Garage Sale by developer Bug Burrow welcomes you to the curious little hamlet of Lettuce Village! You play as Juniper, a young girl who’s shy but eager to make friends. You’ll do that by exploring the town during the town’s communal garage sale, picking up some fun trinkets along the way.
This peaceful town is in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by beautiful forest lands. Therefore, the townspeople of Garage Sale are a bit… weird. Get to know your neighbors by completing quests for them, and they will reward you with bits of history about the town. Lettuce Village might be tiny, but it harbors a very interesting past. If you play your cards right, you might just uncover its secrets. While you’re hunting down town secrets, search every nook and cranny for treasures and coins. Then, use that money to purchase fun knick knacks from the different garage sale tables you come across!
What can you discover from your neighbor’s old trinkets?
Garage Sale is coming to Steam in Q1 of this year, so hopefully very soon!
Bug & Seek has you catching bugs for the museum like in ACNH, but has the same toned-down visual style this game has!
Set out on a vibrant interplanetary adventure as the very first robot reporter for the Times & Galaxy. You’re just a simple intern for the solar system’s most trusted holopaper. You might be able to keep your job if you do it well, though! Take this unpaid opportunity to get the scoop on exciting situations like shuttle crashes, intersolar cat shows, even space ghost funerals. Write great stories and impress your coworkers, and you just prove you’re worthy of the newsroom.
Your job in Times & Galaxy is to get the necessary interviews (there’s over 100 characters!), find clues, and investigate the scene. There’s always more to a story than what appears on the surface, too. So whip your conversational and investigative skills into shape to get all the answers. Then, piece together your story with the Build-a-Story tool. Your choices impact the quality and tone of your story, plus how your editor and readers interpret the article. The reputation of the paper is at stake, too. When you’re not busy with assignments, get to know a unique cast of humans and aliens that serve as your crewmates and coworkers. Or spend some time in the Garden where you can plant seeds to restore its beauty and take a relaxing break.
Do you have what it takes to become more than just an intern?
Times & Galaxy is listed on Steam and set to release some time this year! There is currently a demo available.
Welcome to Minami Lane! This lovely little life sim by indie developers Doot and Blibloop is a short, but wholesome play. It lets you build your very own street where you can decorate and manage shops. Build cozy homes to attract villagers to your street. Choose from a number of different colors for the roof and walls to create the perfect look. Your villagers need more than just a comfortable place to live, though!
Keep the villagers of Minami Lane happy by meeting several of their needs. Beautify the neighborhood with decorations, shops, and attractions. Parks add a beautiful pop of natural color and provide the perfect spot to relax. Ramen shops serve up delicious steaming bowls of food. Boba shops give villagers tasty treats to boost their mood. There are other shops your villagers may want, too. Plus, each shop has its own inventory and effects on the neighborhood. Play missions for a challenge or sandbox mode to focus on the creative side of building.
Minami Lane releases in just 5 short days on Steam! Grab the demo now to prepare for the release on February 28th.
If you prefer a free-form building game with no objectives, try Tiny Glade!
Dreaming Isles by solo developer YawningDad is an upcoming cozy life sim perfect for discerning players looking for more than just farming! You find yourself shipwrecked on an island with an abandoned farm. You possess no memories of your past, but you’re determined to not only survive, but thrive on this unfamiliar island.
Set out on an exciting adventure full of farming and sailing as you explore a variety of different islands in Dreaming Isles. Restore an old, abandoned boat to set sail in the open seas. Side with the pirates of the Global Trade and take down the other organization by using the cannonballs you grow and craft. Yes, grow! Your crops are unique and can be used as ammo in your conquests! Plus, you’ll learn spells that will help you in your adventures. Just don’t forget to get to know your fellow islanders. You might even fall in love!
Dreaming Isles will release on Steam some time this year. The developer plans to release it on the Switch and Xbox if there’s enough interest!
