Hidden Gem of the Week: Prune

By , on April 4, 2018
Last modified 6 years, 2 months ago

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Prune is one of those games that can easily stand alongside titles like Monument Valley, The Room, Framed, as unique puzzle games designed both to be accessible withoit being too easy and to be feel well-suited as an experience on mobile througn clever touch controls. Prune's core concept is an appealing one: grow a tree, lead it to the light and watch its flowers bloom. Swiping on the screen lets you perform the titular action, slicing away branches to steer the growing tree towards the sunlight, within narrow passages, and around obstacles.

Prune's simple to grasp design doesn't preclude it from challenge though. Red spheres threaten to infect your tree, powerful winds blend branches, gates and switches can block your path, among other mechanics. Each one adds an interesting twist to the central tree growing premise, adding enough complexity to give pause but not become frustrating.

Watching your tree sprout and reach out with twisting branches never ceases to be an enjoyable visual, and the shadowy landscapes, red sun, and growing tree all combine to give the game a cohesive and arresting aesthetic. You can purchase Prune for $3.99 on the App Store and Google Play.