Hate to break it to you, but the gaming world does not only offer difficult and stressful games and not all gamers are looking out for the typical first-person shooter games. There are so many different types of games and it’s safe to say that there is one for every single type of person. After a stressful day of work, the last thing you want is to scream into the microphone as you battle alongside strangers in a 5 vs 5. If you’re the type who plays for leisure and wants one that is filled with absolutely zero violence, I got your back! The world outside can be pretty harsh and unforgiving, especially now in the pandemic era, the last thing people want is to pile on their stress. Thankfully, if what you’re looking for is an escape from your everyday grind, I have gathered for you some of the coolest upcoming cozy games you can play during your downtime or in-between your breaks for 2021!
1. Lake (Steam & Xbox)
Lake is an upcoming game that will be released on September 2, 2021, and I literally cannot wait for it! In Lake, you play as Meredith who returns to her hometown as a postal service, delivering mail around town for two weeks. This game is narrative gameplay with a hint of a slice of life genre with branching storylines. You will do your job delivering mail and get to decide how you want to spend your time outside of your job. You can hang out with other people, get into a relationship, or you can even just stay at home if you want. This is the perfect relaxing Hallmark vibes game everyone has been dreaming of, exactly the kind of vibe you need after long hours of work.
2. Kitori Academy (Steam & Nintendo Switch)
A game I’m really excited about is Kitori Academy, which was previously called Witchery Academy. In this adorable game, you play as a wizard apprentice by learning your witchcraft. Hence, you will attend lessons, learn how to brew potions, and grow magical crops. The best part of it all is that you will have your very own spirit companion, a cat that you can bond with. The recent revamp of the game emphasizes the cat element in the game, making it all the more exciting for when it comes out. The release date is still unknown but you should definitely keep this one on your radar!
3. Potion Permit (Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4 & Xbox One)
Potion Permit has a very unique and interesting story where when you first arrive in town, nobody likes you and they were all incredibly rude to you. Eventually, you will learn why and the satisfaction comes from a storyline where you will have to work to earn the trust of a hurt community. The game is incredibly stunning, especially the pixel animation with your character running with their hair and clothes swaying in the air. There is so much to love about this game and I absolutely recommend you to have this game on the top of your list!
4. Yokai Inn (PC)
One of the most anticipated games right now is Yokai Inn. In this game, you are forced to take shelter in what you think is an abandoned inn but at night, the inn is brought to life with spirits and otherworldly patrons. This is a Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing-inspired gameplay but with a Japanese folklore-infused backdrop that reminds you of Spirited Away, where you manage and run the inn by cleaning, farming, fishing, cooking, and more. You can also befriend all the spirits and monsters there. The art style and animation are beyond adorable and you definitely would not want to miss out on this one!
5. The Good Life (Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4 & Xbox One)
The last game I think you should keep on your radar is The Good Life. This is an adventure game set in a quiet, cozy town with a dark secret. You play as Naomi, a New York journalist who comes to Rainy Woods to pay off her massive debt. There is a lot you can do in this game. You can take pictures to earn money, and live alongside folks in town that turn out to be stranger than they initially appeared. You start solving mysteries and uncovering secrets, including a murder and a strange event where you turn into a cat or a dog once a month. This game looks so compelling and cool and definitely worth a shot!