On May 26 at 1PM ET, Wholesome Games released the Wholesome Direct 2020 video showing 54 "cute and cozy" indie games that will release on various platforms within the next few years. If, like me, you've been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons and are looking for something similarly relaxing to play then you really ought to give these games a look.
Every game listed during the Wholesome Direct
Over 50 indie games were shown during the Wholesome Direct. Here's a brief description of each one, along with the release date, and the platforms they'll be releasing on.
Button City — Steam (2020)
You play as Fennel the fox who is trying to work with his friends to save the local arcade from being torn down. It's inspired by 90's kids' movies like The Little Rascals and The Mighty Ducks.
Errand Boy — Epic Games Store & Xbox One (Q2 2021)
You play as a little monster who runs errands for the creatures in his town. Bring joy to others as the world around you is falling apart.
Ooblets (early access) — Steam (Available Now)
This is both a life simulator and a creature collection game. Participate in dance battles, collect the little Oob creatures, customize your character, tend your plants, and explore this charming world.
Kind Words — Steam (TBD)
Write nice letters to real strangers and unlock goodies for doing so. This game is all about lifting up those around you with a kind word.
Snacko — Steam (TBD)
A farming adventure game where you play as a cat and discover a once-populated island. You get to fish, collect materials, and raise animals while playing as a 2D cat in a 3D world.
Chicory: A Colorful Tale — Steam (TBD)
This adventure RPG has you playing as a little dog with her paintbrush. Color has been taken from the world and players get to color in various locations like pages of a coloring book.
The Spirit and the Mouse — PC (2021)
This exploration game has you playing as a mouse named Lila, who does her best to help a friendly spirit bring happiness to the people in her village.
Spiritfarer — Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows (Late 2020)
Play as Stella, a ferrymaster, whose job it is to help the deceased find their way into the afterlife. Care for your spirit friends and explore this beautiful world.
Sayri: The Beginning — PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows (2020)
Sayri has crash landed on an alien world and must make new friends to survive. Team up with other creatures to solve puzzles and overcome challenges in this adorable game.
Mondo Museum — Steam (2020)
This curator simulator allows you to build your dream museum. Choose where various exhibits go and make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Bird Alone — iOS (2020)
Become good friends with a lonely bird as you create art, plant a garden, and talk about life.
Little Witch in the Woods — Nintendo Switch, PC (Winter 2020)
Play as Ellie, an apprentice witch, who is training for the next three years. You'll make potions, study magical creatures, and help the local townsfolk on your quest.
TOEM — Steam (Q1 2021)
Travel around to different locations and take pictures of special moments with your camera. This game employs a unique black and white art style.
Winding Worlds — Apple Arcade (Available Now)
This puzzle adventure is about a girl named Willow, who's out to help her friend. It's a heartwarming tale that takes you through the process of saying goodbye.
Tokotoko: Hako & Friends — Android and iOS (Available Now)
Tokotokos are creatures from another world who each have their own personality and different artistic preferences. Get to know each of them in this adorable game as you solve puzzles with real drawings.
When the Past was Around — PC (2020)
This is a point and click puzzle game that centers around moving, letting go, and learning to love.
A Space for the Unbound — PC (2020)
This story centers around overcoming depression and the developing relationship between a boy and a girl.
Book of Travels — PC (2020)
Book of Travels is a serene multiplayer RPG that takes place in a fairytale world. Explore the land without feeling the restraint of linear plots or quests.
Garden Story — PC (TBD)
Garden Story is a social simulator and adventure game where you play as a grape who does all they can to make friends and help the community.
Dépanneur Nocturne — Steam (Available Now)
In Dépanneur Nocturne, you're on a late night quest to get a gift for your girlfriend. Shop and explore at your own pace and discover secrets while doing so.
Calico — Steam (October 2020)
Run a cat cafe and fill it with adorable creature in this slice-of-life community simulator game. There's plenty of work to do to restore the cafe to its former glory.
Rainy Season — Steam (Summer 2020)
Explore the life of an ordinary family as they spend time inside during a rainy day. See what beautiful moments can be found in the average day.
Wayward Strand — Steam (2020)
This interactive story is set in a hospital. Play as a young woman who goes about meeting the residents and uncovering mysteries.
KeyWe — PC, Mac OS (2021)
Play as two kiwi birds who must work buttons and levers in order to operate a postal puzzle. This is a co-op puzzler for two players to enjoy.
Tracks of Thought — (2022)
Explore a bug-filled world and go on a personal journey that will help you better understand yourself.
Melon Journey 2 — Steam (2020)
This story-exploration game allows you to interact with a town filled with adorable animals. Not everything is as innocent as it seems.
Weaving Tides — Steam (2020)
Drive a carpet dragon through a weaved world in order to solve puzzles in this gorgeous game.
