Chop Wood Mindful Challenge

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.


Dynamic game weather based on player location
Original soundtrack by renowned composer Michiyo Yagi
Seasonal scenery inspired by Japanese prints
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.

Game Designer: Ken Hudson
Lead Developer: Nikhil Jolly
Lead Artist: Jessica Slusark
Original Soundtrack: Michiyo Yagi
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What's New

We have added environmental set-ups:
-Increased number of SEASONAL scenarios to create more granular seasonal variety
-Increased variety of WEATHER scenarios dramatically to reflect the player's local weather
-Added MOON PHASES because who wants to see the FULL MOON when it's a WANING QUARTER
- SOLAR and LUNAR ECLIPSE also added

We corrected something:
-Some refinement of AVATARS

We fixed a few other things:
-Minor bug fixes no one noticed but us
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Additional Information

Eligible for Family Library
Eligible if bought after 7/2/2016. Learn More
March 20, 2017
Current Version
Requires Android
4.0.3 and up
Content Rating
Offered By
Sage Immersive Realities Inc.
100 Front Street East 4th Floor Toronto, ON M5A 1E1 Canada
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