Nurture a small pot of succulents that grow in real time. Viridi is a safe haven, a place you can return to for a moment of peace and quiet whenever you need it.
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Very Positive (179 reviews) - 92% of the 179 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (3,417 reviews) - 88% of the 3,417 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 19, 2015

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June 21

Visual Update

Hi again friends!

Changes from today's patch:

  • Significant changes to the new look: light is more focused, shadows are more saturated, plants maintain more of their local color
  • Fixed a bug which caused some plants to change colors
  • Some visual inconsistencies in the Grove environment have been addressed

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June 20

Major Summer Solstice Update!

Hi friends!

Sorry for the long silence! We’ve been distracted preparing Viridi for mobile. Now that it’s finally out (android / iOS), we’re able to bring all of the updates back to our beautiful and faithful Steam community.

Some of the more major changes:

  • New background: the Apartment!
  • Major visual unification overhaul - new custom shaders, cleaned up textures, lots of visual inconsistencies fixed
  • Cat House background updated/improved
  • New diverse snail colorations in different environments
  • Tab key now cycles through plants
  • Connection difficulties now reported to user in Nursery
  • Bug fix: dead/dying plants no longer animate their death on each load
  • Succulents now grow at a slightly more realistic pace
  • Succulents are now significantly more resilient
  • Overwatered succulents return to a Sated state much more quickly
  • Various flowering issues fixed
  • Default plant sizes tweaked
  • Links to various social media and support email added to Nursery
  • Plant selection/camera tweaked/improved
  • Improved feedback for Vacation Mode - a Welcome Back screen on return
  • Lots of bug fixes small and large

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Reviews

“Designed to be the ideal happy place game ... Viridi is a primer, a simulation, and a love letter to this branch of botany, all rolled into one”
Fast Company

“In addition to learning about real-life varieties of succulents, what you are learning when you play games of this type is how to create a quiet, mindful moment in your day using unusual tools”
National Geographic

“Yes, you do need an ultra-zen video game about growing succulents ... tending to these digital plants offers a seriously calming experience”
The Huffington Post

About This Game

Nurture a small pot of succulents that grow in real time.

Viridi is a safe haven, a place you can return to for a moment of peace and quiet whenever you need it.

Leave Viridi open in a second window to keep you company while you work, or check in on your plants as a meditative moment every night. While not fully realistic (they're very forgiving), your succulents will require some maintenance and can die from over- or under-watering. Name your favorite plants, give them special care and attention, and they might even flower for you.

Viridi is free to try and comes with your choice of plant assortments. If you think it has a place in your life, you can buy your favorite plants from the in-game nursery for just a few cents a piece. Remember to visit the nursery occasionally for the weekly free seeding!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Must support shader model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Must support shader model 2.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Acidic_colors
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
tbh this is the most wholesome game I have ever played and I will love it forever. A couple of days ago I even saw it in the app store! Now i have it on my phone too and I just couldn't be happier. I love it and everyone should play it atleast once.
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dhK | pbnj
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
This is a sweet, relaxing little plant simulator. It's simple but fun to check in on your plants every 1-2 days. There are no stress inducing timers that say you must do X by Y or else the plants will implode. I love seeing their growth and really get a kick out of seeing their bloom cycles.

Pros:
• Soothing music
• Nice graphics, not hyper-real but still looks nice
• Wide variety of succuliant plants to grow
• Reasonably priced microtransations
• Microtransactions are not required to play the game as free seedlings are given out each week
• If you want, you can buy seedlings for really cheap
• You get a snail friend that wanders around the rim of your plater
• You can name your snail friend and your plants
• Sing to your plants to cheer them up (not sure if it actually affects growth but I think it's a nice touch)
• The addition of being able to use tab to cycle through your plants is great, especially as your planter gets fuller

Cons:
• So far none, it is what it is; a cute, relaxing plant simulator. I don't need or want it to have complex interactions.

Recommendations to the developer(s):
• The ability to rearrange where you've placed/planted items
• The ability to disable the dynamic lighting setting
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american ninja delivery girl
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I haven't owned a real succulent in ages, but I remember that I loved taking care of it.
This is the next best thing.
Also there's a snail that circles the edge of your pot, and if that's not enough to make you want this game, then I don't know what will.
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GamingFiona
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
this game is really cute and it is definitely relaxing. I enjoyed the music more than anything because it is so soothing. It has a lot of really sweet features like you can sing to all of you plants and the little snail on the side. You also get a new free seed weekly so you can have more plants in your pot. All in all it is a cute passive game and it is pretty relaxing.
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Cedarpine
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Now you can grow plants from the comfort of your own home!
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Bearable
( 34.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This game is extremely relaxing.
I recommend this game to everyone, however if you're looking for an action packed game then Viridi might not be the game for you.
This game goes at life speed, plants grow by watering them, singing to them and it is a nice feeling to see your progress by the end of the week.
10/10
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milkpunk
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
i named my pot the soviet union
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dianisque
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
It's So Nice! I really love this game : wow
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[OG] Razor Gaming
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
i lke it but its just not my type of game but if an when i do pull it up every now and then it just cleans my head and it is a bit relaxing
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Do you ever stop and think about how bizarre the concept of a plant is? Its a living thing that is completely stationary, and generates its own food from the light of the sun. They are bizarre aberrations covered in organic solar panels. This should terrify you. It should scare you to know that you share 35% of your DNA with these grotesque mockeries of life. There is part of that plant inside you. You are part plant, and no matter how hard you may try to clean yourself, you will always be part plant. That soulless monster will always be inside you, begging you for sunlight so that your nonexistent chlorophyll may feed you.

