Game Reviews

Starseed Pilgrim: Garden + Platformer + Puzzle Game = WTF?

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After brunch, on a beautiful Saturday, a friend showed me this game. Three of us from the EIS lab played it for about an hour or so, and I’m glad that I had someone to explain to me the basics of what was going on. It’s confusing, at first, then a bit addicting, then a bit tedious. Currently, it’s become a pleasant distraction from my accumulating responsibilities.

“Starseed Pilgrim is a game about tending a symphonic garden, exploring space, and embracing fate.”

You are a gardener, tending to empty noise and empty space to fill them both with colour. You are a refugee, building your own world away from the spreading darkness. You are an explorer, discovering new places, new rules, and new fascinations. The universe is bigger than you know. (http://www.starseedpilgrim.com/get.html)

Starseed Pilgrim is a bit soothing, and appropriately frustrating, at times. This “symphonic garden” plays a lot of the same major triad with a low-pitch hum in the background. The experience is a bit poetic– like Braid meets These Robotic Hearts of Mine. What I found most unique was that I was able to design my own platformer level, as each seed produced building blocks with different properties– reminded me of that Mario-Tetris game.

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It costs ~$6 and make sure you take a look at the ReadMe file:

Thanks for buying Starseed Pilgrim!

Some tips for maximizing your enjoyment follow.

Right click on the game for some options:
1. Toggle colourblind mode (round seeds vs shaped seeds)
2. Fullscreen (not available in Linux)
3. Pixel upscaling

If you feel lost or discouraged, it’s possible that
this piece of advice will help you through your troubles:
“As long as you have questions, continue.”

If you feel lost or discouraged, it’s possible that
you aren’t experimenting enough. I can’t promise that
curiosity will always serve you perfectly, but it’s
always worth trying.
–Droqen

Find more games by Droqen (many are free!) at
http://www.droqen.com/

(dear pirates: should you read this:
i still love you ❤ send me emails from the high seas!)

http://www.starseedpilgrim.com/

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