The Best Games That Deal With Anxiety On The Nintendo Switch

Video games can be a great way to help deal with anxiety. From cozy farming sims to puzzle-solving games, they can help ease your worries and anxiety. What about games that actually deal with anxiety though? If you are looking for a good representation of anxiety on the Nintendo Switch, then you’re in luck.

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Here, we are going to take a look at some of the best games on the Nintendo Switch that deal with anxiety. Rather than just helping you with anxiety, these games have characters that are experiencing it as well, whether it is directly stated or implied.

8 Night In The Woods

Night in the Woods - Mae And Gregg Riding A Bike During A Sunset

While Night in the Woods may sound like a survival game, it’s actually a beautiful story that centers around Mae. As a recent college dropout, Mae goes back to her hometown and must get to the bottom of a “horrible secret” that the town hides.

As you play through the story, it will become evident that Mae has mental health issues, and struggles with anxiety and depression. Night in the Woods can help you deal with your own anxiety through the story as well, showing you that it’s okay to not be okay.

7 Celeste

Celeste Cover Art with Madeline reaching into the air

At its core, Celeste is a game that focuses on Madeline, who is trying to climb Celeste Mountain. Of course, the game is much more than that. Like Mae in Night in the Woods, Madeline suffers from anxiety and depression.

There is even an ‘antagonist’ in the game that is Madeline’s anxiety and depression personified. Unfortunately, Madeline does not know how to cope with these mental health issues. Throughout the game, she will discover how to do so, all while climbing a mountain.

6 Fractured Minds

fractured minds screenshot of kitchen area

Fractured Minds is a short and sweet game that will take you less than an hour to beat. In this bite-sized game, you play as a nameless character, making your way through several chapters that showcase different mental health issues.

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Rather than seeing other people with anxiety, the unnamed character has anxiety, which is reflected in how they view the world. Interestingly, this game was made by a teenager (Emily Mitchell), who wanted to show people what it was like to struggle with mental health issues.

5 Actual Sunlight

Evan sitting alone at the bus stop as he waits for the bus to come and take him home, and being prompted to put on his headphones while he waits.

The themes in this game are quite heavy, dealing with topics such as suicide!

Actual Sunlight is another short game that will take you just over an hour to get through. While short, the game really packs a punch in terms of an impactful story. The game focuses on Evan Winter, who struggles with anxiety and depression.

Rather than focusing primarily on anxiety, Actual Sunlight covers other issues that go hand in hand, such as depression, addiction, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts. Even with an hour of gameplay, Actual Sunlight is a story that will stick with you.

4 The Last Campfire

The Last Campfire with Main Character

The Last Campfire is a puzzle game placing you in the role of Ember. As Ember, you will guide ‘forlorn souls’, which have lost their sense of purpose. Like many other games on our list, The Last Campfire evokes a sense of depression, as well as anxiety.

Overall, The Last Campfire is a beautiful game set in a rich world within a storybook-like forest. With many gamers describing it as moving and meaningful, it’s definitely worth playing.

3 Life Is Strange

Max and Chloe sitting together on a car in a junkyard in Life Is Strange

Life Is Strange is a franchise consisting of several games, with the first in the series simply being called Life is Strange. This game follows Max, who has the ability to rewind time to reshape what is going on.

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Throughout the story, we grow to learn that Max has social anxiety. Life is Strange touches on many sensitive subjects; if you are a fan of this game, be sure to check out others within the series. Although Max is only present in the first game, the other characters have an equal amount of emotional depth.

2 A Space For The Unbound

The main characters from A Space For The Unbound

A Space for the Unbound is a pixelated game set in rural Indonesia during the ’90s. This unique game lets you explore the town, pet cats, and save the world. Saving from what, you may ask? A mysterious supernatural power is wreaking havoc, and it’s up to Atma and Raya to do the saving.

Along the way, will experience both yourself and others overcoming anxiety. Interestingly, the developers of the game consulted real professionals to accurately depict both anxiety and depression.

1 Spiritfarer

Spiritfarer a mid shot of Stella and Gwen hugging in a rowboat on a red lake and in front of a row of white trees

Lastly, we have Spiritfarer. This is a massively emotional game that requires you to essentially ferry souls to the Everdoor and into the afterlife. Based on this description alone, you can expect to shed some tears, as each character is extremely lovable.

Rather than anxiety over life and direction, the characters in Spiritfarer suffer from existential anxiety. As souls that have already died, they feel regret, guilt, and a sense of unfilled dreams. As the Spiritfarer, you will need to help these characters fulfill their wishes and move on.

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