American Truck Simulator is a true chill game. I play this, Stardew Valley, or Starbound when I get too heated from playing more action-oriented games or when I’m stomped in business management sims. ATS really allows me to get my head straight by just traveling between cities, seeing the landscape, and listening to the in-game radio stations.
There is a very mild degree of anxiety when falling behind on a deadline but for the most part the game isn’t punishing if you fail. You have one main objective and when there’s not a ton of things going on, it’s easy to focus and take it easy in a game.
The Trail is 100-percent a chill game. It’s a player versus environment game but you don’t fight anything. The distance between towns and rest stops and your stamina are your enemies. I would say this is a time waster but you’re going to want to continue your trek to see if you can make it to the next or just to gather and craft.
It’s Game Dev Story put to racing! You also have to handle research of new car parts, building new cars, winning races, altering cars for certain terrain, and performing well to gather sponsors.
It drops you into the zombie apocalypse and expects you to make your own way by making most of the mechanics as self-explanatory as possible.
After a few weeks, I became tired of the game and deleted it. I only came back to it after playing a couple of survival sims. It’s a fun time waster and nothing you’re going invest hours of your day in during a sitting. Bethesda did pretty well with this and the concept would be great for other themes and other developers to bite.