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November 25, 2018 10:05 am
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Odds are, you’re going to be spending a bunch of time traveling in the next month. Don’t ask how we know — call it a hunch. Luckily for you, video games make excellent travel companions, so here are some of our favourites this year.

Battle Chef Brigade

In the world of Battle Chef Brigade, there is an elite class of warrior-chefs, and you want nothing more than to join their ranks. It’s kind of like Harry Potter, except instead of a school for wizardry, it’s about killing monsters with swords and magic and then turning them into delicious food. I love it so much. The game is a hybrid between classic beat-’em-up action (when you fight) and match-3 puzzling (when you cook), all wrapped in an endearing story full of friendly competition and charming characters. The variety keeps it fresh, and the structure makes it easy to pick up and put down on the go. It’s The Great British Bake Off, but with swords and anime, and you need to play it. (Available on Nintendo Switch, PC, and Playstation 4)

Donut County

A game where you play as a hole and swallow everything in sight, and maybe it’s all a raccoon’s fault? Donut County is wryly funny and easy to get into, a parody of video games that’s also very good at being a video game, and easy to play in small chunks. Probably the most fun you’ll have with nihilism and a smartphone. (Available on iOS, Playstation 4, PC, and MacOS)

Florence

Florence is a love story, beautifully told. It’s an interactive graphic novel of sorts, and you play as Florence Yeoh, a woman with a pretty mundane job who’s begun to settle into a routine. Then she meets Krish, a cellist, and everything changes. Florence looks like a comic but asks for your input in novel ways that do a lot to get you invested in Florence’s happiness. When Florence idly checks social media, it’s you doing the swiping. When Krish and Florence take the leap to move in together, you have to decide what goes on the shelves and what goes into a box. Florence is a short story that’s also a wonderful exercise in empathy, a game that doesn’t ask you to be good at violence or puzzles, but at understanding people and wanting to see them achieve happiness. (Available on iOS and Android)

Moonlighter

Maybe the weirdest game on this list, Moonlighter is a bit like Battle Chef Brigade in that it’s a genre mash-up with great art, but it’s also a much slower game with very different goals. It’s split into two portions, and you’ll spend your nights diving into labyrinthine dungeons that are never the same twice, and your days selling the stuff you find in them at your shop nearby. You’ll have to set prices, check the blue book on, like, monster hides (something that cracks me the hell up), and keep customers happy. The more money you make, the more you can expand your shop and the better equipped you can be to make it further in the dungeons and find better stuff to sell. It’s a very capitalist way to entertain yourself, but if you like old-school action with a math-y twist, give it a whirl. (Available on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, MacOS)

Civilization VI

The godfather of strategy games, Civilization VI is the latest in a long-running series about building a society that will stand the test of time. A turn-based game where you start with a small group of settlers and work your way to becoming either a grand bastion of culture or an unstoppable empire, Civilization doesn’t seem like a travel-friendly game, but the latest version has made its way to smartphones, tablets, and Nintendo Switch without any real compromise other than screen space. It’s a video game that takes its cues from board games, allowing you to play one turn at a time, for as long or as little as you’d like. And if you’ve never played before, there’s a pretty thorough tutorial ready to welcome you. (Available on Nintendo Switch, iOS, PC, MacOS)

Stardew Valley

I used to think that games that simulate mundane stuff like farming were dumb. I’m sorry, you want me to spend my time landscaping fake fields? As someone who has landscaped real property, let me tell you: not a good time! Stardew Valley changed my mind, though, tapping directly into my desire to just walk away from my laptop forever and live in a small town where there’s, like, two dozen people and six of them are single, and the odds are slim but maybe I could settle down and be happy here, you know? Stardew Valley makes you think about your choices like that. It’s fun, I promise. (Available on Nintendo Switch, iOS, Playstation 4, Xbox One, MacOS, and PC)

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