Now, you may all be saying, “What! What does a video game have to do with alternative energy and making the world a better place to live?” A lot, actually. Let’s dive into the world of the video game, Flower.
Close your eyes and picture yourself in a green field with air moving all around you. You turn around to see you are standing in the shadow of a giant wind turbine. It looms over you and you feel quite small, but you notice that there is one thing that is not quite right. It isn’t moving, and the wind is blowing quite fast.
The video game Flower, by thatgamecompany explores the relationship between the world today, and nature serenity. The first level is all about getting the wind turbines to start again. Then, as you go through the game, you see how the game producers interpret our effect on our world.
You play as a flower petal and float around the screen to collect other flower petals in different patterns. These patterns can help change the world to turn on the wind turbines and shut off coal plants, to bringing an ancient tree back to life.
The game doesn’t have any rules, or any clues on how to beat the level. It gives small little clues here and there as to what you should do, but there is never any text or talking to show you what to do.
The inventor of this game, Jenova Chen, has made other games that are under the thatgamecompany title. They are all peaceful and have beautiful graphics. While they are all worth playing, Flower is my favorite.
For me, Flower is a very important game. It’s what got me interested in wind turbines and keeping the earth green. When I was younger and the game came out, my dad bought it for our Playstation. I began to play it and I just had to know what the pinwheel like things were. Of course, they turned out to be the wind turbines that I am so fond of today.
This game has a beautiful visual sweep and is one of the best visually appealing games I’ve ever played. As well as being beautiful, the sound track is amazing! I love to listen to the sound track even when I am not playing the game. It is not worth playing the game, in my option, if you don’t have your volume up while playing.
Over all, Flower is my favorite video game ever. With simple game play, and just enjoyable overall. I would highly recommend it for anyone who likes video games, or alternative energy. I would have to give it five stars as well. I can play through it over and over and never get bored.