Kintsukuroi – A beautifully simple game

Kintsukuroi combines beautiful visuals and music with simple gameplay in this free game for Android.

While this game isn’t directly connected to learning Chinese, I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it. The description describes why it’s the perfect game for taking a break from work:

Kintsukuroi’s main goal is to center someone who’s anxious – to provide them something to focus on in a calming environment while also giving them a sense of progression and accomplishment.

The game works by rotating the broken pieces and then putting them back into place to rebuild a ceramic object – essentially a 3D jigsaw puzzle.

Rotate the broken pieces and then place them into the puzzle

Kintsukuroi is an ancient Japanese art of repairing ceramics using metals. The repair is clearly visible and becomes part of the object’s design. From Wikipedia:

…the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum… As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

The first thing I thought when reading this was – I wonder if people break pottery on purpose, just so they can repair it using these methods:

Collectors became so enamored with the new art that some were accused of deliberately smashing valuable pottery so it could be repaired with the gold seams of kintsugi.

An extremely simple game, but very satisfying. I’m sure after you finish all the puzzles you’ll be wanting more.

Find out more about Kintsukuroi on the Android Experiments page and download the game for free on Google Play.