A game about tactical growth, where growth is irreversible.
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Positive (33 reviews) - 87% of the 33 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 7, 2016

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About This Game

A game about permanent growth. Once you grow, you cannot shrink.

Hitting something means death.

There are blue colored zones, (grow zones) each letting you grow a fixed number of times (displayed inside the zone) by a certain percentage.

And then there are green colored zones, (gates) which will only let you through if you are of a certain size. (displayed inside the gate)

So growing up has its advantages and disadvantages.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott) or later
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 Lion
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04, Any SteamOS
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later, Any SteamOS
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Overall:
Positive (33 reviews)
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bigh
2.9 hrs
Posted: July 28
"Glutton ball stuck in labrinth"
Ingenious puzzle-, time attack & skill game. You have to go through a labrinth of 50 spikey levels. Before you reach the goal (orange) or enter a green zone you have to feed your ball in feeding zones (blue) which causes a bigger diameter. Ofc it's getting harder when you are bigger. Sometimes the puzzles are quite challenging because you decide how much the ball eats from each feeding zone unless it doesn't fit through the entries anymore. Unfortunately the ball seems to get hit on walls and spike without even touching them. Another thing is the soapy movement of the ball because it just follows your mousepointer. You cannot control it directly. But altogether a really nice game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Shagie
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 23
A mildly infurating game of mouse dexterity and percision. Not one I would reccomend or buy outside of getting it bundled with a bunch of other puzzles.
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nd
4.4 hrs
Posted: June 2
very especial puzzle i've never met on a computer before - you need to move a ball along the labyrynth, avoiding touching a walls - you should be extremely careful - and the grow the ball in a process so that it becomess bigger and bigger and harder and harder to operate with
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miRAGE
4.1 hrs
Posted: May 30
Another puzzle indie game in Steam. Here you are a little ball and you need to grow for finishing the level. More you grow - more you become. More you become - game become harder. You are like big fat burger should avoid the walls and do it quickly.
Game has 5 groups of levels (10 levels in each) with different difficulties
Price is pretty little, so you can easy buy it and train your brains and hands
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Desolater IV
7.3 hrs
Posted: April 13
A Minimalistic Precision Navigation Game
https://youtu.be/ZZkfW70IzZQ
+ Some unique mechanics where you essentially try to navigate a large black ball through a maze withoutout hitting any of the edges. At the same time you are trying to grow your ball as large as possible for the most points
+ The controls while very basic are actually pretty precise and you can always tell that each mistake is because you were not careful enough to navigate properly.

- The background music is an annoying repetitive loop
- The gameplay itself can be frusterating, it's sort of like trying to thread a needle
- I felt the game was overly basic and did not do enough to reward the player and seems to lack any other features.

It's a good concept, but I felt like it was a bit too simplistic to warrant a recommendation
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complete83
1.1 hrs
Posted: February 1
хубава игра пъзел
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Samurai Vader
3.7 hrs
Posted: January 26
Do you remember the Scary Maze Game? I mean that viral short Flash game that was all about the one unexpected jumpscare in third level, that made many viral videos about people getting mad about it. Well, The Growth Journey is practically the same, minus the jumpscare, plus more levels and specific win conditions.

The controls are really primitive - you click the right button and the circle follows your mouse cursor. Your target is getting as fast as you can, with the biggest circle possible, to the finish; while your circle mustn't touch any edge. There are two specific zones - the blue one, that makes your circle bigger, and the green one, that requires a specific size of the circle to let you pass through.

That's all! Now it's your time to get into the 50 levels of frustrating challenge that will test your patience. I mean, it will test your patience in case you won't get bored after first few minutes, which is highly possible.

The graphic design is really poor but let's say that the developers had intended minimalistic cheap style that looks up amateurish in the end, if I forget the only one nice effect of floating squares in the background. As I've already mentioned that you'll require patience, there's one more thing to strengthen this opinion - the soundtrack. And by the "soundtrack" I mean that literally - there's only one tune and it gets annoying fast.

Conclusion:
Overall this looks more like a polished student's project for the final exam of "Programming II" (or something similar) and as it's even not entertaining at all, I doubt I would recommend it to anybody even if it was for free. And for 5,99 €? Don't spend your money here, there's SO MANY better games on Steam that this would be a mistake. I feel like it's been a long time since I felt so negatively about a game. Even the previous Cleverweek games (Two Digits and Three Digits), that also got negative review by me, are still better and, at least somehow, entertaining.


