Welcome to the Cozy Zone, the corner of SG dedicated to sharing and discussing cozy games. Get yourself some hot chocolate and a blanket, get comfy and enjoy the good vibes and the good gibs too.

I'm certain most of you are familiar with the concept of "cozy gaming/games" by now, but to avoid any confusion here are some excerpts I stole from articles written by people who are better with words than me, which should give you the idea:

These kinds of games encourage players to take things slow and enjoy the cozier things in life, which is why they've gained a reputation for being 'cozy games'. While there isn't an official definition for what a cozy game is exactly, those that do fall under this categorization have a particular vibe that is easy to spot. Typically, a cozy game will be laid back, have minimal, if any, combat, an endearing art style, and will wrap its action around a wholesome story.
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Whether the ideal cozy game consists of task-based satisfaction or getting to project personal feelings onto a melancholy storyline, there are options suitable to gamers of all backgrounds. The genre is very flexible, populated with RPGs, platformers, point-and-click adventures, life sims, and much more. These are the games to play after a long day of work, on rainy days, and when you just don't feel like crawling out of bed.`
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The core idea behind [cozy gaming] is the combination of appealing colors, atmospheric music, and playability. In addition, a game should also be fun and relaxing, contributing to the experience that can be referred to as cozy.
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Cozy games are predominantly identified by the comfortable atmosphere, aesthetically pleasing design, and task-focused gameplay. Cozy games are not always easy or relaxing, though they can be.

Links: 1 2 3 4


With that out of the way and skipping the whole "in these hard times we all need more cozy time in our lives" preamble (heh), let's get straight to what the Cozy Zone is supposed to be about:

My giveaways of cozy games. Tbh I just needed a place for my next gibs, as it so happened that I'm in possession of some amount of keys for this particular type of games, but instead of going with just another one-time train I decided to make it an ongoing thread. So for now the plan is to do GAs for this thread with games of the cozy kind on a somewhat regular basis.

Your giveaways of cozy games. Everyone is welcome to join me in making GAs for games that fit the theme. No strict guidelines, just use your own discretion when deciding if the game is good for this thread. In general, fitting games usually have one or more of these tags on Steam: Relaxing / Family Friendly / Cozy / Wholesome / Cute / Comedy; and here are some tags that these games usually don't include: Violent / Gore / Survival / Psychological Horror / Hentai / Dark / War / Military / Dystopian (these are just some examples of some of the most popular tags). But in any case, if a game seems cozy enough to you, feel free to gib it abay, as simple as that. Just make sure to make your GA private (aka invite-only). Every active giveaway will be featured in the OP (if I'm around at the time it's running).

General discussion of cozy games. Random cozy games discoveries, thoughts on latest games you've played, discounts alerts and everything else related to games of the cozy kind.

Recommendations for cozy games. Don't hesitate to share your favorite games, well known or not. Hidden gems are especially welcome though, cause many niche games often go largely unnoticed.

If you wish to just bump the thread, feel free to so, but keep in mind that the recommended way to bump is the cozy way, which is achieved by posting:
♦ pics of your adorable pets (pls) ♦ pics of your cozy gaming space ♦ pics of anything cozy or cute ♦ light-hearted memes ♦ links to relaxing music ♦

One rule in this thread: good vibes only, so please let's make it comfy for everyone and keep the negativity to the minimum.


Active giveaways

from amusedmonkey Lucky and a life worth living - a jigsaw puzzle tale (lvl 2+)
from TragicBronson Lonely Birds (lvl 3+)


Previous giveaways:

Thanks to everyone who contributed with cozy giveaways and recommendations. ʕっᵔᴥᵔʔっ

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Corridors of Time is my alarm-clock music for years at this point. It sucks to get up, but it's mellow, and at least I think of a day as an adventure - or rather a list of chores that has to be done, and if we can do that in games... :)

1 month ago
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Good approach and great choice of tune. And for those days when the list of chores is especially long there's always Frog's Theme hehe.

1 month ago
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Ah, it's remind me Great Memories :)

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Chrono Trigger playthroughs brought my favorite gaming memories. The first one was the coziest of course, with me and my buddy skipping school, sitting by a CRT TV for many hours with an English dictionary in hand, desperately trying to understand what exactly is going on in the story lol, and without a worry in the world. Gaming never felt as special as in these times.

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I don't know if it's relaxing for most people, but I found this music relaxing for myself and I discovered it will watching a masterpiece short anime:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nXewrEwBJo

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Thank you for the GA's!

