Hey everyone! School just let out in time for me to enjoy some summer sun and even better, the Fremont Solstice Parade going on this weekend. I'm going to be doing the dog walk tomorrow (but I'll be skipping the bike race because of the rain...and other reasons...). Summer's also a good time for me to start some new hobbies. For instance, I thought of something when I made a friend the other day. Everyone, meet Paul:
|isn't he precious|
1. I live in the shade
2. I'm too broke for a UV plant light
3. Between books, tech, and the microscope, there's no room in my own living space for plants.
So, I opened up Viridi instead. As I've said before, Viridi is a free, meditative succulent-raising game that works in realtime so you can grow and enjoy plants without having to worry about little bugs crawling around or spilling nutrient water all over the place. It's been lots of fun on PC, and it's gotten great reviews all over the place. Even HuffPost says that, "Yes, you do need an ultra-zen video game about growing succulents ... tending to these digital plants offers a seriously calming experience". And I agree.
Ice Water Games, developer of Viridi and calming survival game Eidolon, poked me just last week and announced that Viridi would in fact be making its epic iOS/Android debut soon! In fact, it will be hitting the mobile shelves on the summer solstice, which is June 20th at about 3:30ish here in Seattle.
What's new in Viridi mobile, besides that now you can carry your own little Velmas and Roxies and Amoses* with you? Some additions include...
- More consistent visual treatment
- In-game camera with much more sophisticated rotation/shot-framing capabilities
- Different snails in different environments (YAAAAAS)
- Plants take longer to grow, are more resilient, flower more sporadically, selection is easier
- Ability to start a fresh pot for free if all of your plants die
- New Apartment environment
- Updated Cat House environment
I think mobile Viridi will be a much bigger influence on my life than PC Viridi, since it's normally when I'm away from home that I need to escape to my little plant-filled happy place and enjoy the progress I've made.
Whether you're there for the plants, the snails, the atmosphere, the music, or the euphoria of plucking those gosh-darned weeds, Viridi seems to worm its way into the hearts of whoever touches it. It will be free and can be played for free for a very complete experience, so why not give it a try? If you need more convincing, definitely check back here for my complete free-to-play rundown of the mobile version after release.
*yes, I did name my plants after characters in Chicago. My Grove pot is all from Macbeth.