Looking for video games that don’t involve shooting enemies or require too much brain power? If so, you’re in luck because there are many relaxing options to choose from, most of which can be played at your own pace and with family members.
From creating your dream house in The Sims 4 to exploring the breathtaking depths of the ocean in ABZU, here are ten ultra-chill video games to play.
For those who grew up playing The Sims in the noughties, now might be the perfect time to once again wile away the hours creating and controlling characters, building and decorating houses and exploring vibrant worlds. And, if in need of some extra simoleons, don’t forget to use the money cheat ‘motherlode’.
An all-new built-in feature, The Sims 4 Gallery also allows you to view, share, and download new content without ever leaving your game.
Should you fancy a wider choice of clothing, home accessories and places to explore, there are a bunch of fun expansion packs. Just make sure you have this base game to be able to play them, which for under a tenner is an absolute steal.
Dive into breathtaking visuals of underwater scenery in a new exploration adventure game from the artistic mind behind Journey and Flower. Abzu sees you The Diver venture through majestic seascapes and oceanic ecosystems to gather collectibles and unlock the end of game achievement.
With a beautiful score by composer Austin Wintory and unprecedented detail everywhere you look, ABZU is a truly relaxing experience. However, as you descend deeper into the abyss, there are darker, more perilous mysteries waiting for you at the heart of the ocean.
Minecraft has become a cult-favourite among gamers of all ages. It features an expansive explorable world where you can allow your imagination and creativity run wild.
From constructing buildings and foraging useable items to raising animals and fighting creepers and other foes, there are tons of activities to work with.
Dig deep into the crust of the Minecraft world for minerals, ores, precious diamonds and gems, but watch out for the lava. The game is also constantly updated with new content for free, giving you more bang for your buck.
Don’t want to fight creepers and other enemies? Simply switch to Creative mode for a tranquil gaming experience.
Nintendo Switch game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sees you escape the hustle and bustle of the typical city from previous games, as you accept Tom Nook’s invite for his Deserted Island Getaway Package.
From collecting resources and crafting tools to building furniture and making new friends, players can explore and interact with nature as the seasons change. The peaceful and relaxing game is a delight to play, whether you’re new or old to the Animal Crossing series.
From the creators of Tearaway and Little Big Planet, Dreams is a family-friendly game where you can go to explore an endless dreamiverse, play dreams of others and create and share your own.
The playful sandbox game and endless explorative journey showcases a creative gaming space to experience the feeling of being in a dream. Create worlds, games, art, films, music or anything in-between and beyond.
You can play solo, or create collaboratively with others, on your sofa, live online, or you can build on their creations. You can also modify work of other players and make it your own.
Moving Out is an action-packed puzzle, physical-based moving simulator from Team 17, the makers of Overcooked.
There are many plot twists and entertaining scenarios to experience. These include trying to squeeze a bed through a narrow door frame, irreverently chucking a TV out of the window and trying to carry a sofa across moving platforms on a river.
Unlock achievements based on how quick you fill up the van and receive a performance rating of gold, silver or bronze to proceed to the next level. The all-new fun time trial game challenges you to become a solo removal master or you can play couch co-op with up to four players.
This sandbox space adventure lets you and your friends explore and reshape distant worlds. The game is set during the 25th century’s Intergalactic Age of Discovery, where Astroneers must venture to new frontiers of outer space to discover rare collectibles and unlock the mysteries of the universe.
Build custom bases above or below ground, create vehicles to explore a vast solar system and utilize terrain to let your creativity and ingenuity run wild.
This enchanting world was inspired by the beauty of the Mediterranean through a fusion of captivating music and colour. RiME is set on a mysterious island which you can explore at your own pace, take in the sights and sounds, interact with wildlife and search for hidden items.
With the guidance of a helpful fox and your wits, play as a young boy as you solve puzzles, discover ancient ruins and find secrets and collectables to unravel his backstory.
One Amazon customer left this shining five-star review: ‘This is a stunning, delightful game, an absolute work of art.
‘The open world is fascinating and absorbing, the puzzles satisfying and fun. Even the platforming and climbing elements, they feel so natural and intuitive. The game is well balanced; I don’t have too much gaming time and often don’t finish games, but I finished this one. Whenever you think you’re stuck, there’s a way out if you persevere a little more, and the save intervals are fair.
‘A fantastic experience and an amazing, beautiful game.’
Beatrix LeBeau is a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the ‘Far, Far Range,’ where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes.
Choose from three game modes: Adventure, Casual, and Rush. Explore a sprawling world packed full of secrets and hidden treasures, grow crops and raise chickadoos to feed your hungry slimes, while earning money on the Plort Market to upgrade and expand your tools and ranch.
There are more than 150 hybrid slimes you can create by combining slims together. You can also use Slime Science to find rare resources, craft decorations, and create new gadgets.
Embark on a new adventure with a whole new generation of Pokemon and become a Pokemon Trainer. Choose from one of three new Pokemon partners: Grookey, Scorbunny or Sobble.
Battle wild Pokemon, other trainers and gym leaders while exploring new towns and areas with diverse environments. Catch and trade new and familiar Pokemon in the new Galar region.
The game has notched up an impressive 4.8 star rating out of 5 on Amazon. One shopper wrote in their review: ‘I bought this game as a life long fan of Pokémon and I thoroughly loved every second of this game. The battles feel epic, the music is everything you need it to be and the storyline is engrossing.
‘All in all, if you are a fan of Pokémon, this is a more than worthy purchase and will have you hyped beyond belief during battles.’
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