Source: Sunny Side Up
On May 26 at 1PM ET, Wholesome Games released the Wholesome Direct 2020 video showing 54 “cute and cozy” indie games that will release on various platforms within the next few years. If, like me, you’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons and are looking for something similarly relaxing to play then you really ought to give these games a look.
Every game listed during the Wholesome Direct
Over 50 indie games were shown during the Wholesome Direct. Here’s a brief description of each one, along with the release date, and the platforms they’ll be releasing on.
Button City — Steam (2020)
Source: Sub Liminal
You play as Fennel the fox who is trying to work with his friends to save the local arcade from being torn down. It’s inspired by 90s kids movies like The Little Rascals and The Mighty Ducks.
Errand Boy — Epic Games Store & Xbox One (Q2 2021)
Source: Tree Interactive
You play as a little monster who delivers errands for the creatures in his town. Bring joy to others as the world around you is falling apart.
Ooblets (early access) — Steam (Available Now)
This is both a life simulator and a creature collection game. Participate in dance battles, collect the little Oob creatures, customize your character, tend your plants, and explore this charming world.
Kind Words — Steam (TBD)
Write nice letters to real strangers and unlock goodies for doing so. This game is all about lifting up those around you with a kind word.
Snacko — Steam (TBD)
Source: Bluecurse studios
A farming adventure game where you play as a cat and discover a once-populated island. You get to fish, collect materials, and raise animals while playing as a 2D cat in a 3D world.
Chicory: A Colorful Tale — Steam (TBD)
This adventure RPG has you playing as a little dog with her paintbrush. Color has been taken from the world and players get to color in various locations like pages of a coloring book.
The Spirit and the Mouse — PC (2021)
Source: Alblune Games
This exploration game has you playing as Lila the mouse who does her best to help a friendly spirit bring happiness to the people in her village.
Spiritfarer — Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows (Late 2020)
Source: Thunder LotusGames
Play as Stella, a ferrymaster, who’s job it is to help the deceased find their way into the afterlife. Care for your spirit friends and explore this beautiful world.
Sayri: The Beginning — PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows (2020)
Sayri has crash landed on an alien world and must make new friends to survive. Team up with other creatures to solve puzzles and overcome challenges in this adorable game.
Mondo Museum — Steam (2020)
Source: Kitfox Games
This curator simulator allows you to build your dream museum. Choose where various exhibits go and make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Bird Alone — iOS (2020)
Source: George Batchelor
Become good friends with a lonely bird as you create art, plant a garden, and talk about life.
Little Witch in the Woods — Nintendo Switch, PC (Winter 2020)
Source: Sunny Side Up
Play as Ellie, an apprentice witch, who is in training for the next three years. You’ll make potions, study magical creatures, and helps the local townsfolk on your quest.
TOEM — Steam (Q1 2021)
Source: Something We Made
Travel around to different locations and take pictures of special moments with your camera. This game employs a unique black and white art style.
Winding Worlds — Apple Arcade (Available Now)
This puzzle adventure is about a girl named Willow who’s out to help her friend. It’s a heartwarming tale that takes you through the process of saying goodbye.
Tokotoko: Hako & Friends — Android and iOS (Available Now)
Tokotokos are creatures from another world who each have their own personalities and different artistic preferences. Get to know each of them in this adorable game as you solve puzzles with real drawings.
When the Past was Around — PC (2020)
This is a point-and-click puzzle game that centers around moving, letting go, and learning to love.
A Space for the Unbound — PC (2020)
This story centers around overcoming depression and the developing relationship between a boy and a girl.
Book of Travels — PC (2020)
Source: Might and Delight
Book ot Travels is a serene multiplayer RPG that takes place in a fairytale world. Explore the land without feeling the restraint of linear plots or quests.
Garden Story — PC (TBD)
Source: Rose City Games
Garden Story is a social simulator and adventure game where you play as a grape who does all they can to make friends and help the community.
Dépanneur Nocturne — Steam (Available Now)
In Dépanneur Nocturne you’re on a late night quest to get a gift for your girlfriend. Shop and explore at your own pace and discover secrets while doing so.
Calico — Steam (October 2020)
Source: White Thorn Games
Run a cat cafe and fill it with adorable creature in this slice-of-life community simulator game. There’s plenty of work to do to restore the cafe to it’s former glory.
Rainy Season — Steam (Summer 2020)
Source: Inasa Fujio
Explore the life of an ordinary family as they spend time inside during a rainy day. See what beautiful moments can be found in the every day.
Wayward Strand — Steam (2020)
Source: Ghost Pattern
An interactive story set in a hospital. Play as a young woman who goes about meeting the residents and uncovering mysteries.
KeyWe — PC, Mac OS (2021)
Source: Stonewheat & Sons
Play as two kiwi birds who must operate buttons and levers in order to operate a postal puzzle. This is a co-op puzzler for two players to enjoy.
Tracks of Thought — (2022)
Source: Tidbits Play
Explore a bug-filled world and go on a personal journey that will help you better understand yourself.
Melon Journey 2 — Steam (2020)
Source: Froach Club
This story-exploration game allows you to interact with a town filled with adorable animals. Not everything is as innocent as it seems.
Weaving Tides — Steam (2020)
Source: Follow the Feathers
Drive a carpet dragon through a weaved world in order to solve puzzles in this gorgeous game.
