It’s that time of year where the weather gets a little frightful, and while many people are cozying up with comfy pajamas, and hiding from the weather under warm blankets, it’s the perfect time to play some fun games. Some of you may even be looking for some games to celebrate the winter festivities with. Luckily, there are a few that feed that cozy holiday need. Cozy Grove, Hokko Life, Ooblets, and Disney Dreamlight Valley are all perfect to get into that holiday spirit with.
In Cozy Grove, you play as a Spirit Scout, and are camping on an ever-changing haunted island. Wander around the forest, discover secrets, and help the local ghosts. Meet and befriend dozens of characters and ghosts. Explore each character’s story. Collect spirit animals, craft decor, go fishing, and so much more.
And Cozy Grove has a Winter Festival! The festival runs from December 20th to January 23 every year. While it’s active, you can get winter festival themed decorations, clothes, and other items. You can meet snowfolk, craft and give gifts to the bears, and challenge the imps to snowball fights. You can even lure special winter cats into your cat beckoner!
So, dress in your favorite Winter Festival attire, gather some gifts, and go have a snowball fight to celebrate the holiday season!
Hokko Life is an Animal Crossing-inspired life-sim. Spend time building the town and filling it with your favorite villagers, catch bugs, go fishing, and befriend the villagers. What sets this one apart from Animal Crossing, though, is the creative freedom you have! You get to build buildings with the help of the resident builder, and place them wherever you wish. You can also customize the interiors and exteriors of each home by placing furniture you’ve crafted and painted. Use the design table to change the shape and materials of your crafts, and paint them to suit your tastes and vision. Even the clothes can be painted
Paired with the seasonal snow, Hokko Life is a great game to play to get into the holiday spirit, or even just the cozy winter mood. Your town can be redesigned for free, so you can make it the winter wonderland of your dreams! And don’t forget about the seasonal store.
Ooblets is another charming, but weird little game that involves farming, collecting creatures, and dancing. Spend your days growing otherworldly plants on your currently ramshackle farm. Collect pieces of furniture and other design items to use in decorating, and turn your farm into a beautiful homesteading paradise. You’ll also collect and raise odd little creatures called ooblets. Grow your team of alien critters, and compete in dance-offs with them.
Much like the other games, Ooblets has a seasonal Wintertime Event that starts every December 1st, and ends December 31st. Players can travel to Badgetown, where they’ll find the Wintertime Event display. Find and collect the festive bobbles found on the ground around Badgetown, then exchange them at the Wintertime Event gotsapon machines to get an array of wintertime clothing goodies.
Last, but certainly not least, is Disney Dreamlight Valley. Another cozy village life-sim game, Dreamlight Valley offers that classic Disney charm by giving players the opportunity to interact with their favorite characters. Players can spend their time gardening, cooking, fishing, home design, and much more. Complete quests and unlock the doors to the Dream Castle to help the characters return to their homes
Disney Dreamlight Valley is running a seasonal event from December 18th to the 31st called Gift of Giving Event. During this event, players can visit the castle to find a beautiful Christmas tree where they’ll be able to unwrap presents starting December 25th. Each gift will have a fun holiday-themed item. There are also festive quests and festive fishing for players to complete. Plus, players are getting creative in the Frosted Heights area, where they’re taking some beautiful holiday-themed photos.
The first Cozy Grove is a game about camping on a haunted island with a real-time day/night cycle mechanic like Animal Crossing. As a Spirit Scout, you’ll wander the island’s forest each day, finding new hidden secrets and helping the local ghosts. Activities include: collecting spirit animals, crafting decorations, going fishing. The developers, Spry Fox, have just announced that they are currently working on Cozy Grove 2.
With the sequel underway, that means there won’t be any more major updates for Cozy Grove. Although, you can read the rather extensive post-launch updates here, if you’re interested. So far, all we know is that the sequel will have “a bunch more new ghost bears, in new environments. And Flamey. And Scoutmaster Blake.”
The new update for Cozy Grove brings lots of quality of life changes that really smooth things out.
For all you Cozy Grove players out there, there is a new update to the game that fixes a lot of little this-n-that’s that players have mentioned need changed. Mostly just bug fixes, but there have also been a few adjustments made to how your player, and NPC’s, interact with the world around them.
For those that have not yet had a chance to try this one out, Cozy Grove has been described as Don’t Starve meets Animal Crossing. It is a life sim game that focuses on helping others, and restoring light and color to the world.
The wonderful hand drawn graphics give the game a real homey feel. And the relaxing pace really helps it carve out its home in the genre. The spooky theme is really what sets it apart from games like Animal Crossing, but you still never really lose that warm/fuzzy feeling.
Tons of new content and features have been added to Cozy Grove in the games first big (free) update!
Since launch, life sim fans around the world have been clamoring about Cozy Grove. Being referred to as a spooky Animal Crossing, this adorable indie instantly captured the hearts of many o’ gamer with its lovable characters and endlessly charming art style. Now, the developers recently announced that their game is getting much bigger, very soon.
In the games first big update since launch, we will be getting some wonderful new content, as well as some pretty sweet features that will feel right at home in this cute sim. The update will bring bug catching, adding a new level of interaction with the environment, and the chance to earn some extra bucks in the process. We will also get the chance to meet some new charming and NPC’s and help them with whatever endeavor helps them find happiness.
Cozy Grove will also be getting a bunch more decorations and clothing items, to help you create the feel that matches the true you. One of the new decor items is a photo standee, to help make those adorable photo shoots just that much more special. Treasure maps are also being introduced, because who doesn’t love a ton of loot that you hardly have to work for!?Possibly the most adorable new feature to the game will be the “hug a bear” option, because bears needs hugs too (maybe most).
Cozy Grove officially launched today on the Nintendo Switch with an all new cure trailer.
If you have ever played Don’t Starve you will most likely be very familiar with the concept of Cozy Grove. For the ones who haven’t – much like in Don’t Starve – a survival game as the title already gives away, In Cozy Grove you will find yourself on a haunted island and you will be tasked to bring color back to it.
The haunted island may appear empty and overtaken by florals but as you continue to explore and gather resources you will quickly begin to build up a new camp on the deserted and remote place and breath some life back into it.
The game features a huge hand-drawn world that becomes more colorful as you help the haunted spirits around. As you embark on your adventure you will meet dozens of different and interesting characters and spirits.
Well, the game officially released on multiple platforms today, including my favorite, the Nintendo Switch. The game currently costs just $13.49 through the Nintendo eShop.