The Best Games for Fans of the Wild Outdoors


Mexico is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. The nation is home to high deserts and rainforests alike, along with towering mountains and some of the world’s most stunning coral reefs. Even those who live in cities like Mexico City, Tijuana, or Ecatepec can still access some of these natural wonders.

Still, one of the more realistic ways for city-dwellers to experience the great outdoors is actually through gaming. Whether playing a mobile title or setting up a VR headset, video games have the ability to transport players straight into the wild. And as technology becomes more advanced, these experiences become more believable and immersive. Since features like resolution, tracking, and comfort can differ greatly between models, it’s important to compare VR headsets to choose the one that best meets your needs.

Additionally, you don’t need clunky consoles to start playing these games. In fact, short-form games are an increasingly popular choice, especially for casual gamers. For example, those who enjoy getting up close and personal with wildlife can sample games that focus on different environments, such as slots.

As the most popular casino game category, there are many themes to choose from—wildlife slots included. Games like Jungle Spirit touch on the wonders of the Yucatan, while others like Mustang Gold zero in on the beauty of Sonora and Chihuahua. With just a few clicks, players in urban centers can leap straight into the outdoors.

Along with wildlife slots, we’ve created a list of gaming options set in or inspired by Mexican regions. Keep in mind that these recommendations are longer-form options that can be played across a variety of platforms. Let’s dive in, starting with Mexico’s northern desert region.

The Chihuahuan Desert

When it comes to immortalizing the stunning views of the Chihuahuan Desert, no game compares to Red Dead Redemption (2010). This game comes from developer Rockstar Games, the same group behind Grand Theft Auto. The original release from 2010 covers one man’s path to track down two men in the Chihuahuan Desert (amongst other locales).

The game covers the highly popular era of the Wild West—which stretched deep into Mexico despite being associated with the US. This lawless period has been captured in an open-world setting in Red Dead Redemption. That means that players can literally explore a massive map of the area, which was based on this real-life Mexican setting.

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Riviera Maya

There are two ways for gamers to explore the wonders of Mexico’s Caribbean coast. First is through pirate-themed games, which are hugely popular. The second is through an oceanic adventure, such as Subnautica.

Pirate adventures are a great option for those who prefer swashbuckling adventures and don’t mind views of the open seas. Those seeking realism might choose a game like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013). This historically accurate title also includes tons of open-water scenes and island quests.

A title like Subnautica (2014), on the other hand, might be a better hit for locals—especially considering Mexico’s love of horror themes. This game takes players deep into an underwater setting. Though it’s based on an alien planet rather than the Caribbean and includes terrifying deep sea monsters, the tropical wonders will feel familiar.

Lacandon Jungle

One of the most iconic regions in Mexico is its southern jungles and rainforest. This area has been the subject of countless films set in the region. However, few have taken such a hard-boiled look at life in Lacandon jungle as the upcoming title Mictlan: An Ancient Mythical Tale.

This indie video game takes players into the shoes of a tribal hero who must navigate a complex path as Spanish invaders clash with mythological gods. It’s a cultural deep dive into some of Mexico’s greatest tribes. Like Red Dead Redemption, the game will include a vast open world that lets players explore a realistic jungle setting.

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