With 2020 already being hectic as it is sometimes we just need to pump the brakes a little. Not every game has to be about killing zombies or fighting that final boss. The games on this list feature little to no combat and encourage the player to take a different approach to their problems. These games range from relaxing to heart pounding which shows off the deep variety of emotions games can offer someone. You can find all of these games on the Steam Store with some being available on Xbox or PS4.

Cat Goes Fishing

Nothing like a day of fishing to clear the mind! Cat Goes Fishing is a great relaxing time that at some points can get a little exciting. You play as a cat who simply likes to fish, and with a really soothing soundtrack, you definitely feel it. The game also has a very rewarding progression system, never really punishing the player. The fish you catch and sell help you buy more upgrades, which in turn help you catch more rare fish. You can even get a little boat to go farther out into the lake! 

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What would you do if you were stranded on an abandoned space station with your only friend being an AI computer? That is the type of question that makes this game so intriguing from the start. Your only mission when arriving at the abandoned ship is just to get back to Earth but it isn’t as simple as it seems. You meet Kaizen, the ship’s AI, who you can interactively type to in real time to have it either answer questions or do tasks. Since this game is meant to not be spoiled this is all I can talk about. Just know that talking with Kaizen and doing puzzles, feels like something you have never experienced from a game before.

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Astroneer

In this sci-fi survival game the only enemy you have are the elements of the alien planets and the lack of oxygen in their atmospheres. Finding resources to create rockets and create a production line is your main goal in Astroneer. With the only way to get oxygen being from tubes coming out of your main base, venturing out can be a little scary. With the elements being especially brutal on alien worlds, high winds can blow boulders in your path and even damage some of your equipment. Later in the game your base will be massive with machines working on making different parts so there are plenty of things to be working towards!

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Beat Saber

This is a must buy game for anyone with a VR headset. For those who don’t know, Beat Saber is a highly intense rhythm base game. With a community that makes mods, which can allow ANY song to be played in the game, you can have a blast for hours on end. There is a steep learning curve but once you get used to freeing up your body and groove to the music, you can enter a flow like state in almost any song. There are different difficulty ranges for all types of skill levels but with the hard modes of most songs being a spectacle to watch. If you were debating to get a VR headset I would completely encourage buying one just for Beat Saber alone.

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Cities: Skylines

If you always wanted something more from Sim City then look no further than this game. The amount of freedom and choice this game gives players with how they want to build their cities is truly amazing. With support from the Steam Workshop, you can have as many mods as you want in the game to make it just to your liking. One detail I find really cool about Skylines is that every citizen in your city has a name, job, and home that can be found in the city itself. People have gone so far as to recreate real world cities one to one in this game and the results are astonishing.

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Monochrome RPG

In this world, entertainment means everything, failure to entertain means failure at life. In Monochrome RPG you do away with fighting enemies to gain XP. Instead you entertain your enemies and bring them into your Troupe to do the whole cycle again. Think of it as a pacifist version of Pokemon where the different Actors you get, the different abilities you have at your disposal. Non-violence was always at the core of Monochrome especially with the story, since the main protagonist, Otto, is a little bit of a shy character who dreams big of making it in Vaudeville.

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Florence

Although the game play boils down to just clicking and dragging, the story feels personal and has you invested by the end. It puts you in the shoes of Florence herself and allows you to experience her life as she ages and matures. Due to this being a narrative game I cannot talk about the story beats. The game play is affected by the story, so when there are beats of drama, the gameplay will reflect that. Florence’s story is very much one that almost everyone can relate to.

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Gorogoa

This is an absolutely visually stunning puzzle game. The basic mechanic is figuring out how to create one whole picture from 4 separate quadrants of a square. The puzzles are challenging enough that you won’t blitz through the whole game in 30 minutes. The game also tells a simple but effective story that will give meaning to completing the puzzles. The soundtrack is soothing and is almost like food for your brain, helping you think about how you should go about solving the puzzle. Overall this is an almost perfect puzzle game to play and pass the time.

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Grow Home

One of the smaller games to come out of Ubisoft’s studios but definitely not one to be overlooked. Play as B.U.D, a robot who has fallen from his spaceship and needs to get back up! The only way to get back up is to climb onto buds of flowers that grow out of the ground and are controllable for a short time. This game is truly a treat to play with its low poly art style which really helps things feel fun. This is a type of game that you could finish in one night and just listen to its fun soundtrack.

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I Am Bread

If you loved OctoDad then you will love this game as well. Play as a piece of bread trying to become a nice evenly cooked piece of toast. The controls are intentionally hard to use which makes traversing the multiple environments challenging and fun at the same time. You do not need a toaster to become toasted, you could use any household item that generates heat! With the coop section of the game you can have a great time with a friend trying to control one piece of bread!

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