Stressful times call for relaxing measures. The games on this list are perfect for after work and before bed to help you wind down. Here are the very best video games to help you chill out and de-stress.
A gorgeous adventure game available on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. You play as a fire lookout named Henry in the Shoshone National Forest. The story takes place a year after the Yellowstone Fires of 1988. Strange things start happening to Henry and his supervisor, Delilah, a month after he starts his new job. Firewatch follows Henry as he unravels the mystery. The story can be tense and sad, but the relaxing gameplay and the environment more than makeup for it. This is a hiking simulator and exploration game unlike any other. If you live for immersive environments, visual beauty and great story-telling then Firewatch is a game for you.
Journey is a unique indie adventure game available on iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. You play as a robed figure in a vast desert en route to a mountain. On the way, you can encounter other players on the same journey. In an interesting twist, you can’t communicate with the other player at all, and all you can do is assist each other. At the end of the game, you will see the other player’s name in the credits. Journey is a distinctive puzzle and adventure game with co-operative elements, a captivating score and scenery to die for. Check it out.
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky is surprisingly relaxing for an exploration survival game. It is available on a range of platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. There are four elements to the game, exploration, survival, trading and combat. You play as an alien humanoid known as the Traveller, while you explore an uncharted universe. The aim of the game is simple, survive, explore and develop yourself. No Man’s Sky has a procedurally generated universe. Players can encounter planets with unique environments, flora, fauna and sentient aliens. Even the stars are procedurally generated. No matter where you go, or what you do in No Man’s Sky, there is always something new, interesting and often beautiful to behold.
Untitled Goose Game
Silly games can also be relaxing. Untitled Goose Game is a distinctive puzzle stealth game that is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh. Unsurprisingly, you play as a goose. The aim is simple, use your goose abilities to complete objectives and terrorise a small English village. Untitled Goose Game is highly rated, so terrorise some virtual villagers today.
Katamari Damacy Reroll
A strange and remarkably well-received game for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch. Katamari is a third-person puzzle-action you won’t forget, ever. You play as a tiny prince who’s father, the King of All Cosmos, destroyed the stars, constellations and moon. Fortunately, you’re on a mission to fix it. The aim of the game is simple; roll everything, literally everything, into a giant ball to create something big enough to be a star. Katamari is an oddly satisfying game, and so strange that you will forget all about your problems.
Monument Valley is an indie puzzle game inspired by Japanese prints and minimalist sculpture. The visuals are art, and each frame is good enough to display. You play as Ida, a princess, who must solve puzzles to earn forgiveness. The game has been praised for its extraordinary design and incredible soundtrack. Download Monument Valley on iOS, Android or Windows Phone today.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The list wouldn’t be complete without Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Available on Nintendo Switch, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the most relaxing launch of the year. Create and customise your character and start your new life today. Explore your new home, gather materials, craft items, catch insects and fish, and watch a community of anthropomorphic animals develop around you. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is incredibly comforting and a great help for when you are anxious and stressed.
Play Your Way To Relaxation
Take relaxation to the next level with these incredible games. Whether you like cute animals, silly quests or serene exploration, there is something for you. Play something new and de-stress today.
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