The most relaxing games on Nintendo Switch – GameSpew
Life is stressful, let’s face it. So we all need an easy way to relax.
Playing video games is often considered a stressful and adrenaline-rich activity. And that can be the case if you are playing a first-person shooter or a fast-paced action game. But more and more games are simply designed to be calming, relaxing experiences. And luckily, if you’re looking to relax, there are more than a handful of relaxing games on Switch.
How about swimming peacefully in a colorful ocean? Or sit back on safari, taking pictures of creatures passing by? Or how about exploring a beautiful island, where the only danger you have to face is the strange pesky wasp?
We’ve rounded up some of the best and most relaxing games on Nintendo Switch here. So make yourself comfortable, grab your console and get ready to relax. Click on to see our picks.
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1. New Pokemon Snap
New Pokemon Snap is a remake of a classic GameCube game, and while it’s part of the Pokémon franchise, it has nothing to do with your typical Pokémon game. You see, instead of capturing and battling with Pokemon, here you are just observing them. Equipped with a camera, you will visit their natural habitat and take pictures of them.
It is a calm and quiet activity, each short game drive lasting only five to ten minutes. There are a range of environments to visit, each with new Pokemon to find. As you level up in a certain area, creatures will become more comfortable with your presence and you will start to pick up new behaviors from them. Nothing beats the feeling of capturing a Scorbunny giving you a dazzling smile or seeing a Magikarp leap gracefully out of the water.
With nothing to worry about but capturing the perfect shot, New Pokemon Snap is the perfect Switch game to relax.
Although Abzu is not a very long game, almost every moment with him is incredibly relaxing. A game that immerses you in the depths of the sea, free to explore as you please, its charm lies in its beauty. Whether you’re watching schools of fish circling around you or watching a giant whale majestically swim in the distance, Abzu is just breathtaking.
There’s a loose narrative to follow, but that’s not the focus of the game. The focus is on your own exploration, making sense of the world around you as you explore it . A superb Austin Wintory soundtrack only helps to Abzu even nicer; it’s a game you can just dive into and forget about quests, challenges and time trials. Go at your own pace, explore as you wish; Abzu is one of the most relaxing games on Nintendo Switch, hands down.
Read our review of Abzu
3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
A game to start a new life on a beautiful island? Every thing about Animal Crossing: New Horizons shouts “relaxing”. As you settle into your new life, you’ll upgrade your home, build houses for other villagers to move into, and decorate the island as you see fit. However, you will need to earn “bells” – Animal Crossing’s currency – to pay for these upgrades and decorations. But there’s nothing too strenuous; just pick some fruit, sell the seashells you find on the beach, and you’ll soon have all the wealth you could possibly need.
There’s no right or wrong way to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons. At the beginning, you will have some basic tasks to complete to help you get started. But they can be taken at your own pace. But once they’re out of the way, you’re free to relax and enjoy your island as you wish. It’s the kind of game you’ll probably want to visit every day just to relax, and that’s why it’s one of the most relaxing games on Nintendo Switch.
Read our review on Animal Crossing: New Horizons
4. Stardew Valley
How relaxing Stardew Valley It depends on how you play it. With caverns to explore, which can see you take on a range of monsters, there’s is danger to find. But focus on farming, exploring the town and forging relationships with your neighbors, and Stardew Valley becomes one of the most relaxing games on Nintendo Switch.
This is not a game that imposes tasks or missions on you to complete. You can play Stardew Valley as you wish, and that’s part of its charm. You just inherited a farm, you see, and so it’s up to you to keep it running, to get it back in shape. You will spend your time planting and growing crops in order to earn money. And when you’re not doing that, you can wander around town, talk to other townspeople. Play your cards right and you’ll make friends – or even find a spouse. The freedom that Stardew Valley deals is just one of the reasons it’s so relaxing.
Read our review on Stardew Valley
5. Islanders: Console Edition
We just love Islanders. It’s one of the most relaxing games we’ve ever played, and not many people have heard of this game. It’s an incredibly simple premise, and maybe that’s why we enjoy it so much. It’s kind of a city builder, but you don’t have to worry about building an economy or any kind of politics. Just place the buildings down, trying to score the highest points.
On a quiet soundtrack, you’ll score points in Islanders by placing the buildings in an optimal position. Put houses near a city center, for example. And fishing outposts on the water. Score enough points and you will receive more and more buildings to place. The game is over when you have no more things to build. But we think you’ll want to go back and try again.
Read our review on Islanders
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Zelda? Relaxing? Okay, not the most obvious choice when it comes to the most relaxing games on Nintendo Switch. But listen to us. Put aside the fight against Ganon and the Guardians that you will encounter in certain areas, and just imagine the huge open world that is ready to be explored. The confusing shrines that can be completed at your own pace. The Koroks are waiting to be found. There’s so much about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild it’s relaxing to play. You just have to avoid getting into a skirmish!
But when so much of the game is open, it’s not hard to do. Spend time exploring, climbing cliffs, and taking in the scenery, and it’s a truly beautiful game that can easily soothe the soul. Sure, some of the shrine puzzles might vex you a bit if you get stuck, but the vast majority of them can be completed at your own pace, and solving them is an enjoyable activity. Even if you’ve already played it, dive into breath of the wild with a different mindset and you will see how relaxing it can be.
Read our review on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
7. Clubhouse Games: 51 Global Classics
Clubhouse Games: 51 World ClassicsWhere 51 world games as it is called in Europe, is another kind of relaxing game. It is actually a collection of classic board games and mini games, which you can play alone against the CPU or with a friend. Whether you want to play checkers, cards or solitaire – or maybe something a little more action-oriented like bowling – there’s something here for you. And all wrapped up in a nice package, it’s the perfect game to immerse yourself in for short periods of time.
All the games in the collection may not be as relaxing as the previous one, but you will definitely find something here that will help you relax. The joy is that you can play however you want; you don’t have to work to unlock new games – they’re all available to you from the get-go. So disconnect from the world, grab your Switch and enjoy fun and relaxing games for a few moments.
Read our review on 51 world games