Christmas and New Year are behind us, and there’s an awful lot of sleeps to go until Christmas 2020, but there’s no need to feel blue this January. Check out our selection of joy-filled games that are sure to put a smile on your face no matter how cold and windy it gets outside.
1. Slime Rancher
The outdoor life sounds good on paper, but the reality is that nature is packed with foul bugs, viscous mud, and dubious odours. Monomi Park’s indie farming sim lets you ranch adorable slimes instead of stinky cattle, and the sheer cuteness of its world is bound to bring a smile to even the sternest of faces.
2. Beat Saber
Think of Guitar Hero with lightsabers and you’ve got the basic premise of Beat Saber. Don your VR headset, pay attention to the rhythm, and you’ll be slashing and swiping your way through an eclectic playlist of songs in no time.
3. Super Mario Odyssey
Princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser (again) and it’s up to you and your sentient hat Cappy to rescue her before she can be forced into marriage. But before you reach her, there are kingdoms to explore, platforming puzzles to solve, and Power Moons to gather. Will you make it all the way to the Moon in time to stop the wedding?
4. Kingdom Hearts III
As if hanging out with your favourite Disney and Final Fantasy characters in one game wasn’t awesome enough already, now there are Pixar worlds to visit too. A perfect mix of magic and nostalgia, with just enough scary bits to keep you on the edge of your seat, the newest game in the series might just be the most enchanting one yet.
5. Pokémon: Sword and Shield
Let’s face it, any of the Pokémon games are a great remedy for the January blues. In the most recent game in the series, you get to hang out with your favourite Pokémon like never before, by cooking them curry and playing together at campsites. Also, the Galarian form of Weezing wears a top hat and it might just be the most stylish Pokémon we’ve ever seen.
6. Stardew Valley
Trade in the hustle and bustle of the city for the peace and quiet of the countryside, where you take over your late grandfather’s old farm and restore it to its former glory. There are veggies to plant, animals to care for, villagers to romance, and hats to place proudly on your favourite horse’s head.
7. Katamari Damacy Reroll
It’s up to you to rebuild the stars and the Moon after your sozzled royal father unwittingly destroyed them, but fortunately you’ve got a super-sticky ball called a katamari to help you do it. Roll it around the unsuspecting world, picking up ever-larger objects as you go, until you’ve gathered up enough material to rebuild the constellations.
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