Games for when you want to relax

Sometimes all you want to do is relax. Kick back, put your feet up and forget about your troubles. And you know what that’s fine. We all have day’s like that.

It’s just that when I have a day like that I still want to play video games and these are my favourites

Flow. Originally released as a free flash game in 2006 by Jenova Chen to accompany his masters degree . Flow was then reworked and given a full release in 2007 by his development company; thatgamecompany. Flow is a simple game about the Flow of life about starting out as almost nothing. A tiny entity that can be eaten by almost any of the other, slightly bigger entities that inhabit the same space as you, Not enemies but simple beings that happen to live in the same space as you. As you play through the game taking other beings into you as you go through the game you grow ever so larger you become more able to defend yourself, more likely to stay alive. Less likely to be attacked or need to attack and as this happens the game changes, evolves with it and becomes less about survival and moves into a more relaxing experience, a more tranquil experience. The games ”final form” sees it slowly morphing into a meditative experience full of wonderful colours and an incredibly ambient music. It hits a switch somewhere in my brain and I just sink into the flow experience an experience that stays with you long after the game has been completed. link here Welcome to Flow in Games (jenovachen.com)

Seyonara Wild Hearts Now for a game with a little bit more action Seyonara Wild Hearts is a game that will have you running, flying, dancing and even skating through psychedelic pop worlds filled with colours. Bright, neon colours all bursting at the seems to pop out of their world and into yours. Yes Seyonara is a bit similar to an endless runner but, you will forgive it as an intriguing story that is coupled with a fantastic soundtrack that makes you want to see what’s around the next corner making the end of the game come a lot sooner than you expect. Your time will be short, the games only as long as the average music album but it will leave a bubble gum flavour on your tongue that will have you humming the soundtrack long after the credits have rolled.

Available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch

We Love Katamari is probably the most bonkers game on this list. It’s probably the most bonkers game on any list- It’s nuts. Originally released on the PS2 a long time ago. In an era when Vib-Ribbon was king and games like PaRappa the Rapper weren’t seen as strange relics from another time but games people were exited to play. We Love Katamari was something of an oddity even then, for it’s a game all about collecting things and I mean ALL of the things. It was all the fault of a God – isn’t it always! they had accidentally( after a drinking binge) destroyed the universe or something like that. And you playing as his son has to put it all back together – Actually I don’t really think the story counts. Just know that’s it’s as bonkers as the rest of the game and go with it. Soon you will be given your ball. A magic ball to help you on your quest. Your quest to pick up everything. Everything and anything. For example a level could have you starting out with your ball looking quite small, small enough to only pick up the tiniest of objects but as you pick up these objects they won’t be swallowed by the ball but become stuck to it making the ball bigger and as the ball grows larger in size you can pick up bigger things. A levels that starts with you collecting flowers will end with you collecting people, cows and even houses and as you go you can see all of the these different items pocking out of your ball in some sort of random order. If you fancy playing this little game of chaos a remake is out now on the Switch and PS4

Proteus A surrealist exploration game is something you don’t come across everyday but, today is that day and Proteus is that game. There are no goals in this game. The game’s only purpose is for you to wonder. Wonder around this magical island, watching the islands flora and fauna coming to life emitting dynamic shifts in audio as they go all based entirely on where you are, what your surroundings are and what season the game is currently in. it’s a lovely little experience, completion coming in about an hour. Currently available on most platforms

Journey I tried to not make this a thatgamecompany love in. But they make games that are so good, so relaxing and such fun to play I couldn’t leave this one out. Journey is game about discovery, about finding yourself and maybe even saving yourself and a game that I must admit I completely bounced of the first time I played it. I just didn’t get it. It wasn’t until maybe a year later when, on a whim I decided to reinstall it. to see if I could say what all the fuss was about, and I was so glad I did. For this time the game just clicked, it became more than a sand simulator. I suddenly didn’t want to rush to the end. Now I wanted to explore the land to see what was hidden just beneath the surface and there looking around me I stumbled across another play doing the same as me – just stumbling along enjoying their walk across the sand. Soon we walked to one another are separate walks became one, we fell into step. We couldn’t talk to each other. Journey doesn’t allow in-game communication. Until you complete the game you can’t even see the other players name, all it allows is for the player to make a small ”cheep” to get the other players attention but in that cheep we both found a way of connecting of somehow gathering together our shared experience of the game. The end goal became something for a later time what mattered to us was the Journey.

I still don’t know who the other player was and in some strange way I hope I never do. We have had all the time we needed to spend together.

Anything I have missed? I am sure there are loads 🙂

Looking Forward to These

I love a list, can’t help it. If I spot a list on anything I will read it. Its an affliction maybe even an addiction. from the top five ways to brush your cat to best ways to live self-sufficiently I have read them all, but what I must like the read, the absolute top of the top five pile are peoples favorite video games lists. I adore these, not only can you get a sense of a person as you read about their favorite games, but you can also find out about games you would of not otherwise heard about. I thank all of you who have given me many hours of enjoyment reading through your blogs, helping me find, what to me were things I would never have heard about and even helped me see some games in a completely different light.

So without further ado let me lead onto into a little post about games I would never have heard about without you the WordPress communities help. I have found games to dust of the Switch for, games to play on a mobile phone, genres I would never have considered and many more in between. Please see the below list 🙂 of everything I have picked and have either played or will play based on so many peoples recommendations. Thank you all again

 

1.The game that helped me dust off the Switch.  The one the only Wondersong. Its weird it’s wonderful, its full of charm and its full of signing, Yes, you heard that right singing You can sing at any time, to anyone, even when you are being spoken to by an NPC character, Its silly, its lovely. It wants to give you a hug and the end might bring you to tears. Thank you to everyone who mentioned this.

 

2. The one to play on the commute. The lovely looking Florence. Now I will admit I have not played this but, everything about it sounds fantastic. It’s about, from what I understand, one person’s journey through their life and the relationships they have during that life. Its a game that sounds interesting, thought-provoking and destined to make the daily commute fly by, I just have to get the crack in my phones screen fixed first.

3. The one to look out for. Days Gone. This is an early addition to this list and it is purely based on the look of recently released videos, basically  Days Gone is a game set after a Zombie apocalypse and yes, I know we have all seen too many Zombie games and movies to get interested at that basic premise but, in this, they are called Freakers 🙂 Freakers you see not only want to hunt you out and tear you limb from limb they also have basic needs of their own, like the need to drink water. Which gives them a lit bit, of extra oomph in the terror stakes. You never know if you are safe or not, you never know what’s around the next corner. Throw in the everything in the game world has been ravaged by the same virus, including all the animals and you have got all the ingredients for what could be the next Last of Us or Horizon Zero Dawn. We won’t know until April but I am excited to find out.

4. The one I will probably watch online. Resident Evil 2. I’m old I have said it before and I will probably say it again. I played the original Resident Evil 2 on its original Playstation release all those years ago it terrified me then and the new one looks like it will probably terrify me all over again. Plus I could never get my head around some of the stranger puzzles but, someone will and they will probably do it all in ten minutes on the day of release. I look forward to my back seat return to Racoon City.

5.The Puzzler. Generally not very good at puzzles. We all have a genre we can’t do anything with and puzzle games are my Kryptonite. I could be sitting for hours staring at something that will only take the next person a few minutes to solve. Its a problem and something I do really want to improve at and that is why I have chosen Donought County as the game to help me do it. I know its not much of a puzzle as you play as a giant hole with the goal of just swallowing everything around you but, its description is puzzler and that’s good enough for me. Apologizes if you see me on here asking for help in the next few weeks.

And of I go to read a few more lists