The God Of War series now stretches eight games long, and is based entirely on ancient mythology. While 2018’s iteration took a turn toward Norse legends, past titles focused largely on figures associated with Ancient Greece and Rome – such that at this point it’s fair to say the series is about mythical gods in general.
Few other games or series capture these characters and themes with the same immersive and adventurous quality, nor the same beautiful detail. However, for those who enjoy being plunged into myths, there are plenty of other games across all different mediums that delve into similar themes. From open-world adventures to slot arcades and everything in between, here are some of the top alternatives to consider.
1. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Playable on major consoles and PC, this role-playing game allows you to go back in time and control a mercenary taking part in the Peloponnesian Wars. In ancient Greece, the city-states of Athens and Sparta battled each other for power and control; the game takes this very real history and creates an alternate adventure, in which your character (on either side, as you choose) attempts to reunite his family in the midst of conflict. As with other Assassin’s Creed titles, it all takes place within an absolutely stunning open world, and there is heavy influence from the ancient gods.
2. Funk of Titans
For an unusual take on mythological games, this Steam-based indie title should do the trick. In this game, Zeus created funk music as the music of the gods, and Perseus has to defend it against the pagan rhythms of rock, rap, and pop. You won’t be able to take yourself too seriously while you play, but it’s actually quite a lot of fun. It’s also fairly quick despite having about 40 levels, which means it’s a nice option if you just want to dip into lighthearted mythology for a short spell.
3. Age of the Gods
Age of the Gods is a game featured among the online slot offerings from New Jersey. While it’s fundamentally much like other slots you can find online, the themes revolve entirely around ancient gods. You’ll interact with recognizable figures like Zeus, Poseidon, and Athena as you try your luck on the reels. And in the background, you’ll see rich setting and glorious waterfalls vaguely reminiscent of images of Olympus. Just beware you don’t collect too many Hades coins, or your bonus round will be over!
4. Gods of Rome
This is a mobile fighting game in which you tap and swipe to fight the other gods, titans, and heroes in a bid to restore peace to the land. Put out by Gameloft, Gods of Rome is free to play with in-app purchases, making it perfectly accessible, though somewhat frustrating if you’re looking for quick progression and improvement. Known for its stunning graphics, the game stages its battles amidst vivid scenes like the tops of mountains or the forums and colosseums of old.
5. The Next Penelope: Race to Odysseus
Rather than taking place in the distance past like most games featuring ancient gods, this racing game puts a spin on things and transports you to the future. In 3044, you must take your spaceship and find Odysseus to prevent Poseidon from destroying your home. It’s a fast-paced, visually engaging game available for console and PC play, and proves perhaps better than any other just how dynamic ancient gods can be as gaming characters.
Finding the best games isn’t always easy, but if you know your interests lie with mythology and legends of old, then you can narrow down your search. These games test your patience, skills, and cunning as you toil with and among the ancient games in all sorts of different ways. Whatever platform or medium you love the most, there’s likely something for you.