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Comfortable Games
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Comfortable Games

1 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-15 00:42
What are the most comfortable game you've played? And what games have the comfiest soundtracks? Post them so other anons can try them and relax a little bit.
2 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-15 00:51
Personally I love to play Minecraft (even though it's a game for kids, it can be pretty fun) while listening to some jazz.
3 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-15 08:01
>>1
I think the comfiest game(s) is the Harvest Moon series. The Game Boy Advance one and 64 are my favorites. The comfiest game OST is probably Umihara Kawase, but the actual game is hardcore and not relaxing at all.

>>2
Why do you think Minecraft is for kids (and why would it matter anyway)? It can be really chill, but the caves creep me the hell out. I haven't played Minecraft in a few years, but I used to play it all the time.
4 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-15 08:54
Hardwar is one of my favourite games of all time and it's pretty much unheard of, you'll be hard-pressed to find a person who played it.
I think it's really comfy because of how it's a space sim similar to X in what you can do, but it's set on a relatively small area on Titan (one of Saturn's moons), so instead of the cosmic void you get a nice reddish/orange palette and instead of a huge expanse of asteroids you get a nice small map that you can hold entirely your head, while still taking some time and effort to traverse. Basically it's a space sim, but on a smaller scale.
The music was also a compilation of some track by some artists from Warp Records in the 90s, and I discovered many artists I liked through the OST.
Plus, the dogfighting is really fun and there's a lot of stuff you can do in the game with the community patches.

The game's abandonware at this point, and can be a bit tricky to install if you don't want to mount the CDs every time, so here's a guide in case you want to check it out: sgt.hootr.club/hardwar/
Don't forget to visit Captain Zedo's website and read the guides to learn how to play the game, there's no tutorial and little information on how to get going in the game itself.
5 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-15 08:57
I used to play Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing when I was younger, but since moving to PC only hadn't really found anything as comfy.

Stardew Valley is a really well made spiritual successor though, and the writing gives reasonably realistic issues for a rural town. I'm looking forward to co-op.
Ooblets was inspired by Stardew Valley, too - maybe there's a renaissance!
6 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-15 09:09
>>4
Looks really interesting, thanks! Hadn't actually realised Designer's Republic had done work for other games. In that vein I'd recommend any of the Wipeout series; all of them are good, but the PSP ones have a really hypnotic endless mode where the speed just increases every lap. 2097 had the best soundtrack though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxtCoSlu-8A
7 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-15 09:33
>>5
I've been interested in Stardew Valley for a while. One of these days I'll get around to picking it up. Shelter is another PC game that looks interesting/potentially comfy to me. You play as an animal and have to find food and shelter to survive.
8 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-15 12:25
Ōkami is my pick. I also like Rez. Good call on Wipeout's zone mode too, there's a very special zen-like feeling to feathering round turns at absurd speeds while orbital plays in the background (the PSP games were better but I am more partial to fusion's soundtrack)
9 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-15 18:27
>>5
It's kinda hard to find comfy games for PC, but I used to play alot on DS, though. Also, Stardew Valley looks really interesting, I might try it.
10 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-16 06:19
The homeworld series, the backgdrops are absolutely gorgeous and the sense of scale amazing. The sound effects as well as the soundtrack also serve to enhance the already lonely feeling of space. Even when you are in a pitched battles using battlecruisers and fleets of frigates the mood is somber and melancholic.

Great games indeed.
11 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-16 12:33
The Witness has really nice scenery, and the island is very quiet. It's a mixture of biomes, but all of them are pretty comfy in their own way.
12 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-16 15:08
>>6
Oh yes, I forgot to mention that the Designer's Republic also helped with that. I think the devs were in contact with a lot of people who did music, designs and other stuff in Sheffield. I remember someone from The Black Dog (an electronic group under Warp at the time) telling about how they helped with the sound design of the game.

