Soothe away your Anxiety
Video Games gives the player rollercoaster of emotions. Whether it be some virtual character’s death, or two characters meeting after a long time, we’ve all felt sad, happy, confused, and angry when playing games. But, there are games out there that are specifically designed for soothing the player’s mind. Call it a Zen Station. In the market filled with shooters and RPG games, these game developers decided to develop games that for once takes a break and provides the players some well-needed break as well.
(Side note: All the games are ranked in a random manner, every single one of them are good in their own respective way.)
Top 10 Soothing games to keep you calm during the pandemic.
When we talk about soothing games to calm your mind and soul, Journey is the top one out there. It is a beautiful game beautifully created by Thatgamecompany, Tricky Pixels, SIE Santa Monica Studios. Not only does it have beautiful visuals but also a heartwarming soundtrack to accompany it. Like they say, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”, this game is exactly that. With beautiful cut scenes and pretty visuals, this is a must-play if you are all about the “journey” rather than the destination.
Journey is available for PlayStation 3, But recently it has been ported to Playstation 4 and Microsoft Windows.
Another in the list of soothing games is Abzu. If you are a diver or just love sea life in general, this game is especially for you. Abzu is a beautiful rendition of the sea, it’s vast nature, and the curiosity of the unknown. This is one of those games that you take your time to finish. It is an amazing sea exploration game developed by Giant Squid Studios. It’s short but simple and sweet. So, if you like exploring the environment and checking every nook and cranny of a level, you should pick this game up. https://abzugame.com/
Abzu is available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One.
Rime is another one of those soothing games all about exploration. From interesting puzzles and story that leaves you wanting for more, this is a great game to keep you occupied. With vibrant visual and simple but effective art styles, this game does a great job of grabbing the attention of the player and keeping them mesmerized. A game developed by Tequilla Works does a great job of providing the player a sense of cool off. With simple to understand gameplay, pretty visuals, interesting and unique puzzles and story shrouded in a certain mystery, this is a game to pick up during the quarantine.
Rime in available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.
4. What remains of Edith Finch
What remains of Edith Finch is one of the soothing games with a beautifully told story. If You are a story head and want an interesting story rather than just mindless action, this is the perfect game for you. It feels a type of anthology as the story is told in multiple sub-story, beautifully non the less but technically it isn’t. It provides the player with a sense of melancholy as you progress in the game. By the end of the game, you will start thinking that you knew all the characters in the game personally. It is a Beautiful adventure title developed by Giant Sparrow and published by Annapurna Interactive and it is a must-have.
What remains of Edith Finch is available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.
5. Everybody’s gone to the Rapture
If you are interested in a soothing game which is all about walking simulation, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is for you. From beginning to end, it provides a feeling of melancholy while keeping the players calm. It provides a sense of being alone but in a somewhat non-negative way. A title developed by The Chinese Room does a good job of delivering those exploration hungry gamers what they need. You explore and you unravel the mystery, all while keeping yourself tension free. If you love walking sim and melancholic story, this game does a good job.
Everybody’s gone to the Rapture is available on Playstation 4 and Microsoft Windows.
6. Dear Esther
Another game developed by The Chinese RoomStudios Dear Esther is quite a storyteller, a soothing game non the less. It is a walking simulator all about exploring and finding secrets all the while the narrator reads the letter in the background. This game is drenched in melancholy, from its Atmosphere and environment to the story. You, the player have to just sit back and walk as the story unfolds in its own suitable pace. It is a short game but a good one none the less.
Dear Esther is available on PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh Operating Systems.
7. The Witness
The Witness is one of those soothing games that is all about solving puzzles. It’s Brian trainer of some sort. With little to none spoken words, you the player are immersed in the surrounding which filled with vibrant trees and lakes that oozes peace. This is another one of those games that you take your time to finish, though some puzzles can be a little tricky and can increase the playtime. Thelka Inc. did an incredible work on this game. Being inspired by Myst, it is an open-world exploration puzzle game that you need to check out.
The Witness is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh Operating Systems, Android, IOS.
GRIS is a unique take on a side-scrolling platforming game. It’s one of the soothing games in the sense that the featured soundtrack of this game is nonchalant. Vivid in a way, the art style of this game is particularly unique as it is just about right to convey some message of the sort. It does hide a slight melancholic undertone. Story-wise, it has been beautifully written. It’s a story about a girl trying to restore the world. If you like playing games with melancholic undertone and plot that is not explained through some NPC dialogue this is a game to pick up.
GRIS is available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh Operating System, Android.
Another beautiful game developed by Thatgamecompany who also developed Journey. The Flower is as the title says about flowers. You as a player are sort of like a gust of wind carrying the petals and leaves of the flower. There isn’t really a story in this game, it’s more like a relaxing game to play with headphones as the soundtrack feels it’s been composed to soothe one’s mind. Vividness is another feature that provides the player with the calm of mind. As the grass blows in the wind nonchalantly upon the great blue sky in an open meadow. This is another one of the soothing games you need to pick up if you just want to take a break from all the action.
Flower is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Vita.
Last but not least, the granddaddy of them all, Minecraft. This is a game that brought creative freedom in a video game allowing the players to create their own world and do whatever they like in their own way. It provides the player with two options, either to play creative mode or play survival mode. As the name implies the former is all about creativity and the latter is all about survivability. This is the perfect game to blow off some steam, you can build, farm, do whatever you like. The world is yours for the taking. It isn’t called one of the soothing games for no reason.
Minecraft is available on Almost all the devices and consoles.
These were the top 10 Soothing games that will help you keep your cool in the pandemic and make it relaxing. Sometimes people like to take a break from mindless shooting and horror. These are the list of games that are perfect for relaxation. Hope it has helped you.
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