There is a part of you that is always starving, and thirsty, and you can feel it, but there is no physical way to sate it.

Viridi is a very relaxing game about taking care of succulent plants. The succulents are very beautiful, and come in a wide variety of colors, which are also relaxing. The seeds have a random color plant for most of the species, which I am a fan of. The game is relaxed and chill, because the game is a simulation of plants. This game loves to exist. It wants you to relax and be happy and tend to virtual succulent plants. Or so it may seem...

Is there anyone who hasn't tried raising a succulent plant in real life? How many people can truly raise their hands and say they have never killed a cactus or aloe plant because of their poor knowledge of botany? I know that I cannot, I know what I did to those succulents. Not exactly, I mean. I either overwatered or underwatered them. It's one of those, and that's the important part. The life of a succulent was so simple before humanity. Now, well, now they can't do anything. They have lost control of their own fates. They have no recourse when someone impulsively purchases them at a supermarket, fake flower glued to them. Because they are succulents, they are doomed. Succulents are at the mercy of the whims of humanity, their own cousins. Humans can take care of babies better than they can succulent plants.

Viridi has a wide variety of succulents, and even though it is a free game, they are generous enough to give you one free succulent seed per week. This has been a major boon to myself as it has largely prevented me from having to actually pay real money for these virtual succulent seeds. I even got the one that hangs off the pot and looks the coolest, totally for free one week. ♥♥♥♥in rad, man. There is a way to get some more pots, like spending real money or owning some game called Eidolon. Buying a key for Eidolon was cheaper than paying whatever they charge for the Cat House room.

This game is free and gives you free virtual succulent seeds on a weekly basis. There is no reason you should not be playing this game, if you care at all about our poor, freakish cousins, the plants, and especially if you care for succulents. These virtual succulents even have the courtesy to tell you if they need water. While real succulents can also do this, human beings are currently unable to understand their language. Viridi also gives the option of having the player sing to a particular succulent. Singing in this manner causes the succulent to grow to gigantic proportions, again, exactly like real life succulents. I'm sure everyone remembers learning about the Irish all singing at once to the same succulent, causing it to grow to almost half the size of the moon, ending the great famine while also permanently altering the orbit of our planet, the initial cause of global warming.

Speaking of global warming, have you ever thought about snails? Do most people think about animals at all? I feel like nobody really understands how strange a snail is. Can you imagine the selective pressures exerted over millions of years that would result in such a creature? A snail should be awe-inspiring to people, as impressive as a dragon. But no, nobody really thinks about snails very much. Why would anyone think about snails? Why, indeed...

There is a species of hermit crab that has become specialized to only use the shells of one certain snail species. That snail species is now extinct, and the hermit crabs are running out of shells.

This game has a snail for each room that makes a circuit around the rim of your succulent pot, and the snails look different in every succulent plant pot biome, which leads me to conclude that they are four different species of snail in spite of them sharing identical shell shapes and body sizes. The snails in this game show no interest in eating the succulents you may be growing. They will not harm your succulents by eating parts of them. This is despite the game denying the player the option of feeding the snail. There is no option in this game to feed the snails.

Who is feeding the snails? How did the entity that feeds your snails get into your succulent rooms?

Viridi takes a turn for the sinister and forces you to question reality itself. Are these really your succulents? This game is free, how do you know you haven't just stolen another person's succulents? Can you own something that is virtual? Do you have the right to privacy in a virtual space? Can a virtual entity invade your privacy? Did someone own these succulents before me? Me? You? Is there really a difference in the end? There is someone or something else coming when we aren't around and feeding those snails. If we don't water the succulents, they will die, and I don't see how the snail could be exempt from eating, as per the rules which the universe of Viridi has established. Viridi wants you to know that there is another being in the game, who, at any time, can come into your succulent rooms. Your privacy and sanctuary are illusory. The pleasantry of caring for your succulent plants becomes overshadowed by the ever-present threat of the Snail Feeder. You know he may come at any moment, you water your plants as fast as you can and close out the game. Your heart is racing and you haven't exhaled since you started the game up. Viridi is now causing instinctive reactions in your plant DNA and your frightened, tiny, protomammal DNA. You are now the plant, but you have also become the prey. And like most prey animals, you won't have any warning. One day, the Snail Feeder will be there. One day everyone has to meet the Snail Feeder. And, I don't think it's going to be possible for me to explain to the Snail Feeder that I couldn't feed the snails, I wanted to, but I couldn't. I can only pray to whatever god will listen that when the time comes, Snail Feeder takes pity upon me.

