Cozy Video Games That Will Help You Unwind
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Cozy Video Games That Will Help You Unwind

Zoe Kramer March 15, 2023

Sometimes, life is just plain overwhelming. It can be easy to get caught up in the minutia of everyday stressors: bills, shopping, studying, and work. While there are a number of ways to cope with stressful feelings, one great way to do so is by playing relaxing video games. These games allow you to escape into another world for a while. They’re perfect for playing wrapped up in a blanket with your favourite hot drink and a snack. So here are some of the best cozy video games that can help you destress.

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Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a classic and universally loved indie game that’s perfect for unwinding. The game follows a farmer who quits their city job to take care of their grandfather’s plot of land in a town called Stardew Valley. The game is fairly unstructured, and you can take each day at your own pace, spending your time farming, foraging, fishing, mining, or building relationships with the townspeople.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is another cozy video game favourite. It became especially popular during the peak of lockdown, but still has a huge following. You can catch bugs, fish, fossils, customize your island, grow crops and invite various villagers to be your neighbors. Whether you enjoy collecting, decorating, or getting to know the different characters, this game has something for everyone.

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Cats Organized Neatly

Cats Organized Neatly is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. If you enjoy spacial reasoning and organization type puzzles, this is the perfect game for you. Plus, it has the added cuteness of the different cat shapes. The puzzles get increasingly complex as you continue, so it’s a rewarding challenge.


Journey is truly a game like no other. You enter a mysterious desert world which you spend the game exploring. There’s no dialogue, only beautiful atmospheric music as you progress through different environments and solve various puzzles. It’s incredibly calming and meditative, and definitely worth giving a try.

Potion Craft

Not only is Potion Craft relaxing, but it’s also beautiful to look at. You play as an amateur alchemist moving to a home in a fantasy medieval village. You collect herbs and other ingredients, grind them in your mortar and pestle, and then combine them to make different potions to sell to the townspeople. It’s calming, and has plenty of opportunity for progression.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.