There are days when I want a video game to be relaxing. Sure, I enjoy the high energy of shoot ‘em ups like Borderlands or screaming whenever a dinosaur attacks me in Ark. However, I also like to slow down and chill with a game like Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley. This brings us to the point of this article, the upcoming indie title Paradise Marsh.

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Source: Paradise Marsh Presskit

The Story

Paradise Marsh is a relaxing adventuring game set in an endless wetland. Over time, the stars began falling out of the sky, falling into the marsh. It is up to the brave adventurer to wander around, find stars, and replenish the night sky. Equipped with only a bug net, players will need to pick flowers, catch small creatures, find lost poems, and speak with the inhabitants of the wetlands to get the job done!

The landscapes are procedurally generated, so many opportunities exist to explore new areas. While players traverse the land, they will come across critters and document their findings in a journal. Collecting these cuties will help place the stars back in the sky and make the night whole again. However, there is no rush! There is always time to eat berries, skip stones, or just chill on a comfy log until you are ready to adventure again.


After watching the trailer, I knew I had to share this title with the community. The graphics look sweet and inviting without being over-the-top. The adventuring journal reminds me of something out of early Animal Crossing games. If I am being honest, the cuteness factor is what drew me in. However, the music created by Rich Vreeland was also a significant factor. The lo-fi sounds are relaxing and add to the idea that players can take their time and complete the game at their own pace. Overall, the design, musical composition, and storyline are reasons enough to count down the days until launch.  

Odds and Ends

Paradise Marsh will be released on February 3rd, 2022, on Steam. It will be available on PC, Mac, and Linux; if you want to learn more about this title, head on over to their Twitter and Discord. You can also wishlist it on Steam to hear word on launch day. In the end, I think Paradise Marsh will be a go-to game for those looking to relax and catch a few critters.