Relaxing video games to play

Animal Crossing is a video game series published by Nintendo and created by Katsuya Eguchi. (Courtesy of Crossing is a video game series published by Nintendo and created by Katsuya Eguchi. (Courtesy of

Miranda PrescottArts & Entertainment Correspondent

With midterms coming up very quickly, students, such as myself, are finding an immense amount of pressure building up on our backs with the workloads we are facing. We students are struggling to find ways to cope with this stress on the basis that anything and everything is due at the exact same time, and the deadline is only a few days away.

Here is where I come in. I want to introduce some things that keep my stress levels lower than normal and that genuinely help me relax. These are video games. Yes, that seems a little unconventional. Most video games tend to stress players out by not being able to beat a hard level, or not being able to complete a task.

I, however, have found games that have no set agenda and can be used to help relax and destress my mind by doing mindless activities inside these games. Here are my top three games that help me achieve ultimate relaxation.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is an indie game that is available on Steam, the Nintendo store for the Switch, and app stores for Apple and Android. This game has goals you can complete on your own that require objects obtained from farming, fishing and mining, or you can take another route and sell out to the villains of the game – mega corporation JojaMart. 

The characters you get introduced to have their own aspirations and goals, as well as things that can be given as gifts to them that they will really love. The score for this game is also rather peaceful and calming to listen to, providing optimal relaxation while playing the game. It is also less than $20 and often goes on sale, so it is a decent investment for yourself that your wallet will appreciate.

Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing has been around longer than most of us have been alive. It has relatively the same concepts for each title – you are the only human amongst a village of animal-humanoid characters set out on a mission to improve the area you all call home. 

Each of these animals have their own characteristics that set them apart. However, that also makes players have favorites that are a must have in their town, and others that they never want to see in a million years. Again, no set agenda here. You can work at your own pace to make your town beautiful in its own way.

Cross Stitch World

This is a free mobile game that acts as a virtual coloring book. It uses squares of yarn to finish complex images. Yes, it may take a while to finish each one, but the satisfaction you feel after spending eight hours on one image to finally complete it makes the game very rewarding in the long run. Plus, there are countless images in the game, and it allows you to create your own as well.

If you need to relax after spending hours upon hours of studying for midterms, then these are the games you need to try. Are the conventional, typical games that most people usually play? No, but that’s what makes them unique. They don’t fit the molds that are set out today. In fact, they create their own.

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