Game collection highlights: cozy games for winter

Cuddle up this winter with some of the coziest game titles in our collection. You may borrow one title per card, for one week. Games are located on the upper level of the Library near the movies. Click on a title to reserve your copy!

Teens – did you know you can play games on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch at the Library? Look for the gaming sign by the upstairs Learning Lab – when there is no program in the space, you are free to game!

“Stardew Valley
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone (fantasy violence, mild blood, mild language, simulated gambling, use of alcohol and tobacco)
  • Single-player with multiplayer options, pixel graphics, life simulation, farming simulation, role playing, sandbox

“Stardew Valley” is a farming simulation with a great sense of community and romantic elements. You have inherited your grandfather’s old, unused farm; in the process of fixing it up, you help your community and make many new friends. Time progresses quickly in “Stardew Valley,” with one day taking about 12.9 minutes. Before you know it you will have transformed your weed-filled plot of land into a money-making farm you can be proud of.

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons”Animal Crossing (NIntendo Swith): new horizons
  • ESRB rating: Everyone (comic mischief)
  • Single-player with multiplayer options, life simulation, real time

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is a very cute life simulation where you start off life on an island. It runs in real time and is not a game meant to be played for hours, but rather demands a bit of your time every day. The Animal Crossing franchise is one that shows it’s appreciation for slowing down and enjoying the little things, like talking to your neighbors and helping around your community. New Horizons differs from its predecessors by putting more focus on customization and creativity. This gives this title more of a sandbox feel.

“Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles”
  • ESRB rating Everyone (crude humor)
  • Single player with multiplayer options, open world, adventure, crafting, sandbox

Exploration is the number one priority behind “Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles.” This game promises a relaxing experience. There is no leveling or tough combats found here. Instead, you explore a beautifully designed land and partake in crafting, building, and helping NPCs complete quests.

“Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu!” & Pokémon: let’s go Eevee!”
  • ESRB rating: Everyone (mild cartoon violence)
  • Single-player with online multiplayer interactivity, creature collector, role playing, competitive play options, remake

“Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu!” & “Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee!” are paired games with only a bit of version differences between them. These remakes of the 1998 “Pokémon Yellow” version have updated graphics and catching mechanics inspired by “Pokémon Go.” Having Pikachu or Eevee follow you around is extremely charming and seeing Pokémon wander the overworld is a welcome change from random grass encounters. “Pokémon Let’s Go” provides a casual and accessible experience when compared to others of the mainline games. This makes playing one of these games a perfect choice if you want to experience a more casual exploration the first generation of Pokémon.

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildThe Legend of Zelda.: Breath of the wild (NintendoSwitch)
  • ESRB rating: everyone 10+ (fantasy violence, mild suggestive themes, use of alcohol)
  • Single player, open world, action-adventure

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is the sort of game that you can play at your own pace. Whether it is hunting for Korok seeds or cooking dishes, there are plenty of opportunities to slow down and appreciate the colorful environments and little secrets. Though not as casual as the previous items on this list, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” offers such a comforting experience it is a great choice for almost any type of gamer.

– Contributed by Mêlinh

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