Summary: Eufloria on PlayStation Network is an updated port of the PC version that released two years ago, which is something I learned after playing through the game. After writing most of this review, I curiously checked out Anthony Burch’s review of the first release, which left me even more disappointed in this new iteration. Eufloria is a game with promise and some interesting ideas that ultimately falls short.
Summary: Eufloria ends up being a pretty big disappointment as well as a reminder to be wary of any RTS on a console. I get what the developers were going for in this game. It’s meant to be a relaxing strategy game that you can play at your leisure. The simple mechanics and presentation are a testament to that. However, the game went past relaxing and moved straight into boring territory. As such, I recommend that all but the most laid back players avoid this game.
Excerpt: Eufloria is one of those games. It’s one of those games that has a certain look, a certain way of playing, a certain feel that makes it not for everyone. It’s not a bad game, as we will get into, far from it in fact but it’s very much a game that you will either love or hate. Eufloria is designed to within an inch of it’s life. It has a very minimalist look; the game takes place in a void in which are dotted round asteroids.
Conclusion: I highly recommend this game on either platform (PC or PS3) because it is very well made and provides you with a unique and interesting experience. It’s a very fun game but it requires an open mind. If you’re looking for a game that requires your actions per minute count to be insanely high in order to succeed, this is the wrong game. If you have enjoyed other indie ambient games such as Osmos (PC/Mac/iOS) or flOw (PSN), I suggest giving Eufloria ‘s demo a try.
Excerpt: It’s one of the most imaginative takes on real-time strategy: replace military-type units with what amounts to the exact opposite: seedlings and trees. Those who appreciate the contrast will note that typically, we’re in command of units designed to destroy; here, we’re ordering around the building blocks of natural life. It’s a great idea.
Excerpt: PlayStation Network is well regarded for offering unique downloadable titles. Games such as Flower and Pixel Junk Eden are much different than your standard shoot everything, fast paced experience. Eufloria is another quiet, beautiful game that seeks to join the ranks of standout PlayStation Network titles. It is overflowing with style and artistic vision but [...
Conclusion: Eufloria is an ambitious game in constant search of a way to properly engage the player. Calculated mechanics bathed in a theme of ambience are certainly rare in the real-time strategy space, but rather than completely embrace that identity Eufloria makes a few half hearted attempts to seduce the player and then calls it a day.
Excerpt: Looking at screenshots or video of Eufloria, you may find it tough to tell exactly what kind of game it is, or if it's really a game at all. When you finally wrap your head around it, you may get the impression that this is the most relaxing and mellow real-time strategy game you'll ever play. That feeling doesn't last forever, though, as Eufloria evolves into a game that gets difficult at times.
Pros: Fantastic ambiance, Simple to pick up, Major improvements over PC version
Conclusion: Eufloria is, at its heart, an RTS in which bases, barracks and troops have been replaced with asteroids, trees and seeds. You begin every battle with at least one asteroid and a number of "seedlings" under your control. These flying little seeds are both your only resource and your only true military unit.