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Non-Violent and Non-Combat Games

As requested I’ve put together a list of pacifist and non-combat games with varying degrees of violence. As with all lists, all corrections and additions are encouraged.

Pure pacifism:

  • 1000 Amps
  • About Love, Hate and the other ones
  • Always Remember Me
  • Animal Crossing Franchise
  • Anti-Chamber
  • Aquanaut’s Holiday
  • Audiosurf
  • Below the Root
  • A Bird Story
  • Blueberry Garden
  • Chains
  • Closure
  • Cogs
  • Cook, Serve, Delicious!
  • Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!”
  • Most Edutainment Titles
  • Electroplankton
  • Endless Ocean
  • Ether One
  • Fez
  • Flower
  • From Dust
  • Gone Home
  • Hacker Evolution Franchise
  • Harvest Moon Franchise (not including the Rune Factory spin offs)
  • ilomilo
  • Journey
  • Kairo
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Love and Order
  • Matches and Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
  • Most dancing and rhythm games
  • Nightsky
  • Nintendo Pets Franchise
  • Osmos
  • Peggle Franchise
  • Professor Layton Franchise
  • Proteus
  • Q.U.B.E
  • The Room Franchise
  • Secret of the Magic Crystal
  • Seiklus
  • Sudoku Games
  • Tetris
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • To the Moon
  • Vessel
  • VVVVVV
  • Waking Mars
  • World of Diving

No combat but minor violence (usually towards the player):

  • Ace Attorney Franchise
  • American McGee’s Grimm
  • Analogue: A Hate Story & Analogue Plus
  • And Yet it Moves
  • Braid
  • Broken Sword Franchise
  • Cinders
  • Dark Fall Franchise
  • Dear Esther
  • Depression Quest
  • The Dig
  • Dive to the Titanic
  • Gish
  • Ghost Master
  • Ghost Trick
  • Grim Fandango
  • Heileen Franchise
  • Hidden Object Games (mostly)
  • Jolly Rover
  • Katamari Damacy Franchise
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Knytt Franchise
  • Life is Strange
  • Little Big Planet Franchise
  • The Longest Journey
  • Miasamata
  • Minesweeper
  • Monkey Island Franchise
  • Myst Franchise
  • Monster Loves You
  • Most sports games (obviously not including things like Wrestling)
  • Nanashi no Game
  • Narbacular Drop
  • A New Beginning
  • Nyx Quest
  • Papers Please
  • Papo & Yo
  • Plants Vs. Zombies
  • Puzzle Agent Franchise
  • Portal Franchise
  • Redshirt
  • The Shivah
  • Stacking
  • The Undergarden
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • The Yawhg
  • World of Goo

Non combat games with extreme violence:

  • Alter Ego
  • Amnesia Franchise
  • Anna
  • Ben There, Dan That
  • Bionic Heart Franchise
  • Catherine
  • Daylight
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s Franchise
  • Hatoful Boyfriend (in some of the paths)
  • Haunted Memories
  • Kholat
  • LIMBO
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect
  • The Mystery of the Druids
  • Neverending Nightmares
  • Outlast
  • Pathologic
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Still Life
  • Surgeon Simulator
  • Trauma Centre: Under the Knife Franchise

Non-lethal combat only (but still violent):

  • Batman Arkham Franchise
  • Dreadout (same as Fatal Frame)
  • Fatal Frame/Project Zero Franchise (the combat is about capturing ghosts with your camera)
  • Full Throttle
  • Pokemon Franchise
  • Receiver
  • Remember Me
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise (the original games had you releasing animals from robots rather than destroying them)

Pacifism runs (games with violence that can be played completely non-lethally if the player desires):

  • Alpha Protocol
  • Civilisation Franchise
  • Deus Ex Franchise
  • Dishonoured
  • Fallout Franchise
  • Metal Gear Solid Franchise (with some exceptions, usually bosses)
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Minecraft (Optional peaceful mode with no monsters)
  • Thief Franchise
  • Trine
  • Undertale

Honourable Mentions:

  • Visceral Clean-up Duty is about cleaning up the aftermath of violence and contains extreme gore, but is entirely pacifist in play-style.