A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The object of the game is to grow a garden while trying to make your way to the collectible "spectra" located in its higher reaches.
Violence & Scariness
Players must occasionally steer their "grimps" into floating foes that attempt to foil their progress through the garden. These enemies simply disappear.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is about ascending a growing garden as a bug that swings on silky thread. Play involves using pollen to grow plants that will provide new purchase, helping the bug to reach higher areas and collect items called "spectra." A beautiful mixture of color and sound, there is nothing in the game that might realistically be considered offensive or mature. It is, however, quite difficult, thanks to an unforgiving timer.
Is It Any Good?
PixelJunk Eden is a visually and aurally sumptuous interactive experience that will challenge your conception of what video game design can be. Its simple artistic style, which paints all plants and rocks the same solid shade and places them over a background composed of hues from the same color family, is proof that even in this age of high-tech graphical wizardry, less can be more. The same can be said of the game itself, which does little more than allow us to play with gravity as it affects the swinging movements of a tiny bug and is yet somehow extraordinarily satisfying.
The only thing keeping players from getting completely absorbed in PixelJunk Eden's beautiful world is a relentless timer that, unfortunately, will prove vexing for players who'd rather take their time exploring the game's unique environments and mechanics. It's not much of an issue in earlier levels, which see spectra placed in accessible locations and provide plenty of places for grimps to find purchase, but is in the later gardens where spectra can seen almost impossibly high and can be lost with just a single mistake. Indeed, patience is a virtue while playing PixelJunk Eden. But should you or your kids happen to have this quality, you'll likely find this smart and stylish game to be one of the best downloadable titles around.
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