’s Sky. You can even play the game in multiplayer mode with 3 other friends.

32. Twelve Minutes

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  • Developer: Luis Antonio
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Release Date: August 19, 2021
  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S, Mac OS, iOS
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Puzzle, Mystery, Time Travel

Twelve minutes is probably one of the best puzzle games that you’ll ever play. It emphasizes the puzzle genre and provides a lot of puzzles that are like Stray in the game. It has an intelligently designed gameplay mechanic that is built around time travel.

Basically, you are trapped in the same twelve-minute situation unless you find yourself a way out. You will have to solve many puzzles and think differently each time you respawn in order to make an escape. The atmosphere is much darker in Stray in Twelve Minutes.

31. Sayonara Wild Hearts

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  • Developer: Simogo
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Release Date: December 12, 2019
  • Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Mac OS
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Rythym, Action, Casual

Sayonara Wild Hearts is an amazing arcade game that is built around rhythm-based gameplay. The game is published by the same company that published Stray so both are spiritually alike. Sayonara Wild Hearts is additionally a very short experience much like Stray.

The game is based on music where you can both dance and drive in the rhythms that are playing. The graphical design looks both retro and arcade. Sayonara Wild Hearts presents a more relaxing experience m It is an amazing overall indie experience that you can play after Stray.

30. Mechanism

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  • Developer: Alexander Goodwin
  • Publisher: Alexander Goodwin
  • Release Date: July 19, 2018
  • Platforms: PC
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Robots, Steampunk, Atmospheric

Mechanism quite literally plays like Stray in almost every single way of the game. The only difference here is that you’ll be playing as a robot instead of a cat. Aside from that, you’ll find amazing steampunk environments and interesting puzzles to solve in the world of Mechanism. 

If you loved exploring the world of Stray, then you’ll definitely enjoy the aesthetics that Mechanism has to offer. The gameplay is heavily dependent on exploration, even more so than the cat game Stray. The game will reward you for your exploration, as well as there are so many hidden secrets to be found around the world.

Something impressive about the Mechanism is that it is only developed by a single person. Alexander Goodwin is the guy behind Mechanism’s brilliant indie design. The plot of Mechanism is much darker than Stray. It involves some post-apocalyptic environments in addition to a huge plague.

Every other robot in the world is infected by some sort of virus, and your robot is probably one of the last survivors. The whole design of Mechanism screams the ideas of death and disease, which is explained beautifully in the game. Additionally, the story depends a lot on your choices throughout the game, so the overall experience is less linear than the cat game known as Stray.

29. Hoa

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  • Developer: Skrollcat Studio
  • Publisher: PM Studios
  • Release Date: August 24, 2021
  • Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One
  • Genres: Narrative, 2D Platformer, Exploration, and Puzzle

Another game that is like Stray is Hoa which has many gameplay and story elements that look like they’re inspired by Stray even though the game was released earlier. Additionally, the game is even short like Stray and can be completed in a few hours. 

Exploration is key in Hoa, and there are so many different yet beautiful environments here. Everything in Hoa is hand drawn, including its beautiful atmosphere, which is an extremely impressive feat of the developers. The atmosphere provides a more relaxing time like Stray.

The world of Hoa is full of puzzles that you solve. These puzzles are reminiscent of the cat game and will remind you of Stray. However, the game depends on a lot of platforming gameplay-wise. Whereas Stray had a few platforming sections, Hoa will generally have more of them.

Again the experience is a lot less linear than Stray. Your character even gets more upgrades as you explore the world of Hoa. There are some hidden areas in the game that can only be explored once you get these upgrades. So, a single playthrough won’t be enough to get full completion in Hoa.

28. Lost Ember

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  • Developer: Mooneye Studios
  • Publisher: Mooneye Studios
  • Release Date: November 22, 2019
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Exploration, Atmospheric, Puzzle, Open World

If you liked playing from a cat’s POV in Stray, then you will absolutely enjoy Lost Ember, as the game offers exploration through the POVs of many different animals. It is a beautiful open world that you can explore as different animals.

The plot basically revolves around the downfall of human civilization. Nature has taken control again, and everything is green around the world. Experience a somewhat post-apocalyptic open world that is both beautiful and filled with the remains of mankind.