Also, as for other comfy PC games, I recommend Recettear, VA-11 Hall-A, Eufloria, Proteus (and its mod Purgateus), and Torus Trooper.
13 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-19 17:42
because of BG&E2 announcement i replayed the original and can confirm it's still as comfy as 13 years ago

>>12
i love Proteus!
14 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-20 02:37
crazy taxi, gungrave, link's awakening, hmmmmm... pets catz ii (for PC)
15 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-20 10:44
>>14
Link's Awakening. Yes. I think Koholint Island is the first fictional place I ever felt homesick for. And I don't think I'll ever stop loving Marin.
16 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-23 04:04
>>14
Crazy Taxi
YEA YEA YEA YEAH YEAHHH!
That games soundtrack was great.

The Pikmin games really come to mind. I have yet to play the latest one. I really want to play it.
17 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-23 04:55
FEZ is a really comfy game, I recommend it to everyone. I also love all Kirby games.
18 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-23 05:00
I don't know if you could call the katamari games comfy, but there's certainly something about them that's appealing.
19 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-25 05:31
Super Mario Sunshine is really atmospheric and feels like summer.
20 Name: Anonymous : 2017-06-25 19:45
>>19
Sunshine is nice, I also have some fond memories of it so that helps too.
Also the Gamecube Animal Crossing has a strange atmosphere that makes it feel very comfortable, an atmosphere that has been gone from any of the other games and I can't quite figure out what exactly sets it apart.
21 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-28 06:23
Banished, Bastion, Fable TLC.
22 Name: Anonymous : 2017-07-29 07:47
Pikmin is really nice. Chibi-robo is a game about cleaning.
>>21
Seconding Fable TLC.
23 Name: Anonymous : 2017-08-03 19:09
Just laid my hands on a psp 2k (yeah, witness a slowpoke!). Requesting comfortable games on psp/ps1/gba/snes, any genre.
24 Name: Anonymous : 2017-08-04 05:23
>>23
I really liked Patapon for the psp, though I've only played the second one.
It's a rhythm game where you give commands to a bunch of little guys to fight other guys, and the music makes it supremely comfy.
25 Name: Anonymous : 2017-08-09 05:54
I just bought a Tamagotchi. It's my first time having one, but so far it's really fun and relaxing.
26 Name: Anonymous : 2017-08-15 21:37
i had been playing a lot of new leaf for about two months, but i've gotten to the point i reached with every other animal crossing game where everything becomes a bit boring/tedious. hopefully i can find a new game to dive into and become obsessed with. i bought stardew valley and terraria during the summer sale, so maybe i should give those a go soon.
>>25
are they still in production or is it an old one? i remember having a neat transparent orange one as a kid, and i felt so bad when i lost it for a week and my little dude got ill.
27 Name: Anonymous : 2017-08-16 00:32
>>26
Yeah, they still make Tamas. Mine's a pretty recent model.
i felt so bad when i lost it for a week and my little dude got ill
You're probably lucky he lived. I heard the old Tamas would die from just a few hours of neglect. And of course, you couldn't pause them. I'll never understand how they got through all the testing they must have undergone without someone suggesting that.

I used to love Animal Crossing but I only ever played the Gamecube one, and it's been years. Being able to create clothing patterns was probably my favorite thing. And the NES games. I understand the sequels don't have those; it's too bad.

