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Games Like 'Pascal's Wager' to Play Next

Whether you're looking for another mobile outing or something for the big screen, there are plenty of highly rated RPGs, adventure games, and action games that'll scratch the same itch as 'Pascal's Wager.'
by Jon Bitner — 
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Pascal's Wager

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Pascal's Wager is both one of the most difficult games on mobile and one of its best reviewed (Metascore: 78). Built specifically for touchscreen devices (and later ported to PC), the challenging title follows a handful of characters known as Couriers, a group that's attempting to solve the mystery of the Dark Mist.

Its intriguing story isn't the main draw, however, as Pascal's Wager somehow manages to transplant the nuanced Soulslike gameplay onto the small screen. You'll face off against an army of deadly adversaries — each more difficult than the last and requiring fast reflexes and precise counterattacks in order to bring them down. Touch controls are serviceable, but Pascal's Wager truly shines when hooked up to a gamepad.

Earning a generally favorable Metascore, Pascal's Wager piece together a faithful soulslike experience on iOS and Android.  It's quite lengthy for a mobile game, too, clocking in at around 10 hours before wrapping up its main storyline. There's plenty of optional content and DLC to discover, so if you find yourself truly drawn to its world, expect that number to double.

Once you've turned every stone and discovered all there is to know about the mysterious world of Pascal's Wager, there's no shortage of incredible (including even higher-rated) titles to check out next. Whether you're looking for another mobile outing or something for the big screen, there are plenty of highly rated RPGs, adventure games, and action games that'll scratch the same itch.

Here are 10 games like Pascal's Wager to play next, ranked by Metascore.


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Crashlands

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Crashlands (iOS)

Metascore: 93
Best for: Fans of quirky, open-world adventures
Where to buy: App Store
Also available on: PC, Switch, XB1

As one of the best reviewed mobile games of all time, Crashlands offers a variety of crafting, combat, and exploration in the palm of your hand. Its gameplay loop is designed for short bursts and is well-suited for smartphones, although it has since been ported to PC, Switch, and Xbox One. You'll follow Flux Dabes on a non-sensical (but enjoyable) journey as the galactic trucker gets thrown off course by the evil Hewgodooko and gets stranded on a strange planet. But with more than 500 craftable items and tons of unlockable skills, Flux will have no problem surviving all the obstacles thrown their way.

"Crashlands gives you so much to do presented in an intuitive manner with a continuous flow making it an absolute must have iOS experience." — Apple'N'Apps


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Bloodborne

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Bloodborne (PS4)

Metascore: 92
Best for: Fans of unforgiving combat
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Also available on: N/A

Bloodborne is one of the most challenging games on this list, but Pascal's Wager veterans should have no problem coming to terms with its brutal combat and rage-inducing bosses. Exclusive to PlayStation 4, this highly reviewed FromSoftware title sees you venturing into a horrific land ravaged by a mysterious plague. You'll be roaming its streets in search of a cure, only for the story to take a dramatic curve around the halfway mark. Despite launching in 2015, Bloodborne still remains incredibly popular — and it's easy to see why.

"A dark and engaging adventure, with an excellent combat system, an ideal dose of innovation and fascinating exploration." — Eurogamer Poland


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Neverwinter Nights

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Neverwinter Nights (PC)

Metascore: 91
Best for: Fans of Dungeons & Dragons
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Also available on: iOS

First released in 2002, Neverwinter Nights has stood the test of time. Played from a third-person, isometric viewpoint, the game is essentially a digital version of Dungeons & Dragons. An engaging campaign comes built in, but much of the fun is derived from its development tools that let you build your own quests. The graphics and game design are slowly starting to show their age, but you'd be hard-pressed to find an RPG that gives you as many tools as Neverwinter Nights.  

"The DM client and tools elevate Neverwinter Nights into a creative medium of expression." — Computer Gaming World


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Dark Souls III

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Dark Souls III (PS4)

Metascore: 89
Best for: Fans seeking a true Soulsborne experience
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Also available on: PC, XB1

Pascal's Wager is essentially a mobile version of Dark Souls III. It borrows more than a few things from the difficult game, including its grim atmosphere, sparse narrative, and difficult combat. That makes it an easy transition for players, although you might have to get used to playing on a bigger screen. Dark Souls III is the last game of the Dark Souls trilogy and sends the popular franchise out on a high note. Its monsters are bigger, its world is more unforgiving, and the number of secrets hidden across Lordran is truly staggering. Dark Souls III is an easy recommendation for most gamers — and that's doubly true for Pascal's Wager fans.

