Available On: PC, PS4
Sim games tend to either focus on realistic physics and sciences, such as Kerbal Space Program, or a more casual approach, such as Spore.
Birthdays the Beginning is a life sim and god game that successfully straddles the line between the two philosophies. It uses the real-world applications of geology, temperature, and ecosystems to craft a diorama of life. Everything is wrapped within a cute veneer of youthful colors, relaxing music, and playful designs to create an intuitive entry into learning about life’s delicate balance.
Available On: PC
Creating your own amusement park should never go out of style. Frontier Developments’ new self-published title Planet Coaster captures the magic of roller coasters and theme parks from classic games like RollerCoaster Tycoon and Sim Theme Park. Planet Coaster succeeds as a modern update to a classic formula thanks to intuitive controls and an aesthetic that keeps everything light and fun.
Available On: PC
Release Date: November 17, 2016
One of the most beloved series to emerge from the popular Tycoon/Sim genre was RollerCoaster Tycoon. Pitting you in charge of your own budding amusement park, the series enjoyed several expansion packs and a passionate fan base. Later the games transitioned into 3D with RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, and even later onto consoles with the spiritual successor Thrillville.
Now the same developer is looking to continue their successful formula with their latest park management simulation, Planet Coaster. Read More
Available On: Windows PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4
There are plenty of fun sci-fi and space-themed games out there. But precious few are grounded in realistic physics. Kerbal Space Program is as much a full on NASA-simulator as a game. It nicely uses the scientific method to keep you tweaking your journey toward galactic discovery. Read More
We’ve all been there. It’s the end of the day, or the week, or something, and you finally have some time to sit back and relax. You want to do some gaming, but the very thought of loading up your last save in Fallout 4, tackling another long quest in The Witcher 3, or fighting another grueling boss in Bloodborne makes you want to lie down on the floor and whimper.
A lot of days I’m so exhausted from all of the usual life stuff going on that I don’t have the mental energy to play a game that requires intense focus. I love difficult games, but I’m not always up for fighting my way through a particularly obstinate level or area over and over again. My friends struggle with this as well; they love playing games, but when they go to do so, nothing they find actually helps them unwind.
Another hurdle we face is that a lot of games take a decent amount of time per play session. If I only have an hour or so of downtime, there’s no way I want to start playing a game where I know I’m only going to get through part of a mission before I have to go do something else. Sometimes what we need is bite-sized gaming: games that we can pick up and put back down quickly and easily.
Since just finding suitable games can be the hardest part, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite chill-out games for you to peruse. Read More