While some girls long for pumpkin-spiced lattes as summer fades, my heart yearns for the comfort of Cozy Autumn Switch Games!
As the cozy gaming community continues to grow, September sees a rising wave of new social sims and farming games hitting the market by indie developers.
In 2022 we got Disney Dreamlight Valley, Ooblets, Potion Permit, Wylde Flowers, Hokko Life, Lemon Cake and Wayward Strand to list just a few. And rest assured, 2023 is shaping up to be just as brimming with exciting game releases.
Whether you’re a casual gamer, a fan of farming simulations, or someone who loves immersing themselves in social sims, this list will have you reaching for your hot chocolate and your Nintendo Switch controller.
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From tending to virtual crops in delightful games like Stardew Valley and Haven Park to creating your own perfect island getaway in Animal Crossing New Horizons, these games are all about creating your own relaxing and heartwarming adventures.
The leaves are changing, and a new adventure is waiting for you at the touch of a button!
So, grab your favorite blanket, find a comfy spot, and let’s dive into the coziest season of the year with the best cozy games for this fall season.
Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on these perfect companions for those rainy days and chilly evenings. Let’s make this fall the warmest one yet with these mesmerizingly cozy autumn Switch games.
17 Cozy Autumn Switch Games for the Perfect Time of Year
1. A Short Hike
When I think of autumn games I imagine a warm color palette, playing at my own pace and going on adventures.
A Short Hike ticks every box! You play as Claire, a tiny bird who’s come to Hawk Peak to visit her aunt and get away from city life.
Go with Claire as she takes the scenic route to the top of Hawk Peak to try to get a phone signal so she can check on her mom back home. This game remains a firm favorite of mine and I always replay it at this time of year.
2. Fae Farm
Do you like fairies and lots of magic? Fae Farm is a blend of whimsy and adventure in the same spirit as Animal Crossing.
Fae Farm is an adventure game for up to 4 players where you’ll cozy up in your own snug little home in the magical world of Azoria.
While you’re busy taking care of your plot, you’ll rub elbows with delightful folks, build strong bonds, and find all sorts of cool tricks to sprinkle a bit of magic into everything you do. Personalize your character, become a whiz at crafting, cooking, potion-making, and uncover a ton of other exciting stuff.
3. Paleo Pines
Start a new life in Paleo Pines, a cozy ranch where the cutest of dinosaurs live in harmony with people.
Cultivate deep connections with these magnificent creatures, enlisting their assistance to revitalize your ranch and nurture crops, crafting your own slice of heaven. Complete tasks to restore your ranch and take your dino companion Lucky on grand adventures.
4. Coffee Talk
You can’t have the coziest of autumns without warm drinks made with fresh ingredients by your favorite barista right?
Return to Coffee Talk this fall to revisit the heartwarming stories of familiar customers while you brew up their regular drink orders. Coffee Talk is a visual novel that’s been a hit with cozy gamers since its release in 2020.
If you’re a fan of this game you’ll adore the second installment Coffee Talk: Hibiscus and Butterflies too.
5. The Wild at Heart
Harness an ever-expanding collection of whimsical creatures in The Wild at Heart.
Restore shattered pathways, engage in daring confrontations with formidable beasts, and conquer enigmatic puzzles within this beautifully interconnected world.
Embark on a journey with two little adventurers as they seek out the mystery of a forgotten realm in this nostalgic tale.
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6. My Time At Sandrock
Let’s be honest, there are a lot of games with farming/life sim elements but none that have taken on the Wild West!
My Time at Sandrock takes you back to the universe of My Time at Portia, but this time, it’s set in a dystopian world.
Set three centuries after the devastating Day of Calamity that left modern technology in ruins, the heart of the story unfolds in the desert haven called Sandrock.
Your task? To rescue this town from the brink of economic collapse and steer it toward a prosperous future.
7. Cozy Grove
Do you want cute ghosts and mysteries to solve but don’t have much time on your hands this autumn?
Welcome to Cozy Grove! As a spirit scout, it’s your mission to bring color back to the island and listen to the tales of the bears that have lost their memories. Cozy Grove is a puzzle simulation that is time-gated so you’ll never lose precious hours of your day.
