Video games are a big part of society these days. They’re used to entertain, relieve stress, pass time, make money, tell stories, and plenty more. This time around, I’ll be listing off the top five games I prefer to play when I just feel like kicking back and relaxing. These games tend to be very good at killing time and setting your mood back to neutral, so if you’re looking for a challenge, you’re probably in the wrong department. Top five casual games, comin’ at ya!
#5 – Proteus
It’s like playing a song. I don’t mean that in the conventional sense, as in clicking a button and listening to music. I mean playing a video game that is a song. No goals, no direction, just 8-bit exploration in an interactive 3D environment. Every little object has a tune to play, and the tone changes as the seasons pass. This is the purest form of video game audio therapy.
#4 – Kirby Air Ride
This ‘un ranks among the top five because you can laze about in City Trial mode and just wander. The city is big enough that you’ll have plenty to explore, and the game itself doesn’t actually get hard unless you put in some high level CPUs. Otherwise, it’s just laid back achievement hunting. Plus you have Air Ride or Top Ride mode to fall back to for a different variety of fun. Versatile and easy to pick up for everyone!
#3 – Yume Nikki
Kind of obscure, but the abstract imagery and exploration aspects of this not-quite-RPG are unmistakably unique. Progress is marked by acquiring new forms for Madotsuki to assume, leading up to an unsettling conclusion. If you take a shine to the game, you can check out all the fan sites and see what people have come up with to explain the oddities contained within the game. You may even wind up making a few explanations of your own.
Oh, what? Why isn’t this number one? No way, bro. An excellent choice in casual gaming, as it goes as fast as you do regarding content. The more you play, the more you unlock. If you’re not in a rush, you’ll get a slow trickle of goodies that’ll keep you coming back for more. Or, you can time travel and get all your stuff at once. Despite the ingrained constraints presented, you can have all the fun you want with New Leaf at whatever pace you choose.
#1 – Journey
Journey is such a beautiful game. From the expansive environments to the subtle backstory, it will pull you into a world of discovery and actualization. What meaning you glean from the game plays second fiddle to the experience itself. Without words, it’ll gently nudge your mood in the direction best suited to the state of the character. You’ll be curious as you meander through the initial desert, scared as you evade the guardian patrols, somber as the split mountain’s cold sets in.