As you probably know, life isn’t all butterflies and gumdrops. Sometimes bad things happen, and you just have to get through them. Some people’s inclination during stressful times is to turn to harmful behaviors. While that’s understandable in some cases, it’s never the best way to go about your life. It’s always better to do something that won’t hurt your body or mind — something like playing video games.
Like books and movies, games can make us feel an array of emotions. They can be cathartic and make us feel better, even when the bad things in life are pressing down on us. Here are some of the best games to help you feel better, no matter what bad things life throws at you.
1. Kirby: Planet Robobot
Sometimes you need a potent dose of charm to ward off the negative vibes. No game character packs a higher concentration of charm into its elastic pink body than Kirby. In addition to having a title that’s fun to say aloud, Kirby: Planet Robobot is also a delightful game from start to finish.
You play as the pink fluff ball in the standard side-scrolling levels you’d expect if you’ve played a Kirby game over the past few decades. This time around, in addition to inhaling enemies to gain their special abilities, you can enter mech suits that let you punch and blast your way through levels. The game isn’t very challenging, but if you’re feeling down in the dumps, you’re probably not looking for a grinding slog anyway. If you have a Nintendo 3DS, this game is a safe bet in hard times.