We love the rage-inducing Souls-like games of the world. Right now? We’re looking for something a little different. Not in the mood to Git Gud and instead want to Game & Chill? These games are for you. This week we’re sharing relaxing games both beautiful and inspiring—perfect when you want to explore a breathtaking world.
Flower (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
The folks over at Thatgamecompany have a history of creating the epitome of games as art. In flower you control nature’s wind, blowing flower petals through the open-air using your controller. As the wind flies close to other flora, petals gather in the wind. Each level is a zen-like experience taking us through a dream-like journey filled with vibrant colors and relaxing sounds. An idyllic ambiance.
Minecraft (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS)
Minecraft can be anything you want it to be. Although the game can be filled with adventure it can be a relaxing game when you need a break from the numerous fast-paced first-person shooters. Find a piece of land, build a house, and take in a sunrise near the ocean. Just be sure to watch out for Creepers!
No Man’s Sky (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
Over a year since its release, No Man’s Sky has made one of the greatest comebacks in gaming history. Despite its troubled release, the people at Hello Games created a game full of wonder. With everything being procedurally generated there’s no telling what you’ll discover. So relax, board your ship and travel to an unknown planet. Venturing out into a stunning undiscovered world.
Journey (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
Journey is another award winning game by thatgamecompany that is both beautiful and artistic from start to finish. Your objective is clear. Reach the top of the mountain. Traverse through magnificent landscapes as a mysterious robed figure and encounter others on your journey. Make your way up the mountain, through a vast desert, deserted ruins, and snowy alps. The Journey is breathtaking and its conclusion is a satisfying experience.
The Sims 4 (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
Relax by living the life YOU want to in The Sims 4. The Sims has always been a series where you could live out your wildest dreams. Take a lavish vacation to the snowy alps, live the life of a celebrity, or enter a realm of magic and wizardry. If you can dream it? You can live it in The Sims. Spice things up even more with some of the most elaborate and well-polished community mods.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)
Possibly one of the most addicting and relaxing games on this list is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Fly to your own deserted island getaway. Build your village and invite others to settle and live on your island. Invite friends for a visit, grow delicious fruit, go fishing, or watch a meteor shower with a friend.
Flow (PC Browser, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita)
You could literally take your pick with anything made from Thatgamecompany. Their games’ feature unique game design, are uniquely artistic and are always relaxing.
Stardew Valley (PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS, Android)
If you’re a fan of games like Harvest Moon or even Animal Crossing then you should consider giving Stardew Valley a look. Cultivate your farm, tend to livestock and get to know the locals of Pelican Town in this wonderful farming sim.