I’m not crying, you’re crying. That’s what you’re doing. Don’t deny it. I know that you’re reading this and the tears are starting to build up in your eyes. It’s okay, we can admit that “Kind Words” is a game that not only offers encouragement, but also allows us to give encouragement to others. We can’t all be in the same place at the same time, but this Steam game allows us to all come together and share positivity.
What to love about “Kind Words”
There’s a lot to love about “Kind Words”. It has a cute art style, chill music, and you can feel yourself being positively impacted after just five minutes of playing. It’s like a breath of fresh air that you can carry around in your pocket. It costs $5, and I think that price is fair considering the active community engagement, but I would happily pay more if it meant more features or environments being added.
The game is currently rated 10/10 on Steam, and I can understand why. Many users express hope that more players will join to see additional features, stickers, decorations, and environments. Some users discuss the issue of moderation and the potential for trolls in the game.
Moderation and community
“Kind Words” has a report button to address any issues, and so far, the number of reported letters or trolls seems to be relatively low. Others argue that trolls are unlikely to pay $5 to troll someone struggling, and the lack of reaction in the game makes it less attractive for trolls. Some users recommend another app called “Slowly” for a similar experience of exchanging letters with strangers.
Regardless, there are countless positive stories being shared about “Kind Words” and how it has helped them through tough times. For example, one user writes, “I’ve been in a very dark place for years now and this game has brought me so much peace and happiness. It gives you a feeling that you aren’t alone in your problems and that there are people out there who care about you. Thank you for making this game.”
Another writes, “I’m in a place in my life where I’ve tried to take my own life twice, and nothing has helped me quite like Kind Words. It’s a really cute idea that is great for providing encouragement to those who need it.”
Yet another writes, “I’ve never been able to express myself, but this game has helped me so much. It’s also helped me to give others the help they need. I’ve always been there to help others but never felt like I could express myself to others. This game has helped me to tell others how I feel and receive help from others as well.”
I’ve not played “Kind Words” myself yet, but I understand why it is so popular. It’s a game that offers a cute and novel way to encourage and give support to people who need it. I’m not the biggest fan of short bursts of time in games, but I can understand how this is a game that you can dip in and out of.
I’m glad to see a game like “Kind Words” thrive despite some negative comments on Reddit. There’s nothing wrong with expressing frustration, but the importance of reporting trolls and taking their behavior seriously is something that I think is important to reinforce. That said, despite the concerns, I still encourage everyone to try it out and believe it will continue to thrive.
Personally, I would love to see something similar to “A Kinder World” that allows players to write anonymous letters that aren’t tied to a game. I understand that this would be harder to moderate and that it would be harder to keep players engaged, but I would love to see something similar to “Kind Words” where I can write letters and receive letters from strangers that provide support in tough times.
That’s not to say that “Kind Words” isn’t a valuable and positive game. It certainly is and has already brought much-needed positivity to the world, and I hope that it continues to thrive. I’m just not sure how much more positivity we can take.