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« on: February 12, 2009, 07:20:37 PM »



"Videos and previews will not do flower justice; it's a game worth trying for yourself." - Joystiq

IGN Rating: 9.0 "Outstanding" - "If you're interested in something very unique and very powerful, Flower is a must-play. It will especially resonate with people that possess a deep connection with nature and spirituality, as it's the type of game that reaches out to us and whispers about the beauty of life -- without saying anything at all"

Anyone tried it yet?
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2009, 07:21:45 PM »

What do I shoot?   icon_biggrin
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2009, 07:24:36 PM »

Quote from: denoginizer on February 12, 2009, 07:21:45 PM

What do I shoot?   icon_biggrin

The developer, when you find out how short it is? smile  IGN states: "the game is very short". Might be worth a look. I'm hoping there's a demo.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2009, 07:26:03 PM »

Yes, yes, now when is the bloody store gonna update so I can BUY it instead of looking at the purty pictures?
I've been waiting for hours.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2009, 07:26:34 PM »

Going to buy it later today when it is on the store.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2009, 07:35:23 PM »

Purchasing when the PSN update happens...
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2009, 07:49:04 PM »

I'm IN today, too.

The PSN update drives me crazy.  Why make it at the end of the day?  Even then, it never seems to be consistent, so I wind up checking all the time.
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2009, 08:28:43 PM »

Buy, buy, buy!!!

Reviews have been stellar.
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2009, 09:12:05 PM »

smile ...

let the flashbacks begin...
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2009, 09:22:00 PM »

How much is the game going for once it's up?
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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2009, 09:32:43 PM »

What do you............do in this game?
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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2009, 09:43:06 PM »

Quote from: denoginizer on February 12, 2009, 09:32:43 PM

What do you............do in this game?

I think you float around and look at flowers, and nature and shit ...

no clue really
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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2009, 09:48:41 PM »

Quote from: denoginizer on February 12, 2009, 09:32:43 PM

What do you............do in this game?

you drift smile ...
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2009, 10:24:50 PM »

Quote from: semiconscious on February 12, 2009, 09:48:41 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 12, 2009, 09:32:43 PM

What do you............do in this game?

you drift smile ...

Can you dig it, man?
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2009, 11:05:20 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on February 12, 2009, 10:24:50 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 12, 2009, 09:48:41 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 12, 2009, 09:32:43 PM

What do you............do in this game?

you drift smile ...

Can you dig it, man?

hehheh... downloading now (there're also a couple of videos available, tho i'm not so sure they will clarify exactly 'what's goin' on' - oh, mercy, mercy me! smile )...
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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2009, 11:06:30 PM »

Quote from: Jeff on February 12, 2009, 07:20:37 PM



"Videos and previews will not do flower justice; it's a game worth trying for yourself." - Joystiq

IGN Rating: 9.0 "Outstanding" - "If you're interested in something very unique and very powerful, Flower is a must-play. It will especially resonate with people that possess a deep connection with nature and spirituality, as it's the type of game that reaches out to us and whispers about the beauty of life -- without saying anything at all"

Anyone tried it yet?

This thing sounds about as fun as a lava enema.
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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2009, 11:09:14 PM »

yup...it's live
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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2009, 11:19:33 PM »

Quote from: jblank on February 12, 2009, 11:06:30 PM

This thing sounds about as fun as a lava lamp.

fixed...
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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2009, 11:22:10 PM »

Quote from: denoginizer on February 12, 2009, 09:32:43 PM

What do you............do in this game?

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Each level takes place in a different flower's dream as it sits on the windowsill of a dull city apartment. As the player progresses through the game, the apartment and city gradually becomes more vibrant and colourful. The player guides a petal through brightly coloured, abstract fields by tilting the motion-sensitive controller, pressing any button on the controller gives a speed boost. The aim is to guide the petal into other flowers in the field, triggering an explosion of colour that spreads through the game world.

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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2009, 12:09:36 AM »

Yeah, it's pretty and ethereal and all that, but there is just nothing, as far as I can see, that is worth doing for more than 10 minutes. 

