Eden to Green looks like it has it all. Thanks to Unreal Engine, the game has smooth graphics in a three-dimensional environment. To aid you in your battles against the evil machines, you can grow an army of plants to fight for you. On top of that, the game features a deep gallery of rules and strategies to combat the enemy. What Eden to Green doesn’t feature is moderation, meaning an avalanche of content will nearly bury you from the beginning.
The concept of the game seems simple enough. You control an army of plants, while the enemy is a group of metal-munching machines. Each level will start with you at one end, and the machines at the other. Your home tree spreads “the green,” filling the barren wasteland with Mother Nature once again. You must strategically place your plants onto the field to defeat the enemies on the other end.
The green is the real trick here. Every time you place a new plant, the green spreads just a little. To defeat the enemy at the other end of the field, you must surround them with the green. You must place a new plant always in proximity to the last, chaining them together. Some plants are designed simply to expand the green, while others are attackers or defenders. As the game progresses, you are able to earn new plants, each with their own characteristics.
The game gets more intense when you begin looking at the game’s Clone feature. The plants you have at your disposal are not unlimited, which means you will need to continually grow new plants for your army. You can also evolve your existing plants to increase their capabilities. To do this, you will actually need to convert other plants into food, which can increase your supply of another plant.
By completing levels, you earn in-game currency which is used to harvest new plants. You can choose which tree you harvest the new plant from, but you can’t pick the specific plant you get. It’s a gamble, and you may need to harvest a few to get the unit you really need.
The game also has its own time of day, which means you will need to manage day plants and night plants. Time does not pass in real-time, so you can always wait until it’s the time of day you’re looking for.
If all of this sounds like a lot, it is. From the get-go, Eden to Green will throw a multitude of rules at you in a quick tutorial that moves so quickly, you can’t even begin to understand exactly what is going on. You’re best chance at learning the game is to play and play again. Unfortunately, this will run down your limited resources.
If the game does impress, it’s with its game environment. Since Eden to Green uses the Unreal Engine, the 3D graphics look great. Not only that, but you can zoom in and rotate the environment to suit your preference.
It’s hard to find fault in a game that is currently free in the App Store, but Eden to Green’s tidal wave of rules and stipulations is sure to drown you if you aren’t paying close enough attention. You need to be the type of gamer who is willing to do some trial and error to get a lay of the land.