Chop Wood Daily Mindfulness Game

Entrant 2017

Sage Immersive Realities Inc.



Inspired by a Zen proverb, Chop Wood Daily Mindfulness Game is a minimalist wood-splitting activity that promotes simplicity, harmony, and relaxation. Set in a tranquil Japanese styled 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 and mindfulness apps 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 extended periods 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. When 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 add balance to your day? We think so! Our goal is to create a satisfying yet calming mobile gaming experience: A Tamagotchi for the Soul.

We hope you will find peace in this simple activity.


Original soundtrack by renowned Japanese Koto artist Michiyo Yagi
Dynamic game weather based on player location
Seasonal scenery inspired by Japanese Ukiyo-e printmaking
22 Color Grades
8 Animal Badges
Pay once, play forever
No subscriptions, in-app purchases, or advertisements


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.