What’s the definition of cute? We can’t pick one that encompasses everything. We would say it’s an adjective used when something is pretty in a childish, youthful way, and evokes a feeling of excitement. It’s also very subjective and thus hard to apply to a certain video game – as they say, different strokes for different folks. With that said, our goal is to give you a list of games that, in our opinion, have a strong chance to be called cute by the majority of people. Here are the best cute games for PC, in our humble opinion.
Here’s a game that makes the concept of working on a ranch cute, bubbly, and exciting. You’ll play as Beatrix LeBeau, a young girl who needs to wrangle slimes, take care of them, and make a living doing it. This first-person singleplayer adventure also has elements of hunting, growing crops, raising chickens, completing daily quests, building your ranch up, and exploring the large world. There are more than 150 hybrid slimes to encounter, and you can choose between 3 game modes, Rush, Casual, or Adventure, based on your play style.
In terms of games like Zelda that are available for PC, this is one of the closest. It has all the elements – exploring a vast kingdom, acting like a detective to uncover the mystery of your father’s disappearance, plenty of killing, monster–fighting, and old-fashioned violence by sword and shield. This action-adventure will take you much more than the predicted 15 hours of the campaign, that’s for sure. The final boss fight, against a sea monster named Oceanhorn, also motivates you to survive the whole ordeal.
This is without a doubt one of the most underrated 3d games, not only because of its beautiful graphics but because it’s a story of an anti-war hero. You will explore the kingdom set in the open world of Gemea without ever getting into combat. Even though you have the responsibility to clear the nature of corruption named the Murk, you can set your own pace. Talk to locals, befriend animals, customize your character, explore the world, choose a profession, build a farm, experience all seasons, or pick up cooking, fishing, farming, looting, or anything that piques your interest.
4. Overcooked 2
Have you been itching to try a cute cooking game? We don’t think there’s a better choice than Overcooked 2. But don’t forget, even though this is one of the best-rated games for PC, it’s also an online game that portrays all the chaos that comes with being a chef. It’s a sequel to Overcooked but has the same feel of gathering 3 more friends to play alongside (or against) and see who achieves the higher score. It’s educational, fun, nerve-racking, and immeasurably cute, but it also has horror elements. Remember the villain in the first game, Ever Peckish? Even though he’s gone, not all the evil has disappeared.
This one has all the elements of an RPG game. But, it is not. Spiral Knights is a co-op or multiplayer adventure game. And, although it is a classic adventure of a sword-and-shield-wielding warrior, it’s very fast-paced and challenging and even set in an Alien World. Obviously, you’re tasked with exploring and navigating this world and reaching its core. As we mentioned, you’ll get plenty of action, military-style. That includes using your brain to solve puzzles, sneaking or fighting hordes of creatures, looting treasures, gearing up your character, and working with other spiral knights.
You knew this one was coming. After all, it combines anarchy and cute to form Anarcute! It is one of the older games on our list. you start a rampaging riot, a lot of chaos, and control an entire crowd of adorably cute rioters. This is a reverse tower defense game, in our opinion. Instead of defending the case, your enemies are defenders and will use lasers, robots, helicopters, turrets, and even heavy artillery. Prepare a strategy – use cars, bikes, trash cans, phone booths, fire hydrants, or anything at hand, and turn them into projectiles. Eventually, you can crash entire buildings!
We thought Portal Knights would be much more GPU-intensive because it is beautiful! And honestly, it’s one of the best-paid games for solo, online, or split-screen playing, and in some aspects, it can be classified as a Minecraft alternative. Create a Portal Knight (Warrior, Ranger, or Mage) and start leveling it up. Customize its appearance, unlock abilities and talents, acquire gear and weapons, and start building. The islands are randomly generated, but you can also purchase a private island, and become a tycoon when you’re taking a break from killing your foes.
Although there are plenty of idle games for PC, and many of them are just as cute, we picked Clicker Heroes. There’s a reason for that – the game, released in 2013, is considered a jet-setter, and one often credited as bringing popularity to clicker/idle games. The premise is that each time you click, you get a cookie. Things quickly ramp up, and you unlock upgrades – bigger cookies or more cookies per click. You’re not punished for being away either, so you can start or stop anytime you want.
You don’t necessarily need to be romantically involved to play this adventure with one to four players in co-op. You only need to work together if you are to explore the vast, epic galaxy in your neon battleship. That’s because you need to control all parts of your vessel (turrets, shields, lasers, thrusters) if you are to beat the enemies, forces of Anti-Love. Besides the artwork itself, the cuteness factor comes into play when you have to rescue space-bunnies who are kidnapped. Black holes also pose an additional danger, so avoid being sucked into them.
Cuphead is among our favorite 2D cartoon games, and its cuteness is prominent in the artwork, especially watercolor backgrounds, old-school soundtrack, and the characters themselves. The game is inspired by the 1930s cartoons and can be played solo or as a two-player adventure. It is a run-and-gun game that will keep you on the edge of your toes because it’s fast-paced and, we’ll be honest, very challenging. There’s something definitely not cute about Cuphead too – as you’re playing, you’re paying your debt to the devil!
