8 Video Games You Should Play To Take Your Mind Off Revising For Exams
Exam season always feels like a bucket load of bad; your future is suddenly staring at you and the stress piles up as you fight to smash your tests. But as we know from Jack, all work and no play rarely ends well. So here’s a list of video games that will give you an opportunity to refresh your mind and take a well-deserved break.
1. Entwined (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Entwined is a pick up and play rhythm game that tells the story of two souls, a bird and a fish, destined to be together but cannot quite connect. Already it reminds you that no matter how troubled about exams you may be, there are always worse things you can be thankful aren’t a problem yet, namely this love thing people do.
Entwined is a short but sweet, score chasing journey which tasks the player to guide both souls through the various gates and rings in order to move them closer together. You’ll be pondering life, not exams in no time.
2. Journey (PS4, PS3)
Ever wondered what it would be like to trek across a never ending desert with only a random companion to join you? Look no further. In Journey you take control of a robed figure with one goal, get to the mountain.
Not only will this game tug at your heart strings without the use of words, but once you reach this short game’s end and scale the vast natural structure in the distance, you’ll realise you can do the same in your studies.
3. Rock Band (PS3, PS4, 360, XB1)
Here’s one that needs little to no explanation. Everyone likes jamming with their friends, especially to tunes that have provided the soundtrack to your student life already.
If you can get them to take a break from revision, invite your friends round and get playing. You’ll create a positive atmosphere and will end feeling refreshed, empowered and ready to tackle those exams – after all, music stimulates the brain.
4. Diablo III (PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1)
Sometimes when stressed it’s good to let out frustration, and while pretty much any shooter these days will help you channel this anger, only in Diablo III can you destroy entire groups of enemies with the push of a single button.
You’ll be transported far from your campus dorm room to the dark fantasy world of sanctuary. With short levels and the constant satisfaction of mowing down demons, you’ll feel in a much better place to hit back at those books.
5. Bejeweled (PC, Android, iPhone)
When studying you need a game that you can start up quickly and be in and out with in no time. Bejewled is just that game.
The objective is to simply swap over gems until you find a row of three. A score chasing game that is easily accessible, addictive and can take your mind off of the stress of exams in no time.
6. Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture (PS4)
For those of you more interested in story rather than scores or headshots, Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture is a one of a kind experience which simply tasks the player to walk, and that’s it.
This journey begins at the end of the world, as you explore a 1980’s rural village to find out what exactly happened to the people that lived there only seconds before. Studying for exams can sometimes feel like it’s the end of the world, but after playing this game you’ll be thankful this isn’t real life.
7. The Sims (PC)
Is it the gibbering language, your god-like power to control everything, or simply the fact that you can engage in somebody else’s life for a few hours instead of worrying about yours?
The Sims is a game which can gives you complete control over people’s lives, which comes as a welcoming change of pace at a time when you feel least in control of your own. If nothing else, you’ll leave safe in the knowledge that no matter how bad exams get, you’ll never be tortured to the degree of what you’ll inevitably put your virtual family through.
8. Braid (PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1)
Ever made a mistake and wished you could go back and change it? If so, Braid is the game for you. Traditionally a platform puzzle game, your goal is simple: save the princess from the monster.
What will keep you relaxed while playing is the fact that each of the game’s seven worlds introduces a new time-reverse mechanic. This assures you that whenever you make a mistake, it can easily be changed as you tackle a puzzle at your own pace. Braid’s all about second chances, take them here rather than in your exams.