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30 Relaxing Games You Don’t Want To Miss Out On

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Everyone is different when it comes to what games they find relaxing. For example, I find Elden Ring and Dark Souls relaxing, whereas some people find them the most stressful experience of all time. However, there is some common ground in the games people find relaxing. 

Here are some of the most relaxing games you can play if you want a chill experience.

30. A Little to the Left

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If you’re a fan of puzzles, you’re bound to love A Little To The Left. With over 100 puzzles to complete, you have to make your way through them to try and tidy up messes, organize your belongings, and make sure that your cat doesn’t get in the way of your cleaning.

If you complete the game and find yourself wanting more, there is also the Daily Tidy, as well as DLC, that you can purchase for some extra puzzling goodness.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox Series X/S

29. Unpacking

Unpacking lets you organize different rooms throughout your life
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Although moving house is often stressful in real life, there is something so calming and relaxing about Unpacking and putting everything in its place. If you’re a fan of organization, this is the game for you. Getting to unpack multiple rooms and houses in any way you want can be incredibly satisfying.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S

28. The Sims 4

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The Sims 4 is a comfort game for many, including myself. It’s so easy to just sink hours and hours into the game. Whether you’re a builder, a sim creator, or you enjoy sinking time into the actual gameplay, The Sims 4 allows for a lot of versatility in your gameplay.

The choice is yours, and how you play is completely up to you! There’s even the option for mods and creative content (CC) if you’re on PC!

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

27. Stardew Valley

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Stardew Valley is the epitome of relaxation. Moving into your Grandfather’s farm, it’s up to you to fix it up and make it look spic and span. Whether farming, fishing, or even mining is your thing, there is something for everyone to do on the farm. Not only this, but you can play it online if you prefer a multiplayer experience.

For those on PC, you also have the option to mod the game, which can provide some extra content and cute cosmetic options!

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

26. Cities Skylines

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Paradox Interactive.

Cities Skylines is the perfect example of cozy chaos. Designing cities the way you want but making sure you’re tending to everyone’s needs can get a bit chaotic. With roads and highways everywhere, you have to keep an eye out for natural disasters and hope they don’t destroy everything you worked hard for!

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Nintendo Switch

25. Powerwash Simulator

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Powerwash Simulator is the epitome of relaxation. There is no pressure (apart from your powerwasher.) You can take it as slow or as fast as you want. The name of the game is to powerwash the area or item that you have been tasked with. From Lara Croft’s mansion to motorcycles to Spongebob’s pineapple house! 

There is a lot to do and plenty of locations to powerwash with customizable powerwashers and clothing to unlock as you go.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Windows

24. Dave the Diver

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If you’re a fan of the ocean, Dave the Diver is a fabulous game to sink your fins into. This game is incredibly casual, with a fun storyline and lots of little tasks to undertake. Whether you’re doing deep-sea diving or helping run a sushi restaurant, there is a lot for you to do and uncover deep in the depths!

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PC

23. House Flipper 2

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House Flipper 2 is like the first House Flipper but has new and improved graphics and capabilities. With the ability to toss out garbage and try and get a cool trickshot into the garbage can, you can start your adventure into building new houses.

You start as a beginner in Pinnacove and work your way up to the top, where you can make millions with your decorating skills.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Windows

22. Monument Valley 1 & 2

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Monument Valley was originally just an iOS game, but it has become available on multiple platforms. If you like puzzlers, this is a super relaxing puzzle game. With isometric environments and a calming soundtrack, there’s plenty to love about these games. Even when you’re scratching your head in confusion about how to solve the puzzle, you can enjoy the atmosphere of Monument Valley.

Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows

21. Spiritfarer

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Spiritfarer is a beautiful game that tackles difficult subjects. While there may be some emotional parts throughout the game, a lot of the game is incredibly peaceful. From fishing, cooking, and decorating your boat, it’s up to you to make sure that the spirits who board your boat are happy and comfortable. 

While you accompany adorable spirits with some heartwrenching backstories, you’re also accompanied by your trusty cat, Dandelion.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, iOS, PC

20. Cozy Grove

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Cozy Grove is somewhat like Spiritfarer meets Animal Crossing. You find yourself on a little island devoid of color and have to work on restoring color to the island while helping spirits restore their memories and build relationships with the co-habiting spirits. 

Cozy Grove is a game that suggests you only play it for a short period of time each day, as the quests reset daily. 

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PC, iOS

19. Slime Rancher

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If you like farming games, you might want to try out Slime Rancher. Whether you pick the first or second one, it doesn’t matter. Both are equally adorable and incredibly relaxing. Instead of looking after animals, you look after slimes. You explore the world and find new slimes, where you can then bring them back and put them in hutches. 

The world is full of secrets to unlock and plenty of slimes to find, but make sure you avoid the Tar at all costs!

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android

18. Coral Island

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Similar to Stardew Valley, it’s a farming game that takes place on an island. You can take the game at your own pace, whether exploring or nurturing animals and growing crops. You get to experience island living in the way you want.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Windows

17. Minecraft

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Minecraft is one of the most well-known relaxation games. Whether you like to play it with mods, in creative mode, or survival, there’s something for everyone. You can build anything you like, making magnificent structures, or you can simply spend your days in the mine, trying to find diamonds.

If you’re a PC user, there are mods you can use to enhance your experience, adding new items, new objectives, and much more. You can even find story maps to play online, where you can explore the map, complete puzzles, and much more.

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S

16. Wobbledogs

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Secret Mode.

Wobbledogs is a cute and very goofy little game. This game revolves around breeding dogs that don’t exactly have conventional bodies. Whether they have one leg too long or a head too small for their body, they may not be perfect in looks, but they’re perfect in every other way.

