Review by horror_spooky

"Wake up and smell the roses"

Innovation has run rampant in the seventh generation. Thanks to the rise of the downloadable spaces like Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network, both developers and publishers have been taking creative risks with a wide variety of games that never would have seen the light of day in the past. One of the most original games this generation is Flower, a PS3-exclusive and one of the biggest selling points for the PlayStation Network before the service had a solid exclusive library. However, not all creative risks turn out for the best, and Flower is a prime example of a game that will have you scratching your head at why it exists.

Flower is a game in which players control a single flower petal. Using the motion control functionality of the DualShock 3 controller, players lead the petal through a meadow. By touching the bulbs of other flowers, they take control of even more petals, which eventually add up to a giant flying vortex of flower petals of various colors. Besides that, there's nothing else to the game. Later stages see hazards thrown in the mix, but you can run into them as many times as you'd like with no consequences. Really, the main draw of the game is just floating around the meadows and exploring. There's no challenge to the game, but there doesn't have to be, as long as it remains compelling. Unfortunately, Flower fails to do that.

It's an interesting experiment, Flower is. And for the first few levels, you'll find yourself mesmerized by its beauty and simplicity. You'll realize that the motion controls work, though it's difficult to stay accurate, but you won't care. You'll enjoy blowing through the gorgeous blades of grass, and you'll marvel at all the bright, vibrant colors that crowd the screen. But when the game wraps up in only a couple of hours, you'll find yourself questioning the purpose. The game lacks a point.

But still, it's almost worth it to play Flower if only to enjoy the splendid visuals and the fantastic music. If you're not too worried about the shallow gameplay and lack of a solid point, Flower may prove an interesting distraction. I have to give it points for trying something original and unique. Flower is cheap, it's a PSN-exclusive, and it does interesting things. However, for everything it does interesting, it's extraordinarily short and while it's pretty, there's a noticeable lack of artistic substance.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.0 - Fair

Originally Posted: 01/26/12

Game Release: flower (US, 02/12/09)

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