Here is a collection of my favorite cozy games on Steam, because there’s a cozy gamer inside all of us.
I am a big fan of simple games.
I pick games that have deep, emotional storylines and games that make my jaw drop when I see the beautiful art style.
But they are simple games nonetheless because they don’t take many brain cells to complete. I prefer to not have to think too hard when I want to relax and unwind after work.
To be honest, I wouldn’t really call myself a PC gamer. But there are some indie games that are only available on Steam. And as you’re probably aware by now most simple, cozy games tend to be from indie developers.
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You know how cozy gaming is kinda like that comfort food of the gaming world? Well, it’s actually doing wonders for our mental well-being, too.
Game devs are seriously stepping up their game (pun intended!).
They’re adding all these awesome features like ambient music, inclusive characters you can totally relate to, and themes about community and being good to yourself and others. It’s like a breath of fresh air in the gaming scene, don’t you think?
So it’s time for you to get comfy because below are some of my favorite games to play on Steam. I’ve even included some of the best cozy games on Steam (in my opinion!) coming out soon.
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1. A Space For The Unbound
A Space for the Unbound is an adventure game taking place in the 90s.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a high school couple facing, oh, you know, the apocalypse? Meet Atma and Raya. They’re just like any other high school sweethearts, except they’ve got this wild supernatural force shaking up their senior year.
You get to join them as they dig into their town’s deep, dark secrets, all while trying to, you know, save the world and stuff. No biggie! And get this, the whole game’s got vibes straight out of rural Indonesia, which adds that extra layer of coziness.
Side note: It delves into themes of conquering anxiety and depression.
The game itself? So full of heart and set in this vibrant world that’s just begging to be explored. Ready to dive in?
2. Stardew Valley
Can we talk about how Stardew Valley is basically the gateway to all things cozy gaming? Seriously, if you haven’t played it yet, where have you been?
I tried it once but I’ve never found the time to properly sit down and play it. Though my community loves it, so I will continue to sing its praises.
This game isn’t just popular; it’s like the cozy game celebrity.
It’s the game that makes non-gamers say, “Wait, this is gaming? Sign me up!” Stardew’s got this magnetic pull. A lot of it’s thanks to how much it’s loved by Twitch streamers and YouTubers who can’t get enough of that farm life.
And get this: Stardew’s got over 200,000 glowing reviews on Steam. Yeah, you heard that right! People adore its laid-back, grow-your-own-crops, befriend-the-town vibe.
So, if you’re looking for a game that’s like the cozy queen of Steam, Stardew Valley is your go-to. What do you love most about Stardew? Drop a comment and spill the tea!
3. Wood & Weather
Picture this: you’re basically a god overseeing a super-cute wooden toy city.
But hold up—this isn’t just sunshine and rainbows; you’ve got all kinds of wild weather to deal with.
You get to play as this floating blue hand, and guess what? You’ve got a wizard buddy to help you out! You get to fly around and mess with the little wooden world in ways that totally defy physics. It’s like your childhood toybox, but better!
And let’s talk about the tiny wooden folks living there. They’re just trying to get by, you know?
Your choices could really shake things up for them, for better or worse. So what kind of impact will you make? That’s all up to you (and maybe a thunderstorm or two).
Oh, and if you’re curious, there’s a demo up on Steam right now. Ready to give it a whirl?
4. One Lonely Outpost
Start a farming colony and grow it into a vibrant community.
Choose from traditional animals and natural produce or opt for robo-cows and gene-spliced crops. You can take a break from farming by mining, socializing with colonists, finding a love interest, exploring alien ruins, and so much more!
An alien world sometimes needs a farmer’s touch to bring it to life.
In this sci-fi, colonization-life sim, terraform a barren world: turn wastelands into verdant landscapes while exploring, farming, building, and unlocking all the mysteries of this strange new planet.
5. Coral Island
Hey, you know those classic farming games we all love? Well, Coral Island takes that vibe and just runs with it, but with a tropical twist!
So, you’re on this lush island that’s kinda inspired by Southeast Asia, and guess what? You’re not just planting crops and petting cows. You also get to make friends with the locals and even help revive the town and, get this, the coral reefs!
This game isn’t your run-of-the-mill farm life. The characters are super diverse. The animals are ridiculously cute. Basically, it’s like the farming sim got a glow-up and went on vacation.
6. Paleo Pines
Hey, are you a dino fan? Then you’re gonna love Paleo Pines!
Imagine a world where dinos are like big, scaly puppies.
You get to hang out with Lucky as you explore the island and uncover all its little secrets. And guess what? You’ll meet even more friendly dinos along the way!
The best part? You get to turn your ranch into a dino paradise. Picture it: Your very own cozy sanctuary filled with your new dino besties.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on the home base. You can totally make it your own, because let’s be real, no two dino ranches are the same in Paleo Pines. So, are you ready to get creative and let your personality shine?
7. Wylde Flowers
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.
Relax into your cottagecore lifestyle as you tend crops, care for animals, fish, craft and more throughout the day. By night, nurture your inner witch as you learn to fly your broomstick, brew potions, control the weather and seasons or even transform into a cat!
