Genshin Impact is a free-to-play, role-playing game that has a large, fantasy-themed open world. In this world, you can explore whilst battling and using elemental magic to keep your character up to date on the latest ways to destroy people in your path. This world has seven nations, which are each tied to an element and ruled by a god. There is a bit of a story to keep things interesting, and the world is beautiful, so there is plenty to look at!
Frostborn: Coop Survival
Frostborn is a survival game with RPG elements, having you create a character, pick out a class, and then start completing missions to level up your character. Along with these missions, however, you will need to explore the world to gather resources and upgrade your base – to keep you and your friends safe from the enemies that are attacking it. This game is online, so you can team up with other players for a better chance of survival.
Developer: Cornfox & Bros.
Publisher: FDG Entertainment
Oceanhorn is a cartoony-looking game, full of cheerful colours and adorable plants. There is so much detail in the environment – it’s just so fun to explore. You will be searching for loot around the world, killing enemies when they crop up, and searching for your father who has seemingly disappeared. There are tons of puzzles and secrets in this game too, so it might take you quite some time to search through it all, but it’s worth exploring everything.
Minecraft – Pocket Edition
Genre: Adventure, Brain training
Minecraft is one of the biggest open world games out there, still charting each and every month. If you don’t know about Minecraft, it’s a world of cubes, which you can mine, build, craft into other material and more. The game has mobs that can be attacked and destroyed, as well as loads of different types of villages and structures that can spawn in the world, waiting to be discovered. The game is constantly updated and a family favourite in most homes.
Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
Genre: Action, Simulation
Goat Simulator is a wacky, funny game where you play as a goat who is into causing chaos. You can explore a world much like the one you live in, whilst playing as a goat who headbutts everything, gaining points for the sheer amount of destruction you cause. The game is littered with bugs, is not realistic at all, and instead is just something funny to play around with – and nobody can stop you from destroying anything.
Dawn of Isles
With graphics that are reminiscent of Breath of the Wild, Dawn of Isles is an RPG game with a bit of crafting mixed in. You will be exploring a bunch of islands, gathering resources and constructing buildings, to create more items that can help you in battle or be sold. As you roam, you can also find and end up with a bunch of pets, which is very fun! These pets add a lot of character to the game and make for great exploration companions.
Sky: Children of the Light
Sky: Children of Light is a beautiful adventure game about spreading hope to a kingdom that has seen all of its stars fallen from the sky. This game is full of mystery, even in the way players interact with each other, as nobody can talk and instead need to communicate through movements and animations, trying to understand the world around them and bring stars back to the sky.
Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked
Don’t Starve is a dark, open world, survival game where the goal is in the name: don’t end up starving to death. In the Shipwrecked episode of the game, you will find yourself playing a character who is stranded in a tropical archipelago. You must explore the world, gather resources, craft items, stay away from the dark and look to build a world where you can actually survive. It’s a challenge, but fun to play and discover.
Publisher: The Pokemon Company
Pokemon Go is an open world game that takes place in the real world, allowing players to use AR features to actually bring Pokemon to their own cities, bedrooms and parks. Gyms and Poke Stops are in the real world, encouraging you to explore new locations, while also battling other players and finding Team Rocket. There is a lot to do and even walking around is rewarded. Pokemon Go is one I’ve been playing for quite some time.
Publisher: 505 Games
Portal Knights has a randomly generated world, like Minecraft, which means that each time you explore the world will be different! This game is full of adventure, crafting, epic bosses and battles – and there is a big sandbox element to it, with the world that you are in. It’s quite a cartoony and cute world, which is very fun to explore, and there are so many characters and adventures to keep you busy!
Publisher: 505 Games
Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
Terraria is a pixelated, 2D adventure game where you can fight enemies that come out at night, dig into the bottom of the world to find new resources, explore the world and build up your own base and defences! There is a lot to do in this game and the creatures you will face off against are strange and sometimes quite interesting to watch! Terraria is more fun with friends to help you stay alive.
ARK: Survival Evolved
Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Stealth
ARK is an open world survival game with dinosaurs! This world has over 80 different dinosaurs and primal creatures that need you to capture and tame. It is also filled with tribes, looking to build and survive as the dinosaurs roam about, attacking and generally destroying the things that humans have built. The world is quite interesting, especially as you are against such ancient creatures.
Instead of playing as a person, Wolf Tales takes you into a world where you can play as a wolf – enhanced to fly and use various abilities to attack with. The world is full of magical creatures as well as those you’d see out in the real world. You can battle, develop your skills, team up with other clans, and explore the massive world, looking for a place to call your own.
Genre: Multiplayer, RPG
If you’d rather explore the universe, instead of the world, Second Galaxy is a great option for you! There are thousands of star systems for you to start poking around in, spaceships that you can battle with and customise, and the world is just full of so much to do. Each galaxy is filled with things to discover, from dark matter to space stations to artificial space facilities.
Developer: Butterscotch Shenanigans
Publisher: Butterscotch Shenanigans
Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
Crashlands is an adventure, RPG game where you will find yourself stranded on a planet, looking to find packages that you have promised to deliver. In this world, you will need to explore, build bases, tame the wildlife found there – as well as craft various items that can make your job and survival much easier. It’s a fun game with a lot to do!