✯ Current event: FCDSCGC-2023 ✯


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.

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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. To be honest (at first) 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 give it away, 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.

β—’ Recommendations for cozy games. Do share your favorite games, well known or not. Hidden gems are especially welcome though, cause many niche games often go largely unnoticed.

✧ Cozy events. We've had a couple of these in our cozy corner already, and there's certainly gonna be more in the future. If you want to host an event in the thread which requires some coordination or have an idea for a future event, please contact me on Steam; otherwise, feel free to post your cozy trains, celebratory gibs, puzzles and whatnot at any time. You can also contribute by either partially or fully sponsoring the prize pool and/or by donating cozy games for events (I already have some ideas for future events, but couldn't fully cover these prize/GAs-wise on my own at the moment, so some help would be appreciated; again, contact me for this).

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 ♦ 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 ↑

No giveaways running at the moment. Come back later~, or make a cozy GA yourself. 😼


Previous giveaways and events: ⟲

Thanks to everyone who contributed with cozy giveaways and recommendations. ʕっᡔα΄₯ᡔʔっ♑

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Have a cozy bump!

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2 months ago
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Cute doggie. (β—•α΄₯β—•)

2 months ago
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Thanks! She is a sweetheart.

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I love how earnestly she's looking at the camera.

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I work from home and whenever I get up from my chair and leave the room, she jumps onto the chair and waits for me to come back.

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happy bump :)

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Happy Birthday! :)

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Happy cakeday :)

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^^

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happy birthday and thanks for the great train!

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✧ Couple of new cozy releases:
A Castle Full of Cats
A Little to the Left (this one's overpriced for what it offers, so worth following until a huge discount ig)

✧ And the B'day train is still going of course, don't miss it. Thanks to everyone who participated, and sorry for derailing the thread a bit.

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Just checked the Indie X sale and Letters - a written adventure feels all kind of cozy.

2 months ago
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Looks sweet, thanks. And by looking through tags I just discovered a new one for me: "Dynamic Narration". Gotta love Steam tags. Κ•οΏ«α΄₯οΏ©Κ”

2 months ago
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Oooh nice. I never saw that one before. Definitely checking it out now.

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https://store.steampowered.com/app/1883800/The_Magical_Mixture_Mill/

Build automated production lines, experiment with exotic ingredients, explore a cozy world - and try not to blow everything up.

Not sure if exploring a cozy world means that the game falls into the "cozy" category... but I figured I'd mention it just in case. :)

2 months ago
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Finally, cozy automation. 😼 Also, I like how there's suddenly so many potion making games being released haha. Which one did it start with?..

2 months ago
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Potion Craft maybe?

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I wanted to make a recomendation for anyone looking for a Cozy game, Townscaper. I know you own it, but I don't believe you've played it yet, TragicBronson.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1291340/Townscaper/

Happy Birthday to you!!

2 months ago
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Thanks. 🀍 Townscaper is up there on my list of cozy games to play soon (it grew a lot lately though, with so many great recommendations from this thread hehe).

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Bumping this lovely cozy thread!

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I lost. πŸ˜•

2 months ago
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You have lost but gained many laughs 😁🀣

2 months ago
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That's true, you can't really lose by watching cute cat vids. (αƒ¦Λ˜βŒ£Λ˜αƒ¦)

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Time to wander, sing, and be thankfall! :D

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β™ͺ I thank you for your giveawaaaaaay β™«

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Started playing Tinykin, and it's pretty cozy.
βœ” Cute graphics style.
βœ” Well-designed levels that are fun to explore.
βœ” Cool and fairly simple puzzles.
βœ” Humorous story, good for all ages.

γ€€ Lots of platforming (but it's easy).
γ€€ Levels are pretty big, which doesn't help with coziness (but the setting and the art style alleviate that, plus there's many little cozy places to discover).

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looks very cute but its a little too expensive unfortunately.

2 months ago
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Yeah, probably not worth the full price. I'm playing it on Gamepass.

2 months ago
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Looks cute! Thanks for sharing.

2 months ago
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bumping this awesomely crafted thread, with plenty of unique treats to discover

huge congrats and happy the very very late birthday, TragicBronson!

2 months ago
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Appreciate it, icaio, thanks. 🀍

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Have a bump and happy birthday!

2 months ago
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Thanks, the train was about to end just as you were giving a bump, hopefully someone managed to hop in the very last minute. 😺

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:)

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One for jigsaw (and dog) lovers. Level 2+, minor bot protection.
Lucky and a life worth living
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/rbklaY4/Hasta-?-vista-baby

2 months ago
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Thanks for the cute dog game GA. ▼・α΄₯・▼

2 months ago
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Hi, thanks for the cozy thread! :)
Looking around I found this title: Placid Plastic Duck Simulator
I don't know how much it can be defined a cozy game (a bit creepy for me :P) but it is labeled as relaxing.

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Thanks for the recommendation. Why do you find it creepy though? πŸ˜ƒ It gives me super chill vibes tbh.

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Idk actually. It is probably due to the filter used in the video that gives me this kind of vibe ahah ^^'

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β™’ Plenty of cozy games on sale now, but I'm too lazy to look for specific titles lol, so I'll just drop this SteamDB link with filters for fitting tags and historical/matching lows.
♦ And here's a little GA: https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/deleteRONERY/ZcROgEaNERY/lonely-birds (lvl 3+)

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Man, that one looks so cute! Cute + puzzle, perfect combination! Thank you very much :D

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I wish I had a cozy game to give away but since I don't atm, here are a few cozies I'm looking forward to
san Zoolin
Tchia
Wildmender

and one you can play for free
Zoelie - SCAD Games Studio

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Dr Kirk Kitty-Cat lol... Gonna follow that san Zoolin game, looks somewhat promising.

I wish I had a cozy game to give away

Same. 😿 But if you'll end up having a cozy game to give away after all, I pledge to come up with 2 GAs of my own right after yours hehe.

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I will make sure to get one in my end of year to give away in my holiday spree ;)

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Get yourself a little summer's day with a raspberry jam adventure!

Our hero was spending summer happily at the cottage until curiosity forced him to sample an unknown berry at the stream. Before he knew it, everything had become incredibly large, and he was reduced to the size of a bug!

Pull up a chair and remove the game to enjoy a little cozy time:

varenje

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Mmm varenje. (αƒ¦Λ˜βŒ£Λ˜αƒ¦) Thanks for the tasty GA.

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You're most welcome, my friend. :)

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