In Grimshire (from developers Acute Owl Studio, who also made Bone’s Cafe, your town has been enveloped in chaos. You barely made it out of there safely, but you did and have found the quaint village of Grimshire. It’s an isolated little mountain town full of friendly residents who are happy to welcome you to your new home. You are given an old farm and you get to spend your days tending to your farm, restoring the house, and more. Your idyllic peace is in danger, though. The plague is coming, and you need to work together with the community to survive it.
The muted color palette of Grimshire really gives the feel of doom and gloom to this cozy game with a twist. Even the villagers are different, giving this game a great sense of uniqueness. The villagers, including your character, are anthropomorphized creatures. And the critters you can tame from the wild are fantastical looking creatures that will provide you with milk, eggs, and meat. Work hard to keep your root cellar stocked. Salt, pickle, can, dry, and smoke different foods to preserve them. Explore the valley and go fishing in the lakes, mine ore, and decorate your homestead. Befriend the villagers, 10 of whom you can romance. Help them gather resources and build up the town, or donate items for research to increase the odds of survival against the plague.
Not everyone will survive the plague. Will you?
This adorable game isn’t set to release until all the way into 2025. You can currently add it to your Wishlist on Steam, though!
TheHidden Art of Innkeeping is a lovely pixel graphics innkeeping game by developer SeaPhoenix. Play as Elinor who is visiting a beautiful small town. After a particularly disastrous stay at the only beachside hotel in the area, you decide to convert an old farmhouse to an inn. Of course, renovating an old building isn’t cheap! So, you accept a loan from some mysterious tycoon that demands you pay up by the end of the month. Now you need to renovate the inn and make it turn a profit in order to earn enough money to pay back that loan.
Meet a cast of vibrant, fascinating guests as they come to your new inn. The Hidden Art of Innkeeping features biologists, adventurers, a pirate, and even a vampire. You might even see some familiar faces from the prequel game. Spend your days exploring and gathering items like paintings that will be displayed in the inn. Discovering these items will help you understand the past and who the former owner was. Complete different quests for the townspeople, and even recruit some new villagers. Then, spend time renovating your new inn and turn it from a dilapidated old farmhouse to a beautiful, luxurious inn. Configure the guest rooms, hire employees, stock your supplies, and create some tasty meals for your guests.
Will you be able to repay the loan in time?
The Hidden Art of Innkeeping is listed on Steam. You can add it to your Wishlist, but there is no specific release date. It’s projected for some time this year.
Alpine Lake is another upcoming cozy innkeeping game you should check out!
Bronzebeard’s Tavern by developer The Mermaid MenZ is a goofy restaurant management sim. Play solo or team up with up to 7 other players to run your tavern. Step into a number of different roles and serve customers. Manage customer seating and take their orders. Then, deliver their food and get paid!
Of course, serving food isn’t all that you need to do. Design your menu every day in Bronzebeard’s Tavern. There are a variety of diverse customers to encounter, and you’ll want to make sure you have what they like! Set up your menu based on the day’s forecast and food sales to achieve success. Plus, food doesn’t just magically appear once ordered. You and your teammates need to prepare the drinks and cook the food, too! Just be sure not to burn anything. Upgrade your tavern as you earn money. These changes will help you progress through tougher days. More customer seating, new kitchen gadgets, or a new expansion can all be helpful!
Bronzebeard’s Tavern is available now on Steam and is free to play!
Zipp’s Cafe by developer The Wild Gentlemen is a cozy noir interactive fiction game full of love, betrayal, and coffee. You run a cozy cafe in between a city of animals and a district of insects. Talk to your customers to learn their stories. Cook some unusual dishes, prepare coffee, and even get involved in some shady dealings. Ultimately, you’re just trying to start a new life while searching for love and some revenge.
Similar to Coffee Talk and Coffee Talk 2, Zipp’s Cafe features a small cast of quirky characters that regularly visit your cafe. Play in full color or noir mode as you get to know 5 different characters and get caught up in their lives, whether you like it or not. They’re all connected somehow, and you might just find out how by listening to their stories. Brew and serve coffees and teas. Prepare unique meals to serve your customers. Even do the dishes, because someone has to. You might even find love, and lose it. Choose if you’ll move on or seek revenge!