8 fantastic cozy Android games to snuggle up with this winter

Mobile gaming is great for playing on the go, but the Android store offers more than just high stakes and intense gameplay loops. Since it’s colder outside, you might be in the mood for something slow, calm, and contemplative. Well, AP feels the same way and is here to recommend games for the best Android phones to get you through the cold months. Hope you like the low intensity gameplay and soothing soundtracks.


Stardew Valley

A famous example of a relaxing experience, Stardew Valley is a farming simulator/RPG hybrid centered around building and maintaining a farm in a beautiful, pastoral pixel art world. You left your job in the big city to live off the land and build your own business. The farming mechanics resemble those of Minecraft, plowing fertile land, planting crops and raising livestock. What sets Stardew Valley apart is its emphasis on agricultural aspects. Changes in weather must be taken into account to prevent your crops from dying, and supplies/tools must be purchased from the local village full of vendors who offer unique designs and personalities. It’s about tending to your farm at your own pace and slowly building something out of love and care. A perfect alternative if Terraria and Minecraft are too spooky or heavy for you.

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Hidden Object – Autumn Garden

Hidden Object Autumn Garden is a slow, thoughtful puzzle game that asks you to locate a list of objects hidden in plain sight against a brightly colored autumn background. Items can be anything, be it a trophy, gear, or a random symbol. The only requirement is that they blend into the background. Move past the overbearing intro and you’re left with a straightforward puzzle game with a beautiful aesthetic, upbeat soundtrack, and appropriate lack of time limits. Try this one if you feel like taking an embarrassing time to find a mushroom.

Stray Cat Doors

The first of a few animal-centric games, Stray Cat Doors, is a cute puzzle game based on unlocking an exit door by solving random puzzles. Essentially, the gameplay feels like a point-and-click adventure, deciphering clues and environmental combinations to keep going. The comfort level of this game is mesmerizing, the art style is gorgeous, the lighting sets the mood perfectly, and the soundtrack might put you to sleep if you’re not careful. There is a simple joy in solving small puzzles in a calm environment in the service of a fluffy animal. Although not very long, Stray Cat Doors offers a quality experience, delivering exactly what you expect. Probably the first time you could describe an escape game as relaxing.

penguin island

Nothing like an idle game to relax in, Penguin Isle is a city-building simulator that requires very little action from the player. The game is attractively simple in terms of visuals, displaying a boundless blue ocean. Set on an expanding iceberg penguin colony, you need to craft penguin-based infrastructure. You orchestrate the construction of fisherman’s shacks, bakeries, theaters, and penguin Ferris wheels, all essential attributes of a functioning society. Developing the island earns points for further development; nice and simple. Although the game has some minor issues with frequent ads, the experience is solid. A relaxing little penguin themed distraction for TV watching fun.

Urban landscape

True to the causal god game theme, Townscaper offers a tension-free toy of creativity, existing simply to entertain and satisfy the player. You have the tools to build your ideal coastal village with unlimited resources, simple controls, and all the time in the world. Apart from its charming art design and soothing music, Townscaper’s most interesting feature is its attention to terrain detail. Small dips and peaks in a surface affect how your structures manifest, warping around these natural occurrences. This feature saves Townscaper from being a simple drag-and-drop experience, ensuring that each structure is unique. Overall, Townscaper is great for expressing your creativity in a soft environment. The Lego-style vehicle for unique creations makes it perfect for relaxation.

Monument Valley

Probably the most unique game to date, Monument Valley is a stylized puzzler centered around the manipulation of optical illusions. You are a silent protagonist called Ida, climbing to the top of several monuments to place something; before moving on to the next optical illusion puzzle. You’ll move along narrow, flat-shaded paths while twisting some path alignments to make new areas accessible. The music of Monument Valley is splendid, slow and celestial. The levels start simple but increase in difficulty quite quickly towards the end. But the difficulty is not based on quick thinking or sharp instincts. There is no time limit and you are free to take your time to solve these surreal puzzles. Recommended for those who want a little challenge while they relax.

Sky: Children of the Light

If you prefer something a little more epic in your downtime, Sky: Children of the Light offers a great experience. You play as a small humanoid traveling through a series of beautiful overworlds; in pursuit of the purification of corrupted souls. The main loop is the traversal mechanic, which involves your character using their poncho-like wings. You are free to slide as you please, allowing you to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. This game also offers a multiplayer mode; other small owl children can be found and collaborate with in the seven overworlds, with some puzzles only able to be solved with multiple owl children. Although it can be a little hard to follow at times, Sky: Children of the Light features a jaw-dropping exploratory world, beautiful smooth animations, and music that suits the setting perfectly. If you like the gliding mechanics in Breath of the wild, this game will tick that box.

Hidden Lands – Visual Puzzles

Hidden Lands – Visual Puzzles is another great perspective-focused puzzle game, a beautifully animated hidden object game. Depicting locations spanning multiple themes and seasons, Hidden Lands – Visual Puzzles lets you rotate two detail-rich floating islands, forcing you to locate the difference between the two. It’s about as zen as it gets. There’s no conflict, intrigue or urgency, just a simple season-themed observational test. Perfect for keeping warm this winter.

Get to grips with fan-favorite Android games

The most comfortable thing about all these great Android games is that they are all available on your Android device. No need to worry about booting consoles or sitting on PC chairs; you are free to play all these relaxing titles from the comfort of your couch or bed. Whether you like solving some of the best puzzle games or building cities, exploring worlds or growing turnips, the Google Play Store has more than a few enjoyable titles to hibernate with.