Being artsy fartsy and different, like pretty graphics, does not a fun game make. 
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« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2009, 12:36:55 AM »

Quote from: mikeg on February 13, 2009, 12:09:36 AM

Yeah, it's pretty and ethereal and all that, but there is just nothing, as far as I can see, that is worth doing for more than 10 minutes. 

Being artsy fartsy and different, like pretty graphics, does not a fun game make. 

So you bought it and tried it then?
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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2009, 12:38:15 AM »

Quote from: Jeff on February 13, 2009, 12:36:55 AM

Quote from: mikeg on February 13, 2009, 12:09:36 AM

Yeah, it's pretty and ethereal and all that, but there is just nothing, as far as I can see, that is worth doing for more than 10 minutes. 

Being artsy fartsy and different, like pretty graphics, does not a fun game make. 

So you bought it and tried it then?


Not sure you have to buy it to see that.
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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2009, 12:52:37 AM »

Quote from: jblank on February 13, 2009, 12:38:15 AM

Quote from: Jeff on February 13, 2009, 12:36:55 AM

Quote from: mikeg on February 13, 2009, 12:09:36 AM

Yeah, it's pretty and ethereal and all that, but there is just nothing, as far as I can see, that is worth doing for more than 10 minutes. 

Being artsy fartsy and different, like pretty graphics, does not a fun game make. 

So you bought it and tried it then?


Not sure you have to buy it to see that.

Quoting the developer:

"We can already predict Flower's reviews: It's a soothing and interactive piece of art, but it's not a game. And we're perfectly fine with that."

So I guess you and Mike aren't the target demographic. slywink
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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2009, 01:00:32 AM »

Quote from: Jeff on February 13, 2009, 12:52:37 AM

Quote from: jblank on February 13, 2009, 12:38:15 AM

Quote from: Jeff on February 13, 2009, 12:36:55 AM

Quote from: mikeg on February 13, 2009, 12:09:36 AM

Yeah, it's pretty and ethereal and all that, but there is just nothing, as far as I can see, that is worth doing for more than 10 minutes. 

Being artsy fartsy and different, like pretty graphics, does not a fun game make. 

So you bought it and tried it then?


Not sure you have to buy it to see that.

Quoting the developer:

"We can already predict Flower's reviews: It's a soothing and interactive piece of art, but it's not a game. And we're perfectly fine with that."

So I guess you and Mike aren't the target demographic. slywink


I can live with that.
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« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2009, 03:08:07 AM »

(after 3 flowers' worth):

far... out... smile ...

& to those saying 'what the fuck?':

sure, i know: right now, i could be running around with a bunch of people shooting another bunch of people, or wailing away on a plastic guitar, or playing a simulation of a sport that i could actually be playing - you know, really having some serious video game -style fun, but, hey... what can i say: sometimes i, personally, just gotta stop & smell the roses flowers...
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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2009, 03:08:50 AM »

I downloaded it and played it.  There's definitely a game there.  Much more so than, say, Linger in Shadows.  There are goals and obstacles and control by the player to achieve those goals.  There are also rewards when you do the things you're meant to do.  Game.

That said, there's not much challenge, really, but I've only played one full level, so maybe it gets harder and the obstacles will actually make it difficult for you to get things done.  

I understand it may be very short, and so far there doesn't seem to be much to motivate you to go back and retry a level.  On the first level, I'm pretty sure I hit everything I was meant to.  On the next, though, there may be some hidden patches or other areas, I don't know.  

None the less, there's an experience here that's pretty special.  Maybe not for everyone, but worth it if you're a little interested.
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« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2009, 03:12:05 AM »

I just played all the levels and I must say it was a beautiful and remarkable experience.  I only unlocked like 2 trophies, so there is much more to this game than floating petals around.  Looks like there are all kinds of secret hidden flowers to find and also some other things you can do to unlock trophies.  Very glad I bought it.
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« Reply #27 on: February 13, 2009, 03:20:48 AM »

I just read that you get trophies for taking a break between levels.
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« Reply #28 on: February 13, 2009, 12:47:33 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on February 13, 2009, 03:12:05 AM

Very glad I bought it.

same - was pretty surprised by where the whole thing ended up going (& even enjoyed the credits?!). to the extent that my wife was also transfixed by it from start to finish, i think i got my money's worth...

flower's a trip, man smile ...

