Kids is an experimental “art house” game that only lasts for 30 minutes or so, so I’ll kick this off by saying you only “need to play” it if you’re prepared to tackle that kind of thing. But I find myself thinking about it more than the other games on this list. The appeal lies in how you interpret it, and so I like to think of it as a kind of gamified Rorschach Test.
There is a theme, though: Kids is an open-ended commentary on crowds and how they behave. In one scene, you hover your mouse over faceless figures huddled around a hole and watch as they leap in. In another, you get them all to choose a specific person. In still another, you guide a body along what…looks like a digestive track? Trust me, it’s all very weird.
Kids isn’t a traditional game, and developers Michael Frei and Mario von Rickenbach are careful to call it a “short interactive animation” instead. It’s even part of a traveling art exhibit. But if you’re the kind of person who likes games that break from the bounds of the familiar, consider it three bucks well spent.