Flower is a video game developed by Thatgamecompany and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was designed by Jenova Chen and Nicholas Clark and was released in February 2009 on the PlayStation 3, via the PlayStation Network. PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game were ported by Bluepoint Games and released in November 2013. An iOS version was released in September 2017, and a Windows version was released in February 2019, both published by Annapurna Interactive. The game was intended as a “spiritual successor” to Flow, a previous title by Chen and Thatgamecompany.
In Flower, the player controls the wind, blowing a flower petal through the air using the movement of the game controller. Flying close to flowers results in the player’s petal being followed by other flower petals. Approaching flowers may also have side-effects on the game world, such as bringing vibrant color to previously dead fields or activating stationary wind turbines. The game features no text or dialogue, forming a narrative arc primarily through visual representation and emotional cues.
The game is praised for its innovative gameplay, beautiful visuals, and calming atmosphere. It has won numerous awards, including the BAFTA Games Award for Best Game Innovation and the Game Developers Choice Award for Innovation in Game Design.
Here are the basic controls for Flower:
- Move the left analog stick to control the direction of the wind.
- Press the X button to blow a gust of wind.
- Hold down the X button to create a sustained gust of wind.
- Press the Square button to collect a flower petal.
- Press the Triangle button to release a flower petal.
The goal of the game is to guide the flower petal through a series of levels, collecting flower petals and activating wind turbines along the way. As you progress through the levels, the environment will become more lush and vibrant. The game ends when you reach the final level and activate the final wind turbine.
Flower is a short game, but it is a very memorable one. It is a game that will stay with you long after you have finished playing it. If you are looking for a unique and relaxing gaming experience, highly recommend Flower.