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Slice of life

Genre
Slice of life games focus on mundane, casual, and/or relaxing day-to-day activities or tasks rather than exciting action or heavy plot. The genre is typically relaxing or comfortable, providing a feeling of relatability to and escapism from the hectic everyday through atmosphere and texture over mechanics. Often, slice of life games may use their simplicity or minimalism of plot to impress complex emotions in the player.

Mechanically, conflict is minimal, easily avoided, or non-existent, and players are given a large amount of freedom to become immersed in the virtual world presented. Because of this, the mechanics of slice of life games often cross over with simulation games, graphic adventures, and, due to the popularity of the slice of life anime genre, visual novels.

While the style is generally considered niche due to their lack of action and slow pace, a few slice of life games have crossed into mainstream popularity, including Stardew Valley, and the Animal Crossing [どうぶつの森] and Story of Seasons [牧場物語] franchises.
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Title / Release date
  • 3.56
    30
    1994 27 may 1994 Dating sim Bishōjo
  • 4.04
    171
    2
    1997 16 oct 1997 Postmodernism Graphic adventure
  • 3.73
    11
    Dr. Slump [ドクタースランプ]
    1999 18 mar 1999 3D platformer Comedy
  • 3.77
    38
    1999 04 jun 1999 Visual novel Bishōjo
  • 4.59
    5
    Tokimeki Memorial 2 [ときめきメモリアル2]
    1999 25 nov 1999 Dating sim Slice of life
  • 3.74
    50
    1999 16 dec 1999 Farm life sim Farming simulator
  • 3.73
    468
    5
    1999 29 dec 1999 Life simulation Open world
  • 4.08
    7
    Roommania #203 [ルーマニア#203]
    2000 27 jan 2000 Life simulation Slice of life
  • 4.27
    30
    2000 22 jun 2000 Graphic adventure Slice of life
  • 3.89
    25
    2000 08 sep 2000 Utsuge Adult
  • 3.88
    852
    1
    2001 14 apr 2001 Fantasy Slice of life
  • 3.87
    262
    1
    2001 06 sep 2001 Life simulation Open world
  • 4.09
    27
    2002 11 jul 2002 Graphic adventure Slice of life
  • 3.83
    72
    2002 03 oct 2002 Absurdist comedy Romance
  • 2.91
    95
    1
    2003 28 feb 2003 Visual novel Comedy
  • 3.81
    145
    2003 18 apr 2003 Farm life sim Farming simulator
  • 3.81
    167
    1
    2004 28 apr 2004 Bishōjo Visual novel
  • 3.00
    1
    2004 may 2004 Visual novel Choose your own adventure
  • 5.00
    1
    Bokura no Kazoku [ぼくらのかぞく]
    2005 24 mar 2005 Life simulation Slice of life
  • 3.65
    655
    2005 23 nov 2005 Social simulation Slice of life
  • 3.64
    6
    Boku no Natsuyasumi 3 [ぼくのなつやすみ3 −北国篇− 小さなボクの大草原]
    2007 05 jul 2007 Graphic adventure Slice of life
  • 4.04
    58
    1
    2007 27 jul 2007 Visual novel Bishōjo
  • 2.67
    104
    2007 18 sep 2007 Social simulation Slice of life
  • 2.12
    41
    1
    2007 18 sep 2007 Slice of life Social simulation
  • 3.04
    6
    Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times [とんがりボウシと魔法の365にち]
    2008 12 nov 2008 Life simulation Fantasy
  • 3.45
    409
    2008 16 nov 2008 Slice of life Social simulation
  • 3.39
    1,095
    1
    2009 02 jun 2009 Social simulation Life simulation
  • 3.38
    9
    Tomodachi Collection [トモダチコレクション]
    2009 18 jun 2009 Social simulation Slice of life
  • 3.38
    26
    Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland [ロロナのアトリエ ~アーランドの錬金術師~]
    2009 25 jun 2009 JRPG Slice of life
  • 4.12
    4
    Boku no Natsuyasumi 4 [ぼくのなつやすみ4 瀬戸内少年探偵団「ボクと秘密の地図」]
    2009 02 jul 2009 Graphic adventure Slice of life
  • 4.07
    17
    Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! [真剣で私に恋しなさい!]
    2009 28 aug 2009 Visual novel Slice of life
  • 3.91
    18
    Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland [トトリのアトリエ ~アーランドの錬金術士 2~]
    2010 24 jun 2010 JRPG Turn-based RPG
  • 2.49
    5
    Morenatsu. [漏れなつ。]
    2010 15 aug 2010 Furry Romance
  • My Candy Love [Amour sucré]
    2011 16 mar 2011 Visual novel Social simulation
  • 3.66
    15
    Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland [メルルのアトリエ~アーランドの錬金術士3~]
    2011 23 jun 2011 JRPG Slice of life
  • 4.02
    22
    2011 24 jun 2011 Visual novel Fantasy
  • 3.98
    22
    2012 12 apr 2012 Low fantasy Kinetic novel
  • 3.59
    26
    2012 28 jun 2012 JRPG Turn-based RPG
  • 3.58
    28
    1
    2012 28 jun 2012 Mecha Visual novel
  • 3.15
    34
    2012 13 jul 2012 Visual novel Romance
  • 3.92
    1,381
    3
    2012 08 nov 2012 Social simulation Slice of life
  • 3.74
    511
    1
    2013 18 apr 2013 Social simulation Absurdist comedy
  • 3.47
    72
    2013 30 aug 2013 Visual novel Adult
  • 4.05
    26
    2015 24 sep 2015 Tactical RPG Visual novel
  • 3.20
    2
    The Ditzy Demons Are in Love With Me [僕と恋するポンコツアクマ。]
    2015 25 sep 2015 Visual novel Dating sim
  • 3.31
    29
    Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book [ソフィーのアトリエ~不思議な本の錬金術士~]
    2015 19 nov 2015 Turn-based RPG JRPG
  • 3.97
    3,409
    5
    2016 26 feb 2016 Social simulation Low fantasy
  • 2.96
    3
    Maitetsu [まいてつ]
    2016 25 mar 2016 Visual novel Slice of life
  • 3.94
    5
    2016 05 apr 2016 Narrative exploration Graphic adventure
  • 3.53
    3
    2016 19 aug 2016 Visual novel Zombie
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