A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Though some levels are more intuitive than others, it's super simple to start playing and coaxing your tree toward the sunlight.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prune is a deceptively simple game that requires players to plant and prune a tree to grow around obstacles and reach a goal. There are no instructions: Kids figure out what to do by tapping, swiping, and generally guessing how each gesture affects the growing tree, and each level's skills build on the level that came before.
Is It Any Good?
Between the serene sounds and minimalist graphics, this unique take on a strategy game is engrossing and beautiful. At first, some gameplay is mystifying, and it can take a few levels for kids to understand how to use each new object (such as a black sun or a red orb). Luckily, there are very limited consequences for failure: Kids can easily cut a tree off at its base and start again. Over time, kids will discover how to use helpful objects and how to avoid harmful ones. Once they get the hang of it, some kids may not want to stop. Overall, this app is an engaging, absorbing game for anyone whose fine motor skills are ready for tiny, controlled swipes and who have the critical-thinking skills to decipher the challenge. However, because it does require patience, subtle movements, and a love of simplicity, it's not for everyone. Kids won't learn anything in particular about nature or conservation, but it's powerful to play through each level and meditate on how tiny gestures can help coax a tree to reach for the sun.
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