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Release Date: Nov 16, 2010
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Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Creative first but then boring, Good for less than 1 dollar.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Bondage Simulator 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Calm and thoughtful puzzler with a nice easy learning curve.
Zen Bound 2 can be relaxing or incredibly frustrating, and has something for both casual puzzle players and 100% completionists. Open level select and beautiful paint effects make it visually appealing, while gentle music adds a soothing touch.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Possibly the sexiest game I own. Very relaxing and calming. Even if your mind can't handle a puzzle, the sound of the rope tightening and the paint splatters is enough to justify buying it. Serously. It is fantastic. Seriously.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Really relaxing and fun. I loved the way that the game made me think and figure out the puzzles on a 3d plane, almost as if I am sitting there tieing the objects myself.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Do I like this game? No. Would I recommend this to someone who likes puzzle games ooooh boy yes. Basically in this game you wrap a statue up with rope to cover enough space to advance to the next puzzle.
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12.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Nice game. It's amusing until you get ambitious.... then time get's irrelevant. OOOOMMMM.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Weirdly engrossing. It's got a very relaxing vibe that I can see remembering fondly down the line.
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This game fails to be the least bit relaxing, and honestly that's why I have no incentive to play it further than the small bit I already have. You're stuck with one fixed camera angle and often need to wrap around thing that aren't visible on-screen. The rope will randomly stick to things, except the stuff you want it to stick to, and it's easy to lose progress for no apparent reason. I even had the rope glitch into the wood once; fun times. It's not a fun game, either, so there's just nothing here to keep me wanting to play. I gave it a few tries and every time went away feeling bitter towards it.
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
I hate giving bad reviews, but I can't give this game a good one.
It's a strange game. It's not bad.
It just isn't funny.
I played it for something like 10 minutes and I didn't enloy it.
You don't need reviews to decide to buy or not this game.
What you see in the game screenshots is what you get.
You get to paint objects with paint using a rope.
It's not worth its price to me. It's a good thing I got it from an humble bundle.
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81 of 104 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Made my girlfriend interested in bondage. 10/10
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
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.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Zenbound 2 is a puzzle game which provides you with a rope and an object, and you are asked to wrap the rope around the object. Wherever the rope touches, a 'halo' of paint is applied, and the main goal is to cover as much of the object in paint as possible. Pins or nails are sometimes placed at strategic locations which can make the task easier or harder, based on your point of view.

Though at times, it can be frustrating to get the rope to stick or slide where and when you want it to, this is an engaging and brain-bending puzzle game. There are numerous solutions to each puzzle because of the nature of the paint mechanic, but as the difficulty increases, the objects get more complex, and the rope gets shorter, you have to carefully plan your paths to make sure that full contact is made at the right depth levels before you move to other areas.

100% completion is impossible, so if you strive for that satisfaction, don't search for it here. Casual puzzle gamers and people looking to burn 15-20 minutes at a time will love this.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Ok, so I'll just say it: It's Shibari, if Shibari meant covering inanimate objects with paint via clever use of a limited expanse of rope.

That about sums it up. The minimal look and feel of the game is to my taste when it comes to relaxing/casual stuff - though the CONSTANT sound of the straining rope can be a bit overbearing, on the whole it's a mellow and almost contemplative little game.

An interesting change from the usual casual puzzler, if you're looking for something a bit different.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
A puzzle game that's both relaxing and challenging. A lovely distraction for a moment aside.

The goal; wrap the roap around the object to cover it in paint. The more you cover, the better your rating. The less rope you use, the more challenging. But no clock, no pressure. Take your time. Enjoy.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I'll give it a thumbs up for originality, but the game is far from perfect. In fact, if it wasn't released years ago, I'd think this game was in early access...

Let's get the good parts out of the way first: it's relaxing, plays reasonably well and has great music. And (as said) is pretty original, which means a lot. It has that typical "one more" sort of thing going on.

The bad part about it is that it makes mistakes that could've been (or even should have been) avoided. The main part: the intro. Yes, I get that it's going for a minimalistic approach. But a simple meter that displays which percentage you've 'covered' isn't too much to ask for, right? Or a visual feedback that you've completed the level.
Even more bothersome is that you have to actually exit the level to see which percentage you actually covered. Or whether you did reasonable, okay or great (not unimportant, as you need to know that for unlockable future things). There's no tutorial either. On one hand, it's not like this game is hard to wrap your head around, but nothing at all is just not enough.
And I'd love it if there were some options on the screen. It's like the only keyboard button to be used is 'escape' (which you'll need to press once you finished a level if you want to actually do anything but admire your wrapped present). I only accidentally stumbled upon the 'restart' option, and I think I'd rather have a rewind and forward button with it...though that may have been too hard to implement. Same for my wish to temporaly turn the object to glass and make anything but 20 cm of rope invisible...I'm sometimes just binding in the blind.
One thing that really shouldn't be that hard is an option to zoom in and out. For the same reasons already mentioned.
EDIT: just noticed that there's some sort of bug...there actually IS a percentage meter, as well as an indication of length. It's just not displayed on my monitor by default for some reason (I get it by alt-tabbing out of the game and then back in again...which for some reasons causes me not to be able to start a level :-\ ). Rather than deleting the above, I'll mention it. Perhaps my 1920x1080 resolution is to blame? :-\


Wow...seems like my last paragraph is quite a lot longer than my previous one. Don't let that fool you, though. I gave it a thumbs up for a reason: the game is certainly fun to play. And despite the mentioned quirks, you actually feel like you're in control of what you're doing. Which is something that isn't that common with 3D puzzlers...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Needs a bit practice to get used to the controls and behaviour of the rope but then its realy nice.

The game is even better if you try to get perfection. 100% on a figure is sometimes realy tricky but so satisfying when you solved it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Game for when you don't know what you want to play or you are seriously bored.
It is a relaxing game wich is almost like watching tv, you can be braindead and still find this entertaining.

I would recommend it since I got it for a dollar but I don't know if you will be just as happy if you pay more... The choice is up to you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Finally, a puzzle game that is difficult but doesn't make me want to punch the monitor. You wrap rope around different shaped things and try to cover as much as possible, there's other mechanics added in, and it's ridiculously addictive. One problem for me though is that, for some reason, sound effects keep cutting out halfway through, but I'm sure it's either a result of my probably mediocre sound card or a bug I will get around to working out.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Pretty neat but would be more interesting with women models than those silly figurines.
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