Cozy city builders are finally letting me design pretty places in peace

City builders are so often serious business with their resource management and tech trees and threats of impending starvation via overpopulation. I’m happy to get into the weeds on occasion, but sometimes I don’t want to survive. I do not want to manage. I just want to vibe and build in peace, please. 

There have recently been less demanding city-builders like Dorfromantik or Before We Leave—games of the chill variety that don’t threaten you with natural disaster on the regular. But the newest trend of cozy city-building is the true balm for my soul.

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