Best ‘Chill’ Relaxing Games – The Ultimate List

After a hard day’s work, most people look forward to going home and hopefully getting a chance to unwind. For some that may mean listening to music or a podcast, reading a book, watching TV, or playing a video game. And while focus-intensive games can be fun, sometimes we would rather just chill out and play something more relaxing. 

Here, we will be highlighting some great games that are perfect for zoning out and forgetting about all your troubles. Make sure to check back as we’ll updating this list in the future with new entries. If you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

Later Alligator

Platform: PC

Point and click adventure games are among the most relaxing genres around, seeing as they don’t require any split-second decisionmaking and are usually a lot more forgiving. This happens to be the case with Later Alligator, a mystery adventure title that sees you exploring an alternate version of New York City inhabited by bipedal alligators.

The game is played from the perspective of Pat, a socially awkward reptile who becomes wrapped up in a criminal conspiracy involving his family. Pat’s quest for answers leads them on a humorous adventure filled with 30+ minigames and over 100 different alligators to meet. 

Tacoma

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Tacoma is a walking sim that plays similarly to Fullbright’s previous game Gone Home. The game is set in the year 2088 and sees players controlling Amy, an agent for the Venturis Corporation tasked with retrieving AI data from an abandoned space station whose crew has mysteriously vanished.

As you explore the various living quarters, offices, and hidden passageways that make up the Tacoma space station, you’ll learn more about the crew’s personalities and relationships. This is done by reading emails, personal diaries, text exchanges, and replaying memories using a special device. If there’s a key detail you might have missed while exploring, the game gives you the option to revisit every area and replay memories as many times as you want. 

Hypnospace Outlaw

Platform: PC

Hypnospace Outlaw is not your average video game; it serves as a time capsule for 90s’ internet culture, allowing players to explore a myriad of janky webpages cluttered with low-res gifs and flashing text as they take on the role of Hynospace Enforcer, volunteers empowered to flag internet violations such as copyright infringement and malware.

Players are rewarded for their hard work with virtual currency that can be used to purchase vaporwave-inspired music tracks, wallpapers, and screensavers. Additionally, the game features a series of built-in applications ranging from a full-on sound synthesizer to a virtual pet sim. 

Stardew Valley

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC / iOS / Android

Inspired by the beloved Harvest Moon games, Stardew Valley is a farming sim that offers players a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Days are spent growing crops, gathering resources, crafting items, exploring mines and completing tasks for a cast of well-written NPCs, each with their distinct personality.

The game offers a lot of flexibility in terms of how you choose to spend your days, allowing you to focus on doing the activities you enjoy most. Over the in-game years, you’ll get to know the community of Stardew Valley well, forming relationships that can leave a lasting impression.

Color Zen

Platform: PS4 / Switch / iOS

Color Zen is a relaxing minimalist puzzle game in which players attempt to match corresponding colors in order with the goal being to fill the screen completely with a specified color. Complimenting Color Zen’s vibrant visuals is the game’s immersive sound design, which blends smooth background instrumentals with player-input sound effects.

Failing to solve a puzzle doesn’t bring any real penalty other than having to start from the beginning of a level, with there being 460 included. The game’s simple and intuitive controls allow you to use the touch screen in handheld mode and Joy-Con when docked, making it suitable for playing at home or on the go.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Platform: PS4 / Switch

Dragon Quest Builders 2 sets out to be more ambitious than the original at every turn. The game has you rebuilding civilization in a world where nearly every person has lost the ability to craft even the simplest of objects. Along the way, you’ll learn how to use useful new tools and acquire allies to help manage your village’s day-to-day operations. 

The sequel introduces a bunch of new features and QoL improvements such as more inventory space, the ability to glide and dive underwater, a new tool for collecting and filling areas with water, and online multiplayer support for up to 4-players. While combat is present, a majority of the game revolves around crafting and building. 

Return of the Obra Dinn

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

From the same developer that brought us Papers, Please, comes Return of the Obra Dinn, a stand-out title for both its bold, 1-bit monochromatic art style as well as its ability to take you on an engaging, atmospheric adventure. You play as an insurance adjuster, tasked with determining how the crew of a mysterious ship met their demise.

To complete this task, you’re given a ‘Memento Mortem’, a pocket-watch that replays the moments before a character’s death. The game offers little in terms of tutorials and hand-holding, encouraging you to make discovers on your own by paying close attention to clues you encounter along your journey.

