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The video game industry is one big follow the leader. Trends and fads can be found throughout the history of the industry. The current trend is indie games. One of them on the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita is flower. I have heard others falling over themselves in love with flower. So I decided to check it out.

Players take on the role of a pedal in flower. Control the wind to fly the pedal over other flowers. These flowers will open up and add pedals to your swirl. Before you know it you have this long stream of pedals cycloning their way over the game play area. Certain pedals open up the way for more pedals. Eventually there is an end spot where you can deposit all your pedals to finish the level.

The camera in flower can create disorientation and even nausea. The controls are a bit too loose. It can also be hard to find what pedals are missing in early levels - when you are trying to figure out how to play this indie game. To be fair flower is corporate sponsored, so it can be hard to tell just exactly how indie it actually is. There is a definite environmentalists feel to flower. We bring green back to these desolate areas.

The graphics in flower are nice. In fact flower has some nice visuals to it in terms of grass and flowers. Every flower you hit provides a musical note. If you speed run through flower you might even get some sounds that make sense. Otherwise it sounds disconnected. That brings me back to the loose controls and not missing certain flowers.

flower is a different kind of a video game. In fact at first it did not feel like much of a game. It felt like environmentalists whacko propaganda. I believe flower is trying to make a statement. One that will offend some, and others will embrace it. Overall flower is a family friendly game. It has some flaws, and could use improvements.
- Sam


Graphics: 80%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 50%
Gameplay: 50%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: PS Vita/PS4/PS3(tested)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: thatgamecompany

Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY

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