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The 16 Best Video Games for Relaxation

Animal Crossing

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Upon firing the game up, you’ll be immediately overwhelmed with a sense of IDGAF as all of your worries are whisked away and you’re ushered into the small tranquil town of Animal Crossing. The color scheme, friendly neighbors, and delightful music all do a great job at immersing you in a truly joyful experience while time melts around you.

Starbound

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I sometimes find myself just listening to the intoxicating intro music, eyes closed and leaned back in my computer chair. Starbound gives you the broad quest of exploring its 2-D universe at your leisure. While there is combat mixed in, the overall tone of this game is very comforting and relaxing – a perfect journey to embark on after a stressful day at work.

Abzu

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Take control of a diver and explore the beautifully trippy underwater worlds of Abzu. On a mission to restore life, players will find themselves surrounded by breathtaking scenes of diverse fish, coral reefs, caves, and ancient ruins. The cool, laid back nature of the game encourages you to take things at your own pace and soak up the experience. No matter what, it’s impossible to play this game angry.

Take on Mars

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While it’s definitely not the most exciting game on this list, those of you looking for a more “realistic” experience should find this title to your liking. Take on Mars lets players control a lonely rover whose quest is to explore the vast surface of the red planet. If you really just need to take a step away from everything and be alone, this game will make you feel like you’re the last human alive. What are you waiting for? Go probe some dirt samples!

EVE Online

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Don’t let the games hardcore nature and surprisingly ruthless sectors of space fool you, it’s got wonderful built in tranquil features. Few games can really capture the grandeur of open space like EVE does, and you’ll definitely feel it. So long as you stick to the high-security sections of space, you’re free to roam the dark skies at your own free will and take in the gorgeous distant nebulas.

Proteus

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Don’t let the games hardcore nature and surprisingly ruthless sectors of space fool you, it’s got wonderful built in tranquil features. Few games can really capture the grandeur of open space like EVE does, and you’ll definitely feel it. So long as you stick to the high-security sections of space, you’re free to roam the dark skies at your own free will and take in the gorgeous distant nebulas.

Stardew Valley

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Yes, we know we’ve covered this game in multiple articles, but that should lead you to believe that this game is truly amazing if you haven’t taken our word for it already. Welcome to the small town of Stardew Valley where your one and only job is to manage the farm that your grandpa left you. You can fish, mine, befriend neighbors (or marry them), and even meet a wizard all from the small confines of this perfect little village.

Euro Truck Simulator

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Yup, it’s pretty much a game about being a semi truck driver in Europe. If you like driving for stress relief, well now you can even do it from a screen in your own home and get the same effect (pretty much). Rolling your way through the visually appealing European landscape in conjunction with some music creates an experience that’s hard to mimic.

Journey

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Soft visuals in conjunction with the vastness of Journey make for one unforgettable experience. Music has been wonderfully incorporated and adds to the feeling of being small as you traverse ruins, vast deserts, and plenty more on your way to the mountain. An added benefit is the ability to meet other players. Even though you can’t see their name or communicate, you can help each other out and slowly find that a bond is forming.

Dear Esther

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There is no mission or goal of this game, rather the only thing you can do is explore the mysterious island while listening to the rambling of an old man go on about his dead wife. Yea, it doesn’t sound the most relaxing, but where the true beauty of this game shines is in its storytelling and ability to draw you in. Before you know it, you’ll be glued to the TV delving deeper into the game

Flower

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The title alone is enough to turn away some macho gamers, but for those that are intrigued, you’ll find a transformative experience inside. The sole mission of the game is to collect and control your growing swarm of flower petals and guide them through dead meadows to revive them. The soundtrack and stunning visuals really drive home the true message of this (being more green) all while literally whisking away your worries.

Song of the Deep

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This heartfelt video game covers the story of a 12 year old girl whose father goes missing. As a result, it’s of course up to her to go searching for him in the depths of the ocean in a submarine. Realism aside, the game is beautifully orchestrated between the soundtracks, story, and visuals. Even if this isn’t your typical style of game, we strongly urge you to give it a try.

No Man’s Sky

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This game received a lot of heat from the gaming community after its initial release, but that’s now starting to subside. While the key to the game is survival, you’re tasked with the far fetched mission of reaching the center of the universe. Along the way, you’ll jump between hundreds of systems and explore uniquely beautiful planets that have plenty of mystery to offer. Vibrant colors and engrossing sounds make this experience feel real.

Alto’s Adventure

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Enter the needed endless runner game, Alto’s Adventure. With the singular quest of snowboarding for as long as possible, the game also features a Zen Mode, which is the reason it made the list. Zen Mode is specially designed for players looking to kick back and relax while listening to some chill music. The smooth visuals in conjunction with addicting controls make this game a perfect post work play.

We Love Katamari

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For such a simplistic design and concept, We Love Katamari gives players one simple task to complete. You’ll start by rolling up the smallest of objects, and, as your ball grows, you’ll soon be taking trees and even skyscrapers with you until you outgrow the world and move onto the solar system. It’s a wild concept, but the singular task of rolling a larger and larger ball has a trance like effect.

Samorost 3

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As the third addition to the series, you can already assume that its successors have been a hit. Samorost three is a unique point and click style game that involves a weird looking space gnome in search of a magical flute. The games real strong points come from, once again, the amazing soundtracks that really capture the essence of the game. That mixed with great visuals, and you’ve got yourself a calming cup of tea in game form.




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