Originally released way back in 2013, KAMI (Japanese for “paper”) is a beautiful, origami-inspired puzzle game by State of Play. Here’s the release trailer:
Like so many games I’ve bought and promptly forgotten, I discovered KAMI during a Steam sale, but only began playing it earlier this week. I couldn’t have rediscovered it at a better time, honestly. For reasons various and sundry, I’ve been feeling a bit anxious and fidgety all week. KAMI has been my happy, little, paper-folding oasis in a desert of uncertainty. My lighthouse at the shores of doubt. My metaphor in a metaphor of a metaphor. Look how much more erudite I am just for playing it!
Seriously, though, the game is completely and utterly lovely. Although the puzzles are challenging – sometimes completely baffling – the overall experience is decidedly chill. The rustle of folding paper is strangely soothing. The wash of color sweeping across your screen at the resolution of a puzzle is at once exhilarating and relaxing. The [description] of the [aspect of game] is [superlative.]
Look how totally meta and Zen I am right now! I’m even quoting Basho:
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.
That is some chill, meta, Zen shit, dudes.
To give you a bit more insight into how the game plays, I’ve recorded about 4 minutes of KAMI – enough to get through the first level with perfect solutions to each puzzle: