Experience the freedom of unbounded climbing as you take control of BUD, a procedurally animated robot on a quest to save his planet. Create your own path through an alien world as you control and ride a giant plant on a vertical journey to the stars.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (131 reviews) - 84% of the 131 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (3,055 reviews) - 91% of the 3,055 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 4, 2015

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“I'm now drowning in whimsy. It took only minutes for Grow Home to win me over.”
Kotaku

“Grow Home's charming personality, feel-good physics, and satisfying controls make for a beautiful climbing adventure.”
8.8 – IGN

“....It oozes charm and personality.”
8.5 – Destructoid

About This Game

Description

In Grow Home you play as BUD (Botanical Utility Droid), a robot on a mission to save his home planet by harvesting the seeds of a giant alien plant. On his quest BUD will discover a beautiful world of floating islands that are home to some rather strange plants and animals.
Grow the giant plant and use your unique climbing abilities to reach ever higher ground, but be careful…one wrong move and it’s a long way down!

Key Features

Climbing: Procedural animation allows you to move BUD's hands independently, creating a unique and unrestricted climbing experience.

Growing: Guide and ride the giant alien plant as you create your own pathways in the sky. Everything you grow can be climbed on. Use it as a bridge, a safety net, or simply as a tool for artistic expression.

Exploration: Explore every nook and cranny of the alien world as you hunt and collect crystals that can enhance BUD's abilities. It’s a physical playground and many of the alien plants have unusual properties that can help you on your quest.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8/8.1 (both 32 and 64bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo E7300 @ 2.5 GHz or AMD Athlon II X2 240 @ 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD5670 (1024MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    • Additional Notes: Best played with a gamepad
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8/8.1 (both 32 and 64bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 550 @ 3.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX560Ti or AMD Radeon HD6870 (1024MB VRAM)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    • Additional Notes: Best played with a gamepad
    Minimum:
    • OS: SteamOS / Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo E7300 @ 2.5 GHz or AMD Athlon II X2 240 @ 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD5670 (1024MB VRAM)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Best played with a gamepad
    Recommended:
    • OS: SteamOS / Ubuntu 14.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 550 @ 3.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX560Ti or AMD Radeon HD6870 (1024MB VRAM)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Best played with a gamepad
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Royhem
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
When I first thought I finished this game I was ready to give it a tentative recommendation. Grow home is about growing a giant plant to get back to your space ship, when the plant is fully grown the plant flowers, the petals of the flower are clearly intended to form a bridge to the ship. I don't know if the world is procedurally generated or not either way, for me there was jump from the plant to the ship that seemed impossible at first. After awhile i got on to the ship only to find that you cant get the credits without a "starseed" meaning that I needed to make that unreasonable jump again while carrying a seed that messes with your jumping physics and takes up one of your climbing hands.

All that aggravation combined with the short play time and lack of anything else worth mentioning gets this game a thumbs down from me.
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Mempatch
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Fun game! Played it with controller, worked like a charm. Not the longest game in the world but still worth the money, a good relaxing game to play on the evenings when you just want to recover after a long day.
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Psyjinx
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
"The game has pretty good reviews, but the game looks so... underdeveloped." - Me, 5 seconds before I hit, "Add To Cart".

I'm not sure why I bought it, to be honest.

Grow Home isn't your average game... but then again, neither was Undertale.

When I dropped in as B.U.D. , I didn't know what to expect. Adventure game instincts kicked in and I I just ran around climbing on random objects, pulling these crystals out of the ground, collecting stuff. Completionist urges overwhelmed me easily. I had to go touch everything, no stone unturned. After a good half-hour or so, I took a breather, got a bottle of water and then I sat there. I looked around, and just took the whole game in.

Growing home is therapeutic. One ride after the other, zipping around in the air with flowers, jumping on newly sprouted leaves that send you soaring into the air... you are the cause of this beautiful world coming to life. The game no longer felt like a compulsion to collect everything.

I recommend this game to everyone, of all ages.
So do yourself a favor, and Grow Home.
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Pxaen
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Very fun game to play casually, it is very simple, and lots things to do other than the main storyline.
Has intersting ideas, but simple and basic controls that takes some getting used to. When I first started playing I thought this game was going to be horrible but then it got easier. I do reccomend that you use a controller.
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Chris
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
i love this game. It is a bit of a chore in the first 20mins or so but once you get high into the sky it gets so fun sailing around with flowers and discovering new creatures.
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Rexxars
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Unique, fresh and relaxing game.

