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    Relaxing games to kick back and wind down with.

    Alice's "dreamy summer nights" thing got me thinking.

    At present, when I'm sick of the digital twitch carnage and mayhem (not often), I'll play something along the lines of a Telltale game or Peggle. It's a limited section of my library though.

    I don't mean pointless noodling that goes nowhere but a game with an arc and purpose.

    Any suggestions or thoughts lads and lasses?

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    Botanicula, for sure.

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    Euro Truck Simulator 2 is my wind-down game of choice. Put on some music and drive slowly around European fields.

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    Podcasts are more my bag lately. Euro T’s sun-kissed roads are hypnotic, though I’ll take a dark and rainy night shift any day.

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    triple town

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    I'm a freak. My wind down games are not what normal people would find relaxing. FTL has a certain soothing nature, it's plausible and you can drop out any time.

    Orcs Must Die (2 mostly) anything not Endless.
    Yeah, it might not be 'calm' but it's finite and familiar. When you get done it's over and you can wrap up satisfied.

    Peggle, Tetris and Proteus.
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    fotonica


    There's a bunch of stuff though. Fez, naissancee and generally small indies
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    Very few games actually help me wind down, ideally I need a break away from a PC before going to sleep for example. But recently my wind down games have been Broken Age (which I've finished now, hurry up and finish act 2 Double Fine!) and Euro Truck 2, which is surprisingly therapeutic.
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    Did anyone finish Proteus and then a few days later feel the need to go back to it?

    I have a, probably unfair, grudge against that "game" because I found it annoying rather than relaxing or therapeutic or whatever it was supposed to evoke within me.

    I find Terraria quite relaxing, even when it's not. Or match three on iPad. Currently re-addicted to Dungeon Raid, which isn't match three but not far off it.

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    I like winding down with a bit of Tony Hawks Pro Skater. I know all the maps and tricks so well I can basically play it without thinking or even really seeing what I'm doing, so it helps me relax. Same goes for GTA: San Andreas, just driving around listening to the radio and taking in the sights almost feels like a holiday.
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    I asked the same question here a while ago and got lots of good tips, worth having a look. :)

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    I like Hearthstone and games like Dredmor/FTL to wind down with as well. They're slower, more methodical... and require thought versus action-y gameplay.

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    Did anyone finish Proteus and then a few days later feel the need to go back to it?
    That's me. I love Proteus and I'm replaying it from time to time.

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    Umm... Can i say Dark Souls 1 and 2 (though i prefer the second)?
    After a while for me dying doesn't matter much anyway and i usually save my saves in another save folder.
    As such, i sometimes try crazy builds in PvE or PvP and then i can just restart from where i left without hurting my progress or wasting souls.
    For me it is relaxing especially after I've already played through the game once or twice.
    Mundane Hollow infantry cosplay is pretty fun haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skalpadda View Post
    I asked the same question here a while ago and got lots of good tips, worth having a look. :)
    Ah, I did a search but must have held my mouth wrong.
    Sorry.

    Some good stuff here....some I'd never play but it's interesting to see what people are calming down with.

    Heliocentric, you're not a freak brother! I've learnt games so inside out that playing them takes me to a happy, relaxed place even though what's on screen may not give an observer a clue to my state.

    I spent last night giggling along to Hover Bovver. The mixture of nostalgia, silliness and its general sweet natured-ness hit the spot...love a bit of Minter (probably fits with what Wenz is saying above).

    I'll definitely be getting my hand in my pocket for Botanicula after playing the demo, for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chorltonwheelie View Post
    Ah, I did a search but must have held my mouth wrong.
    Sorry.
    It's an old thread by now, doesn't hurt to bring the topic up again. :)

    To contribute a little, I tend to find old RPGs good for just chilling out and relaxing, especially ones with turn based combat (Fallout 1&2 stand out there). For something a bit more modern I really liked playing KotOR 1&2 in the evenings. Lots of talking and turn-based combat there as well.

    Civ IV and V were also my go-to games for winding down for a while, but I tend to lose time completely when playing them, which can be really stressful when I realise I've missed something important. Like a night's sleep.

    From Dust was a really meditative experience for me, I spent hours just moving things around and sculpting the maps to make them pretty and cover them in vegetation, but it comes with the standard warnings of any Ubisoft game.

    Going through that older thread, here are some things I tried and found pleasantly relaxing:

    Knytt (all of them are pretty great)
    Audiosurf (depends on what music you feed it, obviously)
    Aquaria
    To the Moon
    Machinarium (though a couple of the puzzles drove me spare)
    Botanicula
    Little Inferno

    And of course Minecraft, though that depends entirely on what you get up to. Building and gathering stuff can be very nice and calming. Stumbling through pitch-black caves hunted by skellingtons or having your house blown up by creepers not so much.

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    Hmm your post about from dust reminds me...
    I guess Tropico is also a pretty relaxing game, as long as you play it on easy or something like that (maybe even medium, sometimes it's pretty easy to handle things).
    Building your own island, with farms, tourist attractions, schools etc. is pretty relaxing imo once you get the hang of it (which basically means playing the tutorial).
    Also, i like playing stronghold crusaders alone on a map and just building my castle walls, farm etc.
    Actually, i think any city builder that is on easy or if you play alone that can be pretty relaxing, imo anyway.
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    I relly like Prison Architect, Defense Grid and other games where it is about you constructing an environment to manipulate something within that environment. The Anno games are another good example, or Spacechem.

    I also really like Hexcells, it's ambient soundtrack, light colours and gameplay are quite relaxing.

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    Classic DOOM with a decent soundtrack playing because I know it inside out.

    MMOs for the same reason

    And Euro Truck Simulator 2 at the top of the list... it is THE most chilled out game I can think of. My problem with ETS is that... I want more? I guess it is a lot to ask for, but actual journey lengths rather than condensed. But that would make for a mammoth task.

    American Truck Simulator will be my next fix I think....

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    I bought Pure Pool a couple days ago. You can just freeplay pool basically, don't even have to play a game, very relaxing :P

    It's on PC and PS4: http://store.steampowered.com/app/300610/

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