I played a lot of Harvest Moon when I was younger, so I'm kind of interested in trying Stardew Valley.
28 Name: Anonymous : 2017-10-14 23:59
I find most shmups to be fairly relaxing. Even though the gameplay can be very intense and require a lot of focus, I think that very aspect helps distract me from my "real problems" and other stressful thoughts associated with being an adult. Star Soldier and Super Star Solider are two of my favorites, because I know those game pretty well. Chourensha is also fun, even though I am terrible at it. It usually can help me relax and wind down.
29 Name: Anonymous : 2017-10-15 07:50
>>28
I think shooters can be very relaxing when you're in the zone, but mostly they're pretty frantic.
My favorite is probably Recca for NES. I also love the R-Type series, but I've never managed to beat the first one. Gun.Smoke is super cool, but it's kind of insane. I love that it's a Western; I've always been surprised at how (relatively) few Western-themed video games there are.
30 Name: Anonymous : 2017-10-16 08:34
>>28
I'd never thought about that, but you're right.
I think a lot of games that fall into the "arcade" category like that are relaxing in their own way - low complexity but a high skill ceiling, and little time loss from a death means they're easy to zone out to.
31 Name: Anonymous : 2017-10-16 23:21
>>30
Two of my favorite "relaxing" games are Tetris and Mario Bros, for more or less the reasons you've mentioned.
32 Name: Anonymous : 2017-10-19 05:31
I play Solitaire while listening to YouTube commentary. Very okay.
33 Name: Anonymous : 2017-10-31 18:30
I hate to say it. The guy who made the game is a human turd with garbage coding and UI design skills. The game's been out for a while now and it's still buggy.

If that wasn't all: it's made in unity, so go figure.

All in all, Mini Metro is a fun and very relaxing game that I wish I didn't spent money on. Let me know if you want a clean copy, or just download the GOG version and check the signature.

There's also Sim City 3000 and Factorio, though the latter is only relaxing if you're not rushing it.

Weird how all games I like are systemic in how they operate.
34 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-01 16:53
>>33
Have you tried OpenTTD? It sounds like it's right in your preferences.
35 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-02 01:26
>>34
Yeah. I just could never be drawn into TTD. The game's just a bit tad too complex for the UI to properly manage I feel? I've had cases of "Why isn't this shit working?" instead of a comfy gaming experience. I'd have more fun if there was some complete tutorial that shows you all the ropes or something? I dunno. RCT doesn't suffer from this because it's less complex.

Still, TTD and RCT are both fascinating achievements of x86 assembly projects, I have to admit.
36 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-03 00:51
Minetest on peaceful mode.
Install a bunch of mods for plantlife and pretty things to craft and you have a nice time ahead of you.
37 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-04 07:22
>>36
That's a Minecraft clone, right? How does it compare to Notch's game?
I haven't played in a long time, but Minecraft can be pretty comfy.
38 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-08 09:21
I don't think I've ever meaningfully played a comfy game...

I always play very competitive games(not to earn money, but because competition is very enjoyable), but I never sit down and play a nice game. I have tons in my steam library I think, so I'll check back in after playing some.
39 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-13 01:37
I know it's probably not what comes to mind when you hear 'comfy', but I love Exceed 3rd Jade Penetrate, and other danmaku games. I love the intricate patterns and music in those kinds of games. When I die, I don't get very frustrated unlike in other games.
40 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-13 01:51
Most of the more popular city builders probably. Simcity 4 and Anno 1404 is very nice, and I've also enjoyed the Caesar games. More recent games like Cities Skylines and Banishes are also very nice. I think I like them because they rarely rush you, so you can take your time and build in your own pace.

Minecraft is a nice game like that too. For some reason I think the playstation and ps2 era horror games rather relaxing too. They're horror games, and don't actually have the most pleasing atmosphere, but I think their gameplay and atmosphere also mellow.
41 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-13 01:53
>>14
>>15
The Capcom Zelda games are absolutely wonderful. Link's Awakening and the Oracles are just so pleasing in every way. They get so much disdain, it's astounding.
42 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-13 12:04
>>41
Link's Awakening is easily my favorite Zelda game (and one of my favorite games ever). The Capcom Zeldas, while fun, always felt "not quite right" to me. Almost like imposters trying too hard to fit in.
They get so much disdain
I feel like portable games in general tend to be undervalued and disrespected compared to their console counterparts. It's too bad. Personally, the Gameboy is my favorite system.
43 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-13 23:54
>>42
It's hard for me to pick a favorite in the Gameboy line, as they are all phenomenal systems with excellent libraries (well, the Color doesn't have much of a library, but I've always just considered it an updated Gameboy). The Gameboy Advance is my favorite system, I think it was the last stand of old-school gaming; probably because it was the last 2D console. It's not common to run into others with a similar opinion, so it's nice to meet you.
44 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-15 08:13
>>43

