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10 Best Surrealist Games Like Arctic Eggs



A soldier standing by a bar in pixelated surrealist game Arctic Eggs.

The surrealist world and the world of gaming do not make contact, but ever so often. When they do, however, the results are, from the outset, odd and interesting, to say the least. One such title that invokes these same feelings of surrealism is Arctic Eggs.  The game takes a bizarre premise, like cooking eggs in the Arctic, and turns it into a gaming experience that players won't soon forget. So, if you are looking for games in a similar vein, check out the 10 Best Surrealist Games Like Arctic Eggs.

10. Cruelty Squad

Cruelty Squad 1.0 Launch Trailer

For the first entry on our list of the best surrealist games like Arctic Eggs, here we have Cruelty Squad. If you are looking for a retro-inspired power trip, this game has you covered. In Cruelty Squad, players are tasked with maneuvering through the sewers and vanquishing any foes they come across. The game's visuals give the game a trippy feel that doesn't stabilize during any moment of its odd yet captivating gameplay. All in all, if you are seeking out one of the best surrealist games like Arctic Eggs, then Cruelty Squad is a great recommendation.

9. Antichamber

Antichamber Launch Trailer - January 31st, 2013 on Steam

We are switching gears a bit and taking a turn for the psychological. Here, we have Antichamber. There are plenty of games on the market that claim to bend the player's mind while they play. However, with Antichamber, this feeling of space-altering mind-bending is present right from the start. The game features challenges for the player to complete as well, although these aren't presented in your typical fashion. So, if you are looking for an intriguing and mysterious title to try out, Antichamber has you covered.

8. Hylics 2

Hylics 2 Trailer 2

For players looking for a more nostalgic take on the surrealist gaming genre, we have Hylics 2. This game not only manages to take the turn-based combat of RPGs and turn it into something completely unexpected but is stocked to the brim with bizarrely memorable characters. The game has a great variety of enemy types, meaning players will have to come to grips with what they are up against with each encounter. For fans of side content in their RPGs, this game also doesn't disappoint in that regard. In short, Hylics 2 is one of the best surrealist adventures you can go on.

7. The Classrooms

The Classrooms Trailer

We take a turn for the horrific with our next entry. Here, we have The Classrooms. This title not only manages to create a dreary sense of atmosphere throughout its runtime but also utilizes liminal space in a surprising way. For those unfamiliar with the concept of liminal spaces, it basically has to deal with the inherent creepy feeling humans get when encountering an inhabited area that seems deserted. The game is procedurally generated, making no two experiences exactly the same as well. To close, The Classrooms is one of the best surrealist games like Arctic Eggs.

6. Manifold Garden

Manifold Garden - Release Date Trailer

The next entry on our list is sure to be a hit with art lovers out there. Here, we have Manifold Garden. Manifold Garden manages to capture the seemingly endless randomness of an MC Escher-esque painting and distill it into an immersive video game. Throughout the player's journey with this title, you will find mind-bending puzzles that you will have to solve using the game's physics systems. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, then definitely give Manifold Garden a try.

5. Birth

Our next entry is quite a departure from our previous titles. Here, we have Birth. From the get-go, Birth sets itself apart through its unique presentation and visual style. The concept for the game is one that is both macabre, grim and, somehow, strikingly poignant. In Birth, players find themselves thrust into the role of a plague doctor. As a plague doctor, it is their job to collect the remains of various people around town. Through this journey, the player learns quite a lot about the world around them.

4. Superliminal

Superliminal Launch Trailer

Next up on our list, here we have Superliminal. This title is one of the more well-known entries on our list. Superliminal is a first-person exploration title in which players find themselves in liminal spaces throughout the duration of the game. As is the case with many entries on today's list, this game is a puzzle title. This gives the player quite the reward for progressing through the game's challenging yet satisfying puzzles. To close, if you are looking for one of the best surrealist games like Arctic EggsSuperliminal deserves to be on your wishlist.

3. Inscryption

Inscryption - Announcement Trailer (2020)

We are taking a sharp turn with our next entry. Here, we have roguelike deckbuilder, Inscryption. This game manages to take the surrealist nature of other titles on this list and apply it wonderfully to the roguelike genre. As players progress throughout the story, more and more of the world's more disturbing aspects come to light. This makes traversing through the game's story all the more rewarding for players as well. In a few words, Inscryption is one of the best surrealist games like Arctic Eggs.


Indika | Launch Trailer | PS5

the next entry on our list is INDIKA. This game garnered a lot of attention due to both its sense of dreary atmosphere and character and creature designs, as well as its unique core premise. Set in an alternate history in Russia, this title brings with it a sense of foreboding that is palpable from beginning to end. As players progress through the game, seeking to find answers to the game's questions, they will soon find much more than what they bargained for. If you are looking for one of the most artful and magnificent games like Arctic Eggs, check out INDIKA.


Animal Well - Gameplay Trailer | PS5 Games

The final entry on today's list is ANIMAL WELL. For players looking for an experience that will help them acclimate to the surrealist genre, this title is a great choice. Throughout their adventure, players will slowly unravel the secrets of the world around them. While it isn't the most surreal title on this list, it is how it uses its surrealist elements that make ANIMAL WELL so fantastic. Added to this, the game is an incredibly competent Metroidvania in its own right. In closing, ANIMAL WELL is one of the best games like Arctic Eggs available.

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Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.