Sunday, January 10, 2016
After being included in some of the "Best games of the year" rankings I was curious about Prune so I bought it and frankly it doesn't dissapoint. It is indeed a very good game
If you don't know it, it's quite simple: Your goal is to grow a tree so the branches reach the sun and flowers blossom. You do that by cutting branches that go in the wrong direction by swiping. That's it
Other than that it's very minimalistic. Shapes and sounds are very basic. Those players who like "poetic" experiences (in the sense that the game doesn't give you all elements and you need to complete it with your own perception/feelings) will have it easy
The most remarkable findings of the game are the lack of tutorial or any training (it's all integrated into the main experience) and the controller simplicity: You just need to swipe. Still the game offers some scalability on this basic scheme, boosted by some additional gameplay elements that offer additional complexity
If any, the game is short. You can finish the main walkthrough in 1-2 hours, make it 4 if you also do a set of post-end additional challenges (blue flowers). However the iOS platform usually don't offer long games since users actually look for shorter experiences
I certainly recommend it. You won't be disappointed.