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Pastoral Playtime Games for 5-year-olds (Year 1 Primary School Infants)

Cottagecore is an online term celebrating an idealised rural life. Although games are usually considered to be hard, harsh and technological, many of them play to this aesthetic that is sentimental about traditional skills and crafts such as foraging, baking, and pottery.

Games sometimes use these rural pursuits as play mechanics, like Stardew Valley, Potion Craft, Terraria and Fantasy Life. Others use Cottagecore as a guide to how they look and feel, like Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, The Stillness of the Wind and Mutazione.

However it plays out in the game, Cottagecore aims to satisfy a desire for aspirational nostalgia and an escape from stress or trauma. The New York Times described it as a reaction to hustle culture and the advent of personal branding. The Guardian called it a "visual and lifestyle movement designed to fetishize the wholesome purity of the outdoors."

These games emphasize simplicity and the slow pace of pastoral life as an escape from the modern world in favour of the bucolic. Unsurprisingly this has become more popular on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. In some ways the resurgence of retro games could be seen in a similar light, although here the sentimental nostalgia is for virtual entertainment rather than rural lifestyle.

This list includes 3 games from the last 4 years, with 29 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to escape into cottagecore .

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE
Australian Ratings: G
Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Simulation
Total Likes: 29
 

 

Yoshi's Crafted World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-14 year-olds

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Price: 21% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Yoshi's Crafted World is a running and jumping game where you control a friendly dinosaur, Yoshi. You work through each level, eating or jumping on enemies while searching for hidden items and collectables.

Llama Villa (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/08/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Open World, Point-and-Click and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Llama Villa is a simulation game about managing a llama farm. You buy a llama, sell the wool and build him a mansion to live in with lots of llama friends. It's a super simple point-and-place building game where you can make the villa of your Dreams but...

Ollie & Bollie: Outdoor Estate (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/10/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Ollie & Bollie: Outdoor Estate is an adventure game in a simulated world. You help Ollie and Bollie, who are two bird-like people, look after their farm in the countryside by completing simple tasks. It may sound familiar but stands out because it gives...

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