Self-Care Games


#1

So Waypoint has talked a couple of times about what they turn to as self-care games, and I loved hearing about what others use to help them decompress.

I know a lot of it comes down to personal preference, especially in the style/genre of game that may help you de-stress, but what are some of the games that fall into this category for y’all?


What's a Game You Turn to For Self Care?
#2

I love games where I can just explore without any pressure or danger. FEZ is my ideal self-care game, but wandering around in games like Shadow of the Colossus between boss encounters is v therapeutic, too


#3

Reus!

A very charming city-building/god game with some very charming elementals that help you to shape the world.


#4

You know that park you walk across between fights in SSBM’s All-Star mode? A whole game of that kind of space is my ideal self-care experience.


#5

Stardew Valley is my self-care game to go to. It relaxes me because I can choose how to play the game, and if I’m feeling down it’s very relaxing to me to tend to my crops and just talk to the townfolk.


#6

Civilization Revolution was definitely this for me for a long time. You can break that game in half so easily.


#7

Animal Crossing and Pokemon fill a similar space for me.


#8

This is a weird choice and I dunno if anyone else had this experience, but Doom (2016) is extremely calming for me. I’ll shoot-punch through a demon encounter and then just spend fifteen to twenty minutes just exploring an empty enemy-free area for secrets and armor pickups and then decide whenever I’m ready for the next encounter. It was a really chill loop and I love it a lot!


#9

I go for a replay of Dark Souls 2. I’ve played that game a grand total of 52 times from start to finish across both versions, so the familiarity is comforting. And as a testament to how damn good it is, it’s brilliance is never lost on me. I’m still picking up new connections in dialogue and item descriptions, or seeing new things. I swear the Pursuer has an infinite number of attacks and just doesn’t use all of them very often.


#10

It probably says too much about me that I play Spelunky to decompress


#11

Spelunky. After over 200 hours, I don’t really die anymore. It’s comforting, in that way. Just being able to exist inside a world that is still lethal, but not a real threat. I no longer play regularly, but knowing that it’s there, waiting for me…

It’s nice.


#12

You know that part from The Beginner’s Guide where you’re just doing chores around that house? That’s very much my kind of self-care.


#13

Hard to say, but I feel like Threes is the one game that works best for me. It’s hits a nice point where it’s engaging without ever feeling ,mentally taxing, and unlike other potential candidates I could think of it’s probably the only game where I’ve never felt like a session lasted too long (which is why I would count out something like Breath of the Wild because while the experience is fairly chill, I do sometimes stop the game and go “Oh, it’s six hours later. Oops.”).

The Binding of Isaac is also good except when I get tilted by playing particularly badly.


#14

I didn’t carry on playing after completing, but I sort of felt that way about Yakuza 0 while playing. Because of just the range of stuff you can do in it.

I could chill out with a retro game. Or pick some fights. Or go deep into one of the bigger minigames. Or play some cards, or Mahjong. Or a silly dice game. And it’s all done pretty well, it was just there for whatever mood I was in.


#15

Haven’t played it for a while now (a couple of versions, at least), but Minecraft has been my zen garden since 2010. Cities: Skylines as well.


#16

Night In The Woods came along whilst I was in a really shitty period/the beginning of a prolonged existential crisis and was really good for zoning out and working through, and was oddly soothing


#17

I found Dark Souls 1 to be incredibly soothing to play after a point. While it’s definitely not my recommendation for everyone, that game got to a place where I felt very calm and relaxed playing it, and letting my fingers work through the mechanics while my brain unpicked what it needed to was a real good feeling.

Co-signing what @D.va said about Night in the Woods! That is probably a better all-purpose recommendation. Definitely a soothing game.


#18

Dark Souls 2. I don’t know either.

Also, when I am feeling anxious I find Picross 3D to be really soothing. Puzzle games in general are kinda like that.


#19

Tetris. I can just zone out and play Tetris and everything is okay.


#20

I came in here to search whether I was the only weirdo who would list Dark Souls/Bloodborne. Thank you for your reassurances. :slight_smile: You know, they’re stressful at first, but once you memorize how it all goes down, it’s almost like meditation – repetitive actions, sometimes, or following a choreographed dance at others.