Even the most devoted book lovers out there sometimes want a break from reading (gasp). When that time comes, it’s important to have a few tricks up your sleeve to focus on something other than books. If you’re lucky enough to be both a book worm and a video game lover, then the answer should be simple: play a game. Without further ado, it’s time to read all about the top five games for book lovers so you have something to do the next time you finish a book and need a little break.
Coming in at number five is Return of the Obra Dinn from Lucas Pope. This black and white masterpiece portrays a mystery aboard the Obra Dinn, a ship that went through an unknown tragedy. It’s your job as an insurance investigator to sort out exactly what went down. The first time I played, I was a bit confused, but the second time, I really started to get into it and was transported into a mystery a la Sherlock Holmes. If you enjoy a good mystery book with an old-timey sense of, well, everything, you can’t go wrong with Return of the Obra Dinn.
In fourth place is What Remains of Edith Finch from Giant Sparrow. This game is a beautiful, often heartbreaking mystery you get to solve for yourself as you move through and uncover the secrets of the Finch house. One of the best parts of reading mystery books is discovering secrets, especially if they’re well-paced. What Remains of Edith Finch allows you to move through a story of secrets and pace yourself, which is invaluable. For any mystery fans out there, this is an amazing game.
In third place is Bloodborne from FromSoftware. At first glance, Bloodborne comes across as a great action game with plenty of adventurous options. The bookish delight comes along in the form of a story that draws you in, with many options for you to create your own story within the game. There are plenty of great action games out there, but the ones most suited for story-driven players have running narratives which offer room to play how you like and explore every option. Bloodborne is a perfect example.
In second place is World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment. In the same vein of Bloodborne, WoW is a great fit for anyone who loves a good fantasy adventure story. WoW sets itself apart because there are so many different ways to play the game. It’s basically a build-your-own adventure story. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of fantasy and imaginative fiction, there’s a quest line and expansion in WoW for you.
And coming in at number one is Austen Translation from Worthing & Moncrieff. There’s no doubt about it: Jane Austen is one of the most prolific writers of all time, and it would be a waste of a list of bookish games if Austen Translation wasn’t on here. This game is an interesting take on some of the social expectations and actions in the world of Austen’s canon.
I don’t want to give away spoilers if you haven’t played, but if you’re interested, know that it gives a very unique take on many of the themes which show up in Austen’s books over and over again. If you’re looking for a game both bookish and also quite comedic about its bookish nature, you can’t go wrong with Austen Translation.
Next time you need a little break from reading, any of these games will satisfy your bookish soul while giving you a slightly different form of entertainment from books.