Most Creative Video Games

Creative video games are less commercial and more abstract for the cerebral indie video game player.

Everyone knows Halo and Call of Duty but they don’t get your creative juices flowing! We compiled a list of the most creative video games. These games are unique, and develop your creativity far more than other video games. Some of the games allow you to create anything you want, while other games just have a unique gameplay and plot.

Spore

Designed by video game genius Will Wright, Spore lets you create your own alien organisms from scratch. It uses open-ended game play and procedural generation. Throughout each stage of the game, players are able to use various creators to produce their content for the game. These are then uploaded to the online Sporepedia and are able to be accessed by other players for download.

The Sims

The Sims is a virtual dollhouse where you can create your own scenarios and characters. It was developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. The creative video game is played while in "live mode," but the player may also enter "build mode" or "buy mode" to pause time or renovate the house. The game begins with each family have a certain amount of money to build or purchase a home or lot. The Sims can interact with other Sims and other players can be invited to participate.

Seaman

Seaman is a bizarre pet simulator from Sega Dreamcast. It is one of the creative video games where you can actually use the microphone attachment. Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy is the English version narrator. The premise of the game is that you are the new pet owner of the "Seaman" species. You need to figure out how to take care of it and everything that goes along with that responsibility. It is a form of a freshwater fish with a human face-creepy and fun all at the same time.

Kerbal Space Program

Developed by Squad, this fun and sort-of educational game lets you experiment with physics. The player controls an aerospace program, like NASA, and you can build a spacecraft or an aircraft. The Kerbals are the characters and they are a race of small, green humanoids. There are different missions that you can go on and you need to make sure that you are prepared and don't run out of fuel.

Jet Set Radio

This game was developed by the Sega studio Smilebit. It was the first creative video game to employ cel-shading to give it its cartoon flare. The player controls a gang of kids who roam the streets of Tokyo-to, getting into trouble, spraying graffiti and trying to avoid getting caught by the authorities. The player has to tag every graffiti spot before the timer runs out. Kind of makes you feel like a kid again, even though you probably never did any of these things when you were a kid. 

No Man's Sky

Soon to be released, this game is an adventure survival type journey. It offers you a complete universe to explore and you can submit whatever you learn into The Atlas, which is a universal database that can be shared with other players. Throughout the course of playing, you are able to acquire materials and blueprints to purchase a variety of starships that allow you to travel deeper into the galaxy. But, alas, you want to avoid the Sentinels because they will try to kill you.

Scribblenauts

The catchphrase of this puzzle action video game is "Write Anything, Solve Everything." One of the most creative indie games to date, a vivacious vocabulary will help you more than an itchy trigger finger, which will make parents happy if their kids choose to play this game. The player controls a character name Maxwell. The player can summon different things needed to help Maxwell by writing the words down. The game is controlled, almost entirely, with the Nintendo DS stylus-so let's hope you haven't lost yours yet!

Hohokum

This is less a game and more of an interactive art exhibit. The player explores 17 whimsical worlds with no set objectives. You become a multicolored serpent-like creature called the "Long Mover." There is no timer and no score. The developers of this clever game feel that it is about, "relaxing in a space and just enjoying the experience and the music, instead of trying to complete it to make progress." It is nice to know that not every creative video game is a competition.

Dreams

Another non-competitive creative video game, the objective of Dreams is to "play, create and share." It is the ultimate paint box for aspiring creators and lets you create whatever you like and share your creations with the world. The player controls an "imp." The "imp" is used to interact with the game's world and you are able to change its emotions. This game can be played alone or with other players and is quite enjoyable.

Gang Beasts

Gang Beasts is a local multiplayer party game with several silly, creative features. With surly gelatinous characters, brutal mêlée fight sequences, and absurdly hazardous environments, Gang Beasts is a creative video game sure to get a laugh. 

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