The Old Tree is a short free-to-play cinematic puzzle game about a newborn alien baby. Witness this microscopic entity's first moments of life and help it emerge from its underground lair and ascend towards an unknown destination.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (44 reviews) - 88% of the 44 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,514 reviews) - 90% of the 2,514 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 24, 2012

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“It’s simple, stylish, short, and pretty damn cute.”
The Indie Game Magazine

“Think Samorost but with insect bellboys and an excellent mammal cameo.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Beautiful, and yet uncomfortable and creepy. I loved the art direction of The Old Tree.”
Indie Gamer Chick

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About This Game

The Old Tree is a puzzle game. Your objective is to escort a microscopic alien being on its way and clear any obstacle that might be hindering its progress. You'll visit fantastic locations and meet curious creatures on the way towards a mysterious destination.

The game uses no words to relay its story, and requires no specific language skills to play.

Compared to the original release, version 2.0 includes the following enhancements:

  • Compatibility with any full screen resolution up to 1920×1080 (on higher resolutions the game will be centered on screen)
  • Added a full screen toggle HUD element
  • Greatly optimized rendering performance
  • Added a new puzzle in the air ducts level
  • Made some interactive objects easier to see
  • Slightly increased maximum frame rate
  • Minor graphical improvements

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: Dual-core 2 GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 310 or equivalent graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 21 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3
    • Processor: Dual-core 2 GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 9300M G or equivalent graphics card
    • Storage: 48 MB available space
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Very Positive (44 reviews)
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ihKu47
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
Not so much a game but a 10 minute interactive experience. I recommend this on the aesthetics and ambience alone, but if those don't seem like your thing there's nothing for you here.
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Derrick Rifkin
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
This game is simply wonderful and cute in a Tim Burton sort of way. It's a lovely little trek of discovery through the eyes of an outsider in a completely alien environment, that would be normal to us.
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DrHaileyWho
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
The graphics in this game are beautiful, especially for a free game. The gameplay is pretty straight forward and simplistic, but it's a bit repetitive and not something I'd play more than twice. Thumbs up anyway.
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koral06
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
This game is about an alien life form that must get to his "goal", and your job is to click and keep him moving by solving simplistic puzzles. When you get octo-baby alien to his goal you win. It took me about 15 minutes to complete but it was fun. I loved the artwork, the puzzles, and the odd scenes that occurred. I really hope they expand it into a larger game, but from where they're started its good. And, its free! You can't go wrong with free.
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Octavius
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
Graphically lovely. Moody. Short but captivating. Play it and hope that it's the precursor to something bigger and better in the future. 10/10.
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AesAthena
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
Very much like Samorost, except you are a small green-apple quadropus. Slow moving, comforting droning music, puzzles without peril, an excellent mammal cameo, yes, RPS, but nothing extraordinarily compelling about it. A solid "meh" from me, but that doesn't make it *bad*, just not worth recommending.
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severedwind
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
Boring. Incoherent. Meaningless.

Don't waste your time reading reviews. If you are, you've already wasted more time than it takes to play.
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wom-d
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 19
Cute little puzzle game. Was fairly staight forward but animation and concept of the game was cute. Didn't take very long to complete but would recommend! :D
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YouTube.com/RepTiciTe
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 18
An interesting short story puzzle game with atmospheric elements.
Here's full walkthrough.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duaVxv73fI8
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The Queen Lerp
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 16
Pretty short but very cute and calm! Nice little game to get your mind off of things.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
The graphics in this game are beautiful, especially for a free game. The gameplay is pretty straight forward and simplistic, but it's a bit repetitive and not something I'd play more than twice. Thumbs up anyway.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Very much like Samorost, except you are a small green-apple quadropus. Slow moving, comforting droning music, puzzles without peril, an excellent mammal cameo, yes, RPS, but nothing extraordinarily compelling about it. A solid "meh" from me, but that doesn't make it *bad*, just not worth recommending.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
You can beat the game in 10 minutes, but it is completely free so that is hardly something to complain about (although it would be nice to play more of this). The art is great and the music is relaxing, the puzzles are fairly easy but this game wasn't trying to be Myst.

