5 Fantastic Video Games to “Brighten Things Up”

Don’t get me wrong, I love the stark and brutal fantasy worlds of Skyrim and the Dark Souls series. I’ve spent hours fighting on the terrifying war zones of the Battlefield games and Call of Duty. But every once in a while, it’s nice to step away from all of that and play something a little “lighter.”

Here are my top 5 games to “brighten things up:”

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch


Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an RPG for the PS3 about a boy named Oliver who travels to a magically colorful world to save his mother and protect the world from sadness. The game’s art design is inspired by the style of Studio Ghibli films, including the way the game looks as well as its fantastic score. Definitely, check this one out for some solid good feels.

“Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is as much a triumph of curation as it is a technical showcase; Ghibli and Level 5 have cherry-picked the very best elements from their own past and combined them with the best that the genre has to offer.” – D-PAD Magazine

“This game gave me the same feeling as the first time I saw the original Star Wars trilogy.” – PlayStation LifeStyle

“With an engaging and touching story, beautiful graphics and a cast of charming characters, this is one of the best game experiences this year. You’ll be whisked away to a wonderful world that’s hard to tear yourself away from.” – Gamer.no

Stardew Valley


Stardew Valley is a farming game similar to the Harvest Moon series. The player’s goal is to cultivate the best crops, while also cultivating meaningful relationships to form a perfect community. Its message, as well as it’s cute pixel-graphics are sure to brighten anyone’s day.

“Far more than just a farming game, this one-man labor of love is filled with seemingly endless content and heart.” – Giant Bomb

“Stardew Valley has been the most rich and heartwarming experience I’ve had in a game in years.” – CGMagazine

“The core mechanics and relaxing aesthetic merge so well together that players will sink in to the experience and never want to leave.” – Destructoid

Katamari Damacy


Katamari Damacy is a game for the PS2, and … well, it’s kind of hard to explain. Basically, the player is this tiny little alien thing who has this magic ball that they use to roll around and pick up any object in its path. The ball starts off very small, only able to pick up things like toothpicks and paperclips, but eventually, it grows to be able to scoop up entire buildings. Each ball that you form turns into a star in the night sky. Don’t ask me what any of it means, just try it for yourself! I don’t know what’s so pleasurable about it. Is it the cute Kawaii graphics? Is it the sensation that the player gets from using the simple controls to roll around and gather cute little objects? Or is it something on a deeper level, like the sensation that the player gets from bringing things together to form radiant stars in the night sky and growing a little bit every time?

“The game is pure joy right from the start with its bizarre opening sequence (imagine Monty Python doing the intro for a quirky Japanese game) and continues to be a blast all the way to the delightful interactive end credits.” – eToychest

“A unique game with a perfect blend of great visuals and a totally engaging gameplay style.” – Electric Playground

“More than just a novelty, it’s outrageously entertaining.” – Game Chronicles

Slime Rancher


Slime Rancher is a game for PC that sets players on a far away planet, where your goal is to wrangle round up as many adorable slime creatures as you can. That simple description basically says it all. If this game doesn’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will.

“I absolutely loved Slime Rancher, from the colourful start to the bittersweet ending that literally had me sobbing—something that is quite hard for video games to achieve.” – CGMagazine

“While it moves at a frantic pace at times, it is quite relaxing and cathartic. And although sometimes repetitive, apart from those inevitable moments where the task at hand begins to wear its welcome between major expansions or discoveries, Slime Rancher is an utter, charming delight to play.” – Destructoid

“Slime Rancher has the ability to keep you hooked for hours; I often looked out over my ranch, felt pride at my accomplishments, and eagerly ventured back into the wilderness to see what other strange things I could find.” – GameInformer



Starbound is a procedurally-generated crafting and exploration game for the PC. It has elements of games like Minecraft and Terraria but allows the player to build on and travel to randomly-generated planets. Each planet is unique with randomly generated environments and creatures. I include this game because I think, while pleasing to the eye, it might also satisfy gamers looking for a more “hardcore” experience with cuteness. Don’t let the lovely pixel graphics fool you. You are in for some tough encounters!

“Starbound is a game that, after a few hours of play, starts to seem like an instant classic you’ll be revisiting from time to time over the next unknown period of years.” – DarkZero

“Starbound excels as a crafting and exploration game, as a 2D platformer with varied and engaging combat, and as a Zelda-esque story RPG with a detailed world and memorable alien cultures to interact with. The sheer volume of different kinds of locations to discover, items to craft and build great structures with, and flashy ways to vanquish aliens prevent any part of the experience from getting boring quickly.” – IGN

“A charming space sandbox that will keep you busy and entertained for hours.” – PC Gamer

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#5 Fantastic Video Games to “Brighten Things Up”