The possibilities are endless in the open world environment of Lost Ember. There is a lot of freedom, unlike Stray, as you’re not just playing as a cat in this game. Explore the deep sea oceans as a fish, or the magnificent skies as a bird, or the massive underground environments as a mole.

The world of Lost Ember is artistic in a sense and will leave you shocked by its beauty. It is an amazing game filled with the themes of death, life, destruction, and nature. There is a lot to do in the open world of Lost Ember, which makes it a long game, even longer than Stray.

27. Haven

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  • Developer: The Game Bakers
  • Publisher: The Game Bakers
  • Release Date: July 19, 2018
  • Platforms:  PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, RPG, Romance, Atmospheric
Development by the people who brought you the action-packed indie Furi, Haven is a unique game from The Game bakers that focuses on two lovers, Yu and Kay. They are stranded on an unknown planet and find the mysteries lurking there on each of its different and complex zones players can travel in a special way using the Jet Boots of both lovers across different areas of the planet.
The game has no map, so you will have to remember most of the zones via landmarksEvery area on the planet will lead you to discover new interactions and main story progression. Yu and Kay will periodically engage in friendly banter to flesh out their relationship and problems to the players.
 
Players can engage in turn-based combat, controlling both of these characters using means of two sides of the controller or the keyboard. This aspect alone makes Haven such a different game from most in the indie genre as you can play the game with your special someone or even a friend

26. The Long Return

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  • Developer: Max Nielsen
  • Publisher: Max Nielsen
  • Release Date: October 2, 2019
  • Platforms: PC and Nintendo Switch
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Narrative, Platform, Atmospheric, Puzzle

Another game that you play from an animal’s POV, much like Stray, is The Long Return. Interestingly you play as a Cub, who are offspring of large cats, so the game already has some spiritual connections with Stray. Additionally, the game is extremely short as well, and you’ll be done with a single playthrough in no time.

The world of Long Return is extremely beautiful and filled with puzzles. The puzzles even get harder as you progress through the game so that it won’t be a relaxing experience overall. However, the game is generally light-hearted and is a short but fun experience. 

You will also get diamonds throughout the game, which are a form of currency. You can use these diamonds to buy some hints for a puzzle you’re stuck at. Additionally, the plot revolves around learning the story of your cub, which lost its mother and is now an orphan.

The Long Return is filled with breath-taking environments, amazing puzzles, and a good storyline. It is a complete package, just like Stray and the game is probably one of the best indie titles you can play right now. 

25. Lost and Hound

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  • Developer: Daisy Ale Soundworks
  • Publisher: Daisy Ale Soundworks
  • Release Date: August 17th, 2022
  • Platforms: PC and Nintendo Switch
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Casual, Detective, Atmospheric

Lost and Hound is not available to download as of right now. However, it is getting released in a couple of weeks, and the game just screams Stray, but instead of a cat, you play as a dog. We recommend that you wishlist the game as it is going to be really fun for players who enjoyed Stray.

You can use the dog’s abilities to your advantage. Basically, the game revolves around you using the dog to solve the many mysteries and find lost items in the world of Lost and Hound. Unlike Stray, the game takes a more practical approach to use an animal in the game.

You can use the dog’s exceptional sense of smell to find many lost items in the game. Additionally, you can even hear the heartbeats of humans and can tell if they’re lying during an investigation. You will be using the dog to fight crime in the world of Lost and Hound. 

There is a lot to do in the game in addition to just fighting crime. You can even assist in the hospitals as a rescue dog. Or you can simply herd sheep by working at some farm. The possibilities are endless here. So be on the lookout for the release of the game.

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24. Another World

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  • Developer: Eric Chahi
  • Publisher: The Digital Lounge
  • Release Date: April 4, 2013
  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS and 2DS, Android, PS3, PS4, PC, Switch, Xbox One, and iOS
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, and Platform

Another World is almost three decades old, but it received a remaster ten years ago as well. It was one of the first games to use vector graphics, and it succeeded in creating some of the best environments and atmospheres using that. The remaster has additional quality of life changes as well. 

Another World has completely different gameplay from Stray and is quite unlike the cat game in that department. However, the plot and level design will remind you of Stray a lot. You play as a scientist who gets stranded on an alien planet and has to fight his way out alone. That is much like our feline protagonist from Stray.