The GBA SP was my favorite, the light and not needing to buy batteries made it my favorite.
45 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-15 08:21
>>44
I've never had an SP, but one of these days I'll get one.
My favorite Gameboy is the Pocket; that's the first one I got as a kid.
46 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-18 06:34
>>38 checking back in, i downloaded pixeljunk eden and its been eating up my time lol. it's nice to relax and not play a game thats mentally and physically demanding, so i think i should do it more often :)
47 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-18 23:15
Apparently Stardew Valley is kind of like this, or, a lot like this. Like uh, 2D harvest moon but more cute and with lesbians and mead. I want to play it soon.
48 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-19 02:32
I wonder what itd look like,
histories comfiest game of dwarf fortress.
49 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-21 08:48
>>48
This post has me wondering what an automated DF AI would be like to write. Adventure mode would probably be the easiest. That would be a really neat stream to run, I think.
50 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-21 23:26
>>49
You mean an AI that plays Dwarf Fortress? I would love to see that.
51 Name: Anonymous : 2017-11-22 07:27
Wario Land II and 3. You can't die, and the levels don't have time limits. The music and graphics are very atmospheric and relaxing, although they're only 8-bit.
52 Name: Anonymous : 2017-12-21 20:43
Old JRPGs: Earthbound, FFIV, V, VI, Dragon Warrior I & II, Super Mario RPG, Pokemon. Mario & Luigi RPGs (Superstar Saga, Bowser's Inside Story, etc)

Also, Super Mario World, Sunshine, Galaxy, and Odyssey. 64 is nice, but the worlds seem eerily empty to me, so it's not that comfy.

Also, Kirby games.
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54 Name: Anonymous : 2018-01-09 22:52
Not joking, Minetest.
55 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-05 00:12
Animal Crossing: New Leaf and the Ace Attorney series.

For anyone wanting to play 3DS on PC: there's an emulator called Citra. AFAIK it isn't too demanding spec-wise.
56 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-05 12:19
Va-11 ha11-a is super comfy cyberpunk bartending sim, although the focus is mostly on the story rather than gameplay.
I've also just started playing yume nikki and I'm finding it very comfy too.
57 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-05 21:30
>>56
I picked this up over christmas and am really enjoying it, I played a few hours of it one evening and stalled though.
The gameplay is pretty uninteresting but the writing and design work is really nice.
58 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-05 22:17
Well, I dropped it because of the writing. It depends on the reader heavily, I suppose.
59 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-06 00:09
>>56
I want to play Va11ha11a; one of these days I'll get around to it.
Yume NIkki is one of my favorite games. For as creepy and depressing as some of it is, most of it is really relaxing. I also love the music. I've kept a copy of the remix album 24 Effects on my MP3 player for the last five or six years; it's great when you just wanna chill.
60 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-06 00:53
007 Nightfire has comfortable gameplay and great maps.
61 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-07 01:27
>>60
I think that's the first time I've seen "comfortable" used to describe an FPS. It is a good game, though. I have a lot of fond memories of Nightfire, and the previous 007 game, Agent Under Fire.
Did you ever play the GBA version of Nightfire? It's really impressive how much of the console game they managed to get onto the Game Boy, but it's brutally difficult.
62 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-13 03:16
>>61

