Sayonara Wild Hearts isn’t the most complex rhythm game around, but its gorgeous art style and incredible synth pop soundtrack make it unmissable. Once you beat the game, you unlock an extremely replayable continuous “album mode.”
ABZÛ is a nearly conflict-free game of ocean exploration. It only takes two hours to finish, but you may find yourself lingering much longer just to enjoy the game’s beautiful underwater world.
In this overlooked gem, you play as a robot detective investigating a series of disappearances solely through dialogue. An unlockable commentary makes it worth playing through again.
Umurangi Generation beautifully captures the joy of photography and the not-joy of surviving in a world in crisis. Its Māori-influenced aesthetic feels just as unique as its deep photography mechanics.
Gato Roboto is a loving Metroid homage starring an adorable, mech-suited cat. It introduces new weapons and mechanics at a rapid clip throughout a short adventure that’ll leave you wanting more.
GRIS is a masterclass in not overstaying your welcome. This simple platformer tells a subtle, surprisingly emotional story across a handful of gorgeous environments and ends well before the novelty wears off.
The Switch is full of great platformers, and Ori and the Blind Forest is one of the best (and prettiest) of the bunch. It’s definitely on the tough side, but it’s still a manageable length even if you get stuck at a few of the trickier bits.
Image and Form’s Steamworld Dig games get a lot of love, but the 2D tactics spinoff Heist is just as good, with sharp writing and clever level design. It’ll scratch your strategy itch without a major time commitment.