Going through a completely new and hostile environment where you’re alone will remind you a lot of Stray. The game is also not that long and will average around 4 hours for a single playthrough. You should definitely give it a try once you’re done playing the cat game known as Stray.

23. Webbed

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  • Developer: Sbug Games
  • Publisher: Sbug Games
  • Release Date: Septtember 9, 2021
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One
  • Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Pixel Graphics, and Simulation

Webbed is another great game like Stray. It is spiritually related to Stray as you play as another animal in the game. The game allows you to play as a spider as opposed to the cat in Stray. It is a fantastic game that implements unique gameplay mechanics using the spider.

The game is small in both size and play time, although you will enjoy every single minute of the journey. Webbed allows you to explore a huge 2D world as a spider. You can grapple around trees using webs or create new paths for yourself by wittingly joining the webs.

You can even have friendly relations with some of the bugs in the world of Webbed. These bugs will help you along your journey. The game even has pixelated graphics for fans who enjoy retro games. You will be easily hooked on Webbed once you’re done with Stray, as the game is like a 2D version of Stray.

22. Sea of Solitude

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  • Developer: Jo-Mei Games
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release Date: July 5, 2019
  • Platforms:  PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Platformer, Horror, Atmospheric

Sea of Solitude is another great indie game that resembles Stray in more ways than one, including its atmosphere, which is much like the cat game. You explore the mind of the protagonist, who is dealing with various kinds of traumas and emotional disturbances.

Each of these traumas is beautifully represented in the game through various creatures. Additionally, the atmosphere is so good that it tells a story in itself. The aesthetics and the environments are reminiscent of Stray’s level design, where the scenery leaves you in awe.

The environment reflects the mind of the protagonist in every single way. It grows better or worse depending on the state of the protagonist. And you must traverse this dark and lonely world to overcome any or all fears of the protagonist. 

Oh, and the world isn’t just about explorations alone. It is additionally filled with many puzzles that you can solve. The protagonist slowly regains her state of mind as she beats the monsters of her mind by solving these puzzles. It should be noted that a boat is used to traverse the world of the Sea of Solitude.

21. Concrete Genie

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  • Developer: Pixelopus
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: October 8, 2019
  • Platforms: Playstation 4
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, and Puzzle

Concrete Genie is not only a great puzzle game, but it is also one of the better PlayStation Exclusive. The protagonist again suffers from social abuse like bullying. Your journey in the game will revolve around making the protagonist come to terms with his problems.

The gameplay is based on amazing artistic designs. Basically, you can create whatever your imagination desires through graffiti. Additionally, the things that you create will come to life as well. Drawing these creatures will help you solve multiple puzzles around the world of Concrete Genie.

Concrete Genie can even be played in VR mode. We recommend that you do that if you have access to a VR. Using VR will amplify the experience of the atmospheric environments even more. Additionally, Concrete Genie is specifically built for PlayStation consoles, so motion controls can also be used in the game. 

The setting and atmosphere of Concrete Genie narrate a story for you as they are extremely beautiful to explore. You will spend hours in Concrete Genie just solving various puzzles and exploring new areas while creating beautiful art pieces using graffiti.

20. Neo Cab

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  • Developer: Chance Agency
  • Publisher: Fellow Traveller
  • Release Date: October 3, 2019
  • Platforms:  PC, Nintendo Switch, iPhone, iPad
  • Genres: Narrative, Role-Play, Visual Novel, Cyberpunk, and Simulation

Neo Cab shares the same cyberpunk environmental setting as Stray, and you’ll find a lot of similarities from the cat game’s level design here. The game is set in a futuristic world where you are the last human driver left. That is also somewhat reminiscent of Stray, with you being the only cat in a cyberpunk world.

The plot revolves around the protagonist and their best friend. Basically, the best friend goes missing, and the only way you can get leads on their location is by investigating your passengers as you drive through the futuristic streets of the world.

However, you will need to maintain your rating as a driver whilst doing your research. Otherwise, you will not receive passengers. The game heavily depends on the choices that you make for the entirety of your playthrough. Just make sure to enjoy the cyberpunk settings while you play Neo Cab.

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19. A Juggler’s Tale

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  • Developer: kaleidoscube
  • Publisher: Mixtvision
  • Release Date: September 29, 2021
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Robots, Narrative, Atmospheric, Indie

A juggler’s Tale is one of the best indie games that you’ll ever play, which already makes it compelling to play after Stray. It is the journey that you make in A Juggler’s Tale which reminds you of Stray and makes the game look like the cat game. 