I mean, visually they adapted it well but lost a lot of The essence of the game. And describing an FPS as comfy is strange i know. However the castle mission with the big fires burning and the Japan mission with the rain and paper lanterns are just beautiful. There's one secret part in the Japan mission where you dive into a koi pond and swim into a little tunnel to claim some choice loot and it is sublime.
63 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-17 02:07
Stardew Valley is top comf. Botanicula, if you like point and click, is a masterpiece like none other. I usually hate the genre, but it’s so comfy and warm and engrossing I got dragged into finishing it and loved every second.
64 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-21 23:09
>>15
Oh anon, you describe something very real. What a wonderful girl, what a wonderful place...
65 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-22 15:46
GBA games are comfy. They're mostly bright, cheerful, with cute animations.
66 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-23 11:24
Pokemon emerald is the comfiest game to me, especially when you have all the HMs and the freedom they grant. I wish I could live in one of those 'secret bases'.
67 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-26 08:36
>>66
I always made my base on that secluded little beach that you require Rock Smash to access. It's right by the sea and there is only one other person there and they're really cool. One of the best NPCs. Another favorite location of mine is in Ruby I think and its this grove of trees in the middle of the ocean.
68 Name: Anonymous : 2018-02-27 18:42
There are a ton of comfy game I can list, but recently I've bought Dragon Quest Builders for the Switch and it strikes all the right chords: I'm in the first phases and (at least for now) the game gives puts no pressure on you on how fast to develop your village since all the game's objectives are given as quests by the NPCs you recruit. You can find it for cheap on PS4 and PC too iirc btw
69 Name: Anonymous : 2018-04-25 15:09
I've started playing Elona recently. The music's great and you can play at your own pace.
70 Name: Anonymous : 2018-04-26 01:49
>>69
The name sounds familiar. that's an MMO, right?
71 Name: Anonymous : 2018-04-26 08:07
>>70
Roguelike, with some online things(some messages may refer to other players completing quests, etc).

Here's where I got my copy off; http://ylvania.org/en/elona
72 Name: Anonymous : 2018-04-26 19:49
>>71
Unfortunately, it looks like it's Windows-only.
I do like roguelikes a lot, though. Last night, I installed the newest version of uMoria; I'll probably try to get back into that over the weekend. Last time I played, I had an awesome half-Elf rogue that ended up starving to death.
73 Name: Anonymous : 2018-04-27 03:54
Well, all the ones that came to mind have been said already, so I'm going to day game that most people wouldn't consider comfy, but I do. Jotun.
When I first played Jotun, I went into the game completely blind. No idea what the game was. The game dropped me into the first world, a massive grassy world with beautiful music I'm the background. WhenI crossed the bridge between worlds, the camera panned back to view the sprawling land below. It was such a breath of fresh air that, for the first time in two months, I cried. I had never seen anything so beautiful and immersive, I just sat there on there bridge for about 20 minutes and just took it all in.
Don't be fooled, Jotun is definitely an intense action game, but every great battle is another opportunity to explore another new world. Maybe it's not comfy to most people, but it comforts me.
74 Name: Anonymous : 2018-04-30 07:00
>>72
Tried out uMoria.

That was a weekend well spent. Thanks for the recommendation!
76 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-01 17:32
Playing one of the older harvest moon games for the game boy color. It's surprisingly fun to play when just relaxing.
77 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-01 22:57
>>74
>>72
It's weird to me to see roguelikes called "comfy." Not only are most of them quite difficult, but you can quickly die from one mistake. I've started playing Nethack over the last few days, and so far, every game has ended with me stepping into a room and being suddenly and immediately murdered.

>>76
Harvest Moon GB? I've played that one, and it is indeed pretty relaxing. I think my very favorite HM games are 64 and Friends of Mineral Town for GBA. It's been a long time since I played it, but I remember Magical Melodies on the Gamecube being quite good, too.
I always wanted to try Rune Factory. The combination of Harvest Moon with more conventional fantasy/RPG stuff seems really interesting.
78 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-07 20:06
Astroneers is super comfy, it has a really relaxing soundtrack. It's a space exploration game and it's really relaxing to just drive on a rover into the sunset. Only drawback is that it's kinda lacking in content.
79 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-21 15:46
Baten Kaitos on GameCube and Shenmue on Dreamcast.
80 Name: Anonymous : 2018-05-22 22:40
>>79
I've always wanted to play Shenmue, but I don't have a Dreamcast. Actually, whenever I read people reminiscing about it when it was current, it sounds really cool and special. I feel like I missed out and I wish I had had a Dreamcast back then.

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