There are so many reasons to play different types of games. From the genres you love to the sort of world you like to play in and even the options you like to have available for character-building, there is so much to choose from. Sometimes, though, you just want a break from all of these options, and all you really want is to play a game which is aesthetically relaxing to help you chill out and just enjoy your gaming time with no expectations. Read along for the top five games to play when you just want to chill.
Coming in at number five is Eufloria, a strategy-based game from Omni Systems Limited. You might think a strategy game about plant biology and space exploration would be a bit stressful, but the pastel colors and slow-moving, dreamlike structure of Eufloria makes it a game which allows you to float along, enjoying the scenery while exercising your brain just enough to keep it engaging.
In fourth place is Spiritfarer from Thunder Lotus Games. Yes, the overall premise of Spiritfarer, where you are playing as Stella, the ferrymaster of the dead, is a bit grim on a surface level. However, the gameplay, scenery, and soothing adventure you get to experience brings peace to the job of helping the deceased travel over into the afterlife. Spiritfarer is quite touching and emotional, but in a way that soothes you, and it brings some beautiful design work to your game collection.
In the third slot is Stardew Valley, the most delightful homesteading game. Stardew Valley has something in it for everyone, and it has just enough work to keep you busy while allowing you to rest in a calm setting. The more work you do, the more adventure you can have in the game, from farming to working to developing relationships, though it’s entirely up to you how much effort you want to put into any aspect of the game. It can be simple or complicated, but it’s never more than you want it to be. In Stardew Valley, you can have the kind of control over your life you so rarely have in real life, so it is the perfect escape to another world where you can live exactly as you want to: nothing more, nothing less.
In second place is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which takes the cake for the game which carried us through 2020. The world has been going through a lot recently, and this newest addition to the Animal Crossing collection of games gave us everything we have needed to remain calm and happy. Filled with beautiful scenery, easy tasks to complete at your own leisure, and a host of characters to keep you entertained, as well as the ability to visit friends on each other’s islands to remain connected while we have been separated, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the game we needed this last year and will remain on the list of best relaxing games for many years to come.
And coming in at number one is Calico from Peachy Keen Games. It’s a relatively simple game where you run a cafe and do your best to fill it up with happy, adorable cats. By baking pastries and creating a cozy setting, you create a space which is pleasing for both you and the cats you collect. Honestly, there is nothing more relaxing than coffee and cats, and in terms of calming, aesthetically-pleasing games, Calico is the perfect game. That being said, Calico has been reported as having some technical issues with gameplay and glitches, but it still remains an extremely calming, beautiful game.
However you like to chill out, there is something on this list for you. Whether you like to just zone out in a beautiful setting or you enjoy keeping your mind occupied, if you haven’t already found your bliss in one or many of these games, give them a try and add some peace and joy to your gaming routine.