In reference to this post from the Emulation preferences thread.
LeFish For real. I realise I’m deviating from the thread a bit (and it’s probably worth it’s own thread) but a lot of the time these days I need to warm up with something bite-size before I get into something substantial. My current go-to is Hide and Dance on Switch - a breezy, low budget rhythm action game that’s perfect for a 5-10 minute burst before something else.
What are some of your favourite brief / low-effort . jump-in-jump-out games that you play to warm yourselves up before playing a giant burger of a game? Or what are the games that you play to reset your sense of being, perhaps after playing / finishing a giant burger of a game? They can both be the same thing too!
For me, I’ve mentioned Hide and Dance in my initial thoughts as the current game that fits the bill. It’s genuinely funny and charming and I can comfortably play two or three of the excellent tracks before jumping into something more substantial. I also like to have a spin with any sort of Puyo Puyo, Tetris or generic match-three puzzle game for a few minutes before sitting down with something else.
As for a palate-cleanser, I’ve recently been sat at my PC a lot more than I normally would be and as a result I find myself frequently playing Game Type (a.k.a. “PARKOUR! PAAAARKOUR”) when I want to transition from relaxing with from a long game into a more constructive activity. I have talked about how silly this game is on the forum before but at its core it’s a shmup that satirises the Xbox 360’s dashboard indie discoverability circa 2011. It’s very simple and not as mechanically deep as other games from Mommy’s Best Games portfolio which, for me, makes it ideal for dinking about in before doing something productive as I don’t get hung up on mastering mechanics, and such.