Great first levels in video games for when you just want to relax

We all know video games are great right?

Sometimes however the first level is the perfect level, A place where the player is King, where no harm can come to you and nothing really wants to kill you and all the game wants to do is to make sure that your happy with your settings, that you can push X for jump and forward to run. It’s a happy time for both you and your game. You’re both just starting out and you haven’t had a row yet.

So let me present my favourite first levels in gaming. Levels that I could, for the most part quite happily live in. Thanks for the rest of the game but, I think were fine here and we will stay right where we are.

Thank you very much

Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone 1 Act 1

The blue blur, the one time king of Sega. One time King of the world. The little blue blurr that could. Sonic’s games will always have a place in my memory, not so much for being great games ( I’m not the biggest fan of platformers) but for being rock-hard. Games back then didn’t give you second chances. didn’t hold your hand. It was learn or die. Green Hill Zone 1 Act 1however was different, it wanted you to at least get to the end of the stage. My memory of the game is of it being a lot; calmer, more tranquil and a hell of a lot easier than the rest of the game. I think I could even just stay in the screenshot above, pull out a deckchair and relax. It’s got everything you need, sun, sea and Palm trees.

I don’t think Dr.Robotnik is going to do any real harm to the animals do you?

Prey. Morgan’s apartment

I just love this apartment don’t you? I mean just look at the view. Yes it’s covered by clouds but, just imagine it in the morning, the first glimpse of dawn poking through the blinds as you stretch, get out of bed and think about the day ahead. I mean, okay so the world, may have gone to the dogs while you slept, your going to have a lot of angry voicemails and you probably shouldn’t go outside but, why would you when it’s so nice inside? There’s books to read and TV to watch and did I mention that even the taps work in the bathroom and the sink. That’s fine for me. If you don’t mind I’ll just put my feet up have a nice cup of Tea and let someone else save the world for once.

Wonder if there’s any biscuits about in those cupboards


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Okay so here me out. This one doesn’t start well. I know. Things however do improve rather quickly, don’t they? I mean, sorry Roggvir and all that but it’s not our head that get’s the chop is it? No, I can just see myself settling down here. Making a life for myself. Maybe open a little shop. Do a little whittling. Plus there’s Dragon’s who doesn’t want to live in a world with Dragon’s in it? Maybe I’ll open a Dragon sight seeing tour?

Gone Home

Gone Home would be a completely different game if it was my life. No dramatic reveal, no wandering through the house looking for clues. My version of Gone Home would have gone as follows; 1 Get out of Taxi 2 try to find keys 3 curse when I couldn’t find stupid keys , panic at thought of being locked out 4 remember the all too obvious hiding place for the spare set 5 momentarily wonder why we haven’t been burgled before, open door, drop luggage on floor 6 go to kitchen for a nice cup of tea and a snack 7 take snacks and all important tea up to my room and promptly fall asleep. Might wake up in the morning and wonder where everybody else is, but that is only if there wasn’t any milk.

Just realised my version of the game is still longer than those speed runs on the internet and a lot simpler ๐Ÿ™‚


Great game is it? wouldn’t know. Couldn’t get past the first boss any enemy in the game. I am truly useless at the game. Everyone has that one genre they can’t seem to get to grips with (at least I hope they do) and the dying and dying again until you succeed genre seems to me mine. I have tried everything from YouTube guides to having much better players walk me through the and I still can’t do it. I panic, I swear, I panic again and then give up. It’s just not the game for me. So here I sit taking in the view of Yarnham whilst hiding in the shadows. It’s not too bad really. I’m fine with my choice, We can’t all be heroes. Even made friends with a few of the locals now and they do make a nice cup of tea. A bit dark and mysterious but you get used to it.

So there we have it. A few game ideas for when you just want some piece and quiet. No saving the world for me today. I’m already far too busy

Any other first levels you wouldn’t mind becoming last game levels?

Let me know in the comments below

7 thoughts on “Great first levels in video games for when you just want to relax

  1. Green Hill zone is iconic! You canโ€™t forget about the music ๐ŸŽถ. It was so relaxing and freeing. I could get lost speeding through the level without even stopping to pick up coins or defeating enemies. I loved racing through and somethingโ€™s Iโ€™d speed right past the checkpoint and forget to jump through the stars for the special stage ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. This post just brought back so many memories thank you!

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  2. Green Hill Zone is one of the best first levels there ever was. It is also one of the best level in all Sonic Games. It’s the only level that really lets you run around lightning-fast, instead of stopping you every 5 seconds.

    Also, I demand that GamesAndStuff-Gone Home adaptation!

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    1. haha, I love this comment. You are right – there is nothing like running around lightning – fast. In that opening level.
      Regarding the remake or should it be de-make of Gone Home. Work is ongoing currently targeting a PlayStation 6 release ๐Ÿ™‚

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