Dim the lights. Light a candle, something scented with ylang-ylang or jasmine. Take that tiny rake and drag it through the mini Zen garden on your knick-knack shelf. Arrange for your cat to bump the wind chimes. Then click on over to Coins, a simple and relaxing puzzle game from Monosynth Games. Slide coins around from their initial position to a goal position in forty soothingly beige levels.
Click on a coin and click where you'd like to place it. Sounds easy, right? Well, of course there's a catch. In the first twenty levels, you can only move a coin to a place where it's touching two other coins. In the second twenty, it must be touching two coins of different colors. In the twenty bonus levels on the iOS version, the coin itself changes color when it moves. As you would expect, the fewer moves you take, the higher your personal awesomeness meter.
Mellow string strumming, parchment and watermark backgrounds, and coins that look like they've been carved from wood soothe your senses while your brain cells enjoy a gentle massage. Getting the highest score (which, rather than the typical star, grants you some kind of abstract box drawing) can be rather difficult in some levels, but the passing margin is rather generous, so you'll never get stuck on a level and unable to move on to the next. This cuts down on frustration considerably while still providing a goal for us perfectionistic types.
The iOS bonus levels provide a little more of a challenge in that it's possible to get stuck and need to restart via the button in the upper right, since you can end up with no possible legal moves if you color change in the wrong way. In general, however, either version is a game that's going to relieve your stress, not add to it, and most of us could use that now and then.