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When it comes to the four weather seasons, autumn doesn’t get enough love. Like spring, it’s set in that goldilocks zone for temperature, festivities, and opportunities to strut your fall fashion collection. In video games, this is a season that’s typically headlined by horror games, gory dives into blood-curdling content that overshadows the genuinely fun and cozy games that leverage an autumnal setting to deliver a more relaxing pace.
Sure, we love a good scare in October, but as autumn begins and the year winds to a close, we’re also looking to recharge our batteries and give more intense games a break. There’ll always be a place for horror games, but as the last couple of years have proven, people also want to balance their gaming library with games that offer warmer experiences that they can take their time with as they settle into a state of deep relaxation.
For this list, we’re taking a look at the games that embody the cozy nature of autumn, provide the most chill of vibes, and are perfect to play while wrapped in a warm cocoon of blankets. Whether you’re looking for something with only a light level of Halloween ambience or a title that goes all in on golden golden trees, here’s a look at some cozy games that’ll help warm you up as the months start to get colder.