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Find Calm From The Storm

These games offer ways to consciously step outside the day's stresses and pressures to create space for self-care. This may be to distract yourself with calming unpressured tasks or to visit a world that is tranquil and relaxing or maybe just spend time reflecting on your emotions in a safe space.

The Endless Forest

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 50 players online.

Costs: Free.

This is a whimsical online multiplayer game where you play deer in a peaceful forest. You freely explore ruins and ponds, and meet other players, communicating in symbols. The world is like a moving painting, but one that players have a strong sense of...


Assemble With Care

Platforms: PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

From the makers of Monument Valley, this puzzle game is a unique way to consider how physical objects become meaningful and hold our memories. You play a restorer who repairs people's favourite possessions: from family heirlooms to broken statues to...


Spek

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

A puzzle game where objects are seen only in outline and you must travel the world with your dot, by manipulating the perspective. You navigate through minimalist yet colourful environments full of challenging puzzles, dangerous inhabitants, and...


Lego Builder's Journey

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 135 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This isn't what you expect it to be. Rather than a brick-based puzzle for kids it's more like a thoughtful and nostalgic work of art for adults. You work through abstract levels by following instructions but also by breaking the rules. Take the time to...


Among Trees

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Among Trees is a game you play in a forested wilderness full of creatures and fauna. It's handcrafted by a small team and creates a vibrant world to explore. This is a game you aim to win or dominate, but rather find your place in.


SoundSelf: A Technodelic

Platforms: PC

Genres: Simulation

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

SoundSelf is an interactive guided meditation. Using the microphone, and optionally enhanced by VR, the game leads you through a landscape that responds to the sounds of your breath. This encourages you to make the Ujjayi Pranayama sound on your...


Spring Falls

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spring Falls is a puzzle where you erode a geometric landscape to let water flow down the mountain and help plants grow. Along with the low-pressure puzzle play, the game offers a calming experience with soft visuals, ambient music and interactive...


Patterned

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Patterned is a puzzle game where you piece together beautiful patterns. It's a bit like a jigsaw but without the stress of forever finding more blue sky pieces. Each pattern begins as a sketch and you use visual clues to reassemble its scrambled pieces.


Tint

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Tint is a puzzle game you solve by painting. You mix watercolours to match the colour of the origami. The aesthetic and the low-pressure puzzles make for a soothing experience. There are no timers, no countdowns, no points and certainly no rush,...


Winding Worlds

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 2 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Winding Worlds is a colourful puzzle game played in a mythic world where you solve your way through the afterlife. The characters you meet don't always want to help, but you can help them deal with their problems and find peace. The puzzles are logic...


Naiad

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 hour and 1 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Naiad is a gentle adventure game where exploration is fuelled not by extreme distances, dangers or enemies, but by the simple joy of floating in rivers and pools. As a story about nature unfolds you control a nymph-like character who swims through...


Townscaper

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 minute and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Townscaper is a town building toy. You pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.


Spin Rhythm XD

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Rhythm

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spin Rhythm is a music-timing game where you match button presses and stick movement with music indicators on the screen. It's intuitive and fun. Once you get the hang of it it feels like making music.


Alto’s Adventure (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Racing

Duration: Between 1 minute and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Descend beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to worry about is tapping to jump to avoid chasms, rockfall and other hazards. It’s simple and moreish due to the stunning landscapes...


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A Short Hike

PEGI Rating 3+ for A Short HikeESRB Rating EVERYONE for A Short Hike

A Short Hike

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure and Open World

Duration: Between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

In A Short Hike you play penguin-like character Claire, who needs to climb a mountain in a beautiful national park to receive an important phone call. Presented in cute pixel graphics, the game invites you to explore the park, help other animals, find...


Prune

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Prune involves slicing, but here you must carefully cut off tree branches to encourage the tree to grow in a particular direction. It starts simply but turns into a challenge for parents and young children to work on together.


Flower

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Control the breeze blowing across fields of grass and blow petals into other flowers to make them bloom. Flower is simple and single-purpose in evoking the feeling of the wind. What starts as an awkward struggle to control the breeze soon turns into a...


