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Switching yoga for games: three genres that help you relax

If the day has been particularly exhausting or far too hot, you may no longer have the desire or concentration for a highly challenging game. Instead, interactive relaxation is the order of the day. It's good that there are suitable games for this situation - you just have to know which ones. Our team presents three genres that are suitable for the "Core Relax" position of the RECARO Exo. Welcome to the end of the day!

Space games

The beauty of outer space is that there is enough room for everyone. That’s why it’s good that many games in this segment don’t put you in the cockpit exclusively to hunt aliens. Space simulations like Elite: Dangerous (PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One) and No Man’s Sky (PC, PS4, Xbox One) invite you to start a road trip through the galaxy as an explorer. Prepare your ship for the journey, choose a direction, start your favorite playlist or podcast, and start exploring.

Beach view from No Man’s Sky by Hello Games
No Man’s Sky – Photo: Hello Games

Whatever star system you end up in, have fun, commander!

Walking simulators

Popularly referred to as “narrative exploration” in the trade press, games of this genre send you on a scavenger hunt for their story. Explore a (mostly) deserted environment, enjoy the view and let yourself be guided by the flow of the level architecture. In games like Gone Home (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS), Firewatch (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch), and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (PC, PS4), you discover narrative puzzle pieces that gradually fit together to form a whole. Here, the journey is the goal.

Sunset from the game Firewatch by Campo Santo
Firewatch – Photo: Campo Santo

Arthouse games

Video games can be art. They not only offer a possibility for interpretation and projection in their audiovisual design – through the unique selling point of interactivity, they can also use their game mechanics as metaphors. Thus, the act of playing can be entertaining and at the same time thought-provoking and stirring. However, relaxation does not have to be neglected in the process.

In the indie simulation Everything (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Nintendo Switch), you can take on the role of anything that exists in its procedural universe. In this way, a new understanding of life, the universe, and everything else gradually open up to you. And in Flower (PS3, PS4, PC), you control a breath of wind that collects petals to make the level blossom at the end.

Seagulls fly past skyscrapers in the game Everything by Double Fine Productions
Everything – Photo: Double Fine Productions

Games of this kind relax without under-challenging you. They create a gripping experience, even without a traditional narrative or characters.

These and many other genres and games are ideal in combination with the “Core Relax” position of the RECARO Exo.