I wish I could recommend this game, but I just can't. What the hell was the hype about? I can only assume it's because it was aired on the PS3, and the people playing this are new to this sort of platformer. One of the first games I played back in 1983 or thereabouts was called "Bugaboo the Flea", and involved a little flea, trying to jump left or right to climb out of a hole, while a pterodactyl stalked him. If you like this game, go back and see the similarities to that game, and then tell me with a straight face that this is totally original ;)
Good: The music is oookay.. It's not Circuits or Bastion, but it's okay. The graphics are minimalist, but nice.. Rotatey-scaley-sprite. The controls are oookay. Take a bit of getting used to, but it's manageable with a touchpad... The first few levels are designed to be fun and casual.. Enjoyable...
Bad: But Level 8 is the watershed..
At level 8, the game goes from fun to absolutely dowright, massively, fist-clenchingly shoutily, infuriating. As you can see, I put quite a few hours into the game.. Most of them trying to get the last "spectra" in Level 8. I got pretty good in the end.. I could pyoing up, bounce, swing, pyoing, bounce.. etc.. over to the last island...
But... If you ♥♥♥♥ up and fall off JUST ONCE, you must stop and go find more energy, which takes energy.... If you call, you must start aaaaaall the way from the begining. Using the "jump reset" uses too much energy... If you rush about, get energy, swing over.. you cannot make a single mistake, cos getting energy, takes energy... What makes it worse.. I think there's a one-way switch at the very end that , once switched, means you cannot proceed! You MUST exit and start the WHOLE THING over again!!! I tried to undo the 'flip' but it wouldn't! Here's a MASSIVE Tip for you. Before you collect the fourth spectra, make sure you have ALMOST ALL of the plants grown to get down to the fifth one, or else you will be stopped cold at this level.
I can see which way this game is going...
- Make the islands smaller and smaller.
- Move the 'seeds' further and further offscreen requiring more blind leaps.
- Add more enemies that come and snap your silk while trying to line up a perfect jump
- Make the drop back to the beginning further and further.
The energy thing just made this game too effing infuriating for me. If it was used up slower, or there was more energy dropped by popping pollen, that would be less aggravating.. But the way it is now... Naw. I got better games to be playing. This one just makes my blood boil. My wife, hearing me shout "F*** YOU!!!" at the game for the umpteenth time, just said "If it's not fun, why are you playing it?". I just looked up, thought "dammit, she's right!", and uninstalled Eden. I couldn't be happier right now.
To all my friends who may read this: Do not play this game. It's a time sink, with levels designed to just get harder and harder, and pee you off more and more. Go play Circuits, Bastion, Kerbal Space Program, VVVVVVV, Terraria, anything.. just not this.