With the game Flower, Jenova Chen and the developers at thatgamecompany wanted to create a dreamland that players could escape to.
The result is a colorful, efflorescent downloadable game for Sony’s PlayStation 3 that plants players in the role of the wind, transforming bleak landscapes into verdant ones.
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As you move through the landscape — as many as 200,000 blades of grass are rendered onscreen at times — your chain of petals grows and helps cultivate flowers and other growth, transforming the countryside often in a regenerating explosion of color.
“We want to put people in the role of the healer,” Chen says, “to bring this change to the world.”
“Each time the player plays it, it is almost like therapy. That brings them these positive feelings that make them feel better.” Via USA Today