Having a hard time? I've got your back. Here are some games to check out when you're having a bad day:
Available for: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, PC, mobile
If Animal Crossing and Minecraft had a baby, it would look like Stardew Valley. Priced at $14.99 (but frequently on sale), this game is worth every penny if you're looking for a bit of escapism. Stardew Valley allows you to farm, mine, fish, explore, and interact with the town's residents. Whether you want to catch every fish, fight your way to the bottom of the mines, or max out your relationships with the townspeople, Stardew Valley offers something for anyone having a bad day.
Steam, "Stardew Valley," https://store.steampowered.com/app/413150/Stardew_Valley/.
"Stardew Valley Wiki," https://stardewvalleywiki.com/Stardew_Valley.
My Time At Portia
Developer: Pathea Games
Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd
Available for: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC.
My Time at Portia is a beautiful game in which you can, in several respects, customize your experience. It's immensely satisfying to explore Portia, fight, play Rock Paper Scissors with your fellow residents, and watch Paulie stop mid-stride to do push-ups. If you're in the mood to explore a visually appealing world, I recommend this game.
Steam, "My Time At Portia," https://store.steampowered.com/app/666140/My_Time_At_Portia/.
"My Time At Portia Wiki," https://mytimeatportia.fandom.com/wiki/My_Time_at_Portia_Wiki.
My Friend Pedro
Developer: DeadToast Entertainment
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Available for: Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, PC
If you want to blast your troubles away, My Friend Pedro is for you. This Deadpool-esque shooter will fulfill your dreams of befriending a banana. Yes, really.
Steam, "My Friend Pedro," https://store.steampowered.com/app/557340/My_Friend_Pedro/.
Devolver Digital, "Games - My Friend Pedro," https://devolverdigital.com/games/my-friend-pedro.
Available for: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, VR
This one is simple: if you like chess, then you'll enjoy Chess Ultra.
Steam, "Chess Ultra," https://store.steampowered.com/app/518060/Chess_Ultra/.
Ripstone, "Chess Ultra," https://ripstone.com/game/chess-ultra/.
Developer: Kucing Rembes
Publisher: Toge Productions, Another Indie
Available for: Nintendo Switch, PC
This adorable side-scrolling platformer delivers a lot of fun at a low price. Plus you get to play as a magic cat who shoots fireballs, which could cheer up just about anyone.
Steam, "Magicat," https://store.steampowered.com/app/656970/MagiCat/.
Regardless of why you're having a bad day, I hope it gets better. Treat yourself to a break, pick up one of these games, and enjoy!