The Top 5 Chill Out Games on PC

We’ve all heard the saying ‘Netflix and chill’ which is all good and well if you’re in the mood for a movie or bringing a certain TV series, but what about us gamers? We have our fair shares of hard days at work, and sometimes when we come home we don’t want to play something with the intensity of an action game, we want something a bit mellower.

The good news is that there is a wide range of games that fit this mold. Out there in the wide-open world of video games, it’s said that there is something for everybody, and I for one support that statement.

Chill out games may not specifically be a genre of video games, but what we’re looking for is those kinds of games that you play when you don’t really feel like playing. You won’t find FIFA or Call of Duty here, but you might find something you’ve not thought of trading in for you Friday movie nights.

Stick around as I break down The Top 5 Chill Out Games on PC.

1. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Set in the fictional rural English village of Yaughton, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture has a slightly grander and more fantastical idea of how life is in England. That’s to be expected in a game set during the apocalypse, but Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture manages to still capture the charm and sleepiness of rural England well.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is all about pacing yourself, and that’s one of the reasons it makes it onto our list. Like its rural village setting, there’s no hustle and bustle here. Take your time and enjoy your surroundings in this world of interactive fiction.

The greatest accomplishment of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is making you care about its characters, both the departed and the present, it’s far too seldom games do that and less so often in a game that’s not filled with crazy action set pieces. The personal stories here just give a hint of what life could be like in this small corner of the world.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is an enthralling and gripping tale that leaves gamers with enough interpretation in providing that satisfactory conclusion we all crave in our games.

Want to play it? Buy it here.

2. Life is Strange

Life is Strange is not a game that can be so easily described, so bare with me on this one.

This is a totally unique experience, it’s a wonderfully dark story of friendships and struggling with one’s personal woes. Life is Strange is broken into a perfectly crafted episode that follows the story of Max (Maxine) as she struggles with growing up and the marathon that is high school.Life is Strange is a puzzle adventure with a rewind mechanic and plenty of puzzle solving, but the game is at its strongest when it’s telling a story.

Disclaimer – I’m not, nor have I ever been a high school girl, but I feel like Life is Strange captures all the worries and the stress that goes with being one excellently. It’s a game about choices and seeing the consequences of those actions.

Sure, Life is Strange has its faults and technically it’s a bit rough around the edges, but this game offered much more than astonishing graphics and perfect mechanics.

Life is Strange is a beautiful, touching and sometimes messy work of art. If this is a game you haven’t picked up before then I’ll say one this – it’s okay, you’re allowed to cry.

Want to play it? Buy it here.

3. The Wolf Among Us

Some say that this game is better than its original source material; a graphic novel by Bill Willingham. I’m not here to argue that, but what I do know is that this fantastic and morally ambiguous detective tale is one you should be playing.

The Wolf Among Us is the second episodic game on our list and if I’m honest, it was hard to not include a few Telltale games, but I decided to think about the best one and be fair to other developers – go me.

There is an engaging tale told here, filled with both excellent characters and beautiful illustrations. The plot and its scenarios blend well to deliver an excellent choice driven game. My only gripe is that sometimes the choices felt lifeless and almost pointless.

The game is niche, make no mistake about it, but it offers an opportunity to any new game to pick up and try and graphic adventure for the first time. It’s a gateway to the genre and its one of the reasons it made it to our list.

Want to play it? Buy it here.

4. Gone Home

Gone Home goes a long way to prove that you can indeed tell a thrilling story by focussing on exploration and a cast of quirky and unnatural characters. It’s excellent writing and great environment made me feel like I wanted to explore every inch of the game.

The non-violent subject matter on offer proves that not only do some games not require an attack button, but they can be just as enjoyable without one. Gone Home masterfully tells an environment based story that almost guarantees each player will have a different experience.

There’s unexpected range of emotions on a show during the sad and eerie poignant story. Flashes of great anger and frustration weave their way into a winding tale which is both complemented and enhanced by the game’s soundtrack.

Gone Home is a much a journey looking into human life and what it means, as much as it is a video game meant for entertainment. It’s something that is most definitely worth your time.

Want to play it? Buy it here.

5. Broken Sword: Directors Cut

Broken Sword may not have the graphics and some of the visuals may seem a little wonky, but this is the closest to The Da Vinci Code as you’ll get.

It’s simple and it’s effective, that’s the best way to describe Broken Sword. This legendary adventure game uses some obsolete visuals, it has to be said, but it does what Broken Sword games do best. If you fancy yourself a detective with an eye for detail, then this one’s for you.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Broken Sword would be the longest, attention detailed essay there is. The plot might not be all there, but fans of history will find certain nods to The Knights Templar amongst others.

Simply put, Broken Sword is a visual treat, but it’s not just a collage of pretty moving pictures. Without question, this is an adventure of epic proportions and ranks as one of the most intriguing games I’ve ever played. After it finished, I almost felt like packing my bags and seeing the sights of Europe for myself.

Want to play it? Buy it here.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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