Grow: Song of the Evertree is part of January’s Humble Choice.
“Grow your own worlds and nurture a deep natural connection with everything they hold. See your actions change the world for better! Bring the Evertree back to life in this breathtaking world-crafting sandbox, with life management and adventure elements.”
I went into this game’s “Quick Impressions” without ever having heard about the game before. Reading this description, I was intrigued. So far, I haven’t experienced the sandbox, though. You start with your character waking up and get to see a part of the world around you come back to life. You are guided by a book and a glass bowl.
My save game says that I haven’t created a world yet. The game seems to have a very slow pace. And at the same time, it’s very much on rails. I am told what to do, where to go next. Of course, this could all still be part of the tutorial. It’s just frustrating because this could be a really interesting game, but I am not sure I want to invest all the time to get to that point. The little world that I am rebuilding is on a platform of the Evertree. I have to switch through my tools for every “bump” because one wants me to remove weed, another wants me to water the plant and so on (press E repeatedly to pull out weeds, press F to sing, left-click to water, etc.). It’s not really fun to do. It also seems that there is no free-building as so far, there have only been pre-made spots. That’s rather sad and not what I expected when I read “sandbox”. The only reason I kept playing, to be honest, was to have something to write this blog post.
And I know this sounds so negative, even though I don’t want it to be like that. I don’t want to say that this is a bad game. It just seems slow and I am having some bad days with strong pain in my hand due to the chronic RSI issues.
So, what did I like about the game then? The graphics are cute! I watched a video of somebody playing the game on Twitch and it seems that you can build up villages with citizens moving in which seems really nice! I wish I had gotten to that part… and maybe I will at some point, especially when my hand is better again. But when I look at my library of unplayed games, it’s just not likely.
I did not pick up this month’s Humble Bundle, by the way, and I’m glad I didn’t because I would have done so mainly for this game. My husband got it and gave me the key for this game as it didn’t interest him.
I guess this is it then. I’m giving up on the game at this stage. If you do, however, like playing a slow-paced game, then please check this out! I think we really do need games like this one. Relaxing, peaceful, with no combat whatsoever.