When was the last time you simply lost yourself in the present, shutting out any and all distracting thoughts for more than a meager second? I’m willing to bet it’s been a while, which makes Zen Man an even more perfect coffee break experience. Not only is it pleasing to look at, but it just might also help clear your head, taking another all-important step on the road to inner peace. To become Zen Man!
Alright. I know, I know: Zen Man is just the name of the game, maybe even the character portrayed at the bottom of the screen as you do your best to stay within range of the ever-moving and rotating yin and yang symbol, and not someone you become. Or maybe he is? I mean, the way everything is set up, chances are that character is, in fact, you – for the duration of the experience. One that might end in horrendous failure, should you end up consuming too many distracting thoughts. This is very likely going to happen at least once or twice, but then you finally get the hang of it and… actually, I shall not spoil what happens if you manage to survive long enough.
See, much like in real life, your state of mind is a very finite resource – or some such – indicated by the inked circle surrounding the playing field. Get too close to a distracting thought, be it sleep, family, death, or something significantly less pure, and the word will fall apart, straining your concentration a little more. Repeat this process too many times and, well, that’s that. Much like meditating in real life, which is something I’d recommend trying if you haven’t already, should the focus be lost, starting over is pretty much all you can do. You’ll get there eventually, surely.