However, there is no animal that you control in the game. Instead, your journey as a puppet who has run away from the circus. She has basically become tired of entertaining various audiences at the circus and is now looking for freedom by running away.

Guide the puppet through the mystical and magical world of A Juggler’s Tale, which will remind you a lot about the many fairy tales. The indie game is both dark and optimistic. The whole journey to freedom is filled with dangers and horrors, but the rewards at the end are wholesome, to say the least. 

Just like Stray, the environments are extremely beautiful in A Juggler’s tale as well, and they will make your whole journey refreshing throughout the game. You can even use the outlet’s abilities to solve various puzzles scattered around A Juggler’s Tale.

18. The Last Campfire

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  • Developer: Hello Games
  • Publisher: Hello Games
  • Release Date: October 7, 2021
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, iPhone, iPad
  • Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Indie, and Puzzle

The Last Campfire is one of those indie games that feature a creative story in addition to amazing gameplay and art design. The Last Campfire is developed by the same studio that made No Man’s Sky as well, so you can expect a lot of unique levels to explore in the game.

You play as an Ember who is trying to find his way home. And in doing so, you will solve a great many puzzles in the majestic world of The Last Campfire. The game is filled with beautiful forests and oceanic environments. You will additionally find a large number of strange creatures throughout your journey.

The graphics of the game are almost cartoony, but the atmosphere itself depicts a story. The Last Campfire will completely gain all of your attention with its world design alone which will additionally remind you of the artistic background designs of Stray. 

17. What Remains of Edith Finch

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  • Developer: Giant Sparrow
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Release Date: April 25, 2017
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, iOS
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Story Rich, Walking Simulator, Atmospheric

What Remains of Edith Finch is published by the same company that published Stray so expect to find a lot of similarities in the game as it is much like the cat game in terms of storytelling and exploration. Additionally, the game is one of the best indie games that you’ll ever play. 

What Remains of Edith Finch has won Best Game at the 2018 BAFTA Game Awards, additionally Best Narrative awards at the GDC 2018 Choice Awards, 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards, and The Game Awards 2017. You can understand the level of success that this indie title has achieved.

You play as Edith Finch, who is trying to explore the house of her deceased family. Everyone except her died, and now she is trying to find some answers in the mysterious world of the game. It is a creative journey that has both first-person and third-person sequences.

There is not a lot of gameplay, but the story itself is top tier. You will experience the tales of the death of the Finch Family. The storytelling is absolutely mind-blowing and will leave you in awe once you finish the game. However, the art design of the game will additionally remind you of Stray.

16. The Last Guardian

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  • Developer:  Japan Studio and GenDesign
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: December 6, 2016
     
  • Platforms: Playstation 4
  • Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle, Fantasy, Platform, and Simulation

The Last Guardian is one of the best platformers in addition to a fantastic Playstation exclusive game. The game is filled with exploration alongside gameplay that involves a lot of platforming, in addition to puzzle solving. You play as a boy who has friendly relations with a giant bird-like and mammal-like creature. 

You will further develop your trust with the giant companion throughout the journey of The Last Guardian. However, the plot begins with you saving that giant creature at the beginning of the story. That is where you develop friendly relations with the bird. 

The whole world of The Last Guardian is waiting to be explored and is filled with puzzles. You do this with your giant bird companion while strengthening your trust with it as well. You will take care of the animal a lot in the game, and that too will remind you of Stray.

The Last Guardian presents a magnificent story about the themes of friendship alongside somewhat relaxing gameplay. The story is extremely wholesome and comfy. And the game is so fun that you’ll be solving puzzles for quite a while in The Last Guardian.

15. Abzu

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  • Developer: Giant Squid
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Release Date: August 2, 2016
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Amazon Luna, Nintendo Switch
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Relaxing, Underwater, Atmospheric, Exploration

14. Journey

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  • Developer: thatgamecompany
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Platforms: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC, iOS
  • Genres: Adventure game, Indie game, Puzzle Video Game, Art game, Adventure

Journey is not only published by the same company that published Stray, but it is also a spiritual predecessor of Abzu. It is another game that is more focused on providing exploration than gameplay. However, it is the environments in the game that tell the narrative. 