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« Reply #29 on: February 13, 2009, 10:50:25 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 13, 2009, 03:20:48 AM

I just read that you get trophies for taking a break between levels.

Yup. You even get a trophy for not playing the game for a week. Now that's a first! smile

I just finished the game and enjoyed it a lot. At its price, it should be a must-have for any PS3 owner. It's a relaxing, enjoyable experience where the point isn't to be challenged by the difficulty (though there are a few mildly tricky parts in one of the levels), but to see everything the game has to offer. There's gameplay, and doubly so if you want to get all the trophies.

You could call this game a puzzle game that requires a bit of hand (not finger) gymnastics. Even the trophies are this way, with their descriptions being cryptic puzzles on their own. For example, there's one trophy that requires you to "release all names to the sky". It's up to you to figure out what that actually means.

The graphics are beautiful, by the way. It's a nice way to showcase the PS3.
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« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2009, 04:21:31 AM »

Quote from: jblank on February 13, 2009, 01:00:32 AM

Quote from: Jeff on February 13, 2009, 12:52:37 AM

Quote from: jblank on February 13, 2009, 12:38:15 AM

Quote from: Jeff on February 13, 2009, 12:36:55 AM

Quote from: mikeg on February 13, 2009, 12:09:36 AM

Yeah, it's pretty and ethereal and all that, but there is just nothing, as far as I can see, that is worth doing for more than 10 minutes. 

Being artsy fartsy and different, like pretty graphics, does not a fun game make. 

So you bought it and tried it then?


Not sure you have to buy it to see that.

Quoting the developer:

"We can already predict Flower's reviews: It's a soothing and interactive piece of art, but it's not a game. And we're perfectly fine with that."

So I guess you and Mike aren't the target demographic. slywink


I can live with that.

Totally.

Now, if they'd let me shoot the flowers....
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« Reply #31 on: February 14, 2009, 05:50:06 AM »

It's an amazing game and it's FUN to play.

So take that, haters.
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« Reply #32 on: February 14, 2009, 06:58:46 AM »

How much is it, by the way?
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« Reply #33 on: February 14, 2009, 07:48:55 AM »

$9.99 USD

No clue about other regions.
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« Reply #34 on: February 15, 2009, 08:21:38 PM »

Alright, just finished all the levels (didn't get all the hidden flowers for every level).

Will be up there in my GOTY 2009 list, definitely.

Amazing game, and I was pleased with how the story progressed and where it ended up.  Damn, that was awesome.
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« Reply #35 on: February 16, 2009, 12:51:28 AM »

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I was pleased with how the story progressed and where it ended up.

Shit, there was a story?
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« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2009, 02:03:05 AM »

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I was pleased with how the story progressed and where it ended up.

Shit, there was a story?

Eh, I was pleasantly surprised there was *somewhat* of a narrative.

It wasn't just aimlessly putting random fields into bloom...

Did you like how it wrapped up?
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« Reply #37 on: February 16, 2009, 05:25:22 AM »

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Quote from: The Grue on February 16, 2009, 12:51:28 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 15, 2009, 08:21:38 PM

I was pleased with how the story progressed and where it ended up.

Shit, there was a story?

Eh, I was pleasantly surprised there was *somewhat* of a narrative.

It wasn't just aimlessly putting random fields into bloom...

Did you like how it wrapped up?

About all I got from it was industrialization of nature changing the beauty of the place and then you taking it back.
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« Reply #38 on: February 16, 2009, 05:06:23 PM »

Played through this yesterday.  It was an exceptional experience... and I will add, I thought the game had a strong narrative; it's there, though not directly conveyed to you.

The end really wrapped everything up and I just loved it.  Loved the game.
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« Reply #39 on: March 10, 2009, 02:05:55 PM »

Gamingtrend Reviews Flower.

The review has been up for a little while.
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