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Best cosy games on Switch

The best cosy games on Switch

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Is there anything better than feeling all snug and cosy? One of our favourite ways to do that is to unwind with a relaxing game… ideally curled up in bed with a cup of tea or a creamy hot chocolate. And so, we’ve rounded up the best cosy games on Switch to help you leave your real-life worries behind for a while.

The term ‘cosy game’ has come about in the last few years, and honestly? We’ve fully embraced it. ‘Cosy’ is not so much a genre as an identifier for a type of game that typically doesn’t have combat, isn’t too difficult and doesn’t put the player under any real stress. Our favourite cosy games come in many forms, but all typically allow you to approach gameplay however you want, taking things at your own pace.

We’ve rounded up six of our favourite cosy games on Switch right here. They are all quite different from one another, but they all offer a much-needed escape from stress and responsibility. Time to get cosy.

1. Unpacking

Unpacking
Image: Witch Beam/Humble

We absolutely love Unpacking. So much, in fact, that we get genuinely upset at the fact that we can’t play it for the first time again. Following a character as they move from their childhood bedroom to their college dorm room, first rental and finally their own family home, it’s a joyous tale of growing up — told through belongings.

We agree that “a game about unpacking boxes” doesn’t sound all that good. But finding a place for everything to belong is better than it has any right to be, making this one of the best cosy games on Switch. And we can’t overstate the joy you’ll feel when you rediscover a childhood teddy bear, and see how our protagonist evolves over time through the books she owns, or the posters on her wall. In our Unpacking review, we said that this is a game that deserves to be celebrated, and it really does.

2. A Little to the Left

A Little to the Left Cupboards & Drawers DLC
Image: Secret Mode

A Little to the Left is a little more puzzly than Unpacking, but it’s undoubtedly going to appeal to the same crowd. A series of short puzzles, it tasks you with sorting and organising. Maybe you’ll have to fit items in a kitchen drawer into their respective places — like in the image above — or maybe you’ll be sorting books into order, or arranging pencils.

The joy of A Little to the Left is that for some of its puzzles, there’s no one “correct” answer. Do you sort by colour, or by size, or by something else entirely? There are sometimes multiple solutions, catering for all the different ways to sort, and we love that. Granted, not every puzzle hits quite the same, but as we said in our A Little to the Left review, this cosy game is an absolute breath of fresh air.

3. Sticky Business

Sticky Business review
Image: Spellgarden Games

Who doesn’t love a good sticker? We all do, surely. And Sticky Business lets you not only design your own stickers, but sell them too. After an hour playing Sticky Business, we’re fairly sure you’ll think about quitting your current job and opening up your own sticker shop on Etsy. We almost did.

In our Sticky Business review, we complained about not having much meaningful progression, but we still had a lot of fun going through the motions. Designing a sticker is fun, and packing up each order is rewarding. The best part is getting little notes from your customers, letting you know how they’ve used their stickers. And, unlike other games with business management elements, you don’t need to worry about your cash flow or stress about getting stuff done on time. The lack of pressure really helps set the cosy vibes

4. Paleo Pines

Paleo Pines
Image: Italic Pig/Maximum Entertament

“Cosy” and “dinosaur” aren’t two words that usually go together, but in the case of Paleo Pines, they certainly do. This adorable farming sim is set in a world where humans and dinosaurs live side-by-side. And rather than being bloodthirsty terrors, these particular dinos are cute, cuddly, and the perfect pet. They’re also rather helpful: you can get them helping out on your little farm.

We think Paleo Pines is one of the best cosy games on Switch simply for how laid back — and how adorable — it is. As we detailed in our Paleo Pines review, you can play at your own pace, doing what you want when you feel like it. Explore at your leisure, meet new characters, complete quests or chill out on your farm — it’s your choice.

5. Disney Dreamlight Valley

Monster Movie Night Disney Dreamlight Valley
Screenshot: GameSpew / Copyright: Gameloft

It’s no secret just how much we love Disney Dreamlight Valley. We’ve written dozens upon dozens of articles about this life sim here at GameSpew, and well, if you’ve ever tried it, you’ll understand why. It’s perhaps the ultimate cosy game on Switch, allowing players to grow their own village — but one that’s filled with all of your favourite Disney and Pixar characters.

There are missions to complete, characters to meet and move into your village, and plenty to see and collect. But you can simply hang out, do a spot of farming, get to know your new Disney friends, or decorate your village if you wish. We’ve played for almost 200 hours, and we’ve still got plenty of reasons to keep going back.

6. Garden Life: A Cosy Simulator

Garden Life
Image: Nacon

The clue is in the name with this one. Garden Life: A Cosy Simulator really is one of the best cosy games on Switch — even if you don’t like gardening in real life. Here, you’ll be tasked with bringing some love and care back to a forgotten community garden. You’ll plant flowers, place decorations, pick weeds and generally care for it however you see fit.

Villagers might ask certain things of you, like growing X amount of red roses, for example. It’s up to you if you take heed: you can do your own thing if you prefer. It’s a lot of fun simply pottering around, watching your space bloom around you. As we said in our Garden Life review, you’ll have a lovely time with this one — all the joy of a garden, with none of the bugs. Win win.

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