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Wrap your way to bliss in Zen Bound 2, the unique down-tempo indie game! This is a different gaming experience: an opportunity to slow down, zone out and focus on a task that’s challenging but not stressful, a set of gentle puzzles for the mind and fingers to solve.
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010
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Wrap your way to bliss in Zen Bound 2, the unique down-tempo indie game! This is a different gaming experience: an opportunity to slow down, zone out and focus on a task that’s challenging but not stressful, a set of gentle puzzles for the mind and fingers to solve.

The goal of the game is to paint wooden sculptures by wrapping them in rope - a task that may sound simple but has surprising complexity. Each of the levels presents a spatial puzzle that becomes obvious through inspection. Some levels feature paint bombs that are helpful in covering complex areas of the object.

Zen Bound 2 is a calm and meditative gameplay experience, with tactile, dusty visuals and a sublime, enveloping soundtrack by the sensational electronic artist ‘Ghost Monkey’.

Key features:

  • Multi-touch controls for object manipulation on Macs with multi-touch trackpads
  • Over 100 levels
  • Multiple gameplay modes with paint bombs
  • 45-minute soundtrack from ‘Ghost Monkey’
  • Beautiful high definition visuals

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or later
    • Processor: 1.6+ GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 with shader model 3 required, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Nvidia 6000-series or better
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Any Intel CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: Intel GMA 950 or better
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB
    • Controller: Multi-Touch trackpad or Magic Trackpad recommended
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
1,399 products in account
74 reviews
10.3 hrs on record
Personal Rating: "Worth playing"
Traditional Rating: 7/10
Genre: Casual/Puzzle

I must admit I am a bit of a sucker for puzzlers like this one. I enjoy having these lo-fi games installed amongst the more brash, louder and bigger titles that I play at any given point and Zen Bound 2 is one of those games that relaxes yet frustrates me in equal measures (especially when I realize I have screwed up my object yet again).

Having originally started out as a game for mobile touch screen devices, the conversion to PC is pretty much spot on. In fact this is the ideal kind of game to have installed on a mobile device that you play in bursts whilst traveling or waiting for a meeting to begin (in my case) or during a meeting (as in my case when the meeting is simply boring me to death).

The concept is simple - you are given a wooden object which you simply have to cover in string. This has the effect of applying paint to the object with the ultimate goal of having the entire wooden object decked out in paint before progression to the next object begins. Along the way you will encounter paint bombs that will need to be wrapped over in order to use. These paint bombs have the added effect of spreading the paint to more difficult regions and areas of the object. You are also limited by the amount of string you can apply to the object so you will have so spatially work out your next move by continuously rotating the object and making sure you are reaching all the paint bombs to maximize your efforts.

The object you begin with is easy enough and one should be able to cover it in one's sleep but the further you progress (wonderfully represented as different themes each containing a tree with hanging oriental lanterns). As each challenge is completed, these lanterns are lit and the player is then able to move onto the next challenge. The spatial puzzles do get a bit more difficult and tricky as the wooden objects get more complex and it can become quite a handful trying to make sure you cover as much of the object as possible whilst also trying to maximize your paint bombs with the limited piece of string you are given.

Graphics and sound are wonderful and very Zen - as I am sure you would imagine considering the games title - and if you enjoy these kind of experiences I wouldn't hesitate recommending you pick it up. If you can, rather purchase the tablet version which will allow you to get in some casual gaming in the workspace when you just need some downtime from your busy day.
Posted: January 30th, 2014
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
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15 reviews
2.2 hrs on record
Growing up, I had this cat.

She loved going outside, but was too wild to stay in the yard and out of traffic, so whenever she wanted to go out, we would hook her into a harness and let her roam the yard in that. My cat hated the harness, and as soon as it came out, she would turn into a puddle of fur, meat and disconnected bones that made threading her into the harness both an act of frustration and love.

Zen Bound 2 is a lot like that cat.

The object of the game is to wrap up an item with string, which places paint on the object. The objective is to completely cover each wooden effigy with paint. The main object in your arsenal is just to turn and rotate the item to slowly wrap it up, but the game includes nail bombs and paint bombs that also splash paint across the item. It's a simple enough premise in theory, and certainly something I had never come across before.

Perhaps it simply takes a certain type of person to appreciate this kind of game, but I found the puzzles in Zen Bound 2 frustrating me more than relaxing me, and the ambient sounds of rope pulling taut just made me go tense alongside it. I've seen other reviewers say it was soothing, though, so it all depends. The controls seemed tense and unforgiving to me, like I had little control over where the rope would fall, and what it stuck on or slid off of seems inconsistent.

You unlock new levels by covering a wide and delightful array of lovingly-rendered wooden figures, and each 'level' is represented by paper lanterns hanging from a tree. The aesthetic appeal of this game, with its clean and warm graphics, is undeniable, and even clever. I've only seen some of them so far, and look forward to unlocking the rest. The music is similarly Zen, very appropriate to the game.

I did encounter some freezing, stuttering, and long lag times, with items getting 'stuck' mid-turn and glitching out, along with the music and sound effects.

The fact that the game did not give me the experience I had expected doesn't mean I did not enjoy it, though, and find my own reasons to enjoy it. The game is challenging and maybe even punishing, as Perfection always is. There's more to this game than its claws.
Posted: July 4th, 2014
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
563 products in account
37 reviews
92.7 hrs on record
Once you try this, you get bound to it.

I'd love to say it is relaxing, because it is to a certain point, but the truth is that some of the figures are... well...

can anyone help me finish Koncentration, please?

Anyway, the game is superb.
One of a kind.
Posted: March 3rd, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
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9 reviews
2.3 hrs on record
Ironically, this game is pretty stressful to me. I can feel my shoulders tensing up as I play it. I have come back to this game on-and-off for probably a year, and nope, it's still not relaxing or particularly fun. While it is untimed and has pleasant sound and visuals, It doesn't control well. Maneuvering the objects feels harder than it should be, and when the rope "sticks" to an object, it's irritating to detach it. The gameplay just doesn't flow well. I can see this being better with smoother controls.
Posted: March 23rd, 2014
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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111 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
In Zen Bound you need to wrap ropes around objects. After a couple of objects it get repetitive. I didn't find it enjoyable.
Posted: May 14th, 2014
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48 of 55 people (87%) found this review helpful
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120 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
wood wrap
Posted: September 22nd, 2011
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