A game that grows on you

Mac Format - - RATED - Devel­oper Joel McDon­ald, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad 1.0.21

Prune is about grow­ing trees out of the shad­ows to bloom in the light. A tree can only grow a cer­tain to­tal length of branches, so to make sure the trunk can grow long enough to reach the light, then spread out to bloom into enough flow­ers, you need to quickly trim away any ex­tra­ne­ous branches.

In this way, you can also in­flu­ence its di­rec­tion as it forks, steer­ing the growth around ob­sta­cles and out of dead ends. Swip­ing across branches to chop them must be done both pre­cisely and fran­ti­cally, in con­trast to the game’s zen aes­thetic.

Even­tu­ally you’ll have to grow via a cer­tain point of the level, deal with wind af­fect­ing the di­rec­tion of branches, or avoid things that can stunt growth al­to­gether. The game is rapidly mor­eish. We found chop­ping branches im­pre­cise at times, but you can re­grow a tree in­stantly, so it’s not frus­trat­ing. Matt Bolton

A quiet, flow­ing, en­gross­ing game of cre­ation that might be 2015’s Mon­u­ment Val­ley.

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