Prune – A Bonsai Tree In Your Pocket
The premise is straightforward: a tree starts growing out of the ground, and in order to help it reach its full height, you’ll need to carefully trim branches. When those branches hit sunlight they’ll sprout flowers, and you’ll need to sprout a certain number to finish the level. Naturally, things slowly get more complex. You’ll come across obstacles that the tree will need to grow around, and giant red spheres will threaten to poison your tree, forcing you to start over. Later levels introduce the concept of pollination, so that you’ll be using flowers to grow even more trees. The more complicated stages will have you growing massive, wonderfully twisted trees that seem to defy nature.
For Joel McDonald, the game’s designer, that laid-back gameplay is a direct result of his previous gig, spending the last seven years working on big-budget shooters at larger studios. “Don’t get me wrong, I love shooters, and grew up on Quake,” he explains. “But working on first-person shooters for so long is like only eating oatmeal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Oatmeal can be pretty darn tasty, but sometimes you just want some huevos rancheros, y’know? Prune is my huevos rancheros.“
The game is available for download on Prune website.