Times are very stressful right now. While it seems silly to say something so obvious, we all need to relax every now and then. Personally, I like blowing off steam with high-intensity competitive games, like Super Smash Bros., Splatoon, and Overwatch. However, sometimes I need a serious dose of serenity. Last month we gave you 12 soothing titles to cuddle up with, so here are a few more games on Nintendo Switch that are sure to lower your blood pressure. (Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice. Always chillax responsibly.)
1. Untitled Goose Game – $19.99
Remember when Untitled Goose Game was everywhere on the internet? There’s a reason we all loved it so much. It turns out a lot of people never knew that they always wanted to be a goose, going around and causing mild mayhem in a sleepy English suburb. The pastel colors, lack of outlines, and simple design all define its visual style, while the soft music reinforces the low-key setting. It’s a great game, even in its post-meme days, and one of the best indie titles on Nintendo Switch. Sit back, chill, honk at everyone, and don’t get on the pub owner’s bad side.
2. Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – $19.99
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a game that defies genre. In it, you play a magical hitchhiking skeleton walking across the United States in the early decades of the 1900s, collecting stories, sharing them, and watching how they grow and change with each telling. There’s a mechanic to go slightly faster, and it involves whistling along to the background music. If you want a game that can help you chillax and brush up on your American folklore, this is it.
3. I Am Setsuna – $39.99
As a fan of Chrono Trigger, I had a certain idea for what Square Enix’s I Am Setsuna was going to be. Boy was I was wrong, and in the best way. Instead of an epic, high-stakes, fate-of-the-world adventure, Setsuna is a much subtler affair. The main character is a mercenary who escorts the eponymous maiden to her own sacrifice, but only once they solve the mystery of why things are getting worse in the world. The game contains a melancholy score that perfectly fits the peaceful snowy landscape. It’s a game filled with loneliness, sorrow, and regret, and it just might squeeze a tear or two out of the player. … Okay, it’s not completely chillaxing.
4. Stardew Valley – $14.99
If you haven’t played Stardew Valley, but you’re a fan of Harvest Moon / Story of Seasons, what are you waiting for? It’s a farming simulator very much inspired by those games but addresses many of their shortcomings. With crafting, resource management, relationships, and exploration, there’s something for almost everyone looking to chillax. The most impressive part: It was made by one person who wanted to break into the games industry.
5. Zen Bound 2 – $14.99
Zen Bound 2 is a title that I had not heard about before asking around for this piece but am super into now. It’s a puzzle game that involves rotating wooden sculptures in order to get a rope to wrap around pins. The gameplay is as simple as it gets, and the puzzles increase in depth as you go along. It utilizes the Joy-Con’s gyroscopic sensors wonderfully. Check it out.
6. Katamari Damacy: Reroll – $29.99
Katamari Damacy: Reroll is a port of the original PlayStation 2 title. If you’ve somehow never heard about it, the game is about a young alien prince who must use a special ball to roll up objects. As the katamari gets bigger, so does its ability to pick up larger objects. Ultimately, it’s turned into a star, along with all of its stuff, things, and critters. The quirky art style and catchy music all help with Katamari’s bizarre charm. I spent countless hours as a teenager rolling up everything in the world and clearing my old high scores to chillax. To this day, I find myself humming the main theme.
7. Gorogoa – $14.99
If you like low-key games with a comic book aesthetic, Gorogoa is the Nintendo Switch title for you. You’re given four frames to examine, rearrange, and zoom in order to gather fruit for a monster. The story slowly takes a deep dive into themes of war and poverty in the 20th century. The innovative point-and-click mechanics along with somber music, gorgeous visuals, and a complex narrative all elevate this title to a must-play for puzzle fans who are looking for a contemplative experience.
8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – $59.99
While I wanted to highlight some potentially lesser-known games, this list wouldn’t be complete without the big one. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is as gorgeous a game as you’ll ever see on Nintendo Switch. Hyrule has never been huger or more desolate, with vast sweeping landscapes and long amounts of time wandering across the countryside. I often find myself turning on the game just to walk and look around, avoiding battles and gathering fruits throughout the various areas. The quiet yet powerful music sets the mood perfectly. Just be sure to avoid the Guardians.
These titles are my personal favorites on Nintendo Switch for sitting back and calming down. It’s by no means a comprehensive list — but a good start if you’re looking for a soothing experience. What games help you chillax? Let us know!