Games for leisure have become a trend; some meeting – 02/08/2022 – Illustrated

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There are things that only adult life can provide like the reassuring pleasure of seeing a clean and tidy home. It is this feeling that “PowerWash Simulator” tries to evoke.

Released on the 14th, the game is – as the name suggests – a heavy-duty cleaning simulator where the player has to leave unspoiled places and dirty things. Despite the mundane setting, the title was quite successful, mainly because it gave a sense of relaxation.

Birds chirping and the sun shining in the sky, the sound of water splashing and “painting” on a variety of surfaces that were previously covered with a thick layer of black soot. Everything in the game seems designed to evoke the most basic feelings of peace, satisfaction, and accomplishment.

But this is not an isolated story. In recent years, several games have been released that aim to give the player a Zen experience. The theme may vary, but almost all of them follow a standard recipe:

  • Simple controls and gameplay without complex mechanics that are difficult to understand and learn;

  • There is no timekeeping or scorecard for players to compare their performance;

  • There are few or no cinematic scenes to avoid breaking the game’s rhythm;

  • A bucolic theme, without major conflicts or heightened violence;

  • a soundtrack with soothing music and relaxing sound effects;

  • There is no “game over”. You will hardly find yourself in a situation where there is no salvation and you have to start all over again.

The most successful title in the line, and possibly responsible for the new trend, is Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Switch. The game is a social life simulator in which the player must visit a deserted island, gather materials to turn it into a real paradise on earth, and make friends with the anthropomorphic animals that live there.

The franchise has been around since 2001, with at least seven other games, but New Horizons has taken it to a whole new level. The game was released in March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, and it took advantage of the boom in video games since its inception.

In doing so, it has reached 38.6 million copies by March of this year, making it the second best-selling game on the console – behind only Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 45.5 million and 2015’s The Witcher 3. close to the game. has sold approximately 40 million copies on various platforms.

Another recently mentioned title was Unpacking, which was released in November 2021 by Australian developer Witch Beam. In the game, the player takes on the role of a girl who needs to pack her belongings immediately after a move, going through different periods of her life.

Despite the simple mechanics, it manages to tell this girl’s story in a subtle and very clever way. Through small objects, he shows the difficulties he had to overcome, the changes he went through and his relationships.

The game teaches us how to take with us the things that are truly important to life, while others play their part, fall by the wayside, and be forgotten. No wonder it won Best Narrative at this year’s Bafta Games Awards.

If you like the idea of ​​relaxing games, but you’re not a big fan of Marie Kondo and don’t care about cleaning and tidying up, you should still try Townscaper.

The game is a city builder, but unlike other titles in the genre, you don’t need to gather resources or manage the local economy to develop your village. Build a house with one click and gradually transform a small island into a village full of colorful houses, like a citadel on the coast of Italy.

An option for gardening enthusiasts is Cloud Gardens. In it, the player must plant seeds in an apocalyptic situation and grow plants around abandoned buildings. As the player progresses, you will get more options of plants and objects to place in the scenario and fulfill the objective of bringing back the green color.

Games like this show the diversity of themes and styles in the game world. For those who still see video games as synonymous with competition, violence, and shooting, here are some examples (among many) that prove the opposite.


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Stardew Valley

(Android, iOS, PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch)

Keeping with the bucolic theme of the newsletter, “Stardew Valley” is part of the so-called “farming game” genre. The title tells the story of a young woman who inherited a farm from her grandfather and needs to adapt to rural life in order to restore the farm by planting vegetables and raising livestock. Considered a spiritual successor to Japan’s Harvest Moon series, the game was almost entirely developed by American Eric “The Monkey” Baron, and yet it manages to surpass the franchise that inspired it in many aspects.


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news, launches, business and other important things

  • Development on the “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” remake has been suspended indefinitely, according to Bloomberg. According to the publication, the game has been published by Aspyr Media for three years and is expected to be released this year.
  • PlayStation 5 games will soon be organized into folders. The much-requested news from PlayStation Plus subscribers comes to the consoles via an operating system update that also includes support for 1440p displays.
  • The games that will be free on PlayStation Plus in August have also been announced. “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2” remake is available for all subscribers, as well as “Yakuza: Like a Dragon” and “Little Nightmares”. Seven more games in the “Yakuza” series are included in the catalog for subscribers, starting with additional levels.
  • PlayStation also announced the launch of a wireless controller that connects to an iPhone for remote play. Called the Backbone One, the device is now available in North America, Europe and Oceania – there are no estimates for the product’s arrival in Brazil.
  • Coffee Stain Studio has announced the release of a new game in the Goat Simulator series on November 17th. Known for its humorous tone, the game begins with a joke about the title. Although it is not officially called “Goat Simulator 2”, it is called “Goat Simulator 3”.

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August 3

“South of the Circle”: BRL 58.05 (Transfer), no price (PC, Xbox One/X/S, PS 4/5)

August 4

“Turbo Golf Racing”: Price not available (PC, Xbox One/X/S)

“Wild West 2”: Price not available (PC)


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