The game features an open area that consists of deserts that you can explore. You can even glide through the sandy dunes of the game. The design of Abzu is so beautiful that it has won awards just for its environmental design. It has won VGX Award for Best PS3 Game as well.

Journey provides a beautiful world for you to explore, and that is much like Stray, as both games cater to exploration. Where Stray offers a futuristic city for you to explore, Journey provides a more down-to-earth natural experience. However, both games excel in whatever they try to deliver through exploration. 

13. Ori And The Will Of Wisps

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  • Developer: Moon Studios GmbH
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Release Date: March 11, 2020
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Metroidvania, Action, Shooter

Ori and the Will of Wisps is much like Stray in many different genres. Not only does the game provide you platforming, but the environment design is also much like the cat game. However, Ori provides a much more extensive combat system than Stray while keeping the emphasis on exploration. 

The game is also a direct sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, which is also another great action-platformer. Ori provides an intricate level design that connects through multiple hidden paths, which makes exploration feel rewarded in the game. 

The plot of the game is also somewhat like Stray in the sense that they both are filled with multiple emotional scenes. If you play Ori directly after ending Stray, then you find the game at home as it has many similarities with the cat game.

12. Outer Wilds

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  • Developer: Mobius Digital
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Release Date: June 18, 2020
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch
  • Genres: Adventure, Puzzle, Exploration, Mystery, Open World, Indie

Outer Wilds provides a much more mysterious open-world environment that you can explore. It is extremely unique and full of puzzles that are like Stray, and the game even has certain good gameplay mechanics that complement its whole-level design.

Outer Wilds has won Best Game at the 2020 BAFTA Games Awards and was named Game of the Year 2019 by Giant Bomb, Polygon, Eurogamer, and The Guardian. That speaks volumes about how great the game is, even though it’s an indie title.

Much like Stray, Outer Wilds gained massive popularity as one of the best games ever made, even though both are small indie titles. The game is also published by the same company that published Stray, so both are even spiritually related.

You explore space and the planets within Outer Wilds in contrast to Stray’s cyberpunk-style futuristic city filled with robots. There are so many puzzles that you can find and solve in the world of Outer Wilds as well. It is just a fantastic game to play right after Stray.

11. Flower

games like stray
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  • Developer: thatgamecompany
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Release Date: February 14, 2019
  • Platforms:  PC, PS Vita,Playstation 4, PlayStation 4, and iOS
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Open World, Simulation

Flower is a popular indie game published by the same company that published Stray. Additionally, both the games are spiritually related. It is a magical and relaxing experience that is sheerly built on exploration. The whole world and environmental design of Flower beautifully represent the wonders of nature.

You take control of the wind in the game and just explore the entire world that Flower has to offer. Go through masterfully crafted fields and beautiful locations and just spend your time looking at these amazing locations in the game. Flower is an amazing exploration game that you can play if you love Stray’s exploration.

10. Inside

the platformer inside
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  • Developer: Playdead
  • Publisher: Playdead
  • Release Date: July 7, 2016
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and iOS
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, and Platform

Inside is a spiritual successor to Limbo and is one of the best platformer games that you can play. Platforming is also present in Stray to some extent, and Inside puts more emphasis on platforming, but it also keeps the exploration like the cat game. 

Inside is set in a dystopian future, which will remind you of Stray to some extent when you play the game. However, the gameplay is greatly different from Stray as you’re not playing as a cat in the game. It is more like a 2.5D platformer than anything else.

However, the level design and the atmosphere of Inside will remind you of the atmosphere of Stray. The game even requires you to solve a lot of puzzles in order to progress. Some of these puzzles can even get challenging. In conclusion, Inside provides an artistic art style, eerie atmosphere, and ambient music to complement the levels of the game.

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9. Sable

the explorer sable
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  • Developer: Shedworks
  • Publisher: Raw Fury
  • Release Date: September 23, 2021
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
  • Genres: Adventure, Platformer, Exploration, Open World, Puzzle

Sable is another game on our list of games like Stray that is built around exploration, like the cat game. The art style and graphical design of Sable are extremely unique. You explore an almost post-apocalyptic open world where you find signs of previous civilizations during your journey.

