The Changing of Seasons is Beautiful, and that is What this Game is All About
Spring is here in Calgary, Alberta Canada. This is my most cherished season because it hails the disappearance of snow and the constant sunlit kisses from the sun. I don’t hate snow but I dislike its weakening effects on my body. Nevertheless, I cannot dispute the beauty of winter primarily when its wintry magic casts transformation of land to an awe-inspiring white landscape.
I love how the trees start their “awakening” from months-long winter hibernation. Their branches gain leaves, ducks are flying back to the rivers, and rabbits hop their way out of their holes. It is in these moments when a renewed sense of life lifts its head from our slumbering hearts, ready for the challenges of the new present.
4 Seasons – Logic of Nature works around this aspect of gradual transformation, which I will be able to explain to you further below.
4 Seasons is about Meditation. And It Will Help You Do Just That.
Each level shows an overview of a forest. You will find that not all trees are cut out for a specific season. When trees should be covered with snow during winter, you find some Spring (green) and Autumn (brown) trees confusingly growing out of season. The game requires you to ‘prune’ or properly change the out-of-place forest trees for the forest to overall acclimate itself to the season.
The controls and mechanics resemble a Tetris game. There won’t be falling blocks but there are Tetris-like shapes at the bottom of the screen that you need to drag around over forest trees, then tap on the shape to ‘prune’. These controls are intuitive enough that it can be played easily with one hand while waiting or commuting somewhere.
4 Seasons lets you ‘tune in’ into its picturesque landscapes of nature, all coming from different seasons… Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Some maps purely contain trees, others show growth along a busy highway. Regardless of the forest’s location, it is undeniable that seeing so many trees, even on screen, is very relaxing.
Each map/level gets increasingly difficult as you progress. When accuracy is the key to pass a level, you can’t always count on getting 100%. But that is what this game is all about. You enjoy and not stress about just getting a perfect 100. As long as you pass you will be fine. You can always replay a level to attain a higher accuracy. But with the help of a very meditative (and addicting) soundtrack, this game helps you learn how to focus without the sense of urgency.
My one little beef is that there is no “Wear your headphones for better gaming experience” message on the game’s splash page. I highly recommend NOT to turn off the music. It’s too good to pass up.
You Get to Philosophize About Life, which Isn’t Something You Get From Other Games
There is an interesting short story in this game. Once in a while, a mysterious shadow of a woman and a raven against a seasonal backdrop shows up. They hold deep conversations about humans. Combining this with a meditative soundtrack and beautiful pictures of landscapes, what happens is a development of subtle curiosity to find out what they talk about next and what future holds for the human race.
She: Can you tell me about people?
Raven: The are different from you so much, that you do not understand them.
She: Tell me about them, I want to understand.
Raven: People are dying, and it changes the whole perspective.
She:Death is the same as birth, like a stone, has no beginning and no end, so what does it change?
Raven: They see it differently.
I highly recommend this game to all Mature audiences. Not that there is anything gross, immoral, or sexual that will pop out anytime. Rather, I can see this game enjoyed best by adults because of its meditative and philosophical aspect. It is also a great stress reliever.
Another great factor is the lack of any pop-up ads or necessity in-app purchases that can destroy the game’s reflective atmosphere. There is a voluntary donation option you can opt to show your appreciation for this game’s developers.
Of a personal nature, it’s amazing how I found this game before I viewed this video in Facebook about Bhutan becoming the world’s first carbon negative country because of very strict environment protection policies.
Ergo, more trees makes a happier life for everyone.