One cozy game I found recently (actually, through the August edition of PAGYWOSG) is Calico. While the game is simple and somewhat fast to beat, the soundtrack is absolutely fantastic and I keep listening to it all the time. The game world is generally beautiful and diverse, both from a landscape as well as from a character perspective, and with character customization (which honestly is not great but works), easy progression, and no death, it's relaxing besides cozy. Recommended!

PS - I was unaware of Cozy Time before seeing your GA, but it reminds me a lot of Virtual Cottage

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I stumbled upon Cozy Time randomly, thought it would be a fitting game to start the thread heh. Virtual Cottage looks nice too. There's also another one that has a similar look to it, Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to).

1 month ago
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Ah yes, Kind Words is one of the highest rated games in my Playnite - I've played it a little bit and is definitely along the same lines

1 month ago
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I really enjoyed Dorfromantik - beautiful, relaxing game with great sound design. It really frees the head from unwanted thoughts while playing. It feels like meditative painting, only much better. Grab one if you can :)

And since Fernandopa made an excellent promo speech and to support the cause - here is a gibeabay of a Calico game: https://www.steamgifts.com/gibeabay/~QcsGM~/calico (lvl3+ till October 7) :)

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I bought Dorfromantik recently, it looked too cozy to pass up hehe. Haven't yet played it though, but it's high on my list.
And thanks for the gib. /ᐠ. ᴗ.ᐟ\

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I don't have cozy games to add to the list as it's not my preferred genre of games (you can just tell what games I like if you look at my profile) or cute animal pictures (I don't own a companion pet), but I can add some soundtrack music to the list. So here are my picks which in my opinion may suit it well:
The Weeknd - Take My Breath
Blood Orange - Jesus Freak
RealestK - WFM

1 month ago
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Bump!

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Boy, do I have some to recommend! Will compile a list when I have the time

In the meantime, I’ll just drop this little video here :) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq5Aukfbz3M


Edit: There are some that others have recommended, which I'll second at the end of the list. For my list, I'll focus on games that no one has pointed out yet :)

Adventure/Sim

  • Penko Park - photography-oriented; players have compared this with Pokemon Snap but with creepy-cute creatures as opposed to Pokemon. A delightful indie discovery IMHO
  • Wayward Strand - gorgeous art and incredible storytelling where you learn the stories of the elderly (and the staff) aboard a floating geriatric hospital (there's a bit of mystery here as well that you may find by digging a bit). Love the setting too.
  • South of the Circle - epic storytelling + breathtaking art + laidback gameplay. Touches on some "sensitive/controversial" topics though.
  • Time on Frog Island - mostly simple tasks to complete, though you may need to think a bit about how to go around getting the quest items.
  • Moonglow Bay - haven't had the chance to check this out (yet) but the game looks cozy enough I think :)
  • Ikonei Island: An Earthlock Adventure - the entire focus of the game is on the restoration of various shrines around the island. Pretty relaxing gameplay with little combat.
  • Slime Rancher 2 - if you like the original, this isn't too far off. Features a brand new island to explore with some QoL updates and new slimes. Minimal "combat" with the Tarr and aggressive Feral slimes. Thought, note that it's still in very early access.
  • APICO - What's not to love here? From its charming pixel art to the fact that you get to manage and develop an apiary from the ground up, the game has plenty going for it... exploration, bee genetics, etc
  • FixFox - A game about a little Fox who goes around fixing things using some unconventional items. Has some light puzzling here and there, but it's mostly an adventure game with lots of emphasis on exploration.
  • Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between - the game gave me motion sickness (lol) but I really liked the night driving part of the game. It's very relaxing.
  • Tiny Echo - deliver letters to various creatures.
  • Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Farming sim/life sim

  • Song Of The Prairie - tried the demo and really liked it. Might be up your alley too :)
  • Hokko Life - pretty standard farming+life sim where you can build houses for new animals to move into the village.
  • Epic Chef - really liked this one. It adds cooking sim to the combo.
  • Sprout Valley

