Hey there! ✨ So, for the longest time, my gaming world revolved around one cherished gem – The Sims. Living with a mobility disability and not having the fanciest set of hands, I believed that playing other games was just not in the cards for me. That was my truth for over 30 years – The Sims was my go-to game.
Now, enter my wonderful hubby, a true-blue gamer from day one. When we first met, he made it clear that he’s a lifelong gamer, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Fast forward through many years of togetherness, and he kept urging me to explore beyond The Sims. I’d always argue that other games demanded way too much hand movement and coordination that I simply didn’t possess.
But, persistent as ever, he kept bringing up this game called Stardew Valley. He insisted it was straightforward enough for me to give it a shot. My stubborn self resisted for a while, but after years of his “gentle” nagging, I finally caved. “Fine, I’ll try it just to prove you wrong,” I said.
Guess what happened next? I dove headfirst into Stardew Valley for a solid two weeks with him. Red eyes, stiff joints, and all, I was hooked! To avoid sounding overly dramatic, let me just say my life took a bit of a turn.
Don’t worry, things have balanced out since then. I’ve developed a bit healthier relationship with gaming, taking breaks, and caring for my eyes. However, sometimes my husband still needs to remind me to blink. 😅
Post-Stardew Valley, my hunger for more games led me to the wonderful world of “Cozy Games.” Two years down the road, I’ve explored numerous titles, even discovering handy gadgets like the Stream Deck and Stream Deck Pedal to help me play even more games I previously thought were too difficult for me.
While Stardew Valley will forever hold a special place in my heart, I’ve stumbled upon a whole bunch of other games that I absolutely adore. In this post, I’m excited to share my top 10 cozy game recommendations for anyone seeking easy, cozy gaming experiences. 🎮
Release Date: 2016 | Multiplayer: Optional, 1-4 players | Steam
As I mentioned, my gaming journey kickstarted with this amazing game! The game Stardew Valley features a charming pixel art style and allows players to take control of a farm left to them by their grandfather, which is located just outside of the quaint Pelican Town. As you dive into the game, you’ll get to know the folks in Pelican Town, spruce up the farm, and make it shine again. There’s a bunch of awesome stuff you can do, like creating your own farm, raising adorable animals, going fishing, tending to your crops, crafting items, making friends (maybe even finding love!), exploring mysterious caves, and unraveling the story of forest spirits chilling in the Community Center.
Release Date: 2022 | Multiplayer: No | Steam, Nintendo Switch, and Apple Arcade
Oh, let me tell you about my absolute fave from the list – Wylde Flowers! It’s this incredible game that’s all about the heartwarming journey of becoming a witch. You dive into the world of Fairhaven, meeting these awesome fully voice-acted characters while untangling a local witchy mystery. Wylde Flowers is like this perfect blend of cozy farming and enchanting magic, all wrapped up in a captivating character-driven story. The characters are seriously diverse and so well fleshed out that you can’t help but fall in love with every single one of them. Plus, the game totally nails representation, which is like a breath of fresh air. There’s a bunch of nice stuff you can do – farming, joining a local coven, brewing potions, cruising on your broomstick, getting to know the awesome folks of Fairhaven, and maybe even finding a little romance along the way. Pure magic! ✨
Release Date: 2022 | Multiplayer: No | Steam, Xbox, Playstation
Coral Island is like a tropical paradise in the gaming world! Some of the features include: growing crops, taking care of adorable animals, exploring mines, making friends with awesome islanders, and, as a bonus, saving coral sites! Oh, there are mermaids, or as the islanders call them, merfolk! As someone who’s obsessed with the sea and the ocean, that just makes the game even more fun for me.
And let’s talk characters – there’s a whole bunch of them! Like, over 50 live on the island, and 28 of them are romanceable. Wink-wink! Did I mention they’re smoking hot? 🔥
Now, the art style in Coral Island? It’s seriously the most beautiful thing ever. To whoever came up with it, I hope your life is as beautiful as your creations, and you definitely deserve a raise!
I’m excited to tell you about Palia, the latest addition to my list of favorite games! Palia is a free-to-play cozy sim MMO where you can build your dream home, grow your favorite vegetables to cook with, befriend an amazing group of characters, and dive into an ever-evolving storyline with fellow players. Oh, and again, find love.
Now, I’ll be honest – I was a bit hesitant about the whole “massively multiplayer online game” thing. My husband tends to get a bit intense when he plays MMOs, so naturally, it worried me a bit. But to my surprise, it turned out to be the highlight of Palia for me! I’ve had a blast cooking, exploring, and even fishing with my friend who lives on the other side of the world. The community vibe is fantastic – players helping each other, organizing baking parties, and sharing valuable resources.
