Today we’re taking a look at Kind Words! We literally take a look at kind words, too. Hope that made you groan! Let’s get right into it!
Genres: Casual, Indie, Experimental
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Reviewed on: PC
Available on: PC
Copy was purchased
What is Kind Words?
Kind Words is a social experiment, I guess. You are sending anonymous paper planes to people all over the world for them to read, though you gotta stay positive! You’re also able to receive paper planes and make or receive requests. On top of that, you’re able to collect, receive and send stickers to people, decorate your room with them, listen to chill lo-fi-music in the background, and receive new music for your virtual playlist by playing daily.
It’s a lovely game and I only just stumbled across two blog posts about it, so I thought it’d be nice to write about my experiences with it after playing a bit for a bit. I don’t usually buy games right away but having Aywren and Belghast talk about them in such high notes really got me excited about it and it’s only four euros, so it doesn’t tear down a black hole into your wallet.
I already covered all the gameplay there is, to be honest. I feel like it’s more of a social experiment than an actual game. There’s not much to do apart from being nice to people who need some kindness. I’m sending virtual hugs here and there, talking about my experiences with similar situations and overall try to comfort people. I feel quite nice and I also received some heartwarming answers to my requests even though I didn’t even feel down at all.
In the beginning, you’re talking to Ella the post-deer who’s quite shocked about you not knowing post-deers. She’s quite cute and delivers your paper planes, requests and answers to everyone in the world or the people who need them right now while also explaining features to you and notifying you when there’s a new answer in your inbox or when people thank you for your answers. She only just started this job, so you first need to send her a letter, which I immediately began with “Deer Ella,…”. I just couldn’t resist but she didn’t feel upset about it at all, I guess. She may have groaned, who knows. I just got her standard-NPC answer after that quick tutorial.
But when you speak to real people, you get overwhelmed with warm messages, real problems and a bit of negativity here and there where people are worried about their futures or don’t know what to do with their problems. I like helping people but when you help too much, you might need some kind words yourself! Hence, don’t hesitate to send out some requests as well!
When you read requests, you can just browse through them, answer them or even report them when they feature major negativity, innapropriate language, toxicity or even trolling. I don’t know what happens to the people behind those messages but I’m quite sure that a message with too many reports gets deleted. I so far received about 20 paper planes and answered even more requests. I only encountered one negative comment where someone was cursing and flaming their boss and just being overall negative and toxic. I could’ve answered that person, I guess, but I didn’t know what to do and instead decided to report the message for being toxic and inappropriate.
After that, I needed some cheering up, too, so I went ahead and asked for some puns and received a good one here.
Overall, this is a lovely game. It’s cheap but the music is good, the community has been nice so far and the decorations are insanely cute, too!
The only concerns I have is the fact that it may be a platform for trolls to engage on but I’m sure that the report system will take care of that. As for flaws, I guess one could mention that apart from writing there’s not much gameplay. Also, some paper planes fly past and you’re not able to catch them quick enough whilst reading another one. This is quite annoying and I would have liked it if the paper planes would take a few rounds around your room before shooting off into the distance of the screen. Also, they sometimes fly through walls and the floor which can be patched, I guess. These are just minor flaws, so I’ll definitely recommend this game to everyone who may have a tough time once in a while.
Sending love to everyone out there! – Cheers!