The best relaxing games in 2024

Our list of the best relaxing games is full of chill vibes to help you take a nice break, from a beach getaway in ACNH to a zen decluttering in Unpacking.

Timmy and Tommy from the relaxing game Anime Crossing New Horizons, standing on a beach

The world can be tough sometimes, so we’ve put together this list of the best relaxing games to help you out. But, what makes a game relaxing? Well, it can be a soothing soundtrack, charming character art, satisfying game loops, or a combination of everything. It’s all about a peaceful and wholesome environment for you to get lost in. That’s what we aim for below, at least.

So, head down below to find some of the best relaxing games to hang out with for a bit. Once you’ve had your fill and want to get your heart rate back up, check out our guide to the best open-world games to get lost in a different way, the best retro games for the warmth of some nostalgia, or the best Switch games for a little bit of everything.

Let’s chill out, with our guide to the most relaxing games on Switch and mobile.

A screenshot of the relaxing game Idle Bank Tycoon, showing a busy bank with a banker in the foreground saying 'become an idle bank tycoon'

Idle Bank Tycoon: Money Empire – mobile

Sit back, relax, and watch the cash roll in with Idle Bank Tycoon: Money Empire. While the real world of banking can be quite the grind, this little gem allows you to build your own banking empire, upgrade locations, pull in clients, and see yourself become a virtual billionaire. You can even hire staff, vaults, and security to keep the wheels turning long after you put the phone down. No stress, only profits – now that’s what we call stonks.

Relaxing games - Sunrise Village. A screenshot shows two people in an open farm area.

Sunrise Village – mobile

It’s time for you to take a trip to Sunrise Village, where the stresses of your day-to-day life will melt away, and you’ll lose yourself in a peaceful world where your only concerns are expanding your farm and gathering supplies to fulfil orders. The simple routine of gathering, building, and expanding is one that will be familiar to fans of games like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing.

What makes this a super relaxing game is that it is free-to-play. You don’t even need to worry about justifying the costs to yourself, you just need to download the game and then head down to the farm for some good times. It could easily become a daily de-stressing ritual.Art for A Short Hike, a relaxing game,, with the logo on the right, and a bird flying in front of a waterfall on the right.

A Short Hike – Switch

A Short Hike is a magical little experience. Just like the name suggests, it’s barely over an hour of exploring a gorgeous little island, meeting friends, and attempting to make it to the top of the mountain. The crunchy pixels of the art style, the off-the-cuff dialogue, and the overall vibe of the game creates a perfectly chill experience. It’s one of my favourite games on the Switch.

A character on a pony, on an icy field with trees and bushes, in the relaxing game Stardew Valley.

Stardew Valley – Switch and mobile

Stardew Valley perfected the farming simulator, and then extended it in every direction. The core focus of the game is building up a little patch of farmland in a remote town. But as time goes on you meet the various people who live there, explore dangerous underground caverns, and also do a bit of fishing (check out our Stardew Vallew fish guide to get to grips with it).

It’s a classic among relaxing games, and gripping enough to get lost in for dozens of hours. If you’ve already had your fill of Stardew, check out our Witchbrook release date guide to get ready for the developer’s next game.

A goose, in a cabbage patch, with a flat cap in its mouth, looking up at a bald old man in dungarees. I think it's his hat. From the relaxing game Untitled Goose Game.

Untitled Goose Game – Switch

The goose is loose and ready to be obtuse. The Untitled Goose Game took the world by storm with its open, Debussy-esque piano and hilarious premise, featuring a nasty goose ready to play pranks on various people in a little British town. Interestingly, the developer built the town by using Google maps, as they had never actually visited the UK. The result is a quaint patchwork of brick and lakes, pubs and phone boxes, all ripe for pranks to be pulled.

A character stands on a stone wharf, looking at the sunset, in the relaxing game Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing – Switch and mobile

Animal Crossing is the pinnacle of relaxing games. It’s all about hanging out, doing some chores, and enjoying the breeze. The Switch version, Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers a robust island-building experience, full of furniture and clothes to create, characters to befriend, and many, many ways to customise your haven in the ocean. On mobile, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you get a condensed version, all about building out a campsite. Both are all about hanging out, and that’s chill as heck.

A screenshot of one of the best relaxing games, Mineko's Night Market, showing multiple characters and cats at the docks

Mineko’s Night Market – Switch

Mineko’s Night Market is a super chill life and social sim that sees you take to the shoes of a young girl called Mineko who moves to a remote island with her dad.