Wobbledogs is a stress-free experience and can even provide a few laughs when you get to create some ridiculous-looking dogs!

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One

15. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons got a lot of people through the pandemic with the ability to curate their island exactly how they wanted it while also inviting friends over to play and cause havoc with them. There is plenty to do in Animal Crossing, from befriending villagers to creating a themed island; it’s entirely up to you. This title allows you to play the game according to your rules. This includes time traveling to speed up the process or taking your time and working as slowly as you like through the game.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

14. Ooblets

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Similar to some of the other farming games on this list, Ooblets is an adorable little farming game where you work on collecting various creatures. They all have different personalities, and you can even train your Ooblets and have them assist you through your explorations. 

Also, there are dance-offs. What’s not to love?

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Windows

13. Melatonin

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Melatonin is quite a different game compared to some on this list, as it’s a hand-drawn rhythm game. That being said, it’s incredibly calming and doesn’t put you under intense pressure compared to some rhythm games. With a relaxing soundtrack and multiple levels to make your way through, Melatonin is a great way to expend some energy.

If you struggle with rhythm games, Melatonin comes with many assist features that can make your journey through the game a bit easier. 

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Windows, Mac

12. Journey

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Journey is a beautiful, atmospheric indie game where you glide through sand and complete puzzles as you go. The soundtrack that accompanies the beautiful landscapes is equally calming. 

If you find you don’t want to go through the sands alone, you can play this game in co-op and get some assistance from a friend.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, iOS

11. A Short Hike

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Playing as a little bird, you get to explore the peaceful mountainside of Hawk Peak Provincial. With gorgeous views and a cutesy art style, there’s a lot to love. Exploring new heights (and lows), you get to meet new friends along the way in your relaxing journey.

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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While there are enemies and boss fights aplenty in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there are also plenty of relaxing elements in Hyrule. Whether searching out Korok Seeds in hidden places, cooking up meals to ensure Link’s safety, or foraging items as you run around, there is plenty to do out there.

Hours and hours can be spent just exploring without actually doing any of the main story! How you play is up to you, and you can take as much time to uncover the secrets of Hyrule as you like.

Platforms: Wii U, Nintendo Switch

9. Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk lets you brew up a conversation and becomes one of the most relaxing Switch games
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A story-based game where you work in a cafe, and you get to interact with characters of all shapes and sizes, all with their own fascinating backstories. Serving the creative coffees as you go, you get to unlock more and more of the story and learn more about the area your tiny little coffee shop is set in. 

Coffee Talk is a very relaxing game, with no pressure applied at any point.

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

8. Mini Metro

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Mini Metro can get a little chaotic, but if you’re a fan of trains, this game may be for you. You have to design a subway map for a growing city and ensure everyone can utilize it easily and precisely. As time progresses, your cities become increasingly chaotic, and you must use your resources sparingly. 

Although it can get quite chaotic, the game is a lot of fun and can be relaxing when everything is running smoothly.

Platforms: PC, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4

7. Civilization VI

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If you like turn-based strategies and the idea of world domination, Civilization VI may just be the perfect game for you. Somewhat of a slow burn, you can easily sink hours into the game, and it can be a very relaxing time. 

Whether you’re making as many allies as possible or looking to be the last one standing, there are many ways you can achieve victory in Civ 6.

Platforms: PC, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android

6. Abzu

ABZÛ's exploration of the ocean depths makes it one of the best cozy games on Nintendo Switch
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Created by the Art Director of Journey, Abzu comes as a new exploration game where you go deep sea diving. Of course, if you have thalassophobia, this may be one that you avoid. However, for those curious about the ocean, this game has a lot of beauty. Discovering new sea creatures as you go, you can find anything from Jellyfish to Whales. 

However, the deeper you go, the more dangers you’ll find.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows

5. Donut County

Sucking up everything in Donut County is more relaxing than you realize
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Annapurna Interactive

Donut County is very similar to Katamari Damacy or mobile games of a similar nature. You get to play as an evergrowing hole that eats everything and anything. Along the way, you get to meet and interact with adorable characters and also throw them into the expanding hole!

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS

4. Teacup

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If you’re looking for a short adventure game, Teacup is the perfect experience for you. With a relaxing soundtrack and adorable backgrounds and characters, there’s so much to love. You have to help the shy little frog complete quests so that she can prepare everything she needs to have a tea party with her friends! 

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, Android, PC

3. No Man’s Sky

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I’d be pretty psyched to explore this, personally.

No Man’s Sky has come a long way from where it was when it was initially released. Since then, it has received multiple huge updates, adding lots of different content. This game is perfect for those who love base building and exploring space. 

No Man’s Sky is a great time sink, and there is nothing more relaxing than walking across the many different planets and collecting materials for your base.

Platforms: PC, iPad OS, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S

2. Gris

Get lost in the world of the award-winning Gris
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Gris is a stunning game with a beautiful art style and a great soundtrack to boot. This game follows the story of a young girl who feels lost in the world and has to journey through sorrow and grief and learn how to cope with her emotions. It can be a very emotional journey through the game, but it also has many relaxing moments accompanied by a great soundtrack and stunning art to tell the story.

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, iOS, Android

1. Cats Organized Neatly

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Finally, we have Cats Organized Neatly. It’s a puzzle game where you have to fit cats into spaces and make sure that they all fit neatly without crossing the lines. Whether you rotate them or move them around, you have to make sure they fit!

There are 80 levels to get through, with cats of all shapes and sizes. Will you be able to organize them all?

Platforms: Windows

That concludes our list of the most relaxing games you can play. Which is your favorite relaxing game?

 

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Written by Amy Eastland

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