Format: PC exclusive
Release Date: 28th January, 2016
Review by Khaine
Well, this is an interesting little game. Plantera originally caught my eye back in March 2016 and it ended up being one of those games there I mentally made a note to check it out later. Then I completely forgot until I was offered a key for review purposes. So… what is it? Plantera is a very basic clicker game where you have to plant and look after a farm. It has cutesy-style graphics that aren’t complex at all, could probably run on a toaster (literally ANY computer within the past 7 years could run it… hell anything within the past 15 years probably could!) and somehow makes you lose an hour of your life.
Just… *poof* “Where did that last hour go???”
So basically you’re the blue blob. There’s no tutorial but there’s flashing icons to point out new things. At the start, it’s to tell you that you have carrots to plant. But you need money for that, so you click on the glowing bugs flying around to get money, and then plant your carrots. The little blue blob harvests the carrots when they’re ready and you have to click on various animals to keep them away from your crops. At the start, you really only have birds, moles and rabbits to deal with. One click and they bugger off, leaving your precious carrots to be harvested for more coins.
Collecting coins lets you level up, which gives you more crops to plant, and that’s basically the game. More blue blob things come to help harvest as you level up, and you can buy scarecrows to keep birds off your crops, and dogs which I think are to keep Rabbits and Foxes away. I mention foxes because you can also buy animals for your farm, like chickens and sheep. These obviously give you resources, which mean you get more coins, etc. You can also expand the amount of farmland you have available. Basically you scroll left and right with the A and D keys, and when you are of high enough level and have the right amount of money, you can click on one of the signs at the edge of the screen to increase plot size.
The game doesn’t have many options. There’s no way to adjust volume level. It’s either music on/off and SFX on/off. There’s also no resolutions to pick from, it’s either windowed or full screen. Windowed mode starts off very small, but you can drag and resize how you see fit, so that’s very nice. Overall, I find this game to be simple to play and just engaging enough to snag your full attention, but at the same time it’s very much a game you can play with something else going on in the background if you really wanted to.
Honestly? I liked it! Yes there’s a couple of niggles that I feel PC games should have as standard, like set resolutions and volume control, but I like the art style, the fact it’s a cheap game (I believe it’s £1.99 on steam at the time of writing) and its simplicity. I do recommend picking it up if you want a nice, calm, relaxing game to chill out with, or something to keep the kids entertained.