College is a huge investment and can often be stressful: hours upon hours of studying, writing essays, attending social events, and collaborating on group projects. After a long day, many of us just want some time to ourselves where we can turn off our brains for a bit.
If you’re looking to find some escapism in the form of video games, then I have some recommendations that are perfect to play while you take some time to relax.
If you’ve ever played Animal Crossing, then you might like Stardew Valley. Burnt out from the mundanity of corporate life, your character decides that it’s time for a change of pace and they move out to the countryside. From there, it’s all up to you to build the perfect farm. Growing crops, raising animals, harvesting honey, fishing, mining materials, etc. The sky’s the limit. Just be sure to reserve some time to talk to the other residents of Stardew Valley and attend the town’s events!
In a fantasy setting, you work as a barista at a coffee shop in downtown Seattle. You can provide a listening ear to your patrons, as they describe the lives that they lead and their struggles. All while you create the perfect, soothing beverage. You can even draw some latte art!
You are the Spiritfarer, steering a large ship across the oceans of the spirit world. Your job? To provide a home for a joyful cast of characters: building their dream houses, making their favorite meals, gathering different materials to unlock more chores, and so much more. All the while helping the spirits find peace (grab some tissues, you might need them for those parts).
If any of these games sound intriguing and relaxing to you, give them a try!