Cold fingers, warm heart: Wholesome games for winter weather

SkateBIRD players can zoom through skate parks made out of everyday objects. (Photos: IGDB)
Gaming has always offered an escape: a portal away from daily woes and a much-needed distraction in times of anxiety or boredom. Of course, sometimes you just want to shoot your troubles away with a first-person shooter, enjoy social gaming with friends in cooperative titles, or even beat up enemies in a fighting game. But, if you are looking for a change of pace with some more relaxing and aesthetic stories or puzzles, here are a couple of wholesome games for cold winter days. Grab a warm blanket, a cup of cocoa, and your controller — and get gaming.اضافة اعلان

Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Google Stadia

In Spiritfarer, you play as a ferry master for the deceased, helping your spirit friends find peace as you send them off to the great unknown. Build your ferry and trick it out with utilities and items to help care for your spirit companions. The beauty of this game is getting to know your passengers as you progress, unravelling the mysteries of their past lives, giving them gifts, and trying to figure out little details about them to better serve them on their journey. The connection you end up forging with these spirits may catch you by surprise as you discover more about their varied personalities.

In Spiritfarer, gamers play a ferry master keeping spirits comfortable before sending them off into the great unknown.

Spiritfarer is simply a stunning game. With a simple yet beautiful visual style, character development you rarely see in video games, a score that compliments the visuals perfectly, and a ton of wholesome moments along the way, this game will surely provide you with an experience unlike any other.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Amazon Luna

SkateBIRD is a game that probably falls on the sillier side of the spectrum. If unique and quirky games tend to peak your interest, then this one is bound to light up your radar. In SkateBIRD, you play as — you guessed it — a bird who skates. While this already sounds like quite a bizarre plot, what SkateBIRD does best is reel you in with silly charm and entertaining gameplay.

So, you are a skateboarding bird who explores a variety of skate parks made out of everyday objects. With grindable straws, books for ramps, and staplers as obstacles to navigate around or over, this game provides plenty of varied content, keeping play fresh and unrepetitive. The skating system that verges on the nostalgic for old-school skaters, and the game, including the obvious addition of being able to fly in bouts, will genuinely leave you chortling at its sheer absurdity. A surprisingly vast collection of customization options are also available for your character, allowing you to personalize your feathers-on-wheels look and capabilities. So, what is stopping you? Time to hit the skate (BIRD) park.

Against a simple background, gamers organize items to move their owner into a new home in Unpacking.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Take a block-fitting puzzle game, add a twist of home decoration, and you get Unpacking, a game that allows you to experience that all-too-familiar feeling of unpacking personal belongings and organizing them in a new home.

It is a little strange how something so simple can be so enticingly peaceful and intimate at the same time. While you unpack, you will end up uncovering clues to the life of the person you are unpacking for — the sense of wonder that comes with unraveling a stranger’s story is warm and endearing, and the simple backdrop makes it all the more special. There is not much more to say about Unpacking: It is a beautifully relaxing experience through and through, and you should definitely give it a try.

If you end up enjoying aesthetic games, then be sure to sample other cozy experiences, such as Stardew Valley, Beasts of Maravilla Island, Ooblets, and more. You can be sure that you will stay warm on the inside in this cold winter weather when you play these wholesome games.

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