GAME OF THE DAY
Serenity in motion
Kenshō’s stunning puzzles mesmerise and amaze.
Open the door to a new world
Kenshō is a Japanese term from the Zen tradition—ken means "seeing" and shō means "nature, essence". Nobody would question why FIFTYTWO, a small independent studio from Russia, chose this title for their new game, a beautiful puzzle adventure through surreal nature, time and space. Whilst playing you match blocks and overcome challenges to open doors into the next beautiful landscape. With its stunning graphics and meditative soundtrack from Swedish producer Oscar Rydelius, Kenshō is truly a Zen experience. It’s more than just a game—it’s a piece of visual art.
To play, you manipulate a five-by-five grid to match at least three colours to clear tiles away. But this familiar game concept has a twist: swipe in any direction, including up or down, to move the entire board. As you advance, more complicated aspects are introduced, such as tiles that can only be cleared from one side.
It’s easy to lose yourself in Kenshō’s immersive atmosphere, but the puzzles themselves are the real draw.
“We wanted to make an iOS game that could be played with just one hand,” says developer Fiftytwo’s co-founder Mikhail Shagin. “Easy to learn, but fresh and fascinating. A combination of colour matching with some new, graceful puzzle mechanics.”