A Fold Apart — PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS (Available Now)
Source: Lightning Rod Games
A Fold Apart is puzzle game that allows you to experience a long-distance relationship and the emotions tied to it.
SkateBIRD — Steam (2021)
Source: Glass Bottom Games
Control adorable little birds as they skate around miniature skateparks crafted with household items like magazines, staplers, and TVs.
Unpacking — Steam (2021)
Source: Witch Beam
This zen puzzle game allows you to pull items out of boxes and place them in rooms. Will you be able to place everything without running out of room in this Tetris-like game?
Sylvan Meadows — Unknown (TBD)
Sylvan Meadows is a village simultor with RPG elements. Make friends with the locals, solve their problems, and explore this little world.
Haven — Steam (2020)
Source: The Game Bakers
This RPG adventure follows two lovers who have escaped to a lost planet. Play solo or with two-player co-op.
Tracks – The Train Set Game — Xbox One, Microsoft Windows (2020)
Source: Whoop Group
The Wholesome Direct specifically showed us the Sci-Fi Pack DLC with images of spaceship parts and astronaut figures.
Frogsong — Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS (2022)
Source: Brandon Braun
Explore this beautifully drawn world while playing as a small frog named Chorus. Fight monsters and explore an atmospheric land as you try to make the world a little bit better.
Later Daters — Nintendo Switch, PC, macOS (Available Now)
Source: Bloom Digital
You’ve just come to Ye OLDE, a new retirement community. See if you can find someone to love and explore the fun of getting older.
Clouzy! — PC (2021)
Source: Tiny Moon
Relax with this adorable farming game that allows you to fill the world with adorable clouds and happy feelings.
Creature Resort — Android (TBD)
This is a resort management game that allows you to meet several adorable creatures. Decide where you’re place your various buildings and how the resort develops.
Pushy and Pully in Blockland — Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam (Available Now)
Source: Resistance Studio
This is a co-op arcade that allows you to solve puzzles with a friend. Enjoy the vibrant 2D artstyle as you work together to recover your spaceship and escape Blockland.
Onsen Master — Steam (2020)
Source: Whitethorn Digital
This is a hot spring management game that takes place on the island of Izajima. See how well you revitalize the onsens and run your establishment.
Old Friends Dog Sanctuary — Mobile (2020)
There really isn’t anything more wholesome than taking care of man’s aging best friends. If you’re a dog lover, this is definitely a game for you.
Critter Cove — PC (2021)
Source: Gentleman Rat Studio LLC
This open world RPG centers around a tropical seafaring adventure. You’ve been hired by the citizens of Critter Cove to help put their town on the map. Look for resources in ruins, upgrade your ship, and go fishing as you work to make Critter Cove into a prosperous port town.
Roots of Pacha — Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS (2021)
You play as a primal human who can befriend animals, plant crops, and discover new technologies. You can even fall in love.
A Monster’s Expedition — Microsoft Windows, macOS, Macintosh operating systems (2020)
Source: Draknek and friends
This artistic puzzle game has you playing as a little monster who must figure out how to get from point A to point B.
The Other Side — Mobile (2020)
Source: Florian Veltman
The art style for this puzzle game was inspired by children’s books. Follow a group of ghosts as they attempt to discover who they were and why they’re still here.
BattleCakes: A Snack-Sized RPG — PC (2021)
Source: Volcano Bean
This cute game takes place in the land of Pasteleria where you play as a cupcake. There are plenty of things to explore and discover in this dessert-filled world.
Alchemic Cutie — Steam (2020)
Source: Vakio, Viridian Software
Tame wild jellies, meet friendly NPCs, and enter competitions all while learning the mysteries of the island in this chill RPG.
Pekoe — Unknown (TBD)
Source: Kitten Cup Studio
This is a tea-making sim that is only made more wholesome by the fact that you are serving a countryside town of cats.
Ollie Oop— Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS (TBD)
Source: Almost Playable Games
Take on the role of an adorable little doggie on his quest to find his friend. What makes this game so adorable is that his main form of transportation is via skateboard.
To The Rescue! — Steam (TBD)
Source: Little Rock Games
This adorable dog shelter simulator allows you to take care of the various animals within the shelter and help them find there forever homes. What can be more wholesome than that?
Rolling Hills: Make Sushi, Make Friends — Steam (TBD)
Source: Catch & Release, LLC
Open your own sushi restaurant in this life sim. See how well you can improve the lives of your villagers as you make your dreams a reality.
Himig — Unknown (2020)
Source: Onion Blaze
Find joy in the little things as Himig helps you explore everyday moments.
Orange Island — Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Entertainment System, macOS (2020)
Source: Ted Sterchi
This 8-bit action-adventure game has a retro feel and is great for anyone who loves classic games.
Misc. — Unknown (2020)
Source: Fluminus Studio
Take on the role of Buddy and BagBoy, two robot-like creatures who are made of miscellaneous items. Explore your little world and meet plenty of other little creatures.
Hoa — Unknown (Late 2020)
Source: Baf-V Pte. Ltd
This gorgeous game employs a Studio Ghibli-like asthetic. It’s a platform adventure that tells the story of a little girl named Hoa who has lost her family. Help her on her journey back home and discover a beautifully hand-painted world along the way.
There are so many adorable, chill, and exciting indie games coming to various gaming platforms in the next two years. Hopefully some of the games listed in the Wholesome Direct have caught your attention and will provide you with hours of relaxing play time.
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