Do you like climbing?
If you don't, well, this might be nothing for you because Grow Home is the epitome of climbing! Okay, let's just say in video games at least. You are in charge of B.U.D. (Botanical Utility Droid), a small robot that is alone on a planet full of a big wildlife and even bigger plants. His mission? (Because every robot has exactly one mission to fulfill...) Rescue the world! From what you might ask? I can't say for sure, but who cares
The gameplay is really simple. You control the droid, collect crystalline rocks, and grow plants to climb to new heights. The controls are funny, though, as you can move the left and right arms separately, a la Octodad. That way you have a nice climbing feature all set and ready to go.
Growing star plants is easy, just get to one of its buds (yeah, it's really buds everywhere) and activate it. Then fly that bud to a yellow-glowing platform. After connecting, the bud evolves into a branch with new buds and leaves, which you can jump off of really high.
First off, the whole atmosphere is just beautiful. The graphics are simple, yet, they fit to the whole concept of Grow Home. The sound effects and the ambient music that floats in the background makes you feel float-y as well.
Which brings me to another point, the controls. They are just as float-y as the music. That is not only because you can use flowers to glide for a certain time through the air, but B.U.D. is kind of walking like a drunk baby.
He has an acceleration and a deceleration while walking inspired by Super Mario, which can be funny in certain situations in other you have to be really careful or you might fall down a cliff and can start from scratch, the bottom that is. Still, that added difficulty gives the game some dynamics, a change to all the climbing.
And oh right, the climbing part. Having separate controls over B.U.D.'s arms makes it feel like you are really climbing that rock or that plant. You can get the hang of it at the very beginning, no need to get used to it.
All the little things, like upgrading B.U.D. as you collect more and more crystals, the menu that looks like it has its own operation system installed, the day and night cycle, the Data Bank that consists of information about all the flora and fauna you analyzed in the Teleporters that are spread all over the world in good enough distances. All these things are making this a great title.
Overall, Grow Home is a great game. If you are subscribed to PlayStation Plus, this game is for free, but the price of €7.99/£6.49/$7.99 is a real bargain. If you are a fan of platform adventures and like to explore a lot, Grow Home is right there!
Released: February 4, 2015
Developers: Ubisoft Reflections
Genre: Adventure game, Platform game
System: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
JerriKoe - Game on!