The player does have the option of misting the snail with a spray bottle, this does not harm the snail or have any effect on his circuitous trek around the rim of the succulent pot. The player does also have the option of considering the snail to be some sort of clockwork automaton, and that none of the snails are actually real. Maybe there is no Snail Feeder. There is no way in the game to investigate this, which adds to the player's feeling of the loss of reality. You are never sure if your life is truly in danger, or if you are actually being spied upon. The more the game is played, the more real the succulents and suspicious the snails become, the more it is played, the less real you become. You begin to wonder which song is a particular succulent's favorite, you begin to think the virtual snail is spying on you. Sending messages about you, what you've been doing, to people who hold power over you. Every time you play you know you are putting your life at risk, but, you have come to love your succulents. Of course you would put your life on the line for your succulent plants! You begin looking over your shoulder, you start taking different routes to your house, because no matter what anyone says, everyone is scared of the Snail Feeder, whether they say they believe in him or not.

Are the snails real? Is the Snail Feeder real? Are the succulents real?

Are you real?
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Playtime and Time/money
Infinite. This game is free, and you can try it and drop it if you feel like, in fact I don't understand why you would read a review about this when you clearly could just see for yourself.... but you know.

Exactly what is this game?
A relaxation game. Have you ever wanted to grow your own pot of plants? No? then shoo, however if you said yes, but are stopped by a lack of patience or time or effort or money, try this. You wait days for your plants to grow, you water them, you watch a snail be beautiful. you repeat this every day, and then you uproot your plants and start a new, the cycle begins again. It's just calming.

There is an aspect of micro-purchases though, which bothers me slightly, but you know how it is; use it or don't you get a free plant every day anyway.

So now the standard game rating:
  • Story: X/10 (No real story, however theres no need.)
  • Gameplay: X/10 + 📱 (to call watering virtual plants gameplay anything other than what it is is unfair, however to expect more out of a snail worship simulator is also a problem in itself.)
  • Presentation: 9/10 (nice looking, but you can see that it could be polished a little more.)
  • Soundtrack: 7/10 (Calming, but you only stop by for a few minutes each day, so it's not exactly observable in a long term sense, nor is it anything amazing you'd have in the background.)
  • Replayability: 10/10 (once a day every day, until you lose enjoyment from ripping hard worked plants out of their pot.)

    Free. Just enjoy yourself for a little bit.

    wet snail.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This is quite possibly one of the most relaxing games I have ever played.

I start up Viridi once every few days to check on my plants. My play sessions last all of five minutes, during which I pick weeds and water my plants by clicking. Sometime, I uproot and rearrange my garden. It's surprisingly gratifying to see that your plant has grown (which happens after a few days have passed) or is now flowering.

Meanwhile, I marvel at how tranquil the music is. If you zoom into your plants or the little snail that circles the rim of your pot for all eternity, the game produces dulcet notes that never fail to bring a smile to my face.

Once a week, you get a free seed that you can add to your garden. If you're impatient, there's the option to use actual money to buy seeds and also decorations for your garden. The achievements linked to growing your plants to maturity, and then to flower, are pretty good incentive to keep dropping in and tending to your plants.

*Side note: if you own Ice Water Games' other game, Eidolon, you get a free second pot.

There's really not much else to say about Viridi. It's not a game, per se, but it's certainly a wonderful way to spend a couple of minutes in order to decompress.

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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
it is i nice game and good for me because i have alot of break downs because im autistic
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I love this little game so far.
It provides a nice atmosphere making for a great safe haven.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
If you're looking for a fast paced action game, Viridi definitely isn't for you.

If you, like me, have the blackest of green thumbs but love succulents - Viridi is definitely for you.

Its's relaxing and non demanding, and that's all I wanted of a game like this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
if you have a plant fettish, this game is for you :-)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
This game is extremely relaxing.
I recommend this game to everyone, however if you're looking for an action packed game then Viridi might not be the game for you.
This game goes at life speed, plants grow by watering them, singing to them and it is a nice feeling to see your progress by the end of the week.
10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
my SUCCulents are so cute
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
This is a sweet, relaxing little plant simulator. It's simple but fun to check in on your plants every 1-2 days. There are no stress inducing timers that say you must do X by Y or else the plants will implode. I love seeing their growth and really get a kick out of seeing their bloom cycles.

Pros:
• Soothing music
• Nice graphics, not hyper-real but still looks nice
• Wide variety of succuliant plants to grow
• Reasonably priced microtransations
• Microtransactions are not required to play the game as free seedlings are given out each week
• If you want, you can buy seedlings for really cheap
• You get a snail friend that wanders around the rim of your plater
• You can name your snail friend and your plants
• Sing to your plants to cheer them up (not sure if it actually affects growth but I think it's a nice touch)
• The addition of being able to use tab to cycle through your plants is great, especially as your planter gets fuller

Cons:
• So far none, it is what it is; a cute, relaxing plant simulator. I don't need or want it to have complex interactions.

Recommendations to the developer(s):
• The ability to rearrange where you've placed/planted items
• The ability to disable the dynamic lighting setting
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