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12 chill games to unwind with in 2021

Do you ever feel like you need a break from the high octane action of whatever games you normally play, and would like to just relax for a moment? I’ve picked some of the most chill games you can unwind with it in 2021.

New Pokemon Snap

Developer: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Pokemon Snap is back! We can finally go back to throwing apples at Pokemon and laughing at their reactions before taking a pic.

New Pokémon Snap Trailer

The great thing about New Pokemon Snap is that you don’t need to activate any of your brain cells to have fun. If you need to relax after a long day, you can do it with this game, as it is pretty easy to take pictures of Pokemon. Plus you could get some pretty surprising pictures if you mess up. New Pokemon Snap is a perfect game to chill with in 2021, and a very fun game in general.

Stray

Developer: BlueTwelve Studio
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC

In this game, you get to become a cat – a stray cat, to be exact – and meow-meow your way along the neon-lit streets of a futuristic city. Before you get your claws out thinking it’s just another Goat Simulator, check out the trailer for Stray below.

Stray - Teaser Trailer | PS5

First of all: the futuristic setting of Stray looks awesome. With bright neon lights breaking the darkness of the night and robots casually chatting in bars, Stray is filled with character and unique stories to be discovered. There is also a mystery you will have to untangle if you ever want to get back to your family. But we would totally understand if you don’t want to do that, and would rather chill in this mesmerizing cyberpunk city forever.

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

Developer: Marvelous Interactive Inc.
Publisher: XSEED Games, Marvelous Interactive Inc.
Release Date: March 23, 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

In Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, your grandfather’s farm is in peril, so you drop everything to go rebuild the farm from the ground up. Chop down trees, grow your fields, and befriend cute animals along the way. You can even pet a chicken; if you’re looking for a game to just chill in, what more could you possibly need?

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town – Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase | October 2020

I cannot resist those cute animals and crops. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town looks peaceful, calm, yet full of life.

Open Roads

Developer: Fullbright
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PC

Open Roads is a game which seems to capture the thrill of traveling. As you begin your journey of self-discovery on the road with your mother, you uncover a secret kept within the family for decades.

Open Roads - The Game Awards 2020: Teaser Trailer | PS5, PS4

Despite being a mystery game, Open Roads carries a peaceful vibe, and its story takes place in a vibrant, beautiful world.

Sable

Developer: Shedworks
Publisher: Raw Fury, Single Cell Software
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Android, PC, MacOS

Set our crazy world aside for a second and forget everything. Sable lets you get lost in a seemingly endless desert littered with fallen spaceships. This exploration game follows the story of Sable, and her rite of passage through the dunes.

A Glimpse of Sable (new gameplay footage)

Sable is a beautiful game, and I personally can’t wait to drive through the desert on my hoverbike.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Developer: Ember Lab
Publisher: Ember Lab
Release Date: March 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC

Kena: Bridge of Spirits follows the adventure of Kena, who is on her way to the Sacred Mountain Shrine. Along the way, she stumbles upon a village that used to receive power from the Sacred Mountain. But that power has faded a long time ago due to an unknown event. Throughout her journey to the Mountain Shrine, Kena will help the spirits along the way to restore the former glory of the village and its neighborhood. Getting Ori vibes? Me too.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits - State of Play Trailer | PS5, PS4

Besides its cool concept and lush visuals, there is one particular element that put Kena: Bridge of Spirits on my list of games to chill with in 2021. The forest is full of cute little creatures, called the Rot. I don’t know about you, but I can stare at those things for hours. I think finishing this game might take me a lot longer than it should.

Solar Ash

Developer: Heart Machine
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC

Solar Ash is a 3D platformer focused on speed and fluid movement. To save the world from destruction, you will have to jump into a massive black hole and skate for your life. Your main goal is to skate across the ashen clouds, sliding through the remains of ruined cities.

Solar Ash - Introduction Trailer | PS5

Solar Ash is a perfect game to chill with in 2021 or any year, as its pastel aesthetic and simple mechanics won’t hurt your brain.

Harvest Moon: One World

Developer: Natsume
Publisher: Natsume, Rising Star Games
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Tired of working from home? Then drop it all and start your farm in a country far, far away. Virtually, at least, with Harvest Moon: One World.

Harvest Moon: One World Trailer

For the first time in the Harvest Moon series, players are no longer restrained to their village and small community. Harvest Moon: One World unveils a brand new world you can freely roam around.

Mario Golf: Super Rush

Developer: Camelot Software Planning
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

What could be more relaxing than a golfing session with Mario and his friends? You don’t have to be a pro golfer to hit the green in Mario Golf: Super Rush. This new opus of the Mario Golf series reaches the Nintendo Switch, allowing you to attempt a birdie wherever you are.

Mario Golf: Super Rush – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Switch

Playing Mario Golf: Super Rush requires pressing one button, or two if you are going for a special hit. That shouldn’t be too stressful, so this one easily made it on our list of games to chill in 2021.

Boyfriend Dungeon

Developer: Kitfox Games
Publisher: Kitfox Games
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC

I couldn’t let myself finish this list without including this odd gem. Boyfriend Dungeon is a game about flirting with your weapons. You read that right: in Boyfriend Dungeon, you have the opportunity to form a romantic relatinship with your weapons, which also double as gorgeous boys and girls. And a gorgeous cat.

🗡️ Boyfriend Dungeon - Nintendo Switch Announcement Full Trailer 🗡️

Gameplay-wise, Boyfriend Dungeon is a hack-and-slack dungeon crawling adventure. But is gameplay what truly matters in this game? Set your brain aside, and dive deep into the “dunj” and its sexy weapons.

Season

Developer: Scavengers Studio
Publisher: Scavengers Studio
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 5, PC

Take your mind to a whole other world with Season, a third-person atmospheric game with gorgeous art. You can explore the world on your bicycle, just riding along as time flies.

Season - The Game Awards 2020: Official Announcement Trailer | PS5

Season is an atmospheric game with a unique and immersive art style. Throughout your journey, you will have to gather artifacts and memories; or you can just explore this beautiful world until the end of time.

Everwild

Developer: Rare
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Release Date: 2021
Platforms: Xbox One, PC

The makers of Sea of Thieves, one of the best coop games of the past years, are back with another game: Everwild. This time there are no pirates or ships on the horizon. Everwild is more of an artistic experience, with a unique art style, and saving nature as the player’s main goal.

Everwild – Eternals Trailer – Xbox Games Showcase July

With cartoonish designs, Everwild builds an immersive world filled with magic. If you feel like unplugging your brain and just want to chill, I suggest giving this game a spin.

No matter the games you pick to chill with in 2021, we wish you a safe and peaceful year.

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Ophélie Castelot

I was born with a gamepad and played my first MMORPG at 8. I'm scared to death by Resident Evil's dogs. FPS enthusiast, I like to pewpew people. I love both video games and writing, so naturally, I'm a gaming writer. Want to pitch an idea or debate the latest game you played? Let's talk!
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