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