13 Cosy Annapurna Interactive Games to Chill With.

Currently one of the most revered indie game publishers, Annapurna Interactive games are some of the most impressive out there. Focusing mostly on exploration and narration, they’ve absolutely nailed the cosy gaming genre that has blown up over recent years – a genre that doesn’t look like it will be waning in popularity anytime soon.

So, who are they, and why are they such insightful geniuses? Annapurna Interactive is a California-based indie games publisher that was founded in 2016 as a division of Annapurna Pictures, the producers of movie titles including Booksmart and American Hustle. Their intuition for a good video game is mind-blowing, earning them the oft-tweeted “Another Annapurna Banger” upon release of a new title.

Although pretty much all of their games are on the money in terms of entertainment value, we’re here for the cosy gaming. So, here are our favourite Annapurna Interactive games for those days when you just want to snuggle down and get lost in a good, interactive story.

13 Chilled Out Annapurna Interactive Games

1. Kentucky Route Zero (2020)

This BAFTA award-winning adventure tells the story of a secret highway running beneath the mountains of Kentucky. It has a choose-your-own adventure style where, rather than solve puzzles, you are charged with deciding how the main character interacts with the atmospheric environment and the people he encounters along the way.

PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Switch.

2. What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)

Prepare to have your mind blown as you unravel this fascinating and emotional story set in a vast, mysterious and beautiful house packed full of secrets. This game is a powerful display of the versatility of video games and their ability to reward you with an unforgettable experience from the comfort of home.

PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Switch.

3. Flower (2009)

This award-winning piece of gaming art lets you play as flower petals, catching a ride on a breeze that will transport you through lush, scenic environments. This emotional game is the epitome of gaming art, forming part of the first permanent video game collection at the Smithsonian.

PC, PlayStation.

4. Gorogoa (2017)

Another BAFTA award-winning masterpiece (there’s a theme here) that takes the point-and-click mystery genre and gives it a unique twist with beautiful, hand-drawn art and an ethereal storyline. It’s an environmental puzzle game that thinks outside the box with innovative gameplay and mechanics.

PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, Mobile.

5. Outer Wilds (2019)

In terms of brilliant Annapurna Interactive games, this one probably has the most gushing reviews. It could be argued that this game doesn’t fall into the ‘relaxing’ category given that it has a few jump scares. However there is a ‘Reduced Frights” setting, so you can solve the brilliant puzzles and explore the stunning universe without risk of a heart attack.

PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch.

6. Telling lies (2019)

Telling Lies is the only one of Annapurna Interactive’s games that uses live action, full motion video, and it makes for an interesting gaming experience. Described by the developer, Sam Barlow, as a “Desktop thriller” you have to piece together clues to get to the bottom of a mystery using video files from a stolen NSA hard drive.

PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch.

7. the unfinished swan (2012)

Another engaging title with quirky gameplay, in The Unfinished Swan you splatter paint on the monochrome landscape to reveal the world around you. Co-developed by Giant Sparrow, the geniuses behind What Remains of Edith Finch, this game is similar in its surrealism and captivating storyline.

PC, PlayStation.

8. Wattam (2019)

Wattam comes with a warning of crude humour and mild fantasy violence. Perfect. This completely bonkers game was created by the mind behind Katamari Damacy, and it’s another hit. Here, you have to work together with the weird and wonderful characters to solve puzzles. These characters include toilets, sushi, poops and cutlery.

PC, PlayStation.

9. journey (2012)

You didn’t think we were going to leave this one out, did you? Journey is a much-loved social exploration game that was lauded by the critics upon its release; and rightly so. It is beautiful to look at and offers a unique gaming experience, giving you the ability to communicate wordlessly with real players.

PC, PlayStation.

10. donut county (2018)

Inspired by a tweet and described by the developer as a “whimsical physics toy”, Donut County is a short, sweet puzzle game where you play as a hole in the ground. The more things you swallow up, the bigger you get, and you use the physics of this to solve puzzles. It doesn’t sound like much, but the satisfaction of sucking up everything around you is hard to beat.

PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, Mobile.

11. If Found (2020)

This virtual novel from Irish game studio, DREAMFEEL, focuses on the storytelling of two interwoven narratives. You progress through the game by interacting with their journals in search of connection. The simple gameplay of the story makes it the perfect friend to cosy down with if you don’t want too much action.

12. Florence (2018)

Florence is similar to If Found in that it’s a visual novel that very much focuses on the story. In it, you play through Florence’s experience of first love; the ups and downs, trials and tribulations. It offers a variety of different mechanics in order to interact with the game and the illustration style is wonderfully endearing.

13. Gone Home (2013)

This genre-defining game has you uncovering clues to unravel a family story that’s steeped in mystery. Developed long before the similar What Remains of Edith Finch, it’s a short but highly charged game that will have you engrossed as you move through the rooms of the house uncovering dark secrets along the way.

If you like these, check out our games directory for more chilled out, wholesome video games that are definitely worth playing.

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