Games Like LISA

Games like LISA
Games like Lisa are games that seek to purposefully make us uncomfortable. The stories they tell and the emotions they portray are designed to disgust and intrigue us.

When we play Lisa, we are meant to feel disgusted enough to be uncomfortable with what we are seeing but intrigued so much that we cannot seem to pull ourselves away from the screen.

Lisa tells the story of a man who has been beaten, broken and battered by life to the point where it is an immense challenge simply to live another day in his life.

Lisa is a side-scrolling, pixelated 2D RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world, where you must struggle just to survive, and you never know if someone will help you, or if they are just out to harm you to benefit themselves.

Throughout your game, you will be forced to make choices, and often times you will not like either of the choices you are given. These choices will have long-lasting consequences, both on you and on those who follow you.

If you choose to take a beating to defend a follower, the follower may be fine, but you will see scratches and cuts appear on your character. You can lose limbs, resources and ultimately your life in the name of helping others, or you can sacrifice others to ensure that you do not come to harm.

You will be faced with difficult moral choices, and there will be no easy way out. Lisa forces us to confront feelings we often chose not to think about, and immerses the players in a desolate, deprived world, where there is little hope. If you are looking for some more games that give you a gritty, desperate feeling, here are a few more.

9 Best Games Like LISA

Undertale

The main character is the child who climbs on the mountain and falls in the deep hole. There our hero meets Flowey who teaches game’s mechanics (raise “LV”, or “LOVE”, by gaining experience through killing monsters). But Undertale is a friendly RPG and you don’t need to kill anyone. Make friends and have fun!

About the game:
Released: 15 Sep, 2015
Genre: Indie, RPG
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita, PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: tobyfox
Publisher: tobyfox
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 10
  • Processor: /
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 200 MB
Game rating:
[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Metacritic Rating: 92

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 7 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 11 Hours
  • Completionist 19 Hours
  • All Styles 9 Hours
  • Learn more
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OneShot

In Oneshot, a quirky and interesting top-down adventure, you take on the role of a small child exploring a cold, unforgiving world, on a mission to bring life back to the planet’s long-dead sun. In order to do this, you must solve puzzles, make friends, and unravel the mysteries of the planet itself.

About the game:
Released: 9 Dec, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Casual, Indie
Platforms: PC
Developer: Little Cat Feet
Publisher: Degica
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista or later
  • Processor: /
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible
  • Storage: /
Game rating:
[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

Metacritic Rating: 84

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 5 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 6 Hours
  • Completionist 10 Hours
  • All Styles 6 Hours
  • Learn more
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Hyper Light Drifter

In Hyper Light Drifter, you play as a character you initially know only as The Drifter, a visitor to a torn and broken world who possesses ancient technologies that have been lost for centuries. On a quest to cure a mysterious illness you have contracted, you must explore this world, and hope it is not too late for you.

About the game:
Released: 31 Mar, 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie, RPG
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Developer: Heart Machine
Publisher: Heart Machine
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 and above
  • Processor: 1.2 ghz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 mb video memory
  • Storage: 2 GB
Game rating:
[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

Metacritic Rating: 84

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 7½ Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 11½ Hours
  • Completionist 29 Hours
  • All Styles 9½ Hours
  • Learn more
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EarthBound

Also known as Mother 2 in Japan, EarthBound is a classic game that will see players travelling through a 2D world, exploring towns, villages and caves, meeting people who are sometimes hostile and sometimes friendly. However, you will always be making great memories and forging a legend along the way.

About the game:
Released: 27 Aug, 1994
Genre: RPG
Platforms: SNES, Game Boy Advance
Developer: Ape, HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Official Website: starmen.net/mother2
System Requirements:

Game rating:
[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?

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Why Am I Dead At Sea

In this strange, uncommon and sometimes morbid adventure game, players are tasked with solving their own mysterious murder aboard a cruise ship. As a ghost, players can influence characters supernaturally, possess bodies, and manipulate objects in the 2D environment in order to figure out who is responsible for their death.

About the game:
Released: 11 May, 2015
Genre: Adventure, Indie, RPG
Platforms: PC, MacOS
Developer: Peltast Software
Publisher: Peltast Software
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 1.5 Ghz, single core
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: /
  • Storage: 150 MB
Game rating:
[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 5 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 6 Hours
  • Completionist 7 Hours
  • All Styles 6 Hours
  • Learn more
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Stardew Valley

Upon your grandfather’s passing, he left you the deed to a plot of land with a farm in a small remote town. You do not intend to use the deed, but as the nine to five drudgery of everyday life in the city begins to get to you, you board a bus and head out to start your new life in Stardew Valley.

About the game:
Released: 26 Feb, 2016
Genre: Indie, RPG, Simulation
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, MacOS, Linux
Developer: ConcernedApe
Publisher: Chucklefish
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista or greater
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM, Shader Model 3.0+
  • Storage: 500 MB
Game rating:
[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

Metacritic Rating: 89

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 51 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 80 Hours
  • Completionist 145 Hours
  • All Styles 73 Hours
  • Learn more
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Alicemare

Alicemare is a unique and fun horror survival game made in RPG maker. Do not let this game’s simplistic 2D fool you, however. This game will push you to the brink, make you see things you wish you hadn’t saw, and force you to come to terms with some very uncomfortable questions.

About the game:
Released: 22 Nov, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Indie
Platforms: PC
Developer: Miwashiba
Publisher: AGM PLAYISM
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 or greater
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 1.06Ghz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Integrated graphics
  • Storage: 80 MB
Game rating:
[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 2 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 2 Hours
  • Completionist 4 Hours
  • All Styles 3 Hours
  • Learn more
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Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures

A video game inspired by the popular and hilarious Angry Video Game Nerd online series, Angry Video Game Nerd adventures follows The Nerd when he gets trapped in a shitty game, exactly the kind of game he would hate. He needs to stick it out in order to find his friends and escape this terrible piece of garbage!

About the game:
Released: 20 Sep, 2013
Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie
Platforms: Wii U, PC, Nintendo 3DS
Developer: FreakZone Games
Publisher: ScrewAttack Entertainment LLC
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP or later
  • Processor: Intel Pentium IV or higher
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 256MB or higher
  • Storage: 40 MB
Game rating:
[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

Metacritic Rating: 77

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 3 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 4 Hours
  • Completionist 5 Hours
  • All Styles 3 Hours
  • Learn more
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To the Moon

In To The Moon, you take the roll of two scientists who have perfected a new technology that allows them to go into someone’s mind and give them new, legitimate memories of things that never happened. So, when an old, dying man comes to them and asks them to make him believe he went to the moon, they must bear witness to a tragic tale of love and loss, and a promise that could not be kept.

About the game:
Released: 1 Nov, 2011
Genre: Adventure, Indie, RPG
Platforms: iOS, PC, MacOS, Linux, Android
Developer: Freebird Games
Publisher: Freebird Games
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 98, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
  • Processor: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024×768 High Color +
  • Storage: 100 MB
Game rating:
[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

Metacritic Rating: 81

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 4 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 4 Hours
  • Completionist 4 Hours
  • All Styles 4 Hours
  • Learn more
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