Puzzle/HOG

  • One Line Coloring - simple-enough puzzles where you draw lines to connect them, but the trick here is that none of the lines can intersect another.
  • Voxelgram - one of my favourites :) Some objects can be a bit challenging to solve but I'd say that the game is mostly relaxing.
  • A Building Full of Cats - well you find cats and there's no time limit :)
  • A Little to the Left - This is what I call the OCD simulator :P
  • Sophia the Traveler - Only tried the demo but I already like what I see :)
  • Harmony's Odyssey - another game that I can recommend based on the demo, but don't be fooled by the cutesy graphics, the game can be quite tricky at times :)
  • Cloud Gardens - not sure if this should even be under this list. Haven't played it myself but it's a game that I'm keeping a very close eye on.
  • Bubble People - You pop stuff here. It has that kind of meditative effect similar to popping bubble wrap. Plus, it's FREE to play :)
  • Summer Paws
  • for those who owns a Switch, Snug Finder

Casual/relaxing city-builders - for those who enjoy playing Dorfromantik

  • Sky Tale - much simpler but equally as fun :)
  • Islanders - This should be on your radar, enuf said!
  • Magna Graecia - Only tried the demo; not the full game but the game made a strong impression.
  • First Days of Atlantis - another relaxing hex-based city-builder that I've enjoyed. It's quite underrated I think.
  • Terra Nil - tried the demo and love it! It has an environmental theme too.
  • Tinytopia - probably not as relaxing as some may expect but personally, I've enjoyed playing this. Might not be in the same vein as Dorfromantik but it fits the labels well enough I think :)
  • Pan’orama - upcoming title but it looks good

Most point-and-click adventures and visual novels would likely fall under "cozy games" definition too I think :P

Recent finds at Steam NextFest

Seconding these games: Haven Park, Unpacking, Dorfromantik

GA pending!

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As someone who's somewhat new to these kind of games you got me excited. 😃

1 month ago
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Thanks for the cozy list, noticed that you posted it only now. 😺If you're gonna make a GA, please post via a separate comment, or contact me, so I could add it to the OP.

1 month ago
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Hi no worries! Sorry for the late GA too, been crazy busy - basically burning the candle on both ends, but I simply have to set this GA now or I'll just keep postponing it until I have some free time, which would likely come some time next year 🤦

My contribution (level 1+): https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/CoZt4N/deleteZ

P/S: I should really update my list too. Found a few more cozy games during the last Steam Next Fest :)

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Thanks for finding time to contribute to the thread with your cozy GA, and happy B'day. 🤍(◕ᴥ◕)
As for the list, I'd suggest making another comment with your fresh findings, but it's up to you.

3 weeks ago
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Somehow you ended up on my blacklist and i don't have the slightest idea why.
Anyway you are now removed, sorry.

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1 month ago
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Mmmm wood.

1 month ago
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Here's my little addition: Tiny Lands

(Level 3)

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Thanks for your cozy contribution. /ᐠ. ᴗ.ᐟ\

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Those aren't really the type of games that I usually play. I kinda need... stuff to be happening in order to keep myself busy and focused on something so I wouldn't constantly keep thinking about how dead I am inside. Aka, I'm a min-maxing try-hard.

Here are the games I've played which I guess come closest to those definitions:
Reus - A rare god game. It's pretty simple- you're a planet, you control four elemental giants, and you tell them to create biomes and resources so little people would move in. Then those little people ask for more resources and you have the giants make/upgrade them. There is some planning involved and playing it for the achievements is definitely not "chill". But otherwise it's pretty cozy... I guess.

Pikuniku - A silly lighthearted little platformer where you mostly goof around. It's quite simple and funny.

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action - Cute story with lots of interesting and relatable (and sometimes funny) characters. While it does tackle some heavy themes from time to time it keeps everything wholesome. Gameplay consists of mixing drinks as the name implies. :P

This Starry Midnight We Make - Ok, when I think about it, this is probably the one that falls under "Cozy Game" the most. And also the one that I'm sure barely anyone has heard of. You basically have this magic basin thing where you can create celestial objects by mixing smaller objects. It's fun in that "playing around with Lego and other toys to see what you get" kind of way. Story is cute and wholesome and the game is localized by Carpe Fulgur (the guys who localized Recettear and Chantelise) so you know it's an amazing (and funny) localization. :D

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I've found Unpacking brings about cozy feelings. It's a great puzzle game to play when one needs to unwind. Spring Falls is also a chill puzzle game. It doesn't ask for twitch reflexes, and gives unlimited undos.

Kind Words is a neat little game which has you writing letters, or replies to others' letters. It's got a wholesome community full of folks happily writing away. It also has content moderation, which is great. And it's got stickers! You use them to decorate your room.
There's also Clouzy!. Though I only recently heard of it, Clouzy! has such a place in my heart. It's currently in a Fanatical bundle, for those wanting a copy.

