Minecraft, strangely enough. Aside of all the spooky stuff (and especially while playing on "Peaceful", which basically removes all the spooky stuff), this game is very, well, peaceful and coziness-inducing, and with some fantastic scenery to boot, which is a feat for a game that not only randomly generates its landscapes, but also consists entirely of cubes. When I stumbled upon this game for the first time (back when there wasn't even a "hunger" system implemented into it), i spent countless hours building pretty wooden houses, exploring new biomes and just looking at stuff c:
Last Edit: Jan 16, 2017 8:23:57 GMT -5 by nerdybat
Thanks for your responses, everyone! I've played a lot of the games suggested, like the Souls games, Rayman, A Boy and His Blob remake, and Shadow of the Beast, and I definitely agree with their inclusions here. I'll be sure to check out the rest of your recommendations!
Owl Boy interested me during the last little bit of its development and it definitely has beautiful art, but I've heard the level design is fairly mediocre.
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2017 14:35:11 GMT -5 by 1upsuper
The original Rayman would be a pretty good example of this. Possibly also the recent games, if you're not talking about the levels when you run about a thousand miles per hour.
Some Donkey Kong Country levels would count too. Especially in Donkey Kong Country 3. The Northern Kremisphere has exactly the atmosphere you mention.
I wholeheartedly agree on both the original Rayman and on DKC3!
And I'm not getting tired of beating the drum for Donkey Kong Jungle Beat :
The whole game pretty much consists of lush, nature-like stages, one prettier than the other (Some of these even feature ruins and ancient looking architecture). Actually playing the game however, especially the original Gamecube version, can be very intense and stressful - but in a good way..
Words and pictures can't do it any justice:
Edit: Just realized that the things that are done in this video are pretty crazy - this is not how you actually play the game.
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2017 16:02:12 GMT -5 by windfisch
Adding to Knytt mentioned on the previous page I'd also like to mention other games from Nifflas, especially Within a Deep Forest and Nightsky. The latter, played at night with headphones on, is a really amazing experience.