Flower is a soothing, serene game which you can download for your PS3 through the online interface. Your aim is simply to drift and make the world bloom.
It's hard to describe how incredibly soothing this game is. There are no threatening people shooting at you. No disastrous falls into pits which make you replay ten minutes of boring slogging. Instead, you are suspended over a beautiful grassy meadow, with blue skies high above. The grass bends and waves in the wind. You drift along over it, an eye peeled for flowers. When you see one, you swoop down and it blossoms. A petal joins you.
The music is quiet and relaxing. The flowers come in a variety of styles. There's a bit of puzzle solving, to figure out how to get to the flowers, but nothing overly complicated. Again, the aim here isn't to stress you. It's to completely relax you.
You can launch up high into the air to get a view of this world you inhabit. Then you zoom down, skimming the tops of the grass blades, seeking out your next target. The flowers play music when they bloom, so it's almost as if you are composing along with the soundtrack.
There's no complicated button sequences to learn. It's something that any age can pick up and enjoy, and it's appropriate for all ages as well.
There's a visceral pleasure to be had in helping the brown areas of grass revitalize and become green again, in helping the flowers to bloom and wave in the breeze.
Are there any down sides here? I suppose if your problem was that you needed high intensity excitement, this probably isn't the game you'd want to seek. It's not the skydiving-thrill kind of adrenaline rush that a shooter game provides. It's a far more serene, relaxing fun, like kayaking on a beautiful lake in the middle of the day with the partner you adore. It's about deep breaths and gorgeous visuals.
Highly recommended. This is one of those games that brings me joy each time I play through it.
I purchased this game with my own funds in order to do this review.