Sometimes, we just gotta get our minds off of things and turn to our favorite hobbies. Let’s ignore the nihilism of Twitter to play some video games. Today, let’s look at short happy games that I played that you could try out, all pay-what-you-want (of course, it doesn’t hurt to spread the joy to developers with money).
Flower Park is by Noxlof and HarleyGlitch, a short game made in two weeks. You play as a little girl born from a seed, tasked with helping the kind animals of flower park in hopes of saving it.
The game consists of a few screens where you run around, picking up and carrying stuff to reach the game’s end goal. You meet up with a local resident of the park and they’ll ask you to do a real easy task. Get it done and they happily thank you. It’s just a sort of easygoing game with nothing to really worry about. While it lacks difficulty, it makes up for it with good vibes that the animals give and the music, a pleasant dreamy tune that I feel wouldn’t be out-of-place in Animal Crossing.
The game looks nice and bright, reflecting the mood of the game. I especially love the visual effect of things in the game swaying, including the text boxes. It gives off this feeling of a nice easygoing breeze going through the park, a fine beautiful day. It’s real short and simple, but the experience was delightful.
Another delightful game is MORNING POST, by the appropriately named HappySnakeGames. You play as a kindly mail person and you’re here to bring the good news: the good news of smiles and can-do attitudes.
You drive up to a house, the surroundings offering you the best grins as you head on to deliver the mail. You can rapidly toss out smiling envelopes with left clicks, spreading joy around the household that has a strange amount of people in it. Watch it collide with the face of a local resident and fall off, person and letter continuing to smile through it all. Is there a reason to actually give out the mail? Aside from watching it hit people in the face, not really.
MORNING POST is effectively a short walk-around game with no goals, but it’s one with a positive attitude. Take a few minutes to admire the bright looks of the game. The visual style feels like a colorful world made up of a kid’s drawings, like you’re wandering around the idyllic world of some early morning kid cartoon.
I also draw special attention to the music track that plays. The music is made by @hey_zack_ and the music they made for the game feels distinct with its odd instruments, using slap bass and cat meows as part of its melody. The music itself is already good but its instruments kinda keeps it in ear worm territory for me.
The game also has an updated version that adds a gray cat named Shiva in every area. That seems to pretty much be it. But dang, what a nice cat.
People sometimes find happiness in more specific ways. Like maybe you find happiness in love. Or maybe you find joy in small animals. You can have the best of both worlds with the pug-dating simulator, Hot Date. This Unity game is by George Batchelor (an almost fitting last name) with music by Levi Pack.
You play as somebody (probably as another dog) on the speed dating circuit, meeting up with pink pugs. A clock ticks down in the background, a full revolution ending your good time. Well, the date might not go so hot, but you’ll have fun.
You spend every session asking your date a bunch of questions. You can ask the ordinary date questions, like what they like to do in their free time. You can also ask ridiculous questions like their belief in minotaurs or if they’d like to live in space. The pug’s answers are random, so one dog may love that you have an amphibian collection while another gets embarrassed by your very existence. The date goes on as Levi Pack’s frantic beat plays in the background, creating this odd sort of tension that’s strangely funny to me as you get dunked on by a dog. Sure, the dogs might insult you, but it’s hilarious instead of disheartening since they’re, you know, dogs.
There’s a lot of questions to ask and reactions from your date vary, so it’s worth playing a bunch of times.