Here is your list of cozy games like Unpacking with meditative gameplay, that are part home decoration and part block-fitting puzzle.
Unpacking touched the hearts of every gamer who’s played it with its subtle, yet emotional house moves and the sense of intimacy that came with unpacking personal items.
It has since received overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam and won countless awards.
Yours truly couldn’t put it down and you can read my full review of the game below.
For me, I would say Unpacking is one of the best cozy games I’ve played in recent years. It was the perfect game to end the day with – the kind of game that stayed with you long after you stopped playing.
Words fail to express the overwhelming joy I felt upon discovering the pivotal moment in the game *spoiler* when the protagonist bravely parted ways with her suffocating boyfriend, finally reclaiming the freedom to be her authentic self. And that last chapter, wow— she found love again, and with her girlfriend by her side had a precious little baby. Her journey was so transformative and it left me wanting more.
Will there be an Unpacking 2? I don’t know. I would like to hope so.
But until then what similar games can replicate that familiar experience? Is it even possible?
Let’s take a look at this list of games that do a great job of evoking emotion through simple puzzles, block-fitting and home design.
15 Cozy Games Like Unpacking
Woodo is an indie game where players need to assemble cozy wooden dioramas. Everything is made out of wood and comes to life with your interactions. Enjoy cozy and relaxing gameplay with a cute soundtrack.
Woodo is a cozy 3D puzzle game based on simple diorama assembly mechanics with a beautiful visual style. The game looks like the stop-motion cartoons I used to watch as a kid and that sense of safety can’t be underrated.
Unfortunately, Woodo is still in development but I wanted you to hear about it here first. I will keep you updated about its release and which platforms it’s coming to once I know.
LAUNCH DATE + PLATFORMS TBA
2. A Little to the Left
A Little to the Left is a cozy puzzle game that lets you sort, stack, and organize household items.
How many stickers are there on the fruit? What height order do the books stand in? How should pencils be organized?
If you have a place for everything in your home like I do then this popular indie game will satisfy your need for order and perfection.
There are multiple solutions that give this game plenty of replayability as you try to get the highest score. But beware because a naughty cat will try to disrupt your progress.
3. Dream Organizer
A simple puzzle game that focuses on the most overlooked areas of our new home – drawers.
In the same vein as A Little to the Left, you will tidy up your drawer by organizing each item into its rightful place.
A calming mobile game that’s easy to play on the go.
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4. The Shape of Things
The Shape of Things takes ordinary everyday 3D objects and turns them into collectible gachapons.
Inspired by the popular Rubix Cube toy, you need to find the correct position for each piece by rotating, panning, or scaling until you find the shape of things.
With zero pressure and no timers, you can just chill, and progress at your own pace.
An intimate story about real life first love.
Florence’s life is a relatable cycle of work, sleep, and spending too much time on social media… she feels stuck.
But everything changes when she crosses paths with Krish, and you go on a mesmerizing journey through the highs and lows of a relationship.
Just like the unique stages of life explored in Unpacking, Florence invites you to unpack the emotions in different stages of life.
This visual novel is short but unforgettable and will leave you with the sweetest memories.
6. Cats Organized Neatly
Cats Organised Neatly is an adorable puzzle game where you get to choose from a delightful array of cats to fill up grids.
With over 80 levels to explore it will satisfy your love for orderly environments and cuteness.
Townscaper offers a serene and stress-free city-building experience that allows you to construct charming island towns, magnificent cathedrals, intricate canal networks, or even gravity-defying sky cities on stilts.
With no specific objectives or intense gameplay mechanics, unlike other city builders, the focus is solely on the joy of building and creating to your heart’s content.
Indulge in a tranquil journey where the possibilities are endless, and the only limit is your imagination.
8. House Flipper
Purchase, restore, and remodel dilapidated houses, with the aim of selling them for a handsome profit.
Similar to the freedom of Unpacking, you have the flexibility to place items wherever you desire within each room. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to repair sinks and lay down tiles, adding a touch of hands-on renovation to the experience.
House Flipper has 7 DLCs at present so you can add pets, gardens and even a touch of luxury to your home renovations business.
9. Monument Valley: Panoramic Edition + Monument Valley 2
Monument Valley is a visually striking narrative-puzzle game with plenty of charm and character.
A mesmerizing realm of fantastical architecture and mind-bending geometry awaits you.
As the player, your role is to guide the silent princess, Ida, as she navigates through mysterious monuments. Uncover hidden paths, unravel optical illusions, and use your wits to outsmart the elusive Crow People.
10. Decor Life – Home Design Game
Are you looking for a casual mobile game that lets you live out your decor fantasies?
Decor Life – Home Design Game has a similar look to Unpacking and combines simple mechanics with unique gameplay. Complete levels to unlock new rooms and create a peaceful atmosphere.
Unpack new items to place around your bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens. Let your imagination run wild!
11. Bear and Breakfast
Do you love the idea of running your own B&B?
Well, you can in this unique management adventure – Bear and Breakfast. You are a bear in charge of building and operating a cozy bed and breakfast nestled in the tranquil woods.
This laid-back game allows you to construct and customize your Inn with a plethora of guest bedrooms, bathrooms, and entertainment spaces. From furniture to fixtures, each room can be individually tailored to your liking.
Get ready to lose yourself in this charming experience that offers up to 30 hours of delightful gameplay.
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12. Camper Van: Make it Home
Leave your old life behind you and hit the road in your very own camper van!
Inspired by Unpacking and Assemble With Care you can craft your own living space inside your very own van, blending elements of block organization puzzle games and interior design.
Unleash your creativity as you decorate and organize your collection of objects, while simultaneously uncovering the intriguing backstory that led our protagonist on this personal journey.
Camper Van: Make it Home was fully funded in under 16 hours on Kickstarter recently.
13. Assemble With Care
Take on the role of antique restorer Maria who fixes sentimental possessions.
Experience a delightful game, exquisitely presented in a vibrant impressionist style and a hand-illustrated story bursting with charm.
Assemble With Care is a casual puzzle game inspired by past real world objects that may be familiar to older players.
Venba is a wholesome cooking game with a heartwarming story will a similar look and feel to Unpacking.
Step into the shoes of an Indian mother who relocates to Canada alongside her family during the 1980s.
Take part in the preparation of diverse dishes, rediscover forgotten recipes, engage in meaningful conversations, and embark on an exploration through this narrative game centered around themes of family, love, loss, and beyond.
15. Kawaii Puzzle: Unpacking Decor
Assemble all your adorable belongings and furniture in this cute interior designer.
If you are looking for a fun, cute game to spend your time on, Kawaii Puzzle is the answer. Your goal is to assemble all the parts of these pretty rooms.
Create happy little moments as you find hidden objects and complete puzzles. Design your own world and let yourself dream.