And the game’s art is absolutely stunning! Long story short, Palia has become my go-to game when I just want to wind down and relax, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
Release Date: 2021 | Multiplayer: No | Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, GeForce Now
If you like Stardew Valley, you will very likely enjoy Story of Season: Pioneers of Olive Town too. In this game, you inherit a farm from your grandfather again in the charming Olive Town. The town is facing some challenges, and the mayor needs your help to turn things around. Engage in development projects, gather materials, and improve crucial elements like roads and the town hall. Your task is also to clear the land, fix up old facilities, and place new ones wherever your heart desires. Level up your farming skills, get creative with decorations, and get to know your neighbors. And participate in local festivals.
My personal experience with Pioneers of Olive Town was fantastic – the graphics are adorable, and it’s the perfect laid-back game to unwind with on a cozy night.
Disney Dreamlight Valley
Release Date: 2022 | Multiplayer: Soon | Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, Playstation and more
Ah, the nostalgia hits hard! Being a 90s kid, this game just fills me with joy! It’s incredible to see all those beloved characters come to life, and the fact that you can interact with them is just the icing on the cake.
Disney Dreamlight Valley is a treasure trove of adventure, quests, exploration, and engaging activities featuring both classic and new Disney and Pixar friends. There’s a ton to explore and enjoy in this game. You can make friends with all the Disney characters, delve into their stories, or simply kick back and plant some pumpkins to rake in that sweet cash for a shopping spree at Sgrooge’s shop.
This game has all the classic activities like harvesting food, fishing, and mining. You can sell your crops and treasures to Goofy at his stalls for even more coins. Plus, there are so many quests that unlock even more awesome features.
It’s a game for the whole family, and the weekly DreamSnaps challenges are so rewarding that you’ll find yourself coming back for more time and time again.
Release Date: 2021 | Multiplayer: Optional, 1-8 players | Steam
I absolutely love playing this game with my husband – it’s become our special thing! When we dive into Sun Haven, he takes charge of battling the monsters, while I focus on tending to the farm and creating a cozy and pretty homestead.
Sun Haven is a multiplayer fantasy farming sim filled with dragons, magic, and the struggle against dark forces. You can grow crops, raise adorable livestock, craft all sorts of items, mine ores, conquer bosses, reel in fish, cook up delicious recipes, tackle quests, maybe even find love, and explore the mysteries this town has. It’s a magical journey, and I’m so glad I get to share it with my gaming partner!
Big Farm Story
Release Date: 2020 | Multiplayer: Optional Co-Op | Steam, Nintendo Switch
Big Farm Story is such a delightful farming game, especially if you’re after a relaxed gaming experience. The graphics are beautiful and honestly very adorable, especially the animals.
In the main story, your character embarks on a quest to find their missing grandfather after a storm. Alongside the friendly townspeople, you’ll uncover clues and unravel a captivating mystery. The gameplay is a mix of growing crops on your grandfather’s land, tending to animals, gathering resources, mending the old buildings, fishing, mining, making friends with characters, and completing various tasks. What sets it apart is the absence of combat, making it the perfect laid-back game. So, when you feel like giving your brain a break, dive into Big Farm Story for some quality, stress-free gaming time!
Roots of Pacha
Release Date: 2023 | Multiplayer: Optional Co-Op | Steam, Xbox
It’s this super chill farming and life sim game that takes you back to the Stone Age. If you’re into cozy, relaxing farm sims, you might love this one!
In this game, there is also no combat stress, just pure focus on making your village flourish.
What makes it even cooler is the setting – it’s right on the cusp of agriculture and civilization. Feeling your progress shape the wild beauty of your plants is so immersive and rewarding!
Oh, and you can ride animals and even tame some to keep as adorable pets! So, if you’re after a game that lets you kick back, enjoy some good Stone Age vibes, and build your perfect village, Roots of Pacha might just be your new go-to!
Release Date: 2021 | Multiplayer: No | Steam, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Xbox
Cozy Grove is this incredibly cozy and charming game. Immerse yourself in the world of beautifully hand-drawn landscapes and adorable ghostly characters. It’s a life-simulation game set on a haunted island. As a Spirit Scout, your daily adventures will take you through the island’s mystical forest, where you’ll uncover hidden secrets and lend a helping hand to the friendly local ghosts.
Each spirit has a unique story, waiting for you to unravel over time. Through a mix of time investment and creative crafting, you’ll gradually bring color and joy back to the heartwarming world of Cozy Grove. Personally, every time I dive into this game, it makes me feel all warm and cozy inside! It’s the perfect choice for those seeking an uplifting escape after a challenging day.