The traversal around the world of Sable is also very satisfying. You can either climb or simply glide through the map. The game even provides you with a bike that hovers when used. In that sense, Sable also feels much like Death Stranding. You can additionally customize your bike in the game. 

Change the design of your bike or simply upgrade it with better parts that you receive through exploring the world of Sable. There are even puzzles that you can solve in Sable, and some of these hinder your journey if left unsolved. Sable is a very relaxing game to explore and one of the best games that you can play after ending Stray.

8. Life Slide

the life slide franchise
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  • Developer: Dreamteck
  • Publisher: Dreamteck
  • Release Date: August 6, 2021
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PC, iOS, Linux, tvOS, Macintosh operating systems
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Flight, Arcade, Exploration

Life Slide is an amazing indie game that is based around flying a paper plane. The game might look relaxing in its serene environment. However, mastering to fly a paper plane is not very easy and will require a lot of skill and practice. But once you master the art of paper plane flight, the game provides you with a beautiful world to explore.

You learn from your mistakes in Life Slide, and that also makes it similar to the best Soulsborne Games in a sense. The environment in Life Slide tells a story. Its artistic design speaks to you. The game is so beautiful that you learn the story through exploring the landscapes that the game has to offer. 

There are multiple hard challenges in the game that require some grinding to complete. And these challenges refresh every week additionally. However, for players who want a simple relaxing experience, the game offers a Zen Mode as well.

7. Celeste

platformer celeste
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  • Developer: Alexander Goodwin
  • Publisher: Alexander Goodwin
  • Release Date: July 19, 2018
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, Linus, Google Stadia
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Robots, Steampunk, Atmospheric

Celeste is probably the best platformer indie game that you can play. Stray has some platforming sections as well, but they are not too challenging. Celeste is a game that consists of competitive platforming, which puts more emphasis on gameplay, unlike the cat game. 

The ambient music in the game is beautiful and complements the whole mountainous setting of Celeste. The environment is artistically designed, and the levels are intelligently built. The story of Celeste is also pretty amazing, with the protagonist fighting her negative thoughts.

Your journey to climb a mountain in Celeste never gets boring as each level has multiple rooms that are distinct from each other. Even though Celeste is an indie game, it offers hours of content that you can play through. Additionally, the game even has harder levels with different platforming for players who want a more difficulty-oriented experience.

6. Death Stranding

the death stranding
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  • Developer: KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: November 8, 2019
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5
  • Genres: Adventure, Action, Walking Simulator, Exploration, Atmospheric

Death Stranding is a triple A; nonetheless, the game has many elements that make the experience feel like Stray. The game itself is another masterpiece from Hideo Kojima, who has previously worked on the critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid Franchise.

Death Stranding was a PlayStation exclusive at launch; however, the game has received a PC release as well. Death Stranding provides an extremely unique and fresh open-world design. Even the gameplay feels more distinct when compared to other open-world titles. That is where the game looks more like Stray.

The gameplay is based on exploring a Post-Apocalyptic open world where you make deliveries. Each mission presents a different kind of challenge related to traversal that you must overcome by using the tools that the game provides. And when you achieve your goal, the game plays a beautiful song for your accomplishment that just adds to the whole experience.

Stray also has many of these exploration mechanics implemented into the game, but here you explore a futuristic city as a cat. Death Stranding just throws a whole open world at you where you can not only explore but also craft various structures in order to connect to the post-apocalyptic environment.

5. Knack 2

the second knack
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  • Developer: Sony Japan Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: September 5, 2017
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle, and Shooting

Knack 2 is a more linear-like game that can be compared to Stray in terms of its design and gameplay. Instead of a cat, you play as a shape-shifting robot in Knack 2. Knack 2 is also a direct successor to Knack. Unfortunately, the game is still a Playstation exclusive and can only be played on the PS4/PS5.

Knack 2 puts more emphasis on gameplay than exploration. There are so many different abilities that you can unlock and use in the game. However, exploration is also present to some extent. But the overall experience, like Stray, is much more linear in the game.

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4. Limbo

the limbo platformer
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  • Developer: Playdead
  • Publisher: Playdead
  • Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Platforms: Android, PS Vita, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox One, PC, and iOS
  • Genres: Platform game, Puzzle Video Game, Indie game, Adventure

Limbo is a spiritual predecessor of Inside but is generally more loved by the community due to its design. There are a lot more puzzles and tough situations to counter in Limbo as compared to Stray. The game can even get stressful at times, but the core design of levels will remind you of Stray.

