Top 10 Cozy Video Games

Top 10 Cozy Video Games

Wholesome gaming to wind down with

A.J. Maciejewski

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If you've visited Video Chums before then you know that I can't resist a good challenge but sometimes, it's fun to simply relax with an easy-breezy experience so here are some cozy games that are sure to provide plenty of chill vibes and good times.

Note: in order for a game to qualify for this list, we must have reviewed it within the past year.

Button City

If you'd like to live in a world filled with furry critters who are obsessed with arcade games then Button City is a game for you. Surprisingly, its calm overworld where you chat with folks and complete side-quests is more entertaining than its arcade mini-games so it may not bring old-school excitement but it's certainly a cute and charming game that makes getting to know its cast a welcome treat.

Button City Review
Button City screenshot
These furry fellows sure love loitering

Islanders

There are oodles of puzzle games out there and Islanders offers a unique spin on the classic city-building formula by stripping out all of the micromanagement and intricate details while basically awarding points for where you place the certain buildings. It might sound a bit rudimentary yet it remains a wholeheartedly de-stressing experience that's excellent to unwind with at the end of a long day.

Islanders: Console Edition Review
Islanders: Console Edition screenshot
This island is about to become a bustling paradise

Lego Builder's Journey

On the more abstract side of things, Lego Builder's Journey essentially has you figure out single-screen puzzles by moving and placing Lego blocks in order to make paths and bridges for its characters to move across. With no interface, basic controls, and an appealing visual style; you know that you're in for an intuitive adventure and watching the little story unfold is just the icing on the cake. 🍰

Lego Builder's Journey Review
Lego Builder's Journey screenshot
Nothing quite like family time by the fire

Lake

All you do in Lake is deliver mail while talking to the citizens of a small town. Its campaign is drama-free and the lakeside setting is super-cozy so watching relationships blossom as you get to know everyone makes for one laidback story. Oh, and you'll want to play it again while making different decisions which affects the narrative in surprising ways. It has mature content, though, so keep that in mind.

Lake Review
Lake screenshot
Is anything cozier than discussing a box of bunnies in a diner?

Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective

Labyrinth City has become a mess thanks to Mr. X so it's up to Pierre the Maze Detective to unravel the mystery and hopefully turn things back to normal. The gameplay is incredibly simple as all you do is walk around maze-like environments while interacting with points of interest. The fun is in figuring out how to get from point A to point B and on top of that, there are loads of cute surprises to find.

Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective Review
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective screenshot
Labyrinth City is not only relaxing; it's quite funny, too

A Good Snowman is Hard to Build

When I think of relaxing puzzlers, A Good Snowman is Hard to Build comes to mind with its delightful premise of wandering around a hedge maze while assembling snowmen. It's not always easy but the forgiving campaign structure allows you to work out how to build each snowman at your leisure and once you do, you can actually give them a hug. You can't get cuter or cozier than that! ⛄

A Good Snowman is Hard to Build Review
A Good Snowman is Hard to Build screenshot
Life is a little less lonely when you make a snowman

Bugsnax

Bugsnax is a strange game where odd fuzzy monster-like characters eat bugs that resemble different snacks which makes their bodies transform to include the snack that they ate. It features a chill campaign that allows you to roam freely as you try to trap each Bugsnak in unique ways while completing quests. If you haven't played it yet, give it a go and see if you can collect all 100 Bugsnax. 🍔

Bugsnax Review
Bugsnax screenshot
I see that Bunger comes with a side of fries

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

Story of Seasons has been delighting gamers since '96 and Pioneers of Olive Town is one of the best entries in the long-running series with some nifty new gameplay features being added to the familiar formula. So, if you're looking to get comfortable in a charming game world as you tend to your farm, collect items, and upgrade your skills; you really can't do much better than this gem of a game.

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town Review
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town screenshot
Nigel knows what's up

OMNO

OMNO is a game that took me by complete surprise. Before playing it, I figured it was just another 3D platformer but as I progressed through its stylish world that's filled with giant magical creatures, I found myself completely captivated. Considering there is no combat and the challenge merely relies on your puzzle-solving and navigation abilities, discovering everything in OMNO's world is a joy.

OMNO Review
OMNO screenshot
OMNO makes it easy to get immersed in its mesmerizing world

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

Finally, at the top of this list is Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy and deservedly so. With a fish-out-of-water story starring Ryza who moves to the big city from her humble rural roots, it's inspiring to watch her make friends and begin to fit into her new home. From exploring the lovely environments to creating goodies via the in-depth alchemy system, this is one cozy adventure that you can spend a ton of time with. Plus, seeing as it's easy to pick-up-and-play, you can enjoy the journey at your own pace so whether you want a game to wind down with for a short while after a long day or one to play as the hours tick away, Atelier Ryza 2 is a perfect treat.

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy Review
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy screenshot
Well, I definitely enjoyed my adventures with you, Ryza!
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