And as a bonus on top of my recommendations, here's a Jigidi of my little fuzzy buddy, Frisky. 🥺

1 month ago
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Frisky is so cute. (◕ᴥ◕)

1 month ago
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Thank you so much! She's as sweet as she looks, too.

1 month ago
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Have to agree with TragicBronson - Frisky is just too adorable... <3

1 month ago
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Thank you! 💚

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The only cozy game that I've played and comes to mind is Coffee Talk because its a VN with a relaxing atmosphere and a perfect cozy game to just chill and hear about the stories of various characters without any stress

Also started Octopath Traveller recently, can't say that its a cozy game but the artstyle is nice and soundtrack is incredible.
Here's a great soundtrack from the game - The Sunlands - Octopath Traveller

1 month ago
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Coffee Talk looks like such a pleasant game heh. I hate coffee though.

And I agree that music in Octopath Traveller is pretty nice, but my favorite pieces so far were actually the battle themes, like Decisive Battle I is so good.

1 month ago
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Blacklisted but still bump

1 month ago
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Short game but Lake I really loved. Just drove a post van around. Was super chill. Found myself mentally unwinding.

1 month ago
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Most of time I am too cozy to even start game. That counts?

1 month ago
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Ah yes, the procrasticozynation, something I'm too familiar with heh.

1 month ago
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A game I tend to go back to from time to time is Cozy Grove, it's even got cozy in the title :D

And I got Potion Permit lately, which is pretty cozy, too, if you don't mind some light (rather easy and potentially avoidable) combat when you're out looking for ingredients ^^

Thanks for creating this thread! Bookmarked it right away :D

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I've had Cozy Grove on my wishlist for quite some time.. but I'm not sure if it's worth getting for me since I tend to abandon games like this after a few weeks I'm assuming it's similar to Animal Crossing with the daily tasks
I've also been looking at the reviews for Potion Permit, but they seem to suggest that it's kind of a worse alternative for Stardew Valley (which I should continue playing at some point as well) 😅

and that reminds me of Wylde Flowers. I kind of wanna try that mainly because of the voice acting

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Hmm, yeah there are some daily tasks, but then, you're not forced to do them... better to just do things at your own pace... Some days I'd just play 15 or so minutes, some others I'd play a few hours on hand. Truthfully, now I only log back in every few months, to chill around and check what's new ^^ But, I can understand that not everyone likes that kinda "daily" games :D

As for Potion Permit, the problem now is that everyone compares every farming/life-sim game with Stardew Valley, so if we go there, most games of the genre are worse alternatives for SV, so just go play stardew valley, period. (Not saying that SV is bad or anything, I quite enjoyed it.)
But, hell, I wish reviewers would stop comparing everything to it and talk of the games for themselves. Sure PP isn't perfect, but it's a nice cozy game (no farming elements here), where you're a chemist sent to a town to take care of its inhabitants, help rectify past mistakes, and help to bring the isle to its former natural glory. The brewing mechanics are nice, the characters are interesting and attaching in my opinion, and the game mechanics are simple enough. And it's probably less time consuming, too, overall. (Haven't completed the story, yet, but I'd say it's more of a middle-length game, while you can lose hundreds of hours in SV.) This game does its own thing in my opinion, I wouldn't compare the two.

I do have Wylde Flowers in my wishlist, I'll probably get it one day ^^

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yeah I definitely get why you're not a fan of comparing games with other established ones, I feel the same way when I see movie critics do that for films..
but it's just the easy thing to do, and I feel like especially for games (which often take marginally longer to complete than a 2hour movie) it sometimes can be helpful at least for me
I'm sitting here procrastinating continuing Stardew Valley, even though I'd like to play it more.. but if I then were to get a new game with a similar playstyle, it would probably suffer the same fate in my backlog.

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I spent soooo much time on the demo of Wylde Flowers! I was so bummed I couldn't just go and buy it right away.
Now ofc it's been released and I am literally in the middle of 5 games so I haven't bought it yet.

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Would a game like My Time at Portia count as "cozy"? It's tagged as relaxing and I would generally agree with that... although there is also some pressure to complete tasks.

I find Megaquarium to be very relaxing as well.

It occurs to me that I am treating "relaxing" and "cozy" as synonyms but that may not quite be correct.

