As we eagerly await Cozy Caravan’s release, you may be wondering what similar games you can keep busy with in the meantime. For now, we anticipate a late 2024 release window, but that could easily slip further into next year, depending on your feedback or unexpected delays. Anyhow, the single-player adventure has sparked the interest of many gamers already. Who doesn’t want a peaceful, relaxing journey trudging along your mobile caravan market to different towns?
Imagine crafting, trading, and running into charming small-town characters along the way. All along, enjoying the serene environments of a stunning animal world. Sounds like your cup of tea? We’ve looked in every crack and crevice for the best games like Cozy Caravan: here’s what we could find.
If you’re a fan of city builders, you’ll want to check out Townscaper if you haven’t already. It tasks you with sculpting your ideal quaint island townside, complete with sky-high cathedrals, canal networks, and more. You’re free to create as many winding streets as you please. From miniature hamlets to skyscrapers, it’s all entirely up to you.
However, unlike most city builders, Townscaper adopts a relaxing, chill tone. You won't find dire consequences for your actions that constantly put you on edge. Instead, like Legos, Townscaper gives you room to breathe. It lets you choose between cozy villages or sprawling cities. Described as a ‘virtual toy,’ developer Oskar Stalberg upholds charm above all else. It lets your inner child come out to play. Unfortunately, its charming persona comes at the expense of depth. In any case, the colored blocks and stairways do calm the mind, perfect after a long day.
4. Cozy Grove
Its name delivers on expectations. Cozy Grove is, above all, a relaxing game. In real life, of course, camping out in the forests, not knowing what lurks in the shadows, would run chills down the spine. However, Cozy Grove maintains its chill tone throughout. It’s a life simulation of a camper’s adventures on a mysterious, ever-changing island.
Each day, the Spirit Scout will wander into the island’s forest, uncovering mysteries and secrets. You’ll run into spirit bears stuck in limbo and help them find peace. Like Animal Crossing, Cozy Grove never stops dishing out endless charm and delight. It features unique characters and constantly pushes you into crafting the best equipment to brave the night. The best part? Cozy Grove’s objectives never feel demanding, and I can’t say the same about Animal Crossing. It’s perfect for a leisurely cruise in the wild—an easy 20 minutes a day to unwind.
3. Stardew Valley
Farm life retirement plan? Anyone? You can test how well you’ll fare by playing Stardew Valley, a farm-life simulation game. Having just inherited your late grandfather’s farm in Stardew Valley, you embark on a journey to forge the farm of your dreams and make him proud. In Stardew Valley, anything goes. Whether you're fishing or raising farm animals, it’ll be up to you to see to it that they flourish. You’ll need to tend to overgrown fields, too, planting and harvesting in season. Away from civilization, you’ll live off your produce, along with crafting helpful equipment.
Oh, you’ll also meet interesting characters at Pelican Town—precisely over 30 people to befriend. You can even date a total of 12 potential significant others. Meanwhile, dangerous monsters lurk in the dungeons. You can avoid them, but the dungeons host valuable treasures, too. In that sense, Stardew Valley carves out a wholesome experience worth checking out.
Is there a right way to unpack? Or, at the right time? I know I can take weeks, even months, unpacking and constantly moving items around. Unpacking is designed to challenge your organizational skills. It’s a zen puzzle game about pulling your possessions out of ‘moving out’ boxes and finding the right places to put them in your new home. It can be incredibly satisfying when everything comes together nicely. Some puzzles are block-fitting ones. Others, though, are purely a test of your interior design skills. In the process, you’ll learn clues about your new living space, thus culminating in a memorable game.
Further, you’ll put the pieces of a heartwarming story together. And since the mechanics are easy to learn, your experience is nothing short of pleasurable and relaxing. It’s reflective, too, with similarities between the owner’s different stages of life and your own. You might even shed a tear or two, with endless references to growing up and self-discovery. Who knew unpacking had such potential for touching moments of reflection and the freedom to interpret the process however you liked?
1. Disney Dreamlight Valley
Another life simulation you may want to consider is Disney Dreamlight Valley. If not for its fantastical adventures, then for the love of your childhood Disney and Pixar favorites. While the game is a life sim, it also incorporates plenty of adventures. You’ll pick up quests and go about your day exploring familiar environments in the Disney universe. A compelling story lies at the heart of the game. Once a place of harmony, the Forgetting event sprouts night thorns throughout the land. Memories were fractured, and the characters in Dreamlight Valley sought protection behind the locked doors of Dream Castle.
Can you restore the magic to Dreamlight Valley? Can you free your favorite Disney and Pixar characters from forgetting? All you need to do is solve the puzzles and embark on dangerous quests in the Forest of Valor. You’ll trek into mysterious caverns and fight iconic Disney and Pixar villains. Each character has their own unique stories, quests, and rewards. And when you need a break, you can always take on fun activities like gardening with WALL.E, cooking with Remy, or fishing with Goofy. You’ll collect precious items, craft quirky buildings, and rebuild the valley to its original charming self.