Grow: Song of the Evertree Gives Me Some Serious Animal Crossing Vibes

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Grow: Song of the Evertree is the recent offering by Australian game developer, Prideful Sloth. This is a studio that places a premium on marrying narrative storytelling with detailed world building. Their previous game, the well received Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, is a showcase of those values. Both games contain beautiful worlds for players to explore and experience. The target release date for Grow is November 16, 2021.

The game takes place in Alaria, a once-thriving world. A world that was nurtured by the many branches of the Evertree, but the once majestic tree no longer flourishes, dwindling down to a mere sapling. To further complicate matters, you must rediscover the lost knowledge of what made the Evertree grow. In terms of story setup and gameplay, Evertree is throwing off some serious Ferngully mixed with Animal Crossing vibes. As the last of the Everheart Alchemists, you are duty bound to care for the Evertree. You do this by exploring the world and, in doing so, expand your skills. Maybe, just maybe, you will also rediscover lost knowledge that can restore the Evertree and Alaria to their former glory. However, there is no ticking clock forcing you through the game. This means that you can take your time in restoring the world.

You start the game out by farming, which requires you to care for the land using tools, which you craft, such as scythes, mallets, and axes. Once you restore a piece of land, then more activities – such as building and fishing – challenges, and quests are unlocked. These new opportunities allow you to customize villages and communities, thus increasing the health of the Evertree. Next, as the Evertree grows, World Seeds become available. With your alchemy abilities, you can use these seeds to expand the world in the branches of the Evertree. These new worlds include familiar settings such as forest, ice and desert. As you expand Alaria and even more fresh adventures become available, it is important to note the whole vibe of the game remains one of relaxation and enjoyment. This tone extends to the visuals are colorful and lush, with an animation aesthetic in the vein of Japanese RPGs. This mood is further enhanced by the chill music of the game.

Grow: Song of the Evertree

To aid you in your travels are several companions. First, there is Coppertop and Book, who serve as your sources of knowledge. You travel with Kazumi, your flying companion, who is a very Pokemon-style creature. On the more practical side, help comes from the citizens of Aleria, the Everkin. They teach you how to craft and use tools to farm and build.

Grow is primarily a life-sim game. The adventures are low-key exploration type affairs. Their primary goal is to allow you to find new animal and plant life that allows you to experience the game’s wonderful visuals and audio.

Prideful Sloth has a proven track record with this style of life-sim adventure game and you can expect that Grow: Song of the Evertree to be another winning product for them. Look for Grow: Song of the Evertree launching on all platforms on November 16, 2021.

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