Like eating a durian fruit or bungie jumping off a bridge, descriptions can only take some experiences so far--sometimes, they just have to be lived through. The Blind Monk’s Society should be placed on that same pedestal, as a first-person adventure played solely through the medium of sound. It’s also completely free to download, which is convenient, because you should play this mod immediately. Running in the Source engine sans visuals of any kind, this hour-ish-long game manages to be funny, relaxing, and even intense without a single pixel’s worth of graphics.
Without giving too much away, you’ll play as the newest addition to a group of blind monks, who constantly patter to themselves so that they don’t bump into one another. You’re tasked with collecting wind chimes to add to the monastery’s collection, which unfurls into a journey of plodding through rivers, chasing magic woodpeckers, and getting caught red-handed by a shotgun-wielding hillbilly. The monks’ dialogue is hilarious, and your brain will slowly but surely start to construct a 3D map using only your ears. Play this with a blindfold and headphones, and you’ll feel like a true monk in training.