Sometimes, gamers just want a fun and relaxing way to spend a quiet afternoon at home, and this comfortable game is perfect for just the right scenario. The appeal of video games often lies in the feeling of accomplishment when beating a difficult task or becoming a winner among many competitors. Sometimes, however, gamers just want a fun way to spend a quiet afternoon at home. This is where the trend that the gaming community often refers to as “comfort gaming” comes in.
“Comfortable play” can be defined as a game with a pleasing art style, simple learning curve, and intuitive mechanics that foster a comfortable and enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels. While this trend isn’t limited to any single console or genre, there’s an impressive library of convenient games available on the Nintendo Switch.
10 Donut County Brings Chaos To Characters, But Relaxation For Gamers
Donut County by indie developer Ben Esposito is a fun wacky adventure where in-game mechanics have a very literal impact on the in-game world. The player controls a hole in the ground that devours objects as it moves beneath it, and the more items the hole consumes, the bigger it becomes. This continues until all the residents of Donut County and all their possessions are deep underground, seeking survival and a way out. While the story includes chaos, there’s a soothing satisfaction to clearing each level and discovering which items cause new effects in the pits.
9 Untitled Goose Games Encourage Delinquency
In a picturesque English village, players can wreak absolute havoc as an ambitious little waterfowl in Untitled Goose Game by House House. Swans can interact with villagers or objects around them, eliciting various reactions as they do so.
Wherever geese roam, evil is sure to follow, as they steal, sneak, and honk their way through locations like parks, local markets, and neighborhood pubs. In the end, players will be happy to see geese banned from almost every place in the city.
8 The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Is An Adorable Return To The Past
The modern version of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening takes inspiration not only from the older versions of the game, but also from the claymation art style, which means that not only Link and his allies, but even their foes, are absolutely adorable. Outside of typical Legend of Zelda locations, Link’s Awakening takes players to a tropical island where Link, of course, wakes up on the beach after a storm. As he attempts to find the magical instrument that will allow him to return home, players are treated to an environment filled with vibrant colors and crafty references to other Nintendo properties.
7 Yoshi’s Crafted World Building Adventures From Familiar Materials
Another beloved Nintendo character, Yoshi, travels through the hilarious settings of Yoshi’s Crafted World. Although the gameplay and mechanics may be very simple, Yoshi’s environment is crafted with great detail. Everything the player sees in the game is meant to look like it’s made of everyday objects and craft supplies such as construction paper, felt, or buttons. With the cooperative mode, players can even enjoy their handcrafted adventures with a friend or two and experience the nostalgic arts-and-crafts feeling of the game together.
6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is A Daily Break From Reality
When it premiered in early 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons shocked the world. It looks like anyone with access to the Nintendo Switch has suddenly developed a double life, which in fact that is on their island. With significant updates and the Happy Home Paradise DLC that has been released since its inception, the game is increasingly filled with fun things to do and see. However, one of Animal Crossing’s best qualities is also one of its biggest drawbacks: the game takes place in real-time. This means that gamers can enjoy holidays and birthdays with their villagers, but it also means that if something is preventing them from playing for a certain period of time, the game has noticed their absence.
5 Stardew Valley Lets Players Set Their Own Pace
The wildly popular indie farming simulator Stardew Valley moved to Nintendo Switch in October 2017 after significant success on other platforms. While there is potential in Stardew Valley for players to speed up gameplay or seek to maximize the efficiency of their farm, there is no in-game pressure to do so.
Time stops when a player exits the game and no schedule is imposed for any of the game’s many milestones or achievements. Instead, it encourages players to do the activities they find most interesting, whether it’s farming, fishing, or flirting with local singles.