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Grow Up

16 August 2016
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A pretty strong followup to the wonderful game Grow Home despite initially seeming as if it might have lost some of what made the original so magical. When I started the game and was greeted to this open world where the player was tasked with exploring a great deal of it, I immediately became concerned, as part of the reason the original game worked so well despite its simple gameplay loop was because of its brevity. Fortunately, it turns out that the game doesn't actually have its scope increased nearly as much as it seemed like it did, but instead it simply emphasises lateral movement above vertical this time around. While this leads to a different dynamic that stops the player from having to spend the vast majority of their time climbing, it's made up for by providing the player with a wide range of tools that allow them to cover massive distances remarkably quickly.

Very early on, the player is essentially given all the tools they need, and they all feel extremely powerful to the point of kinda trivialising a lot of the game, which works well for the comfy, serene experience that the game feels as if it's aiming for. The world is open and expansive, but there's never any real threats to be seen, you just get to explore this pretty sandbox for a few hours as you slowly collect the ship parts you need to beat the game. It's a game that's almost entirely lacking in challenge unless you aim for some of the optional content, but I don't see that as a bad thing when the game is clearly going for that more chilled out atmosphere, which would have been disrupted if it attempted to more overtly cater towards those looking for something a bit trickier.

While this game is a tad longer than Grow Home, I still got through all the main content in about 4 hours and found myself loving it every step of the way. I still think I prefer that game for the appeal of growing a plant to mountainous heights and exploring a series of mysterious floating islands, rather than this one being a bit more traditional in its presentation, but in any case, both of the games are extremely worth playing if you're looking for a comfy little game that makes you love the idea of exploring for exploration's sake. The fact that Ubisoft was able to make a duo of games that felt so strongly like charming indie games is incredible to me and I wish that they'd approach some more games of theirs with this sort of design philosophy in mind rather than solely aiming for their big AAA experiences.
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