Eufloria is a game set in space in which you capture planets with seedlings. It’s a real time space strategy game that doesn’t look like it’s set in space at all, due to its flora-focused visual style and mechanics. Yes, flora, meaning plants. To recap: A real time space strategy game with both gameplay and aesthetics inspired by plants and growth. Glad I could make that clear for you.[drop]Alright, I’ll expand. In Eufloria, your aim is generally to capture all the asteroids. You do this by sending seedlings (essentially spaceships) to the asteroid, then creating a plant when they get there. Planting this dyson plant will cost 10 seedlings, but it will also slowly create more seedlings and, as it gets older, it will grow and the rate at which it produces seedlings will increase.
These seedlings are also your military. Not long into the campaign, you’ll encounter mysterious grey seedlings who, as you might expect, are hostile towards you and your pretty colours. Naturally, the only course of action is to destroy the newcomers and take their asteroids by lowering the asteroid’s energy to zero (consuming seedlings in the process). The storyline has you venturing out of the safe territory the opening levels are set in (tutorials, essentially) and into the wilds of space as you try to uncover where the colourless seedlings are coming from.
The game adds more mechanics into the fray, such as a defensive plant that is built in the same way the dyson plant is, but the gameplay is, on the surface, pretty simple. The phrase ‘strength in numbers’ is a philosophy I stuck by a lot, but the battles do have a little more depth to them. Seedlings have one of three traits; energy, strength or speed. As you might expect, strength means the seedling is harder to kill and speed means it can travel between asteroids faster. Energy means it will do more damage to an enemy asteroid’s energy, therefore capturing the asteroid more quickly.
So there is more depth than is immediately apparent. Speedy seedlings are better suited to quickly reacting to your own asteroid being under attack than an energy or strength seedling, for example, whereas the strength variety is best used for attacking an asteroid to defeat all the hostiles, perhaps making way for your energy seedlings to capture it in their wake.
And one of the most impressive things is perhaps the level of zoom. From being zoomed out as far as you can so you can see all the asteroids in the level, you can zoom in until the tiny seedlings take up large chunks of screen. Watching a swarm of seedlings descend upon a planet and zooming in to watch as they circle and swirl in battle is an oddly attractive sight. That almost seems like an odd thing to say about things killing each other, but it’s just so pretty.
Eufloria is £8.99 from Steam.