We are going to run down the top hand drawn graphical games that are out right now. The hand drawn graphical style has really taken off in recent years, with advancement in technologies that allow artists to move their skill over to the digital platform.
To kick things off, I’m gonna pick Hidden Folk. It’s a game that has only recently been released and I actually reviewed it last week [link]. The idea for the game is to find hidden folk in the hand drawn interactive landscapes, everything you click on has a cute little animation. Everything in the game is hand-drawn and it just screams character. I personally don’t think the game would have been anywhere near as compelling to play without this unique art style
Never Ending Nightmares
I played Never Ending Nightmares in the early part of last year, and it had me gripped straight away. It’s a rogue-like adventure game where you are in another dimension with no sun and the world around you is collapsing. The hand drawn art really fits the game itself as it creates an atmosphere that feels both unrealistic but ridiculously real both at the same time. Now if only I could actually finish the game…
Jotun is a hand-drawn exploration game that is set in the Norse mythology era. You play as a Viking warrior who is actually dead, but you must prove yourself to the gods in order to enter Valhalla. The hand drawn graphics are gorgeous, but also have a cartoonish charm to them that will appeal to the wider audience.
Another game that has only recently come out, but Hollow Knight rightly deserves a place on this list. The character sprites and environments are beautifully crafted, gives you a sense of realism and raises the immersion levels through the roof as you are exploring deeper and deeper into dungeons. I’d go as far to say that Hollow Knight is one of my favorite games of 2017 so far, and a large part of that is down to the hand-drawn graphics.
Ori and the Blind Forest
It was such a close call for who was going to get the #1 spot, unfortunately, it was Ori that drops down to second. With that being said, though, this game is probably one of the best looking games out there today, regardless of hand drawn styles. On top of the beautiful environments and character sprites, you have a compelling story and gameplay mechanics too. If you haven’t tried out Ori, then you are surely missing out.
The Banner Saga
The Banner Saga is a game series that often gets overlooked, and I’m not entirely sure why because this was one of my games of the year for 2014. As you embark on your own Banner Saga, again set in the realms of Norse mythology. This tactics based game took me completely by surprise a few years ago, and surprisingly the game is just about to get it’s third installment, and I can’t help but think that a large part of that is down to the gorgeous art style. Everything from the UI, 2D sprites and the 3D ish game engine just looks spectacular.