Grow Up

De­vel­oper/pub­lisher Ubisoft (Re­flec­tions) For­mat PC, PS4, Xbox One Re­lease Au­gust

EDGE - - DISPATCHES PERSPECTIVE -

Grow Home was one of the most joy­ous sur­prises of re­cent years: a com­bi­na­tion of freeform gar­den­ing and moun­taineer­ing star­ring a robot, BUD, who moved like a tot­ter­ing tod­dler. Tac­tile and lov­able, it felt like a real one-off, so of course Ubisoft is mak­ing a se­quel. Re­flec­tions is tak­ing a sen­si­ble ap­proach, build­ing upon the orig­i­nal’s foun­da­tions but aim­ing a lit­tle higher. It’s shoot­ing for the moon, in fact, with BUD aim­ing to res­cue the shat­tered pieces of his par­ent craft MOM, spread across an alien planet. As well as ma­noeu­vring rapidly grow­ing sprouts to move be­tween float­ing is­lands, he’ll be able to call upon a glider, from which he can scat­ter seeds to lay down fun­gal tram­po­lines. We don’t make Mario com­par­isons lightly, but if the orig­i­nal was rem­i­nis­cent of Gusty Gar­den Galaxy, the glider could well be Grow Up’s very own wing cap.

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