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Grow home is cuteness overload
Ubisoft games: the trailers look fantastic but then the actual game is horrible. This sums up how 2014 was for them. This year though, things are different. Ubisoft released Grow Home, and it’s…well, adorable!
BUD, Grow Home!
In Grow Home, you are a Botanical Utility Droid, or BUD. You were sent out to find Star plants, which you will have to grow to get back to your space ship. Your on-board computer called M.O.M. will guide you through the beautiful and colorful worlds of Grow Home.
The world reminds us a bit of Super Mario 64. There are no enemies though, only friendly sheeplike creatures, and beautiful fauna. The world is also covered with diamonds, which you have to collect to gain new abilities. This way you will fly through the air using leaf-gliders and catapults.
Your goal is to make the Star plant grow up to 2000 meters so you can reach your star ship again. You do this by guiding branches into yellow lumps that make the plant grow. This way the world shapes around you: floating islands become available, you run into new fauna.
Wonky controls that actually work
The controls of BUD are what makes Grow Home such a delight to play. You control each hand individually. And while we’ve seen this type of control before (QWOP and I am Bread for instance), in Grow Home it actually seems to work well.
There is a lot of climbing to be done in the game (the plant is growing upwards), and commandeering each hand is a lot of fun, and it even seems the best solution for this game. You just steer up while flipping both triggers on your controller and little BUD climbs eagerly to the top. We have only played Grow Home with a controller, and assume the game is designed for that.
Sometimes you do end up falling though, but it is almost a pleasure thanks to the cute animations. With save points that work as teleporters as well, you can easily get back where you were without having to climb the whole plant again.
So, 2015 starts off very well for Ubisoft. Grow Home is not one of their top marketed titles, but it is a game that simply works. No bugs, glitches, or connection issues. And above all that, it is a lovely game that puts a smile on your face, guaranteed!
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