Inspired by a Zen proverb, Chop Wood Mindfulness Challenge is a minimalist wood-splitting activity that promotes simplicity, harmony, and relaxation. Set in a tranquil Japanese-style landscape, with ever-changing seasonal conditions, and a captivating original soundtrack, Chop Wood aspires to bring you peace through play.
Is Chop Wood a meditation disguised as a game; or is it a game disguised as a meditation? Both! It is an experience designed to promote well-being through engagement, rather than formal instruction.
While most meditation or mindfulness apps teach or guide the participant, Chop Wood locates the player within a visual poem where there is a simple, repetitive task, a rhythmic engagement, a peaceful context, uplifting music, and a satisfying action.
Chop Wood is a game of days intended to be played in short intervals over long spans of time. It is a game. It is a practice. It is a meditation. It asks you to slow down. Unlike most games, Chop Wood’s game-play has a daily limit. Once you run out of energy, the game is over until the next calendar day. Chop Wood seeks to enhance your life, not take it over.
Can a game help you to relax? Can a game be good for you? We think so! Our goal is to create a meditative and calming experience that is accessible and engaging: A Tamagotchi for the Soul.
We hope you will find peace in this simple activity.
• Dynamic game weather based on player location
• Original soundtrack by renowned Japanese composer Michiyo Yagi
• Seasonal scenery inspired by Japanese prints
• 22 Color Grades
• 8 Animal Badges
• Pay once, play forever.
• No subscriptions or in-app purchases
Chop Wood is intended to be a minimal Zen experience to focus awareness and calm the mind, inspired by the Zen proverb: “Before enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water.”
With the demonstrated health benefits of mindfulness meditation, yoga, and other awareness practices, we wanted to create a game that brought some of those benefits to people everywhere via mobile devices. Peace through play.
Game Designer: Ken Hudson
Lead Developer: Nikhil Jolly
Lead Artist: Jessica Slusark
Original Soundtrack: Michiyo Yagi
We have added environmental set-ups:
-Increased number of SEASONAL scenarios to create more granular seasonal variety
-Increased variety of WEATHER scenarios dramatically to reflect the player's local weather
-Added MOON PHASES because who wants to see the FULL MOON when it's a WANING QUARTER
- SOLAR and LUNAR ECLIPSE also added
We corrected something:
-Some refinement of AVATARS
We fixed a few other things:
-Minor bug fixes no one noticed but us
Ratings and Reviews
Not anxiety producing like a lot of other games. After an initial period of wondering why I was playing a game where there is no stimulation at all, I began to look forward to that couple of minutes of peaceful repetitive movement to very restful music. The movement of tapping to chop is a nanosecond of concentration. You can only play once, and once a day, which gives a controlled feeling.
Mindfully a win!
Excellent game! It definitely forces me to slow down, breathe and focus for just a few minutes each day and no more. The soundtrack is both calming and uplifting - a perfect backdrop to the game. Would love if there was a multi-player option so that other family members could have their own characters to build on the same device.
Unique and soothing experience!
I'm a very anxious, high strung person and I've found that playing this game helps me slow down my breathing and focus my thoughts. It's especially soothing with the in game music on. Everything I was hoping for and totally worth the money!
- Sage Immersive Realities Inc.
- 137.5 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2016 Sage Immersive Realities Inc.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.