Need a reading break? Try some of these games!

We all have those moments. You have a million unread books and the one in front of you is so good, but you aren’t in the mood to read…

That’s okay! It happens to the best of us.

Whenever I have those moments I either take a nap (which is never a bad choice) or I pick up a video game. I have a couple favorites that always help me satiate my mood for something other than reading.

5. Just Dance 2018

So this game is utterly embarrassing, but so much fun. It makes you listen to terrible (but secretly amazing) Top 40 music while flailing around your living room. I absolutely love it. It’s one of the first games I played with friends when I was in high school and we weren’t afraid to do stupid things.

Just Dance is a good game to play when you’ve been sitting in an awkward position all night trying to finish your book. It not only is a mini-workout, but it’s a way to let loose and laugh at yourself (and with others)!

4. Hey! Pikmin

The original Pikmin games stress me out. You only have so much time to explore before the sun sets and you have to get your Pikmin to the ship before the die! Too much pressure.

Hey! Pikmin takes that away completely. It’s a 2D scrolling game with various levels where you collect Pikmin and shiny objects that contain “sparklium” to help fuel Olimar’s ship. Each level determines what type of Pikmin you can use (so you don’t have to worry about bringing the wrong ones!) and there is no time limit to any level.

I find that I really enjoy this game because 1) Pikmin are adorable little creatures and 2) it’s very low stakes. It’s a nice game to take a break from your book, but one that you can play in bed so you can stay cozy.

3. Super Mario Odyssey

If you have a Nintendo Switch, then I’m sure you’ve heard of Super Mario Odyssey. My boyfriend, who I think might be in love with Mario, says not only is it his favorite game of the year, but that it might be his favorite game ever.

In Super Mario Odyssey you play as Mario as he fights his way through different worlds to save Princess Peach from Bowser. The best part about this game is Mario has a companion, Cappy. Cappy is a hat ghost from the Cap Kingdom whose sister was also kidnapped by Bowser.

This game is open world so you have free reign to explore and collect power moons to power up the ship Mario and Cappy travel on. I’ve played it a few times and it’s a lot of fun to just run around and explore all worlds that Nintendo worked hard to create.

Also, after a certain point in the game a little Shiba Inu (that strongly resembles a Nintendog) in a cowboy hat will follow you around and show you places where things are hidden!

I mean just look at how cute this little guy is (Photo Credit: Polygon).

2. Anything Sims

I’ve been playing The Sims since 2004. As an introverted kid I used Sims as a way to “make friends” without having to actually make friends.

Setting that aside, Sims is a great game. It doesn’t matter what iteration or version, I have always enjoyed myself while playing Sims. Whether it was creating myself and a boy I had a crush on or making characters for a story I tried to write, Sims was there.

The current version of Sims that is out is The Sims 4. It has various expansion packs out, the most recent being Cats and Dogs. I haven’t had the chance to play it yet, but I have always loved the pet expansion for Sims.

Any Sims game is a great way to unwind and just have fun building up (or tearing down, if you’re into that) the lives of little virtual people.

1. Anything Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing is everything. Any Animal Crossing game is a great choice to give you a break from reading. It’s a really positive game where you just decorate your home, fish, make friends, shop, etc.

My current obsession right now is Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. It’s a mobile app where you build up a campsite where you invite animals to visit. While there are other players in the game, the only way to interact with them is by visiting their camps and giving kudos.

Here’s a picture of my character hanging out with a cute dog!

It doesn’t matter what Animal Crossing game you choose because any version will take you to a world full of positivity and cute animals.

Any of these games are great for when you’re in a slump and need a break from reading. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with a reading slump! Just take your time and do other things that you enjoy. Maybe even check out one of these games, you may find yourself getting addicted (like I am to Sims and Animal Crossing).

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