If you are looking for a short game to pass some time and don't want anything too heavy and complicated this is well worth playing.
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54 of 63 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
I just really love these interactive experiences...kinda a sucker for em you could say. lol...This is totally worth the short bit out of your time to check this out...Someone worked very hard to create this artistic view of what the first few moments might be like for this little creature...I super enjoyed the creativity of the graphics and the interactions of the character on his little life adventure! :))...Reading another review I do agree that if you have your brightness turned down you will not be able to see very well what you need to do. (I did not have this issue as I prefer my particular settings at the brightest.)...So if you enjoy an artistic point of view, interactive short stories, and something rich in uniqueness and an immersive experience then I highly recommend trying out The Old Tree. *double thumbs up*
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2015
Every once in a while you come across a game that is more than the sum of its parts yet defies traditional definition. Such is the case with The Old Tree, a minimal and simplistic point and click adventure that takes less than a minute to download, less than twenty minutes to complete, and leaves a lasting impression.

The gameplay has you clicking on interactive objects while the camera follows a small squid like alien through several unsettling and atmospheric scenes. You could say this is more interactive art than actual gameplay – it is a little creepy, and the game’s experimental nature is clear from its opening.

Yet this doesn’t detract from the experience. The art is clearly the major draw for this game – and the minimal design aesthetic works well in its favour. There are several small puzzles that work on a light versus darkness factor, and this is usually very easily discovered. There really is no frustration. It feels familiar and yet different.

The sound is also minimal and simplistic, with an unnerving background drone-like soundtrack. It repeats often, but I think this also is to The Old Tree’s benefit. I’m not sure what it’s trying to accomplish, but I feel urged on to completion and at the same time just slightly rattled.

While there really isn’t anything to say for the game’s replayability or even for the game’s controls – The Old Tree is an easy recommend. Being available for free helps – but I feel it’s important to recommend games that are just a little different than the norm. And in that – The Old Tree really works.

7.0/10.
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36 of 39 people (92%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2015
This is a small, short Flash game that has you guide a cross between an apple, a snail and a squid to its destination.

There are a few of these small free flash games around, most notably "Little Wheel", and this one is very well done. They're like animated short films that are also somewhat interactive.

It's free, it doesn't take a minute to download, and you need about 12 minutes to finish. What are you waiting for? It's probably better the last 3 Youtube videos you just watched.
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2015
Short and very cute point and click adventure game designed in the style of Samorost / Botanicula / Machinarium. If you enjoyed those, then you will probably have a nice time playing this one too. If you have 15 minutes to spare, then try it, since this mini piece of art is definitely worth it!

P.S.: Another game developed by the same people is still in the greenlight phase, you can vote for it here: Tales of Cosmos.

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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
This review will be incredibly short as there is not much to say about this incredibly short title. So lets get this show on the road.

I'm not really sure what the game is about. You play as this little squid who hatches from an egg and makes his way up on top of a tree.

The game is a point and click game, but you don't move the character. The character moves on his own and you just clear the path so he can continue this journey.

The art style is incredible. It's this games best feature. It's fun to just to look around at the environment.

The game is also incredibly short clocking in at around 15 minutes long, so when you finish it don't expect a second playthrough.

Overall this game is a fun short experience. If you're looking for something while you're bored give this game a shot.

Final Rating:
7/10 - Play It

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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 28, 2015
If you have sixteen minutes to spare and you enjoy a non-challenging point & click adventure then check out The Old Tree. It's a true free-to-play game where you take the role of a young alien hatchling who is yearning for some adventure.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2015
Very short and simplistic, with much of the interaction dependent upon clicking on items that you can barely see. I would have liked to see some actual puzzles and more interaction with our character, but as it is, if you'd like to relax for five to ten minutes, this is a charming way to pass the time.
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