Escapism on PS3We don't normally write about Playstation Network games, but 'Flower' we feel deserves a special mention. From the creators of the surreal Playstation Network title, flOw, Flower is a concept that challenges traditional gaming conventions.
Flower expands the team’s tradition of delivering simple gameplay, accessible controls and a medium to explore emotional chords uncommon in video games. In the game, the surrounding environment, most often pushed to the background in games, is pulled to the forefront and becomes the primary “character” as you journey through vivid and changing landscapes.
Playing as the wind, you guide and grow a swarm of pedals by interacting with other flowers and the surrounding environment. The goals and journey in each level vary, but all involve flight, exploration and interaction with the level. Using simple Sixaxis wireless controls and by pressing any face button, you control the lead petal and accumulate a swarm of flower petals as you move at your own pace within the environment, causing the on-screen world to change.
Flower's gameplay promises to offer different experiences, pacing and rhythm to all players. Along the way, the environment will also pose challenges to the player’s progress.
Flower is described as a visual, audio and interactive escape.
Sounds like its just what we need to unwind after a busy day. Whether it will be a suitable replacement for a trip to the pub though we'll have to wait and see. Flower is due for release on February 12th.
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