Games as Art: 3 Titles That Look as Good as They Play

Games as Art: 3 Titles That Look as Good as They Play


Like your games with a portion of visual identity and a side of artistic flair? Then these titles might just be top picks for you.

Whether you’re a fan of out-there, unique styles when it comes to your game tastes, or you simply like something that gives you a totally different vibe to mainstream titles, there’s no doubt the concept of games as art has exploded onto the scene lately. Here are our top picks for games that look as beautiful as they play:



The OG of games as art, Okami holds a place in the hearts of many gamers. This is in part thanks to its unique presentation, alternative playstyle and the overall visual joy that comes from its brushstroke-inspired world. There’s nothing out there quite like Okami, and its HD re-release has proven just how popular our favourite wolf spirit still is.

For those who haven’t yet given this title a try, it’s well worth the purchase, with everything from the highly stylised world to the characters within further adding to the sense of fantasy and escapism. Complete with ‘paint’ like controls that were revolutionary at the time of release, Okami was truly ahead of its time.


Hollow Knight

A stark comparison to the vibrant colours and complicated overworlds of many titles, Hollow Knight walks the line between simplicity and very clever world design, with this indie title earning many fans thanks to its ‘souls-like’ approach to world-building and storytelling.

Complete with a fantastic soundtrack and a simple playstyle, Hollow Knight is as nice to look at as it is a joy to play. Beautiful artwork is just one of the many things that makes the experience of Hollow Knight so excellent. Combine that with the sense of foreboding and loss this world emanates, and you’re sure to be immersed in no time.


Night in the Woods

Set in a world in which sentient animals occupy the towns and cities, Night in the Woods is one of those indie gems that stick with you. It’s less the vectorised world that makes Night in the Woods such an exceptional title, but more the artistic flair of its storytelling, focusing on the growth and development of Mae, an only child trying to learn her place in the world.

Topics covered within this indie title include anything from mental illness through to a commentary on life in small-town America, and despite the initial friendly look and feel of the game, it’s perhaps not a game for the light-hearted escapism other indies offer.

As indie titles and AAA studios alike begin to warm to the idea of games as art, the experiences and emotional connection we feel to the titles we play are only becoming deeper. What game particularly resonates with you?

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Harriet Swartout-Phipson

Creative Digital Copywriter by day, Indie game fan by night. Give me a rogue-like, simulator or RPG to play and I'm happy.

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