Voodoo Garden is an almost idle farming sim where players grow herbs, trees, plants, fruits and more for voodoo supplies. The game is for those of you who’re just looking for a casual time-killing game. It’s not all just watching plants grow however because there are a couple of fun features to keep you engaged. You can adopt pets, take care of them, and watch them grow bigger. They’re cute but will you sacrifice them in order to summon helper spirits? Maybe. The gameplay of Voodoo Garden quite simple to get a hang of, so pretty much anybody can play the game without a second thought.
World’s Dawn is a colourful life and social sim set in a sleepy seaside village. Inspired by the Harvest Moon series, it features vibrant top-down graphics, a huge cast of quirky characters to meet and befriend. Soak in the enchanted, whimsical atmosphere of Sugar Blossom Village as you build friendships, find love, harvest crops, tend livestock, customize your farmhouse, compete in festivals, fish, forage, mine, cook, discover magical secrets and more. As one person described it, it’s “Harvest Moon with better writing”. World’s Dawn is a fun, serene, and joyful good time.
I got Slime Rancher in Early Access back in 2016 and I just have one word to describe this game, charming. More fun with a slightly faster pace than other farming games. Slime Rancher is a brightly coloured first-person sandbox experience that has you running your own ranch.
Slime Rancher tells the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light-years away from Earth. On the ‘Far, Far Range’ you can amass a great fortune in the business of slime ranching. Collect colourful slimes, grow crops, harvest resources, and explore the untamed wilds through the mastery of your all-purpose vacpack.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux
Don’t want to just relax on your own? Well Farm Together as the name suggests will give you the option to bring your friends in. Grow crops, plant trees, take care of the animals, and much more. Spend your hard-earned money in new buildings and facilities for your farm. Earn experience to unlock hundreds of new items. You can do everything or nothing if you want, Farm Together doesn’t have a defined goal or obstacle to really overcome. You can build your farm at your own pace.
Your farm’s crops and animals don’t die if you neglect them, and you never find yourself in financial jeopardy if you don’t have a decent harvest. For every crop that you purchase, you are guaranteed to make significantly more when it blooms. The more you play, the richer you become, and your farm continues to expand and more building options become available. Just play whatever you want when you want. All the reward none of the risk.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
I wasn’t going to finish this list off without the most popular chill game in history – Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I literally have over 300 hours in this game and I think that’s about the average. It’s hard to explain the concept of Animal Crossing. You don’t really do anything and yet you spend a lot of time in the game doing things. Picture this, you’ve just moved to a desert island. You’re setting up house and meeting all the new neighbours. Once in awhile the mayor asks you to help around the island and you’re encouraged to clean up and beautify the place. Life is peaceful, you can fish, chat with your friends, catch bugs and generally live that idyllic island life you’ve always wanted.
Platform: Nintendo Switch