Best Relaxing Games on Steam

Steam currently has 10,768 Relaxing games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Relaxing game rankings were last updated on 5/20/2024.

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1. Stardew Valley

You've inherited your grandfather's old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?

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Stardew Valley holds the #1 spot for "best Relaxing game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 707,234 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 695,010 positive reviews and 12,224 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 2/26/2016
Developer ConcernedApe
Publisher ConcernedApe
Steam App Id 413150

2. Euro Truck Simulator 2

Travel across Europe as king of the road, a trucker who delivers important cargo across impressive distances! With dozens of cities to explore, your endurance, skill and speed will all be pushed to their limits.

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Euro Truck Simulator 2 has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Relaxing games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 723,828 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 706,739 positive reviews and 17,089 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 10/12/2012
Franchise SCS Software
Developer SCS Software
Publisher SCS Software
Steam App Id 227300

3. A Short Hike

Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park as you make your way to the summit.

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A Short Hike has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Relaxing games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 16,167 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 16,047 positive reviews and 120 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $7.99
Release Date 7/30/2019
Developer adamgryu
Publisher adamgryu
Steam App Id 1055540

4. Cats Hidden in Jingle Jam

Find and discover 100 cute cats hidden around a festive holiday village in this FREE hand-drawn hidden object game. Can you find them all?

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Cats Hidden in Jingle Jam has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Relaxing games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,820 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,784 positive reviews and 36 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Release Date 12/1/2023
Franchise Travellin Cats
Developer Travellin Cats
Publisher Travellin Cats
Steam App Id 2608050

5. Cats Hidden in Paris

Find 100 cats hiding in Paris, France in this cute hand-drawn hidden object game

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Cats Hidden in Paris has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Relaxing games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,401 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,255 positive reviews and 146 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Release Date 7/17/2023
Franchise Travellin Cats
Developer Travellin Cats
Publisher Travellin Cats
Steam App Id 2313250

6. VPet-Simulator

Feeling like the computer desktop is too dull? Need something cute to heal oneself? Come and try this new completely free and open source V-Pet simulator. A cute and adorable pet that supports various feeding interactions to accompany you in game learning is definitely your best choice!

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VPet-Simulator has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Relaxing games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 39,084 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 38,440 positive reviews and 644 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run VPet-Simulator on the Steam Deck.

Release Date 8/14/2023
Developer LB Game
Publisher LB Game
Steam App Id 1920960

7. Our Life: Beginnings & Always

A twenty-dollar bill, four summers, fifteen years, and a one of a kind life. Create an experience that’s all your own in this near-fully customizable visual novel where you grow from childhood to adulthood with the lonely boy next door.

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Our Life: Beginnings & Always has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Relaxing games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 11,016 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,896 positive reviews and 120 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Our Life: Beginnings & Always on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 11/16/2020
Franchise GB Patch Games
Developer GB Patch Games
Publisher GB Patch Games
Steam App Id 1129190

8. DAVE THE DIVER

DAVE THE DIVER is a casual, singleplayer adventure RPG featuring deep-sea exploration and fishing during the day and sushi restaurant management at night. Join Dave and his quirky friends as they seek to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Blue Hole.

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DAVE THE DIVER has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Relaxing games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 96,678 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 94,137 positive reviews and 2,541 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 6/28/2023
Developer MINTROCKET
Publisher MINTROCKET
Steam App Id 1868140

9. Crab Champions

Claw your way across exotic islands combining fluid movement with fast paced combat to become a Crab Champion in this third person shooter with roguelike elements.

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Crab Champions has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Relaxing games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 21,561 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 21,141 positive reviews and 420 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Crab Champions on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $7.49
Release Date 4/1/2023
Developers
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Steam App Id 774801

10. American Truck Simulator

Experience legendary American trucks and deliver various cargoes across sunny California, sandy Nevada, and the Grand Canyon State of Arizona. American Truck Simulator takes you on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes and widely recognized landmarks around the States.

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American Truck Simulator has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Relaxing games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 148,997 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 144,430 positive reviews and 4,567 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 2/2/2016
Franchise SCS Software
Developer SCS Software
Publisher SCS Software
Steam App Id 270880

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96
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Our Life: Beginnings & Always steam charts
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11/16/2020
96
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6/28/2023
96
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Crab Champions steam charts
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4/1/2023
96
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96
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9/17/2021
96
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7/6/2022
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Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to) steam charts
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A Castle Full of Cats steam charts
7
11/9/2022
95
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Lil Gator Game steam charts
20
12/14/2022
95
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12/13/2018
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Euro Truck Simulator 2 on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 14). A Short Hike on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 7). Cats Hidden in Jingle Jam on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 15). Cats Hidden in Paris on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). VPet-Simulator on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 30). Our Life: Beginnings & Always on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). DAVE THE DIVER on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). Crab Champions on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). American Truck Simulator on Steam. Steam Store.

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