Recommendations of comfortable games for the fall

Aliana Fatima

Autumn has its own warm aesthetic, even in the gaming community. Alyana Fatima lists her best comforting games to play as the weather turns cold and the cardigans and pumpkin spice lattes come out.

Over the past few years, fall has become the internet’s cult season, and it’s finally that time of year. As soon as there is a chill in the air and a leaf on the ground, we put on cardigans, the special autumn coffees come out and the candles are lit. It’s called spooky season and back-to-school season, and it’s all associated with a red and orange fall aesthetic.

Do you want to play a comforting game to relax?

This includes gender of “cosy” and “comforting” games, which have grown in popularity in recent years. Unlike the cliche fight video games, these games have low stakes and feel like a warm hug, bringing a feeling of comfort and care. After coming home from a long day this fall, do you want to play a comforting game to unwind? Here’s my list of game recommendations that nail this cozy fall atmosphere that everyone loves.

Stardew Valley

Starting with the obvious, Stardew Valley is one of the most popular “cozy” games. This is an open-ended farming simulator where you build relationships with the townspeople. The plot is about quitting your job at the company after inheriting your grandfather’s old farmhouse.

Autumn in Stardew Valley is the most magical time of the year

Although the game goes through the four seasons, autumn in Stardew Valley is the most magical time of the year. The color palette of the city, your farm, and the leaves change to these specific shades of orange and red and mushrooms start growing everywhere. You can finally plant pumpkins and bok choy on your farm, two very important fall essentials. The vibe of this game in general is so heartwarming but definitely hit the place in autumn.

Wytchwood

Steam described Wytchwood is a “handcrafted adventure game set in an expressive land of gothic fables and fairy tales”. The vibes are spooky and witchy – perfect for the Halloween season, with the color palette also being autumnal. It’s told in a storybook style, where you play as a witch and explore the woods, collect items, perform spells (live the ultimate wizarding dream in the forest), and solve puzzles. The game’s music and atmosphere are lovely and soothing.

night in the woods

night in the woods is an adventure video game that focuses on exploration, story, and several different characters. It takes place in the town of Possum Springs; the quintessential cozy autumn town. Not only is the color scheme very autumnal, but the town also has a spooky wooded area somewhere called “Maple Street”.

Themes of anxiety, life uncertainty and the search for purpose make the story easy to understand

You play as a cat named Mae who recently dropped out of college, exploring the cozy town and making friends. The themes of anxiety, uncertainty about life, and the search for purpose make the story easy to understand. Tales of gods and mythical lore also play a part in the game, and the soundtrack includes songs named, strange autumn and pumpkin head.

Luigi’s mansion 3

For spookier Halloween vibes, Luigi’s mansion 3 is the perfect game when you play as Luigi exploring a haunted hotel while hunting ghosts on a quest to save his friends. There are so many rooms to explore and puzzles to solve, which will immerse you in the haunted hotel. The game mechanics are simple, making this game a comfortable yet thrilling experience. Its predecessors, the original Luigi’s mansion for the GameCube, its remaster for the 3DS and the second opus, Luigi’s Mansion: Black Moon for the 3DS, have the same creepy yet comforting vibes, making them honorable mentions on this list.

Totally encapsulates those first day of school feelings

Two-point campus

Fall is also back-to-school season, although it’s not the most comforting or comfortable time of year for us in real life. Two-point campus totally encapsulates those first day of school feelings and makes it comfortable – at least in the game. It’s a task management game where you build and manage a university.

You have full control over how you build it and you can interact with your students. You can even choose from their selection of courses, from psychology to witchcraft. Essentially, you can create the college life of your dreams. It’s the perfect fall game to use as an escape after a long day at your real college.

Forests always bring the ultimate comforting yet spooky feeling

bear and breakfast

Bear and breakfast is a casual adventure and task management game and is one of the newer releases on this list. In this game, you play as a bear named Hank who runs a bed and breakfast in the woods, building your chain of hotels from the bottom up. You also make friends with other animals who are all so adorable in their own way.

Besides being a cozy management game, the vibes and color palette are very autumnal and perfect for the season. Forests always bring the ultimate comforting yet frightening feeling. The game’s soundtrack is also serene and soothing, making you want to slow down and relax.

The savage at heart

The savage at heart is a nostalgic fantasy game with an open world to explore. You solve puzzles and fight enemies while gathering small magical creatures that you can command to perform tasks and follow you around. The world is magical and full of traditions, caves, woods, mushrooms, waterfalls and fountains. The game’s aesthetic and colors are perfect for fall.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Everyone fell in love with this cozy life simulator

Finally, probably the most popular game on the list, Animal Crossing: New Horizons The March 2020 release is what ultimately sparked the latest revival of cozy gaming. While stuck at home during the pandemic, everyone fell in love with this cozy life simulator. Like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing has all 4 seasons in play. In the fall, city grass and tree leaves turn orange, trees produce acorns and pinecones, and maple leaves fall from the sky. . There are also seasonal events like Halloween where you can do tricks or treats, with NPC Jack the ‘Halloween Czar’ making a special appearance, and spooky themed furniture is available to decorate your home.

Aliana Fatima


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