Leisure games have become a trend; Meet Some – 02/08/2022 – Illustrated

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There are things that only being an adult can provide, like feeling the comforting pleasure of seeing a clean and tidy home. It is this feeling that “PowerWash Simulator” tries to evoke.

The 14th released game is – as the name suggests – a heavy cleaning simulator in which the player has to leave spotless places and dirty objects. Despite its mundane premise, the title was quite successful, mostly due to its sense of relaxation.

The sound of water hitting the most varied surfaces and “painting” objects that were previously covered in a thick layer of black soot, as the birds sing and the sun shines in the sky. Everything in the game seems to aim to evoke the most basic feelings of peace, contentment and achievement.

But this is not an isolated case. In recent years, several games have been released that try more than anything else to give the player a Zen experience. The theme can change, but almost all of them follow a standard recipe:

  • Simple controls and gameplay, without complex mechanics that are difficult to understand and learn;

  • There is no timekeeping or scorecard to force players to compare their performance;

  • There are few or no cinematic scenes so as not to break the rhythm of the game;

  • A bucolic theme, without major conflicts or heightened violence;

  • A soundtrack with soothing music and soothing sound effects;

  • There is no “game over”. You will hardly find yourself at a point where there is no salvation and you have to start all over again.

The most successful title in the line, and arguably responsible for the new trend, is Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Switch. The game is a social life simulator in which the player lands on a deserted island and must collect materials and befriend the anthropomorphic animals that inhabit the place to transform it into a true paradise on earth.

The franchise has been around since 2001 with at least seven other games, but “New Horizons” took it to a whole new level. The game was released in March 2020, right at the beginning of the pandemic, and it took advantage of the boom that video games had from the beginning.

This made it the second best-selling game on the console, reaching 38.6 million copies by March of this year – behind only “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” with 45.5 million and close to “The Witcher 3”, which it has since 2015. It has sold around 40 million copies on various platforms.

Another recently talked about title was Unpacking, which was released in November 2021 by Australian developer Witch Beam. In the game, the player assumes the role of a girl who has to pack her belongings after moving, go through different periods of her life.

Despite the simple mechanics, he manages to tell this girl’s story in a subtle and very clever way. Through small objects, it shows difficulties to be overcome, changes and relationships.

The game teaches us how the really important things in life are taken with us, while others play their role, get in the way, and eventually get forgotten. No wonder it won the award for Best Narrative at this year’s Bafta Games Awards.

If you like the idea of ​​playing games for relaxation, but you’re not a big fan of Marie Kondo and don’t care about cleaning and tidying, you can still try Townscaper.

The game is a city builder, but unlike other titles in the genre, you don’t have to collect resources or manage the local economy to grow your village. With just one click, you have to build a house and slowly turn a small island into a village full of colorful houses, just like a citadel on the coast of Italy.

For those who love gardening, there are “cloud gardens”. In it, the player must plant seeds in a post-apocalyptic environment and grow vegetation around abandoned buildings. As the player progresses, you will get more options of plants and objects to place in the scenario and perform the return of the green color.

Games like this show the variety of themes and styles available in the gaming world. For those who still see video games as synonymous with competition, violence and shooting, here are a few examples (among many) that prove otherwise.


Game tip, new or old, for you to check out

Stardew Valley

(Android, iOS, PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch)

Keeping with the bulletin board’s bucolic theme, “Stardew Valley” is part of the genre better known as the “farm game.” The title tells the story of a young woman who inherits an abandoned farm from her grandfather and must adapt to rural life in order to rebuild the farm by planting vegetables and raising animals. Considered to be the spiritual successor to the Japanese series Harvest Moon, the game was created almost entirely by American Eric “ConcernedApe” Barron, and yet it manages to surpass the games in the franchise that inspired it in many ways.


News, launches, business and other things that matter

  • Development on the “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” remake has been suspended indefinitely, Bloomberg reports. According to the publication, the game was three years in the making of Aspyr Media and is expected to be released this year.
  • It will soon be possible to organize PlayStation 5 games into folders. The news, which subscribers of the PlayStation Plus service have been asking for a lot, will come to the consoles through an update of the operating system, which also includes support for 1440p displays.
  • Also announced are the games that will be free on PlayStation Plus in August. The remake of “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2” can be downloaded by all subscribers, as well as “Yakuza: Like a Dragon” and “Little Nightmares”. Seven more games from the “Yakuza” series will be included in the catalog of subscribers starting at the Extra level.
  • PlayStation also announced the launch of a wireless controller that can be attached to the iPhone for remote gaming. Called the Backbone One, the device is now available in North America, Europe and Oceania – there is no forecast for the product to arrive in Brazil.
  • Coffee Stain Studios has announced the release of a new game in the Goat Simulator series on November 17th. The game, known for its comical tone, begins by making fun of the title. It will be called “Goat Simulator 3”, although there is no official “Goat Simulator 2”.


Games coming out in the coming days and promotions that are worth it

August 3

“South of the Circle”: BRL 58.05 (Switch), price not available (PC, Xbox One/X/S, PS 4/5)

August 4

“Turbo Golf Race”: Price not available (PC, Xbox One/X/S)

“Hard West 2”: Price not available (PC)

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