MAY ISSUE: POST #15
When I started this blog about a month ago, I didn’t really want to post reviews. I feel like I don’t have it in me to criticise games, and I merely try to enjoy what I can from most of them. But, my husband had the idea of writing some short paragraph reviews and summaries for games instead, and I thought that this was a pretty nice idea. Now I can be short and sweet with my opinion, and I don’t have to be too mean in the process. Sweet.
The games that I will be mentioning all fit with the theme of ‘laid-back’ and ‘chill’. Games you can pick up and play when you feel like it, and you don’t necessarily have to worry about the story or anything too challenging (like following a story, ahem, Final Fantasy 13). These aren’t going to be review reviews, but I will be giving a chill star rating out of 5, so you get an idea of how much relaxation you could get out of it.
So, let’s begin.
I know, it’s not surprising, but I had to put it on the list and I thought I’d get it out of the way. The repetitiveness of the game is somewhat addicting and becomes a chore, but don’t fear, it’s an enjoyable, friendly chore. For the most part. Sometimes gathering all that fruit can be a tad tedious. But, you can capture bugs and fish, arrange your home, style your character, and mingle with villagers and even real people (if you know how to mingle with real people virtually, that is). The graphics are adorable, especially in New Leaf and it plays like a charm. It’s the perfect way to calm down and meditate in the morning.
Chill Rating: ☆☆☆☆
The Sims is another obvious, popular title. What could be more relaxing than a life simulation? Actually, at first thought, you would think that it would be not so laidback, and who would want to play a game about life in the first place? But it is addicting, trust me, and relaxing if you want it to be (I’m talking about the main PC versions here. The story in The Sims on PS2 was kind of frustrating. The woman kept getting too depressed). You can create your family, build your home, get your sims jobs and make a happy family. The best thing about this game is that you can jump right in, and it will be completely different each time you play. You may want to look and see if you’d prefer the earlier Sims games or the recent ones, but if you want some time to unwind and focus on controlling someone else’s life rather than your own, then this series as a whole is certainly for you.
Chill Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Do you have a passion for fashion? Do you have a passion for trying to make people look chic or goth or lively or bold? Then look no further! Style Boutique is the perfect series where, once you get used to how the game works, is perfect for chill nights before sleeping. I got addicted to it last night actually. You run your own boutique, and as your popularity grows you can explore the city, enter contests, rearrange your room and buy lots of stock so you can dress up other people and yourself! It’s really nice to feel fashionable for once. I do wish there were more ways to interact with people, and maybe a more intriguing story, but then again, I’ve only played the first two games, and I think it’s a promising series with lots of potential. Of course, this game isn’t for everyone, but the 3DS versions are nicely made with lovely updated graphics.
Chill Rating: ☆☆☆
If you’re looking for a game that’s similar to Animal Crossing but not quite up there, then have a look at Castaway Paradise. I actually really enjoyed this game and put 40 hours into it before getting 100% achievements. The thing is, I haven’t played it since getting 100% achievements. The game was really fun and the graphics are bright and interesting, but the gameplay is 10x more repetitive than Animal Crossing. I had to repeatedly do the same thing for those 40 hours, pretty much. But, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s still pretty relaxing and you can fish, buy items, do simple quests and grow trees and plants. So, in my opinion, you can at least have a good time with this game for a while. It’s worth having a look.
Chill Rating: ☆☆
If you like plants, or growing plants, or even just clicker games where you don’t have to do too much, then Viridi is a chill game that you most definitely have to check out. You get a plant pot full of soil, all prepared for growing plants (with your pet snail along the side), and, well, you get the seeds and plant them and water them every few days until they grow! It’s basically a plant growing simulator, but it’s not as boring as you might think. The graphics are perfect, and the music is very peaceful, and it’s worth putting five or ten minutes into every few days just to see your plants grow. It’s great for nature lovers and people who don’t have much time.
Chill Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Rollercoaster Tycoon Series
Do you want to spend some time making your own theme park? If you do, then I will throw these games through your window. Games that have a sandbox mode, in general, are great for this sort of list. I grew up playing building simulation games, but Rollercoaster Tycoon was my go-to game. Recently, I’ve been playing the first title a lot, and honestly, I multitask while playing this game. I set up my park, leave it for a while, earn some dough, come back to it, adjust some things etc. etc. The style of the first three games is great and I love the old isometric graphics. I really wish the latest releases were better though.
Chill Rating: ☆☆☆☆
What are some chill games that you’ve played recently?
Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!