Best Cozy Games On Switch

What Makes a Cozy Game?

Update: We’ve updated this list and given it a spring clean. Along with that, we’ve also added two newer releases to the pack: Botany Manor and Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley. Enjoy!

What exactly makes a game cozy? Is it the player’s state of mind while playing? Is it an adherence to specific aesthetics or messages? Is it the inclusion of birds? Well, you might be forgiven for thinking it’s the last one, because at least ten of the games on this list are about birds specifically, but the idea of a “cozy” game is a bit more nebulous than that.

It’s more of a feeling, really: a game that you can relax to, that can be challenging but never punishing, with elements of friendship, community, and kindness. But not always — some “cozy” games (like a certain game about a bad goose) are more about letting the player go a little bit wild, but always in a way that’s gentler and less severe than chopping people’s heads off in a Dark Souls or a Witcher game.

Without further ado, here we are: the bestest coziest games on the Nintendo Switch.