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10 Best Cozy Games to Help You Relax

Let’s get comfy!

Alexis Ongsansoy

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Picture this, you’re on your way home, it’s Friday and you already plan on sleeping in for the weekend.

What is the best thing to do after a long week of hard work?

That’s right, play video games!

Something to help you get your mind off things for once. Even in video games, you deserve a break so here are our 10 Best Cozy Games to Help You Relax.

10 Cozy Games to Help You Relax

Of course “cozy” can be a tad bit subjective since everyone has their own preferences or understanding of the word, that’s why for this list we went around and gathered some titles that the majority can easily relate to.

10: Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

We’ll start off with a familiar face. Stardew Valley!

With its on-the-nose setting of you turning your back on the big city to live a peaceful life in the sticks, it’s no surprise that this farming and life sim easily won the hearts of many!

Gathering crops, and minerals, interacting with the locals of Pelican Town and feeding precious minerals to Abigail.

This game lets you do it all, and in your own time too! You have complete control of your own schedule so you can be as busy as you want to be.

9: Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

Harvest Moon Friends of Mineral Town

Who are we to not mention Harvest Moon while Stardew Valley is on this list?

It’s a well-known classic that has dozens of likable characters, festivals, activities, and a compelling story to keep you seated while you reminisce about your childhood memories.

Friends of Mineral Town instantly became a fan favorite due to its rich and fast-paced nature. Go on and give this one another go, don’t forget to print out all of the character’s schedules before you start!

8: Cities Skylines

Cities Skylines
Source: Epic Games

Hear us out for a second, yes the first two titles mentioned were about leaving the big city and starting a new life in the boonies.

But if you’re looking to relax and happen to know a few things about urban planning, then Cities Skylines is right up your alley!

You are in complete control when it comes to managing districts, policies, taxation, and road networks, and even where the sewage goes is completely up to you!

There’s something simply satisfying about watching your own city move around and grow while the one you commute to as you sit in traffic for two hours. If you’re looking for a cozy time sink then is perfect for you!

7: Slime Rancher 2

Slime Rancher 2

If Slime Rancher was so good why isn’t there a part two- oh wait there is.

The voices in your head will definitely calm down once you explore a colorful new world, collect new slimes, and immerse yourself in the game’s vibrant design, graphics, and visuals.

As always there is no wrong approach to playing the game as you have complete freedom with what you want to do. You can either make mad Plorts or simply opt for charm and aesthetics rather than profit.

6: Subnautica

Subnautica

It may come as surprising but yes, Subnautica can be relaxing and cozy. As long as you stay in the Safe Shallows!

Still sticking to the theme of doing everything on your own time, Subnautica lets you do this as you are under no obligation to rush things once you are given control at the start.

Gather materials, discover the colorful local fauna, investigate ancient alien bases, and uncover the truth that will set you free. Figuratively and quite literally.

5: Euro Truck Simulator 2

Source: Steam

Okay let’s return to planet earth for a while. Who doesn’t enjoy a good long drive? People find that rather therapeutic.

Now when it comes to trucking, of course, there’s going to be a schedule, but at the end of the day, it’s still your choice if you want a long drive across Europe or just a quick last-minute delivery into the next town.

Manage your very own fleet of flat noses and even customize the inside of your cab. Euro Truck Simulator 2 lets you do a plethora of things including avoiding traffic and speeding. After all, it’s about the journey, not the destination.

4: Power Wash Simulator

A pressure washer can be quite useful around the house, but that’s expensive and Power Wash Simulator isn’t!

You get the same healing feeling when you move from place to place and take on jobs varying in difficulty.

There’s nothing more satisfying than blasting away at dirt and getting paid at the end of the day. Just make sure to remember your real life responsibilities as well!

3: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You saw this coming a mile away. There’s no way we’ll be finishing this list without including Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Once again you’re stuck with Tom Nook and his love for Bells, along with sizeable debt. But the good thing about this is that you can pay it off without the risk of being evicted!

Interacting with anthropomorphic animals with different personalities is definitely going to give you a good chuckle as you manage a deserted island and transform it into something close to a hamlet complete with houses that you can customize to the very last piece of furniture.

2: Unpacking

A game that helps you meditate. Unpacking has an unusual appeal as you never really get why it’s relaxing to unload boxes to fill in an empty room.

But you still do it anyway, and you enjoy it above all! The more you grow up, the more you start to appreciate the little things. That or you have very bad OCD.

This game really emphasizes the meaning of “show, don’t tell” as you learn about somebody else’s life the more boxes you open. It’s perfect for casual and laid back gamers who enjoy a bit of organizing and decorating on the side.

1: Minecraft

Venerable Minecraft. For all who place their last block, there are young ones out there who place their first.

Minecraft is like a photo you pass down from one generation to the other. As more people cross paths with it, more fond memories are made.

From your very first Creeper ambush to the time when you discover your first set of diamonds. The feeling of accomplishment and confusion as you make your very first dirt house mixed with Obsidian. You didn’t even need to think back then, you just build.

There’s never any harm to try doing it all over again. Minecraft can always be played on your lonesome, or with your closest friends so go ahead and unwind for the weekend, you deserve it!

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