I’ve had my eyes set on Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to) for some time now. I remember when it first popped up on Steam September of 2019, I was excited by the premise of having a game in which people supported one another; however, I was unsure if the right kind of people would download it. Due to the circumstances we currently find ourselves in, I decided to download Kind Words to see if the overwhelmingly positive Steam reviews were, in fact, correct.
The premise of Kind Words is simple; if a person has a problem, they write a short letter explaining the issue, and a few hours later, another person replies. The creators, Popcannibal, of Kind Words tell its players to “use their words to lift others up and be lifted in return.” It’s literally the most wholesome game in the world, which is why when I installed it, I assumed it would be tarnished. However, I was utterly wrong.
Once I booted up Kind Words, I was immediately met with the most adorable deer named Ella. She informed me that she was my mail deer and was there to deliver my letters to others as well as bring their messages to me. Once she gave me the rundown on the rules of the land, AKA don’t be a jerk, I was told to write a positive note on a paper airplane so it could float into the rooms of others. Once that was taken care of, I was introduced to my room. It looked quite a bit like my room in real life, minimalistic with a desk and music device. Ella then shared some sweet lo-fi beats with me created by Clark Aboud, and I was ready to start writing letters. The letters I received pleasantly surprised me; they were full of people lending an ear, others were publicly thanking the group for advice while others were seeking their own. It was beautiful. Soon more paper airplanes than I could count whizzed into my room, and each of them was filled with uplifting notes and empowering quotes.
Overall, Kind Words has simple graphics, a great soundtrack, and a community that enjoys helping others. I was apprehensive that the message of this game would be lost, and the “players” would just be asking people to follow them on YouTube. However, I found that the people on the other side of the screen really are using their words to uplift others. In the end, if you find yourself wanting to help others or just need to vent, Kind Words is the game for you.