The rustle of trees in the wind, the quiet chirp of birds, the calm ambiance: these qualities make the countryside the perfect place to relax, and reflect. Being in nature’s presence can calm any turbulent stresses and douse any simmering frustrations.
It’s difficult to capture this feeling in a virtual world, and there has yet to be a game that conveys the countryside’s soothing, humble charm. But Inasa Fujio’s game, Inaka Project, looks to do just that.
You play as a part-time post officer, delivering letters in rural Japan. You travel through the countryside, taking mail to small villages, and learn about local life by chatting to the residents. Inaka Project is still early in development, but from the gifs and screenshots Fujio has tweeted, it seems to have captured the hearts of all who have seen it.
Inaka Project has drawn thousands of likes and retweets across Fujio’s Twitter account, with the most popular tweet, a short video of Inaka Project’s gameplay, having been liked 20,000 times. When a Redditor brought it to the attention of r/Gaming, the post got just under 60,000 upvotes, with people in the comments expressing their excitement for a relaxing and cosy-looking game.