Uncover the mysteries of the island, help the Sun God Nikko and the cat population return to their home, and make a whole heap of friends along the way. You also get to do a bunch of fun, chill things along the way, including foraging materials, crafting items to sell at the market, fishing, giving gifts, and even petting all those kitties you’ve helped along the way.

It’s simple, it’s sweet, and it’s most certainly relaxing, all while celebrating Japanese culture in a really sweet way. Check out our full Minekeo’s Night Market review to find out more!

A snowboarder soars over a chasm, the moon behind them, their scarf billowing far to the right, in the relaxing game Alto's Adventure.

Alto’s Adventure – mobile

If we’re talking chill, there’s nothing more chill than snowboarding down a frosty mountain. That’s all Alto’s Adventure is about, with a set of challenges to complete as you repeat procedurally generated runs. The mountain turns from desolate cold and busy woods, to small sets of buildings and great leaps across chasms. We think it’s great, as you can see in Alto’s Adventure: The Spirit of the Mountain review.

Captain Toad falls from a height and lands his butt on the head of a goomba stack, in the relaxing game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Switch

Toad may have one of the most irritating voices in all of gaming, but the magical puzzle boxes that he explores are charming enough to make you forget about it. All the self-contained puzzles are full of mechanisms, pulleys, and silly little challenges, all wrapped in a gorgeous, toyetic art style. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker may have originated on the Wii U, but its easy-going gameplay makes it one of the best relaxing games on Switch.

A bedroom, with a single bed, a desk with an old computer, a wardrobe, three bookshelves, a picture frame, and one window. There are cardboard boxes on the floor and a pink teddy bear on the bed. From the relaxing game Unpacking.

Unpacking – Switch

Moving house isn’t really fun at all, is it? But just like Animal Crossing turns everyday chores into videogame fun, Unpacking makes moving house feel like a zen, decluttering vacation. It isn’t just about unpacking boxes, though, it’s also about unfurling a barely-there story, patching together pieces of someone’s life with literal, physical pieces of their life. It’s an experience that rises far beyond the sum of its parts.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch

One time, riding across a wide, windy plain in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the main Zelda theme broke through the silence of nature, and rose up subtly; it made the hairs on my arms stand on end. The magic of BotW is this silence.

The ability to switch off, explore, create, and experiment, without the game intruding. Not even the music is telling you what should be happening. The whole game just wraps itself around any experience you want from it. It’s my favourite game of all time and one of the most relaxing games you can get.

And, if you want even more where that came from, you can check out our Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom review to see how the sequel sizes up, then head over to our Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom koroks, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom shrines, and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom armor guides to get you on the right track.

A man says "a tidy six is better than a messy four" to the main character from the relaxing game Golf Story. They are near a gold buggy in a sand trap, next to a path, a golf green, and an old man.

Golf Story – Switch

Golf is the worst. Or, at least, every person I know who likes golf isn’t my friend. Whereas, everyone I’ve met who likes Golf Story is the coolest person in the world. It’s a game about golf, believe it or not, with dialogue like an episode of Seinfeld, and loads of quirky characters to meet and hang out with. It’s hilarious, entertaining, and, most importantly, relaxing. For more chill time on the green, check out our golf games guide.

A screenshot of one of the best relaxing games, Hello Kitty Island Adventure, showing Lala saying 'you have shown true friendship to the island by reopening the nature preserve'

Hello Kitty Island Adventure – Apple Arcade

Hello Kitty Island Adventure is an adorable mixture of life sim and adventure game, in which you find yourself on a gorgeous tropical island with a whole bunch of sweet Sanrio characters. Whether you’re exploring caves, crafting items, cooking up a batch of delicious cookies, or uncovering the mysteries that surround you, it’s a wonderfully  wholesome and cozy little gem.

And, as you can imagine, chilling out in a tropical island with Kuromi, My Melody, and other pals is about as relaxing as you can get. Plus, as it’s an Apple Arcade exclusive, you don’t have to worry about any microtransactions cramping your vibes. Check out our Hello Kitty Island Adventure review to find out more.

That’s all the relaxing games we’ve got for now. There are loads more out there, but this is a good starting point – and there are even more chill experiences to explore in our list of the best cozy games. Check out our mystery games recommendations for more of a headscratcher.