Keep Calm and Play These Relaxing Video Games During Ramadhan

By Intan Mawarni on May 16, 2018

Ramadhan Mubarak to all Muslims!
Ramadhan Mubarak to all Muslims!

Tomorrow marks the first day of Ramadhan, the holy month where all Malaysians have anticipated regardless of any religion (Because of the delicious food in Ramadhan bazaars, I know).

While the Muslims are obligated to begin fasting from dawn until dusk, we also must refrain ourselves from engaging in sinful behaviours like gossiping, lying or cursing that will reduce your reward (Pahala) during Ramadhan. To steer away from that, here are some games that will help you find inner peace while fasting.

Journey

From thatgamecompany that brings you peaceful games like Flower and Flow, expect nothing less for Journey. Embrace the beauty of the forgotten ruins in vast desert accompanied with soothing music. Your travel might take you far but fret not, you are bound to meet with someone that will be with you along the journey to set foot at the gleaming mountain.

Explore the open desert in Journey, available for PS3 and PS4. For those who owned the game on PS3, you will get the PS4 version for free.

Little Big Planet 3

Come and join the adventures of the cute Sackboy and his plush buddies in the world where the sky's the limit. In this fun and imaginative platform game, you can craft your own puzzle adventure and design your own adorable Sackboy to be the star of the colourful Imagisphere.

Sackboy is ready to roll in Little Big Planet 3. The game is available for PS4.

Neko Atsume

Don't stare at the cute 'x' butthole for too long.
Don't stare at the cute 'x' butthole for too long.

If bonding with real cats doesn’t seem to be enough for you, Neko Atsume is the game for you. Just leave a little bit of fish kibble in the bowl and voilà, those cuddly animals will reside in your garden. When you’re away from the game, the cats will bring you some mementos or gifts for you to cherish. This game doesn’t require your fullest attention so you can take your time interacting with these bundles of joy.

The cat collection mobile game, Neko Atsume is available for Android and iOS.

Abzû

Swim together with schools of fish and immerse yourself into sea exploration in this beautiful game. You play as the Diver as you experience the ebb and flow of the vast blue ocean and feel the connections between abundant sea creatures. The deeper you dive, the more ancient secrets you will uncover of what lies beneath the heart of the ocean.

Take a deeper look on seafaring in Abzû, available on Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One.

Deemo

The collection of serene songs from Deemo is able to transport yourself into a peaceful state of mind. Deemo is a mobile rhythm game similar to Cytus that features more than 60 songs to play and will draw you into the moving story of a mythical creature called Deemo. With an adjustable difficulty selection from normal to hard for each song, you can play the piano according to your own pace.

The calming piano melodies of Deemo is available for Android and iOS.

Pou

In this Tamagotchi-like mobile game, you have to take care of an alien pet named Pou. Keep the Pou happy in your care by giving it a shower, nourish it with tons of food and nurse Pou whenever it falls ill. In addition, you can enjoy a multitude of mini games together with Pou and even take your pet for a scenic walk around the house. On top of that, you can customise the appearance of Pou with fabulous choice of clothings.

Pou (not to be mistaken with the kuih pau) is available for Android and iOS.

Management Simulator Games

Whether governing a city (Cities: Skylines) or running a prison (Prison Architect), management simulators offer calm and chill gameplays with barely any plot to follow. In such games, players spend their time customising their designs and making decisions according to their tastes. In a way, it’s surprisingly therapeutic to control everything like you do in The Sims wherein our wishes are the characters’ commands.

Build your own dream city in Cities: Skylines, available for Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One. But if managing a maximum security prison more up in your alley, Prison Architect is now on sale on Humble Bundle for PC. You can also get the game in PS4 and Xbox One versions.

Candy Crush Saga

Too much sugar...
Too much sugar...

This fancy rainbow coloured mobile game is still incredibly popular. If you step foot into an LRT, it’s entirely possible that you might bump into a distracted commuter playing it, with rapt attention, trying to match candies of similar colours. While no real food is involved in this one, Candy Crush Saga is one those simple yet addictive games that you can play over and over and over to kill time. Although, it would sound counter-productive to distract your mind from your rumbling tummy by playing a game that may cause more rumbling…

The sugar rush of Candy Crush Saga is available for Android and iOS.

These are our top picks for relaxing video games you can play to keep your composure during this holy month of Ramadhan. To our readers, what are your go-to relaxing video games to play? Share it with us through our Facebook and Twitter.

Intan Mawarni
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