You control a small boy who is exploring a dark and grim forest. He has to face many horrors in the game, which makes Limbo one of the darker experiences. Where Stray provided a more optimistic experience through its exploration, Limbo is designed around the themes of death.

You will die a lot in the game before you are able to solve puzzles. Each and every puzzle feels unique and distinct to solve, which makes the whole experience feel refreshing. However, failing to solve a puzzle will lead to extreme consequences, but that is what makes the experience feel more rewarding.

3. Gris

the gris
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  • Developer: Nomada Studio
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Release Date: December 13, 2018
  • Platforms: Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Android, iOS
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Atmospheric, 2D, Relaxing, Puzzle

The game is a semi 3d platformer game which is perhaps the most special and unique game out there. Gris uses a hand-drawn animation style that is equivalent to Mozart’s painting. The story is about a girl who finds herself lost and confounded by the shackles of darkness.

These bound her from connections, and so she willingly goes through a journey of self-discovery across various articulate lands, hoping to establish a connection for her voice and her soul. Gris knows no limits when it comes to impress players.

The game does not have any prominent combat features or aspects aside from a couple of chase sequences. There are various emotional and impactful moments, all topped with a lavishly produced score. The game knows when to make you focus on completing the puzzles to advance through each level.

Not to mention each puzzle is very simple and often behaves in a way that you’re playing a Metroidvania. Each of the levels and breathtaking setpieces is brilliantly drawn and designed that you can’t help but praise. The art direction of Gris is extremely beautiful. It is a true competitor to other indies like Celeste and Stray.

2. Portal 2

the second portal
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  • Developer: Valve
  • Publisher: Valve
  • Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac OS, Linux
  • Genres: Adventure, FPS, Platformer, Puzzle

Portal 2 is the best puzzle game that you can play after Stray, and it has many similar puzzles to the cat game. The game can be additionally played in single-player mode or in two-player cooperative mode. Additionally, both the modes have a different set of levels and a different story that you can play through.

Portal 2 not only features one of the best stories, but it also has an amazing soundtrack to complement its narrative. It is a relaxing game, much like Stray. The game is filled with hilarious moments and some of the comedy that you’ll find in a story.

Comedy aside, even the puzzles in the game are brilliantly designed and stand the test of time. You will these puzzles extremely enjoyable to solve, Like Stray’s puzzles. Additionally, players can even create their own custom levels in the game or just play through levels designed by other players.

1. Little Nightmares 1+2

The Little Nightmares Franchise
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  • Developer: Tarsier Studios
  • Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 28, 2017 / February 11, 2021
  • Platforms: PC
  • Genres: Adventure, Indie, Horror, Puzzle, Atmospheric, 2.5D

The Little Nightmares Series is one of the best atmospheric game series that you can play through. The gameplay is centered around solving puzzles and running away from horrible creatures. These games tell their narrative through their artistically designed atmosphere.

You’ll find a lot of similarities in the atmosphere of Little Nightmares and Stray. However, Little Nightmares provides a more dark and grim environment and tries to show the themes of humanity’s doom. You try to escape from horrible creatures as you solve the many puzzles in the game.

Like Stray, the attention to detail is amazing in these games. However, the games are also short but provide a lot of replayability through challenge runs. You can even play through the chapters again like Stray when you end the game at least once. 

The Little Nightmares games also have a lot of DLC content that got released for them. The platforming, amazing level design, and horrible yet metaphorical design of enemies will leave you in awe once you play these games. We definitely recommend that you binge the Little Nightmares franchise once you end Stray.

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Summary

This concludes our list of different games that are like Stray in one genre or the other. We entailed almost 30 different games that you can choose to play from. All of these games are based on general popularity among the community and their critique scores.

Each and every one of the games on our list deserves your attention, and we hope that you will at least check some of them out. Let us know what you think about Stray and why it influenced you to play games of a similar genre in the comments below!

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Atik Younus


Atik is a Game Guides Writer at eXputer with plenty of experience under his belt. He has a knack for well-written stories and amazing combat mechanics. When not found going on adventures with Nathan Drake, he's usually found creating 3D artwork and writing code.