Good singleplayer games without any story?

Players usually want a good story in their games. I can enjoy a good story too, but sometimes I just want to get going and do stuff without listening to several minutes of dialog in-between action.

Do you know any games where there’s no story (or very minimal/skippable one), and the game mechanics alone carry the game?

EDIT: Thank you all for the suggestions. There are some that I’ve never heard of and look very interesting. Will definitely pick some of them up.

entropicdrift, avatar

Tetris, along with most puzzle games.

It’s seriously hard to beat Tetris.

DmMacniel, avatar

Jonas Neubauer did.


Definitely doesn’t have any story, that’s for sure.

BreadGar, avatar

I mean they made a movie…


Tetris effect is insanely good for the music alone, and with ve the whole thing was an experience


Came here to say Tetris!




I finally got superhot: mind control delete during the summersale. Very simple but engaging combat mechanic, and story is kept to a minimum


Played that quite a long time ago. Such a good game.


Lots of posts here, so maybe you won’t see this, but i think the ___ Simulator games are mindless task-oriented fun (if you enjoy that sort of thing). I have been playing House Flipper lately, which has basic task lists and skippable emails if you don’t care about the job’s context. Clean up trash, paint, build outdoor furniture. There’s just something satisfying about it for me, but it won’t be for everyone. I have heard good things about PowerWash and Gas Station Simulators as well.


It’s think I would enjoy it for a while but got bored pretty fast. But maybe some type of this genre could surprise me.

LogicalDrivel, avatar

Rogue likes usually have very little story getting in the way. Binding of Isaac, Slay the Spire, Nova Drift, Darkest Dungeon are a few of my top played. I also really enjoy the make your own adventure Creative Survival type games like Minecraft, Astoneer, Terraria, Starbound, Empyrion Galactic Survival etc. City builders, colony sims and Farming Sims are always a good choice too. Some of my favorites are Cities: Skylines, Banished, Timberborn, Forager, The Anno series, Stardew Valley. Then there’s the pure building games. I really enjoy just building stuff and testing my creations out with games like Scrap Mechanic, Instruments of Destruction, Main Assembly, Cosmoteer, Reassembly, Kerbal Space Progam (the first game, Id wait on the second until all the bugs are fixed). Hack and Slash ARPGs are always fun for turning the brain off and most of them dont have a ton of story, save for a few cut scenes here and there. Path of Exile, Torchlight, Diablo 1 and 2 (I don’t like 3 and 4 personally) Grimm Dawn, Cronichon, Fate, Last Epoch are some of my favorites.


Nice selection, thanks.

bermuda, avatar

Trackmania. Any of them. TMNF/UF, Trackmania^2^, Trackmania Turbo, Trackmania (2020)

at_an_angle, avatar

You mean the post-apocalyptic, self driving car game?


Kenshi. The story is basically what happens during a play through. But there is plenty of lore to discover.


Sky Rogue. This is a great arcade game, very replayable.


Most roguelikes either have no story or keep it out of the way.


Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord. Even the main campaign is basically just the sandbox.

Mathusalem, avatar

w40k Gladius?


Elden Ring is apparently good. And the dark souls games as a whole. Almost no story

FlashMobOfOne, avatar

Victor Vran’s not much for story but the game is fun. You can even find a weapon that launches exploding chickens.

SeeJayEmm, avatar

Rebel Galaxy. There is minimal story but it’s easy to blow through and really only there to provide a reason for what you do.

Space battles that play like sea battles. It’s tons of fun.


It is a fun game, but if you know what you’re doing it’s so exploitable to get powerful components early.


I hear ya, I hate when games have too much story. The stories are never any good and usually outright eye-rollingly bad. I particularly hate when they do “…”

Legend of Zelda, the very first one. Yoshi’s Island. FIFA.

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