Released (on Steam): 14 Feb, 2019
Genres: Adventure, Casual
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Steam Price: £5.19
"It's an experience that anybody can appreciate and one that offers hope for video games' potential to stir the soul." - TIME
"Flower represents an important moment in the development of interactivity and art." - The Smithsonian American Art Museum
"An experience that is unique and enthralling." - Wired
"Flower is a remarkable and exquisitely crafted piece of work that transcends the medium effortlessly." - The Telegraph
Part of the first permanent video game collection at the Smithsonian, experience award-winning Flower, now available on PC. Flower lets you take control of the wind as you explore and navigate beautiful, lush environments. Journey through varied landscapes at your own pace, interacting with and changing the environment as you go, and find balance and harmony in your surroundings.
This is an interactive escape that takes you on an emotional journey like no other game you've ever experienced.
• Simple Gameplay Controls – Controlling the game is as simple as guiding the wind in the direction you want to go.
• Lush and Interactive Environments – Vast grassy fields, blowing in the breeze, create a lush, immersive environment.
• Immersive and Emotional – Accessible to gamers and non-gamers alike, the game takes players on an incredibly personal and emotional experience.
Completion: Completed each level 2+ times.
Playtime at Review: 5.7 hours
Total Playtime: 5.7 hours
Achievements at Review: 14/14 (100%)
My rating: 8.3/10
Perfect game to relax with, be it for just a few minutes or longer!
Achievements aren't particularly difficult to get (for the achievement hunters out there).
Absolutely stunning game!
Sometimes had to launch the game a second time before it would load up.
Camera angles can be awkward at times.
Flower is a rather unique and relaxing experience! It’s a pretty short game, with 6 levels, each starting you off with a single petal. You essentially control the wind, blowing the petal into other flowers to make them bloom, collecting more petals to fly around the map with. As you make more flowers bloom, you bring more light and colour to the map.
The levels are much more varied than I was first expecting, and the environments, while starting pretty plain, generally turn into beautiful, vibrant scenes once you’ve flown through, making the flowers bloom. Even the credits in Flower are done in a unique and wonderful manner, essentially being an extra level for the player to fly through. From my playthrough, there’s one level that’s not as relaxing, particularly if you’re trying to get the achievements, but it’s still a great experience, and makes the following level extra special! They stunning world is truly complemented by the music and sounds too, greatly adding to the whole experience!
There are some small issues with regards to camera angles being awkward at times, making it difficult to perceive where you are or where you’re going. There were also occasions where launching the game failed, but the second attempt always seemed to work. These are pretty miniscule issues when compared to the rest of my experiences.
There’s honestly not a lot to say about Flower. It’s a simple, yet very beautiful game and experience! It’s perfect to pick up and play for a few minutes in between work, study, other games, or any other time you may want to chill and experience something stunning and relaxing. I can quite honestly say I’ve never played anything quite like Flower, and I loved it!
Posted on 24-01-2021