Welcome to Sugar Shack, located at the center of a world that’s stuck in an eternal spring. There, you’ve become the owner of a cute little restaurant where you’ll sell some sweet treats to the townspeople. Tap trees to collect maple syrup, harvest berries, and even grow some crops to use as ingredients in your goods.
As you play, you’ll receive hex tiles to place in order to expand the town. Place each tile how you want to create a fully customized town layout. Each tile interacts with the ones around it with positive or negative effects, so place them wisely. Play Sugar Shack solo or with up to 4 players to collaborate and split the chores. Each player even gets their own room they can decorate to their personal tastes.
You can find Sugar Shack on Steam, though it has no release date yet.
Give Puff Pals a look, too, for a cute village sim experience.
I know many people don’t think fighting in games makes for a cozy experience, and I generally agree. However, Cuisineer is an exception! I got a chance to play the demo during Steam’s Next Fest, and I didn’t know I needed a roguelike restaurant management game in my life until then.
In Cuisineer, you play as Pom, a young adventurer turned restaurateur. You’ve just returned to your hometown of Paell to manage your parents’ restaurant only to find it closed and in deep debt. To pay off the debt, you need to re-open and make money. And to do that, you have to go delve into dungeons to collect ingredients.
Explore dungeons in a variety of different biomes. Fight giant chickens, artillery shrimp, fire-breathing peppers, and other creatures. Then collect the ingredients, take them home, and cook up over 100 different recipes to revive the restaurant. Even buy upgrades to expand the restaurant, as well as new furniture and decor to liven up the place, too!
You can find Cuisineer on Steam, though it has no release date listed.
I recently wrote about Go-Go Townhere, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release since discovering it. It’s absolutely adorable with its sweet-looking character designs and delightful building designs. Couple that with the town revitalization and management, it looks to be the perfect cozy game.
And it is!
I’ve had a chance to playtest Go-Go Town, much to my delight. Not all features are available in this playtest. It’s more like a limited demo, but what is in the playtest has me hooked already. You’re dropped into this run-down town as the new mayor, and taught a few things on how to play, then it’s up to you to restore this beautiful little place.
You run around, or hop on a bike, or even drive a little pickup truck, collecting materials needed to build new buildings. Eventually you can unlock tools to make rebuilding in Go-Go Town even easier. Chainsaws for cutting wood, drills for collecting stones, and crab pots for passive fishing will help free up your time so you can build new homes, fun shops and restaurants, and attract even more residents faster. And as you get residents to move in, you can assign them to different jobs to make production even easier. Go-Go Town even has a farm plot where you’ll grow crops, care for animals, and use all the items you harvest there to stock your shops with fresh, homegrown ingredients.
I have loved the cuteness of the game, as well as the coziness of it. It’s been fun rebuilding a whole town how I want it. I can’t wait to see what more comes to this game, too!
You can find Go-Go Town on Steam, where you can Wishlist it to keep an eye out. Unfortunately, there is no release date at this time.
Farm Keeper is an adorable tile-based farming game with nostalgic pixel graphics. It’s your job to survive when rent comes due. You need to strategically build your farm to maximize profits. Learn how each tile type interacts with each other, then carefully plan your farm’s layout. Each new tile offers the chance to not only change your strategy, but to expand your farm. Just be careful as tile choices are random. You can complete challenges and unlock secret tiles as you play.
Plant and cultivate crops, care for livestock, and profit!
You can find Farm Keeper on Steam! Also checkout APICO, a sweet little beekeeping management sim.
Lushfoil Photography Sim is a realistic photography game featuring true-to-life recreations of diverse locations around the world. You get to trek across the world and explore a variety of environments. Use your in-game camera to capture pictures of stunning vistas and lush landscapes. Complete objectives in each environment, as well as discover secrets.
Equipped with a professional DSLR camera, you’ll take the time to line up shots with the perfect angles and perspectives. Use a wide variety of settings such as auto/manual focus, flash, exposure, contrast, and more. While you explore Lushfoil Photography Sim, you’ll unlock other cameras and tools that will be useful for your adventure. Don’t be afraid to adventure off the beaten path, also. You never know what you’ll find!
Lushfoil Photography Sim is on Steam, but has no release date. However, you can add it to your Wishlist to keep an eye on it!
Alekon is another photography game, but with a magical whimsy to it. The Star Named EOS is also a photography game featuring an engaging first-person narrative.
Remember way back in the ‘90s when technology was wildly evolving and we got fun things like GigaPets and Tamagotchis? I guess they’ve made a comeback lately. However, instead of having yet another item to clutter up your counters with, check out Catgotchi: Virtual Pet, instead!
In Catgotchi, you raise your very own pixel-cat. Take care of all of its needs, and be rewarded with a happy, healthy little kitty friend! You can even raise multiple cats. With a relaxing gameplay loop and brief gameplay sessions, Catgotchi is perfect for those looking to fill a little bit of time.
A Little to the Left is a charming little. At its heart, it’s about tidying up common household items, but features puzzles hidden among those items. Solve over 75 unique logical puzzles, each with multiple possible solutions and intuitive designs. It’s the perfect game for those of us who gain satisfaction from a well organized space. Organize the infamously messy junk drawer, remove the abundance of stickers on the fruit, tidy up the canned food in the pantry, and so much more!
Horticular is a relaxing garden-builder with a little magical twist. You’ve been summoned by mysterious gnomes to restore an abandoned garden. Immerse yourself in a magical world with a day-night cycle, weather patterns, and adorable animals. Meanwhile, build your dream garden with hundreds of unlockable items. Create lush flower gardens and flourishing crop plots. Attract creatures by fulfilling their requirements and taking care of them. You’ll need to fight off decay and corruption by using the magic within your garden. You’ll also get to rename inhabitants to personalize your gardening experience. And if you want to prove your abilities, enter the in-world competition, plus much more!