05 April 2011
Posted in News - Site
Recently featured on the New and Noteworth section of the App Store, Three Trees is a brilliant, if simple app that caters for players young and old. With virtually no learning curve, anyone can pick this up and have a whirl. But that's not to say it's easy. This is the kind of game that lets you think "Yeah, I'm good at this" before speeding up to an insane speed that I truly doubt you can keep up with. But you'll try, again and again. It's that fun.
With simple paper-scissors-rock style gameplay at it's roots (excuse my pun), this is a game that anyone can pick up and have a go at, but it takes time and effort to master. The idea is simply to keep your trees from expiring under the ever-worstening evils of Sun, Rain, and Wind. Those things are all good in moderation, however, and that's what makes this game tick. You have to keep a constant balance of power, and equilibrium, if you will, in order to be good at this game. But you can't just stop the elements, you have to move them to another tree. The result of that is an increasingly difficult situation to control, while trying to maintain the delicate balance between Wind, Sun, and Rain The longer you keep your trees alive, the more points you get. Which brings me to my next, umm, point.
Keeping the balance of elements can prove to be quite a challenge
This game features both Open Feint and Game Center support, and for one reason or another, the highest score worldwide is still within the average players reach. Heck, I'm holding the #2 position in the world. (Yes, you can check. The names "MegaMaccer") Add the feature of an online leaderboard that isn't monopolised by people with no life superb gamers, and you're onto a winner.
But that isn't to say it's without flaws. There's a few things about it that frustrate me, the biggest problem being this annoying bug that prevents you from being able to swipe the elements around. This basically renders the game unplayable until you close and re-open it, and becomes a major annoyance. I personally also found the graphics a bit lacking, especially the home screen. If they can spruce that up a bit, I think it'll really improve the overall feel of the game.
But it's the core gameplay I really want to talk about. I just love how simple the game is, and yet at the same time has you playing again and again and again. It's the kind of game that has you checking the leaderboards and then playing over and over till you beat that *insert name here* above you. And it's for that reason I can forsee this becoming a big hit in the not too distant future. Simple games are what is taking the wold by storm at the moment, and this elemental app is a fantastic addition to any iDevice. Simply superb in it's superb simplicity is how I'd describe this game, and for $1.29, it's a steal. While not without it's problems, it's this kind of game you show to your friends when they're debating whether or not to buy an iPhone. Probably worth noting as well, this game was built in 11 hours. It really shows what some brilliant people can do if they put their mind to it. End of Review. Now go buy it, and beat my high score!
EDIT: Now holding position #1. Haha.
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