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5 Country Life Sims to Make You Forget the World is a Dumpster Fire

Worldwide protests, pandemic, wildfires – I don’t need to recap for you, do I? Things around the world are pretty much terrible and it seems no one can escape this year unscathed. If you haven’t heard, 2020’s official mascot is a dumpster fire. Now, I love stabbing zombies in the head as much as the next gamer, but when the world is a chaotic, violent place IRL, sometimes escaping somewhere bucolic and peaceful is just what your mental health needs. Enter country life sims.

Country life sims revolve around things like planting crops, taking care of livestock, crafting, trading and helping your neighbors. Game play is mostly peaceful. If you’re a decorator, spend hours planting crops and designing your home and property. Or focus on business and become a farm mogul. Socializing with game non-player characters (NPCs) make up a big part of the experience, building relationships and fulfilling quests. It’s a low pressure, slow paced exercise in escapism. In these games there are no hoards of undead attacking, no timed quests. Take your time and play it your way.

5 Relaxing Country Life Sims

Ooblets

Ooblets is like a kinder version of Pokemon. Featuring adorable little characters to collect, instead of traveling the country with your state-sanctioned Pokemon-fighting ring, Ooblets like to dance battle. As they evolve, they learn new dance moves to become more powerful. It’s good clean fun, kids. When you’re not in a dance circle, you can improve your home, make friends with villagers and of course, farm. Available on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has captured the hearts of millions around the world, young and old. Centered around your relocation to a deserted island, you’re charged with attracting new residents and creating a nice place for everyone to live. While you don’t grow crops in this game, you can create some beautiful flower hybrids by planting and watering the right combinations. The design factor is high, with people spending hundreds of hours creating stunning islands from urban landscapes to fairy castles. Available on Nintendo Switch.

Yonder: The Cloud Catching Chronicles

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a relaxing open-world adventure game set across a beautiful, vibrant island for you to explore. It’s set on the island of Gemea, with eight distinct environments ranging from sunny tropical beaches to frigid snow-capped summits. Each location has its own flora and fauna, changing seasons, and day-night cycles. By farming, crafting, cooking, fishing and brewing, relationships can be built with the locals, who offer everything from resources to a new farm as rewards. Available on Nintendo Switch.

My Time at Portia

Restore your Pa’s neglected workshop to its former glory, grow crops, raise animals, befriend the towns quirky inhabitants and uncover the mysteries this charming post-apocalyptic land has forgotten! The town of Portia is full of unique characters for you to get to know. They will go to school, do their jobs, workout, and have fun. They also have unique stories for the player to experience. The player will be able to get into relationships with other townsfolk; whether they are looking for friendships, romances or even marriage. Available on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

Stardew Valley

The classic that started it all. Created by one man with a vision, Stardew Valley sees you taking over your grandfather’s farm and taking up residence in Pelican Town. Farm, craft, make friends with the villagers, it’s easy to while away the hours in a peaceful town while restoring the community center. Explore the mines for more resources and battle baddies too! Available on all platforms, including mobile!

Honorable Mention: The Sims 4

Not a country life per se, but the ultimate life simulator The Sims 4 allows you to be anybody and pretty much do anything. Start a new career, have families, own pets, go on vacation. You can build and collect and make friends to your heart’s content. Even better new for Star Wars fans, there’s a brand new Star Wars content pack – Journey to Batuu. You get a lightsaber and a droid, so that’s reason enough to buy it!


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