6 relaxing games to help you chill out

Relaxing games - Journey
Journey

Video games aren’t typically known for being relaxing, but look beyond the pulse-pounding blockbusters and you’ll find a world of chill games that want nothing more than to lull you in a serene state of Zen.

These peaceful games aren’t about saving the world or racking up a high score, but rather experiencing intimate stories or simply enjoying beautiful environments. Throw on one of these titles after a stressful day, and you’ll soon find your cares floating away.

Video games aren’t typically known for being relaxing, but look beyond the pulse-pounding blockbusters and you’ll find a world of chill games that want nothing more than to lull you in a serene state of Zen.

These peaceful games aren’t about saving the world or racking up a high score, but rather experiencing intimate stories or simply enjoying beautiful environments. Throw on one of these titles after a stressful day, and you’ll soon find your cares floating away.

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Relaxing games - Animal Crossing

Despite Tom Nook’s infamous lending practices, Animal Crossing is a series designed to chill you out. In New Horizons, you’ll be able to build your village at your own pace, all the while enjoying the company of your animal chums on a deserted island getaway.

2. Abzu

Next, we’re taking a trip into the briny deep with artful diving-sim Abzu. Marvel at the colourful visuals as you catalogue an extensive world of marine life.

3. Everything

Everything

In Everything, you can play as well, everything, from a lion to a house cat, to the house itself. You can even explore down to the smallest molecule or up to the most vast galaxy. Your journey through existence is accompanied by a gorgeous soundtrack, and the soothing tones of philosopher Alan Watts.

4. Journey

Relaxing Journey 1

Anything from thatgamecompany could have made it onto this list, but we’ve gone with Journey as its rich and unique visuals make it a must-play for everyone.

5. Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

Much like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley is about enjoying the simple things. Building and maintaining your farm is a pure joy, and you can even accomplish such life milestones as getting married and starting a family, without those pesky real-life responsibilities.

6. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Don’t let the ominous nature of the title fool you, this narrative-driven game from The Chinese Room is a wonderfully melancholy trip through a beautiful British village, with a thoughtful storyline that will tug on your heartstrings.

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