7 Most Relaxing Games on iOS and Android
When it comes to gaming on your smartphone, relaxation isn’t the top priority for most people as enjoyment takes the top spot in this regard. Having said that, there is an entire genre of games that are designed specifically to help you keep calm and while away the hours in bliss. Here are some of the best games you can turn to when you are looking for a moment of peace and tranquility.
This game revolves around a struggle to gain the control of different stars, but rather paradoxically it lets you fight in a peaceful manner. The game is mostly related to strategizing for your war to gain dominion over as many stars as possible. Auralux has a catchy background soundtrack, which will keep you immersed in this seemingly uncomplicated game. The whole look and feel of Auralux is exactly the opposite of what you’d expect from a game that is based on war.
Unlike our first pick, Viridi doesn’t really ask you to do a lot. This game is the epitome of something designed exclusively to give you that Zen feeling. There is a plant of the succulent type that you have to take care of, and that’s all. With Viridi, there are no time constraints as the game stays somewhat true to reality and like real life, your succulents don’t need a lot of attention. You can choose to water your plant, give it any name you want, but best of all, you can return to your plants any time you feel like it. No pressure.
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This isn’t really a game in the sense that it doesn’t lead the “players” towards a certain goal or accomplishment. Fluid Monkey just allows you to literally play with your phone’s screen. Just watch the colorful liquid move across your screen, or intervene by sliding your finger across it to make some additional movement in the fluid. Making the app’s stream bend to your whim has a very tranquil overall effect, and if you find yourself without internet on your phone, or with a few minutes to spare, turning to Fluid Monkey might be worthwhile. Since the game is exclusive to Android and doesn’t have too many system requirements, it runs perfectly on my Samsung.
In real life, tending to a Bonsai tree is considered a very rewarding and relaxing activity. Prune simulates this to perfection, letting you tend to your bonsai tree so that it continues to thrive. The main aim of the game is to reshape your tree and grow it in a way that you like the most. You have to do so while striking the perfect balance between sunlight and shadow. Cut different branches, bind the stem, and do whatever it takes to make your tree look like a masterpiece of abstract art, or the logo of your favorite football team.
Among all the games in this list, Zen Koi probably has the most aesthetically pleasing graphics. The game is sure to look amazing on an iPhone or a Galaxy S8, even though you can probably enjoy it fully on any other device as well. Like Fluid Monkey, Zen Koi is based on water movement, but the main difference is that in this game the water is full of fish. With Zen Koi, you get to take care of a wide variety of Koi fish, and other than making sure that the fishes stay alive and well, you also have the added reward of seeing some particularly well-supervised fishes grow up to become dragons!
“Connect the dots” is a game we have all played in our childhood, but this little app puts a new spin on it. For one thing, you can choose to play against the clock, or opt for the more relaxed timeless version. The aim is simple; connect all the dots that have something in common, all with a relaxing tune playing in the background. The game offers a variety of rewards for completing levels, and you can unlock more power-ups as you go along.
Contre Jour takes you to a world of shadows and silhouettes. You have to play as an adorable character named Petit, whose sole aim in life is to rescue a lost rose (very poetic, we know). The game’s looks go marvelously with the dreamscape storyline. There are many dangers out there in Petit’s world, but the game still manages to maintain a soothing aura. The controls are uncomplicated, and the background music makes the investment on this paid game worthwhile.