I can highly recommend Dorfromantik, it's a great game (although it gets a bit less cozy if you desperately try to make the absolute most optimal play with every single tile; I try not to do that).

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My Time at Portia def looks cozy to me, some level of challenge doesn't negate the coziness imo. I also didn't know that it's set in post apocalypse until I read the description. I'd say their post apocalypse looks better than the current reality for most haha.
And thanks for you contribution. /ᐠ. ᴗ.ᐟ\

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Quite some while ago I have created a "Relax" tag in my Steam library, where I have put in quite a few games that are either cozy or at least turn-based and without time restraints (like Battle Brothers) and thus help me relax. :)

Several of these games have already been mentioned above, but there are some more I enjoy and can recommend:

  • Islanders: A very relaxed puzzle game akin to Dorfromantik (which has been mentioned earlier)
  • Gorogoa: A lovely, hand-drawn puzzle story. ;)
  • Playne: A game that helped me get into meditation. I don't use it anymore nowadays but it was really helpful to create a certain mindset (and made me realise how much I am still in "competitive" mode even when trying to relax - it took me some time to learn to accept letting the fire go out sometimes).
  • Potion Craft: A relaxed and slow game about, well, crafting potions. Simple but lovely.
  • Tsuro: A very relaxing and nice game, especially with friends. It is a bit bare bone in regards to UI or UX, but the gameplay itself is really nice and mellow.
1 month ago
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I'm looking forward to Lego Bricktales, and I'll be getting it for myself when it comes out next week.
Depending on the price and if I actually like it there might even be a giveaway in store 😁

1 month ago
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Yeah, that one's caught my eye, too ^^ I probably won't be getting it at launch, but it does look nice and cozy. :D

1 month ago
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That would be awesome, no pressure though, hehe. Looks like a pretty cozy game based on those screenshots and vids.

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My favorite cozy game is probably Placid Plastic Duck Simulator. I found it on accident and enjoy it a lot. I am waiting for the update this month that includes a save feature so I don't have to restart when turning it off and on again. It is incredibly relaxing, and I can sit for a while just watching the ducks do their thing.

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Ooooh great thread! and great timing!

I literally just started playing Lay which is free to play and it's already giving me tons of cozy feelings, though not much of a story so far, and Humble's Coral Island is coming next week in EA.

Spirtfarer is my go-to cozy touchy feely game.
I loved Spiritfarer so much that I haven't "finished" it yet. I just can't bring myself to end the story so I just cruise around with my buddies, growing food, cooking, chatting and fishing, and sailing around.

Another one I keep replaying because it gives me those cozy vibes is A Short Hike. If you're looking for a cute world, relaxing gameplay and a wholesome melt-your-heart story, and you haven't played it, you should totally give it a go!

Looking forward to Petit Island which gives me similar vibes.
And I recommend playing the demo for Naiad which is very different but super chill and colorful

Man, I realize I have tons of those on my wishlist that aren't released yet but I'll wait until I play them to see if they're worth recommending

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I backed Coral Island on Kickstarter, glad to see it with a release date (even if it is Early Access).

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It looks awesome. According to the devs it's in good shape already. They just have a roadmap for features they want to add later, hence the Early Access. Fingers crossed.

1 month ago
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Naiad looks so chill and unique!

1 month ago
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Right? The demo is super relaxing. Can't wait to play the full game

1 month ago
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Nowhere near release, but I'm watching this one: PuffPals Island Skies

1 month ago
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Refunct is a chill platform / time attack with good vibes

1 month ago
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Great idea for the forum. Love it. Thanks for the nice gibabays. :)

I don't think I have a lot of experience with "cozy" games. I'm sure A Short Hike fits that bill, and I really liked that one.

Here's a couple gibs:
(Level 2+) https://www.steamgifts.com/gibeawayy/l`FL`kO/aquarium-designer
(Level 5+) https://www.steamgifts.com/gibeawway/`v9hs`G/haven-park

1 month ago*
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A Short Hike looks beautiful, such pretty colors and pixel graphics. Thanks for cozy gibs. ₍⸍⸌̣ʷ̣̫⸍̣⸌₎

1 month ago
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You're welcome. 😎

Definitely try A Short Hike when you have the time. It's very enjoyable and doesn't take long to finish.

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A great game, literally made me cry 💗

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Thanks for all the game recommendations so far.

Cozy deals alert
Songbird Symphony [-85%]
Down in Bermuda [-90%]
Aspire: Ina's Tale [-70%]

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