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Let There Be Life is an interesting puzzle game for PC and slated for Android

Saturday, 22nd March 2014 18:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Let There Be Life is puzzle game available for PC from husband and wife team Backward pieS.

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Originally developed for Edge Online’s Get Into Games Challenge 2013, the game tasks players with attaching branches to a tree trunk. The branches will insure the tree’s health, but too much shade can kills the flowers below. If a flower dies, you fail the level and will have to start all over again, according to IndieGames.

Mushrooms, also present in the game, love the shade and will grow in size with it. When a mushroom reaches full size, it will glow and provide flowers with a one-time regeneration to full health.

The site states that keeping flowers alive in Let There Be Life isn’t “challenging” but is relaxing, and contains lovely art and music. It also provides the player with a creative outlet.

Let There Be Life is available for PC and will run you $7.99 through Desura, IndieGameStand, and a Humble Widget. The game is also up on Steam Greenlight and those who purchase the title will be handed a Steam key should it be greenlit.

An Android version is currently in the works with Mac and iOS versions planned for release later this year.

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  1. TheWulf

    This looks really interesting.

    I’ve been on a bit of an explore/puzzle binge, lately, I’ve played a lot of user made levels in Portal 2, it’s so easy to do that, and a lot of them are really good. Some of them are more reminiscent of Portal 1, bringing by the reflex-based element that Portal 2 lost out of necessity (having to be played on inaccurate controllers). That was the one thing that made me sad about Portal 2, since it loses a bit of the magic when it’s just the puzzles.

    Something about Portal reminds me of old games, when games were games. These days, games that have ‘gamey’ elements don’t feel like particularly good games to me, personally. Now, you have some which do, like the LEGO series, but in general you have your Calls of Duty, your Assassin’s Creeds and so on. Those don’t feel like particularly good game games.

    They’ve forgotten that fun is part of the equation, opting instead for gritty filmism (it’s not realism, exactly, it’s more like an action film) and immersion. And whilst I do like immersion (I liked it in both the Portal games), it loses something if it isn’t accompanied by some element of fun. Due to that, I’ve been avoiding games which are like action films all together. I’ve been going with either very game-like games, like games of yore, or the incredibly contemporary scene of indie ‘not games.’

    Well, I think of them as games, but more along the lines of interactive stories, similar to the choose your own adventures of the day. But most tend to think of them as not games. Stuff like To the Moon, Gone Home, Thomas Was Alone, Kentucky Route Zero, and so on. It looks like this fits that contemporary niche pretty nicely. I was amused that it questioned whether it was a game, because others certainly will do that as well.

    I’ve noticed that other games have sacrificed being what people would consider a game at all in favour of being an interactive story and they’ve done better for it. Telltale, for example, with their recent efforts. Whereas others, like TT Games and Valve, revel in making games with all of the ingredients games used to have. Less action film, more fun. I miss games that focused on fun rather than trying to be bad action films, so I’m glad TT Games exists.

    I’ve bought almost everything they’ve put out, I’d even go back and buy the Tolkien stuff if I had any interest in that, but I really don’t. Everything else that they’ve put out though, I own, even the Harry Potter stuff.

    The thing about TT Games is that, to me, they’re kind of like today’s Shiny Entertainment/Virgin. Back in the day, pre-Shiny devs at Virgin made amazing licensed games. The Lion King, the Mega Drive version of Aladdin, the Jungle Book, and many others. They were all great, they were based upon an IP and sometimes they were film IP games, but they were never bad. Not one of them. In fact, the SNES/Mega Drive version of the Lion King is singularly one of the best games I’d ever played.

    Were they also responsible for the pretty rad Taz games, too? I forget.

    But that’s what TT Games strikes me as. They’re the contemporary Shiny games.

    Anyway, I’m going to add this one to my follow list and I thank you for letting us know about it!

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