"As the final game in the series, Dark Souls III delivers a fantastic, no holds barred, 30-hour experience that will satisfy longtime fans." — Twinfinite


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Dead Cells

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Dead Cells (Switch)

Metascore: 89
Best for: Fans of 2D action games
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Also available on: iOS, PC, PS4, XB1

Dead Cells is a challenging roguelike that sees you trying to escape the depths of a mysterious dungeon. The rooms you'll navigate are procedurally generated, meaning no two playthroughs will be the same. It also makes use of permadeath, where large portions of your inventory and experience are lost upon death. As you progress through Dead Cells, however, you'll unlock "cells" that can be used to unlock new skills or power-ups that'll follow you beyond the grave. Part soulslike and part metroidvania, the 2D action game draws heavy inspiration from other classics — and manages to do so without becoming bloated.

"If you want to play a worthy successor to the long line of metroidvania classics and are willing to experience rogue-like difficulty to get it, Dead Cells is an experience worth having over and over again." — GameSpace


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Bastion

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Bastion (XB360)

Metascore: 86
Best for: Fans of fast-paced, top-down action
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: iOS, PC, PS4, PS Vita, Switch, XB1

Even if Bastion had the worst gameplay in the history of video games, it'd still be worth playing for its striking art style alone. The action unfolds like a living painting, with vibrant colors exploding out of your screen as you traverse its environments and progress its story. Thankfully, Bastion's gameplay is just as good as its graphics. Played from an isometric viewpoint, combat is treated a bit like old-school Zelda or Diablo games, with plenty of unlockable gear up for grabs. It is available on most modern platforms and mobile, so there's no reason to miss out on this 2011 classic.

"Supergiant Games seems to have done the seemingly impossible by creating the perfect mesh of game and story, all while preventing each of these elements from overpowering one another." — 1UP 


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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (PC)

Metascore: 86
Best for: Fans of roguelikes
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: 3DS, iOS, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, XB1

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a remake of the original game from 2011. It features new, hand-drawn pixel art, a reworked soundtrack, and hundreds of tiny tweaks to make this the definitive version of the popular roguelike. The top-down action throws you into small, bit-sized levels (each one randomly generated) as Isaac fights through hordes of enemies to reach his mother. The story is rather dark, but if the fast-paced action clicks, you'll be treated to more than 500 hours of gameplay — which includes more than 450 unlockable items, cooperative play, and dozens of challenges to overcome.

"The Binding of Isaac is the reference for the rogue-like genre — even if you already know the 'old' Isaac inside out." — GameStar


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Legend of Grimrock

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Legend of Grimrock (PC)

Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of traditional RPGs
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: iOS

Legend of Grimrock stands out from the competition thanks to its unique movement system. Instead of letting you roam about at your leisure, you'll be locked into a tile-based system, moving in chunks with every button press. Everything about it is decidedly old-school, including its elaborate dungeons and puzzles — which require a combination of brains and brawn to overcome. When not solving its riddles, you and your party will face off against a variety of deadly monsters lurking around every corner. If the quirky gameplay fits your needs, you can dive into its sequel (Legend of Grimrock II) for more traditional RPG action.

"You'll be hard-pressed to find a modern game like Legend of Grimrock any time soon, but with a game of this quality, you won't need one." — Destructoid


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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (PC)

Metascore: 78
Best for: Fans of classic RPGs
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Also available on: iOS, PS4, Switch, XB1

The original game from 1998 is still worth a play, but the upgraded and improved Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is the best way for newcomers to experience the iconic RPG. Built from the ground up for modern systems, this version includes both the base game and the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion, along with new party members, new difficulty settings, quality-of-life improvements, and more. You'll set out on an epic journey that sees you customizing your own character and recruiting NPCs to your party before heading out on a variety of player-driven, top-down adventures.

"Overhaul Games has succeeded in making one of the big RPG classics available on modern machines." — Gamer.no


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Ravensword: Shadowlands

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Ravensword: Shadowlands (iOS)

Metascore: 76
Best for: Anyone seeking an open-world mobile game
Where to buy: App Store
Also available on: PC, PS4, Switch, XB1

Ravensword: Shadowlands was one of the first games to prove that mobile devices were powerful enough to support gigantic, open-world games. It's a bit like Skyrim on mobile, giving you the ability to forge your way through its world as you see fit. The third-person, action-adventure game is starting to show its age (and its graphics don't look nearly as nice as Pascal's Wager), although its fast-paced combat and free-form design make it a must-play title for mobile gamers. After finding success on iOS and Android, Ravensword: Shadowlands found its way to other platforms, including PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

"It sounds cliched, but it's hard to believe I'm playing a game of this caliber on iOS." — TouchArcade