11. Stardew Valley
Farming can be exhausting and poses a financial risk in real life. Luckily, this is a game. In Stardew Valley, you inherit your grandfather’s plot. With old tools and just a little starting money, you are tasked with living off the land and slowly developing into nearby plots. Customize your character, build, hunt, collect resources, grow, craft, explore, repair, fish, cook, and even date and eventually marry one of 12 available bachelors and bachelorettes. Your in-game opponent is Joja Corporation, which seeks to exterminate the old ways of life. You can play alone against them, or with 3 other players.
We just can’t get over the cuteness of Stardew Valley, so here’s an alternative. It’s 3D instead of 2D, and a single-player-only adventure, instead of offering Co-Op possibilities. Instead of starting on an inherited plot of land, you’re forced to gather up remaining survivors after a heavy storm unleashed a horde of zombies. You need to cultivate your farm, manage a restaurant, and fight monsters simultaneously! It combines the elements of survival, story mode, time-management, tower defense, cooking, and farming as if one of them isn’t hard enough!
13. Cat Quest
What’s cuter than cartoon cats? Not a lot of things, as you’ll quickly discover by playing Cat Quest. It’s a solo adventure with open-world action and RPG elements set in the world of Felingard. Seasoned players coined the term “cartoon Skyrim” or “super-cute Skyrim” and for a reason. You would also expect combat to be comical, right? It’s anything but, and very well-developed in comparison to some games on our list. It allows for melee and ranged combat, spell casting, as well as dodging and launching counter-attacks.
14. Mini Ninjas
Here’s a game for boys that is also cute. No, it’s not a third-person shooter! It’s a ninja game, so there will be a lot of combat. But it’s in no way too violent and is thus appropriate for a wider audience and different age groups. Instead of delivering gruesome death, your focus is on exploring the massive world around you. It can also accommodate your play style – you can choose to be as close to a pacifist as you can be in a fighting game, and stealth your way through. Of course, picking up a katana and slaying enemies is more fun, so we’d recommend that option.
15. Grow Home
Do you find a cartoon robot made of geometric shapes cute? If this at least piqued your interest, check the Grow Home out, and you’ll be intrigued. The robot in question, BUD (Botanical Utility Droid), has one primary goal, to save his home planet. He has to navigate the procedurally generated worlds and floating islands by climbing and jumping to harvest seeds and crystals. And, as the name suggests, you can use those seeds to grow pathways to the sky in all directions, allowing you to move independently while exploring.
16. A Hat in Time
Did you notice we’ve missed mentioning one of the genres known for being cute? That was intentional. We have saved it for A Hat in Time, a 3D platformer game, following Hat Kid, a girl who is forced to travel through space. When she runs out of fuel, she has to stitch new hats, parkour jump, and battle her way through the world. There are 5 open worlds, filled with friends, foes, missions, murder mysteries, rare magical items, badges, and abilities. The cuteness also has a physical representation – hearts floating from Hat Kid to creatures she likes.
Doki Doki Literature Club! is a story-driven free game that is cute on the surface. You follow 4 members of a girl-only literature club on their daily activities. They each have distinctive personalities and a backstory, which makes for some fun interactions. The game easily pulls you in with ease, and a lot of people have spent upward of 200 hours playing it. But, don’t forget the “not for those who are easily disturbed” and “not for children” warnings. It’s nothing terrifying, but the game has a dark backstory. No spoilers, though!
With a name like that, you’ll probably ask three questions. What’s cute about this? How much horror is there? Are there zombies wandering in the night? Just take one look at the gameplay or screenshots, and you’ll get your answers. The characters are very cute, have large eyes, and populate a very interesting hand-drawn world. The story is driven by a large mystery – why does the world seem to be deteriorating? This will lead you on a journey of exploration, discovery, character development, and a lot of fun glued to the screen.
19. Child of Light
Child of Light is a cute mix of turn-based RPG, co-op adventure, hand-drawn, unique artistic style, and a beautiful soundtrack. It’s very eye-pleasing, but since it was published by Ubisoft, the base storyline is a bit too familiar. You’ll follow Aurora, a girl from Austria in 1985, who has inexplicably found herself in the lost continent of fairytales named Lemuria. Before she can return home, she has to claim victory over Queen of the Night. There’s a wide variety of creatures, multiple locations, dungeons, and even Aurora’s party members, who can take turns attacking.
In the end, we’ve decided to feature an upcoming cute game for PC. We wouldn’t do it if we weren’t sure it has a lot of potential and cuteness, of course. It’s a 3D action shooting game in development since 2017, created in a familiar Japanese art style. You play as a cute witch named Nobeta, obviously. Her goal is to beat enemy after enemy, taking turns melee attacking, casting spells, and dodging attacks. There are multiple types of magic at your disposal, a solid storyline told through cutscenes and even some puzzle-solving and discovery elements that add diversity.