Wednesday, April 24, 2024
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11 Cozy simulator games for any time of year

No matter what time of year it is, there’s never a bad time to cuddle up with a chill, cozy simulation game, be that farming, business, or building. We’ve compiled 11 of our favorites for our readers to check out and enjoy whenever they need a dose of coziness.

Already released

Stardew Valley
Image Source: Concerned Ape

Developer/Publisher: Concerned Ape

Platforms: Xbox, PlayStation, PC (Steam, Humble, GOG), iOS, Android

Summary: “You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?”

Romance: Yes, both straight and queer relationships can be formed in this game.

Wylde Flowers
Wylde Flowers
Image Source: Studio Drydock

Developer/Publisher: Studio Drydock

Platforms: PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, Apple Arcade

Summary: “Join Tara on a heartfelt journey to become a witch in Wylde Flowers. Farm by day, and cast spells by night as you craft your cottagecore life and bond with your coven. Come to know and love the fully voice acted characters of Fairhaven, as you unravel a local mystery.”

Romance: Yes, both straight and queer relationships can be formed in this game.

Fae Farm

Developer/Publisher: Phoenix Labs

Platforms: PC (Steam, Epic Games Store), Nintendo Switch

Summary: “Escape to the magical life of your dreams in Fae Farm, a farm sim RPG for 1-4 players. Craft, cultivate, and decorate to grow your homestead, and use spells to explore the enchanted island of Azoria!”

Romance: Yes, both straight and queer relationships can be formed in this game.

Potionomics
Potionomics screenshot of Sylvia negotiating with the Passionate Hero over a potion price
Image Source: Voracious Games

Developer/Publisher: Voracious Games, XSEED Games, Marvelous USA

Platforms: PC (Steam)

Summary: “You’ve inherited your uncle’s potion shop—and a huge debt. Better get brewing! Customize your store, hire heroes to gather ingredients, befriend (or romance) fellow vendors to learn new haggling strategies, and go head-to-head with competitors in this narrative-driven, deck-building shop simulator.”

Romance: Yes, both straight and queer relationships can be formed in this game.

Bear and Breakfast
Bear and Breakfast character menu featuring the bear in pants with suspenders and a yellow winter hat
Image Source: Gummy Cat Studio

Developer/Publisher: Gummy Cat Studio

Platforms: PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch

Summary: “Bear and Breakfast is a laid-back management adventure game where you build and run a bed and breakfast…but you’re a bear.”

Romance: No

Graveyard Keeper
Image Source: Lazy Bear Games

Developer/Publisher: Lazy Bear Games, tinyBuild

Platforms: PlayStation, Xbox, MacOS, iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, Linux, PC (Steam, GOG)

Summary: “Build and manage a medieval graveyard while facing ethical dilemmas and making questionable decisions. Welcome to Graveyard Keeper, the most inaccurate medieval cemetery sim of the year.”

Romance: No

Kynseed
Kynseed screenshot of player character standing in a glade with a pug and fairies and gnomes

Developer/Publisher: PixelCount Studios

Platforms: PC (Steam, GOG)

Summary: “Embark on a lifetime of adventure in a beautiful world of creativity and intrigue. Raise a family, customise your farm, run a business, craft items, and battle some marvellously malevolent monsters.”

Romance: Yes, both straight and queer relationships can be formed in this game.

Rune Factory 3 Special
Rune Factory 3 Special screenshot of Shara saying "heehee! I wanted to let you know that the first spring festival is coming up tomorrow."
Image Source: Marvelous Inc.

Developer/Publisher: Marvelous Inc., XSEED Games

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)

Summary: “Bridge the divide of an ancient schism between humans and monsters in Rune Factory 3 Special as half-human, half-wooly protagonist Micah. Farm, fight and fall in love as you revisit a classic in the series that perfected the blend of RPG & Life-sim genres.”

Romance: Yes, but only straight relationships.

My Time at Sandrock

Developer/Publisher:

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC (Steam)

Summary: “Travel to the desert community of Sandrock and take on the role of a fledgling Builder. Use your trusty toolset to gather resources, construct machines, and turn your run-down workshop into a well-oiled production facility to save the town from the jaws of economic ruin!”

Romance: Yes, both straight and queer relationships can be formed in this game.

Coming soon

Sugardew Island
Sugardew Island key art

Developer/Publisher: rokaplay

Platforms: PC (Steam)

Summary: “In this cozy farming game, you have to run your own farm shop. Take care of your animals and your farm, sell your goods to the cute Forest Folk, upgrade the island and fulfill small orders from the Harmony Tree to fill the island with life again.”

Romance:

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