Here’s a short puzzle game about manners. Play this game to work out just how considerate you are. It’s from Japanese developer G-Mode in Tokyo.
KUUKIYOMI: Consider It!
It came out in Japan back in 2018 and was a smash hit—since then, it’s politely making away across the globe.
We picked it up for £2 on the Nintendo Switch. But it’s also available across other products. Namely smartphones.
And, by cripes, it’s bizarre. It consists of around 100 short, sharp stages where you have to make a decision about one thing or another.
Some of these are common real-life scenarious (such as making room for a couple to sit on a bus seat), others really don’t make much sense at all.
Depending on your actions, the game then rates your consideration levels. Although it doesn’t do that for every stage, for some reason.
And some of them seem more about momentary philosophical stances, or outright weirdness the Japanese specialise in so brilliantly.
It’s a daft but pretty good fun game—a minor distraction. For £2 you can’t go wrong and we got a few laughs from it.
There’s a reason behind the experience, of course, as pointless as it may seem.
Japan is big on manners and politeness. Our recent review of A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind confirmed that.
For example, it’s the height of bad manners to use your smartphone in public—particularly on public transport.
With the above video we can immediately point out the differences here in Manchester of England:
- People generally don’t wait for you to get off the tram, creating an awkward crush as people get on/off the thing.
- Smartphone usage is a constant on public transport—no matter how obnoxious or pointless the conversation.
- Everywhere is covered in rubbish as people just chuck it on the ground, regardless of the abundance of bins.
- Crime rates are sky high, in part due to a reduction in police numbers due to austerity.
- If you leave your personal belongings lying around, someone will steal them.
- Some people are polite, but in most instances there’s a general casual animosity between everyone.
For example, Mr. Wapojif walks to work. The other week an older gentleman was crossing the road, gobbed onto the floor, and then gave our editor a sly look of malice.
That’s pretty common in Manchester city centre. It’s a drug dealing heaven and youths carry around zombie knives and plastic containers filled up with acid.
Another example is the failed bike hire scheme Mobike—launched in Manchester. That went very rather well indeed!
A certain sect of Mancs (*cough* chavs *cough*) took this as a chance to loot and destroy the bikes—Manchester is the only city in the world where the scheme has failed.
As such, we revelled in KUUKIYOMI: Consider It! It makes us realise there are some conscientous sorts out there.
Japan sets a benchmark for the result of the world. Let us learn from their Eastern delights and make everything a tad more enjoyable, eh?