Written by Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)
The world is going through a turbulent time and the best way that we can all support our health care services and all of those essential workers trying to keep the coronavirus contained is to STAY HOME and maybe play some games.
With this in mind, we wanted to highlight a few games that you can spend your time in isolation playing. Now, it’s important to note that we’re not assuming everyone out there is simply sat at home doing nothing – I know there’s a huge number of people still working, just from home – but without the ability to go out in the evenings and on weekends, these games can help you through some of the slower times.
Portal (1 & 2)
The first Portal game might be over 10 years old now (released in 2007) but it really holds up – both in playability and the look and feel of the game. It might not look as polished as modern games but the relatively simple textures and graphics means it still looks pretty damn cool!
The general concept of Portal 1 and 2 make them the perfect games to play right now – essentially puzzle games but with an interesting story line and a really cool way of thinking. The idea being that you’re basically imprisoned by Aperture Science for testing and throughout the two games, you’re tormented by the Aperture Science equipment (I’m looking at you GLaDOS!)
With the puzzle like nature of the games, you’re bound to be kept both entertained and keep your brain going during this bizarre time of isolation.
Buy it here: https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/234/Portal_Bundle/ (also available on other systems)
The Sims 4
We all know the Sims – the first game was released more than 20 years ago in February 2000 and since then it’s become a cult classic with stories on the internet about the most creative ways to kill your Sims (you know, so you can have a cemetery outside of your mansion!) through to ridiculous sized houses that people created, and apparently without cheating as well! #motherlode #rosebud #kaching
Quite literally ‘a simulation’ of life in which you create characters, build and buy houses, meet friends, go to dinner and do your dream job (I always seem to be a scientist or football player – anyone else?), it’s a great game to play at a time when you can’t do any of those things for real!
Buy it here: https://www.ea.com/en-gb/games/the-sims/the-sims-4 (also available on other systems)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
I’m gonna level with you right away – I haven’t played Animal Crossing: New Horizons, however, since buying it on the launch date, my wife has spent some hours getting into the game and crafting her paradise, and I’ll tell you what, the game looks adorable!
Another simulation type game, this time in the form of anthropomorphic customisable characters, you can spend hours of fun turning your deserted island into a place that only dreams are made of! From crafting to farming to decorating your island to be just the way you want it, Animal Crossing is the wildly popular new addition to a series that dates back to 2001.