Published on October 20th, 2012 | by octaneblue1
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
System(s): PlayStation Network
Release Date: February 12, 2009
Developer thatgamecompany made a splash on the PlayStation 3 with the release of the downloadable title flOw on the PlayStation Network. The game’s simplistic yet engaging approach got its share of attention; it’s been downloaded well over a million times. The company’s follow-up title Flower retains the same simple approach, but is it worth a download?
The core gameplay of Flower involves starting out as a single flower petal, and then you’ll start to fly. Flying around is done by using the tilting functionality of the PS3 controller. You can use a gust of wind to speed up the flying by holding any one of the face buttons. The tilting controls work nicely for the most part, but there are times when some simple turns and tilts on the controller wind up going
The objective in each level varies, but for the most part, you’ll be going through other flowers to collect more petals. Going through groups of flowers in an area can cause some effects, including making more flowers to pop up, open new areas to explore, and activate nearby objects like windmills. When these events occur, the surroundings become more vibrant and colorful, and the music changes too, adding a nice ambiance to the game.
The graphics in the game are simple yet very beautiful, and the mentioned color additions that occur when going through most of the levels are very pleasing to the eye. Sound-wise, the music matches the environment. Most of the music is incredibly soothing and relaxing, but when the environments shift in appearance, as does the music.
There are six levels total in Flower, with the ending credits providing an extra level. The whole game takes about an hour to go through. The game does have Trophy support, so if you’re into collecting those, you can go through parts of the game again to unlock them. While Flower is certainly short on length, its gameplay is fun enough to give the game extra playthroughs down the line.
Flower admittedly may not be for everyone. It’s an artsy kind of game and a different experience, so if you’re looking to step outside the box and play something original, check out Flower.
Journey: Collector’s Edition, which is out now, is a Blu-ray disc compilation that has all three of thatgamecompany’s titles (flOw, Flower, Journey), with several other extra content. It’s definitely worth picking that up to get everything in one package.
+ Vibrant graphics
+ Soothing soundtrack
+ Relaxing and engaging
– Controls can be spotty at times
Final score: 4.5 out of 5