Complete the daily tasks, decorate your home, and slowly let the game’s story reveal itself to you over time. No pressures, just relaxing gameplay.
8. Paper Trail
Paper Trail is a casual puzzle adventure about moving away from home, set in a foldable, paper world
You play as Paige, a budding academic, leaving home for the first time to pursue her studies. On the journey, you learn to fold the world, merging two sides to solve puzzles, explore new areas, and uncover long-lost secrets. (Coming 2024)
OU is an interactive visual novel with hand-drawn visuals that appear to be pulled straight out of a child’s storybook!
If you watched The Neverending Story as a child like I did you’ll appreciate the depth of OU.
Welcome to U-chronia, a sort of dreamy realm that exists in those fuzzy recollections of days long gone by. You play as OU, a little kid, who wakes up in this parched riverbed, not a single memory to call his own.
Zarry, this cute opossum with a tail that’s on fire, takes OU on a wild ride to uncover his lost story.
10. Mineko’s Night Market
Enter the enchanting world of Mineko’s Night Market this fall, where the richness of Japanese culture intertwines with a heartwarming tale of friendship, tradition, and an abundance of feline friends.
Assume the role of Mineko, an inquisitive young girl who has just arrived in her new home on a charming yet struggling island inspired by Japanese aesthetics, nestled at the foot of Mount Fugu.
Unearth the town’s hidden mysteries as you work to revive its former splendor. Amidst this journey, balance your everyday tasks, tackle diverse occupations, embark on whimsical quests, and skillfully create unique items, all in preparation for the weekly highlight – the Night Market.
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11. Quilts and Cats of Calico
Quilts and Cats of Calico is a wonderfully charming digital rendition of the acclaimed puzzle board game designed for 1-4 players.
Immerse yourself in the company of the most adorable cats and craft the most inviting quilts imaginable.
Whether you’re enjoying multiplayer sessions with pals, indulging in some solo amusement, or following the journey of a skilled quilter navigating through a feline-filled city, you’re in for an experience that seamlessly combines comfort and amusement.
12. Animal Crossing New Horizons
If you yearn for a classic this season then the best of cozy fall games has to be Animal Crossing New Horizons.
When the season changes to autumn it makes me want to redecorate my whole island in earthy shades of orange and brown. This is the only game that I don’t mind restarting once a year (after saving my previous island as a dream to revisit of course).
It’s the perfect comfort game for a rainy day.
Wytchwood is an adventure crafting game that unfolds in an eerie world woven from gothic fables and fairytales.
The storyline delves into poignant aspects of human existence, delving into moments of sorrow and reflection but always with humor and grace. Embrace your role as the cranky old witch in the woods, venturing through a remarkable countryside.
Gather magical ingredients, concoct potent enchantments, and deliver your unique verdict upon an unpredictable cast of characters and creatures.
You play as Henry in this single-player mystery set in the beautiful Wyoming wilderness.
Your only connection to the real world is through Delilah, your supervisor, via a handheld radio. I don’t know if it’s the autumnal colors or the real voice acting but this entire game had me captivated.
This game has themes that some younger players may find upsetting.
Spiritfarer is a cozy management sim that addresses the concept of mortality with profound grace and compassion.
Experience the emotional story of Stella as she goes on a journey across mystical seas on her boat. Farm, mine, fish, and craft during your travels as you sail to tiny islands in search of stuck spirits who need your help moving on.
If you haven’t played this game yet I highly recommend it this fall.
16. The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood
Forge your own personal Tarot deck, reclaim your liberty, and mold the destiny of the celestial Witch community within The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood.
Boasting a wonderfully varied ensemble of characters, this witchy game offers an enchanting amalgamation of Tarot-style card crafting, divination, and a narrative that branches across both time and space.
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17. Beacon Pines
Play the memorable Beacon Pines this fall, an adorable yet eerie adventure that unfolds within the pages of a book.
Go on late-night escapades, forge new friendships, unveil concealed realities, and gather potent words that hold the power to reshape destiny! If you liked the vibe of Night In The Woods, chances are you’ll vibe with this game too.