There's something undeniably satisfying about growing your very own garden. Plantera has you manage a cute little virtual crop with the help of some little blue dudes so let's head to the farm and get to work.
For starters, Plantera isn't much of a game. In essence, you could just watch your little garden grow without much effort. All you have to do is select objects to purchase then place them wherever you wish along your linear plot of land. You choose from an array of plants, shrubs, trees, and animals in order to grow your farm. On top of that, you can expand the boundaries of your plot as well as purchase perks that allow you to have your staff work when your console is off, increase your coin multiplier, and scare away oncoming pests with a dog and scarecrow. All three groups of vegetation grow fruits and vegetables that you can harvest by tapping on them or having your little blue helper buddies eventually work their way to do it themselves. The animals include chickens that lay eggs, pigs that dig up goodies, sheep that drop balls of wool, and cows that leave little bottles of milk around. It's definitely a great zen-like game to chill out to.
Plantera's visuals couldn't be cuter. Every little critter is bursting with life and pops off the screen with vibrant colours and childlike wonder. The animation is handled beautifully as every creature moves smoothly. Watching the helpers and their neutral facial expressions as they pick fruit while the dogs run back and forth with their tongues hanging out is just adorable. Even invading pests like birds are cute as they snatch up fruit and carry it away with smiling eyes. The music is delightful with cheerful tunes while the sound effects add satisfaction to every successful harvest. Listening to the chickens fart out eggs will put a smile on anyone's face.
As you start Plantera, it's very rewarding watching your garden grow considering all you begin with is a small plot of land and one little blue helper guy. Once you get a significant amount of money and start levelling up thus unlocking additional items to purchase, it feels satisfying having your farm become an increasingly lively place. That being said, you'll unlock everything Plantera has to offer within a couple of hours and all you do from that point on is make more money while unlocking superficial achievements. Once you reach that point, you'll probably be happy enough to put Plantera down and never pick it up again. However, perfectionists may enjoy obtaining all of the achievements. Either way, I wish there was more replay value and variety but it's such a cute game that it may be fun enough to just watch these little fellows pace back and forth whenever you're having a bad day.
Another aspect that Plantera could improve on is the fact that the visuals never really change. Considering it's basically a farm simulator, you'd hope that you can experience different seasons or times of day. Unfortunately, it's always sunny in Plantera. On top of that, seeing as your garden basically exists along a line, things get crowded very fast. It gets extremely difficult to see what exactly is going on but as long as you keep tapping all over the place, you thankfully can't mess anything up.
Plantera is one of the cutest games that I've ever played. If you're in the market to chill out and observe adorable creatures working on a farm then you should ignore my score below and download this immediately.
- + Incredibly adorable graphics and sound with beautifully fluid animation
- + Zen gameplay is great to chill out to
- + Rewarding sense of progression at first
- - Visuals have no variety and things quickly begin appearing rather crowded
- - The minimal gameplay is only enjoyable for about an hour or two