In my household, these are called “Stacey Games”, obviously after her name.
It is my duty as the husband to find and present these games, a task for which I am judged. I seek the knowledge of others to assist me on this quest.
The most recent games to achieve confirmed “Stacey Game” status have been Untitled Goose Game and Donut County. The latter she played through in one sitting last night, and told me at the end to go find her more games.
Animal Crossing is one of the all-time great Stacey Games, and this household is awaiting the franchise’s new entry in March. Other games in the AC/Harvest Moon vein have not been met with much interest, as they have been seen as “being like Animal Crossing but they aren’t Animal Crossing”, so Stardew, Portia, Ooblets, Mineko’s, etc. have mostly been non-starters, but maybe to be revisited after the new AC has been played to exhaustion.
Chibi-Robo is another one of the all-time great Stacey Games, and one we’ve never really found a legitimate follow-up for. Katamari Damacy is another, and Reroll is on our Switch already, with fingers crossed that We Katamari eventually gets the same remaster treatment.
Direct interaction game mechanics are strongly preferred over things like JRPG-style menu navigation combat, so things like Pokemon have been non-starters as well. (Though, surprisingly, Costume Quest did sneak in there, its style and the extreme simplification of the JRPG style combat being sufficient to push it through)
Mario games always go over well, but don’t scratch that same stylistic itch, and platforming with timers and life counters and the such are definitely less preferred compared to more forgiving options. Yoshi’s Crafted World is on my to-buy list. A Hat in Time definitely has the right style, but is a bit too heavy in terms of the platforming demands.
Co-op focused games like Overcooked are enjoyed and appreciated, but also a bit easier to find than the single-player focused experiences of the titles named above. I have a backlog of co-op games on Switch I think she’ll enjoy (Super Chariot, Manual Samuel, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Pode), but fewer ideas for single player games.
We have both Switch and PC in our living room setup.
Help me find something to satisfy these demands and avoid the looks of disapproval.