A Fold Apart — PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS (Available Now)
A Fold Apart is puzzle game that allows you to experience a long-distance relationship and the emotions tied to it.
SkateBIRD — Steam (2021)
Control adorable little birds as they skate around miniature skateparks crafted with household items like magazines, staplers, and TVs.
Unpacking — Steam (2021)
This zen puzzle game allows you to pull items out of boxes and place them in rooms. Will you be able to place everything without running out of room in this Tetris-like game?
Sylvan Meadows — Unknown (TBD)
Sylvan Meadows is a village simultor with RPG elements. Make friends with the locals, solve their problems, and explore this little world.
Haven — Steam (2020)
This RPG adventure follows two lovers who have escaped to a lost planet. Play solo or with two-player co-op.
Tracks - The Train Set Game — Xbox One, Microsoft Windows (2020)
The Wholesome Direct specifically showed us the Sci-Fi Pack DLC with images of spaceship parts and astronaut figures.
Frogsong — Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS (2022)
Explore this beautifully drawn world while playing as a small frog named Chorus. Fight monsters and explore an atmospheric land as you try to make the world a little bit better.
Later Daters — Nintendo Switch, PC, macOS (Available Now)
You've just come to Ye OLDE, a new retirement community. See if you can find someone to love and explore the fun of getting older.
Clouzy! — PC (2021)
Relax with this colorful farming game that allows you to fill the world with adorable clouds and happy feelings.
Creature Resort — Android (TBD)
This is a resort management game that allows you to meet several, adorable creatures. Decide where you place your various buildings and how the resort develops.
Pushy and Pully in Blockland — Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam (Available Now)
This is a co-op arcade that allows you to solve puzzles with a friend. Enjoy the vibrant 2D artstyle as you work together to recover your spaceship and escape Blockland.
Onsen Master — Steam (2020)
This is a hot spring management game that takes place on the island of Izajima. See how well you can revitalize the onsens and run your establishment.
Old Friends Dog Sanctuary — Mobile (2020)
There really isn't anything more wholesome than taking care of man's aging best friends. If you're a dog lover, this is definitely a game for you.
Critter Cove — PC (2021)
This open world RPG is a tropical seafaring adventure. You've been hired by the citizens of Critter Cove to help put their town on the map. Look for resources in ruins, upgrade your ship, and go fishing as you work to make Critter Cove into a prosperous port town.
Roots of Pacha — Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS (2021)
You play as a primal human who can befriend animals, plant crops, and discover new technologies. You can even fall in love.
A Monster's Expedition — Microsoft Windows, macOS, Macintosh operating systems (2020)
This artistic puzzle game has you playing as a little monster who must figure out how to get from point A to point B.
The Other Side — Mobile (2020)
The art style for this puzzle game was inspired by children's books. Follow a group of ghosts as they attempt to discover who they were and why they're still here.
BattleCakes: A Snack-Sized RPG — PC (2021)
This cute game takes place in the land of Pasteleria where you play as a cupcake. There are plenty of things to explore and discover in this dessert-filled world.
Alchemic Cutie — Steam (2020)
Tame wild jellies, meet friendly NPCs, and enter competitions, all while learning the mysteries of the island in this chill RPG.
Pekoe — Unknown (TBD)
This is a tea-making sim that is only made more wholesome by the fact that you are serving a countryside town of cats.
Ollie Oop— Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS (TBD)
Take on the role of an adorable little doggie on his quest to find his friend. What makes this game even sweeter is his main form of transportation: a skateboard.
To The Rescue! — Steam (TBD)
This adorable shelter simulator allows you to take care of the various animals within the shelter and help them find there forever homes. What can be more wholesome than that?
Rolling Hills: Make Sushi, Make Friends — Steam (TBD)
Open your own sushi restaurant in this life sim. See how well you can improve the lives of your villagers as you make your dreams a reality.
Himig — Unknown (2020)
Find joy in the little things as Himig helps you explore everyday moments.
Orange Island — Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Entertainment System, macOS (2020)
This 8-bit action-adventure game gives a retro feel, and is great for anyone who loves classic games.
Misc. — Unknown (2020)
Take on the role of Buddy and BagBoy, two robot-like creatures who are made of miscellaneous items. Explore your little world, and meet plenty of other little creatures.
Hoa — Unknown (Late 2020)
This gorgeous game employs a Studio Ghibli-like aesthetic. It's a platform adventure that tells the story of a little girl named Hoa, who has lost her family. Help her on her journey back home, and discover a beautifully hand-painted world along the way.
There are so many adorable, chill, and exciting indie games coming to various gaming platforms in the next two years. Hopefully some of the games listed in the Wholesome Direct have caught your attention and will provide you with hours of relaxing play time.