Relax (video game)

Relax is a suite of self-improvement software written by Kelly Jones and Bill Williams for the Atari 8-bit family and published by Synapse Software in 1984.[1] Subtitled "The Stress Reduction System", Relax uses a headband containing sensors attached to electromyograph hardware to provide audio/visual feedback in three interactive programs.[2] It also includes a 25-minute cassette tape of guided relaxation.


Relax is a package of three programs: a continuous graph of the user's level of tension; a program that produces kaleidoscopic patterns and tones that change color; and a game which requires the player to use tension and relaxation by changing the level of tension to win using a headband that monitors the player's muscle tension.[3]


Roy Wagner reviewed the game for Computer Gaming World, and stated that "Next time you've played a stressful game or have too many hours at the joystick, before you shot off your computer, load this program and r-e-l-a-x-x-x-...."[3]


  1. ^ "Relax". Atari Mania.
  2. ^ "Relax manual" (PDF). Atari Mania. Synapse Software. 1984.
  3. ^ a b Wagner, Roy (February 1985). "Micro-Reviews". Computer Gaming World. 1 (20): 37.

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