Disclaimer: My copy of The Growth Journey was obtained for free - I won the game in a giveaway that might have been sponsored by the developer. This fact hasn't changed my opinion about the game (and the review) in any way.
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Салат это Грозный
0.1 hrs
Posted: January 18
Not worth 5.99$.

This game barely qualifies as a mobile free game. This game is awful. I want a refund.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Do you remember the Scary Maze Game? I mean that viral short Flash game that was all about the one unexpected jumpscare in third level, that made many viral videos about people getting mad about it. Well, The Growth Journey is practically the same, minus the jumpscare, plus more levels and specific win conditions.

The controls are really primitive - you click the right button and the circle follows your mouse cursor. Your target is getting as fast as you can, with the biggest circle possible, to the finish; while your circle mustn't touch any edge. There are two specific zones - the blue one, that makes your circle bigger, and the green one, that requires a specific size of the circle to let you pass through.

That's all! Now it's your time to get into the 50 levels of frustrating challenge that will test your patience. I mean, it will test your patience in case you won't get bored after first few minutes, which is highly possible.

The graphic design is really poor but let's say that the developers had intended minimalistic cheap style that looks up amateurish in the end, if I forget the only one nice effect of floating squares in the background. As I've already mentioned that you'll require patience, there's one more thing to strengthen this opinion - the soundtrack. And by the "soundtrack" I mean that literally - there's only one tune and it gets annoying fast.

Conclusion:
Overall this looks more like a polished student's project for the final exam of "Programming II" (or something similar) and as it's even not entertaining at all, I doubt I would recommend it to anybody even if it was for free. And for 5,99 €? Don't spend your money here, there's SO MANY better games on Steam that this would be a mistake. I feel like it's been a long time since I felt so negatively about a game. Even the previous Cleverweek games (Two Digits and Three Digits), that also got negative review by me, are still better and, at least somehow, entertaining.


Disclaimer: My copy of The Growth Journey was obtained for free - I won the game in a giveaway that might have been sponsored by the developer. This fact hasn't changed my opinion about the game (and the review) in any way.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
"Glutton ball stuck in labrinth"
Ingenious puzzle-, time attack & skill game. You have to go through a labrinth of 50 spikey levels. Before you reach the goal (orange) or enter a green zone you have to feed your ball in feeding zones (blue) which causes a bigger diameter. Ofc it's getting harder when you are bigger. Sometimes the puzzles are quite challenging because you decide how much the ball eats from each feeding zone unless it doesn't fit through the entries anymore. Unfortunately the ball seems to get hit on walls and spike without even touching them. Another thing is the soapy movement of the ball because it just follows your mousepointer. You cannot control it directly. But altogether a really nice game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
A Minimalistic Precision Navigation Game
https://youtu.be/ZZkfW70IzZQ
+ Some unique mechanics where you essentially try to navigate a large black ball through a maze withoutout hitting any of the edges. At the same time you are trying to grow your ball as large as possible for the most points
+ The controls while very basic are actually pretty precise and you can always tell that each mistake is because you were not careful enough to navigate properly.

- The background music is an annoying repetitive loop
- The gameplay itself can be frusterating, it's sort of like trying to thread a needle
- I felt the game was overly basic and did not do enough to reward the player and seems to lack any other features.

It's a good concept, but I felt like it was a bit too simplistic to warrant a recommendation
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Another puzzle indie game in Steam. Here you are a little ball and you need to grow for finishing the level. More you grow - more you become. More you become - game become harder. You are like big fat burger should avoid the walls and do it quickly.
Game has 5 groups of levels (10 levels in each) with different difficulties
Price is pretty little, so you can easy buy it and train your brains and hands
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
A mildly infurating game of mouse dexterity and percision. Not one I would reccomend or buy outside of getting it bundled with a bunch of other puzzles.
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
very especial puzzle i've never met on a computer before - you need to move a ball along the labyrynth, avoiding touching a walls - you should be extremely careful - and the grow the ball in a process so that it becomess bigger and bigger and harder and harder to operate with
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4 of 20 people (20%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
хубава игра пъзел
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9 of 32 people (28%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Not worth 5.99$.

This game barely qualifies as a mobile free game. This game is awful. I want a refund.
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