All you need to have a good time !

+++

NB : Amazing climbing, floating and gliding sensations !
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jacksparojr
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Pretty and relaxing. 10/10
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Lunarr
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Most chill game I've ever played. Awesome.
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xxDARKxAsSaSsINxx
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
It's like Assassin's Creed, but you're a drunk hippy robot that doesn't assassinate.
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PoorLepRecon
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
One of the comfiest platforming games I've played in years.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
43 of 61 people (70%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This is the first review I've ever made.

Buy this game.

The end.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
In case you are wondering: Yes, this game is amazing to play while on drugs.

10/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Good Growth
Rating: 9/10

Great little game that grows on you while playing. The robot is adorable and moves awesome. Controls are good but needs a bit getting used to, but overall great concept and execution.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Really cute hidden gem, definitely worth the price if you want a few hours of relaxing platforming with some beautiful scenery. On top of all that the game doesn't have Uplay!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
A cute exploration game that could have been much, much more.

Grow Home is an exceedingly simple game. You are a robot named B.U.D., and your task is to grow a star plant into the heavens for their seeds. Along the way, you gather data on the local flora and fauna, find secrets, and harvest crystals for power-ups and upgrades. To ascend to the stars above, you ride on twisting shoots of the star plant that you can use to connect to islands that make the plant grow higher and higher. Simple, right?

That is the main flaw with the game. While simplicity can often be a beneficial trait to have in a video game, it works against it too much here. There isn't much beyond what I stated above - the game relies on its achievements to provide goals for the player outside of the main one. Despite its sandbox vibe and willingness to push you to explore, it is ironically a single-minded game. There is only one cardinal direction that matters, and that is up. The little side missions such as gathering up crystals for powering up your jetpack, while adding some needed playtime, ultimately feels like a chore. There are no puzzles, no creative way of finding them (save for one) outside of using a locator or dumb luck.

This is further hampered by the unusual way of controlling your character. Instead of having your movements match perfectly, it is heavily momentum-based and done physically, as odd as that is to say. To climb, you need to grab on with a mouse button and hoist yourself up one step at a time by alternating between each press of the mouse- early on, that is. As a result, the controls can be difficult to get used to do to how floaty they can be at times. You'll often grab onto something and expect yourself to move upwards, only to find B.U.D. dangling about like a ballsack in a wind tunnel.

But I digress. The art style and overall presentation is cute, clean, and wonderfully animated with lots of detail given to the landscape and is no doubt its strongest forte. Musically, Grow Home is soothing to listen to, and the sound effects are memorable and not too grating in their repetitiveness. Altogether, the presentation is surprisingly consistent. What you see is what you get, nothing more, nothing less. I find it hard to fault a game for being whimsical, as a good portion of games tend to lose sight of their creative vision and often become badly paced, muddled messes that wind up forgotten. Grow Home, while definitely a game aimed at a younger age bracket and would no doubt be a great game for someone in elementary school, is fun for all ages, I'd say. At the same time, however, I can't help but feel like this game could have done a lot more. Judging by the sheer amount of cut content left in the files, it wasn't out of the question either.

Only buy it when it's dirt cheap, as it's only 6~ hours long.

Which is funny, because that's the rating I'm giving it.

6/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
While this game only has a few hours of content, those few hours are packed with atmosphere and fun.

Pros:
Good controls and movement, moving around the map is really fun, especially once you get the glide leaf (think of it like a hang glider).
AMAZING atmosphere
Minimalist graphics that don't look like crap
Exploration is actually interesting, the world has varied enviornments

Cons:
Short, and not much replayability
Getting the last crystals can be tedious, and finding the last star seeds is even more tedious


This game is pretty great, but if you don't like exploration this game isn't for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Product received for free
You get to play as Banana B.U.D.


Seriously though, this game looks beautiful.

I give this game eight moms out of ten potential moms.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Pretty and relaxing. 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
You play as a red robot who is tasked with growing a massive plant to oxygenate your planet. On your adventure, you will do a lot of climbing up plants and walls, collecting crystals, gathering plant and animal life for scanning, and steering plant limbs to reach higher areas. The game is fairly simplistic, both in concept and in visuals, but offers a relaxing and unique experience that just about anyone can pick up and enjoy. For a better experience, I suggest playing with a controller.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
97.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Great Game, Great Envioment/Level Design And a Great Collectathon

10/10 would grow home again
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