Games We’re Playing this Christmas

It’s that time of year again when sleigh bells ring, children sing, and Santa Claus comes to town. What better way to spend Christmas than snuggling under a warm blanket with a cosy game. Christmas is the perfect time for cosy gaming, especially if you’re on holiday or don’t want to venture out into the cold. Here is a curated list of games I’ll be playing this Christmas.

Cozy Grove

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One of the first indie games I ever played on the Switch is Cozy Grove. This game has all the elements of Animal Crossing: New Horizons plus a great story and is considerably less expensive. You play as a Scout stranded on an island haunted by the spirits of bears, helping them in the afterlife and bringing colour to the island.

There are special events for different seasons, and Christmas is no exception. In the Winter Festival which takes place from December 23 to February 2, you can collect winter and snow-themed items, clothing, and decorations. I especially enjoy the snow fights with the imps, as it reminds me of playing in the snow as a child.

Want to know more about Cozy Grove? Our review is here!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A great stress-relieving game for the Christmas season is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You can decorate your island and home with the holiday-themed items from the Festive Series during the Festive Season which is from December 15 to January 6. On Toy Day (December 24) at 6 pm, Jingle the reindeer will visit your island, looking for a helper to dress up as Santa Claus to deliver presents to the villagers.

We have written a lot about Animal Crossing here on the site, as it’s one of our favourite games!

Strange Horticulture

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This occult puzzle game which you play as a proprietor of a local plant store might not scream “Christmas”, but the cosiness of Strange Horticulture makes it the perfect winter game. The story of this game is presented like a cosy mystery while you deliver the plants requested by your patrons and solve puzzles that have the right level of challenge to them. Living out my herbologist dream with my black cat is something I’ll be looking forward to this Christmas.

Our review for Strange Horticulture is here!

Rӧki

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If you want an adventure game set in a winter wonderland, Rӧki may be just the game you are looking for. This dark fairytale adventure is set against a snowy backdrop and is based on Scandinavian folklore. Venturing out into the cold during the winter season is not my idea of fun, but Rӧki allows me to explore a magical northern land while solving riddles, uncovering hidden paths, and meeting fantastical monsters.

Of course, we checked Röki out too: here’s our review.

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