Cutting Through The Noise
On the cusp of Team Alto releasing their highly anticipated sequel to the 2015 smash hit Alto’s Adventure, we wanted to take a look at some of the biggest, and best games that do your mental health a favor.
It’s a loud, and busy world, and much has been done or made in order to give us (the people in it) the opportunity to repair or settle.
Let’s face it, most of us don’t do quite enough to have healthier mental states. Our news feeds, and action movies/games, aren’t always going to assist us in that matter. However, while we’re busy working or living in the veraciously high-volume cities around the globe, there are a few titles that you can put in your pocket that aim to cut the noise.
Whatever it is you do in your day-to-day, make sure you take moments out of it for yourself.
Why Play? One of, if not the most, gorgeously stylized titles on mobile devices to date. Those Snowmen from Toronto capture completely, a perfect spell of sound, visuals, and controls, making for a stunningly relaxing experience. The team behind the Llama-filled instant classic even introduced a challenge-less “Zen Mode” months after launch for those that just want to soak up the atmosphere and audio. Recently, Snowman has launched pre-orders for their follow-up to Adventure, titled Alto’s Odyssey.
Zen Koi 2
Why Play? Koi keeping and pond building has been a long-standing tradition in Japan and centers around the care and well-being of both the fish and the designer. Zen Koi 2 isn’t an insanely complicated journey, as your only true task is to tap to swim your koi in within a pond, eating up things to grow and level up. But it is perfectly idyllic. The atmosphere that it sets is exactly what you want from a few moments of quiet. The water sounds and string instrumentals really combine well with the simple, yet meaningful gameplay.
Why Play? On the heels of the “tap revolution”, AbyssRium took the genre and gave is some extra life. Often considered to be one of the prettiest mobile games on the market, you’re tasked with bringing a piece of coral back to life. By upgrading, adding sea life, and of course tapping, there is much to unlock with your time. Again, like all of the titles in this list, there is an astoundingly calming environment within AbyssRium. Take the time, put your headphones on, and you’ll settle-in very naturally with this underwater calm.
Why Play? Unlike the other three titles—and much to the chagrin of the name of this app—Meditation Game is far less of a game than others. This app was built from the ground up by Being, for the sole purpose of relaxation and zen. The “gameplay” consists of you moving around your glowing orb (using the gyro sensors in your device) to collect other orbs. During your movement, you are caressed by a lovely soundscape, along with simple, calming quotes or breathing instructions. It’s an astonishingly functional game and does exactly what it advertises in an almost eerily simple way.
CompulsionLoop is AC+A’s (adriancrook.com) weekly pursuit of providing a Featured List for those in the games industry. A look at the latest must-play apps, along with short, useful takeaways from our team of game design and product experts. If you have a game that you think your industry colleagues should try, we’d love to hear about it at email@example.com. Don’t forget to tell us why industry insiders should be compelled to try out the game (see what we did there?).
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Have a great week!- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com