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Marisa Seager

You might think that a “true gamer” is someone who plays stereotypical shooter games like Call of Duty and Apex Legends, however there is actually a whole different side of gaming with many categories to explore. As a personal favorite of mine, I’d like to tell you about some great calm, relaxing, and cozy games that can be found across multiple consoles and devices. 

Calico – available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows

In Calico, you are given the task of rebuilding the town’s cat café while completing tasks for others in the village. How can it possibly get any better than decorating and putting together your very own café? Okay, well you actually get to ride these cats too!

Cozy Grove – available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, iOS, and Microsoft Windows 

This was the game that I switched to after playing Animal Crossing all throughout quarantine! In Cozy Grove, you find new secrets and help the local ghosts through tasks all while decorating, crafting, and living on the island itself. 

Lemon Cake – available on Microsoft Windows

Lemon Cake is a casual baking sim where you are tasked with restoring an abandoned bakery. As you progress through the game you can unlock new pastry recipes, the ability to grow more fresh ingredients in the greenhouse, and upgrade the bakery in all sorts of ways.

Spiritfarer – available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and macOS

This one is a cozy management game where you essentially build a boat to explore the world and care for your spirit friends to help them with transitioning into the afterlife. Spiritfarer is definitely one of the more unique games on this list that I have played. 

Coffee Talk – available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Macintosh operating systems, and Xbox One

Coffee Talk is more of a visual novel and game combined where you work through a storyline and become a barista of the shop in between. Relax, listen to what the characters have to say, and serve them up a warm drink of your choosing or that they order. 

Feel free to check out any of these games and let me know what you think! I would love to write about and recommend more games across various categories.