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 (186 reviews) - 89% of the 186 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,932 reviews) - 91% of the 2,932 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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Crook
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I don't scream when I play this game.
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Kvakk
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Play on gamepad for best experience!
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celko
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Didn't like it at fist, but it grew on me.
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Thaumstein
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This was a great game. Simple and visually engaging. It was quite enjoyable to play and I can't wait for the sequel coming soon!
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kristen
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Won't run in Win10. Infinite black screen on startup. Googled it and this has been a problem for months and still isn't fixed. Thank god for steam refunds.
UPDATE: Okay, tell me how this makes any ♥♥♥♥ing sense. Here's what you have to do to open this game.
1. Open game
2. Sit on the black screen until mouse disappears and reappears again.
3. Ctrl+Alt+Delete and pull up task manager
4. Double click on Grow Home
5. Double click on the second Grow Home that appears under it.
6. Game pops up like it's been up the whole time and it's just been waiting on you like an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
♥♥♥♥ you.
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gunsight(noviolents)
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Such a fun game to play because you have direct control over a physics character.

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zookle
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is a very simple game and a good 'time waster' type. the controls can be difficult to deal with but once you get used to it its not so bad.

After a while playing it becomes a giant scavenger hunt. With the update, finding crystals is much easier.

If your looking for something simple to try id recommend this.
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Jcyrus
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Quite a fun game. I held off purchasing it until I bought a controller and I'm glad I did. You grab with the right & left bumper/trigger making for really fluid climbing, and the thumbsticks make for smooth enjoyable gliding once you've gotten yourself a leaf.

Appropriate for all ages, so if you've got kids you can let them play this one without concerns.
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Substance
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Really reminds me of Jack and the BeanStalk, just becareful if the silly robot falls. Best to open the check point slots as quick as you can spot them. Grow Home is short and full of charm, I finished it in less than 4 hours though, good to buy on a sale.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
This is the first game that I have ever sat down and just thought to myself "I feel like 100%ing this game"
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
A simple but good game.

You don't need the Uplay to launch this game, which might be important to some of you.

The game itself is simple and kinda relaxing, it has an objective, but no timer, respawnlimit or enemys that stop you from reaching it, so you just let the gigantic plan grow up into the atmosphere, while climbing around on it.

If you are looking for 2-3 hours of chilled gameplay, this might be the game for you
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
This game is.....


One of the most fun games I have played in awhile, this game is really open minded, and fun at that.

The main story is to grow a plant out to the outer space, where your "mother"ship awaits.
But there's so much to do besides that, so much to explore....

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
In many ways, this game is a delight to play. Its beautiful, fluid and charming gameplay brought me in and kept me there for a fair few hours. It's a game about climbing, exploration and exploring several small floating islands; however, it became much more than that from the moment I started to manoeuvre my drunken, peg legged little robot character for the first time into free fall thousands of feet before gliding down on a leaf to safety. This is a relaxing game which I enjoyed despite having a personal discomfort with heights.

Its charm immediately comes into effect upon touching down in this polygonal, beautiful new world. This flat but colourful world strikes resemblance to the old days of super Mario 64 and the design that comes across from Disney and Pixar movies. The whole world is bright, bold and bursting with personality.

The sounds of Grow home are fantastic. From the moaning and groaning as you climb the main stalk of the plant to the creaking and stretching of the different buds of the plant. The soundtrack of the game is beautiful, and greatly enhances the environment and mood of the game. The ambient sound in the background is a relaxing hum, which feels soothing and adds to the relaxing experience of the game. Plus, the sound it makes when you send a sheep barrelling off the cliff is fairly satisfying.

BUD (The botanical Utility droid) is a great example of how movement can speak a thousand words. Thanks to the procedurally generated animations of his arms and legs, you'll push him one direction and then have him stumble and trip over his own legs as he desperately tries to shift his course without losing balance. This game controls like an alcoholic child and I love it.

The childlike element of the game is reinstated by the on-board counterpart M.O.M. Which encourages and cracks occasional jokes at BUD whenever he grows the plant or plummets into the ground from the top of the map, causing you to regenerate at your last truck stop checkpoint. Though both gravity and your own legs are your greatest enemy, you will soon come to grips with what is a safe playground for BUD to explore, climb, soar and dive through.

Climbing the giant beanstalk plant that you must nurture its way into the sky uses and unusual but intuitive control setup. The climbing is done by using left and right mouse (or the 2 trigger buttons on a controller) to push yourself upwards, while maintaining a grip on the plant, and repeating until you reach the top. While it's very reminiscent of games like "I am Bread" that purposefully clumsy and hard to control for comedic purpose, I didn't feel like I was going to fail at all. The movement in this game is boiled down to its most basic elements, but still need to be mastered, like a child learning to walk.

While dragging yourself up a Cliffside may sound and feel like a colossal feat at first it eventually becomes second nature. And new elements like paragliders, flower parachutes and catapults create new ways to float and fly throughout the landscape. After collecting the crystals embedded within the many floating islands several items things such as a wider camera view and a jetpack are unlocked. Both of which changed the way I play and kept the steady upward climb from becoming too tedious.

While the game is fairly short and can be finished within around 3 hours, the exploration of discovering new cavers and underpasses within the landscape stretch out the experience far longer. However, once you have got all the collectibles there is little reason to return to the game other than trading cards and achievements.

Gliding through the floaty gravity and satisfying physics of Grow Home is a pleasant a gaming experience as they come. Dangling over a cliff edge trying to grasp that 100th crystal and losing your footing is as anxiety inducing as it gets from a game (which isn't necessarily bad). Once BUD's full range of abilities has been unlocked, navigating the landscape becomes almost meditative and therapeutic. It isn’t a particularly long game. Or a fleshed out and deep one. But what it does it gets right. And does so extremely well. This game doesn’t need to resort to filler when you run out of things to do. This short, unique little game is comfortable in its own skin, and that makes it a joy to play.

Also, no uplay.

I loved this game. 10/10.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
This Game Is Great, I love it! I played it on PS4, before I played it on PC, that is why I have only 0.5 hours. (As of this Review) This game is very fun, and many people based off the look will say it isn't fun, but I assure you, it is. It is a shorter game if you just do the Starplant Goals, but if you collect everything, and examine everything/get the bios, this game is hours of fun. I enjoy (without Spoilers) grabbing life forms and getting them as high up as I can, and then free falling with them. I got this with humble bundle, and if it is still going I reccommend you pick it up (it was $1 for three games). I absoulutely love this game, and the different skins are awesome, adding new things to that game, and the ending without spoiling it, is awesome!
In Conlusion, you shoudplay this game!
I give it a 9/10!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Short and sweet. I didn't really go out of my way, and finished the game with 35 of 100 crystals, in about 2 hours.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Best Assassin's Creed ever!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Grow Home is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has a good price
- it has adventure
- it is casual
- it has a good soundtrack
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This game is relaxing, and adorable. No matter what mood I'm in, or how ill, it always seems to charm me into a state of relaxation. The game is the right level of difficulty, and has high replayability. I just wish it was better optimized and ran better.

8/10, would recommend. The devs are awesome too.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This is a nice little exploration game, with inventive gameplay and a beautiful atmosphere.

If you want to pass-time and relax a little bit, just go for it.
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