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HUDless games

Group Description

Most games have sections of the screen reserved for numbers, graphs, or other visual abstractions of important game data such as score, health, and ammo. The total screen area used by these sections is called the Heads-Up Display, or HUD. A lot of games try to minimize the intrusiveness of the HUD by using a minimalist or transparent style, or by automatically hiding elements of the HUD when they aren't immediately needed. Games in this group have no HUD at all during proper gameplay. Every piece of game data is either tucked away in a sub-menu that must be manually opened, or is concretely represented within the physical game world. Low health might be indicated by the protagonist limping or bleeding, ammo might be indicated by an LED readout on the weapon, and so on.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
The Old City: Leviathan2014WindowsPostMod Softworks, LLC3.60
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter2014WindowsAstronauts, The4.11
Mountain2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Windows4.74
Element4l2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsI-Illusions...
Journey2012PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.4.37
Kairo2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLupus Studios Limited3.40
1916: Der unbekannte Krieg2011Browser, Macintosh, WindowsDet Danske Akademi for Digital, Interaktiv Underholdning Filmskolen2.92
Q.U.B.E.2011Macintosh, WindowsToxic Games3.55
Limbo2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OnePlaydead ApS4.04
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories2009PlayStation 2, PSP, WiiKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.18
Afro Samurai2009PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Namco Bandai Games America Inc.3.70
Dead Space2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.02
Mirror's Edge2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.95
Silent Hill: 0rigins2007PlayStation 2, PSPKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.16
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie2005GameCube, PlayStation 2, PSP, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360Ubisoft, Inc.3.58
Black & White 22005Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Signature Edition)2005PlayStation 2, WindowsUbisoft, Inc.1.67
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth2005Windows, Xbox2K Games, Inc.3.83
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie2005Nintendo DSUbisoft, Inc.1.71
Silent Hill 4: The Room2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, XboxKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.73
Silent Hill 32003PlayStation 2, WindowsKonami of America, Inc.4.08
Des Blood 4: Lost Alone2002WindowsIllusion3.97
Resident Evil Zero2002GameCube, WiiCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.96
The Getaway2002PlayStation 2Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.58
Resident Evil2002GameCube, WiiCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.21
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Selected Covers

Afro Samurai Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Afro Samurai
Des Blood 4: Lost Alone Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Des Blood 4: Lost Alone
The Old City: Leviathan Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Old City: Leviathan
Resident Evil Zero GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Resident Evil Zero

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Afro Samurai
Title screen
Screenshot from Des Blood 4: Lost Alone
Warning message before starting the game.
Screenshot from The Old City: Leviathan
Main menu
Screenshot from Resident Evil Zero