What is it with fantasy worlds and all important trees? One tree starts to go bad and suddenly it’s the end of the world! Fantasy ecologists need to step up their game and explain that, although they’ll have to bypass angry elves, revenge seeking cyborgs, and blue aliens. This week’s mega-tree is brought to you by Almightree: The Last Dreamer, a mix of platforming and puzzles that seems oddly familiar.
You are the last dreamer, a boy who’s job it is to resurrect the dying Almightree, a plant that seems to hold the entire world together with its many roots and tendrils. As the tree dies so does the world, with its perfectly cube-shaped dirt blocks falling into the void as you race to save the tree’s saplings. With your ability to use ‘plantsportation’, a sort of teleportation that relies on engulfing an object in plant fibers, you must rearrange the blocks of this world in order to reach the end of each level.
Almightree is basically that moment in Minecraft where you’re trying to climb a giant mountain with nothing but a pickaxe and some patience. In order to get to out of reach places the player must select the area they want a block to be in and then find a nearby block to teleport there. Certain obstacles can prevent you from doing this, such as flowers that drop your currently selected block, or metal blocks that can’t be moved at all. Blocks begins to shake and crumble away as the level progresses forcing players to move at a faster pace, not stopping until you reach the sapling at the end of the level, causing it to grow and stabilize the area.
Interestingly enough there is a two-player mode, but it’s not what you think it would be. Instead of co-operation being encouraged, it’s more of a race to the finish. Who can solve the puzzles and use their muscle memory to place blocks quicker than the other? Unfortunately, I never got to test this method out as I’m quite friendless. I’m sure it’s quite fun though.
This is quite a pretty game with some truly eye-catching backgrounds, it feels a bit unfinished. The control system is rather clunky and requires multiple presses of the arrow keys to convince the character to take a step forward, and the character animations themselves seem amateurish and rushed. Fortunately, it’s no reason to not play the game and is easily ignored.
So while it isn’t the most hardcore game on the market these days, and certainly not Game of The Year material, Almightree: The Last Dreamer is still a very fun, casual experience. With over 100 levels, and full achievement support through Steam, it’s enough to keep you busy for a few days. In return, you get to help a world resurrect their giant tree. Fantasy ecologists everywhere will thank you.