Feather

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This game brings you, as a bird, to a beautiful island. You can explore freely, collecting items and soaring on the breeze. Often, other players will join you to create a flock of birds to fly together, making music on the wind. Communication is kept to...


Animal Crossing (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected minutiae of this diorama that makes...


Old Man’s Journey

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Old Man’s Journey is a game about memory and old age. You help a grandfather-figure traverse the countryside by raising and lowering the landscape. Along the way he visits places that evoke the story of his life: a wife, a child and a love of the sea.


Everything

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.


Endless Ocean

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 8 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Endless Ocean (Endless Ocean: Blue World in the US) and its sequel Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep are versions of a diving adventure game where you explore the Manaurai Sea to identify different fish and recover artefacts. As experience is...


The First Tree

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The First Tree is an exploration narrative game. In a dream, you explore a forest wilderness as a mother fox looking for her cubs. Simultaneously, you revisit childhood memories in spoken reflection from two lovers remembering the dream and their...


Wii Fit (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Rhythm

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wii Fit is a collection of games designed to help you exercise. They use the Wii Balance Board peripheral that works with both Wii Fit on the Wii and Wii Fit Plus on the Wii U. The Balance Board measures the pressure you place on it and enables a range...


Chime (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Chime is a block-dropping music puzzle game where you control a single shape to move, rotate, and then place it onto a grid. A beatline moves across the grid in time with the music, setting off events when it hits placed shapes.


Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Duration: Between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an adventure where you explore a world seeking out and collecting magical creatures, known as sprites, to banish an ominous shroud known as the Murk. As you do this, you make your way in the world, farming,...


Wingspan

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wingspan is a relaxing, award-winning strategy card game about birds for one to five players. You create flocks of birds to extend a chain of powerful combinations in one of your three habitats. Your goal is to discover and attract the best birds to...


Inbento

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Inbento is a food-themed puzzle game where you solve puzzles to prepare lunch boxes. As you complete each "bento" lunch box a story unfolds about the highs and lows of parenthood. There are over 100 fun puzzles, aesthetically served with traditional...


Golf Peaks

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Sports

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Golf Peaks is a golf game you play by picking different shot cards and swiping in a direction. Unlike other golf games it more of a puzzle than a test of skill or timing. You don't even need to understand of golf.


Breath of Light

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Breath of Light is a meditative puzzle game where you guide the breath of light through sand and water. With no score or time-limits and with all levels unlocked from the start, the focus is on relaxation and breathing rather than the challenge and its...


Cats Are Cute

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Cats are Cute is a pet care game where you look after cats and build a town. You collect a variety of cats and buildings around which the cats play and hide. It's really easy to play for youngsters and relaxing for older players.


Blind Spot

Platforms: Android

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Blind Spot is a hidden target game. However you have to identify the location of the targets without any audio or visual clues. As you run your two fingers over the screen you are provided vibration feedback that increases as you home in on the two...


Journey

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure

Duration: Between 2 and a half hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is an adventure in a desert. Exploring the eerie sandscape, you discover a world abandoned by the race that created it. The sense of space and scale evokes feelings of aloneness and being lost. But then the game pairs you with other players, one at...


Abzu

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Abzu is an adventure in a lush underwater world. You descend into the heart of the ocean to find ancient secrets and encounter majestic creatures. This combines the beautiful weightlessness of diving with an ancient story of meaning and place in the world.


Sayonara Wild Hearts

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a rhythm-action game where you control a running, flying, dancing or motorbike-riding character to collect coins and hearts in time with pop music. The neon visuals and emotively voiced story make this an unusual and compelling...


Wide Ocean Big Jacket

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Open World

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a game about camping. Or rather, it's a game about the conversations you have while you are camping. You follow 13-year-old teenage friends Mord and Ben who recently started dating. The camping trip is with Mord’s Uncle Brad and Aunt Cloanne.


Milkmaid of the Milky Way

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a puzzle game where you play a milkmaid Ruth in a remote farm, who is kidnapped by a spaceship. It sounds strange, but what unfolds is a story about boredom, parental expectation and the desire for change.


Never Alone

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.


Firewatch

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Duration: Between 4 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show [link to...


 




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