Version Reviewed: 1.2.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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The Seed is a physics-based puzzle game that looks great and is fun to play. The game has a minimal design aesthetic and also places an emphasis on narrative, so it feels more detailed than other puzzle games.
The objective of The Seed is to place water droplets and move the seed to the end of the level where it will sprout a plant. Once droplets are placed, they can be rotated to control the direction in which the seed is propelled, and expanded to increase their propulsion power. The puzzle aspect to The Seed is that there are only a limited number of droplets that can be placed and levels contain obstacles. Another aspect that makes the game difficult is that the droplets obey the rules of gravity, just like the seed, so both will fall and roll.
Fortunately, when players fail a level, they can restart with the droplets in the exact same location, which makes for easier adjustments and less repetitive work. The quick reset allows for fast experimentation, which is often the only way to dial in on the exact location and power of the droplets.
The Seed takes a minimal approach to game design. The first time the app is opened, users just start playing. There’s no menu with numerous options and settings. The tutorial is also simple. It doesn’t have any words or text, only simple images for users to follow.
The artwork in The Seed is well done. The game looks and feels dreary and the particular art style reminds me of comic books. The background music also stands out with its piano and string melodies. The ominous sounds effects also help create a very engrossing environment.
The only slight downside to The Seed is that right now it has 28 levels, which isn’t on par with many other puzzle games. The developers say that there will be free updates soon with more levels. However, even with 28 levels, it is more than worth its $0.99 price tag.