is an independent game by thatgamecompany
, creators of such works as flOw
, and described as their 'video game version of a poem
'. The game takes place within the dreams of a lonely flower upon the windowsill of a rather dreary city apartment.
With the 'completion' of each dream, more flowers appear upon the windowsill, and the apartment grows ever less run-down while the view out of the window grows ever more picturesque. Actual game-play consists, for the most part, of guiding a single, wind-borne petal of the presently dreaming flower, awakening other flowers and adding a petal from each to your own, until you find yourself guiding a great, winding current of blossoms and petals (along with the occasional leaf) through the game's vast and varied landscapes while the ambient music shifts and changes
according to locations, movements, and events.
As the game's wordless story progresses, it takes on an increasingly subdued and eventually sinister tone, until the player finds themselves witness to a triumphant charge to bring back life to a once beautiful landscape and city.
This game provides examples of:
- After the End: Perhaps implicit, given the state of all things artificial.
- All The Worlds Are A Stage / Final Exam Finale: A subtle version. The final dream passes through areas inspired by each previous dream: beginning with "awakening" the city; then restoring colour; speeding along the highway 'canyons'; the sky darkens to night; and finally an area overrun with girders.
- Anti-Poop Socking : There's a trophy for waiting ten minutes between levels. There's another for going a week without playing the game.
- Beautiful Void: There's no one but the wind, flowers and landscapes. The only animal seen is during an ending.
- Blow You Away: You have the power to control the wind. Combined with Petal Power.
- Cherry Blossoms: Dream 6.
- The Corruption: Girders.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: A minor example in Dreams 5 and 6. Normally at the end of Dream 5, your petal will fall to the ground before it can reach the goal, and a new one will take its place at the beginning of Dream 6. However, if you finish Dream 5 without getting zapped, the level will just end abruptly without your petal dying, and you'll begin Dream 6 controlling the same petal (albeit without all the petals you collected in Dream 5 trailing it) until you reach the nearby goal.
- Gray Rain of Depression: Dream 5.
- Green Hill Zone: Dream 1.
- Happy Drizzle: End of the Dream 2. Starts as Gray Drizzle of Depression.
- Invisible Wall: A strong gust of wind will turn you around if you try to go past the level boundaries.
- It's All Upstairs from Here: The final spire in Dream 6.
- Level Goal: Clearly marked in the first 5 levels. You won't reach the fifth one in the fifth level, so the 6th flower has to finish where 5th one left off.
- Ludd Was Right: Actually averted, despite the evil electric Girders. The last stage has you repairing a very non-evil city. Also, Dream 4 has the lampposts as integral and adding to the beauty.
- Mini-Game Credits: An independent level where each flower is inscribed with a developer's name. It can be played and replayed whenever one wants, all the gameplay mechanics from previous levels make an appearance, and you get a trophy for collecting all the petals.
- Mood Whiplash: At the end of the Dream 4. It suddenly gets dark when one of the lights fails.
- A smaller one appears in Dream 3. You're rushing through canyons at high speed and suddenly a lively melody will be replaced with a much calmer one, and the sky rolls on into sunset.
- No Flow in CGI: Averted, big time.
- 100% Completion: Secret flowers.
- Petal Power: Combined with wind, these are the only things you use.
- Power Glows: Dreams 4 and 6
- Recurring Riff: A certain 4-note motif can be heard in all of the dreams.
- Scenery Gorn: The end of Dream 4, the entirety of Dream 5, and initially Dream 6
- Scenery Porn: Near everywhere, especially the meadows.
- Shout-Out: A hidden area in Dream 3 contains audio and visual references to flOw. In addition, in the ending cutscene, some graffiti can be found also referencing flOw.
- Spiritual Successor: To an earlier game of thatgamecompany's, Cloud.
- A Storm Is Coming: End of the Dream 4.
- Variable Mix: The game's music reacts in various, usually subtle ways to events and actions on the part of the player.