8. Powerwash Simulator
Powerwash Simulator lets players wash away their worries with the soothing sounds of a power washer.
You can build your very own power-washing business and blast away every speck of dirt and grime that you can find. With a unique take on the simulation genre, Powerwash Simulator wants to help you focus on your relaxation and escapism.
9. Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterflies
You must have heard of Coffee Talk by now, right?
Imagine being a barista, but like, for vampires and aliens. You get to listen to these people’s life dramas and whip up something warm and comforting to help ’em out.
It’s like a slice-of-life story, but with a sprinkle of fantasy.
You’ll get sucked into some really cool stories, like an elf and a succubus navigating love, or an alien who’s just tryin’ to get the 411 on what it means to be human. It’s a visual novel that hits home in the best way.
Did I mention this was the first visual novel I ever played and it’s very close to my heart?
So, are you ready to pour some emotional lattes?
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10. Jumplight Odyssey
Jumplight Odyssey is inspired by epic 1970s star-spanning anime adventures – the likes of Star Blazers and more. Add some smooth 70’s Tokyo late-night disco to keep the mood? You got it.
Lead your crew on an adventure to the mythical Forever Star! Gather survivors, repair and build out your starship, brave black holes, and fend off attacks, all while managing the daily soap opera of your colorful crew.
With your home planet destroyed, it’s up to you to keep Hope alive on this perilous dash for survival across the galaxy!
11. Planet Zoo
Planet Zoo is the spiritual successor to Zoo Tycoon!
Build a world for wildlife in Planet Zoo. From the creators of Planet Coaster and Zoo Tycoon comes the ultimate zoo sim.
Construct detailed habitats, manage your zoo, and meet authentic living animals who think, feel and explore the world you create around them.
12. The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood
Craft your own Tarot deck, regain your freedom, and shape the fate of the cosmic Witch society in The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood.
Featuring a richly diverse cast of characters, Tarot-like card creation, divination, and a branching story that spans time and space, The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood explores themes of identity, community, and personal responsibility in a beautifully hand-crafted universe.
13. Sugar Shack
Sugar Shack is a maple syrup management game and world crafter set in a cozy, magical forest inspired by Quebec lore and art.
Located at the center of a world that seems stuck in the middle of an eternal spring, this cozy little place of joy and syrupy goodness is now all yours. Fire up the oven, strike the earth, tap some maple, and revive the land around the shack.
Improve the home’s reputation by welcoming customers, selling produce, baking home-made products to create a sense of community all around. Bring life and happiness to a new, magical world – on your own or together with friends!
14. Park Beyond
In Park Beyond players can create the park of their dreams, without being held back by gravity! As the newly-hired visionary architect for a struggling company, you will be able to create mind-twisting theme parks. Create rides you have always dreamt about but that couldn’t exist in real life.
Along with Phil, the enthusiastic park veteran and Izzy, the stern but friendly executive and a host of other colorful and passionate characters, you will pave the way to a successful and profitable park company.
Thanks to accessible controls and a story-driven campaign mode, you will get to learn the ropes of park management and build increasingly crazy rides and modular coasters.
15. Disney Dreamlight Valley
Disney Dreamlight Valley has been growing in popularity since its release on October 11th, 2022, and is still in early access until early next year. You’ll already be familiar with its cast of cute characters – Donald, Ariel, Mickey Mouse and more!
With its most recent update, a new character strutted into the park and along with him some new content and bug fixes.
16. Quilts and Cats of Calico
Quilts and Cats of Calico is a cozy puzzle game and digital adaptation of the award-winning board game for 1-4 players.
Meet adorable cats and sew the coziest quilts. Compete with other players in multiplayer mode, play solo, or delve into the story of a quilter sewing their way through the city of cats.
Quilts and Cats of Calico will be one of the coziest games you’ll play this year.
17. Plate Up!
PlateUp! combines chaotic kitchen and restaurant management with strategic planning and development to create a delightful roguelite dish unlike any other.
Build and run a restaurant with upto 4 players, choosing dishes, and buying and placing appliances – some of which can be daisy-chained together to create ambitious automatic kitchens. Design your restaurant and complete tasks to unlock additional content and challenges as you progress.
Can you cook, serve and manage your way through 15 hectic days in your restaurant and unlock a brand-new franchise?
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18. Strange Horticulture
Strange Horticulture is the perfect pick for people who’d rather play with fictional plants than real ones in this occult puzzle game.
You play as the proprietor of a local plant store and it’s your job to identify new plants and serve your customers exactly what they need to aid their ailments.
Pet your cat, speak to a coven, or even, join a cult. Unravel Undermere’s dark mysteries.
19. Station to Station
‘Station to Station’ is a minimalist & relaxing game about building railway connections. Grab your conductor’s hat and bring the voxel-art world to life through the magic of trains!
Hop on board and steam through colorful biomes. Breathe life into the dry desert sands, and transform the untamed mountain terrain. Build and watch your tranquil world come to life with an ever-widening tapestry of flora and fauna!
