In recent years post-apoc­a­lyp­tic games have grown in pop­u­lar­i­ty. Mega hits like the Fall­out series and The Last of Us have gar­nered almost uni­ver­sal acclaim, but there are so many more post apoc­a­lyp­tic games that go unno­ticed. Here is a list of 5 post apoc­a­lyp­tic you (prob­a­bly) haven’t played and should.

Wasteland 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

5 Post Apocalyptic Games You Should Play

Wasteland’s premise is one you’re prob­a­bly famil­iar with. Cold War ten­sions at its peak, some­one launch­es nukes and mutu­al assured destruc­tion cre­ates a irra­di­at­ed waste­land for every­one. If that hap­pened to remind you of Fall­out it’s for good rea­son. Fall­out is the spir­i­tu­al suc­ces­sor to the orig­i­nal Waste­land. One kick­starter cam­paign lat­er and a true sequel to Waste­land was made. While there is no retro-future aes­thet­ic, Waste­land 2 still has the same wacky sense of humor, crazy char­ac­ters and unique set­tings that peo­ple love in the Fall­out series. The game is also a return to the clas­sic CRPG for­mu­la, but with enough improve­ments to bring it up to date with mod­ern gam­ing stan­dards.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

5 Post Apocalyptic Games You Should Play

Enslaved is retelling of the clas­sic myth of Odyssey Jour­ney to the West with the biggest dif­fer­ence being it takes place hun­dreds of years after robots have killed most of human­i­ty. The mix­ture of telling an old myth while build­ing a beau­ti­ful post apoc­a­lyp­tic world is some­thing that should be expe­ri­enced. Enslaved nev­er sold very well or got much atten­tion, but that cer­tain­ly isn’t reflec­tive of its qual­i­ty. The game does cer­tain­ly have some issues with con­trols, but the mix­ing of themes and well writ­ten char­ac­ters pro­vide a sol­id expe­ri­ence that dif­fers from most oth­er games. I wish I could say more, but that may get into spoil­ers.

Tokyo Jungle (PS3)

5 Post Apocalyptic Games You Should PlayUnlike the oth­er games on this list, the apoc­a­lypse in Tokyo Jun­gle was a real­ly good one, in fact it killed every­one. Now ani­mals roam the streets and they try to sur­vive in this human-less world. Play­ers take on the role of var­i­ous ani­mals, every­thing from Pomera­ni­ans and Bea­gles to lions and hye­nas. A tru­ly human-less world that is not filled with anthro­po­mor­phic crea­tures is rare for any media. That unique per­spec­tive alone could be rea­son to play it. If you need more con­vinc­ing, Tokyo Jun­gle does have both seri­ous and ridicu­lous­ly sil­ly moments. At one point you will be try­ing to pro­tect your baby from preda­tors and in anoth­er you may see a pack Pomera­ni­ans kill a croc­o­dile. If that doesn’t con­vince you to play this game then I don’t know what will.

I Am Alive (Xbox 360, and PS3, PC)

5 Post Apocalyptic Games You Should Play

This game is a mixed bag filled with great ideas. Your char­ac­ter has lim­it­ed sta­mi­na that must be man­aged while you climb great heights, you’ll have to give up rare resources if you want to help oth­ers, and com­bat can be han­dled with­out attack­ing any­one. I Am Alive has plen­ty of mechan­ics that make the world feel ground­ed in real­i­ty. It’ll often feel like you real­ly are just bare­ly scrap­ing by to sur­vive. The down­side is that game doesn’t always exe­cute these ideas well. It is also fair­ly lin­ear despite hav­ing the world encour­age explo­ration for resources. Regard­less of what­ev­er flaws the game may have, it does have enough unique mechan­ics that make it worth check­ing it out.

Lisa The Painful RPG (PC)

5 Post Apocalyptic Games You Should Play

Despite its quirky nature, Lisa is a game that deals heav­i­ly with dark themes and is sur­pris­ing­ly well writ­ten in a sea of RPG­Mak­er games. Lisa focus on a father-daugh­ter rela­tion­ship and sac­ri­fice although unlike many sim­i­lar games, Lisa bakes these themes in all aspects of its design. Game­play choic­es such as whether or not to take Joy can become a major per­son­al choice for the play­er despite the ben­e­fits it may bring. Even the back­sto­ry of a dis­ease that has wiped out most women servers to fur­ther strength­en themes and add an inter­est­ing twist to the world. If noth­ing else Lisa is game that will make you think and feel.