Top Relaxing Video Games To Play Amid The Coronavirus Lockdown

With the coronavirus outbreak in full swing, public health experts are advising everyone to wash their hands, practice social distancing (staying away from each other and avoiding close contact) and stay inside of their houses for the time being and just wait for further instructions.

Unfortunately, there’s only so many things you can do while on lockdown before you start getting bored. Thankfully, one can easily escape into the world of video games, where you can essentially be anyone and go anywhere. So if you want a quick breather and a relaxing way to spend your days while on lockdown, here are some video games that’s as calming as counting from one to 10. But wash your hands first.


For a game that’s marketed as a walk in the park, Journey sure is quite a bit different to sum up. Basically, you play as a nameless hero whose singular goal is to reach the top of the mountain, encountering puzzles, environmental hurdles and some “enemies” along the way. Although short, the game’s mechanics lets another player join your “journey” via online multiplayer, making the experience more rewarding and memorable.

Katamari Series

A game that’s as Japanese as it can get, the Katamari franchise is known for wacky visuals, cute characters and fun music. The goal is simple: You play a Katamari, and you need to roll an adhesive-covered ball around to make sure things stick to it, with the goal of making the biggest ball ever. That’s literally. Incredibly fun, though.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

As one of the most anticipated games ever, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is basically a real time online simulator and will have you do everything from making friends to designing your house, and even making sure your villager friends don’t leave.

Goat Simulator

The title says it all: You play a goat, and do whatever you want. For something so silly, however, it can be quite deep but also funny. And also, you play a goat.

Stardew Valley

We get it, the real world is stressful. Thankfully, your virtual life in Stardew Valley is the opposite. In here, you play a dude who inherited a farm. Expect farming, raising livestock, even finding your own girlfriend (or boyfriend). Oh, and some dungeon exploring, with monsters.

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