Welcome to this week’s episode of F2P Friday, where we highlight our favorite Free-2-Play games. The video game market is oversaturated and sometimes hidden gems can slip through the cracks. This is where we do all the hard work for you and deliver a new F2P game that we know you’ll enjoy every week. Let’s dive!

kinder world

Take care of your plants and yourself in a comforting, relaxing and lush atmosphere of your own design. Play by performing daily acts of self-love that make the world a better place. Players will nurture their in-game plants by nurturing in the real world, performing evidence-based wellness exercises like emotional naming and expressing gratitude.

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The basics

kinder world, by Lumi, is an anti-anxiety app that mixes elements of home decor, relationship progression, and plant care. All elements of the game are exceptionally well done. The quest timing is simple but appealing, the variety of self-care activities reduce the chances of progress fatigue, and the art is sweet and aesthetically pleasing.

It’s so well balanced that I was surprised to learn that it’s developer Lumi Interactive’s debut game. The female-led team took inspiration from their own wellness issues at the start of the pandemic, looking for a way to prioritize their own mental health.

Just as everyone’s self-care journey is different, so is the path to follow. Kinder world. In fact, each plant is procedurally generated, so your growth is entirely unique to you. For example, I just got my first variegated monstera leaf, but other players haven’t grown any yet.

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Why should I play?

So why should you play kinder world? I don’t often recommend app games, but this one is different. First off, I love that the game was a Kickstarter project. This means that this game came into existence specifically because gamers wanted it enough to support it before it even hit the market. Kickstarter backers create a special community that is so unique and integral to the culture of the game the developers cultivate.

I’ve played a lot of games aimed at reducing or managing stress, but this one is my favorite so far. I like how I feel like I’m playing a game first and foremost, so kinder world looks more like a hobby than a commitment. I also love the social aspect of it, which helps me feel connected effortlessly.

Did I mention how cute this game is? kinder world is the definition of cozy gaming, with its soft color palette, adorable characters, and cottagecore-inspired decorations. I fell in love with Non-binary Samoyed named Samy, who is the friendliest messenger dog in the game.

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To finish, kinder world is still technically in early release, so there’s so much upcoming content to look forward to. A game in the early release stage often has crashing issues or bugs, but so far it has worked great for me on IOS. I didn’t notice any problem.

Ready to make the world a kinder place for yourself? To download kinder world from the App Store on IOS and Android today.


Lauren Darnel
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