What is casual gaming?
Casual gaming is generally slice-of-life healthy games that have low stakes and can be played for hours in real life.
Because you usually aren’t racing against the clock or worrying about your character dying, the key element of casual games is that they are relaxing.
These games encourage players to take things slow and just enjoy themselves. And, like all nost media, they give you the opportunity to engage in activities that you might not be able to do in your daily life. For example farming, or mail delivery or mountain climbing (more relaxing when you can do it from your lounge).
casual play They often have a stretch that can be seen from a mile away. They usually have cute characters, cool music, and sometimes surprisingly heartwarming stories.
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The casual play genre has exploded over the years, possibly helped with the pandemic. While people were trapped in the house, many people found ways to escape and the game became an easy way to do so.
With their low barrier of entry (not counting the cost of having the right gaming system), casual games were an ideal solution for those who had previously had no interest in video games.
Nowadays there are casual games for all kinds of people with all kinds of interests, here are some of the most popular games.
Animal Crossing New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)
Nintendo’s jewel in the casual gaming crown animal crossing new horizons, It came out in early 2020 which made it the isolation game of choice.
new Horizons is the fifth entry in animal cross series and while previous games would also count as casual games, Nintendo took it to a whole new level ACNH,
In ACNH You play as a human character (with a very large head) who moves to a tropical island full of talking animals to start a new life. assisted by capitalist raccoons tom nookie It’s your job to help make the island a thriving community.
Despite having some ‘boring adult’ themes, like paying off your loan to Nook, building island infrastructure, setting community policy, the game is pretty cool. You spend most of it fishing, picking flowers and hanging out with your animal friends.
the downside of ACNH is that it’s only available on the Nintendo Switch, so if you don’t have one you just can’t play.
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Stardew Valley (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mobile)
Released all the way in 2016 stardew valley A very popular casual game. Partly because the game is available on most platforms, but mostly because it’s a really cool game.
in its heart stardew valley is pixelated farming simulator But, as any fan will tell you, it’s much more than that. developer worried monkey Did an amazing job creating a world that is so nourishing you want to pinch its figurative cheeks.
In stardew valley You play a character who quits his 9 to 5 office job to run his grandfather’s old farm. The farm is in disarray when you first arrive and the villagers living nearby look at you with suspicion and sometimes even outright disdain. It’s up to you to restore the farm and build relationships with the villagers.
Where the game flourishes, its characters have unique and interesting story arcs. Despite being 2D pixels, they each have depth and you can’t help but want to know more.
stardew valley Available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and even mobile phones. It may take a while to get the hang of the game but it is worth it.
Disney Dreamlight Valley (PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch)
It’s amazing Disney Didn’t get into Casual Gaming before but their 2022 release, dreamlight valleyA strong addition to the style.
In dream light valley You play a human character who somehow travels to a magical world called Dreamlight Valley that is completely populated with Disney characters.
When you arrive you learn that the valley has been infected by this dark force called ‘The Forgetting’ and it is your job to fix it, with its help Mickey Mouse, Elsa And to WALL-E among others. It sounds stressful but mostly you spend your time helping the characters get things done.
What sets licensed characters apart as well dreamlight valley appart is the scope of the game. the world is bigger than them ACNH And stardew valley And the character customization is fantastic (partly because the clothes are gorgeous. Princess dresses? Yes please).
The game is still in early access so there are some teething issues. The decorating features are disappointing and the game has been known to crash occasionally. The number of characters is also pretty limited at present, though Disney promises that an incredible lineup of favorites will be included in the near future.