We all have complicated days. Stress governs most of our days nowadays, and busy is our permanent status. As a gamer, gaming is usually my way of relaxing. I unwind after working or after an emotionally complicated day by sitting down and enjoying some games. But, sometimes I experience so much fatigue from my daily day, that I simply feel too stressed or tired to play some games. When that happens, I stop my current Sekiro playthrough and play a chill and easy to get by game. Here are 5 relaxing games to play after a complicated day!
This game is heading the list for a great reason. Flower is a simple game that was launched on PS3 and later on for PS4. You control a wind current that carries petals around several open grassland areas. Your mission is to take this current of wind and bring the petals close to the flowers in the prairies to make them blossom.
The game is literally a metaphor of relaxation. These petals bring life and serenity to places where there twilight and modernity govern. The idea of breathing life into a troubled scenery is the main plot here. In addition, its relaxing soundtrack, and gorgeous visuals make Flower an extremely easy-going and soothing experience. Even controlling the game is easy, as you utilize just one button and the motion control of the Dualshock controller.
Gris is a beautiful and artsy game. The core driving force of this title is its aesthetics. The watercolor style and palette of the game result in a relaxing and pleasant experience. Its great narrative style is met with top-notch animations and compositions. The whole experience is like appreciating a painting.
It is endearing on many levels. Playing through Gris is an experience on its own, and a relaxing one for that matter. Gris has its own pace. Even when it gets climatic, it never gets chaotic. The whole ride will offer a superb gaming experience while guaranteeing an unbending escapade.
Tetris is an absolute classic! It has been around for decades. The title is famous for its engaging, yet simple gameplay. There are few gamers out there that haven’t played a match of Tetris to kill some time or to relax during a long day or trip. Yes, the game is challenging. But, with so many entries nowadays, there are tons of modes for Tetris designed to just pass the time and relax.
For this purpose, I would recommend Tetris Effect. This title launched even in VR. The combination of classic Tetris with ethereal music and particle effects make this one a perfect ride for relaxation. It truly immerses you in the audio and visual design, leaving all the concerns of daily life outside for some minutes.
This underwater adventure is a blast. Abzu has little to no dialogue, and it focuses on the experience of a diver into the marvels of the sea. There’s much more than meets the eye here. If you pay close attention, you’ll understand the metaphor and meaning that the developer wanted for the game. Even without going too deep into the rabbit hole, just navigating in the world of Abzu is an extraordinary experience.
The underwater world is detailed and crammed with life. I strongly recommend using headphones for this one. Audio in this game is truly immersive and unwinding. The sounds of nature mixed with relaxing tunes deliver a pondering sensation of calmness. The colorful visuals are beautiful and awe-inspiring. Can’t go wrong with this one!
I created an article about this one, explaining why it is such an important game for me. Journey is, as its title indicates, a trip through the metaphorical representation of life itself. There’s so much to take away from this adventure. The whole game is accompanied by one of the best instrumental soundtracks I’ve heard in a game.
The gameplay is incredibly simple, yet, rewarding. Playing through Journey’s different levels is an emotional and gratifying experience. The aesthetics here and the overall art design is sublime. I have seen few games that match the level of creativity that Journey displays. This title is a testament that sometimes less is better and that an abundance words don’t equate to a meaningful message. If you are looking for a relaxing and introspective journey, look no more, this game is perfect for you.
The power of gaming
Gaming is a perfect way to leave stress behind. The multitude of great stories and immersive worlds it provides make it an ideal way to take a break from the hectic we world we now live in. Playing one of the games above, or looking for a more social approach, is a great way to chill and get the burdens out of your head. There are few cures to stress that work better than a good online match with a friend while talking about life or an immersive relaxing game. Go ahead, power up that console or PC, gather with some friends, and let the worries of today’s life behind!