Coloring Game: Little City

Coloring is a great way to relax after a stressful day since it doesn’t require deep-thought and stimulates our creative side. Coloring Game: Little City does a great job at translating the activity to a digital medium by having you fill in ‘color by number’ pixel art rendered images.

The base game is free to download and includes 15 scenes to color. Additional scenes can be obtained by purchasing two DLC packs, making for a grand total of 45 unique ‘color by number’ images.

Abzu

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

Abzu is an underwater adventure game that has you take on the role of a scuba diver that awakes to find yourself floating on the surface of a massive ocean. You begin exploring the ocean’s beautiful, atmospheric environments filled with plant and animal life, and discovering ancient technology and underwater ruins.

A majority of the game is spent solving simple puzzles and interacting with marine life through sonar. Unlike a lot of games that take place underwater and focus on the dangers of the unknown, Abzu is a calming experience that presents you with plenty of nautical wonders to marvel over.

Everything

Platform: PS4 / Switch / PC

Everything allows you to take the form of any object in the game, of which there are many, and interact with other objects and the world in ways that are uniquely specific to the object you’re possessing. This all takes place in a procedurally generated universe where you start as one of several possible creatures, moving around to find a smaller creature or object to possess.

Once you’ve made your way to the sub-atomic level, you’ll then be able to shift to larger objects including planets and stars. The goal of Everything is to explore the relationships between objects in the universe and focus on existing rather than doing anything, which is perfect for someone looking to relax.

Two Point Hospital

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

Two Point Hospital is a management sim that has you take on the role of medical administrator, building your hospitals from scratch. While managing a hospital doesn’t seem inherently fun or relaxing, the game has a lighthearted tone and gives you the option to slow down time and even pause the world completely, should you need to.

You’ll spend most of the game recruiting and training staff, as well as curing patients that come in with a myriad of comical illnesses. Two Point features 15 different hospital scenarios with unique objectives to complete to achieve a high rating, and possibly even win some awards for one of your locations.

Garden Paws

Platform: Switch / PC

Garden Paws is another sim game that features some farm management but offers more than just that. You play as a small, customizable animal in a world filled with other adorable creatures, exploring caves, fishing, raising animals, and collecting items to sell in your shop.

Additionally, you can make upgrades to your village which will encourage new creatures to come visit. It’s a very chill game that offers a colorful world free of any danger that’s just waiting to be explored.

What Remains of Edith Finch

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

What Remains of Edith Finch is a walking sim that has you play as the last surviving member of the Finch family who, following the death of her mother, returns to her old family home which has been abandoned for years. You soon learn about a perceived family curse, in which all but one member of every generation dies under unusual circumstances.

As the game progresses you learn more about your relatives and their untimely deaths by exploring their bedrooms and reliving memory sequences from their perspectives. There are plenty of family secrets to uncover and even some mysteries about Edith herself get revealed towards the end of the game’s brief two-hour story.

House Flipper

Platform: PC

Have you ever spent hours binge-watching home renovation TV shows and thought, “I could do that!”? Well, House Flipper gives you a chance to find out for yourself without having to get your hands dirty IRL. Instead, you’ll be purchasing virtual properties that can be redesigned and furnished before flipping them on the market for a profit.

To attract potential buyers, you’ll need to clean up messes left behind by the previous occupants, install new appliances, paint, build and tear down walls, and replace furniture. Each job you take on has different requirements and maximizing your profit will require meeting certain conditions as well as a great eye for design.

Everybody’s Golf

Platform: PS4

Everybody’s Golf, as its name implies, is a golf game designed for every kind of player. It’s the latest iteration in the sports franchise formerly known as Hot Shots Golf in North America, and for the first time in the series features character customization, online play, and the ability to free-roam around golf courses.

The game has a plethora of tranquil courses for you to check out as well as a handful of modes for both competitive and casual players. Everybody’s Golf also makes some refinements to the precise, satisfying golf mechanics the series is known for.

Planet Coaster

Platform: PC

Planet Coaster comes from Frontier Developments, the same company that created Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 back in the day. It’s a spiritual successor that gives you all the tools one could ever want for creating their very own amusement park with a variety of different themes. 

The game features three different modes: Career, Sandbox, and Challenge. If you’re looking for a relaxing experience that allows you to tap into your inner theme-park architect, check out the game’s Sandbox mode, which provides you with an empty plot of land and all features unlocked from the start.

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