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I’m getting a Steam Deck soon and would like to buy a stress-free relaxing yet fun game to play on it while they are on sale. I was thinking about Littlewood or Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. Which would you choose? Or would you choose something else? I do already have Stardew Valley and My Time at Portia. I’m thinking something along the lines of Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon, but on sale for <$10.
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I don't know if they work on the Steam Deck.
A Short Hike
AER Memories of Old
Grow Home - I thought this was relaxing and stress free, but I can see how some people might find the difficult platforming stressful.
I'm adding these to my to play in the future list. Thank you for the recommendations!
Do you want us to choose between the two you've mentioned or do you want other recommendations as well?
I'm ok with either. I just thought these two looked like what I would enjoy and am considering buying one but I'm totally up for other recommendations.
Coloring Pixels. The base game is free and then they have like 20 to 30 DLC packs for $1 each.
Oh I'm already addicted to Coloring Pixels. :p
Love it. Throw on an audiobook and color pixels for hours.
I love this type of games, i reccomend animal crossing but unfortunately isn't available on steam 😥 but if you use an emulator you can play it
I'm totally going to look into emulation when I get my Deck.
Spiritfarer is amazing and on sale for $10 right now ^_^
*Edit; they have a demo too, try it out!
Spiritfarer is such a brilliant game. I played it last month and I can't bring myself to finish it because I don't want to let it go just yet.
I found Cozy Grove to be quite a chill game on Switch.
Many minimalist puzzles with chill music.They aren't really for long-term, but they are very good as breaks between bigger games.
Here are my two stress free game experienced
I was gonna recommend Stardew Valley and My Time at Portia, but then I read the whole thing. Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles quite nice too.
I started Cat Quest recently, it's different from the ones you list, but you could try it. There's also My Time at Sandrock, it should fit what you are looking for.
These are from my wishlist (so haven't played them), but might be worth checking out
These, from by WL, are very different genre imo, in case you are open to them:
Hope that was helpful.
Thank you for all the recommendations! I was unfamiliar with several of these.
I loved Cat Quest. Played it a few years ago.
Oceanhorn is a really nice game with a similar feel.
I see. Well, after a few hours in, my opinion has changed a little.
It's still a nice cute game, but gets a little too repetitive. Luckily, the game is quite short, so it doesn't actually become an issue. I just started feel like that, and I believe I am already at the last main quest.
Oceanhorn has been on my WL for quite some time. Doesn't it have more to do with puzzles?
Oceanhorn is a Zelda-like game. It's pretty casual though, while some Zelda puzzles would be a bit more challenging. Also, not as polished, but I didn't mind that since it's an indie game.
I did love Zelda and can't play that on mac, so that game filled the void for me. =)
Oh, wow. That makes me try it even more. I'll bump up it's ranking in my wishlist.
I have never played any Zelda, as I have never owned any real console. But I want to really try it one day.
It reminds me a little of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I loved that one.
I see. Looking forward to play it someday.
btw, I just felt like letting you know that you should know I have been a little active in the discussions on SG lately, if you get what I mean. All the best!
Littlewood sounds very relaxing
Cat Goes Fishing can be played very relaxed.
I don't have a steam deck so check before but here are some ideas that seem to fit
Some of my favorite chill games:
AER Memories of Old
Grow Home / Grow Up
InnerSpace (It has mixed reviews so YMMV but I thought it was a charming little game)
Paper Beast (I loved this one)
Townscaper (Less a game and more a sandbox to play in, only recommended if you like building stuff)
Splice (Sadly not on sale right now but it isn't too expensive)
I am virtually running circles around Strange Horticulture, it really does seem like it would fit in there and to me looks absolutely lovely.
And maybe Slime Rancher, it is definitely cute 😄
I do enjoy Graveyard Keeper, too, but it is a bit of a grindy one and might not be everybody's kind of humour.
Littlewood is so good.
My Time at Sandrock
DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS
STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town
STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town
Rune Factory 4 Special
Little Witch in the Woods
Fantasy Farming: Orange Season
Not released yet:
Rune Factory 5
Garden Witch Life
Roots of Pacha
One Lonely Outpost
Slime Rancher 2
Dreamland: Village Life
So many good looking games to look forward too! If I were to double my budget to $20, do you think Rune Factory 4 Special would be a better buy than 2 of the others (Possibly Littlewood, Yonder, or Cozy Grove)? I have always wanted to play a Rune Factory game.
You've always wanted to play Rune Factory, so the choice is easy. :)
I have so many hours in Rune Factory 4 on the Switch. It's one of the very few games that I replayed. It's definitely one to keep an eye on if you're into those types of games. I personally found it more relaxing than Stardew Valley because the days are longer, you're not forced into combat unless you decide to go to combat areas (and bosses are more fun to fight although you'd need to gear up quite a bit for some of them), you can save mid-day, and you have a teleport. All the things that made Stardew Valley more stressful than relaxing for me.
Wow great list!
I would add Calico, which is also relaxing albeit more limited than some of these.
As for the unreleased, have you tried the Wylde Flowers demo during Nextfest? It's pretty similar to some of these and has a nice chill vibe to it with some gardening and collecting. Not too demanding and kinda relaxing
Nope, but thanks. Wylde Flowers looks really good! On my wishlist now. :D
I tried browsing the relaxing tag,
number one best seller in that category... Elden Ring 🤔
that sounds pretty relaxing
The amount of tag trolling on Steam these days is pretty high.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1455840/Dorfromantik/ is a great relaxing game on Deck.
The Long Dark <3
Tales from the Borderlands <3
Definitely not Cuphead 😅
But i'd recommend Cookie Clicker
I legit thought I might have something to recomend but after taking a look at the list of games I played I'm starting to think that I may be getting "relaxing" and "slow paced" mixed in my mind, after thinking about it for a bit quite a few of the chill games I remember playing either require constant attention or are actually kinda dark/heavy on their tone.
I did find one that's legitimately relaxing tho, and I played it at least twice so far (only once on steam):
short hike gameplay time
the last campfiregameplay time
I highly recommend this game https://store.steampowered.com/app/1472660/No_Place_Like_Home/ it is extremely relaxing, kind of similar to stardew but it has less story but you don't have to worry about day/night cycle affecting the game.
As it wasn't mentioned already I'll throw my hat in for Down in Bermuda right now available in Steam summer sale at historical low.
I second that. Won that here couple of days ago and finished almost the same day. Neat little experience. Though more on the puzzling side of things, there is no farming involved thankfully.
I find the Trine series to be a relaxing puzzle platformer.
Though there's is some fairly straightforward and simple combat, there's virtually no penalty for death. The large focus of the game is using a variety of abilities to solve puzzles.
And even though a lot of players play Trine as co-op, you'll still get the full experience going through it single player. It's really great.