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Last Updated on August 29, 2018

10 Relaxing Games to Play Online to Help Chill You Out

10 Relaxing Games to Play Online to Help Chill You Out

Extraordinary displays of violence have been a mainstay in the video games industry for two decades now. This is proving hugely successful for games developers, and popular with players, but this form of violent escapism isn’t exactly classed as “relaxing”. Many of you out there might be after a more sedate experience, and the truth is that gaming can be a serene pastime.

The following selection of online games will help you find some inner peace; they will relax and calm, and promote stimulation for tired minds. They are all minor masterpieces of chilled-out enjoyment which can help calm you after a busy day, or hectic morning, by ridding you from the stress of modern life. It’s blissful escapism at its best, and it’s entirely free!

1. Flow

    First up is the eerie, calming experience of Flow.

    Starting out as a tiny organism –  basically a mouth and a torso – you have to swim around in blue gloop consuming other tiny organisms.

    At times you’ll find that eating something has changed your creature. Whether it’s a metamorphosis or accelerated evolution is irrelevant; after ten minutes your body will be longer, and you might have sprouted legs and other appendages and you’ll be chasing larger quarry.

    It’s not all forward motion; some of your soupmates will nibble bits off you too, but with some rudimentary diversionary tactics you can save your bacon.

    It’s lovely to play, and the music and simplistic design makes it an immediate and striking experience.

    2. Home Sheep Home

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      This sweet little puzzler is found on the Shaun the Sheep website (for those not in the know, it’s an animated series created by Aardman Animations, the people behind Wallace and Gromit).

      The wonderful physics engine makes this game a dream to learn as everything feels very natural; you’re supplied with three fully controllable sheep of different sizes.

      You have to work out how to get Timmy (tiny), Shaun (medium size), and Shirley (heavily overwight) over to the barn on the right of the screen using the swings, see-saws, ramps, steps, switches, and other paraphernalia lying around.

      You’ll be hooked to Home Sheep Home in no time by the adorable characters and laid back style of play, but later levels also offer quite the challenge.

      3. Flower Reaction

        Fauna-based fun abounds in Flower Reaction, where each level begins with a number of little flowers floating around the screen, bouncing off the edges.

        Your cursor is another flower and when you click, it stops and blooms to about ten times its size for a few seconds. Any flowers that bump into it also do the same, and any flowers that touch them do the same.

        The aim is to time the first one so that you get the largest chain reaction, hence the name. Several specially-coloured flowers do tricks such as lingering longer or growing massively for a second. And that’s it.

        4. Casanova

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          You’re a giraffe – at least in Casanova  – trotting eastwards as a procession of other giraffes trots westwards. Each one has a neck of a different length, and all you have to do is click and hold the mouse button to extend yours so your heads meet for a kiss!

          The whole point of the game is to land a smacker on the lips of the other giraffes, collecting floating bonuses along the way, whilst the 70s sitcom theme tune play jauntily in the background. It’s so adorably cute it should be illegal.

          5. Little Wheel

            Point and click games come in all varieties, but the particularly tricky and illogical ones would have no place in a relaxing game list.

            What makes Little Wheel stand out is the sheer beauty and atmosphere the game’s makers One Click Dog have created here. The graphics are striking enough to win awards, but the addition of a slinky jazz soundtrack sets the scene a 1920s Chicago, neo-noir theme.

            As for the objective, you have to work out how to get your robot across town to return power to the vicinity, although mentioning any more would spoil the experience.

            6. Sleeping Tiger Jigsaw

              Jigsaws are, of course, world famous for their addictive nature. Sleeping Tiger Jigsaw is no different. This game is pretty much what Charles Babbage had in mind when he invented the programmable computer – a way of doing jigsaws when you haven’t got a table.

              It’s likely you all know how to do jigsaws so there’s no need to explain what’s going on here, so if you have an hour to spare and like a challenge, mesmerise yourself with this jigsaw puzzle.

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              The pieces snap together satisfyingly when you place them next to a rightful neighbour, wherever they are on the screen. Nothing new, just a well executed version of an age-old pastime; get yourself a tea and listen to your favourite music as you play.

              7. Drifting Afternoon

                Here’s another Ferry Halim classic: Drifting Afternoon. As with all this maestro’s work, it’s a joy to behold, looking more like a watercolour painting than a game.

                The action takes place on a palpably breezy day, and you have to aim with your mouse and jump your puppy (or it could be a kitten) from balloon to balloon as they drift by, before your time runs out.

                You get points for landing on balloons and bonus points for jumping over them, and every so often a special balloon tops up your time – if you can land on it. No guns, no violence, just a breezy experience.

                8. Bejeweled

                  Even though this timeless classic is over a decade old, Bejeweled gets a mention as there must still be people who haven’t played it.

                  Its key to success is its simplicity. All you have to do is swap the positions of pairs of jewels to make unbroken sequences of three, four or five identical jewels – they’ll disappear, spawning replacements as those above them drop into their spaces.

                  Higher numbers get bigger bonuses and other surprises. It’s addictive stuff, and is fairly reminiscent of the legendary Tetris.

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                  9. Fireboy and Watergirl

                    This puzzle game can be tricky, but it delivers on satisfaction when you do it right. The missions you face are fairly straight forward to grasp; guide Fireboy (who hates water) and Watergirl (who hates fire) around the onscreen challenges until you reach the conclusion.

                    Expect lots of switch operating, box-pushing, see-saw running, and light-beam guiding, but also expect Fireboy and Watergirl to wow you with its laid back charms.

                    10. Echogenesis

                      Put your headphones on and immerse yourself in the wonders of Echogenesis. The visuals come from nature; swamps, forests, coves, and the like, whilst the sounds are created by interacting with the various life forms come across.

                      It’s an immersive experience, from the beautiful graphics to the luscious stereophonic orchestration.

                      You can’t win or lose; you just experience and influence the worlds you see, making it a relaxing tale of exploration.

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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