20. Laysara: Summit Kingdom
Laysara: Summit Kingdom is a challenging city building focusing on resource management, the economy and surviving despite the inhospitable environment. Build and expand your settlements in the high mountains in either a campaign or sandbox playthrough.
Carefully plan your production chains, trade networks and avalanche survival strategies to satisfy the needs of your three-caste society and make the Kingdom of Laysara thrive!
21. House Flipper 2
A sequel to the House Flipper game that gave players a unique chance to become a one-man renovation crew and sold in more than 3 million copies.
House Flipper 2 introduces new mechanics and revamps the ones from the original game. The good old hammer, the trusty paint roller, and the sturdy mop, all await your return! The new visuals make our fixer-uppers look crisp as never before!
22. Sticky Business
Run a Small Sticker-Making Business in Sticky Business.
Sticky Business, is a small business simulation game all about making stickers and creating memorable experiences for customers! Players will create stickers with thousands of various customization options, pack orders, develop their online store, and build relationships with customers.
Create Thousands of Unique Stickers, Pack Orders, Enjoy Customer Feedback, and Build the Cutest E-Shop on the Internet.
24. Moonstone Island
Moonstone Island, a colorful pixel open world life-simulator and creature-collecting game.
Tame spirits in turn-based deckbuilding combat, farm your heart away or explore the vast world in this Stardew Valley-inspired game. Play as an alchemist, expelled from your family’s sky island farm, and set out on your own adventure in this new RPG.
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25. A Short Hike
A Short Hike is an open-world exploration with a simple story – walk to the top of the mountain.
Along the way, you learn skills and acquire the resources you need to get you there. Follow the marked trails or explore the backcountry as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you.
A Short Hike is a story about conquering the trials of nature with an act as simple and basic as walking.
26. Assemble With Care
Assemble with Care is a short game with a vibrant story.
The game centers on an antique restorer who goes around a town fixing broken objects and she wants nothing more than to help save folk’s beloved possessions, but when it’s their personal lives that are starting to fracture, she’ll need to find a way to hold them together, one spare screw at a time.
27. Mineko’s Night Market
Mineko’s Night Market is a game that celebrates Japanese culture while introducing a heartwarming story about friendship, tradition, and many, many cats.
Play as Mineko, a curious girl who has just arrived at her new home on a struggling Japanese-inspired island at the base of Mount Fugu.
Discover the secrets behind the town and restore the village to its former glory. All the while, manage your daily activities, complete various jobs, venture on whimsical quests, and craft peculiar items in preparation for the weekly Night Market.
28. Fae Farm
Escape to the fairytale life of your dreams in the beautiful world of Fae Farm, a cozy farm-sim RPG for 1-4 players.
Craft, cultivate, and decorate to grow your shared homestead—and use spellbinding magic to explore the enchanted island of Azoria. Here’s what I wish I’d known about earning money in Fae Farm before In started playing.
29. Botany Manor
Welcome to Botany Manor, a stately home in 19th-century England.
You play as inhabitant Arabella Greene, a retired botanist. Explore your house and gardens, filled with research, to figure out the ideal habitat of forgotten flora.
Grow each plant to discover the mysterious qualities they hold.
30. The Witch of Fern Island
The Witch of Fern Island is an adventure farming sim game where you play as Abrill, who has to uncover the island’s deepest secrets and master magical trades.
Overcome the challenges of the island to demonstrate your mastery of magic and become the most well-known witch around! Becoming the Witch of Fern Island is about finding your place in the world, making friends, and most importantly, finding joy within every passing moment.
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31. Sun Haven
Sun Haven is a cozy pixel art game with elements of fantasy RPG and farming and life simulation.
In this medieval town full of people from all walks of life you play as a farmer, miner, fisher, warrior, craftsman, and even a mage.
It’s up to you to wield your abilities and become the hero of your own story. Your hard work will let you upgrade your farm, restore shops in Sun Haven, and even bring in new neighbors!
32. Untitled Goose Game
Just another gentle morning in the village to cause unrest among the local villagers as a honking great goose.
Untitled Goose Game is a silly puzzle game where you get to cause mischief as a cheeky goose. Waddle your way through gardens to the high street shops to the village green, steal objects and solve the puzzles to move to the next area.
33. Slime Rancher 2
Slime Rancher 2 is a sequel to the award-winning, smash-hit original that has been enjoyed by over 15 million fans worldwide.
Continue the adventures of Beatrix LeBeau as she journeys to Rainbow Island, a mysterious land brimming with ancient technology, unknown natural resources, and an avalanche of wiggling, jiggling, new slimes to discover.
As Beatrix attempts to unravel the island’s secrets and uncover its true purpose, she’ll build, ranch, and farm within a beautiful conservatory, whose sparkling glass walls give her full view of the prismatic paradise she now calls home.
35. Roots of Pacha
Roots of Pacha is a farming and life simulation game set in the stone age, where you and your clan just settled in a promised and fertile land.
By connecting with nature at your own pace you’ll help your clan evolve, develop culture and relationships, and discover the mysteries of Pacha, mother nature. Play with friends in co-op or explore the early days of civilization in single-player.