Family friendly games are starting to make a rise on the PlayStation 3, a console that, until recently, was designed for the hard-core gamer.
Flower is a game that is easy enough for my 5 year old to play, but also is enjoyable to any adult on many levels.
The premise of the game is that a flower sits on a lonely shelf and begins to dream. You enter the dream and control the wind to blow the petals of a flower around the world to awaken other flowers, and eventually the land all around.
This was perhaps the first game on the PlayStation 3 that utilized the DualShock3/SixAxis controller beautifully. You control the game by pushing any button (preferably the left stick) and then steer the flowers around by tilting the controller. You can get some precise movements this way, and it is both easy and rewarding to do so.
If you boil down the gameplay, you must awaken the flowers in each area by touching the unopened buds with the wind. They then open up and add more petals to your flower. In some of the later levels the petal stream is amazingly huge.
The first level has three areas, the last one being a dead tree that must be awoken. When you finally open all the flowers in the area and wake that tree up, it is a very cool experience. Other levels include a field of windmills, a nighttime scene, and finally into a city that is overrun with power lines, trash, and other effects of humans wronging the planet. The message is made clear as the game progresses that humans can work with nature to still be beautiful.
The PlayStation Move will be compatible with this title when it is released either in September or October.
Lush landscapes are painted in colors that just are really a sight to see. You’ll be immersed in the graphics immediately. When you close in on the city, the colors become more stark, and the contrast makes you play the game on an emotional level.
The flowers awaken in a way that is pretty cool. The chill in game music is accented by sounds for the petals opening. You feel like you’re adding to the atmosphere of the game. Truly an immersive feeling.
This is a downloadable game on the PlayStation Network for around $10. It is not a really long game (7 levels), but it was a must-buy for me. I enjoyed finding every last petal in the game and tracking down all the trophies as well. This game is my daughter’s favorite game on the system (although when she tries to control other games, she always tilts the controller to steer… all game controls should be this intuitive!)
If you haven’t picked this one up yet, do so. It is well worth the money.