Proverbs 16:24 “Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
Videogames are often ridiculed for being negative, violent, and not bringing anything positive to the table of society. There are lots of studies to quickly point the finger at games for the evil that occurs in the world, instead of being responsible for our own actions.
Sure, there are quite a few that I don’t even play because of their content, but then there are games like Kind Words that offer a different experience that you often find. It’s refreshing to find a videogame that it’s sole purpose is to bring light to dark situations. It’s not a Christian based game, but it certainly has biblical values at its core.
Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
Kind Words is a short game available on Steam that I had read about somewhere, whether on Twitter or maybe a review site. I saved it to my wish list thinking that I would buy it one day, especially since it wasn’t very expensive. Well, the day came when it was on sale and I thought it would be nice to try and review.
“A game about writing nice letters to real people. Write and receive encouraging letters in a cozy room. Trade stickers and listen to chill music. We’re all in this together. Sometimes all you need are a few kind words.” – From Steam Page
As a blogger myself, a game that focuses on digital words piqued my interest. The game doesn’t take a long time to master, as it’s premise is to send and reply to letters. It’s simple, but that’s what make’s it interesting! You play as a boy in his room, who sits at a desk and writes letters or receives them from a friendly deer who delivers mail.
I felt like I was in space or in another dimension while playing since the graphics give this ethereal feel to them. It was refreshing and relaxing, as I haven’t played a game like this one before (I don’t think anyone has!). Kind Words has my kind of background music since it’s all lo-fi beats. I would have liked a little more variety in the beats, like a larger playlist, but the tracks are good.
When you reply to letters, often you will receive a sticker which is a decoration that can be added to the room. There are only a few so it’s pretty easy to collect them all, and it’s a good motivator to keep writing. The reason that kept me replying to the words I read was a chance to share the love of God.
Proverbs 18:4 “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.”
Most of the letters were people struggling with various emotions, breakups, job problems, lack of identity and self-worth. I wanted to see what would happen if I focused on sharing God’s love with these people, as they were struggling with the same issues we all deal with daily.
Depending on the topic, I would tell them what God’s heart for them was and how much He loved them, despite their circumstances. The response went well, and I got lots of stickers, so I pray that my words touched their heart and that they would know God personally.
Kind Words gives it’s players a place to do just that, give kind words. That’s nice and has its place in life, but it doesn’t heal the true wound that we all have in our hearts. Words have power and give life, which is why we need to look to Christ who said: “I am the way, truth and the life”. I will be coming back to this game and asking God how I can pray for, and share kind words with the letters I read.
We are all thirsty from drinking from a well that ran dry a long time ago, instead of tasting water that we will never thirst from again. Hear God’s words for your life, which are the kindest you will ever find.
You can purchase Kind Words on Steam.
Check out my personal lo-fi beats playlist from Spotify, and get the Kind Words soundtrack below 🙂