Sometimes a game will come along that'll make you sit up and take notice. Not because it's loud, brash and noisy like a roaring drunkard in a church service, but because it takes a slightly offbeat premise, and creates something quietly beautiful out of it. Enter Flower, one of the most unique and charming games I've ever played, which casts you, possibly for the first time ever, in the role of one of the elements: the wind.
You can download Flower from the Playstation Network for just £2.39 now, which is almost a good £4 or so less than it was listed at before (£6.29), that's over a 60% price drop!
Designed by Jenova Chen and thatgamestudio, the creative force behind flOw - the equally charming take on Snake, Flower might just be one of the most gloriously relaxing games ever created. You play the wind (no not the smelly kind), and your job is to blow a petal throughout various greyscaled locales and bring colour and life back to the land once more. As your petal floats on by other flowers, bathing the scenery in colour, other petals will follow suit and join you on your happy mission, until you're directing a swirling cloud of pretty wonderment.
You start in the countryside, giving nature a friendly kick up the bum. You'll glide past an old watermill and as you do it'll begin to turn once more, the flowers you pass will chime musically and the background score will rise and fall in time with your actions. Fields will turn green and begin to bloom thanks to your languid efforts. As the game progresses and you move towards the menacing structures of the city, your effects change too, and eventually you'll have turned a midnight town of long shadows and dull buildings into a bright and cheery metropolitan carnival.
Flower is a game that puts a smile on your face. You can't lose, die or fail. There are no people to kill or dungeons to rob, and that might put some people off. But it shouldn't, because this is without a doubt one of the most soothing and joyous games out there and you'd be a fool to miss it.
Thanks to DelBoySmiffy at HUKD