Amanda: Welcome to the Game Grrlz blog! Today we’re discussing the lovely iOS puzzle game Prune. The game has a simple goal: prune the branches of a growing tree so that it grows to avoid obstacles and reach the light. Your tree can only grow so much, so careful pruning is required to get the growing branches into sunlight, where they blossom. There’s SO much to love about this game! The minimalistic artwork is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in a game, and there’s something really zen about the gameplay, even when more stressful elements like lava are introduced. The controls are easy to use, the learning curve is gentle, and even if you screw it up and kill your tree, you just start again with no penalty. I played through all the levels several times and I really wish there were more levels- every time my tree blossomed it felt like such a wonderful reward. Wholly original, this game is a perfect example of how graceful, peaceful, and beautiful gaming can be.
Eva: Take a deep breath and Prune. There are few games I’ve played that really inspire peace, thoughtfulness and logic like Prune. Inspiring my inner earth goddess, this low-pressure and beautiful game requires strategic swipes to lop off branches of a growing bush or tree to maximize its growing power and find the sun. What’s more beautiful than that? The graphics are hypnotizing and gorgeous, the play gets more and more challenging and I just could not help but revel in the complexity. There’s no losing in Prune, you just have to keep going and try to keep your plants flourishing against the natural elements. It’s a great metaphor for life that I mused about during play- simply remove what you don’t need for health, strength, growth and, most importantly, keep playing.
Eva and Amanda are best friends who puzzle obsessively. Our focus is on iOS puzzle games, interactive fiction, and live room escapes.